Thursday, August 16, 2007

Maternal Relocation Program

I have but a brief moment this morning, but I encourage you all to look at the lengthy comment left in regards to the last "you might be a Beta Mom..." post. This young woman, who I'm sure is lovely and all, is targeting mommy sites to generate leads for participants in what sounds like an interesting and enriching cultural exchange program, which also just happens to be recorded in a "documentary-style" show.

Wife Swap.

Toothless Hillbilly mom trades places with Pampered Beverly Hills mom. Hilarity and poignant drams ensue.

8 comments:

Hallie said...

"wife Swap" ! OMG are you kidding! Watching the show sometimes is like a train wreck, you know you want to turn away but...

Supernanny is a show I like to watch when i am feeling down about my parenting skills....

It is what makes good TV i guess...

beta mom said...

Supernanny can indeed have that effect. Or animal planet....did you know that some species eat their young? Compared to them, we're AWESOME!

Liz Ulvila said...

Okay cousin Wisa this could be a wonderful opportunity for you! Wife Swap!! You could invite your entire extended family to visit while the "New Mommy" is there. I'll take bets on how long it will take for the entire crew to run for the hills! Just think about it....they'll leave so fast they could leave some really great shit behind! Aunt Liz :)

Mom said...

How much do we love Aunt Liz??!! She can think on her feet!
I think we could start our own reality show...how about you swap your large, cheerful(but slobbery)dog, for a hermit crab? I understand that they don't lick your face while you are sleeping on the couch during a visit!
Just a thought and I'll see you on Saturday. XOXO

jeff mac, manslator said...

Sometimes it's hard to believe that anyone can even stand the people they HAVE to like (i.e. our own families.)

Why in the world would anyone want to swap families with someone, just when you're getting good at keeping from strangling your own?

FBW said...

“The documentary-style show is called ‘Wife Swap.’ Please don’t be thrown off by the title – it is a family-centered program that airs on ABC primetime.”—Ok they had me then they lost me. The ONLY reason to watch a show called “Wife Swap” is for what they’ve already declared you WON’T SEE—ah well, there’s always pay cable. :)


However, me being in the news-gathering business I get all kinds of weird, off beat press releases and “story pitches” but even I was amused earlier this year when I received the very same note, word-for-word from an ABC producer as you received in your comments section.

The person sending it was different but the pitch is identical. ABC is offering 20 large for you to sell your privacy, dignity and self-respect and you get to scar your kids for life as an added bonus.

The best part is that is that $20,000 is a low-ball figure—Fox reportedly pays $50,000 to their “reality” TV suckers—although Fox REALLY does a number on these people so they end up earning it.


So the question to you Beta Mom is this—Who do you hate enough to dime out to ABC and earn your $1,000 “finder’s fee”?

Anna said...

Hee hee, if nothing else, this will give me a good post one of these days!

beta mom said...

Maybe I could just say I was "swapping", lure the new mommy here, grap the 20,000 and run (to Jeff Mac's point - I don't really want to spend time with anyone else's family...I just got used to mine).

Although you're right, Aunt Liz, the new mommy probably won't last long. Maybe not even long enouth to unpack her valuables.

Mom, I think you're on to something with the dog/hermit crab switch. Plus, hermit crabs are a lot easier to paint...but don't ask me how I know.

I have seen pieces of wife swap from time to time, and I'm not sure, Chuck, I hate anybody that much!

Anna - we always do the virtual reality version - Blog swap!