American Pickers: Season 2 (2010)


This November I have signed up to do not one, but two writing challenges. The first is Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) where the goal is to write a novel (well 50,000 words of it at least) during November. I love Nanowrimo and am plugging away on my book, so I’m feeling pretty confident on that front (I will write an end of the week wrap-up on my experiences tomorrow). The second challenge I undertook was NaBloPoMo, or National Blog Posting Month. Here the goal is to write one blog post per day for the entire month. I’ll have to admit, today I’m struggling putting anything to page.

 

I really want to blame this stupid cold that makes me feel like my head is wrapped in gauze and my nose run constantly, but I suppose that is an excuse (albeit a valid one in my opinion). However, I am going to look at this stinking cold as my first trial for NaBloPoMo. You see, there are no rules about how long blog posts need to be, that they have to guarantee at least three giggles from the reader, or that they have to be mind-blowingly awesome. Instead, the goal is just to write—to get back in the habit of writing every day instead of slacking off (like I have obviously done the past few months). So here I am, sitting in front of the computer: just me, the keyboard, and a box of Kleenex. But I am writing. Take that, stupid cold, I’m writing. That being said, this will probably be a short review because I just want to get better.

 

Last year, I became hooked on American Pickers—like totally engrossed and watched the season in record time hooked. American Pickers is a reality TV show from the History Channel starring Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. Mike and Frank are from Iowa and have one of the coolest jobs around: they are pickers. The two travel the country in search of collectibles, antiques, and unique items that people have stored away in barns, old buildings, and storage sheds. Often, these pieces were forgotten and have been sitting collecting dust for a while. Once they acquire these hidden gems, they sell them in their antique store.

 

The second season of American Pickers is almost identical to the first. They found a formula that works and stick with it. I love that the show is both entertaining and informative. As the pickers come across certain items, additional information is given to the audience giving either more background on that specific piece or just historical context. Being a history nerd, I really appreciate these informative tidbits.

 

Both Mike and Frank are extremely likeable and fun to watch. They treat each person they meet with respect and fairness—a refreshing quality to see on reality TV. I have to admit, being a fan of “old stuff,” I am jealous of these two pickers. This would be my dream job (though I would probably get tired of the dust and cobwebs after a while). Admittedly, because of my interest in antiques, I may come to the show with an inclination to love this series.

 

I would highly recommend this show. I came to it expecting to only watch one or two episodes, now here I am: two seasons in and totally addicted.

 

Wow! I did it. I beat writer’s block today and wrote a review. I think I am going to treat myself with a glass of orange juice while I settle in with a book and wear my imitation Snuggie.

 

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

 

Score: A

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