Dear Crabby, Do You Like Murder Mystery Shows?

Dear Crabby,
My friends like to watch these shows where every week someone is murdered and the main characters need to figure out who did it. I just don’t like all the blood and gore – am I the only one? Do you like these shows?
Sincerely, Kathy Kweasy

Dear Ms. Kweasy,

I am personally not a huge fan of these shows either. My choice would be to watch Jeremiah Johnson, Clint Eastwood, or of course, a good old John Wayne flick! However, I must tell you that I actually do see every one of those shows you described.

From Monday through Friday, we watch all the crime scene shows, the forensic investigator shows, and the mental case guy too. As if that’s not enough, we usually have to sit through “Law and Boredom” a couple times a month on top of all that. Sitting through the programs aren’t that bad; it’s what it has done to Mrs. Crabby that scares me.

She is so addicted to these programs that if I even talk during them she flashes me looks that would indicate that I may end up like one of those victims on TV! Then, my sweet loving wife and mother of our children, who volunteers for good causes and likes to bake for the grand kids, morphs into some sort of Sarah Palin/Rambo combination! For example, they will show a dead body at the beginning of the show where the victim has been shot. I usually turn away, as I cannot handle the blood and guts stuff too well. To my great shock, Mrs. Crabby will shout out “He was obviously shot with a 45 hollow point! Look at the size of that hole! There’s no way that other fella could have shot him; he only carries a 9mm! What’s wrong with these people?” Based on those comments, there is no way I am going to tell her that those people on the TV can’t hear her. But somehow or another, by the end of the show they finally listen to her advice and lock up the bad guy for a few life sentences. The worst part is the dreams; poor Mrs. Crabby has this recurring dream that this guy is chasing her and she can’t get away. I try to help, but she doesn’t usually wake up right away, so then I’ll chime in and say, “Keep going hun, you’re almost safe.” I’m scared to recommend that she use that 45 she’s been talking about – not sure how them dreams would change then! Anyway, good luck and let me know how it turns out for you.

Thanks, Dear Crabby

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