I was listening to a radio show this morning: A couple female doctors talking about overweight and out-of-shape Americans, and all the usual suspects for the reasons behind so may fat bodies and the many problems associated with unfit lifestyles.
Their solutions for the fat and unfit epidemic in the United States consisted of the boring blather that gets printed everyday — and that an American would have to be functionally illiterate to not already know.
An interesting item during the radio mutual admiration fest was some research cited that had been done about television viewing habits and obesity. It was lame. I have what I believe is one major contributor to people stuffing their faces watching TV.
It will take me a little bit of set-up to get around to the explanation.
Kimmie is a commercial actor and model
We have been together more than two decades, but I try to not to talk about her because I always make it sound like I’m bragging about her letting me live with her.
Being a commercial actor means Kimmie appears in TV commercials for anything, and clothing ads for women in catalogs. Kimmie is 43 and did not start pursuing modeling until she was 35.
Kimmie still works but not so much as it is no longer important to her. She just wanted to prove she could do it. We have an adopted child who is now modeling and Kimmie is her guardian and manager, Sophea is 14.
We met Sophea and her sister, Lilly about six years ago. They lived next door to us in Hawaii with their mother.
Several years ago Sophea and Kimmie’s mother were shopping in a big chain store that had a clothing department. Walking through the store momma pointed to a long poster of Kimmie hanging from the ceiling in the women’s department. Sophea totally lost it when she saw Kimmie on the poster.
When Sophea got home she ran to Kimmie (who at the time was painting a retaining wall in the heat of the day). Sophea was heaping hero worship all over Kimmie. I wasn’t there but Kimmie said Sophea was almost hyperventilating and she kept saying she could not believe how beautiful Kimmie is. Oh yeah, and famous.
Here’s why I’m telling the story
Kimmie told Sophea, “Oh sweetheart, the poster is beautiful because of all the expensive cameras and lighting, the photographer and her helpers, the makeup artists, the hairdressers, and a lot of other people working very hard to get a good picture. And it still took almost one hundred photos to get the one that was used for the poster.”
Kimmie pointed at herself with the paintbrush and said, “This is what people really look like. People don’t look like that person on the poster, I don’t even look like her. I could stand right next to that poster and most people would not even know it was me. I’ll take you to work with me some time so you can see how hard it is to get one good photo. It’s not a big deal sweetheart. It’s my job. The only people who look like the poster are people who do it for a job.”
I have to run, but tomorrow I’ll publish part two.
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