Okay, some history here: when I was a kid, my mother and I fought most
of the time. We're both hot-blooded, so fights started easily. We both have
incredible amounts of energy, too - it must be genetic. For years, those
resources were poured into our conflict.
Something else you should know: my mother's side of the family is hyper-educated.
They must average more than one degree per person. I have a degree as well, and
my sister has three (I'm the black sheep).
Given the conditions above, realize this: my mother LOVES tv! Magnum, P.I.,
which I talked about in my Nov 21 entry - well, I rarely
watched that show, but often walked in on it while she was. That's why I knew enough
to write about it.
As a kid, I loved tv, too. We first only got two channels, but then we got cable and
had an amazing nine! (We really were blessed then, and we knew it.)
In those prime years, one show we watched was Matt Houston (1982-1985, ABC), which was a typical
private detective series. The star was a rich guy who liked solving crimes.
Produced by Aaron Spelling, the show was appealing, and safe.
Matt Houston was special in one important way: I liked it, but so did
my mother. Whenever it came on, we'd stop fighting to watch it instead.
My mother's a great person to watch tv with. She enjoys her shows, and points out the
humour you might miss, but never talks over the show. I think you'll agree, that's a
Therefore, I always enjoyed watching Matt Houston. Those truceful hours spent were
much appreciated, and usually led to peace for the rest of the evening.
My mother's favourite character on the show was C.J., his assistant, who really had
Houston's back when he needed it. Every episode my mother commented on how beautiful C.J. (played
by Pamela Hensley) was.
Well, Mom, here's C.J., just for you (even though I know you don't read my blog). Still to this
day, we're just missing each other's messages, I guess.
P.S.: My mother and I finally called a truce last March, after over five years of silence. She's
coming here for Christmas this year.
Wikipedia and also
IMDb were sources for this article.