5 Shows After Dark: Ruining the Concept of a "Fixer Upper" for 7 Seasons
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Ruining the Concept of a "Fixer Upper" for 7 Seasons

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | March 5, 2014 | Comments ()


Arrow on The CW at 8:00pm ET. I’ve finally started hearing good things about this show from people who aren’t actively lusting after the Stephen Amell, so I’m considering giving it a chance. I have a hard time with superhero series, though, as the longer they go on the more improbable I find the conceit. A two hour movie is nothing, but the contrivances necessary to keep a secret identity AND YET have allies and enemies over the course of several months of TV just irk me.

Psych on USA at 9:00pm ET.

The Americans on FX at 10:00pm ET.

Flipping Out on Bravo at 10:00pm ET. Seventh season premiere. I partially blame house-flippers for turning the housing market around so fast that my head’s still spinning. That’s cool, though, I’m a millennial with student loans so I won’t be buying a house until I’m 50 no matter what they cost!

The Fabulous Life Of… Kim + Kanye on VH1 at 10:00pm ET. Seventh season premiere. This is, apparently, all about how Kim Kardashian and Kanye West chose to spend their money. Because between the tabloids, other celebrity-spotting shows, and the reality show starring one of them, we definitely need another one hour special all about how there’s a whole lot of really expensive things out there that are also hideously tacky.

Genevieve Burgess would like to believe she’d be better about spending her money, but there is surely a gold-plated laptop desk with a silk-velvet pillow out there with her name on it.

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  • BWeaves

    "I’m a millennial with student loans so I won’t be buying a house until I’m 50 no matter what they cost!"

    Don't make my mistake. Why pay rent when you can own? I wish I'd bought a house decades before I did. Rent is throwing money down a hole. Owning, at least you've got something.

    The people I bought my first house from had the right idea. Build a new house. Go for all the cheapest items. No upgrades. Make the minimum payment. Keep the house in pristine condition and sell it for a profit in 5 years before things start falling apart but after it's gone up in value. Repeat 4 times, until you're finally in the new house of your dreams.

    Here's what I did. Wait until I couldn't stand apartment living any longer (my neighbor shot my car). Look at 100 houses. Finally buy a nice one in an established neighborhood. Made a large down payment, and doubled every payment after to bring down the principal on the mortgage. It only took 10 years (on a 30 year mortgage). So, I'm now living rent free / mortgage free, and investing all that extra money. However, I wish I'd started 30 years earlier.

  • SelenaMac

    The house I paid $150k for in 2001 is worth $95k now. It's crept up from $40k, so that's something, but I need to live to 140 in order for this purchase to pay off in any meaningful way. I don't know if that plan the people who sold your house to you relied on is applicable any longer, at least not outside of a major metro area.

  • ed newman

    Your advice is sound. You could also buy ANY house in the right expensive city/metro area like Boston, NY/NJ, or California wait five to ten years while it appreciate like crazy, then sell it and move to a smaller inexpensive city like Birmingham. You'll get your dream house that way too. Of course you have to have a way to earn a living in both places and if you are really unlucky you could buy right before a real estate bust...

  • Genevieve Burgess

    Here's the thing: People my age are being turned down for mortgages based on either their overall debt level because of student loans or because their monthly payments are too high for the bank to consider lending to them. I'm not saying it's wrong for banks to do this, but the reality is that many of us made a choice between owning a home and getting a degree, although at the time that's not the way the choice was presented. Aside from that, most of us need the freedom of movement that renting allows to further our careers or even find long-term employment in the first place. I spent about two years working part time while applying to jobs in five different cities spread out across the country, buying a house just wasn't a good idea even if I could have afforded it.

    I'm not debating that there are financial merits to owning versus renting, but for a lot of young adults it's either not an option or just not a good option.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I *almost* made this the first comment last night, but refrained.


    For me, even as I approach 40, it is still cheaper for me to rent, AND it is less hassle, as I'm not responsible for emergency repairs. That's NYC for ya.

    (the rest of my comment was going to be about how those who invested in the real estate market pre 2008 took a beating when the bubble burst - my sister went bankrupt - so I can't blame them for working things now.)

  • BWeaves

    Oh, I understand. That's partly why I rented for so long, too. Just do everything you can to get rid of your debt fast and build up a good credit rating. I just wish I'd learned faster, that's all.

  • e jerry powell

    I know it makes me a bad gay, but I absolutely cannot stand Jeff Lewis. LOATHE AND DESPISE.

    There is nothing worse in life than a high-maintenance queen, and I should know because I am one.

  • Guest

    Suburgatory @ 8:30 on ABC!

  • kinoumenthe

    Now, I know there are a few POI fans on Pajiba… How excellent was yesterday's episode ?! I can't get over how good that show is.

  • kinoumenthe

    Arrow is actually not bad. Rather watchable.
    And he's not very good at keeping his secret identity very secret, as a matter of fact, which is good, because that's how you get interesting sidekicks.

  • John W

    Reality TV. UGH.

  • andreana mccann

    my Aunty Amelia got a new blue Land Rover
    LR4 only from working part time off a home computer... helpful hints J­u­m­p­9­9­9­.­ℂ­o­m

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