Monday, March 9, 2009
What Does a Romance Writer Do When the Kid's Asleep
Here in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, we cuddle up on the couch and watch Adam 12. Yup, I’m serious: Adam 12. We’re on season two, disc two. I keep track because it is my favorite date thing to do, right now, with my husband.
My husband likes the show because of all the 60’s stuff. He’s forever hitting me and yelling Slug Bug. (He’ll grow up someday). He’s also technical. He points out things that ‘couldn’t’ happen quite like Adam 12 has portrayed them on television (Don’t be upset Adam 12; he does this with current TV, too). He is adamant that on the show where a baby was thrown from a car (Don’t worry; baby lived), the baby could not have landed where it did. He grumbled on another show about a baby left in the care of a very small sibling. Husband didn’t think baby would be as clean as it was portrayed (I agreed with him).
As for me, romantic suspense author, I’m intrigued by the way cops did things back then. For example, in one episode Reed and Malloy respond to a domestic dispute. Malloy is holding a gun on the man and Reed runs next door (apartment building) to use the phone. Then, there’s another episode where Reed and Malloy are looking for a rapist. They find him, open the truck of his car, and there’s a blanket with a bloody knife lying on top (My critique group would say too convenient, Pam). Malloy picks up the knife. I’m freaking. He’s touched it!
A few of the episodes are available with commentary. So, as Reed and Malloy do their jobs, a couple of retired cops dish on how right the show was and how wrong the show was. According to the real cops, Reed and Malloy didn’t handcuff enough. According to the real cops, the show encouraged many young men to become cops.
I, for my suspense books, wonder about quite a few things, like what hasn’t changed. Are two men cars still called Adam? I think so. Is a one man vehicle stilled called a Mary? Does a voice still instruct the cop to “see the woman at…” And, I also wonder what percent of calls are ridiculous.
When we’re done with season two of Adam 12, we’ll switch to Emergency. We’re on season two with it, too. Then, I found a new golden oldie, one I’d never heard of called The Rookies.
So, what golden oldie do you miss?