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discovery+ and tiny house hunters

Paramount ran out of new star treks, so we rotated it out of our streaming service menu and tried discovery+ this month.

The discovery+ app on apple TV is my least favorite. It is really hard to use. Every time you to to "search" it doesn't try to remember what you last search, it just shows trending searches which means your first suggest is "My 600 lb Life", a show about people struggling with obesity that I am not at all interested in.

Our favorite show was "Comedians On Couches" where comedians watch House Hunters and make fun of it. But there aren't many episodes of that, so we tried to watch regular House Hunters. But Discovery+ has it set up as a "streaming channel" so you can't just pick an episode to watch, you have to jump into the middle of whatever's on, like we're in the 90s and just watching TV. I hate this.

So then we started watching "Tiny House Hunters" which is equally entertaining and infuriating. I've never understood tiny houses. If you want a tiny house, why not just go buy a house that is tiny? Or rent a small apartment? Why build this brand new, designer, special tiny house? It seems to defeat the purpose of being frugal and minimalistic. There are houses in my neighborhood that are only 1-2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, they are Pretty Darn Small. And you'd be doing a great thing for the world if you get into them and fix them up a bit. They cost LESS than a lot of these "tiny houses". Or, you could buy a pre-fab home, aka trailer. Those have been around for years! "Tiny Houses" just seem like rich people appropriating what poor people have always HAD to do.

What's worse, the people looking at the houses bring up all these problems that are easily fixable if you just buy an actual house. Like, "I really want a space for my treadmill!" or "where will I store my shoes!" If it were me I would shrug and say well I guess I should buy a house. But no, not on tiny house hunters! They are just going to do laundry at laundromats and shower outside with their hoses for a WHILE. But I've seen some episodes where they follow up later and the people are like "yeah we decided to build yet another tiny house on our land for winter, so we have heat."

At least these people have decent goals, and that's what keeps me watching the show. Real house hunters has too many rich people episodes that just frustrate me, like they're explaining why they have to move because their current house is too far from the swimming pool or whatever, and I'm done.

I like the redecorating/remodeling shows, especially Good Bones. I do not like their passion for front yard fences. But it's motivating to watch somebody get to work on a house in the morning.

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susandennis
Jun. 2nd, 2021 02:27 pm (UTC)
tiny houses are the ripped jeans of real estate... "Tiny Houses" just seem like rich people appropriating what poor people have always HAD to do.
lenine2
Jun. 2nd, 2021 03:50 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!
lenine2
Jun. 2nd, 2021 02:48 pm (UTC)
I watched Tiny House Hunters a few times when I happened to catch it on (like in the 90s). I loved looking at the tiny homes and would ask myself if I could spend a week or two in one as a vacation house. Probably — it's a step above tent camping. But the whiny shoppers also bothered me. I remember one woman insisting she had to have a dishwasher. Another family, with two small children, had lost their home in the 2008 crash and ended up buying a shipping crate converted to a tiny home. The two kids would sleep in a trundle bed pulled out from the parents' bed. I thought — how long is that going to work out?

I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. I am tempted by some of the new streaming services, but am too cheap to sign up. I don't have enough time for more than two.
spacefem
Jun. 2nd, 2021 03:40 pm (UTC)
I just saw one with a couple who'd share a tiny house with their teenage son. the kid was pretty awesome but NO WAY would I sign up for that! The older they get the more they really need privacy, I'd have to get each of my kids their own tiny house, lol.

My oldest has had a quite a journey and we've never moved houses! As a tiny baby she was in our room but then went to her own room with a crib, then her own toddler bed, then sharing a room with her sister, then her own room upstairs, then her own room downstairs so she could get more space further away from us, we can't keep her in one place.

We dropped amazon prime. rotating around streaming services is pretty fun, you get a whole new list of shows. but my family probably watches too much TV, too.
wantedonvoyage
Jun. 2nd, 2021 04:27 pm (UTC)
Tiny houses are trailers without the stigma. All of the innovation that goes into making a small space livable came about from the RV industry (which in turn learned it from the marine industry).
taz_39
Jun. 2nd, 2021 07:36 pm (UTC)
I seriously considered a tiny house after the circus folded.
What decided me against it was zoning laws. All the hipster BS aside, it is extremely difficult to find somewhere to legally put a tiny house. The options are typically to use a trailer park (why not just get an RV then!) or to drop it on someone's land and pay them rent (why not rent a small house then!)

We used to watch Tiny House Hunters too, but having lived in a 5x7 room on a train for five years, we couldn't help but roll our eyes at the things people complained about, most of which had (to us) obvious solutions.
chocolate_frapp
Jun. 2nd, 2021 08:21 pm (UTC)
I like the food oriented reality shows, especially GBBO, but the rest of them don't interest me in the least.
adafrog
Jun. 3rd, 2021 01:06 am (UTC)
"Tiny Houses" just seem like rich people appropriating what poor people have always HAD to do.
Yes!

Good Bones is a fun one.
msmidge
Jun. 3rd, 2021 02:14 am (UTC)
People are looking at tiny houses without having realized ahead of time that their treadmill wouldn't fit?

???

????????
spacefem
Jun. 3rd, 2021 09:00 am (UTC)

That’s the infuriating part. Yelling at the TV “did they tell you what show this is?!”

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brittdreams
Jun. 4th, 2021 03:39 pm (UTC)
I really hate the tiny house trend. It's so impractical for so many things and basically feels like a big way to shame the rest of us for how we live.

I like the idea of rotating streaming services. I only pay for Hulu+ but I keep being tempted by Discovery+ because like 80% of the TV i watch comes from the Discovery Networks anyway.
picosgemeos
Jun. 5th, 2021 05:40 pm (UTC)
They are just going to do laundry at laundromats and shower outside with their hoses for a WHILE.

Lol!
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