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    TS 11/17 Discussion Thread

    For tonight's two hour show, here are the families.

    Meet the Solomon Family!

    The Solomons are an extremely accomplished family of three from Thousand Oaks, California. Mom Vered, and Dad Aaron moved to the US, after completing their PhDs in Israel. Education is the first priority in the family. Vered did her post doctorate studies at Harvard Medical School and now works in one of the largest biotech companies in the world as a "Research Scientist." Vered has also received many scholarships through out her study and received her green card based on “Professionals with exceptional abilities.” However, she is far from the nerdy scientist stereotype. Vered keeps herself looking beautiful at all times. Vered strongly believes a woman should look beautiful to her as well as in the eyes of her man. She loves shopping at the finest designer boutiques and doesn't bat an eye at spending $1,000 on a single pair of pants!

    Aaron is a successful Sr. Program Manager at an ISP. He values education, hard work, self-sufficiency, and outward appearance. After coming to the US, Aaron who held his PhD in Life Sciences decided to join Brandies University and received his Masters in Software Engineering. One belief Aaron holds is, "you can tell the character of a person by the shoes they wear." Aaron loves to spoil his wife and daughter with gifts, and vacations to Vegas and Palm Springs.

    Tal, their thirteen year old daughter, holds many of the same values as her parents and wants to become a plastic surgeon. She attends an elite private school and is a straight-A all honors student. Tal has received about 40 certificates and awards in the past 6 years for her outstanding accomplishments in her education and piano. Her favorite things to do are study; learn about Japanese Pop culture, learn different languages and just like any teenage girl loves to shop!

    Although both Aaron and Vered have professional careers they spend a lot of time together as a family and they get along very well. They have a 50/50 parenting relationship and share all responsibilities. The Solomon's truly believe they are living the American Dream.

    Meet the Parodis Family!

    The Parodis, from Hayes, Virginia are a diverse, well grounded team that are a dynamic, educated and fun-loving family who enjoy spending time together and immersing themselves in their love of history and horses. The entire family loves to host Medieval Reenactments where people from all over the state of Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina come to compete in jousting, medieval equestrian games, sword fighting, Japanese sword classes, archery and vaulting.

    Mom, Sue, is very passionate about her six horses. She is an expert equestrian and accomplished horsewoman, instructor, trainer and judge, as well as a certified cardiology technician and medical assistant. She has ridden and trained numerous horses to the highest standards in dressage and multiple other riding disciplines both here in the United States as well as in Germany. She has tons of ribbons, trophies and awards that illustrate her prowess as a rider and trainer. Due to her love for horses, she treats the horses like family members and even her children say she spends more time in the barn than in the house. As a riding instructor and horse trainer, her daily routine starts at 5:00 a.m. and doesn’t end until all the horses have been fed, exercised and all the stalls cleaned. Currently she also works part time as a caterer and medical technician. For fun, Sue enjoys riding the horses, teaching riding and vaulting (gymnastics on a horse) and participating in the Medieval Reenactments that include the horses as active participants.

    Dad, Mike, is a Major in the United States Army. He is clearly in charge of his family and never one to mince words. He is an accomplished, professional officer specializing in program management and acquisition of communications and computer systems and holds a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Southern California. Mike is also a skilled equestrian and a knight. He devotes all of his spare time to researching medieval European and Japanese history focusing and specializing in the equestrian aspects of the time periods. Mike spends long hours fabricating armour, clothing and barding to realistically represent the medieval warrior, the horse and their place in their respective cultures. He maintains his equestrian skill by riding along with Sue. His long term goal is to bring the accurate, historical aspects of equestrian events and games into the Medieval Reenactment groups to which they belong. He spends his weekends participating in Medieval Reenactments, during which he takes on the historical persona of a 16th Century Italian Nobleman Baron complete with his horses.

    Together, Sue and Mike have a daughter Ariana, who is twenty-two and a son Marcello who is eighteen. Ariana works as a lifeguard and coaches a synchronized swimming team. She also helps her mom as an assistant coach and participating member of her mom’s vaulting team. She is currently studying to become a dental hygienist. Ariana has recently become engaged to Preston, who helps her father around the farm in his spare time, and they are planning to have a pirate-themed wedding.

    Marcello is following right along in his father’s footsteps. He is already an accomplished sword fighter, archer and horseman. He is a specialist in the ancient Japanese sport of Yabusame – shooting arrows at a target while riding a horse at the full gallop. He is currently attending college and working towards becoming a surgeon.
    Anyone watching? Brain surgery is boring?!?! I wanna be on the Solomon family's gift list.

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    I'm watching On & off - actually looks like it might be a boring episode, but I want to become friends with the Solomons.... But hey they worked to get where they are and more power to them. I could live like them more so than the others

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    I don't understand -when people sign up for this show-they are so closed minded!?! Both ways. And why sign up if you don't need the money you receive (okay- everyone always wants more money!)

    I did like the Solomon mom giving the children advice.
    Seems like Marc was appreciative.

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    That damn Rachel Ray and her alleged 30 minute meals...took me an hour and a half from start to finish...so I've missed most of the episode, but I'll rewatch it later. But my god, that Sue is obsessed with horses. So what if the Solomon family like to shop? I'd think that families spending time together doing what they all like is good any way you cut it. (Unless, of course, it's the Manson family.)

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    I feel like I missed something tonight. or did NOTHING really happen yet?

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    Vered and the rest of the Solomans seem to have abandonded any ideals they may have had. They seem to think that since they have moved to America, the land of the free, that money controls everything and they don't have to do anything that requires labour, as that would somehow make them lower class.

    Vered seems like a drama queen who has never actually done any work in her life, and I started laughing when Aaron got mad. What did Mike do to make her cry, she said she didn't feel like she was accepted there but it was she brought that on herself when she said she wouldn't participate in something that the Parodis family wanted to do. And when Mike said that was fine, but told her not to try and push her twisted ideals onto the children, he raised his voice a little.

    It looks like Aaron is a total hypocrite as well, they were insulting Sue's cooking and everything she likes. Not like that fat slug could do anything about what happened to his wife, I'm sure he's so angry he'll go right out and hire a lawyer to try and put a few more bucks in his pocket.

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    Where do they find these people?!?! The Solomons were completely and utterly classless - one telltale sign was their insistence that the Parodis family was without class. Just remember Solomon family - when you point out someone else's faults you have three fingers pointing back at yourself.

    Not only that but they were incredibly incredibly rude. I'm sorry, if you don't like the meal someone slaved to cook for you, you FAKE it. You don't sit there and point out everything you find wrong with it.

    I hope they watch this program and see how arrogant they are and how unprepared their daughter truly is for the "real world". She won't get far with that attitude unless daddy foots the bill the rest of her life.

    If this is their idea of being successful and cultured I'm glad I'm not. Would much rather be invited to a Medieval party.

    The only fault in the Parodis family is that the parents haven't yet come to terms with the horrific idea that their son might not be interested in the "family" hobby. They seem to be okay that their daughter prefers to be a Pirate instead of a Medieval damsel, so why the hesitation in letting their son choose his preference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by helpmeturnitoff;2146426;
    Where do they find these people?!?! The Solomons were completely and utterly classless - one telltale sign was their insistence that the Parodis family was without class. Just remember Solomon family - when you point out someone else's faults you have three fingers pointing back at yourself.

    Not only that but they were incredibly incredibly rude. I'm sorry, if you don't like the meal someone slaved to cook for you, you FAKE it. You don't sit there and point out everything you find wrong with it.
    Agreed. I can't say how disgusted I was with the Solomons. Their acting out at the Mexican restaurant, and especially Tal's reception of the sushi Medieval Mom bothered to prepare was especially reprehensible. What a horrible way to start a Saturday morning, watching a bunch of narrow-minded, hypercritical, whiny poseurs. I think they gave me cancer.

    I really want to know what was up with the 'vacation.' I think the Solomons might've been embarrassed of their real house; that Palm Springs jaunt just did not ring true.

    The Medieval Family wasn't much better though. Mom was waaay into those horses, to the exclusion of everything else. The daughter was a bit disconnected for her age. I'd like to say dopey, but that'd be mean. But I already said it, so whatever. And I'd really like to take a sword to that dad. His attitude is horrible, and I would love to give him a reality check. Only person I liked was Marcello.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MotherSister;2146755;
    Agreed. I can't say how disgusted I was with the Solomons. Their acting out at the Mexican restaurant, and especially Tal's reception of the sushi Medieval Mom bothered to prepare was especially reprehensible. What a horrible way to start a Saturday morning, watching a bunch of narrow-minded, hypercritical, whiny poseurs. I think they gave me cancer.

    I really want to know what was up with the 'vacation.' I think the Solomons might've been embarrassed of their real house; that Palm Springs jaunt just did not ring true.

    The Medieval Family wasn't much better though. Mom was waaay into those horses, to the exclusion of everything else. The daughter was a bit disconnected for her age. I'd like to say dopey, but that'd be mean. But I already said it, so whatever. And I'd really like to take a sword to that dad. His attitude is horrible, and I would love to give him a reality check. Only person I liked was Marcello.

    I was wondering about that Palm Springs vacation myself, they never did go to the house did they? The medieval family daughter I think for 21 was stuck at 12 and I do agree with mrs. Solomon thought that it appears their fantasy life has taken over for reality. Marcello is beginning to see the light. At the end when the letters were read and Mr. dark ages dad said the amount for debts wasn't enough I felt like screaming GET ANOTHER JOB and stop paying for this FANTASY life...

    One of the worse shows ever..

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    They should send the two Dads together on a fishing trip in the backwaters of the Mississipy valley - to sort out their issues - and maybe a jousting/wrestling match to top it off :-)
    Last edited by SurferBlonde; 11-18-2006 at 06:21 PM.

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