>Please, change the channel!

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>There are a few TV shows I just can’t bear to watch. Star Trek (any version) is one of them. Another one, no one outside of California will know about, is called California Gold with host Huell Howser.

It’s a travel-type show on PBS. The idea of a show about California, it’s random history and various tourist destinations sounds good to me, but for some reason, Huell’s voice makes me want to run screaming from the room when I hear that loud drawl pouring out of the TV’s speakers. My parents just love it. They Tivo it with regularity. I wish I could watch it. On the rare occasions when, I am forced to watch the program by my father and am able to take a second to focus on the show, it seems like Huell is a great guy.

Even now, just thinking about his speaking voice makes me feel like I’m on the verge of a seizure. Maybe there is some deep childhood trauma associated with the show and/or Huell Howser’s voice that I am repressing.

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