One of the bad things about staying in a Hotel is... the TV. I didn't grow up with one, and Paula and I don't own one. When it's on I am totally distracted by it. Some of my friends can study with it on: if there is one on in a bar in the far corner I'll have to constantly fight looking at it to remain in a conversation.
Sometimes when I'm in a hotel I'll turn it on and channel surf for hours. I only do this in a hotel. Last night I was doing this and I landed on a reality TV show called American Chopper. I'd never heard of it before. The premise is simple: a father/son team build custom choppers for shows, competitions, and (I guess) customers. It is all welding and sculpture work -- I've seen most of the basics before: the same skills are used when putting together particle physics detectors. But the outcome is totally different (detector, chopper)! It was a lot of fun watching them putting stuff together; much more my speed that most of the other reality shows I've heard of (but never seen).