Friday, October 01, 2004

Amish in the City endgame...

I'm late with this, but it's been a busy week for a jobless writer in Boston.
As all of you know "Amish in the City" wrapped up last week and the five farmers departed our teevee screens with heads held high.
Below is a recap of my predictions along with the actual outcome.

Mose: Oldest and smartest of the bunch. At twenty four he drawls and makes droll comments like a farmer out of an Artemus Ward sketch. He is also a skilled craftsman and the most outwardly religious of the group. For all that he seems to be wrestling with his Amish status, he keeping coming back to the decision he must make in all his monologues.
Odds: 50-50

It appears that Mose opted to ditch the Amish lifestyle at the conclusion of the show...although he clearly prefers the rural life and will no doubt find a home in a less stringent sect.
I had a feeling he'd go over the side...he is just a little too reflective for the strict life of an Amish elder.

Miriam: blonde and bodacious she outwardly fits in with the SoCal zeitgeist. She seems to be enjoying herself no matter what is on the agenda. I get the impression though, she is just living it up and plans to resume the Amish lifestyle once she’s milked Southern California dry. Her allegedly off-screen pre-show fling with Randy demonstrates that there is a battle of the sexes going on even among the plain volk.
Odds: 60-40….Miriam is goin’ back.

This one surprised me, Miriam freely admitted she wasn't going back to the country nor accepting baptism into the Amish community. Clearly something about secular life struck a cord with her late in the process.

Jonas: Plain and simple, Jonas wants OUT! Don’t be fooled by his frequent confrontations with the “city kids”…all he is doing is flight testing his future “secular persona”.
Odds: 80-20 Jonas is out whether he passes his GED or not.

Jonas made some pro-Amish sounds late in the game but in the end as I predicted he opted out. he also passed his GED so good for him I say.

Randy: Tall blonde taciturn and a bit lispy, Randy makes the least impression on viewers. He is appropriately camera shy although he may be intimidated by the presence of his former girl friend Miriam in the mix.
Odds: 80-20 Randy is back on the first bus to Lancaster Pa.

Even shutmouthed Randy surprised me, he merely said he was returning to the country to resume his carpentry shtick...but he made his baptism into the Amish community contingent on "finding an Amish girl"....interesting.
Clearly Randy was doing some hard thinking all throughout the process...go figure?

Ruth: Ah Ruth….so full of questions…her monologues are things of wonder and delight. Clearly she was good and surprised by a lot of the things they’ve encountered in the city. Watching her deal with the least little thing like parking meters is really what the show is all about. Ruth is a bit like Mose in that she is constantly and guilelessly asking questions. He mind doesn’t seem to be made up and I wonder if she’ll chuck the Amish lifestyle when the klaxon sounds.
Odds 50-50, Ruth is a mystery.

Less of a surprise here, Ruth sounded like she was going back to the Amish life but a lot was contingent on the attitude of her boy friend "Marvin".
Didn't you just KNOW Ruth had an Amish sweetie named Marvin?
The republic is a little safer tonight knowing this...
Overall I enjoyed the show more than I should have, we get so few glimpses into that lifestyle...the five Amish kids were charismatic, countrified and often do you see that on TV?

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