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You Down With OCD?

by Wing Chun January 10, 2006
Intervention: “Gabe And Vanessa”

Gabe says, "I've been very dissatisfied with myself in a lot of ways, because everybody told me that I had such promise." Gabe, I am willing to bet that all the promise people said you had involved your academic pursuits, and not so much your fledgling efforts at being the next Biz Markie. But betting is wrong, so I won't. He adds, "I had a lot of reasons to be depressed, and some of that depression led me to gambling, because it was an escape." As Gabe fills out a form in a Western Union office, Irv says that if someone keeps trying so hard to escape, the ultimate escape is death. Don't tell us, tell him! Then the BSOSF has to make me feel bad for saying that: "Gabe's last suicide attempt was less than a year ago. His father found him hanging from a tree and saved his life." That wasn't a real attempt, it was just a cry for help. If he really wanted to do it, he wouldn't have done it somewhere his dad would find him. Seriously, he probably did it on, like, their front lawn, and only after he saw their car coming. (Yeah, that's cold. FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS, PEOPLE.) Gabe says he still thinks about suicide sometimes: "Because my parents have poisoned my relationship with the rest of my family, and made it impossible for me to go to anybody for any kind of financial help." Well, that's one thing they did right.

Back to Vanessa, just in time to stop me MapQuesting a driving route to L.A. so I could go there and kick Gabe's sorry ass. Vanessa is in a cute (expensive-looking) boutique, saying how much she loves it there. "Naomi, Store Manager" says that when Vanessa comes in, "there's a certain intensity behind her search. You start to question if there was a problem or not. If you feel like there's a problem going on, you don't want to add to it in any way or encourage somebody." But that must be hard for someone whose job it is to sell shit in a retail environment; it's not up to them to figure out who might have a shopping compulsion, and if the whole point of a store's being there is to convince everyone who goes in there to buy stuff that, strictly speaking, they probably don't need...I'm just saying, I don't think it's Naomi's responsibility to dissuade Vanessa from shopping so long as her credit card's not getting declined, you know? Vanessa tearfully voice-overs, "If I had saved money from the show that I was on, I mean, I would have had a house, or a car. But instead, it was twenty-six thousand dollars on crap, that I don't even remember buying. I don't even know what it was that I have!" Interview Vanessa adds, "Unless I'm really lucky, and I get some major job, I may not have insurance next year."

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You Down With OCD?

by Wing Chun January 10, 2006
Intervention: “Gabe And Vanessa”

Gabe says, "I've been very dissatisfied with myself in a lot of ways, because everybody told me that I had such promise." Gabe, I am willing to bet that all the promise people said you had involved your academic pursuits, and not so much your fledgling efforts at being the next Biz Markie. But betting is wrong, so I won't. He adds, "I had a lot of reasons to be depressed, and some of that depression led me to gambling, because it was an escape." As Gabe fills out a form in a Western Union office, Irv says that if someone keeps trying so hard to escape, the ultimate escape is death. Don't tell us, tell him! Then the BSOSF has to make me feel bad for saying that: "Gabe's last suicide attempt was less than a year ago. His father found him hanging from a tree and saved his life." That wasn't a real attempt, it was just a cry for help. If he really wanted to do it, he wouldn't have done it somewhere his dad would find him. Seriously, he probably did it on, like, their front lawn, and only after he saw their car coming. (Yeah, that's cold. FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS, PEOPLE.) Gabe says he still thinks about suicide sometimes: "Because my parents have poisoned my relationship with the rest of my family, and made it impossible for me to go to anybody for any kind of financial help." Well, that's one thing they did right.

Back to Vanessa, just in time to stop me MapQuesting a driving route to L.A. so I could go there and kick Gabe's sorry ass. Vanessa is in a cute (expensive-looking) boutique, saying how much she loves it there. "Naomi, Store Manager" says that when Vanessa comes in, "there's a certain intensity behind her search. You start to question if there was a problem or not. If you feel like there's a problem going on, you don't want to add to it in any way or encourage somebody." But that must be hard for someone whose job it is to sell shit in a retail environment; it's not up to them to figure out who might have a shopping compulsion, and if the whole point of a store's being there is to convince everyone who goes in there to buy stuff that, strictly speaking, they probably don't need...I'm just saying, I don't think it's Naomi's responsibility to dissuade Vanessa from shopping so long as her credit card's not getting declined, you know? Vanessa tearfully voice-overs, "If I had saved money from the show that I was on, I mean, I would have had a house, or a car. But instead, it was twenty-six thousand dollars on crap, that I don't even remember buying. I don't even know what it was that I have!" Interview Vanessa adds, "Unless I'm really lucky, and I get some major job, I may not have insurance next year."

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