Does life get much better than a three day weekend capped off with the season premier of The Bachelorette with friends, wine, and tons of chips and salsa? I think not.
Honestly, compared to lots of girls I know (ahem, Mom and Kathryn) I don't watch much reality TV (or TV in general really). I'm not really into drama, and I much prefer to get my smut in the form of blogs and other social media over TV. But, for some reason (I really don't know why), I've been a loyal fan of The Bachelor/ The Bachelorette almost since the very beginning (a quick scan of Wikipedia revealed that I've actually missed more seasons than I thought, but, whatever, I've been watching a long time). When the show first started in 2002, I was a senior in high school, and I can vividly remember watching the early seasons in college and thinking how "old" some of the contestants seemed... Fast forward 11 years (whoa), and I'm watching this premiere on the floor of my sun-room with a baby-monitor thinking "when did these guys get so young?" Weird how that happens huh?
Anyway, I was obviously pretty excited for the season premiere of Dez's Bachelorette last night. Despite the fact that she wasn't really one of my favorites on Sean's season*, I love any excuse to have a girl's night on a "school night" and - I admit - I kind-of love the way women all over the US "unite" to talk about it on social media etc. (FYI: If you aren't on Twitter during the episodes you are MISSING OUT.)
*I know there are a lot of Dez fans out there... I have nothing against her, something about her just seemed a little to fake to me last go around. But, I'm giving her a fair chance this season, and she did look beautiful last night!)
That said, I was a little disappointed in the episode to be honest. I miss Dez's bangs. I hate how the producers make her (I'm assuming/hoping they make her) do silly things like roller skate in knee-highs and chase sea-gulls. And, really, the men were not all that impressive...
I'm not sure who started the game of "make a lasting impression" when you get out of the limo, but I'm not a fan. I don't want a knight, a dancer, a perv, a poet, or a suit-designer - just shake my hand and tell me your name. Seriously! (Yes, I realize that there is good reason why I'm not on this show.)
In addition, is it just me, or did they all look EXACTLY alike (and all have "B" names last night). Thankfully, ABC provided a spreadsheet.
And finally, as if having a pile of identical clowns isn't bad enough, the first night combined with the carefully chosen "previews" for the rest of the season always leave me feeling a bit confused and stressed...
Case in point: I think Ben is adorable (nevermindthathetotallyexploitedhiskidatthebeginning), but the previews make him look like he's going to be the next Blakely of the bunch. Great.
Oh, also, did anyone else think his description of the Baby Mama was odd? Just me?
Lest this post becomes any more of a train-wreck than it already is, I'll end with this:
I was glad to see Larry (aka: Creepy Glasses Guy that made way too big a deal out of the fact that his intro didn't go as planned) go, and was super confused by Dez's decision to keep Zak W. (aka: naked boy), James (who is way too pretty to really be a boy but, clearly will be around a while), Kasey (#hashtagboy), and Mikey (aka: The Hulk).
Basically, I'm about 98% confused by this season already and very uninvested in the men so far.
I'm putting my money on Will - because he likes high fiving so much, Juan Pablo - because he has two names, and Dan - because he has stayed relatively quiet (and kind-of looks like a Ken doll, don't you think?).
What about you? Did you watch? What did you think?
Until next week,
(All photos from www.abc.go.com)
P.S. It has come to my attention recently (and this show totally reiterated it for me) that there are VERY few boy names in the universe. Ben/Will/Dan/Robert/Mike/Steve - I can hardly even think of any other names for boys. (There is, of course, also Bryden - but I'm pretty convinced that he made up that name for the show. Were people really using 'y's in names like that 26 years ago?)