I have to admit -- as I’m watching this episode for the first time in my living room (center stage for much of the season) with my roommate JP (she of the soon-to-be-classic facial reaction shots) and my small white shih-tzu, Lilly, (my better-looking, furrier half and the real star of the show), the entire thing feels…surreal. To say the least.
What, exactly, have I learned? Miss Advised Lesson #1: Never move across the country while on camera. Miss Advised Lesson #2: Never turn your back on anyone. Ever. Because I now know what I look like from behind while in sweatpants -- a bit of knowledge that I am quite certain I could have gotten through life happier without!
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s navigate through this paragon of neuroses chronologically.
First off, I get a big kick out of the way they’ve chosen to launch each episode, with the producer asking us a question we, as “dating experts,” answer frequently.
Truthfully, I always feel a little silly calling myself an expert without first defining what I think “expert” means. Physicist Niels Bohr once said, “An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” Given THAT definition, I consider myself an expert in many fields, dating and relationships being two of them.
Julia! I love watching you on the show the most out of the other two women. I think it's because I feel like I can relate to you. I'm currently a sophomore in college and I'm planning on becoming a journalist. I've made up my mind that after I graduate from college I'm moving to LA because literally NOTHING happens in Virginia. When Is saw that you too decided to make the move for journalistic reasons, I had no choice but to connect with you! I look forward to seeing you evolve on the show! Best of luck with everything! :)
I just have to say....after watching the show and reading your blog, you are remarkably like my both my best friend and I combined. You have Laura's crazy dating life (mine is nonexistent at the moment) and my quirky, awkward, sweetness that I literally feel like I am watching my best friend and I on TV!
What is there not to love about Julia?! She's genuine and relatable. The tutu's are only a plus. While I can relate to Julia in several aspects, including but not limited to: her shitzu Lilly, making every mistake possible, occasionally reeking of dating desperation, blah, blah, blah, her close relationship with her grandmother resinates most closely to me. I was raised with a similar bond to my grandmother, who has been very ill recently. Julia, I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a lovely addition to the first episode, and I was hoping to see more of her. I love the aphorism, "let it unfold" and will be borrowing during a transitional time between dropping out of law school and "frantically worrying...what I [am] going to do with my career [and] where I [will] live [and] whether my life [will] EVER work out." Best wishes, darling!
I am sure you accepted this blind date to be able to write about it on your column because right away you questioned him as if you were conducting an interview. It was not a normal conversation where you could learn about each other. Usually the rule is not to kiss on the first date and there is a reason for that rule. Of course I may be old fashion but when a woman is too aggressive, too fiesty and too anxious to kiss. When he refused to kiss you on the lips and directed you to the cheek was a message. The topic of not kissing should have been dropped. Another post indicated he was probably on the date to get on camera and perhaps had a girlfriend. Anyway, the next time you go out on a date with someone you really want to get to know start off without the interview questions about dating. Good luck with the series.
nice way to circumvent all of the criticism that you know you're going to hear about your horrendous manners, abhorrent behavior and outright lies about your being a dating columnist.