April 14, 2010

Time marches on, and eventually you realize it’s marchin’ all over your face.

Posted in Nerdiness, Past, The Happy, The Who at 8:22 am by Dagny Taggart

You know, because maybe somewhere back in your brain, Jake Ryan was your older sister’s crush.  Because when that movie came out, you were just a year or two shy of having crushes or really understanding them, premature discovery of V.C. Andrews novels notwithstanding.  And so, when you actually got around to seeing the movie again, you saw the oh-so-very-eighties clothes, and you thought it was all very cute, and certainly there was nothing objectionable about Mr. Ryan, but he just wasn’t doing it for you.

No, because by that point in time, you had found your own definitive crush.  And his name was no paltry three-syllable concoction.  No, no.  This was TWICE the crush, for twice the syllables.  And… he leaned really, really well.

And maybe you discovered that you could see him again, on Hulu.  You could watch him lean to your heart’s content!  Or… whatever.

You could watch him break your Angela’s heart, and forgive watch her forgive him.  And remember how thoroughly you crushed on him, along with her.

And maybe, while you were re-watching, you noticed just how… flannel everything seemed.  And … overalled.  And…  wow.

And then you realized that there are people out there – you’re sure you don’t know who, but there are people for whom someone else, some younger, Robert Pattinson type, is Jordan Catalano.  Which is pretty upsetting, or something.



  1. Lemon Gloria said,

    I am older than you and so Jake Ryan was a totally reasonably aged crush for me in high school. And oh, I crushed all the way from New Delhi. I also loved him in Mermaids. Although he was a man of few words, now that I think about it. Just very pretty to look at.

  2. Lemon Gloria: At least Jake Ryan was a reasonably respectable guy. Jordan Catalano was *such* the bad boy – if one thinks about the impact he had on teenage girls’ future relationships, it’s quite alarming.

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