WHAT IS HAPPENING?!?!??! RICK PERRY FOR ENERGY SECRETARY???? This is like a never-ending nightmare.
Rick Perry is going to manage our energy resources and our nuclear arsenal. My GOD. I thought that the worst thing that could happen is if Perry was appointed to lead the Department of Education, but damn, this is actually worse. My loathing of Perry knows NO BOUNDS. He is a doofus.
It’s hard to decide whose hair is worse. I cannot believe that this is real life. I appreciate that Trump doesn’t have time for security briefings, but has time for Kanye. Makes sense.
I feel personally attacked by this week.
The rest is all about Gilmore Girls. If you haven’t finished the series or watched A Year in the Life, then MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.
We finished it Monday night, and I’ve been on a roller coaster of thoughts and feelings since then. I’ve avoided any articles or reviews of the series so as not to corrupt my own feelings, so here it goes:
I loved Emily’s story. I wish there was more of her finding who she wanted to be without Richard. I LOVED LOVED LOVED the whale museum. And I really missed Richard.
Kirk. God bless, Kirk. I can get behind someone like Kirk because he’s a hustler. Kirk is odd, but he embraces who he is and is consistently ambitious. I admire that in a person. He also did an A+ job on that wedding decor and he’s a good friend to people. You can’t beat that.Lorelai’s face. WTF. I HATE that we live in a world where she felt like she needed fillers or whatever it is that she did. Lauren Graham is a beautiful woman who is going to be beautiful for a very long time. I know that aging is hard on a lot of people, but I guarantee that 49 year old Lorelai would have still have been a very beautiful woman. I was so distracted by it.Lorelai and Luke. I feel that only reason they made these new episodes was so that they could FINALLY get hitched. I am so glad Emily called her on the fact that everything exists on Lorelai’s terms or it doesn’t exist at all. I also really enjoyed her Wild adventure. It was so perfectly ridiculous. More Lorelai in the “wild” and less musical!Rory. Oh, Rory. I’ve been frustrated with Rory for so many seasons, but it finally came to a head with this. I had hoped her feckless and ineffectual nature were largely the result of youth and privilege. I had hoped that MAYBE when Rory went on the road after college that she would then realize that she is going to have to work and that it mostly won’t be easy. And that she will suck at stuff, but you still have to keep trying despite that. Just yesterday my boss gave me back a draft I wrote and told me to throw it away and try again. Actually, his exact words were, “Did you write this while you were asleep?” If it was after 2 pm, then it’s hard to say for sure. Failing happens over and over again (to me at least), but I didn’t run out of the office crying because he didn’t like my work. I rewrote the thing over and over until it met his expectations.
In the season seven finale I was thrilled when she didn’t get the New York Times internship. She didn’t deserve it because she hadn’t worked for it. She wasn’t involved in school. She was the editor of her paper for a semester, but so what? That’s not impressive at all compared to caliber of student she was up against. I always loathed that Rory and Paris were set up as competitors when Rory can’t compete with someone like Paris. Rory is smart, but she puts out little effort and she’s shown time and again that she’s not willing to overcome challenges. Paris is going to fight tooth and nail to fulfill her goals, and Rory is just going to exist and hope that something happens for her.
One of my friends noted that I was overly harsh on Rory because everyone deserves a chance to reassess and take a break, but I don’t know what Rory is taking a break from? It does not seem like’s she really been working hard in her field, and it’s not like she’s been in a career that she has recently realized is not for her. It seems like she’s just been flitting around doing a whole lot of nothing. She was embarrassing in that meeting with Condé Nast and she totally blew her opportunity with them. Paris would NEVER.
I was seething when she said that she was “broke.” She has a massive financial cushion from her grandparents (and no debt from school!), she can fly back and forth to London for booty calls, and is able to move in with her mom and Luke. That isn’t broke. She can’t buy underwear, but there’s always money for coffee. She mentions several opportunities to work at “lesser” places, but turns them down because they aren’t right for her. I have been accused of being “too old school” in my belief that finding the “right” job is a privilege that you earn with time and experience. You take jobs that are available, hope to learn from them, and plan to take that experience to move up one day to the “right” job. Rory does not appear to have put in the time or effort to be picky.
At one point, Rory seemed like the sort of eager person who would have taken any job just for the chance to work in a journalism field and learn from the experienced people who would be around her. That died. I think some of that is in the fact that by attending Yale, she somehow feels that she is owed better opportunities. Then there is her family and Logan. Both groups have set her up with the belief that because she is a Gilmore or Logan’s girlfriend, that she deserves more than others. She had access to a lot, but because she never actually appeared to try it never materialized.
A couple of friends have noted that she is 32, she’s young, and she needs space to figure it out. Why? She’s not 22. She is THIRTY-TWO. That is a grown woman. She’s a grown woman with a diploma from one of the most prestigious schools in America. She has access to endless amounts of money and connections thanks to her family and her “lover.” There is no excuse. I hate that this is what so many people think of my generation. I do not think that at the age of 32 there is any excuse to be floundering around doing nothing. Go back to school. Find a different job. DO SOMETHING. Even her “trying” to find a new job lacked actual effort. There was zero hustle.
If she didn’t have a family of means, then she would be living on the street. Rory can fail because there are no consequences other than some mild embarrassment which everyone quickly wipes away with their assurances that she is meant for greatness. Most people have far too much to lose to just give up so easily. There is no excuse for Rory. I’m glad she’s had so many failures because she has done nothing to have success.
Finally, I think the way that she treated Paul was vile. I don’t know if the whole “Oh, Rory’s boyfriend is so forgettable” was supposed to be amusing, but it wasn’t. It wasn’t funny that she kept forgetting to break up with him or that she ignored him. They were dating for over TWO YEARS. That is bullshit. I was at first surprised to see her cheating on him with Logan who is engaged to someone else is, but then I remembered that whole married Dean mess.
I don’t have any patience for Rory’s lack of ambition or work ethic, but that doesn’t make her a bad person. It just makes her not the person that she (and the people around her) believe her to be. This Paul/Logan mess is not good. And The Life and Death Brigade was amusing in college. As adults, I cannot roll my eyes harder at that whole segment. None of those guys matured at all. They all act like they are still 22 which is probably why Rory can’t pull herself away from Logan. He probably reminds her of a time when she thought she would be a different person.
Rory is only interesting when her mom is involved. Lorelai is one of the smartest people on the show, and I can at least understand her mistakes usually because she is trying to DO things in her life. Lorelai has ambition and is willing to put in the effort to achieve her dreams. I hate that Rory is probably going to get glory and success by using her mother’s story and energy for her own gain. Also, I cannot imagine what a whiner Rory will be as a mother. I assume at some point this story will continue because what else does Alexis Bledel have going on right now? I want a Paris spinoff!