I am drained from watching 3 hours of "Bachelorette" stuff tonight (seriously, can they net this stuff out a bit more?). I was going to wait til tomorrow to write a post, but when I checked my computer we have over 1000 hits (half of which are from the last 2 hours) and a gazillion notes piling in from empathetic and looking-for-love women all over the U.S. So I wanted to get my thoughts in while they are fresh in my mind, and give you all a space to weigh in with yours.
My stomach was in knots for Jason, whom we all thought was the clear winner but in true reality TV style, they tricked us again. A friend sent me a note yesterday blaming me for getting her hooked on the show and rooting for our hometown guy. Her comment was "he seems like the natural winner...which is why I'm guessing he probably loses. This will break my heart."
It appears his heart was broken too. I welled up as I watched him bite his bottom lip to keep from crying. Loved the way he had the guts to ask her some tough questions in the post-show interview and even called DeAnna out by saying how she 'didn't look at him that way.' Which I noticed too. Early on, darn it, I was hoping they just edited it out. But, Jesse? REALLY? Seriously? Jason seemed to have all the right stuff- a mature, handsome, fun, handsome, good head on his shoulders handsome guy. He even took his rejection with class and dignity- a stand-up man without his body armor. Jesse must have slipped DeAnna a roofie b/c the snowboarder dude just wasn't doing anything for me. My mom was squawking and bellowing "Oh no! You've got to be kidding?!?" and from looking at Jesse's expressions it appears he can hardly believe his own good fortune.
Jason's heart will heal. And there is one thing I am sure of: This Kirkland man will not be hurting for a date anytime soon. Actually, given the responses we have received for him, I hope that ABC equips him with some sort of security detail or a taser at the very least. Should Jason be the next "Bachelor?" I dunno- I think it should be Jeremy so that Jason can pick up the pieces, spend some quality time with Ty, and weed through the resumes that are showing up at his front door. To Jason, thanks for being such a positive representation of a Kirklander and opening up our hearts. We're glad you're here and hope you find love again! ~j
ps- I'm hoping to have the chance to interview Jason once ABC PR clears it. If you have specific questions you'd like answers to (that are not self-serving) please send to email@example.com . As for comments, put 'em here- I'll make sure he reads :-)