Flying Comfortably

Let’s be real. Flying sucks (unless you’re in first class, of course). So for peasants such as myself, economy seating is the way to go.

I dislike the wait times one must endure, the lack of space between seats, the bipolar air conditioner. I could go on, but I think you get the gist.

Over the years I’ve tried to find several ways to make travel a bit more pleasant. Here are just a few tips:

For starters, if you’re flying solo, avoid sitting in the middle. I usually take red eye flights, and let me tell you, it is no fun having complete strangers lean towards your side when you’re trying to get some shut eye. Personally, I like booking an aisle seat simply because I like to get up and stretch. Plus, I don’t bother anyone when I have to get up to use the restroom.

Second, stay hydrated. I’ve found that I often get sick when I travel. Usually, I feel my throat get so dry because of the air conditioning which chooses to not work in my favor. Sometimes it’s too cold, other times too hot… Sometimes both! So drink plenty of liquids – it’s recommended that you avoid caffeinated drinks.

You’ll find that in cold conditions you don’t always get a blanket provided by the airline. Consequently, I always pack a scarf; it acts like a blanket. I don’t carry neck pillows because I hate carrying more than I need to. However, I’ve found that the head rest part of your seat does the same function. You can fold the sides so that your head has a cushion to lean on any side. If you’re tall, it even stretches upwards.

As far as entertainment goes; I believe that airlines do a good job providing you with the latest in movies and shows, so no need to worry in that department. Though airlines provide you with their own headsets, I recommend using your own. I have no ulterior motive for this; I just prefer my own hearing device.

The food is often a hit or miss in my opinion. So, if you’re picky about your food I suggest bringing your own. The airports have many fast food chains; I’m sure you can find something that is to your liking. But please, be considerate of others when you choose your food. Avoid foods that are smelly like tuna or eggs, for example. And also stay away from foods that you know can potentially make you feel sick, such as greasy foods.

If you pack a clear liquids bag that you absolutely need to take with you, use the items contained within. Numerous times, I’ve included so many items to take with me because I believed these were items I absolutely needed. At the end, I ended up not even using them. Examples of such items are shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, or shaving cream. These are items that hotels usually give complimentary. I do like to take my toothbrush and toothpaste for long rides though.

Last but not least, dress comfortably. Wear shoes that are easy to remove at airport security and clothes that are breathable. Dressing comfortably does not mean that you’re losing fashion by the way! There’s a way to combine both. I’m no fashion expert though haha, so I can’t really help you in that area.

These are just a few of the things that work for me. Hope that they can be of assistance on your next flight too!

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Travel Planning

Today’s blog is all about travel planning! It is a very suitable topic, considering that I am in the process of preparing for my next travel destination. I am truly beyond stoked about this upcoming trip! It will be a girls-only getaway where we will finally get to decompress and recharge.

Planning this trip has been loads of fun and a rediscovery for me about just how OCD I am when it comes to mapping out a vacation. Most of the time that I’ve traveled, I’ve journeyed with my family, so of course, they are accustomed to my madness. Even though my friend will be traveling with me for the second time now, I am conscientious of how controlling I can be. She’s just too nice to say it!

Nevertheless, our friendship has a way of working out both of our personalities. Whereas I like to have a plan; she is the “go with the flow” kind of gal. Together, we find a middle ground and good balance. However, those who have traveled with me cannot deny that my organizational skills do come in handy. Which is why I decided to share the few drops of wisdom that I have concerning this subject.

So, let me begin by saying – we are not going on a long vacation. I figure that the probability of returning is low, because let’s face it, I’m not rich. Thus, for me it’s about getting to know a place as much as possible during the limited time I have in a country.

To start planning a trip, you should have a travel destination in mind. My choice of travel depended on one thing alone – air flight pricing. Once you find a destination that fits your interests or budget goals, you have to start thinking about where you will be staying at.

Your choice of lodging should depend on a variety of factors. Think about what type of vacation you want. Do you want to stay somewhere where it is more secluded? do you want to be closer to the city? Of course, all of this is also dependent on something very important… your budget. In my case, I was looking for more budget friendly hotels. My friend and I both knew that a hostel wasn’t something we wanted to go for this time around. Because we are traveling in low season, we were able to find a good alternative closer to the more modern city.

Once you have both a place to stay at and an air flight ticket, you can start planning what you will be doing during your stay.

Do I make an itinerary? Yes, I’m guilty of that. However, I am mindful that we might find places that are way more interesting, and we can always deviate from our original plans. The reason I find itineraries useful is because I like to have a generalized idea of places where we will go; I don’t want to get to a destination, waste time and not explore. Time is precious; value it!

How do you even start planning though? We are very fortunate to have many great sources to take advantage of in this day and age. The internet provides you with so many ideas of places to visit, restaurants to eat at, or places to stay in. Your local library can also provide you with great books on travel ideas. Usually, I begin by typing “Places to visit in _____” using google. Google generates the top visited places in the area.

After you write down those places, you begin your detective work. Go through each place you’ve selected, and read reviews. I usually go to Yelp or a website akin to it. This gives me a better idea of the place and if it is worth visiting. Next, I look at these places on a map. I zoom in (thank you google maps!), and start finding what other places nearby there are to visit, such as restaurants or towns. Again, I go through each place that seems promising and read reviews for it.  I know, some of you guys may be thinking that this is nuts. Nonetheless, for a person who loves planning (such as myself), this is diversion.

Once that phase is complete, I like to look at different venues where I find stories or blogs from other writers. Think WordPress or Pinterest. I feel that the more you read, the more opportunities you’ll find to visit places that are not tourist traps. Also, I honestly just enjoy finding out more about the experiences of other travelers.

OK – so let’s say you’re done with your research on places you’d like to get to know. Then comes the hard part. You must know your limits; that means knowing your budget $$. It’s basically the same principle you used (should have used) when you purchased your plane ticket and hotel lodging.

Having knowledge of how much you can spend, will either allow you to visit more areas or will create the opposite effect. If you have a budget to splurge on, good for you! You get to carry on most, if not all, of the activities of interest.

However, if you’re low on funds (which tends to be my case), you have to get creative. That means, finding more affordable restaurants or visiting more places that are low cost. That is not to say that your whole trip should be this way. I find it’s fun if you splurge on one thing you have your heart set on. Find a good balance.

I hope some of these tips come in handy when you plan for your next trip. Bon voyage!

Humanity is Not Lost.

In the wake of what is described as the “deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history,” I feel compelled to share my thoughts on the matter. On Sunday, October 1st, a suspect identified as Stephen Poddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay at a crowd that had gathered for a concert in Las Vegas. This resulted in the death of close to 60 individuals, and more than 500 injured.

Let me begin by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and all those affected by this senseless act of violence. The concert was a family oriented one, and I cannot even fathom that sense of fear, hurt, and sorrow everyone involved felt during that lapse of terror.

I am very well aware that we do not live in a bubble where we are all safe from mass shooters, however, this is not something that happens every day. This is not the norm; nor should it be.  However, I predict that America will sadly continue down this path unless tougher gun control laws are put in place. I could continue with my rant on this subject, but instead, I want to focus on what little good can come out of this.

Through such incidents we are reminded that humanity is not lost. Already, we have started hearing stories of people who carried those wounded to hospitals, strangers who supported one another while they hid together or individuals that assisted others to get to safer areas. That is the beauty of the human spirit. People, regardless of age, gender, religion or political affiliation, have come together as one to elevate all those affected by this tragedy in prayer and to support in any way possible.

There is a sense of outrage and devastation over what happened. As there should be! For a while, I too, have felt so overwhelmed with all of the tragedies that have been transpiring around the world. From hurricanes, to earthquakes, to politics…it’s all so chaotic. But I urge you to not give up. The world needs good people now more than ever. Continue to spread love and kindness. Trust me, it makes a difference.

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall!

Summer is officially over and autumn is now claiming its reign. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed fall. It is the season that brings my favorite holiday to the forefront – thanksgiving! Though we are weeks away from that auspicious occasion, there is definitely a change in the air, as October kicks off the holiday season.

Believe it or not, I had never in my life experienced the joys of visiting a pumpkin patch. That is, until now. I visited the Underwood Family Farm for its 20th Fall Harvest Festival. We arrived quite early to the site, and already there were rows of cars filling up the parking lot. Finding the entrance to the festival was quite easy… just follow the pumpkins! Admission was $15 – I believe that the price increases the closer you get to Halloween.

Once you enter the premises, you’re welcomed by a worker who provides you with a map, and you’re also greeted with the unique smells that animals bring to light. Before your very eyes you see children running around, some content petting the sheep, and others over the moon riding ponies. Though it is a cute spectacle to observe, we didn’t linger in this area for too long.

Beyond the petting zoo sphere, you are introduced to a line up of many vendors. There’s an area to sit and rest where you can feast on corn on the cob, garlic fries, or other yummy treats like a delicious pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Next to this area, there is a main stage where performers entertain. Parallel to this area, you find the entrance to the corn maze (look for an entrance with a rainbow).

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The corn maze brought out of me every good memory of my childhood. Here, adults and children alike would find themselves laughing at dead ends, perplexed, trying to find their way out. The idea of getting lost is probably not one many may think of as a fun one; but don’t let this deter you from the experience. We found that there were people close to us most of the time, so if you get lost, there is someone around to help you. Our indication that we had arrived to the end was a pyramid of hay stacks. It was a beautiful feeling.

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Thereafter, we made it to the pumpkin patch. What really allures me are the colors and shapes that these pumpkins possess. You might think it’s funny, but I really enjoy such compositions for photography. Around this area you’d find wagons and horse carriages that pull kids and adults alike around the pumpkin patch area.

 

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We had such a wonderful time at the festival. I can’t believe that I had never done this before! These gatherings are not meant solely for children ~ they are great fun for the whole family. We left the pumpkin patch with a pumpkin of our very own. We created great memories and look forward to visiting again next year.

 

Labor Day at Yosemite National Park

September 4 rolled by this weekend. Labor Day. It was the unofficial reminder that summer is coming to an end.

This holiday came like a sweet salve to many of us who longed for a summer break. Our holiday has its roots through long battles of worker’s rights in the country. To celebrate, some Americans get the day off and have the opportunity to engage in good ol’ consumerism, BBQs, theme parks, etc. I was amongst the fortunate ones to have the day off.

In lieu of this holiday, my family and I took a road trip to Yosemite National Park.  I’ve been going to Yosemite ever since I can remember. Though I’ve gone often, I still haven’t been able to explore the park in its entirety. Regardless, I always have a good time.

Yosemite is very nature oriented. So, if this is not your neck of the woods, you’ll be vastly disappointed. But if you are like me, who loves seeing forests and waterfalls – you’ll fall in love.

Under different circumstances, I’m sure I would have loved coming to Yosemite this time around. Not on Labor Day weekend. These were the trials we faced: 1) a fire 2) long wait times 3) parking.

The usual trajectory that we take to get to Yosemite was closed because of a fire that had started two days prior. So, we were deviated on another highway which caused us about an hour delay. The upside is that we passed through this quaint little town called Mariposa, which I wish we would have had more time to get to know. When we got closer to the entrance of the park, we had to wait in our cars as they were only letting in a limited amount at a time; this took like another hour. Once inside, finding parking was a challenge too. Despite all this, we all kept it cool. It’s all about attitude.

But truthfully speaking, it was exhausting. The weather was not helping at all either. We were going through a heat wave, and temperatures were above 100 degrees most of the time. That, and the air quality which wasn’t too great because of the fire, made it a bit uncomfortable. However, that did not ruin the beautiful scenery that was presented before our very eyes. The water from the waterfalls was not as heavy as when you visit in May when the snow is melting. However, it was still magnificent to see. The river running throughout the park created a calming effect wherever you stood.

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You stand and look up and marvel at God’s beautiful creations. You feel so insignificant next to these huge boulders. The green landscape is a feast for your eyes.

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After our visit, we went to our hotel in Fresno. Though we were a bit tired, shortly after settling in, we took a dip in the pool. It was 6:30 PM, and still over 100 degrees! Heading back to LA, we stopped at another area which we like to visit for sentimental reasons. Avocado Lake.

Truth be told, it is not the park that we once enjoyed. The lake has not had the maintenance that it used to have in years prior. People go inside to swim; but honestly, I would not recommend it. The river however, continues to make me smile. This one is better to take a dip in if you desire because it is always flowing, whereas the lake is stagnant. It is very cold though! We enjoyed sitting by the river and listening to the water hit the rocks and tree branches. Quite relaxing despite the summer heat.

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So, though I would not recommend coming to Yosemite during Labor Day weekend, it remains a stunning park that is worth visiting. Yosemite hits my soft spot for many reasons. Every time I visit I feel like I’m at peace in this place. It reminds me of childhood; it reminds me of my mom’s smile. It reminds me of good times. Go to Yosemite and create your own happy memories.

 

London Trip

A few years back, I went to England with my brother to experience the summer Olympics. “Cheerio! Would you like a cup of tea?” That’s the best impression of a British person that I had. And probably the worst impersonation too. My apologies to all Brits for trying to emulate your accent. But gosh, is that accent sexy!

Going to England was a dream come true. I always wanted to visit the land of Jane Austen, and see the life of Shakespeare through a whole new set of eyes. And that I did. I believe that I visited England during a very festive and exciting time. During that period, the city was welcoming people from all over the world for the Olympics. This worked greatly to our favor because for one, security was high, and two, all train stations had people at your disposal to direct you whenever you were lost.

Without a doubt, the train system or The Tube, as the British call it, is the best way to get around the city. For us, this was the first time we had ever taken public transportation. Why? Because California’s public transportation system sucks. Unfortunately, in L.A. we live in a car culture, where there is one car per family member. Fortunately, things are beginning to change – but we have a long way to go. I am going off in a tangent, but to the point, take The Tube; it will save you time and money.

Our exploration of London began through our hop-on & hop-off bus passes. This is my recommendation; if the weather is nice, sit on top of the open double decker bus (we went during July; the weather was very bipolar). You’ll get a great view of the city.  With these passes, you have the option to get off wherever you desire (within the traversed route), and after exploring that area, you get to get back on the bus (don’t worry – they give you a schedule of bus stops) as many times as need be (within bus service times, of course). I can’t recall too well, but I believe we got a pass for two days because there was simply too much to see in one day alone. We found the passes to be much more convenient than paying each time to get on a bus or taxi to get from point A to point B. Besides, if you’re tired, you just get to sit and enjoy the bus ride that takes you all around the loop to see everything.

There were many places throughout the city that caught our attention.

Our first stop was at the London Eye. You can’t miss this site. It is a huge Ferris wheel overlooking the city. Relatively close to the London Eye you’ll find Big Ben. I had always seen it on TV during New Years, and it is truly quite a sight. If you continue towards it, you’ll see The Palace of Westminster or the house of parliament and adjacent to it, is Westminster Abbey, a beautiful church.

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What is so stunning about London is that there is this nice juxtaposition between old and new. For instance, you can visit the famous Tower of London, infamous for imprisoning royalty and executing them as well, between modern day structures like restaurants and cafes. You’ll find Tower Bridge nearby as well.

England is synonymous with royalty. The British have a strong and long history of royals ~ it is only befitting to become involved in the monarch world. What is visiting England if you don’t see castles and where the queen lives at times? You must visit Buckingham Palace and see the changing of the guards. We didn’t get to see the changing of guards when we visited Buckingham, but were fortunate to see the tradition while we visited Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is extraordinary. The whole town is just so picturesque.

While in London, we also got the opportunity to visit Trafalgar Square. There, you’ll find the National Gallery. It houses great paintings from famous painters like Leonardo Da Vinci or Jan Van Eyck.  From a distance, while we were on our hop-on hop-off bus, we could spot St. Paul’s cathedral. It truly is marvelous architecture.

“To be or not to be?” There’s much more to see. Stay alive! haha. Shakespeare is one of those authors that you have either read about or know about. There are just so many scripts he wrote – from ‘Measure for Measure’, to ‘MacBeth,’ to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Albeit, his literary compositions are hard to understand in modern times because the language has obviously changed, the man had great talent. I wanted to find out more about his beginnings, and so we visited Stratford Upon Avon. The small village, like most places I had traversed thus far, was gorgeous. We passed cottages, and the actual village is very tourist oriented. We found great paninis too!

From there, we went to Warwick Castle. Now, I have mixed feelings about this castle. Yes, it is an actual castle, but it may not seem so for many reasons. For one, this castle has a theme park kind of feel. You are greeted by staff dressed in costume that are supposed to mimic the people of the time when the castle was at its peak. There are a lot of elements that are mostly for show. But the actual castle is superb. It was a place that totally caught me off guard because I was expecting another castle visit like that of Windsor.

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A bit out of the way, but totally worth seeing is the city of Bath. You’ll see a preserved Roman Bath, with standing Roman ruins that still eject liters of steaming spring water each day. People believe that the water contains minerals believed to have healing powers. The quaint city is striking; I had a yummy great gelato to accompany me on my stroll while enjoying the sights.

From there, we saw what I think was the coolest part of our trip – Stonehenge. Stonehenge remains a puzzle to many. There are many theories as to the purpose of why these stones were positioned in the manner that they are now in. According to History.com, many scholars believe that Stonehenge was once a burial ground. What is even more mystifying is how these stones got moved without modern technology or even the wheel. Regardless of what your theory of the purpose and creation of this installment, you’ll be fascinated to be in the presence of one of the wonders of the world.

I’m sure there are other notable places I’ve forgotten to mention – mind you, this trip took place a few years back. I’m not sure if London has changed much since then. But if it has kept the same charm I experienced, I’m sure you are going to have a wonderful time too!

Denouncing Racism.

I think we all know that racism exists. Those of us who are part of minority groups understand all types of stereotypes and bigotry that live. In light of recent events that have occurred in the United States though, I feel like we should not keep silent to the hateful rhetoric that prevails.

The United States is indeed a divided country. There’s no question about it. Though we had the Civil Rights movement in the 1950-60s, I feel we have made slow progress since then. The issues that predominated then, are still present now.

Not too long ago, there was a demonstration that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. There was a clash between white supremacist and anti-racism protesters. A speeding car rammed into the anti-racism protesters, killing Heather Heyer, and injuring many others in the process. 45 (AKA: Trump), failed to call out the white supremacist groups for their hateful message.

The first time he made his speech on the incident, he called out the actions of “both sides” as if both groups were equivalent to one another. The second time, he read out of a teleprompter to try and rectify his initial message in a manner that honestly, didn’t seem genuine. Then the third time, he fell back to his initial message. He has, to a certain extent, propelled a division that is deeply rooted.

Growing up I always read about the evils that happened in the United States with white supremacist groups like the KKK. Never in my life did I think I’d see them come back out with the audacity of marching on streets. This is not right. This is not normal. Suddenly it seems like these hate groups have been given a license to roam freely.

Often, I hear some complaining about the “black lives matter” movement. They say “all lives matter.” No duh? Of course, all lives matter. However, the black lives matter movement is to demonstrate that there are discrepancies on how blacks are treated when it comes to poverty and genocide, the prison system, etc. Per blacklivesmatter.com, the movement began when Treyvon Martin was murdered by Andrew Zimmerman who was acquitted of his crime. Since then, the movement has shined light on other black men and women who have been treated unfairly by the system, like the case of Philando Castile for instance. His girlfriend livestreamed the aftermath of a police officer shooting him. This case is just one of many that demonstrate how blacks as well as other minorities are often profiled.

I am here to denounce all speechmaking of hate, discrimination and racism. Racism is not right, and never will be. We are not going to go back. It is up to everyone to look deep inside themselves to stand up against all that is unjust. You don’t have to make something grandiose to carry on this message. Sometimes, all it takes is just educating people at the local level so the message can be passed on.

Bullying

Growing up, I was very fortunate to never experience bullying. That is not to say that I was ever unaware of it. My brother was bullied for his weight, and I knew of cousins who were harassed because they were simply Hispanic. I think that the sphere I was in was greatly sheltered though, and therefore, I was not exposed to it as much as others.

I wanted to breach this issue since it is a topic that we are all keenly aware of, and one which has generated much attention in recent years. Two Netflix movies that put bullying on my radar were ‘Cyber Bullying’ and ‘13 Reasons Why.’ As a millennial, it is hard for me to put myself into the shoes of younger generations in regards to this subject because they face a wider set of challenges than I did.

I did not grow up with a computer at hand, and the internet at my disposal. Heck! I barely had dial up internet when I was in high school, and used it throughout my college years whenever I was not able to at the university. Yes, I ran across MySpace and Facebook, but again, that was closer to my undergrad years.

As the movie ‘Cyber Bullying’ demonstrates, bullying takes a whole new approach in this day and age. Not only can you be bullied at school, but bullying can now be perpetuated through the internet world. This brings in a whole wider audience. There are many scenarios that are terrifying about this. One, information is shared. Two, you don’t know who the information is shared by. Three, once something is shared on the internet it exists there forever.

Per StopBullying.Gov, bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time. Examples of bullies are those who use their power such a physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity to control or harm others, making threats, spreading rumors, exclusion on individuals from groups. Bullies tend to repeat their behavior.

Controversial to many, ’13 Reasons Why’ brought out a clear message of the extremities that bullying can lead some to. I didn’t think that I would enjoy the series, because it seemed like it was for a younger audience. But, I was instantly hooked because even though I am no longer at that stage in my life, the show demonstrated many problems that are wrong with today’s society.

Something that we can all relate to growing up, regardless of which generation you come from, is the need to be accepted or included. As an adult, that matters less – but even in the adult world, you must work with others in comradery. Youth today are bombarded with images of who they should be like, and trends dictating what they should look like too. We put labels on people, limiting their possibilities.

The show reminded me of how naïve we are growing up and at times, how immature we seem even as adults. Sometimes, we join in behavior that seems harmless, but fail to think about how that comportment is affecting the person being the target of jokes, gossip, etc. As I said, maybe our actions are not deliberate, but it is a cue for us to be more conscious of how our actions affect those around us.

I’m no expert at combating bullying. But if you or anyone you know is being bullied and they don’t know who to reach out to, have them call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Per GirlsHealth.Gov, here are a few suggestions on how you can take part and help too:

  • Do not join in the bullying or idly watch as it happens – I’ve always believed that silence is another way to accept or assert an action. Be proactive; the victim will thank you.
  • Stop rumors from continuing – If someone comes to you with gossip, don’t share it. Mind your own business! After all, you wouldn’t want someone to share a rumor about you.
  • Stand up for the person being bullied – Proceed with caution with this one. Only do it if it’s within your capacity; if you find that it is safe to do so. Otherwise, seek the help from an adult.
  • Talk to the person being bullied and encourage him or her to speak with an adult.
  • Offer support – just letting him or her know that you are there to motivate them goes a long way!

Gilmore Girls Review

Gilmore Girls came out at the cusp of my middle school days, and became much more popular as I transitioned to high school. I remember sitting in my Algebra 2 class, passing notes back and forth with my friend, sharing the love and woes of this great show. “Jess did what!?” “Logan…why!??” and so it went. There were just so many brilliant elements that the show brought that made it relatable then, and make it relevant now.

So, let me begin by summarizing what this show is about. Gilmore Girls is a coming of age story of a girl, in this case, Rory, and her relationship with her mom, Lorelai. I understand that this show is not for everyone. But, I want to share some reasons you should consider adding it on your queue.

Mother Daughter Relationship:

The mother daughter relationship Rory and Lorelai shared was one which I admired. There is something to be said about this because these dynamics are not usually portrayed in a raw manner, as was displayed through this show. Often, they ended up hugging out their issues. But what I liked is that there were tough moments to watch that clearly demonstrated that there was a defining line between being a mother and being a friend. Yes, it’s possible to be both, but on different occasions.  And obviously, it should be this way…someone must be the adult.

Anyway, the mother daughter relationship they had reminded me of my mother and I. In my teenage years, I did not have as close as a relationship with my mom like the TV series portrayed. But as the years went by, the more my mom became my friend and confidant. It’s a beautiful thing people. My mom passed away two years ago, so every time I see this show, I can’t help but tear up a bit because I’m reminded of the good times with my mom.

Friendships:

There are many friendship dynamics throughout the series, but I want to focus on only a few.

First, that of Lorelai and Sookie.

Sookie, played by Melissa McCarthy, is adorable in her role. If you’ve seen her movies, you know how hilarious she can be. Before she became the great success that she is now, after starring in roles from movies such as Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters, The Boss… the list goes on, she was Sookie.  Sookie is Lorelai’s best friend. Her character is such a funny and beautiful role that demonstrates unconditional support. She’s the one friend you can rely on; always a phone call away. She is the type of friend who encourages you to step out of your zone, unafraid of what people may think of you.

Second, the friendship between Rori and Lane.

Lane and Rori personified what a friendship should look like as well because they had a good balance of give and take. Again, the theme of accepting people as they are comes to play. Lane lived a strict and confined lifestyle. Rori did not mind this, and worked around the restrictions. It didn’t hurt that both had akin taste in music. As you grow older, your friendships tend to fade. Not so much so because of a fall out, more because life gets in the way. People pursue careers, and get into other relationships. Life moves on. However, the relationship that Rori and Lane possessed was one which endured throughout the whole series, and continued even afterwards in the epilogue. Those types of friendships are hard to find, and most treasured. I’ve had friends come and go from my life. Those few that have remained from my high school years have been present mainly because we have made time and effort to stay in each other’s lives despite distance.

Comedy:

The comedy found in this show is so rich. There are so many notable characters, but again, let me focus on a few that have not been reached yet.

Kirk.

Kirk has practically landed every job imaginable in Stars Hollow. He gets himself into sticky (sometimes literally) situations, and creates very laughable moments. The show would not be as great without him.

Michel.

Michel is a smartass. He uses dark humor. Sarcasm is where he excels most. Love him.

Miss Patty.

Whenever I think of Miss Patty, I always think of the town gossiper. Miss Patty has a habit for creating drama. After all, that’s her specialty. Her humor is often sassy.

Every character has a moment throughout the series in which they engage in a good comedic repertoire. You’ll find that the humor that the show demonstrates is often witty. There are nuances of satire. It’s comedy without the raunchiness. As a gal who likes classics such as I Love Lucy, I totally appreciate this type of comicality.

I know that there are many more themes I could add to try and convince you that the show is worth your time. However, I will stop here, because I don’t want to give too much away in case you do decide to see it. Enjoy the dialogue, and transport yourself to the small town of Stars Hollow, where you’ll wish you live!

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