Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Joe asks 10 guys what they were thinking before swooping in for the first kiss:
"I try to suppress my goofy side. What’s going through my head? Look normal. Relax. Think: lead in a black-and-white film!" — Andrew, 29
“A big eye-opener is where she sits down relative to me when we’re alone. If I sit on my bed and she sits on a chair, that’s a total buzz kill and I probably won’t be able to build up the courage to kiss her. If I sit on the bed and she sits far away on the bed, things are still open for discussion. But if I sit on the bed and she sits close to me on the bed, it’s on!” — Mike, 25
“If I’m going to kiss her, I count to ten, or I’ll pretend my whole family’s going to die if I don’t, and then I do.” — Andrew, 33
"I don’t drink, and kissing a girl when you’re stone-cold sober is REALLY nerve-wracking. I can recount a dozen situations where I nervously talked to a girl for several hours before building up the courage to actually kiss her. I guess my logic, if there was any, was that if this girl was willing to go on a date with me, come up to my room, sit next to me, and hang out while I ran my mouth until 2AM, then she DEFINITELY liked me, and, finally, it was safe to kiss her.” — Kerry, 25
“On a typical first date, I’ll take her out to dinner. If I’m buzzed enough, I’ll plant one on her as soon as we walk out of the restaurant. Otherwise, I’ll chicken out and wait until she’s about to descend the subway steps. Ladies, if you are up for a kiss, please take a moment to make serious eye contact for multiple seconds at a time. You probably think you do this already, but I promise you don’t do it enough. We are really dense. Throw us a bone.” — Todd, 32
"I can’t even tell you what’s going on in my head—it’s too embarrassing—but here’s a rough idea: ‘AHHHH!’" — Tim, 22
I love books. Those killer books that have you hooked from the start. The ones that leave you with a new perspective on things. Or after you’ve read it, you wish the author was a personal friend of yours. The ones that give you intense emotions of pathos and euphoria, and the characters are almost tangible. Those are the kind of books I like.
This week, it’s a fall television spectacular! We’re joined by noted Tumblrcelebrity and dear friend Julia, who helps us slog through the new shows premiering this fall. Together, we judge these shows - the overhyped, the lurking successes, and the ones you’ve never even heard of - to help you figure out just what you should be Tivo-ing this very moment.
Disclaimer: we judged all of these shows sight-unseen, so this episode is only slightly more useful than last week’s TV Guide.
We also talk about War Stories, and why it makes us all so very sad. And not in a good way.
0:00 - 3:30: Favorite appetizers
3:30 - 55:00: New Fall TV Preview
55:00 - 1:29:00: War Stories
Hey, this is me, the noted Tumblr celebrity! We recorded this podcast in early September, they posted it about a week later, but it took me a month to get up the courage to listen to it. Everyone hates the sound of their recorded voice, I know it’s a universal thing, but I absolutely dreaded having to hear my less-than-dulcet tones. But it wasn’t that bad! I mean, I’m still researching speech therapy classes (do I have a lisp?!?) but the brains and wit of Ryan and Kyle more than overshadowed my voice neuroses. They are seriously smart dudes with excellent voices.
Anyway, this podcast was super fun to make and I hope it’s fun to listen to, too—even if our discussion of new fall TV shows is rather outdated now. But at least Firefly is timeless! Go listen, then tell me if it sounds like I’m chewing gum (I wasn’t) or more like I have asthma (I don’t).