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Hi, I’m Jimmy. Even if Your Name was Thursday, I’d Never Throw You Back

Get ready for the throwback you never knew you needed.

Actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and Bryan Cranston were recent guests on The Graham Norton Show. It was hilariously revealed that Mr. Cranston, in another life, was a deftly skilled interviewer…for a video dating company…from the ’70s and possibly into the ’80s.

In the always entertaining spirit of “Throwback Thursday,” please check out this dynamite interview about a nostalgic dating technique that transformed into a laugh-out-loud throwback for the ages.

Important:

  • Bryan Cranston was in a sitcom called Malcolm in the Middle
  • Eddie Redmayne is in a new movie called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Benedict Cumberbatch is in a new movie called Doctor Strange

I want the intro/theme music from Great Expectations as my ringtone.

Happy Monday!

Carly Rae Jepsen had an incredible challenge to follow up her 2012 summer smash hit, “Call Me Maybe.” After collaborating with Owl City for a good time, the pressure mounted for her next equally sensational single. Even though the following music video debuted a couple months ago, it can take a little time for a song to catch on.

And it has.

It’s the impossibly cute Carly Rae Jespen (I’ll call you, maybe?) and Hollywood’s Leading Man: Mr. Tom Hanks.

Nearly 42 million views so far…not bad.

Have a Really, Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Good Week!

There’s Nothing to Worry About

“Do you want to go out this Friday?”

Far too often, single men and women are overly analytical when it comes to dating. Both sexes can be found guilty in this respect. And whether it’s a first date or trying to secure a second date, hysteria starts to overwhelm any sense of calmness.

“Why hasn’t she texted yet? She replied quickly to everything else I wrote. Should I have disagreed with her about that book she likes? Does she like me for the right reasons?”

This anxiousness, I think, started to become a hyper-obsession with increasing popularity and frequency of romantic comedies, as well as the introduction of social media. Now, it must be stated that some rom-coms are good and that social media and texting can be fantastic mediums for communicating early on in a relationship and/or dating. There is literally almost nothing better in the earliest phase of dating than a girl you like replying to your text with those three dots blinking that results in a sweet sentiment and a smiley face.

Admit it, your eyes light up.

When Facebook first came out (well, as thefacebook.com) in 2004, it was an incredible bridge for young men and women in college to flirt and introduce themselves beyond a quick “hello” in the cafeteria in a new, non-traditional fashion (ironically, this is traditional practice now). However, Facebook is not the same now as when it first entered our lives ~ a decade ago. Regardless, Facebook was a better, more interactive alternative to email. There was an investment in it. Those moments of waiting for a response in-between classes always had a fun, surprise element to it.

Interestingly, this is all kind of amusing because nerves and butterflies are a good thing when meeting someone new. In fact, it’s a great feeling. This experience should be exciting and different from any other routine activity. If you’re not excited, then something’s wrong. Dating is a thrilling game, intended to reveal a potentially natural magnetism towards someone special…or not. But in the case of the former, all those nerves instantly translate into the most indescribable feelings of happiness.

It’s a truly beautiful thing.

We should accept these nerves as they are because when we meet the right person, the payoff will be eternally worthwhile. We shouldn’t panic and sift through every single detail of our interactions with this person. We should just go with the flow.

Case and point: Instead of over-analyzing the social media aspects of dating and communicating with someone we like, I should have just played the following clip:

Larry David, the man who co-authored the brilliant comedic movement about nothing, has somehow (once again) taught us everything we need to know about interacting with people in various situations.

Despite being a fish in the dark, his vision’s pretty, pretty good.

Dating’s Blind Detour

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Why isn’t she here yet? What do I say next? Do I kiss her goodnight on the first date?

These timeless conundrums are being thrown out the window and into airplanes and rickshaws with backpacks and (just guessing) a Ford hybrid vehicle of some sort nearby for the craziest blind-date imaginable. The Amazing Race returns tonight for a blind date-themed competition. Half the teams consist of people who are currently dating and half of them volunteered to compete on the Amazing Race not only with someone they’ve never met before, but with someone who they will also be looking to impress under the most stressful situations whilst navigating around the world.

Seems completely crazy, doesn’t it?

Actually, it’s not as insane as one might initially think. First, The Amazing Race is a ridiculously cool show. An incredible time will be had regardless. And second, one of the most awkward aspects of going on a blind-date is figuring out the best way to introduce yourself and determining what to talk about. How about, “Hi! I’m Jimmy. Ready to go on the best adventure of your life?”

On second thought, who needs Phil and a passport for that?

The Amazing Race starts tonight at 9:30 p.m. on CBS for a 90-minute special.