When you are aircrew on reconnaissance flights, you have long stretches of time between “events.” Our Navy flights took up to thirteen hours and I was always thankful that we were not able to refuel. Call me lazy, but a thirteen hour flight with no real toilet sometimes grew old. I usually was in comms with my mission Supervisor (Supe), a motivated 2nd Class Petty Officer, a 1st Class, a Chief, or a Senior Chief. And invariably our talk would turn to the mundane with a slight relaxing of military courtesy. This one occurred between a female First Class Supe and myself, somewhere over Iraq:
Hey sir, what didja do on your down day?
I worked out, did my laundry, caught a college football game. And watched some tv.
Define “good,” Petty Officer, I said with a weary smile. I did watch some crazy Aussie rules football. Which looked like Calvinball* to me. You know, where they make up the rules. And I saw about ten seconds of the world’s worst tv show.
Which one is that?
It was something dreadful called Gossip Girl.
Um, Petty Officer, you still up in comms?
Sir, that is my favorite show.
Um sir, you still there?
Ah, sorry Petty Officer. (Gulp.) Maybe Gossip Girl is a female thing. . .
The funny thing is that I always brought up Gossip Girl with that Supe when I flew with her after that. And she forgave me for bagging on her favorite show. She left the Navy to go to college and to work at a bar she and her brother were opening. The bar’s theme was going to be superheroes. She stayed in the Reserves and I ran into a LCDR, probably her Department Head, who spoke highly of her. Mention Gossip Girl to her next time you see her, I told him. It is her favorite show, I used to raze her about it.
For those of you who follow it, you surely know Gossip Girl was cancelled and the actual “secret” blogger was revealed:
“Gossip Girl” delivered its big reveal, but not an especially big audience in its final show Monday night.
To the surprise of even many devoted fans, Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) turned out to be the long-elusive Gossip Girl herself. Or himself.
It made sense in a way. Dan is the writer in the group and he came to the show’s rich, entitled scene in the beginning as an outsider, though he integrated well over the years.
“Gossip Girl” launched in September 2007 with a blizzard of buzz, becoming one of the first shows that trafficked as much in social media as it did from its actual TV broadcasts.
The doings of Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and their very well-to-do friends became the currency of conversation in countless high school corridors.
The soap-opera romance of Blair and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) ended at the altar, with the two getting married in affluent style.
While Dan and Serena were just supportive friends for that event, a flash-forward told us that they too would be getting married in the future.
* Whatever you do, please don’t confuse Calvinball with the Maryland Democrat politician by the name of Calvin Ball, despite the many general similarities between the sport and politics.