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  1. He might have lymphedema -- not "a lymphodema" as some people on the My 600-Lb. Life forum seem to think is a discrete thing, but the actual condition. It can be primary/hereditary. I have it, although I'm not obese and don't have a syndrome like Ed's. I have to wear compression every day or my feet and ankles swell. I wear long pants over them most of the time, even in the miserable Texas heat, because I don't want people to think I'm tacky and hideous; apparently my instinct was right... It sucks not being able to wear cute sandals or skirts like a normal lady. If Ed has lymphedema on top of everything else, I feel really bad for him. She is SO boring. I could not be less interested in her basic, thirsty life. I will say she seems quite spunky for someone with aplastic anemia, so she probably takes good care of herself. Credit for that, but points deducted for dumb hair and boring personality. Back to zero. Has all of this been discussed on the show, or is it effectively spoiler info? For anyone who watches Teen Mom, Geoffrey reminds me more and more of noted dog-murderer/wife-clavicle-snapper David Eason, both in facial features and expressions/hostile mannerisms.
  2. Yet another area in which Jeanette's taste makes no sense to me whatsoever.
  3. Exactly! Not to mention that salt can be a health issue for some people, and pepper is very polarizing. My "perfect" amount of pepper is "literally none whatsoever." I wouldn't mind if it dropped off the earth altogether. There's nothing worse than having a piece of black pepper stuck in your teeth (I could actually stop here), and then accidentally biting it later when I don't have a drink, and having my mouth filled with nasty, strong pepper flavor. GAG. It gives me PPSD. (Post-Pepper Stress Disorder) Michael's bizarre lack of empathy and apparent detachment from other humans are a huge red flag to me. He's mentioned his insecure upbringing more than once, and I wonder if he has an unresolved attachment disorder or something like that. He seems to charge forward with actions he believes will please people or make him look good, regardless of how misguided, and he somehow hasn't learned that easily disproven lies are never the path to better relationships. And yet, with all that I just described, he's not the worst husband this season. Maybe not even second-worst! I scoffed audibly when he said that. What an obvious humblebrag and dig at Mindy! He's so cruel. He thinks he's smart, charming, and hot, but I think he's a stupid little troll with a personality disorder. Not just the worst husband this season, but Bottom Three of all time.
  4. Statistically, no. It’s not a value judgment.
  5. That’s why I said “not normal” and not “totally impossible.” It can happen, but the chances are even smaller in a situation like this. I think Austin and Derek could both be heading that direction, but Katie and Jessica could browbeat them out of it.
  6. Jazz needs so much professional help, and needs to extricate herself from her suffocating mother. While I think she’s far too anxious and immature to handle college, I do suspect she would’ve had at least a fighting chance at Pomona. Her mother’s ego ruined that. Jeanette wanted to be able to proclaim that her kid went to Harvard. That’s all. She needs to back the hell away and work on herself, starting with a makeover.
  7. Katie and Jessica are both fools. They got men who actually like them, but they’re willing to go to the mat over semantics. Normal people don’t “fall in love” in eight weeks. That’s an unreasonable and childish expectation. They both seem to think they’re extremely mature and impressive professionals, but they’re actually basic and thirsty. Mindy is one of the most likable people on the show, ever, but I can’t take the kicked puppy routine any more. Calling Nasty Ass Zach to come do his American Psycho impersonation over their wedding photos was too much. I don’t care if production told her to. She needed to tell them to screw off. The utter contempt he oozed at her during dinner at the Gaslight Inn was unreal. I don’t think even Derek and Heather of the ill-fated Marijuana Honeymoon had that much hatred for each other. I thought Meka did a good job compared to usual when she made it through breakfast. It sucks to consume calories you do not want, at a time you do not want them, just to placate the martyr ego you’re living with. For her, I consider choking it down and rating it a 7 a solid win.
  8. I like Noelle and I agree with her objections to drag. She’s an easier person to watch onscreen, but I guess not dramatic or clownish enough to merit her own spinoff. If Jazz had felt like her parents would be just as proud of her for going to Pomona, I wonder how this all would’ve turned out. She might have actually started there this fall. Harvard is great, of course, but most accredited colleges and universities are pretty great, too. The one that has the major and environment you’re looking for is the right choice, not the one “in Boston. Well, just outside of Boston.”
  9. She will almost certainly appropriate a religion or culture she read about on Woo-pedia. (Don’t look that up. Not a real site.) I could see her going with like a Bodhi or Siddhartha or Wounded Knee or some other “woke” shit that sets race relations back 60 years. ”Syngin” is apparently a real name, based on a form of “Saint John,” so she may feel like she has to cancel out that icky Christian vibe with something like Damian or Mephistopheles. “Satanica” is cute for a girl. I would personally donate to their college fund if they gave their children names like Rebecca and James.
  10. Tania constantly telling us how edgy she is, is about as useful as Mike Sequim constantly telling us how tall he is — but at least he’s not wrong! Tania and Syngin’s wedding was depressing garbage. W H Y IS HE WITH HER? He could get a nice woman who enjoys life and treats him like a real person. His surfer-pirate gestures before the Holy Tattoo Ceremony were hilarious. Totally reminded me of all the good-hearted space cadets I’ve known who pathologically attached themselves to shrews. Maybe I’m mean but I don’t think Leo is cute. He’s a spoiled little loudmouth who interrupts everyone to say dumb “precocious” shit. That poor middle brother is the only one I can stand in the whole Annaverse. Bryson, however, is super cute, and he seems to be much calmer since Anny has been there. She bugs me to no end, but I’ll give credit where it’s due: she’s a good stepmom. I’m still trying to decide which Bone Thug Robert reminds me of. Leaning toward 80% Wish Bone/15% Layzie Bone/5% Eazy-E. According to the previews for the Tell-All, the plural of “text” is “Texas.”
  11. Yes, I should’ve been more clear that he handled it terribly! I think I can see what was going on with his mind, but it definitely doesn’t excuse him being so rude to everyone else.
  12. Brandon definitely has some issues, but I’m willing to believe it really is an anxiety disorder. In the book The Highly Sensitive Person, Elaine Aron talks about how men who are HSPs can have a hard time reconciling their default setting — HSPs are sensitive to external stimuli; it’s not about being emotional — to the cultural expectation of men being tough. This can manifest as aggression, since anxiety and overwhelm are derided as “feminine,” plus the frustration of feeling trapped between those factors probably does make some guys really mad if they don’t have good coping skills. Aron suggests that this is probably a huge, unrecognized issue in incarceration settings, too. Watching 60 Days In made me realize what a stimulus nightmare jail or prison would be. Anyway, I could believe that Brandon acts up because he’s overwhelmed and mad at himself for getting into this situation, and if he’s not on a good therapeutic regimen, alcohol is an understandable substitute for self-soothing. I know I’m alone here, but I don’t think there is a thing wrong with Mindy’s figure. Not everyone wants a fat ass. My husband would be grossed out if I purposely tried to bulk up my petite butt. Nobody is universally attractive. I don’t even think Zach is the most attractive guy this season. He’s short and derpy, and I’m wary of a guy who spends that much time on his physique. There lie the boring conversations and restrictive diets. All of these guys have their flaws, but I think the other four would all be easier to get to know or have some genuine, reciprocal fun with.
  13. Mmm... vocal fries... lunch... Sorry, I’m really hungry right now. But I hate vocal fry, too! (And before anyone starts the “it’s gendered anti feminist rhetoric and you fell for it!” spiel, I’ve hated it since I was a child and I hate it in men, too!!!) I still can’t keep Emily/Sasha and Elizabeth/Andrei straight. Their stories are so similar and I think Emily and Libby could be sisters. There are definitely some tropes this show loves: - offputting Eastern European man/American woman who likes to be miserable (I don’t count Alexei/Loren here — he’s pretty nice) - middle-aged American guy/young Southeast Asian woman (David & Annie, Tarik & whatever her name was, Larry and the pig roast) - dorky white guy/age-appropriate but insane “spicy Latina” [gag me with this phrase] (Russ & Paola, Mormon and Ecuadorian sociopath, Mormon and baby Brazilian [not insane], Colt and the Shrew) - overweight, childish American woman/Muslim man who is out of her league looks-wise (mega fucking list here but I’ll just highlight the OGs Dinyell and Mahamit)(not counting Anna/Mursel here because of Mursel’s face) - black American/Afro-Caribbean whose families seem to have a multigenerational blood feud (The Family Chantel; Asthmatic Anny and Stepmother-in-Law from the Vivid soundstage) - white women and their Caribbean resort souvenirs (Molly & Luis, Melanie & Devar, Ashley & the Jamaican tattooed lover/unacknowledged child molestation victim) - evenly matched couples who seem like they’ll have a good marriage (LOL JK) - general WTF/damn good TV (Mormon wannabe doctor/Russian study abroad wife with the black honeymoon baby; Pole & Kareeny — also dorky/spicy but mostly greasy/felony; Grangela and Mykol; Darcey, full stop)
  14. She's just using us for a Primetimer green card. Betsy was definitely trolling with that dress choice. She and Sarah both went shopping at the Passive-Aggressive Wedding Guest boutique. Motto: "We guarantee you won't look good." Lightweight Cheap Date checking in: a single mimosa in a plastic glass would, indeed, have that effect on me. Maybe Emily is a lightweight since she's been pregnant and nursing for the past year, and her tolerance is somewhere between mine and that big ol' baby of hers'.
  15. Tania likes to think she’s so unconventional and free-spirited and the object of envy for all of us oppressed, traditional women with our “jobs” and “bras that fit properly.” But she’s actually quite rigid and miserable; she’s just chosen a different set of rules. She’s not open or warm or dynamic. She also needs bangs. None of these couples seem like a good match to me. They range from questionable (Mike and Juliana) to “enjoy your 2-4 years of relative happiness before inevitable crash and burn” (Angela and Michael) to DANGER WARNING MISTAKE MISTAKE (Emily and Sasha, Blake and Jasmin, sweet Syngin and his succubus).
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