Today was not an easy day for me. Sure, I mapped out another three weeks of lessons and powerpoints, but that was really only a way to keep my mind occupied, along with the two hours of time I spent at the gym reminding myself why I have limbs. There's only so much a boy can do of these two activities in one day before the mind and body gives out, though, so I've been watching Smallville to keep myself busy. Remember Smallville?! and Chloe's Wall of Weird and Pete's ten lines per episode? These episodes just remind me of simpler times. It's probably not the same for everyone else because Clark's trajectory and age in Smallville actually align perfectly with mine. The first season of Smallville featured Clark as a freshman in high school, and it was mine as well. We just grew up together year after year, supposedly the same age. That's probably why I keep going back to him, even after the second season proved that their creativity was finished after the first run through 20 episodes.
Here's something I still cannot wrap my around, and it doesn't just apply to Smallville. What is with all these amazing women falling for guys that are just horrible to them? Why does Lana Lang stay with Whitney when he constantly blows her off? Look at Clark! Yeah, he likes flannel, but he's honest, trustworthy, dependable, and fairly good-looking. Who saves the day for Lana every time and gets zero credit for it? Uh, Clark does. Why, Lana, why?
And then there's Hermione! Please, Rowling, don't tell me an attractive, well-to-do, ultra intelligent, uncommonly kind and sympathetic young woman falls for a dolt like Ron? He has no prospects and no talent. He's actually kind of a bum with no idea where his life is going. He was supposedly loyal (his only redeeming quality), and then he proved that that was only a front. Seriously, ladies, tell me why this happens? Self-sabotage? Damnit, RON! RON?! Yeah, Harry isn't the world's greatest catch, but he's courageous, straightforward, honest, and just sliiiightly moody. Why don't he and Hermione work out? He likes Ginny, so I guess he gets the girl in the end, but I'm still confused about Hermione. Clark does marry Lois Lane at the end of the television series, which isn't what's supposed to happen according to the comics, but he never gave up. Clark persisted in his dreams and kept his morality and heart intact as he did so. So, do the heroes really get the girl in the end? Clark Kent, in the comics, ends up alone and heartbroken over Lois. Which tale is the real one? Does Matt Damon succeed in seeing about a girl at the end of "Good Will Hunting"? Trips down memory lane never turn out well for me.