Gilmore Girls Is More Than Just A Show

Gilmore Girls Is More Than Just A Show

A show built off life, love, and coffee.

Gilmore Girls may have first aired on October 5th, 2000 but it is still alive and well today. Just recently every Gilmore Girls fan fulfilled their life long dream of being in the Gilmore Girls world. As a celebration of the 16th anniversary of the first airing, and an exciting momentum to the upcoming revival, Netflix transformed coffee shops around the country into Luke's Diner. At Luke's, fans were able to get a free cup of coffee on Netflix, equipped with a special Luke's sleeve and a quote from Lorelai Gilmore on the cup. Seen below is my very own because of course I had to go.

The experience was almost completely show like with the baristas wearing Luke's Diner aprons and hats. Fans across the country came out and the event held by Netflix was a complete success. Some say it was one of the greatest marketing ideas there are, but I think it is a little more than that. Yes, Netflix, you were brilliant by bringing our show to life and it surely did get Gilmore Girls going in conversations everywhere. I am almost positive ratings will be off the charts when the revival comes out on November 25th. But there's more to the story here; and that is the loyal fans and why they dedicate themselves to such a show and all that entails.

Gilmore Girls is more than just a television show that had a good run on air with seven seasons. It isn't just a show, it is an experience. Gilmore Girls was able to capture its audience by being an incredibly relatable show with a just as good story line to follow. From episode to episode, the plot was relatable and something that could very well happen in any viewer's life. The characters were 'normal' people and it was a show about what life truly is about, family, friends, education, money, jobs, struggle, etc. We watched the characters develop and get older from season to season and for each one we built a bond. This show wasn't only relatable, it was something that people wanted to be a part of. Let's face it, Stars Hollow sounds like the utmost perfect town to be in and every viewer definitely wants to go there, if not reside there.

This show built relationships with people, it was a part of them just like any thing else in life. It wasn't just something to watch for entertainment, but it was something to take advice from, learn from, and grow from. I'm pretty sure every life lesson in the book was covered by the end of season 7, but in such a realistic, delicate way that put it on the same level as the viewers. Fans of Gilmore Girls aren't just fans because it was good entertainment, they're fans because they are a part of the show. They feel as if they belong and are one of the characters in it. Who hasn't pictured themselves being best friends with Rory or wanting to work along side Sookie and Lorelai on an occasion?

In just seven seasons of this show, a fan base that is existential was created. It is like no other because their is a true presence of love in this crowd. Some may say that being a fan to the point where you drive to a coffee shop just because its a reenactment of something from the show is crazy. But to me, it really isn't that much. This show not only made me connected to its characters and story, but it made me connect with others outside of it. Gilmore Girls is a show to watch with your family, or a friend. It brings you together as you watch it and there is just this nostalgia about it that I cannot quite describe.

I can say that I and all the other fans cannot wait for the revival to appear on Netflix. Gilmore Girls is a show like no other and will always have its fans behind it. Netflix, my hat off to you in bringing back this show and the community that comes along with it.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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