Introducing Our New Guest Blogger, Ryan!
As fond as we are of the whole "Serial Drama girls" thing, and as much as we know you enjoy our updates every 17 days lately, we decided that it was time to bring aboard a guest blogger. And lucky for us, our friend Ryan Mason was ready, willing, able, and soapily-super-qualified. In particular, Ryan is a Passions expert, and with that show soon leaving us we thought it was important to take a serious look back at that fine piece of televisual entertainment. You know, for science. So while he is a human encyclopedia on virtually every soap that ever has aired, is airing, or will air in the future, he's going to kick off his guest blogging with some Passions retrospectives. Please read his hilarious autobiographical introduction, after the jump.
Note: Yes, he watches One Life to Live. You may now send all of your "OMG, why aren't you recapping THE BEST SHOW IN THE HISTORY OF DAYTIME" and "I know you guys joke about it but SERIOUSLY, OLTL is amaaaaazing" emails to him. Not that he'll be recapping it either, but he has the joyousness of watching a great soap to balance out the nagging emails, and we don't. We are bitter without balance.
So, altogether now: Welcome, Ryan! (Remember to check out his intro after the jump.)
Ryan Mason knew
Becca and Mallory since before they started Serial Drama and is thrilled to be
contributing! He sort of fell into soaps
by accident…when he was a kid, he used to watch game shows a lot during the
summer, and they were canceling The
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour for some soap called Santa Barbara which had a lot of commercials with a then-unknown
Robin Wright [Penn] asking us why some guy named Joe had to come back. He decided to give it a shot and was
hopelessly hooked. Also around this
time, his mom made him take detailed notes on All My Children each day because they did not yet have a VCR and
she heard Jenny was going to die (she did; blown to bits by a jetski). Since he knew nothing about the show, these
notes consisted of things like “Everyone keeps talking about someone named
Erica but you never see her” and “Some lady named Nina stepped off an elevator
and for some reason this is a big deal.” He wound up religiously reading Soap
Opera Digest from cover to cover for over 20 years, and has watched every
soap on the air at one point or another. His all-time favorites are
His likes include iced coffee, iced tea, having his own apartment again, dogs, cats, pretty much anything from the 70s through the early 90s, subjecting his friends to unintentionally hilarious movies, TV, music, IndoChinese fusion cuisine, Blondie, Kate Bush, Aimee Mann, theater, travel, the Internet, American Idol, The Amazing Race, Ugly Betty, dining al fresco, just about any frozen cocktail, singing (which so far has not led him into DRUGS! and PROSTITUTION!, so take that, Eve from Passions!), genuine, fun people, and guys who are oblivious to just how attractive they are. His dislikes include action/adventure films, anything described as “whimsical” or “fun for the whole family,” people who drone in monotone, the debt incurred from having his own apartment again, morning people, waiting in line, abject stupidity, Kathie Lee Gifford, when the express train comes when he’s in a hurry and at the local stop, being told to smile or that it can’t be that bad, attitude and pretension, people who have no concept of an “indoor voice,” being on an elevator with strangers, heights, people who take up the whole sidewalk to go at a snail’s pace, rats, waterbugs, centipedes, and people who remind him of when Mason asked Gina on Santa Barbara how it was that every moment of her life was a crisis.