A most blog-worthy crush


Something has happened. Something big. I expected that this might occur in these months of meeting tons of new people – and whaddayaknow – it did. I have developed an enormous, impossible crush.

We were actually introduced a couple of years ago, but fell out of contact for the past year or so. Since I left on The Big Trip, he and I reconnected… and the sparks flew. At least on my end. He isn’t actually aware that we’re meant to be together.

My first-ever crush was Captain Von Trapp. Strong and stoic and incredibly handsome, my 6-year old self dreamed of marrying him someday. But eventually, I decided he was too old for me, and moved on to Elijah Wood. ‘Lij (as his friends called him, according to Big Bop magazine) was the first boy to grace my bedroom wall via a centerfold poster from a teen magazine, but after my siblings made fun of me, his poster moved to the wall in the back of my closet where I could meet his piercing blue eyes whenever I pulled a sweater from the hanger.

Then, along came Devon Sawa. This blonde heartthrob was enough to make Christina Ricci stop taping her boobs in “Now and Then,” and believe me, if I had had any chest to speak of when I was 12 years old, I would have done the same. He and Brad Renfro vied for the title of “best bad boy” for a couple of years – although Brad is the one who actually eventually earned himself a criminal record.

Christian Bale rocked my world as Jack Kelly in “Newsies,” and later as Laurie in “Little Women.” He… kind of still rocks my world.

Along with Joey Potter, I vacillated between Dawson and Pacey. Boy next door? Or hottie from troubled background and unstable family – rough around the edges, with a tendency to drink and fight too much, but probably a good kisser? Yeah. Definitely Pacey.

N’SYNC hit the scene the summer that I turned 16, and although I was probably too old for the mania, I joined right in. I couldn’t help it. JC Chasez? Justin Timberlake? Too hot for the Disney Channel. I even had a thing for Lance before… well, you know. I saw them live at Mile High Stadium in Denver, and I don’t know that I have ever screamed so loud. Anyone who thinks of teenage girls as weak and ineffective have obviously never seen them in the vicinity of the band for which Sisqo was the opening act.

Many have come and gone, and a small number of bizarre man-crushes will continue for all perpetuity (John Cusack, Dennis Quaid, and Mark Harmon, to name a few). But the one guy who surpasses them all? Who is more crush-worthy than any guitar-playing, poetry-writing, medicine-practicing, fire-fighting, beer-slinging, mountaineering, football-playing buffoon that I have pined after in real life?

Jim Halpert.

Dear Lord, please incarnate Jim Halpert, the world’s most charming man, into real life. And then allow us to run into each other at a gas station when I get to California tonight. I’ll take care of the rest. Amen.



  1. Elle on October 9, 2007 at 5:01 PM

    It’s like I was reading about myself! Pretty much all the same crushes (and I love Jim Halpert! How could you not?) Except, my first poster was…Jonathan Taylor Thomas. And then came Leo. But Christian Bale in Newsies? Incredible. Thank goodness the next Batman will be out soon! :)

  2. MJ on October 9, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    oh yeah. I’m completely there with you. Except for I’m not in love with Jim Halpert. (even though he is part of the office wallpaper on my desktop at work..) I just know he’s AWESOME.

    And if you don’t know he’s awesome, you need awesome lessons.

  3. Sally on October 9, 2007 at 5:27 PM

    Tuna, Tuna, Tuna. You are right on this one friend. Jim Halpert is the new hottest crush to have. I’m a married woman, but I also recognize a crush worthy fictional character when I see(and spend every Thursday night with) one.

    I can’t wait to see how this whole Jim Ryan thing plays out. It gonna be Zoppity!

    P.S. I’m Marijke’s friend. She told me about your rad blog.

  4. Lyla on October 9, 2007 at 10:59 PM

    LOL Not 5 minutes ago I was blogging that I’d go see any movie with Wes Bentley in it…even if it’s likely to be horrible. Now, I see I’m not alone. Well, maybe I am as far as Wes Bentley is concerned, but I’m not alone in still having celebrity crushes.

    I agree with John Cusack, but I’m afraid that none of the boy bands did anything for me.

    I had no idea who Kim Halpert was. So, I clicked on the link. I had a good laugh, and then realized that I agree.

  5. ryan on October 9, 2007 at 11:26 PM

    Dude, I’ll fight you for him. I’ve got a man crush on Tuna…I’m not afraid to admit it…


  6. Greta on October 10, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Oh my gosh, I LOVED Devon Sawa.

    And Jim Halpert is too wonderful for words. Can’t wait for tomorrow!!!!

  7. Sarah Kate on October 10, 2007 at 2:32 PM

    I hadn’t really thought about it before but I’m totally with you on the Jim Halpert thing. If you find him in L.A., PLEASE bring him with you to Nashville. He’s way too cute.

  8. Scotty T on October 10, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    1. Brewers are disgusting. Avoid them at all costs.
    2. Construction workers are much more decent.
    3. Pam Beesley is more approachably hot than any woman I know. If I had two wishes, I’d use one to make her real.

  9. Anonymous on October 10, 2007 at 9:10 PM

    Oh my goodness…you are such a funny, talented writer!!!!! Annie, I happened upon your blog through some random links of people and now I totally addicted to reading about all your adventures. You are such a hilarious, confident, gifted writer!! You should try to publish something! I am now a faithful Maundering Pondering reader! It’s been a really really long time….Sara Richardson

  10. Sarah on October 12, 2007 at 12:17 PM

    I know a guy living out in Bend that is probably the closest living thing you’re going to find to Jim Halpert. If he doesn’t have other plans, I’ll send him your way :p.

  11. Beth on October 17, 2007 at 1:57 PM

    Have you seen the movie “License to Wed” with John Krasinski and Mandy Moore? If you like ‘Jim Halpert,’ I think you would like it – it’s pert’ cute…

  12. beckalooha on October 25, 2007 at 10:52 AM

    Ok, I can’t believe you know Newsies. I thought I was the only one who watched that movie! I remember watching it every day for like two weeks when I was 15 after my mom bought me the video. And now I have it on DVD and my brother burned the soundtrack for me so I can sing along in the car…and I’m turning 30 next week. LOL!

    PS – I seriously crushed on Spot Conlon. BROOKLYN!

    (beckyh from upc)

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