Monday, August 5, 2013

The OC...10 Years Later

10 years ago today was the premiere of Fox's The OC. 

10 years ago today I was living steps from the sand in Newport Beach, and I couldn't imagine why anyone besides me and my friends would be interested in a show about Orange County. Of course, I was dying to watch it. I remember sitting in my living room while my best friend was on the phone with some dude. She was making a date for Tuesday night and I literally screamed at her, "You can't go out on Tuesday, it's the premiere of The OC!" 

I was particularly entertained by all the stuff about my home that they got so utterly WRONG. But that's the charm about shows (and books) that are set somewhere you are intimately familiar with. No one else but a local realizes that Ryan would have no need to drive through the freaking DESERT to get from Newport to Brea, or that that pier from the show is the Redondo pier and nothing like the Newport or Balboa piers whatsoever. 

Anyway, I went back to the blog I was keeping 10 years ago and found my initial posts about The OC.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003
Tonight is the night I have been waiting for...the premiere of The OC on Fox. I'm both intrigued and repulsed by this show. One one hand, I love trashy TV, and this looks like trash at it's best. On the other hand, not only do I live in "The OC", I live in Newport, which is where this show is supposed to take place and, from what I have seen of the previews, um, it doesn't look very accurate. Between this show and "Sorority Life" on MTV, my parents are really going to start wondering what I do with my spare time.
"This is how it's done in Orange County!"
Man, that is the best line ever. Followed only by:
"So, what do you think of Newport?"
"I think I could get in less trouble where I'm from..."
"You have no idea..."
Yes, threesomes in the bathroom, girls running around in their bras and panties, getting your ass kicked on the beach...yessir, this is how it's done in Orange County!
(To be fair, I never went to high school in Newport Beach, so maybe that's how the high school parties are. If they are...maybe I need to start hanging out with the high school kids...)

Wednesday, August 06, 2003
"The OC" Drinking Game
Whenever anyone says OC, Orange County or Newport
Anytime something is mentioned or shown that is actually IN Newport (i.e. Fashion Island)
Anytime someone says "Dude"
Whenever a surfboard is shown
Whenever a designer name is dropped
We played last night with Diet Coke and had to get up and pee at almost every commercial break. Next week we're playing with alcohol. Don't call me next Tuesday night...I don't know if I'll even be able to find my phone.
Man, this is going to be one show that I will love to hate. I know it's awful, but I thought it was great. Maybe because it's just SO over the top. I mean, what else is there to do on a Saturday in Newport besides taking the sail boat out on the water? That's what I was thinking of doing this weekend.
"I've gotta start remembering to know, in case there's a threesome going on in the bathroom."
I swear, I'm going to the wrong parties...
(BTW - If you go to The OC page on the FOX website they have a "Newport Beach Survival Guide". According to Fox, if you want to be part of the "inner circle" of Newport Beach you need the following things:
A new BMW or Mercedes (Hmm...don't have that...)
A cell phone in platinum or silver (okay, I do have that)
Stylish clothes (I think I'm doing okay with this one)
A part time job (I have a full time job! Score!)
(Oh wait, they said that one was a joke. nevermind...)
Credit Card (Okay, I have one of those, but only one, so I'm not that cool)
A pretty face (Eh...that's debatable)
A surfboard - whether you know how to use it or not (My roommate has one propped in the corner in our house...according to Fox that means instant cred!)

Oh man...reading my blog posts from a decade ago is pretty freaking entertaining. 


  1. I'm just really impressed that you were blogging ten years ago! I was barely using email, and I'm pretty sure I didn't even know what a blog was. How times have changed. :-) I've never seen an episode of The OC... Perhaps that needs to change?

  2. I was thinking the same thing as Katy: I can't believe you were blogging ten years ago! Very impressive. As for the OC, I watched the odd episode, but it never really took. I'm not sure why. Maybe it felt too soapy or something. Maybe it's because of Mischa Barton. :P Thanks for sharing this. It's totally fun to read your thoughts on it. :-)

  3. I LOVED The OC! It was one of my favorite shows for a long time ago. One of my friends still brings that up! I totally want to get out my season 1 dvds and watch it now.

    I also used to watch Sorority Life. I even had the one girl's hairstyle for a couple years.

    I remember reading your blog back in the day. I think I got my first one in 2005 because my boyfriend at the time had one.

  4. Okay, yeah - I am pretty impressed too that you were blogging ten years ago! And I remember when the OC premiered. Not a big fan, but I watched a few of the early episodes. :)

    Have a great week, Jess!

  5. The O.C was my favorite show. I own all the seasons and one or two of the fictionalized books. Love me some Seth Cohen. I cried when Marissa died.

    And LOL on everybody who is impressed you were blogging in 2003. I too was blogging then. (also being a total geek and doing fanfiction too)

    Have a great week, Jess!

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