Day 8: How I’m catching up with “How I Met Your Mother”

On Boxing Day, I was able to pick up way too many DVDs. Specifically, I purchased many seasons of television shows since I found that either: a) all of the deals weren’t really that interesting/worthwhile for me or; b) I just didn’t really need anything, except for new pairs of jeans, really. One of the sweet deals I was able to snag was all of the DVD’d seasons of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia and How I Met Your Mother. I love both of these shows but my lack of free time has always interfered with my ability to catch up. Being able to actually own both of these shows on physical media was an offer I could not refuse.

I’ll talk about Sunny some other time, because lately I’ve been catching up on How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM). I may be saying too much in the next few sentences, especially if the person I’m talking about reads this, but what the hey, life’s about taking chances, right?

So a friend of mine who, at one point I actually had a huge crush on but never really spoke about it because I’m awkward when it comes to trying to pull off any semblance of having “game”– oh snap, bring it on, drama — recommended this show to me, and I instantly loved it for three reasons: 1) Alyson Hannigan was in it; 2) Neil Patrick Harris is hilarious; 3) obviously I’m going to love (or at least try to love) anything that the girl I like recommends. (She’s happily relationshipped — yup, new word, keep it and use it, friends — and I love that they’re together because it’s perfect and awesome.) I got about 3 seasons in a while ago, and it made for great joke references during hangouts with friends who are also fans of the show, her included.

But things changed, relationships were created, and while the hangout frequency dropped, so did my push to get completely caught up with the show. Again, not having cable or time, my reasons to keep up with the show were nil.

And now we come to the present. I haven’t watched the show regularly in a couple of years, so I decided to start right from the beginning and work my way through the six seasons I now proudly own. And I’m loving the show all over again.

Being the hopeless romantic that I claim to be (sometimes?), I think I’ll always have a soft spot for this show. Everything about it and the relationships that exist between the characters, are all things that I would want to have in my life. Yes, I know it’s all writing and fiction — hey, how cool would it be to have a team of Emmy-award winning writers for your life? — but it all has to be based somewhere. Even the fact that a fellow human could think up the stories on that show means that somewhere, deep down, as a human, I know it could happen for real. Perhaps not with as many jokes and convenient wrap-up after every mini-narrative, but at the very least, the feelings could definitely exist.

Who would I relate to? It’s interesting. I’d say that I can relate to everyone of those main characters in some way, shape, or form. I definitely am always looking for that “one” as Ted is. I want to have what Lilly and Marshall have. I’d love to have the confidence around women that Barney has (although I’m definitely not a one-night-stand kind of guy, so I’d probably flip that confidence into something less asshole-ish). And Robyn? Well, I am Canadian.

Why does any of this matter? Who knows. I’m probably just blabbering again and fulfilling my daily writing quota for this attempt at a successful 366. But I’m sure there’s some underlying reason that I needed to make something like this public. Perhaps it’s because even though HIMYM goes through such ups and downs in the search for that special someone, the fact that it’s being told as a flashback means that Ted finds that someone and has a family, which is something that I know I want in my future.

Anyway, for your daily treat, I present Marshall (Jason Segel) outtakes:

-Mickey

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