Hello, Project Runway peeps. Good to see you all again. As always, I'm Kevin Van Valkenburg, Montanan by birth, Marylander by marriage, sports writer by trade, Project Runway blogger/recapper by default.
A brief editor's note before we dive into this week's episode, "Down on the Farm" which I'm excited to discuss, having minored in Agri-Fashion at the University of Montana. (Actually, that's a lie. I minored in football.) In last week's season debut, I made a cheap joke about Good Charlotte, the pop punk princes of America, by way of Waldorf, Maryland. Turns out this kind of bummed out Benji Madden, Good Charlotte's guitarist and co-founder, who still reads the Sun regularly (big Ravens fan!) and wrote us a short email to express his disappointment at being slapped around by his hometown paper. At first I was like, man, lifestyles of the rich and famous. They're always complaining.
But then I thought back to 10 years ago, when I first set out on a cross-country trip to Baltimore from Montana. I had like four CDs in the car -- this was the pre-iPod era, so kids ask your parents or Wikipedia to explain it -- and somewhere around Bismarck, N.D., I decided I simply couldn't handle listening to The Chronic, The Marshall Mathers LP, or Take Off Your Pants and Jacket again, at least until I was in, say, Ohio. So during a quick detour to Walmart, I picked up Good Charlotte's self-titled debut CD, and rocked that pop punk vigorously all the way to Chicago.