I’ll go through the motions on this one, but it’s a foregone conclusion. Take a look at my profile if you’re wondering which one I’ll possibly choose.
Same rules as always. You have to pick one to jump. Don’t let the sexual orientation of either yourself or the contestant stand in your way. Base your decision on whatever you’d like. I base mine not only on looks – ‘cause, let’s face it, some of the past contestants have been butt-ugly – but also on character.
Jump One this week is Bruce Springsteen. He has recorded another album with the E Street Band called Magic, and he’s going to tour around the world in support of it. He’s coming to my neck of the woods on October 26. What’s not to like about this man? Nothing. Been with Patti for going on 20 years, and they’re raising three kids together. He’s still very much a man of the people. His songs stand alone. His birthday is Sunday. He’ll turn 58.
Jump Two is another native of New Jersey, Jon Bon Jovi. He’s got a new album this year as well, Lost Highway, which was released in June. He married his high school sweetheart, Dorothea, in 1989, and they’re still together, raising their four kids. He, too, appears to remain very much a man of the people. To his fans, his songs also stand alone. He turned 45 in March.
So, Jump One?
Or Jump Two?
Jump One all the way for me. He is my hero. His words speak to me. He sings for me. It has been this way for 27 years. It will be this way for as long as I live. My only regret is that I didn’t listen to him in my younger years, in his younger years. I know all his songs by heart. Before kids, I followed him around the country. I adore him. I’ve got the most awesome tickets for his show. Lucked into them Monday at 10:02 a.m. Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! Am I absolutely too old to be feeling this way? Hell, yeah. But the years mean nothing. ‘Cause he’s Bruce.
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[Springsteen photo from Time, Inc.; Bon Jovi photo by Mat Szwajkos for Getty Images.]