Posted Aug 7, 2009 @ 12:16 PM
Jordan admits that she is not "the brightest crayon in the box" or something very much like that and while she might mix her metaphors she is not nearly as gratingly dumb as many of the past hamsters.
In past seasons, we have been forced to suffer through a collection of starlet wannabees, delusional airheads, girls blinded by shomance, or (in some cases) trying to use a shomance as gameplay--even girls who spoke directly to God via secret messages and signs. Jordan doesn't really fall into any of those categories. Compared to Holly or Natalie or Amber or some others, Jordan is a BB genius.
Granted, Jordan is incredibly naive (or is incredibly gifted in acting as if she is) and she seems to have not paid attention on a single day of school in her life. She may appear to be dumb, but she is not actually doing anything dumb at all. She told Julie Chen that she was staying out of all the fights, so she is certainly smart enough to know that when you are NOT a target, you DO NOT draw a big circle on your back and get into the thick of the action. Playing "Under the Radar" is often maligned as good strategy, but it may actually be much harder than it looks. When emotions are raw and sides are chosen and names get called and water thrown, it is likely easiest to just give in to your emotions and start yelling back to get your "two cents worth" said. It takes no strategy or discipline to get so emotionally involved. But it does take discipline to just drop back and be quiet and stay out of the fight. Ronnie and Chima and Natalie and Russ and and Michelle and Lydia have all allowed their emotions to dictate their actions--and who are the targets week after week? How far does Jordan allow herself to get sucked in? Just enough to comment that Chima is "sure sassy".
She attempts a little strategy with Jeff, and maybe Michelle a little, but she seems aware enough of her limitations to not get way ahead of herself in making wrong moves or jumping to conclusions. So far, she seems confident enough in herself (and Jeff) that she has not started playing the paranoia game. Jordan is fun to watch because she is such a non-threat to all the schemers. Actually, the super-schemers often seem to be the "dumb ones" in BB because they get all tangled up in lies, half-truths and back stabbing.
Jordan is NOT a floater. She has never floated in and out of several alliances--never pretended to be part of one group while secretly reporting back to the other. Rather, she and Jeff seem to be saying: "Hey! We're over here in our little group and some of y'all are welcome to join us if you get tired of fighting back and forth all the time."
Finally, Jordan is just too cute to NOT like her. She reminds me most of a beautiful golden retriever my roommate once had. That dog was beautiful, a magnificent creature who was friendly and loyal and affectionate to everyone. She (the retriever) would just lay in the corner or at your feet or snuggle in your lap and look up with beautiful eyes and be great company. The dog always seemed to be just dimly aware of what was being talked about in the room and we knew we could never have a meaningful conversation, yet we talked to her anyway--and we just LOVED having that dog in the room with us. That's Jordan.