A Tribute to Jersey Shore

01/22/2010 at 12:00 AM EST

A Tribute to Jersey Shore
photos courtesy MTV
Saying goodbye to Jersey Shore last night was like living up the last few days of summer before going back to school. You had a blast, stayed up late, indulged in things that weren't good for you, and then, just like that, it's a return to normalcy and the banalities of every day life.

Jersey Shore, I'll miss you. You turned out to be so much more than I originally thought. And I know I'm not alone.

I'll admit it: Like many others out there, I'm a convert, lapping up all the humor and accidental charm of the show like a true fan. Looking back, the signs were there. I've loved Snooki's dancing from the start, and it came to a rousing finale last night with her solo dance party on the boardwalk. I even find her little fake cry (that nasally "waaaa!"), her penchant for animal prints and her ever-present fuzzy slippers completely endearing. And when Ronnie proclaimed his deep feelings for Sammi last night, I actually thought aloud, "Wow, what a sweet guy." Seriously.

Of course, there is a downside to Jersey Shore. As engaging as some of the housemates have become, there is a relatively serious side effect that comes with a season of the show. After eight episodes, a viewer's world warps slightly to fit the rules and ideals of a summer at the shore.

Case in point? On a relatively tame night out at a neighborhood bar last week, I found myself anxiously scanning the room, thoroughly convinced that a fight could break out at any moment. After sharing this phenomenon with a friend, she admitted that she, too, suffers from TMJS: Too Much Jersey Shore.

"I find MYSELF ready to fight at all times," lamented my pacifist pal.

TMJS aside, I'll definitely feel a sense of summers-lost nostalgia on my now-ordinary Thursday nights. But there's hope out there for Jersey Shore fans: In addition to rumblings about a new season (either with the season 1 cast or a new bunch of GTL-loving twenty-somethings), there's also whispers that my girl may get her own reality show, Snookin' For Love. I hope it’s on Thursdays. … Rennie Dyball

Tell us: Who will you miss from the Jersey Shore? What spin off do you want to see most?

photos courtesy MTV

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