Melissa Gorga (source: Us Weekly)

March 21 is Melissa Gorga’s birthday.

I really don’t watch the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” anymore. The cast of the show is just a little too trashy for me — and that’s saying something because I love my trash TV!

Anyway, I knew that Melissa was an Aries. I often see her wearing red and I’m reminded that she provides a good example of signature Aries style when compared to many of the “Housewives” stars who share her sign; I can give her that. I can also say that she’s got an Aries temperament. She angers easily and she doesn’t back down from a fight.

But that’s all I really know about her because her cast mates are so painful to watch. Of all the “Housewives” shows, I find the women of “New Jersey” to be the most insufferable. Surprisingly, however, Melissa is the one cast member that I really don’t mind. I barely watch “Orange County” because I can’t stand Gorga’s Aries counterpart on that show: Vicki Gunvalson. Shannon Beador is also an Aries, and I can only take her in small doses, too, usually with a side of Tamra.

I’ve put Robyn Dixon from “Potomac” on my “Real Housewives Dream Team” (click the category link to read more). For all of her textbook Aries traits (bossiness, bossiness and bossiness), she actually seems like she would be fun to be around. She’s also remarkably candid for a “Real” housewife; Aries women do not fake anything well. There’s a “what you see is what you get” quality to them that is regarded as either annoying or admirable, depending upon whom you ask.

Perhaps that’s why I don’t mind Melissa. She’s pretty upfront about who she is. Maybe I should give her a chance and watch a few more episodes of her show. The last time I did that, though, the whole cast was acting like savages. It wasn’t pretty. And as I typed that, I was reminded that on last night’s episode of “New York,” Ramona Singer was stuffing lobsters into a bag as she attempted to sneak out of a party shortly after she arrived.

Hmm. Maybe I need to reevaluate my own double standards . . .

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