Bummer that this isn't modded higher, and double bummer that I have no mod points.
I don't mind jQuery, I have to use it at work, but when I have a choice I'm usually off somewhere else. I'm even attempting to pick up work on Sencha's abandoned "Ext Core" library because I prefer the clarity and simplicity. I find that I can easily write the code I need without the framework getting in the way. With jQuery, option #1 is always "Find a Plugin," but then we end up modifying it or trying to get it to play nice and eventually chucking it, and that far down the line our only other option is to find a new plugin. It's syntax is also a little weird when you first get started, especially if you're used to other languages where get* and set* methods are clearly defined, and not sitting together: .setStyle(key, value) and .getStyle(key) vs the jQuery way of .css(key, value) to set and .css(key) to get. It's neat, but it also obscures the functionality unnecessarily.