Thursday, June 18, 2015

Meet John McGuire - When Johnny Mac Tells You "This Won't Hurt a Bit", Would You Believe Him? $BB17


1.  Jeff greets John McGuire,who says he's the Rock 'n' Roll Dentist.  He works as a dentist by day and then plays music all night.  His nickname is Johnny Mac---that is what John's friends call him so that is what Jeff starts calling him.  Clearly John is going to be this year's DR screamer.  In fact, Jeff asks him now why he's yelling.

Jeff:  Maybe too many metal shows?  I dunno..Maybe listening to drills and stuff all day?


2.  Jeff asks if he's going to be cleaning teeth in the Big Brother house this summer.

John:  I dunno...is that legal?

(Like Big Jeff would know...)

John says he is only licensed in Pennsylvania, so maybe if they flew some patients in he could work on their teeth.


3.  Jeff wonders who's taking care of the business while he's gone.  John says he's just an employee at the dental clinic where he works---they have other people to cover the day-to-day stuff.  Jeff wonders what that really means, as far as work goes.

John:  I can do a filling.  I can pull a tooth, if you have an old rotten tooth in there.

Jeff: Me? No...

John:  Well maybe some veneers, some Invisalign, I can do it all!


4. Jeff asked John about the last time he cried.

John:  Me?  Cry? Well....it was probably about a year ago...in the hospital...there were some medical type things going on in there and I got emotional...

***crickets***

Jeff:  Do you think you'll be emotional in there?  (really, "in dere")

John:  I don't know....if I do I might not  be able to help it...is that okay?

Jeff:  Yeah, yeah.  I'm just askin'.


5.  If John wins the show, most of that money will go to pay his debt.  (I'm assuming he has student loan debt for dental school.  Also, he might have had to borrow to buy dental equipment, even though he works for a dental practice.)

John:  I owe about $250,000, and the interest rate is unbelievable.

Jeff:  Well, then we know where that money's going.

(I used to have a friend who was a dentist with his own practice.  He used to tell me that as soon as he paid off his equipment loans, he wanted to close his practice to be a musician.  He was really into the B52's.  And he said, "I love to do surgery, because I make so much money from it!"  Food for thought, for the next time you're In The Chair.)

(FYI  I just googled my old friend out of curiosity, and he's still in the dentist business, but in a different office in a different town.  And he looks just the same.)


6.  John says he is actually a very physical guy, even though he looks so skinny and small.

John:  I do all kinds of mud runs and things, so that's going to surprise people.  But I think that the big huge guys are going to be seen as targets, so they'll be the ones going out first.  I really won't have to do much as long as that's happening.

Jeff:  That's smart, I like that.  So you're here to win.  And you'll do anything to win.

John:  Yep. Anything. I don't care if I'm hated.  I'm used to being hated.

Jeff:  Why?  Really?

John:  Because I'm a dentist! People hate dentists!


7.  Jeff asks about John's downside.  He says he knows he can annoy some people, but he hopes people just think he's stupid.  That's fine with him because they won't know he's smart until it's too late.

John:  And another thing.  I don't understand those people who go in there and say they're a SuperFan and they talk all the time about knowing everything about the game.  No way I'm gonna do that.

Jeff:  So you'll just say that you watch the show here and there?

John:  Yeah.  I'll say I'm a dentist and I work all day and that I've seen the show and it looked like fun, so I tried out for it.

(Johhny Mac is a BB SuperFan!)



8.  John is going to be open and honest in the house about being a dentist.  He says that people love to talk about their teeth, whether they know it or not, so that will be a good thing for him.

Jeff:  Talk about their teeth...really?

John:  Yeah!  They're always saying something like they got a filling one time that they're not sure about...stuff like that.


9.  Jeff asks John about the Zingbot, and John says he's pretty sure that the Zingbot will talk about how skinny he is.  John starts looking around for the Zingbot, asking if coming in now.


10.  Jeff:  Yeah, he'll be here.  But not now...if we stay in here long enough, he'll be here, but that's a long time.

John wasn't sure he could do a Zingbot impression, and didn't even try.  He is so wacky---why wouldn't he give it a try?  Surely he knows who the Zingbot is, right?  He says he needs more time to think about his impression but Jeff tells him not to worry.


11.  If John was a zoo animal, he'd be a badger, because "they don't care and they fight lions".  Jeff thinks that's a pretty good analogy, and it makes sense to him.


12.  John wants to win for the glory of it all.  If he has to evict people that are his friends in the house and they don't understand, then they're not his friends anyway.  He'll do anything.  He just wants to win it.


***FEEDWATCHER FORECAST***

Yet another interesting house guest, a real Piece of Work, you might say.  I read the CBS bio for Johnny Mac, and it contained some interesting information.


Apparently he can just turn on and off his geeky persona....I was assuming that what we just saw in his interview with Jeff was him just being himself.  So if he tries to be annoying and geeky, I can't even imagine what that might be like.

I actually agree with John's point about being able to coast and letting the "meat shields" make themselves huge targets.  But unfortunately I haven't seen too many of those guys in the list of house guests.  So I hope he has an alternate plan of action, just in case his early plan doesn't work. I don't think it's going to be a big Bro Fest this year, but I still have a few house guests to review.

And I like him planning to lay low about being a SuperFan.  But I think the risk for him might be the first impressions he makes, particularly if that rumored night #2 eviction is true.  I think he really needs to tone down The Crazy until he has some solid relationships, because he may cause the paranoid people to think he's acting or putting on a show.

I'm a little concerned about his ability to fly by the seat of his pants.  You need that skill in Big Brother, to not only expect the unexpected, but to manage other people in the house without them realizing it.  At least twice during the interview with Jeff, he couldn't come up with something on the fly and admitted to it.  He didn't even play it off.  So that may be a problem.   To win Big Brother you need to be a good Bullshit Artist.

I do think John will make for interesting live feeds, and I'll certainly be able to pick his voice out of the crowd.  There is definitely a Pennsylvania edge to it, but it is high and sharp and kind of piercing.

But they better add some extra sound-proofing that Diary Room this year. Just in case.

Meet James Huling - Let's Go Buckwild and Party Down South #BB17


1.  Jeff sat down with James Huling as part of the live BB17 kickoff, interviewing him in the DR prior to him being set loose in the game (probably later that day).  I'm not gonna lie----I was not impressed or excited about James based on his overall presentation.  I mean, maybe Production wanted him to wear the camouflage pants and visor to hit us over the head about him being an avid hunter.  I don't like hunting, or hunters who crow about hunting.  And I do like golfers, but even they irritate me when they insist on wearing visors all the time.

2.  James has a STRONG country accent, so I will be able to recognize him on the live feeds when he's speaking so that's good.  But as a southern person, I don't like to perpetuate the image that people from the south are all stupid.  But he can't help his voice, I guess, so I'll try to get over that.  He tells Jeff that he's from "all over" and works as a retail associate.  I think that means he works in a store.


3.  James says he's a people person, a country boy, and he loves to hunt.  (You don't say....)  He tells Jeff that he doesn't know what his bad qualities are, but he's sure that "the other people in the house will let him know".

(Ruh Roh)

4.  James has a daughter whose name is Brianna.  Then he admits that he has "inherited an adopted son named Landon".  But if he wins, he is going to set up a trust fund for Brianna (not Landon, apparently).  He knows his family is behind him all the way this summer.

(I hope Landon makes good grades and keeps those scholarship opportunities open.  And Brianna too, for that matter.)


5.  James says he's "worked corrections", and "also has military experience".  Now, who does that sound like?  Caleb, maybe?  It is my conclusion that James was somehow snared by the BB casting recruitment process, because I do not think he is a BB fan.  In fact during the interview he says he "heard" BB can be a tough game, mentally but he's up for the challenge.

6.  So he might not have even watched any of the seasons in sequester, from the sound of it.  Chew on that for awhile, won't you?


7. James wanted to be on Big Brother so he can "say he did this", and to "claim the experience".


8.  James says that getting cast on the show is his biggest accomplishment in life.  Jeff is surprised at that, and teases him about not mentioning his daughter.  James does have a good sense of humor and laughs easily a number of times throughout the interview.


9.  I know all of these pictures look the same.  Sorry about that, but the subject matter is what it is, people.


10.  James struggled to remember the last time he cried, but then says it was kind of recent, when his daughter Brianna said "Daddy I love you".


11.  In defense of James, he did make a comment that acknowledged that Jeff was "a BB legend", but I'm guessing that someone in Production told him that as he got ready for the interview.  James wants us all to pull for him this summer, and says he wants to be the "first hillbilly Asian on Big Brother".  I'm sure that comment will win James a lot of fans.  Probably the Donny Thompson bunch, but as we know that can be a powerful lobby.



***FEEDWATCHER FORECAST***

OK.  In an effort to keep things real, I will say that prior to this season starting, there was a lot of speculation about whether or not CBS would cast a transgender person.  When I saw James' selfie next to the other house guests, I picked him out as the trans person, thinking that a female-to-male person would be especially interesting as the entire process has become more mainstream.

That facial hair just looked weird to me, like a Cheri Oteri Saturday Night Live skit or something.  But watching and listening to him convinced me that he was indeed born a man.  And, of course I found out that Audrey is the trans person on the cast.

I know I am stereotyping here, but I'm thinking James might have been cast partly to provide a dissenting voice to what I expect to be overwhelming support for Audrey's transition among the BB17 cast members.  Of course, I could be wrong, and if so I apologize.

***UPDATE***

OK, so the BB17 season is LONG over, and now James has been repeatedly trying to contact me about removing his mugshot picture and arrest information from my website.  I'm not one of those BB fans who is clamoring for contact with former Big Brother house guests.  I run a business....I have a busy life.....when the season is over, it's usually over for me, too.

But I find the post-season BB fans kind of interesting, because they really try to get in there and mix it up with the former house guests.  And by the looks of some of the interactions, many of them didn't even watch the live feeds, or follow the season very closely.  But I digress.

I will remove the picture, but it is still out there James.  If you can get the people who run Survivor Sucks to take the picture down, then I really will be impressed.  There are some important lessons to be learned here for all of you kids (and James):

1.  Once something is out there on the internet, it's out there on the internet for a long, long time.  Maybe forever, but none of us really knows about the longevity of the interwebs.

2.  If you make a public figure out of yourself, then your information becomes public.  The irony is that if you don't have much of a past, then reality television probably isn't that interested in you.

3.  A big part of the Big Brother franchise involves people like me (and us) watching, and listening, and reporting.  So what you say or do will become news, in a sick, twisted sort of way.   Don't say or do anything while the cameras are on you that you are going to regret later.  Or for a long, long time.  (See Lesson #1. )

***END OF UPDATE***  

Oh, and James has at least one mugshot out there.  Get a load of this:


***THE PICTURE WAS REMOVED AFTER REPEATED REQUESTS FROM JAMES HULING.***


Yes, that charge reads "____________________", and that can't be good news for ____________.  Do you think that the South Carolina authorities did a proper search of his car when they arrested him?  Do you think they gave him a Breathalyzer?  Because he looks pretty damn high to me in that picture. Seems like they could have racked up some more charges that day if they really wanted to.

Not James' proudest day, I'm guessing.

I don't like the way he said he had an "________________".  That sounds worse than calling someone a _________________.  Does that mean that James' "lady friend', if indeed he has one, ___________?  And I say "lady friend" because it is not clear from this interview if James is married or divorced or what-have-you.  I looked at James' CBS bio for some additional information, but while the posted information is somewhat heartbreaking, it is also very sparse.

I hope this doesn't indicate that CBS took shortcuts on James' background search.  Because safety.

I'm sorry to trash James, but to be honest I don't like him.  I didn't like Caleb Reynolds either, though, and he made some sort of believer out of me last season.  I don't think James knows much about Big Brother, and I think his oddball exterior will have the house guests thinking that something is up with him, and that he's hiding something.  (Let's face it, he probably is.)

Throw in the very real possibility of some hateful situations happening this summer, and I think the risk of James heading back home before Jury is a strong possibility.

Prove me wrong James, and I'll update this post with an apology, like I did for Caleb.

***UPDATE #2***

I just remembered that during the BB17 season (at least eight months ago), some of James' friends started pestering me to apologize to James, like I did with Caleb.  You can't see me now, but I'm rolling my eyes while I type that.

They were like, "you better take it back....say you like James now", and so forth.  I think the girl that was behind that initiative was the one who later started some kind of GoFundMe account to raise money for James' immediate family to attend the BB17 reunion, but she later confessed the money was for her after some sharp-eyed fans figured out the scam. Something like that.

Anyhoo, I didn't say much about James during the season at all.  I didn't report his misogynist comments, or the way he asked others if he could get Audrey pregnant.  I just ignored it, for the most part.  I did think his tin foil headset was funny, and also when he used powdered sugar to cut up some fat lines of blow.  But I don't feel the need to apologize to anybody.

And since it came up, I regret my online apology to Caleb, but don't have the energy or interest to go back and amend that post.  I don't think I ever followed Caleb on Twitter, but he recently blocked me when I took offense to some crap his girlfriend was circulating on Twitter.  I wasn't following him, but he blocked me anyway.  You know, just in case I decide to follow him for a daily dose of "I Love Jesus But I Have Bad Grammar Now Please Buy My Nutritional Supplements" tweets.

About The Blocking:  Caleb and his girlfriend were basically doing some sermonizing.  Because they're so holy and all.  And the gist of what was being said was, "Caleb is friends with some homosexuals, and loves them, even though they are sinners who are going to hell."

And the crazy thing is, neither Caleb or His Woman had any idea why it was wrong to say that, or why so many people would be deeply offended by that comment.  Caleb was apparently deeply offended, however, that I tweeted back to them that His Woman should never have retweeted such hateful comments.

And I copied Jeff Probst on my Tweet, too..  Ha ha ha.  

***WILL ANYONE EVER SEE THESE UPDATES TO MY ORIGINAL POST FROM NINE MONTHS AGO? ***

I'll bet James will.  Hi James.

This Summer, Get Ready for the BB Takeover #BB17

CBS has put out a press release with the news about this year's twist.  

Although I would say it will be a series of twists (some we like, probably some we hate) that follow the BB Takeover format.  But CBS didn't ask me, of course.

It sounds like each week, a "surprise guest" will visit the house to "unleash new twists".  So for the SuperFans in the house, this is sure to be a thrill.

For example, Derrick is going to be there.


And I'm sure CBS will use this to promote some of their other shows, and maybe some celebrity BB SuperFans will visit.  If this is the only way we can get Frank Eudy, I'll take it, but I'm still holding out hope for those two rumored "secret house guests".

I'm cautiously optimistic about this, but will be heartbroken if they "over twist" every damn thing like BB Canada did this year.  Basically they bastardized the entire concept, if you ask me.

Here is the press release in it's entirety.

BIG BROTHER announces this summer's exciting new twist, “BB Takeover,” featuring weekly surprise guests who will unleash new twists into the game each and every week. The season's special two-night premiere airs Wednesday, June 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursday, June 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. In addition, Houseguests this season will live in a modern steel beach house that features a towering Sky Bridge.

This summer’s “BB Takeover” twist will feature a surprise guest each week who will appear on the show to announce a new twist into the game. Expecting the unexpected will be taken to new heights as Houseguests attempt to stay in the game amid the ever-changing twists that shake up life inside the house on a weekly basis. A special guest will appear on each night of the two-night premiere and reveal twists that could affect the cast and viewers.

“This is going to be the biggest BIG BROTHER ever! Surprise guests, twists every week all summer long and, of course, Zingbot!” said Executive Producer Rich Meehan. “But the Houseguests better keep their focus, because BIG BROTHER is all about relationships. Trust me, with all the twists and turns, those bonds will be more important than ever, because at the end of the week, it's your housemates that send you packing on eviction night.”

This season, the BIG BROTHER Houseguests will live in a modern steel beach house that’s the largest yet, with the addition of the “Sky Bridge,” which adds 155 square feet of living space. Featuring a floor comprised of 12 clear plexi-glass panels, the bridge is not for the faint of heart, with its clear view to the first floor below. Also, Houseguests will enjoy the towering 22-foot-tall steel Wave Wall made of custom curved steel, wood and Plexiglas in the living room, which required the ceiling to be raised from 12 to 24 feet.

The details on the walls throughout the house will show “half-tone” finishing, similar to a comic book illustration, and one of the bedrooms will be dedicated to this edgy pop art style. While the downstairs area evokes the sea, upstairs is all about the sky. The Head of Household suite is essentially a skybox with transparent flooring and clouds everywhere, where the HOH will feel like they're literally floating on cloud nine. The beach theme continues in the bedrooms, with one filled with coral and driftwood and the other capturing the magic of the sea at night with the vibe of an upscale club. 

Meet Da'Vonne Rogers - She Plans to Take Everyone's Money This Summer #BB17


1.  Da'Vonne Rogers is a 27 year old woman from Inglewood California who works in a casino.  She is a very vibrant person who uses her whole body as punctuation when she speaks.  In fact, you can probably just flip through the pictures in this post to get a good idea of Da'Vonne's personality.


2.  She pronounces her name "Day-Von" and I think she my go by "Day" for short.  She has a big, vibrant personality and seems very genuine in her interactions with Jeff.  Da'Vonne is having the time of her life in the DR with Big Jeff.

Da'Vonne:  I'm a poker dealer in Inglewood California.

Jeff:  What? What?

Da'Vonne:  Sssshhhhhh!   Sssshhhh!


3.  Da'Vonne is going to keep that a secret from her house mates this summer.

Jeff:  I just gave you that look because I think you've taken my money before!

Da'Vonne, cracking up:  Well, YOU sat down....YOU sat down!


 4.  Da'Vonne isn't just a fan of Big Brother...she stresses that she LOVES the show.

Da'Vonne:  I've been a fan since BB1, when the show went from an experiment to a legit game!

(Speaking of that experiment, I revisited the very first episode of BB1 earlier this week and noticed the same thing....you can see that here.)


5.  Jeff tells her that she made it, she's here now and she should look around and enjoy it.

Da'Vonne:  I know!  This is starting to get real now....oh SNAP!


6.  Jeff wonders why she plans to keep her profession a secret from the other house guests.  Da'Vonne says that she doesn't want them to know that she is a good poker player.

Da'Vonne:  Some of the best poker dealers used to be the best poker players!

Jeff:  Really? Because some of the guys I've worked with are big idiots!

***SIDEBAR***

Jeff is being funny here, but is obviously very bitter about this---is his gambling habit common knowledge?  I knew Jeff likes to fish, but I didn't know he liked to visit the casinos.  I don't have a lot of "CPA moments" on this website, but I will have one now:

As someone who has struggled with trying to find his place in life and a somewhat reliable source of income, Jeff Schroeder SHOULD NOT be gambling now.  I'm pretty sure he used financial concerns as one of the major reasons why he could not commit to Jordan for so long.  Gambling is NOT the way to go for Jeff and I hope this comes up in their season of Marriage Boot Camp, currently airing now.  Jordan is saying that she'd like to have four kids, "if they can afford it".  Proceed very cautiously, Jordan.

And while I'm at it, I don't doubt what Da'Vonne is saying here, but if a poker player was so good at it, why would they become a dealer?  And does it matter if a dealer is a good poker player?  Don't they just shuffle and pull up the cards as they come?  They don't give advice or use strategy, do they?  I know they need to be able to spot a cheater, but if they can win big money playing on a consistent basis, than why would they give that up to be a dealer?

Do they get commissions?  I know they can get nice tips from the winners, but that hardly seems worth it.  And if they had to quit playing due to a gambling addiction, the last place they should be is a casino, right?

***END OF SIDEBAR***




7.  Da'Vonne is a single mother, and has a 7 month-old daughter.  She says her daughter is her "pumpy-umpkins" (or something like that) whose name is Cadence.  Not sure about the spelling of that, but that's my best guess.  Da'Vonne is "fresh out" of an 8 year relationship.  She and Jeff laugh about being single on the live feeds and letting everybody know that.  She thinks a showmance would put a target on her and although there might be a chance it might help her, she plans to just "leave that alone this summer".


8.  The only time she's been away from Cadence since her birth was the week of Big Brother casting.  It's going to be hard for her on a daily basis, because she knows she's going to miss a lot, like maybe the first tooth, the first steps taken, but she has to focus on her goal and use Cadence as her motivation, or her "Why".


9.  Here's Jeff waiving Hello to Cadence in the picture below.

Da'Vonne:  Oh Boo....Jeff's waving at you!

Da'Vonne says she wants to win the money to "start a foundation for her daughter".

***SIDEBAR***

OK.  Unfortunately we're going to have to have another CPA moment to set something straight.

You DO NOT set up a "foundation" to support your child.  A Foundation is a non-profit entity that must undergo a rigorous application process with both the IRS and the State in order to be granted status as income tax-free.  They review your "charitable mission", and your plans to achieve it, and then your annual tax filings have to report how you did that, and what you accomplished and how much of your income supported that goal.

I think what Da'Vonne means is that she wants to save her potential BB winnings in some sort of fund for her daughter to use for college, etc.  And that is perfectly fine, of course, and there are also numerous programs out there where she can optimize her state taxes while saving for Cadence's education.  She might also mean that she wants to set up a trust for her, but that requires a lawyer  and Saul Goodman ain't doing that for free, if you know what I mean.

I know this is boring, but I don't want people to think they can set up a foundation and live off of the money.

***END OF SIDEBAR***


10.  One drawback to Da'Vonne's personality that might get her in trouble in the game is that she's loud and can be too direct with people.  Her grandmother taught her to "say what you mean, and mean what you say" and she knows this can get her in trouble if she's not careful this summer.

Da'Vonne:  You have to be a heart rate monitor in there.....you gotta say what you mean, then slow it down....say what you mean, then slow it down.....up down and up down....

Jeff:  You got it though!  You gotta roll with the punches.  And you know how to calm people down at the tables...some people get rowdy at the table like me, for example...you gotta tell me to simmer down!

Da'Vonne:  C'mon Jeff...bring it back!


11.  When Jeff asks her the zoo animal question, she immediately spits out the word Tiger.  Jeff likes that answer and she says she thinks she may have been a tiger in a past life, or maybe a very muscular man.

She also thinks that Zingbot will make comments about her weave, but she's going to "try and keep it flawless".


12.  Jeff knows that she is there to win, and says he doesn't want to see her until the end of the summer.  Da'Vonne tells the viewers that she needs us to be on her side, and be her Ride or Die people.

Da'Vonne:  It's going to be tough, but we can do it!


***FEEDWATCHER FORECAST***

Well, Da'Vonne is a pleasure to watch and listen to.  She is funny, engaging, and you can see how she established a strong bond with Jeff during this short interview.  I was worried about Da'Vonne, because her profile on the CBS website really stressed religion, and I'm not crazy about the Jesus Freaks.  (Religion is great for some people, but it is a personal matter and should not be forced on other people, or used as an excuse for your actions, in my opinion.)

This profile makes it sound like she hasn't followed the family template, so to speak, so I hope we do get to see more than just another woman who prays all the time in there.  (Yes Jocosta, I'm looking at you.)

I wonder what she'll say her profession is?  Maybe a casino cocktail waitress?  Even that might put Vanessa Rousso on high alert, though.  I love the fact that we have two potentially strong BB players who have related professions that they plan to keep quiet.

I'm guessing Da'Vonne might work at the Hollywood Park Casino, since it seems to be the big one in her area of California.


I can just feel the ice-cold air conditioning from here, looking at that snippet of a website.  And it looks like Inglewood might be a very convenient place for Big Jeff to visit, since I think he lives in Santa Monica with Jordan now.  Even that relatively short drive might feel like a long road trip when you just lost your last two paychecks, right Jeff?


I like Da'Vonne, if you couldn't tell.  She is another BB17 house guest with a big personality that seems like it's mostly positive.  There are a few other parents with young children on the cast, so that can be a bond for her, but she'll need more than that to make some fast connections to avoid being that first eviction.  The fact that there are several strange people on the cast should help her, since she comes off as so real and genuine.  (Exp:  Jason Roy) Hopefully she can stay off the radar until she's had the time to build some alliances.

Being a fan and knowing the game so well is certainly going to be a benefit for Da'Vonne.  I'm hearing some strange rumors that may play right into that strength for her this summer.

It's really not a rumor, CBS has announced the BB Takeover, so it's real.  And might be real exciting.