Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Meet Michelle Meyer - To Tell the Truth, She's Going to Be a Liar. #BB18


Meet Michelle Meyer, who joins the cast this year from Washington Township, Michigan.  She's 23 and she is a nutritionist.

OK....I hate to be Captain Obvious, but Michelle's picture and bio certainly remind me of a certain former houseguest.  Which is a little ironic, considering the rumors of the identities of the four former BB players coming into the game this year.  I'm not sure why I'm pretending you don't already know who they are....I guess I want to get through my assessments of the newbies before I tackle that discussion.

And I don't want to put something out there as fact that may or may not happen.

Anyhoo, Michelle is Super Fan who is super-pumped to be sitting with Jeff for her pre-season interview.

Michelle tells us she lives in the Detroit Metro area, and just finished schooling to be a nutritionist. All  she has to do is pass her registered dietitian exam and she's good to go.

Jeff, with a controversial question: So, are you gonna keep some of the fatsos in da house in check this summer?

Michelle:  Yeah!  You are what you eat, and I'm gonna make sure I whip up some good things with that slop.


Jeff:  Well, when you're done in there, I think I need to get on a plan.

Michelle, scanning Jeff's bod:  You're fine. Your BMI seems fine.  Don't worry.

Jeff doesn't know what that is, of course, so she tells him it's his Body Mass Index.


Michelle tells us she's a big, big fan, and watches the international versions too.

Michelle:  I love, love the show.


Jeff wonders if she's tripping out right now, because she's in the Diary Room.

Michelle is surprised, and gives the room a good look.

(I know people are saying stuff like, how can Michelle not know that's the DR?  Does she really watch the show?  Well, you'd think she'd remember where Jeff did the live interviews last season, but the DR does look very different, with the new pink chair and the snazzy paisley wallpaper.)


Jeff points the way to the interior house, and tells her this is it, this is her summer home.

Michelle:  So I'll be in here....this is not what I pictured at all.

Jeff:  Tell the people at home why...what's different to you?  Is it bigger?

Michelle starts to tell us it's not just a blank wall in there, and then she starts to tell us about all of the lights before Big Jeff cuts her off, telling her not to get to behind-the-scenes.

(Or, maybe whoever speaks into Jeff's earpiece said that, and Big Jeff just repeated it.)

And Michelle laughed.  And she actually SNORTED when she laughed.


Michelle is going to miss her family this summer, and her dog.  Today is actually her little sister's Sweet Sixteen, so she's missing that, too.

Jeff points out that she'll always remember that, and tells her to talk to her sister now.

Michelle, waving:  Happy Birthday Birdie Boo!  I love you!

(Or something like that.)


If Michelle wins BB18, she's planning to take her entire family to Hawaii.  Speaking of winning, Jeff wonders how far Michelle will go to win.

Michelle: I'll lie, obviously.  I have no problem lying, breaking alliances, stabbing people in the back.  Bring it on.

Jeff:  Why was lying the first thing out of your mouth just then?  You're ready to just go in there and start backstabbing people?

Michelle:  Yeah!


Michelle says that the Super Fans usually go into the house and are awkward at first.  Michelle doesn't think  she'll be awkward at all...she's very bubbly, she's not serious about stuff...she hates being serious, and she thinks that will throw people off the trail of how much she knows about the game.


Michelle knows she needs to not let little things bug her, and she can't start freaking out, because that could be a downfall for her.  Jeff wonders what her biggest accomplishment in life to date is.

Michelle:  Just being one step away from being a registered dietitian.  I feel that nutrition is the best form of preventative medicine.  In America right now, two out of three people are overweight, and one out of three are obese.  The US has such a high rate of heart disease, diabetes, stuff like that and nutrition can combat that.

(Yes.  Michelle needs to teach and preach that this summer.)


Jeff:  So you love what you do.  That's important.

Now it's time for Jeff to ask the Big Question, and he's sure that Michelle will know what that is.  But she doesn't---instead she thinks Jeff is going to ask if she is ready to Expect the Unexpected.

This makes me think (along with not recognizing the DR) that Michelle might not be a live feed watcher.  Because you have to have the live feeds to watch the pre-season interviews.  They eventually show up on You Tube, of course, but I don't think Michelle is the type of fan who watches them.


But when Jeff finally does ask the question, the answer is what we always hope for.

Michelle:  Oh, I want to be hated and win, HANDS DOWN.  Everyone has a hater...even if you're the best player in the world.

Jeff, giving props with his body language: I hear ya..


Jeff: So we're gonna see some game play from you this season.

Michelle:  Oh.  Definitely.  I'm excited.  This is a dream come true.

Jeff:  How about da live feeders?  You got anything you wanna say to them?

Michelle:  Oh...I wish I was watching the live feeds right now, so I could see all of the other house guests!  You guys are awesome!  I'll try to give some shout outs, but I don't know if I can.



*** FEEDWATCHER FORECAST ***

I'd really like to believe that Michelle, being a sweet young thing, will go in the BB house and play like an assassin. I'd like to believe that her looks will be deceiving, and that she can run serious game on all of the other players.

But unfortunately we've all been disappointed before.  (Yes, I'm looking at you Meg.)  But maybe Michelle will be a different story.  She certainly seems confident, and the Super Fans have already found Michelle's Reddit account.  Apparently she spends a lot of time in the Big Brother subreddit, and her various posts can be summarized as follows, thanks to a fellow Redditor:


But one of the Reddit mods waved a big Caution flag at all of the posters, telling them that they better mind their P's and Q's, or else they will "deal harshly" with you.


I feel Michelle is entitled to her opinions, just like everybody else.  Even if you don't agree with her, surely you agree with me that having a BB18 contestant who actually watches the show and interacts with others about it is a good thing.  This situation provides a few key take-aways for me about Michelle:

1.  Michelle is not afraid to give her opinions.

2.  Michelle  is bold enough to state unpopular opinions.

3.  Michelle has not yet developed the ability to edit herself.

4.  Michelle has a definite point-of-view about Big Brother and the way it should be played.

5.  Michelle is not going to like at least one of the returning players, and in my opinion probably hates three of them.

6.  Michelle certainly knows about Tiffany Rousso and Paulie Califiore as rumors about both being part of the cast have been posted on Reddit for over a week now.  And Michelle doesn't like Vanessa, that much is clear.

We should be able to get a good idea about Michelle being able to play this game in a smart way if we're able to see how she handles seeing Tiffany and Paulie in the house.  Will she try to weaponize that information or blast it all over the house?  (Yes, I'm looking at you Da'Vonne, although that is certainly ironic of me.)

Although, that would require CBS showing us that Michelle read the online rumors before sequester, and I know they don't want that discussion on TV.  Maybe they can edit it down to an acceptable story line for the prime time show.  Because, as usual, all of the juicy twist reveals happen before the feeds go live.  For all we know, Michelle is blowing up Tiffany's game RIGHT NOW.

(For example, in BB5 Nakomis and Cowboy figured out that they had the same father somewhere around Day #3.)

Let's see if Michelle's CBS Bio provides any new information for us.

It turns out Michelle is indeed a live feeder.  I like that she knows she needs to stay away from the rumor mill, and realizes that has gotten her in trouble before.

So maybe Michelle is developing that filter, after all.

I like that she wants to win competitions, and take out a big threat every time she has the power.  I like that she wants to be underestimated.  And I think it's cute that she has the hots for Ian Terry.  Ian is in the rumor mill for the returning house guests, but I honestly don't think that he is coming back this year.

I like Michelle, and once again we have another female contestant who pursued a science-related profession.  I hope this is an indicator of the trends out there.  On a non-game note, I will say that Michelle has chosen a profession that is going to be BOOMING for decades.  America is one of the least-healthy countries in the world, and we have all the tools we need to fix it.

I predict Michelle is going to give us a good show this year, one way or another.  And I think she'll make the Jury, and might even get close to the money.

And if her ears are burning, or itching, or however the saying goes, it's probably because someone is posting in one of the dozens of Michelle threads in the BB subreddit.

Meet Paul Abrahamian - The Devil May Care, But He Sure Doesn't. #BB18


Meet Paul Abrahamian, who is only 23, hailing from Tarzana CA.  I say "only" 23, because if you told me he was 33, or even 43, I might believe that, too.

Before you have to ask:
Paul has a beard, and ugly tattoos.  I'm so over people having beards, and ugly tattoos, so Paul is starting off on the wrong foot with me.  I realize that may sound harsh and judgmental.  But if you like Paul just because he has a beard and ugly tattoos, that is probably just as judgmental as me not liking him.

Oh, I have a beard, so I'm so cool.

***whatever***

I am going to eat a Tofurkey sandwich while I watch Kenny's Dallas' Paul's interview with Big Jeff, so maybe that will improve my blood sugar levels and put me in a more charitable posting mood.

*****

OK.  I feel better now, thanks to the food and also due to Paul's swagger, just sitting in the chair staring at us.  He looks defiant, like he dares us to do something about it.  I think he may be hunching in the new velvet DR chair, too, not even trying to sit up straight for the camera.

I'm thinking Paul might be the guy to do some Dastardly Deeds in the house this summer.  You know, lying, betraying, maybe telling someone to shove it.  So I like that about him.


But he says he's only 22, not 23 as the CBS bio states.  As a point of reference, Steve Moses was 22 last summer, too.

So just chew on that for a minute.

Paul tells Jeff that he owns a clothing company called Dead Skull Apparel.

***  OK. TIME OUT. ***

Of course I looked at it.  Paul's company sells a variety of T-shirts and some jewelry.  And it all has a certain theme.  Here are a few examples:




You can see the website for yourself here.  There is a little video linked that features Paul doing cool things like frolicking alone in a desert-like atmosphere, flipping us off, and chugging down a bottle of Jack Daniels.  I like the background music, too.  It's a French guy talking about being crazy every morning.  Something like that.  I think we can all just stop this whole interview nonsense right now, after watching that.  Because that is what Paul is all about....it's what he's going to give us this summer.

But I'm a business woman, so I'm thinking about that side of things, too.  For example, I have no doubt Paul is all staffed up for the summer, so his company can sell, sell, sell.  I hope his team has stocked up their inventory, too, because even at a $30 price point, he's bound to move some merchandise in the next few weeks. But I caution them against placing a huge order of T-shirts until we get through the first few weeks, maybe until July.  Although even if Paul is evicted first, he can still be highly visible in today's BB world through the end of the season, promoting his brand the whole time.

Here's The Thing:  I don't think Production will ever let Paul wear any of his Dead Skull Apparel on the show this summer, due to the profane nature of the goods. But if he gets the right kind of CBS screen time, viewers are going to seek out his merchandise.

So Paul's beard is a part of his schtick...his brand.  And I get that.  No one wants to buy "fuck you" T-shirts from a clean-shaven actuary.

But I still say that was iced tea in the Jack Daniels bottle.  Because death.  You know, the actual kind.  Not the pretend website sort of death.

***  OK. BACK TO THE SHOW.***


Paul says he's a big Big Brother fan.  Ever since he was a kid, it was just "always on in the house".

Jeff:  You don't seem that impressed to be in the Diary Room right now.

Paul:  Oh, I'm impressed.  But I'm easygoing.

Jeff:  You're a cool guy.

Paul:  Well, I wouldn't call myself a cool guy, but....


Jeff:  Dude, if you've got a beard like that, you're cool.

Paul:  Okay, I'm cool.  I'll take it.

(Jeff is part of The Problem here, making comments like that.)


Paul says he has to be smooth as ice in the house this summer, because if he's not, everyone is going to say "this kid has got to go".  So he wants to go in there and lay low.

Paul:  I'm the guy who's going to kick back, drink a beer with you (really "whichu") and let you talk about how weird your life is, and just smile and nod.  In the house, anyway.  In the DR it's going to be chaos, a catastrophe.

(We'll be the judge of that, Paul. But god knows I hope you're right.)


Jeff:  What ruffles Paul's feathers?

Paul, snorting:  What DOESN'T ruffle Paul's feathers?  I don't have any feathers left!

Jeff, enjoying this:  Well, you're gonna be trapped in there with a bunch of people.

Paul:  They're going to be trapped in there with ME, so....

Jeff:  Touche!

(Who knew Jeff could speak French? )


Jeff starts to ask the next question, but kind of shrugs in the middle of the question, already knowing what Paul's answer will be.

Jeff:  How far are you gonna go Paul....

Paul: Far.  Far.  Unless they just hate me right off the bat, but that isn't NOT possible.

(But Paul didn't really understand what Jeff was about to say.  He wasn't going to ask how many weeks Paul thought he would last, he wanted to know what Paul was willing to do to get there.)


And of course we have to go back to discussing the damn beard.  Because apparently we have to club every damn trend to death before it's over.  When is THIS look going to be trendy again?  Because Don Draper really didn't GAF, either, now did he?


Jeff:  Would you shave the beard off if it meant winning the game?

Paul:  I can't imagine a scenario where that would be, but if it sounds enticing enough, I'd do it.  I don't care.

Jeff:  Even week one?

Paul:  Oh, not on week one.  I'm not putting all the eggs in the basket on week one.


Paul finally admits that if he is forced to shave the beard now, before he can even get in the game, he'd do it.

Paul:  I don't care.

(Oh, but I think he does care. How I wish Jeff would pull a Dastardly Deed, even a joking one, and pull out a pair of clippers and tell him to seize the mother effing day and shave it off.  Call his damn bluff.)

This begins a rather gross and totally unnecessary exchange about Paul shaving it off and mailing the beard to Jeff so he can wear it.  Then Jeff says no, he has a job to do every week, but then they "joke" that Jeff will be wearing a beard in September.


Jeff:  Paul, are you single?  I gotta ask.

Paul:  Well I'm single NOW.  For the past few months I've been single.

They "joke" about how Paul suddenly became single when it looked like he might be cast on the show.


Jeff wonders if Paul is ready to Expect the Unexpected this summer.

Paul:   After watching the show, I'm really ready for anything.  Come at me. Let's do it.  Let's party.

Paul doesn't want to go in there with a lot of pre-planned ideas---he's going in there in a "clear state" and is ready to see what happens. He wants to have a good time and get crazy.


It's time for Big Jeff's Stoopid Kwestions segment, and Paul says he wants some "crazy" questions.  Jeff flips through his note cards, which by the way DO NOT feature steams of blood on them (they are red palm trees), and we learn the following.

*  Paul thinks it might be okay for a vegetarian to wear a FAKE raccoon skin cap, but he doesn't recommend anybody wear this style of hat, based on his fashion advice.

(Not even in a SuperMan suit Paul?)


I'm not even going to describe the second Stoopid Kwestion.  It's beneath me, and you too.  It is certainly beneath Paul.

Also, I am volunteering to write questions for Jeff next year.  I can be trusted with the identities of the house guests in order to personalize them, to make Jeff seem shrewdly inquisitive.  Just give me 24 hours with the CBS profiles, and I'll submit at least 5 questions for each one of them.  And I promise to Zip It until the BB19 cast reveal. Call me Alison.  Or Jeff.  Whoever.

It should not surprise you that Paul is not worried about America hating him.

Paul:  I don't care.  Toss a coin.  Either way, I'm fine with it.

Jeff:  That's such a Paul Answer.

Paul:  It is...WHATEVER.  If you hate me, you hate me.  If you like me, you like me.  If you don't want to give me money, don't do it.  I'll take it.


Paul:  I DON'T CARE.  I'm here to have a good time.  I'm here to cause chaos.  I'm here to have fun.  Whatever happens, I'll take it.

Jeff:  Do you have anything else to say? Because I think the live feeders are going to have fun with you.

Paul:  Hey live feeders. It's gonna be nuts.  I'm gonna be wild.  I'm gonna have fun, so hate me....like me...I'm gonna do it all.


*** FEEDWATCHER FORECAST ***

I can't even imagine what I might have accomplished in life if I were as confident as Paul is when I was 22.  I like the fact that he is obviously not afraid to be himself, and seems like he will not be concerned with criticism, and what we all think of him.

If that's who he really is, then he will accomplish some amazing things in his life.  Maybe not all good things, but amazing nonetheless.  But will he do well in the Big Brother house?

Hmmm.  I think it's either going to go one of two ways.

1.  He's going to keep up this schtick -- the whole "Fuck You I Don't Care" persona throughout his stay in the house.  And he's going to piss off some people with it, probably the girls. I haven't finished going through all of the newbies yet---far from it---but I do think some of the girls may be offended by him. And this may make Paul an early target.

OR

2.  We're going to see a different side of Paul.  The real side.  In other words, he'll back down from this aggressive persona as soon as he's faced with the reality of living with 15 other people in confined spaces.  We'll see this is an act he's putting on for his intro video.  (Yes, I'm looking at you, Austin.)  And that may buy him some time in the house, but lose some respect from the fans.

I think it's going to be a bro-ey summer in there this year, with so many fit guys on the cast.  That may help Paul, assuming he can get along with the bros, since he won't be seen as such a big target.  I can't really get a sense of how tall or muscular Paul may be, so I can't get a good sense of his Threat Factor.

Paul has a good vocabulary, and is quick on his feet conversation-wise.  Based on these factors, I think Paul is very, very intelligent.  Not to mention the fact that he's been able to pull together the Dead  Skull business at such a young age.  I'm thinking entrepreneurship runs in his family, but that's just a guess based on what I see working with my own clients.

I wish Jeff had asked some questions about Paul's education (or lack of) and also maybe something like "how would your ex-girlfriend describe your recent break-up?" or "when is the last time you cried?" so we could see a different angle, but of course Jeff is gonna ask the Jeff Questions.  I guess we should just be glad that Jeff seems to have retired the "what zoo animal are you?" question though.

Here's something, though.  Paul obviously gets some cute girls.  And California is a beautiful place, too.  Based on this picture, though, I'm going to guess Paul stands about 5'9".  And he still has the room to get hundreds of new ugly tattoos before all is said and done.


Let's look at Paul's CBS Bio to see if we can learn anything else.

Well, I love the part about Paul being sneaky.  Being sneaky can be an important component for Dastardly Deeds.  So I think his strategy sounds promising, and he still seems highly intelligent.

But I hope he's not planning to be the game's next Evel Dick.  Because I don't think the show will support that type of extreme behavior anymore.  But the comparisons will be made, of course.  I don't think Paul can win this game, but if he can follow through on what he's saying here, he has a chance to make the Jury.

I just had a flash of one of the returning female players GOING OFF on Paul, and really letting him have it.  It made me laugh, but if this plays out it won't be good for either one of them in the game.

Entertaining, yes.  Recipe for winning $500,000, no.

Meet Bronte D'Acquisto - She's Ready to Tackle Tough Equations This Summer. With a Calculator, That is. #BB18


Meet Bronte D'Aquisto, who is a 26-year-old student from San Diego California.  Bronte lives in Denver now, though, and says she is a student.  I always try to avoid looking at what people are saying about the house guests until I watch their videos myself.  I like to make my own impressions of people before I start hearing what everyone else has to say.

But I was seeing quite a bit of buzz about Bronte yesterday on Twitter---her voice, her banter with Jeff, etc. and I was not disappointed.


Bronte's energy is electric in this interview with Jeff.  Jeff says she's just bursting to get started.

Bronte waves at us and tells us she's from "sunny San Diego" and she's working to be a mathematician ---that's her dream.

(I had to try to spell that word THREE times before I got it right!)

Jeff immediately asks her what "9 times 9" is, and we run into a problem, because Bronte says it is 89.  Even Big Jeff thinks she's a few digits off there, so there's that.

But Bronte says she's bad at doing math in her head, and uses her hands to come up with the correct answer.  (Never mind that Jeff just told her "I think it's 81.")


So the voice is a little ditzy, but not as bad as I expected it to be.  I think she's being genuine and that's her real voice, but who knows, really.  It's kind of a little girl voice, so I immediately think of what Adam and Dr. Drew would say about it if this was an old Loveline episode, rather than a sit-down with Big Jeff.

But we're not here to discuss stuff like that.  Maybe we can chat about that when the live feeds start, as we see how Bronte gets along on a day-to-day basis.


Bronte is still explaining how she came up with the wrong answer to that question that we all learned way back in the 3rd grade. (With flashcards, right?)

Bronte:  My visual impairment skills are below average, to do anything in my head.  I need a pen, paper and a calculator.

Jeff agrees and says it usually takes him a little longer, too, but he usually comes up with the right number in the end.

I was kind of hoping Jeff would pull out a calculator and ask another hard question, like what is 8 times 6, but he didn't.  And I don't think Bronte got the first part of her response right, but we all know what she means.  (She either means that her visual skills are below average, or that she has high visual impairment, but not both in the same sentence.)


Bronte:  I can solve an integral like nobody's business, though.


It's not just you....Bronte lost me there, too.

Yeah, well....I'm still lost.  It's funny, because when I tell people that I'm a CPA, it is common for them to say they could never do what I do, because they are not very good at math.  Hopefully this is a good example for all us, so we know that math has nothing to do with accounting.  I don't even know if I could read this aloud, much less understand it.

(To be honest, I had never heard of an "integral", and the mean part of me was hoping that Bronte really meant to say "integer" instead, so I could make fun of her.  So the joke is on me, I guess.  I'm the dumbass in this particular equation.)


Bronte can't believe this is happening.  She's so excited to be in the Diary Room, and she loves the new chair.

Bronte: I love pink velvet!

(Do you think they needed to get a new chair after Austin last year?  Because Da'Vonne was very vocal after her eviction about how filthy his shorts were, and she only experienced Austin's filth for a very short time.)


Jeff:  Are you a fan of da show?

Bronte:  Yeah!  I haven't seen a lot of seasons, but I saw 16 and half of season 17.

Jeff:  So, a new fan...which is great.

(OK.  I'm guessing that Robyn Kass had a little chat with all of the recruits before Media Day, a little pep talk to help them out.  Maybe she told them not to say they are a Super Fan if all they did is watch BB in sequester, because it makes the fans livid.  Yes, I'm looking at you Clay Honeycutt.)

I'll let Jason respond to that one.

And do you think Clay walked away from the BB experience rich with friendships and gratitude for the journey?


Bronte is single, but it doesn't sound like she's ready to mingle.

Bronte:  I know flirting happens in the house, but I'm a numbers girl, and statistically, a showmance isn't going to help you win this game. It usually makes you an easy target.

Instead, it sounds like Bronte is going to urge her house mates to get involved in showmances, but avoid them herself.

(I'm guessing Bronte has no idea that Jeff played Big Brother.  Twice. With his showmance, who won the game the first time, largely due to the influence of Jeff.)


Bronte:  I'm gonna tell them that money can be spent, but love is forever, so they should go for it.

Jeff isn't sure now which side Bronte is on...is she in it for love or money?

Bronte:  Oh, I'm for money!  I'm not driven by fame, or by boys...I'm here for the money.

Bronte tells Jeff that she'll do whatever it takes to win the money...she'll stop at nothing.

Bronte:  That money is mine.  I need that money to get my doctorate degree.


Jeff is intrigued, because when he first met Bronte, she came off so sweet and innocent, but she's willing to go for it---he can see that now.

Jeff:  That's a great camouflage.  Are you going to use that?

Bronte:  I definitely am.  I'm not going to tell anybody that I'm a Math Girl and I'm about to get my second degree.  They don't need to know that!

She thinks that being sweet and nice, friends with everyone will be a great strategy for her in the house.  But at some point she is going to assert herself so that people don't think they can use her as a pawn in the house.

Bronte:  I'm a problem solver.  I've already thought through all of the problems that could happen and figured a way out.  I'm going to use behavioral science to get people to say yes to me.  Evidence shows that it works, but the problem would be the outliers.  In Math, when something doesn't fall in your statistic, we call it an outlier, so I need the very logical people out of the game...your Derricks, your Vanessas...they need to go, because they won't work with my strategy, so SEE YA.


Jeff then transitions into what I am calling his Stoopid Kwestion Segment.  He wants to know how many times Bronte needs to hear a song she likes before she starts to hate it.

She says depending on her mood, she likes a lot of different songs, and there are so many variables to consider.  She refuses to give Jeff an answer, which I actually approve of.


Then Bronte gives the answer we've all been waiting for --she doesn't GAF if America hates her.

Bronte:  I already have friends.  I already have family.  What I don't have is a half million bucks.  That's why I'm here.  I don't need people to be my friend after the show. I already have friends.

Jeff tells us that it will be a two-night premiere (I thought it was a one-night, two-hour premiere?) and we'll look for her to win it all in September.

Bronte:  Yes.  I want all of the "seven eighters" to see that you can win this game using math and science.


***FEEDWATCHER FORECAST ***

OK.  So I tried to figure out what "seven eighters" meant, and all I found was this, which I don't understand at all.  So far Bronte is making me feel like a big idiot.


But then I found this, which also makes me feel like an idiot, for entirely different reasons.  It's Bronte's profile on Model Mayhem.

Yes, Model Mayhem.


And Bronte has credits, too.  On Model Mayhem.


And pictures.  Bronte looks......different here, right?  In a very unexpected way.


Wow.  Is she running a game on us?  Or was the modeling just a hobby to help pay for school?  Because as I understand it, she is finishing up her masters degree in Mathematics, and wants to pursue a doctorate in the same sport.

And that's no joke.

Instead of feeling duped by Bronte, I choose to look at this as another interesting facet to Bronte's personality, something else she is bringing to the table.

Or maybe she's playing the role of the wacky, nerdy mathematician.  But if she was that good of an actress, maybe her list of credits would be more impressive.  I mean, maybe there would be just one item on there that we've heard of....because she's from Southern California, not Boise Idaho.

Clearly, I'm spinning here. Let me get back on track.

My first thought watching Bronte's interview was of Tiffany Rousso, who teaches high school math, and is expected to tell everybody about that in her introductions.   How is Bronte going to respond to that?  And how will her response change when she learns that Vanessa is Tiffany's sister?  Is she going to try and target Tiffany?  And how will Tiffany strike back against her?

(I'm thinking that Tiffany can wipe the floor with Bronte, but admittedly I'm biased because I don't know any of Bronte's siblings.)

Let's take a look at Bronte's CBS bio, to see if we can glean any interesting information there.

There are a few interesting tidbits here.  We know she's witty by her "Favorite Activities" response. But the whole "not being able to sleep" issue may become a HUGE problem.  Is Bronte going to stomp around the house like Helen Kim?  Is she going to wig out if other people make noise in the bedroom?

Well, let's hope so.  Ha ha.

It's hard for me to discuss all of these people without specifically mentioning the rumored BB returnees by name, since I have thoughts about that.  But I'm going to try not to.  Suffice to say I think she will hit it off with one of the girls.  And I think Bronte may be able to slide by easily in those first few weeks, because there will be so many other people who need to be targeted first.

But if the dreaded Battle of the Block returns, I predict Bronte will spend a lot of time sitting on it.  Just a guess.

Having said all of that, I think she is an extremely interesting person, and I look forward to seeing if she can back up her words with actions.  Math and statistics can help you in the game, but it's the social part that will get you the votes in the end.

I wish Jeff had asked about her name.  Are her sisters named Dickens and Alcott?  And maybe a question like "tell me about your last break up" would have been helpful, too.

Let me say this:  I am loving seeing house mates who show an interest in math and science.  Whatever it is that makes young people want to pursue these areas of study needs to be identified and quantified and recommended to all of the parents out there.  Strong, successful scholars are one thing we really need to make America great again.

And so far we have quite a few of them in the house this year.