Friday, July 13, 2012

Boogie Gives Ian a Good Talking To #BB14

He pulls him aside in the lounge area and says now is the time to step up his social game.  He is next to go based on his social standing.

Boogie's tone is friendly, but the words are hard to hear.  I guess Boogie has years of management experience and that helps him give feedback.

Mike:  People like you, but you've got to work on it.  People are still upset about the duck thing...I know you don't see the problem, but

Ian:  Yeah, I think tha t part of it is the 21-year-old part...

Mike:  OK..remember self deprecation, watch the stories....

Ian:  I just don't like the "doctor" thing...

Mike:  Well, people already know you're smart..just watch the social game.

They plan to play up the fact that Ian is non-athletic and thus less of a threat.  Mike points out that none of the challenges so far have played to Ian's strengths.

They discuss in low tones how other people in the game are doing, but the meeting has that feel of an annual performance review where you got some bad news.  You try to put a positive spin on it, but you just can't wait to get out of there.


That is Frank's bear behind Ian.  He took it as a souvenir after the HOH competition.  Mike talked Frank into them decorating Ted's shirt and Frank agreed to it.

Britney and Mike Boogie have been talking on the sly about taking items from the competitions to sell later on EBay.  Word is that Joe took some of the coins from the POV today and Mike and Britney don't like it.

Britney: I think somebody's on to our thing!

Mike:  Yeah..and the less there is out there, the more it's worth...but I guess if you go home earlier, it might not be worth as much...


Now Boogie tells Ian to ask the other house guests about their job, ask them about themselves..

Ian says he really likes everybody, and Boogie reminds him that he's on very thin ice now.  In fact, Boogie says that if Ian doesn't win HOH, the odds are 90% that he is going.

Ian appears to be listening, looking up now and then while Boogie talks.

Mike:  You'll be surprised how fast the summer camp thing ends...everything is all fun right now, but you'll be lucky if you talk to one person from this a year from now

Ian:  Yeah?

Mike:  Yeah.  This is a fucking gangster style game.  You can win a half million dollars here!   Find that place inside of you, that hard place, the dark place...

Ian doesn't have one, he says, and seems almost teary as he says he's not there for the money.  He's there for the experience and the grand prize doesn't mean anything to him.  He's there so he can go to Wikipedia and see his name next to BB14.

Mike:  Well, if that's what motivates you...grab on to it.

This is a hard conversation to have and Mike is doing a great job being firm, but in a nice tone.  If you had your ear to the door and couldn't hear Mike's words, I don't think you'd know that Mike is scolding Ian.  That's a good skill.

Now Mike tells Ian to imagine having grad school funded and knowing it's all set.....

Ian looks so young and sad.  He knows we're watching.

Mike:  And I don't know what the words would be, or the delivery of it, but you need to start letting people know what's going on with you.  You can't expect them to read your mind.  You've got to tell them you're nervous.  Find more moments, like Ashley, and just chill.   When people ask you what your favorite meal is, ask them what their favorite meal is.  People ask a lot of questions to you because they are fascinated, but I rarely hear you fire one back.

Mike lets him know that everything he is telling Ian is in his best interest.  He's not trying to make Ian feel badly or have regrets...he's trying to help him he can't be so defensive all the time.

Mike:  I'm not at Defcon 5 yet, but I'm at Defcon 3.  I'd rather have this conversation now, then a week from now when you're up against somebody who wins the POV and everybody likes them.

***Did you know that Ian is one of the people who maintains the Wikipedia Big Brother page?***

Apparently Ian put some sort of stuffed duck on his head during the nomination ceremony.  Ian doesn't see the problem, but Mike points out that it was insensitive to them and it was like wearing a clown suit to a funeral.

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