Saturday, June 20, 2015

Great Article About Nicole by a Detroit News Org

The Detroit News has a great article posted as a follow-up to Nicole Franzel's time on Big Brother last year. I learned a few things I didn't know, such as where she is working now.

In Bad Axe Michigan.  Yes, that's right.  Bad Axe.  It sounds like a great place for her, even if it is in the middle of nowhere. And here I thought she and Hayden were moving to Chicago...

You can see the entire article here.  The following is just a snippet.

What Happened While the #BB17 House Guests Were Locked Up?

I am adding a new feature to the website this year....I am going to keep a list of notable or newsy events that occurred after the BB17 house guests went into sequester for the summer.

I'm going to focus mainly on U.S. events, because it is hard enough to keep up with the BB game like I do and also be properly educated on world events.

I will add to the list as the summer passes and put this in the sidebar so it can easily be found.


6-9-15:  Nine people tragically killed in a shooting at a black church in Charleston, SC, including State Senator Clementa Pinckney.  Suspect reportedly spent an hour attending a Bible Study meeting before standing up and taking fire.

6-10-15:  Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof captured peacefully in Shelby NC after being spotted by an observant citizen.  Roof, 21 and white, confessed to the murders which are now being considered hate crimes.

6-17-15:  Donald Trump formally announced he is running for President and he will make this country great again.  Filming on The Celebrity Apprentice is delayed indefinitely and it is unknown if that show will ever be great again.

6-18-15:  Lester Holt is officially named the anchor of the NBC Nightly News.  Brian Williams will be banished to MSNBC as a result of his lies and misrepresentations.

6-18-15  Escaped NY Clinton Correctional Facility convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat were placed on the FBI's Most Wanted List.  The convicts have been on the run since their shocking escape on 6-6-15.

6-19-15:  Brandi Glanville is fired from the cast of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

6-19-15:  Toyota's top female executive Julie Hamp was arrested for allegedly mailing herself 57 Oxycodone pills while in Japan, in a box labeled as "necklaces", a crime which could result in a long prison sentence.

6-20-15:  Claudia Jordan is fired from the cast of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.  (Blame NeNe.)

6-23-15  Sean "Diddy" Combs arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon at the UCLA athletic training facility.  Combs allegedly made threatening comments while brandishing a kettlebell at members of the football coaching staff.  Comb's son Justin is a red-shirt defensive back on the UCLA football team (who got a full scholarship).  Sources say Combs is a "helicopter parent" regarding his son's football participation.

6-24-15  Rapper Rick Ross was arrested in Fayetteville, GA on charges of kidnapping, aggravated battery and assault.  Ross' Fayetteville residence is a sprawling property formerly owned by Evander Holyfield.

6-25-15  An F-16 fighter jet crashed near the Mexican border while on a training mission.  Initial reports say the pilot may have ejected, but his whereabouts are currently unknown.

6-25-15  Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, was moved to hospice care and is not expected to survive.  Bobbi has been in a coma since being found floating in a bathtub in her Atlanta home on January 31, 2015.

6-25-15  Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, was sentenced to death by lethal injection today in Boston.  During the sentencing, Tsarnaev spoke for the first time, admitting guilt and asking for Allah's mercy for himself and his family.  He also said he's sorry for killing people and causing suffering.

6-25-13  A second Clinton Correctional Facility employee has been arrested for their alleged role in helping two prisoners (still at large) escape from the maximum security facility on 6-6-15.  Gene Palmer allegedly delivered packages of frozen ground beef containing hacksaws to the prisoners without putting them through the metal detector.  Palmer is also allegedly brought a screwdriver and  pliers to the prisoners, and also burned and buried paintings he received from the escapees.

6-25-15  An 8 year-old boy was attacked by a shark in Surf City, NC, sustaining minor injuries on his foot and leg.  The NC beaches have been the site of multiple shark attacks in recent weeks.  On 6-14-15, two children each lost an arm in separate attacks on separate beaches.

6-26-15  The Supreme Court ruled in an historic 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry, overruling states' existing marriage bans.  Gay couples rejoiced, and rushed to get married in record numbers. Love is love.

6-26-15  Richard Matt, one of the two convicts who escaped from New York's Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6th, died in a hail of gunfire after he refused to "put his hands up".  Apparently Matt was overheard coughing in the woods, and may have been drunk, which led to his demise.  Over 1,200 members of law enforcement are still looking for his escapee partner, David Sweat.  (Surely, Sweat is sweating...)

6-28-15  David Sweat, the second of two convicts who escaped from New York's Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6th, was captured alive on foot 5 miles south of the Canadian border.  He was shot, but transported to hospital.  His fellow escapee was killed by authorities two days ago after not responding to law enforcement orders to surrender.

7-7-15  Jared Fogle, famous as the Subway sandwich shop pitchman who lost over 200 pounds eating only Subway meals, got a surprise today when the FBI conducted a pre-dawn raid at his home near Indianapolis, IN.  Electronic equipment was seized related to a child porn investigation. Although Jared has not been arrested or charged at this time, Subway immediately announced they are suspending their relationship with Jared, which has been beneficial to both parties for over 15 years.

7-7-15  Pop star Ariana Grande was caught on camera in a California doughnut shop licking and spitting on doughnuts on a display rack that were later sold to customers.  Ariana was also rude to the employee behind the counter, asking to see a "doughnut professional", and was also overheard saying she "hates America and Americans".  Grande's presumably American management team did not respond to a request for comment.

7-8-15  United Airlines had a computer glitch that resulted in a WORLDWIDE ground stop impacting app. 3,500 flights described as "automation issues".  These issues lasted about 30 minutes and now everything is apparently hunky dory, so enjoy your flights today, friends.

7-8-15  Florida State University has dismissed QB De'Andre Johnson after a June 24th bar video surfaced of him hitting a blonde coed in the head after she slapped him.  Johnson claims the girl used the "N" word, but has been charged with misdemeanor battery anyway.


Unfortunately, I forgot to update this list....I was having fun doing it, but then I guess I got immersed in all of the live feed action and I gave up.

I am a Virgo, and thus somewhat of a perfectionist, so this lapse has been bothering me.  I was actually considering deleting this post altogether, since I did such a poor job, but I won't.

I may try to do it again next year, but of course this may be another false promise.


Meet Liz Nolan - The Only Thing Scarier Than a White Bengal Tiger is Two Bengal Tigers - #BB17

1.  Jeff welcomed Liz Nolan during his live interview marathon in the Diary Room.  Liz is all charged up and as Jeff said, "filled the room with energy". She is from Miami, Florida and works for a "start up marketing firm".  She explains to Jeff that it is a five-person firm and it sounds like they have some sort of marketing newsletter that is emailed out daily to "curate the day's events" and they also do events for their members.

2.  Liz was born and raised in Miami and like most people who live there, is extremely proud of it.  She does point out that she doesn't speak any Spanish, though.

Liz:  So I'm one of the few who is the American Gringo.

Jeff:  Do you get around okay though?

Liz:  Oh yes!  I love the Cubans....I love Cuban food, and I always say I have a Latin soul because I am so in love with my city.

3.  Take a look at the above picture.  Liz does this motion with her hands constantly.  I must have deleted at least 6 pictures because I took a snap and in a split second she did the Liz Hands before I could stop snapping.

Liz:  I'm gonna go in that house and show them who Liz is, and I'm going to kill it!

Jeff:  Of course you are!

4.  Jeff wonders what the downfall might be for Liz--what are her negatives?

Liz:  Ooooo.  I don't want to be negative going into the house.

Jeff:  You don't have to answer that.

Liz:  So I'm definitely going to go in there with my high heels!  And I brought a bunch of bikinis with me so I'm just going to rock it!

Jeff:  Are you going to rock dat body?

Liz:  I'm going to rock that body, yes! If you're asking me what my strategy is, that's one of my strategies, yes. I have these tight little black shorts----that's my strategy right there.

Jeff:  Are you single?

Liz:  I am single and ready to mingle and eat some Pringles!

Jeff:  Well, you said that better than I could.  So you're going to use that as a strategy?

Liz:  Heck yes!

(Well, I'm no psychoanalyst, but it seems to me that Liz has listed her Greatest Downfalls for us all beautifully.  i.e. vanity, over-confidence, a shallow mindset, lack of self awareness....and so on.)

5.  Jeff asks if she's looking to fall in love, or is she just going to "reel them in".

Liz:  I am going to go after, not really a showmance, but a flirtmance.  I'm ready to flirt it up!  I don't want to be a, you know, "slu" (a slut maybe?) but I'm not afraid to flirt it up.

6.  Jeff:  So you're a fan of the show?  You know how it works?  You know, it's 24/7....

Liz:  A 100%.  I'm so ready to be videotaped!

Jeff:  Do you go on the live feeds?

Liz:  I go on the live feeds all of the time!

Jeff points to us.

Liz:  Oh! We're on it right now!  (***Liz Hands Alert***)  Oh my gosh!  I'm going to be all up in that live feed!

7.  Jeff:  The fans are crazy....they're the best!


Jeff:  They love it!

Liz:  My aunt is probably watching this, so Hey Nana!

8.  Jeff asks if there is anything she wants to tell us before the game begins.

Liz, waiving her arm around:  You know what?  Miami is in the building and I'm going to shake things up!  I am ready to win this, so let's go!

Jeff:  I love it!

Liz:  BB17!

Jeff:  Hashtag!

9.  Liz graduated college about a year ago, so if she wins the money she would love to get her Masters.  She and her mom split college costs up "half and half"so she'd love to pay her student loans and "treat her mom" and take her on a little trip.

(I thought she was going to say she'd pay her mom back.)

10.  Liz is a baby about crying and compared herself to Rachel.  But she doesn't want to show that in the house because she "doesn't want to show that on TV".

Liz:  I don't want to show weakness, because once you show weakness, people will pounce on you like a pack of wolves.

11.  If Liz was an animal in a zoo, she would be a White Bengal Tiger.

Liz:  White Bengal Tigers are my absolute favorite animals.  They are so beautiful and fierce and they will claw you up!  Just like I'll be clawing everybody!

Jeff:  Not me...

Liz:  I could just claw you up!  Just kidding.  As Lawon said during BB13, I'm not going to make this a cat house!  Beware of the tiger!

(So....Liz takes advice from Lawon Exum.  Chew on that for a minute.)

12.  Jeff:  Good luck in there and I don't want to see you until September!



So, Liz may have a twin sister named Julia that she didn't mention to Jeff.  Could there be any significance to this?  They do look very much alike, but standing next to each other, there are some differences.
But what about from behind?

FYI -- Troyzan from Survivor One World was at that same party.  Maybe if he looked like this during his recent Survivor Second Chances campaign, maybe America would have voted him in.  (I voted for him, even though he looked really rough in his CBS website picture---love me some Troyzan.)

That lady is from the (hopefully) defunct Real Housewives of Miami and trust me, Troyzan would never get with that.  Unless she was paying him, that is...because I think she's got some bank.

Another pic of the sisters.  Maybe it's just the way Julia does her eye makeup, but their faces do look different.  (i.e. not sure they could pull off the BB5 Fitness Twin switch, but if they are half-naked most of the time maybe no one would notice).

OK.  So obviously Liz is a loud, boisterous girl who likes to party and have fun.  It has been noted that it looks like Julia will be on the cast, too, but maybe she also went to casting and  Liz is the one who was chosen.  Surely Production wouldn't feel the need to have another Twin Twist season when they have already announced the BB Takeover situation.

Someone on Survivor Sucks says the following, however (information unconfirmed by me):

And then there's this:

Are they trying to punk us?  Rachel Reilly has come out and said that Julia is 10 months older than Liz, so they aren't really twins, after all.  Maybe the girls are just trying to sell themselves as twins for marketing purposes to get more attention.  Because, you know Liz seems to like attention.

(They have a twin-themed email address for marketing their modeling business.)

But then someone pointed this out:

So who the hell knows?  We won't know for sure until the two-night premiere next week.  No need to make ourselves crazy over it.  If we are going to be faced with Liz Times Two, let's just cross that bridge when we come to it and manage the best way we can.

Liz is already getting a lot of flak from the fans for her comments about her strategy. Yes, it sounds vapid and she seems like an Attention Whore.  That may be true, but if you live in Florida, particularly South Florida, bodies are always on display due to the weather and the beach. If you grew up there it doesn't feel strange to consider putting on a bikini as getting dressed for the day.  It's considered the norm.

I think she will be fun to watch, because she doesn't seem to be worried about playing a mental game.  She won't think before she speaks and will probably say and do things that are somewhat horrifying for someone trying to play a strategic game.

I do think something is up with the casting.  Rachel Reilly is a Company girl and would certainly try to stop the bleeding on information leaks if she can.

What will happen in the game with Liz?  Only time will tell.

Meet Becky Burgess - Will She Remind the Kids to Clock-Out on Their Way Out of the #BB17 House?

***WAIT*** Are you looking for information about Becky's train wreck?  You can find that here.

1.  Jeff welcomes Becky Burgess to the BB17 Diary Room and the energy crackles in the room.  It's clear that Becky is poised, and was prepared to introduce herself in a clear and concise manner.  Right after she finishes, Jeff notes that she's "done a lot of interviews".

Becky:  I have! And I'm loving every minute of it!

 2.  Becky tells us that she is a retail manager, and works for a very large chain.  She's had to opportunity to work overseas to open a new store location, and thinks this experience will help her in the BB house.  I worked in retail while I was in college (who didn't, I guess) so immediately I had to figure out what store she worked for, because that makes a difference to me.

Turns out Becky has worked for several internationally-recognized brands, but the store she opened in Munich, Germany was Hollister, which is a clothing chain owned by Abercrombie & Fitch.  She lived there for two years and made a big success of it, from all accounts.

(Or, at least according to her own Linked In account...)

3.  Becky says she's a huge fan of Big Brother, and calls out Derrick's game from BB16, saying there is a certain value in being able to play a low key game and flying under the radar.

Becky:  I'm a very exciting person, and I like to be kind of silly and talk a lot.  I know that in the BB house it's good to lay low, and not be noticed so much.  I'm hoping that doesn't play against me.

4.  Becky is a natural leader and a very positive person, and from what she knows of the Big Brother game, an important part of success is just managing people.

Becky:  And that's what I do at work......manage people and high schoolers..

Jeff:  Oh, that's good.  Because there won't be any high schoolers in that house, but a lot of the people will act like it, including me.

5.  Becky isn't just some random mall worker (my words, not her's), because she also has a double major in finance and economics.

Jeff:  So you know the numbers.....

Becky:  Yes, but I don't plan to let anyone know that.  I just want them to think that I'm a simple retail manager.  I'm a well-rounded person...I'm athletic and like people so my social game is good.  But I just don't want others to realize all of that and think I'm a threat.

6.  Jeff thinks she seems really sweet to him.

Becky:  Well, thanks.  Jordan is one of my favorites, but I'm not saying that just because you're here.

Jeff:  I'll be sure to pass that along!

(Isn't it funny how people's minds work?  Jeff said she seemed sweet and Becky blurted out that she liked Jordan.  I guess because Jordan is sweet, too.  Or did Becky realize that Jeff likes his girls on the sweet side, and wanted to remind him that she knows he's hooked up?  I'm sure I'm thinking too much, but I watched this interview when it aired in real time live and I remember thinking the same thoughts.)

(FYI, When I was watching Jeff's live DR interviews on Tuesday, I saw something really bad happen out of the window of my house.  Let's just call it a "neighborhood crisis".  I was the only homeowner to see it, so I quickly became the person who had to alert everyone about it, and from there I was contacted by various authorities to tell my side of the story on three different conference calls.  Then I had to go stand outside in 97 degree heat to tell the story a few more times while people took pictures, surveyed the scene, and took notes.  I got a bad sunburn on my upper body with some unfortunate tan lines. Then for the next two days a bunch of my neighbors wanted to call me or stop me on the street to thank me for getting involved, blah blah blah. )

(I'm just telling you this so you don't think I delayed my Becky Introduction because I don't like her.  One minute I was enjoying the Cast Reveal Day and then the next thing I knew, the day was toast.  It was just a really stressful week and the events that unfolded ruined my Jeff Live Stream experience.  I'm looking at the notes I was taking while I watched Becky talk to Jeff and I'm having flashbacks.  And apparently my scribbled shorthand is only understandable for about 24 hours.)

OK.  Enough about me.  Sorry!

7.  Becky is cool as a cucumber in there, and isn't phased at all when Jeff tells her that she's home now, and all of the live feeders are watching her, and forming opinions about her.

Becky:  Well, good. I  hope they're good opinions, guys.

8.  Jeff wonders if Becky will be ready to get her hands dirty, playing the game this year.

Becky knows that to win Big Brother, she's going to have to do some lying.  But she differentiates between playing the game and lying, and making personal attacks.  She's a morally sound person so she's going to be genuine and kind, but if she has to lie, she's gonna do it.

Jeff:  What about if you make a good friend in here...are you going to throw them under the bus or stab them in the back to get that money?

Becky, slightly hesitating:  Yes...but there's a tasteful way to do that..

Jeff:  You're already lying!  You just got in the Big Brother house and you're already lying!

Big Jeff cracks Becky up.  She's giggling like a high schooler who works the second shift at Hollister.

9.  Jeff asks Becky what the Zingbot might say to her.

Becky:  Oh heavens!  I don't know!

Jeff:  Well, maybe the "oh heavens" will do it, but it's gonna be a long season so maybe we'll find something.  But you seem perfect right now to me.

Becky:  Maybe I'm too smiley or something.

10.  Jeff asks her if she'd rather win and be hated, or lose and be loved.  Becky immediately erupts into nervous giggling--she didn't expect this, apparently.

Jeff:  I know....MY HEAVENS, right?  I think you ought to go for the loved by America one...

Becky:  giggle giggle giggle

She ends up combining both choices, saying she wants to be loved by America and win.

11.  Jeff:  Well, I'm looking forward to seeing you in there.  I think you crushed it.  I'm hoping to see you maybe stumble in there, because you can't be this perfect.

Becky:  Well, I'm not graceful so maybe you will see me stumble!

Becky knows that this sounds crazy, but if she wins the money she'd love to "run a property management company for low income families", because it "balances what she does."

12.  Jeff thinks she looks too good to be true.   Becky can't wait to be a part of this game, she says, and it's a real dream come true.

Becky blows us a little kiss, thanking us in advance for our support this summer.

13.  Jeff tells Becky that it's official, she's part of the Big Brother family now and he looks forward to watching her all summer.


I think it's going to be easy for the both the fans and the house guests to sleep on Becky.  She's such a solid person and I think her behavior will be somewhat predictable in the house, so it might be easy to kind of forget about her.  And I think that will be a mistake.

This Becky is smart, and observant, and will be able to automatically re-phrase her thoughts into words that are perfectly designed to deliver her message.  She's a communicator, and that is a necessity for somebody in Becky's line of work.  The HR department isn't going to send some loose cannon to manage all of those teenagers.  Oh hell no.

Because Becky is the real deal, work-wise.  This is her Linked In summary.  Note the relatively low level of me, this shows that Becky has a solid work background and is not trying to be a Linked In Contact Whore to make herself look desirable as an employee.

She reminds me of Rachel from BB6 - Howie's partner in the game.  Rachel was kind of easy to forget about too, playing the game with the likes of Janelle, Kaysar, and James Rhine.  She was part of their alliance, but it still felt like she was under the radar with both the fans and the players.  I think Rachel was from Colorado, too.  So maybe I'm onto something there.

Here is her CBS bio.

I don't think Becky will do anything to embarrass herself this summer.  Not because she'll be trying not to make mistakes, but because I don't think Becky Burgess makes too many mistakes.  She does seem perfect, as Jeff noted several times during their interview.

Here are my concerns with Becky:

*  She seems like the oldest person in the house, even though she's still in her 20's and is in the middle of the pack, age-wise.  She really has an incredible level of poise, self-confidence, and intelligence for someone her age.  And let's not forget her getting sent to Germany to open the Hollister store, where she managed 9 store managers and over 125 employees.  My concern here is that Becky will start coming off as the boss in the house.

* I hope that Becky has watched the live feeds before, in addition to watching the CBS show.  Or at least read recaps on websites like this one. Because she needs to know that the house is going to be FILTHY and the majority of the kids will not be able to pick up after themselves.  They will leave wet towels on the floor.  They will get really drunk every night and not even think about cleaning up the stove or all of the dirty dishes they left behind.  And those dirty dishes will have chunks of dried food on them.  Even after multiple ant infestations, there will be house guests who will leave a bag of Doritos open on the countertop overnight (oh the humanity).  All of this happens every year.  Without fail.  But Becky CAN NOT be the one to bitch about it, and to start bossing people.

*  Becky can't be the GM of the Big Brother house.  Not if she wants to win the game.

I'll just say it.  I think Becky Burgess is going to be a powerhouse in there.  She can win competitions if she wants to, and will be able to carry on conversations with everyone.  Becky is going to keep her stumbling to a minimum, and will make the Jury, and beyond.

As long as she's not a nag.

I know that Shelli Poole will be bringing some of her own jewelry creations into the house this summer.  With Becky's retail connections, maybe Shelli and Becky can team up to get some good retail distribution.....maybe do some business together after the summer is over.

You're welcome for the free business advice, ladies.


Please enjoy these moments featuring the filthy Big Brother kitchen, and of course the army of ants who are waiting in the wings right now to take over.

*  From BB16 - Ants in the cereal box!  Cody's Raid massacre!  And talk of farting disgusts Brittany!

*  From BB14 - Ants all over! Britney Haynes is a slob! Daniele looks like an Oompa Loompa!

*  Also from BB14 - Mike Boogie has had it with the ants!  He's going to call some slobs out!

ALSO - I can't find the post where I discussed it, but last year I heard the girls say that there were ants crawling all over the platter of food that had been laid out for them to eat when they all came into the house.  And it had been covered with Saran Wrap!  Those BB ants are a pesky bunch!