Monday, November 28, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash: Let's All Give Thanks That This is Almost Over. #BBOTT

OK I know I am late, but this will likely be the last post for the BBOTT season.  I did not plan to watch BB after September (since a second season was unprecedented), but for the most part I have been interested in this season and have enjoyed keeping up with all of the action, even if I didn't post about it every day.

If you are a longtime BB fan, I don't need to tell you how ugly and nasty the fans have acted in the last few months.  There has only been one season in recent memory where the person I originally picked to win ended up winning.  In most other seasons, I end up shifting my allegiance to whoever was still in the house that I felt like I could still root for.  And in at least one season, I walked away from the finale totally disappointed, with not much to cheer about.  But in every BB season I have found something to talk about on this website, even if I am just focusing on the action in the kitchen.

And I have NEVER posted hateful things about ANY of the house guests.  I have NEVER attacked the house guests, or their family or friends on Twitter.  And I just don't understand the people who do, particularly all of the HATERS on certain websites.

LOOK:  I'm probably older than you are, and I have had a full life, both work and personal.  You are all going to have to deal with disappointments.  You are going to lose out on jobs, and also promotions, and you probably won't feel like it is fair.  You might even hate your boss, and his or her boss, too.  You are going to lose loved ones, and will probably feel the sting of rejection in a hundred different ways .  But it is HOW you deal with these events that defines you a a person.  You can choose to have a POSITIVE impact on other people, or you can be a HATE-SPREADING wretch that other people will want to AVOID.  The choice is up to you, but everyone faces karmic retribution at some point.


When you see the Jenga game or a deck of playing cards, you know that Production is winding things down, and that most of the action of the game is over.  And that is the case with BBOTT, too. If you haven't been watching, I will try to bring you somewhat up to date.

*  Shelby was evicted last week, leaving the Final Four of Jason, Kryssie, Justin and Morgan.

*  Shelby had been practicing and practicing what she thought would be a SHOCKING eviction speech, that disclosed her law school status.  But as often happens when you memorize speeches, she fumbled her words, but eventually got her message out.  I'm not sure if she got the reaction she hoped for, but it did give everybody something to talk about after she left.  (Kryssie told Morgan later that she heard Shelby's DR leak about taking the LSAT, but didn't discuss it per BB's instructions.)

*  After Shelby left, Morgan came clean about Alex being her sister, and they all enjoyed a lively discussion about that.  Jason wondered if Alex told Scott about it, and Morgan said that Scott had no idea that Alex and Morgan were sisters.  If fact, Morgan told everyone what Scott said to Alex about Morgan being "too basic to win the game", and they all had a good laugh about that.

*  The Final Four played their last HoH competition last Wednesday night.  Julie told the house guests that the big, GAME CHANGING situation was that the HoH would be able to pick one other house guests to take to the Final Three.  The remaining two house guests would battle it out in one final competition to decide who would be evicted in 4th place.

*  Jason didn't just WIN that HoH competition, he ANNIHILATED it.  Each house guest had a large playing board that looked to be at least two stories high.  Their objective was to put all 12 HoH winners in order by rolling a ball into the appropriate spot from their place on the ground.  They could not see the other contestants while the competition played out, but they could hear them huffing and puffing, and could hear balls dropping off the playing board.  For some (stupid) reason, Morgan, Kryssie and Justin all started at the top, which required them to maneuver the ball to the highest spot, around a number of obstacles and potential pitfalls.  But Jason's strategy was to start at the bottom, which seemed obvious to me.  He was able to get the feel for moving the balls around by finishing all of the lower items first.

*  When Jason won, I don't think either Justin or Morgan had even one ball in place, and Kryssie only had three. So it wasn't even close.  It was a decisive win, and the other house guests were SHOCKED that Jason won so quickly.  Kryssie can say that she "almost won" as much as she wants to, but there was no "almost" about it.

After a short time, Jason got access to his HoH room.  He received several new pairs of underwear, and lots of root beer that apparently contained alcohol.  And also a still-warm bucket of chicken wings, which are one of Jason's passions.  He invited everyone to enjoy the wings with him, and Kryssie and Justin both took him up on the offer.  I think Morgan had gone downstairs at this point--not sure if she's a wing girl, anyway.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - The Final Five Face the Facts. #BBOTT

Last night the festivities started at the new time, two hours earlier than it usually does on eviction nights.  This was MUCH appreciated by all of the East Coast live feeders, since the HoH comps have been starting well after midnight for us all season.

Last night Danielle was evicted by a unanimous vote, and left without seeming too salty.  She looked gorgeous, and everyone gathered at the Memory Wall to watch her picture turn to black and white.  It's funny, because after the first eviction, when Cornbread left, only Jason and Scott stood at the wall to watch this BB tradition.  But now everyone does's a rite of passage in the game, sort of like attending a funeral for a comrade.

The HoH comp started around 10:00 PM EST, after a short FISH break to give the house guests instructions.  This was another good comp, although it was rather uneventful to watch much of the time.  Basically, they started with Shelby asking the players seven different questions about gender differences in the game, questions that were difficult to anticipate or prepare for.  Questions like, "who placed more votes to evict this season, males or females?"  Shelby asked each player to lock in their answers, and then we went to the next question without learning that the correct answer, or who answered correctly.

There were some long pauses while Shelby waited to be prompted after each question, dragging out the process somewhat.  But I'm sure Production was checking to be sure they had the footage they need, and noting the recorded answers before continuing.  Once all of the questions were completed, it was time to start the balance portion of the competition.  BB asked them to wipe their shoes off on a special mat each of them had in their booths, so they wouldn't be too slippery.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - Don't Lie to Me While I'm Trying to Lie to You. #BBOTT

Every week, after the PoV Ceremony, the targets for the week are set---Danielle and Jason are on the block for eviction, with Danielle widely assumed (even by Danielle) to be evicted on Wednesday night.  As soon as the PoV Ceremony is over every week, the current HoH's power is over, and the house guests start trying to lay the foundation for the following week.

Just before the PoV Ceremony yesterday, Morgan, for some strange reason, feelt that she needed to confess to Kryssie that Alex is her sister.  The strange reasons include trying to make Kryssie trust her, and also to try and "prove" why she wants Jason out of the game next week.

(UM....I don't think Kryssie needed any proof of that, but whatever.  Let's not get in the way of Morgan's camera time.  She said herself that she didn't want to be considered "a Victoria" in this game, so I think this is her effort to prevent that.)

OK.  Morgan was clearly nervous as she primped in the bathroom mirror. Kryssie was in the shower, and Morgan casually went over and asked if she could speak with her later about "plans for next week".  Kryssie agreed to a meeting, and then Morgan said it was so hard to find time to really talk around there.

(UM.  WHAT?)

Apparently Morgan couldn't wait, so right after Kryssie got dressed out of her shower, Morgan went in for the kill.  She started off talking about how Justin wants to throw HoH to her so she can evict Jason, blah blah blah blah.  Then she said she was really nervous, and that her heart was beating fast.

Morgan stressed several times that she hasn't discussed this topic with ANYBODY yet, but she wanted to build trust with Kryssie, after she lied to her about voting Neeley out.

Morgan:  Alex my sister.

Kryssie just stared at her, still trying to brush the tangles out of her wet hair.  I'm not sure this was the reaction that Morgan expected.  It certainly wasn't the reaction that Shelby gave Alex and Morgan when she learned the news.

Morgan, really chattering now:  And Jason got Alex out, so now you know that I really, really want to get Jason out.

Kryssie just kind of "uh huh'ed" her and the two of them awkwardly continued their morning ablutions.  Morgan started flossing her teeth as she walked around the bathroom, really sawing away at a few of those molars.  Kryssie kept brushing her wet hair, eyeing Morgan warily from across the room.

(What was the point of this again, Morgan?)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - The Most Important PoV Competition (Until Next Week) #BBOTT

As usual in a lively season of Big Brother, yesterday's PoV was the "most important of the season".  I know I say that every week, but it's true every week. The house guests were hoping for a more traditional PoV competition format, where they all competed together, but that was not the case.

Each house guest pulled their PoV placement from a bag that Shelby carried out from the Diary Room.  To summarize, we are down to the Final Six, and as HoH,  Shelby nominated Jason and Danielle.  America nominated Morgan, so at the time of the PoV Danielle, Jason, and Morgan were on the block for eviction.

The name of the PoV comp was "Domi-Knows", and it combined both mental and physical elements.  The players have to build a trail of dominoes that stretches from he beginning to the end, flowing through three obstacles (or "gates") along the way.  Each obstacle has two choices for the answers to the questions, but only one of them was correct, of course.  Once each house guest was ready, they pushed over their starting domino and nervously watched the trail, hoping to see the final domino fall on the end mark.

Once that happened, their time stopped, but each incorrect answer would add three minutes to their completion time.

Jason went first, and he wanted to win this one.  Or at least make sure Danielle doesn't win it, because Danielle is supposedly the target this week, to eliminate the potential of her winning the final Care Package next week.  Each contestant went over the rules in the DR with Production, as usual, and then read the directions aloud on the live feeds, standing behind a partition.  Once they were ready, they dinged a bell and then started moving.

Jason started running immediately, carrying two of the dominoes at a time.

Jason:  These dominoes are heavy!  And they picked questions that none of us studied for.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - Life After the Election #BBOTT

Last Thursday everyone gathered in the living room for their weekly chat with Julie Chen.  As usual, Justin was late, so Julie started without him.

Julie: He's already disrespected me by calling me Boo, so...

Shelby thought that was hilarious.  Given that parts of this little Sit Down with Julie Chen went viral on the internet, even featured on the front page of the CNN website, I think Shelby might have gone for a different look today.

The "cold shoulder" top, the choker, but most of all that off-shade lipstick didn't present Shelby in her most-attractive light.  More like Erin Brockovich than Erin Brockovich's lawyer.  Just saying.

Julie brought up the fact that at the time, there was still not a new HoH yet, as Jason and Shelby would be facing off again to compete for HoH.  Julie asked Shelby about losing Alex in the game, which immediately set Shelby off on her trademark tears.  Well, maybe not tears per se, but the traditional sobbing sounds and motions.

Shelby is going to get in trouble with a lot of judges if she can't get control of those emotions.  And no jury will have confidence in her presentations if she falls apart at the slightest hint of bad news.

Kryssie took the time to put her pinup look together.  Julie asked her some question about BB being more than just a game to her.  Absolutely, Kryssie said.  She knows how to turn it on when it's showtime.  

Even if the show is just a web series.  I'm pretty sure that CBS will sell it in other markets somehow though.  They put all of those commercial breaks  and bumper logos (or whatever they're called) into the weekly wrap up episode.  I know they insert commercials into the show on the CBS website, but I still think they have other plans to extract revenue from all of this after-the-fact .

(P.S.  If you have a live feed subscription, you can just watch the nightly and weekly "episodes" directly on the live feeds by flashing back to 10:00 PM BBT on the air date.  No commercials there, but availability of the BBOTT live feeds will surely be limited soon, as soon as a new season starts.  But more on that later, maybe.)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets and Trash - Production Fucked Up, Let Us Count The Ways #BBOTT

Some of these pictures feel like I took them at least four months ago.  But it's been a busy week, hasn't it?  So I'll cut myself a break about it.  I wish I had the time to throw tantrums and sashay around protesting and disrupting traffic, but I have a job to do.  And people depend on me to do it.

Hot Tip:  We only have so much time to work with every day, but we all have exactly the same amount. Every single one of us.  The same exact amount of time.  How well you use that time is what makes you effective as a person.

And let's just say I'm seeing A LOT of people wasting their time.  But of course this ridiculous BB hobby of ours is a HUGE time waster, so I'll admit that.  I'm going to try and move quickly here, since I'm starting with news that is ancient history.

OK. So we begin here with the scene on Monday of this week,  as we approached the Veto Meeting.  Production isn't calling it the "Veto Ceremony" this season, and that bothers Danielle.  It's just a meeting, apparently, and not a ceremony.   I've always known meetings to involve doughnuts and coffee, or perhaps a tray of cookies from the caterer, but maybe that's just an accountant thing.

Alex was feeling good about the Ball Smasher's chances at this point.  In fact, she and her sister whispered about trying to make sure that Shelby didn't try to take the credit for the Big Move, since it was her HoH.

Alex:  She just wanted to go after Whitney!  I'm the one who was pushing for Justin.

Meanwhile Jason got ready for his Big Day, planning to smash the Ball Smashers dreams by making sure both sisters were on the block this week after playing his Veto.  Everyone in the house keeps telling Jason that his skin is really clearing up now that he's quit smoking, but Jason disagrees.  He can't see it himself.

And did Jason really quit smoking?  Or is he just taking a break because he ran out of cigarettes?  I heard him say that he thought his cigarettes would last much, much longer, but he didn't factor in that they wouldn't have many indoor lockdowns.  During regular BB seasons, the house guests are often locked inside for two or three days each week, preventing anybody from smoking anything.  But this season they are outside just about every day.

Jason planned to wear his red pants and hat for the occasion.  He ran out of clean socks because all of his laundry is still at the Fluff and Fold, so Danielle offered to let him wear a pair of hers.  (The HoH gets to send their laundry out, if you don't know.  It comes back neatly folded and wrapped, a real treat for anyone who has ever experienced that.)

Jason also wore Monte's belt for the occasion.  He left it in the house along with at least one of his hoodies.

Jason called everyone to the living room to prepare for the PoV Meeting.  The house has been so divided that the air is always crackling with tension at a time like this.  The groups have been sitting on opposite sides of the couch for weeks now.  Remember that argument between Shelby and Jason WEEKS ago when she said she wanted to sit "on the normal side of the couch?"  That was just before Big Jeff came in the house, which was at least 2 years ago.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - November 7th - PoV Competition #BBOTT

I don't know how this picture ended up on top of the whole stack.  Sorry Danielle.

Although you look great, to maybe you should be thanking me, Danielle, for putting your booty on blast like this.  You're not just a pretty face, Danielle.

Kryssie has been keeping a pretty low profile in the house, staying relatively quiet, with no major outbursts that I can recall.  Is she doing it on purpose?  Or is she just comfortable with the way things are going?

At the time I took these pictures on Monday, everyone was just laying around, waiting to find out who America's Nomination would be.  Certain corners of the BB Fandom certainly put a lot of energy into the whole idea of Kryssie being America's Nomination.  They were very LOUD about it.  But what they don't understand is that not every BB fan and voter participates in all of that.  Many of the BB fans don't even participate in the constant polls that are out there to gauge our voting plans.

And it's not that the people who DIDN'T vote for Kryssie DON'T want her to be nominated.  We just wanted SOMEONE ELSE to be nominated instead.  It had little to do with Kryssie, actually.  But I can only speak for me, of course.

Jason was worried about who would be nominated by America.  He told Kryssie that if America nominated someone from their group, one of them would likely go home.

Jason:  And then I would have won the Care Package for nothing.  And I'd be going into the Double Eviction without being able to play for HoH.

These two house guests have one of the most entertaining and effective relationships in the house.

Danielle is no joke, even though some people would like to think she is a joke.  I think Shane leaving was the best thing for her game, actually, because it put her down low, under the radar.  She's been able to reinvent herself in the game, and calm down a little.  People still complain about her long-winded, overly-chatty stories, but sometimes it just seems like an old habit, to complain about Danielle.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - A Bunch of Days in November #BBOTT

Once again, I got behind on posting, but the live feeds have been fun to watch this week.  Everyone is either playing the game, or worried about others playing the game.  And then there is Justin, of course, who seems to be just kind of hanging out, entertaining everybody. But his shtick may be wearing thin, for some fans of the game.

Hi Alex. Some of the other house guests have been saying for weeks that Alex has no social game, that she never wants to talk about her life.  I suspect some of that is her trying to be very careful not to reveal any information that might give away The Sister Twist.  But I think some of it is an attitude of superiority on her part.

Last week Morgan got nominated  for eviction by Danielle, blindsiding her. We can tell that Morgan was hit by surprise here, because she didn't have Hair And Makeup for the event, and was even wearing Alex's ugly pleather hat, which Alex claimed to have purchased in a boutique in Texas.

Morgan was very upset about the nomination and was visibly upset, but only tried to show it in the presence of the other Ball Smashers.

In the early days of this season, Morgan told everyone that she was from a tiny town in Texas called Grand View (or something like that).  I don't know if the two of them planned who could say what, but I've heard Alex complain a few times now that she can't tell people certain stories because Morgan already claimed their home town.

So maybe The Sister Twist did limit the anecdotes that Alex can tell, and this is surpressing an otherwise sparkling personality.

Shelby tried to lift Morgan's spirits, but I have to say that tiny cracks in the Ball Smashers alliance have started to form.  Little pressure cracks that are showing the strain of increased competition in the game, like Shelby telling people that she trusts Morgan more than Alex, and the whole Whitney situation....did Whitney flip on the Ball Smashers or not?  I've seen Alex, Morgan and Shelby tell each other that Whitney already flipped, and it's so obvious, but then when Whitney comes in the room they act like nothing is wrong.

It was rather telling, though, that when Morgan was nominated, Whitney didn't immediately cluster together with them...I think she sat with Kryssie and Justin for awhile instead.  So she must feel she needs to prioritize some of her butt-kissing.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - October 31st - PoV and Halloween Party #BBOTT

Really, the whole Sister situation is so obvious, if you watch them.  Everyone else must be just looking, but not seeing, because it's right there in front of them.  I know some of these people are smart, so maybe they're just incredibly naive, or unobservant.

Yesterday they got locked down in the backyard in preparation for the PoV competition, and Morgan made a shitty comment to Alex that only a sister would make.

Alex, in her baby voice:  I just wish Big Brother had given us tiny pumpkins this morning, since it's Halloween.

Morgan:  No, because we're not in kindergarten.

Shelby:  Oohhh.  That was harsh!

And then the two of them sat together like this.  It's just so obvious to me, but then again, as Justin would say, "I already know".

Yesterday was Jason's third day without cigarettes.  BB has provided nicotine patches for him, which you can see sometimes on his left bicep.  The patches are clear and must be chockful of the stuff, because on the first day he used them, Jason said he could tell that it was a continuous stream of nicotine in his system, rather than just feeling it as he smoked.

He says he's bored without being able to smoke, and that's the hardest part.  He even did some weight lifting to keep himself occupied, and has been taking up various cleaning projects, as well. I've heard him say before he ran out of smokes that he was excited about quitting, because the nicotine patches are expensive and he wasn't able to afford them at home.  Plus, I think he said his mother and friends all smoke, too, so that makes it extra-hard to even think about quitting.

But now that he's well into his first series of patches, I've heard him "joke" about BB giving them some cigarettes, and say he "can't wait to start hurting himself again" when he's out of the house.  I used to be a "party smoker", and it was VERY difficult to quit.  Some people say that the habit is even harder to kick then heroin, but I'm not sure how reliable that information would be, given the circumstances.

Apparently the patches are used in a series, gradually decreasing the nicotine provided over time.  Scott didn't use the patch, but said he quit smoking at least a week ago.  But I heard Jason say that Scott kept coming over and asking for a hit off one of his lit cigarettes.

Jason:  But his mouth was so slimy...I could see that the filter was wet so I just told him to keep the whole thing.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - Lots to Catch Up On. #BBOTT

I hate posting when I'm so behind.  It's so much easier to post in real time.  This is a tough season because the live feeds never stop....the action just keeps right on going.  And the whole fan situation is TOXIC.  I can't imagine how some of the worst offenders get along in their daily lives, or what type of jobs they have.  Because I don't understand how you can be such a DICK and still get by in life. Even just tweeting live feed updates can be a problem, because people LASH OUT and spew hatred if they don't like the information.

There are people I like in the house, and there are people I don't like, and there are some of each in both alliances.  I don't automatically assume that the system is rigged if things don't happen as I want them to, and I don't fly into a rage if someone is says something negative about someone else.

Sticks and stones, people.  And The Golden Rule, too.  Or didn't your parents teach you about that?

Anyway, this picture was taken a million years ago, last Wednesday, just after Neeley blew the fuck up at Scott, hollering that he should keep her name out of his mouth.  I understood her frustration, but her delivery was way, way WAY too much.  Some of the Ball Smashers were even saying they were "afraid" of Neeley now.

But Scott stayed cool the whole time Neeley was screaming at him, although he talked back to her in an assertive manner, of course.  That's why I say that Scott is breaking the whole BB Nerd Stereotype.  He is confident, caustic, and a little crazy.  And not apologetic about any of that.  

It takes a special kind of creature to be a debt collector...that's got to be even harder than cold-calling someone as a salesperson.  Not only do people NOT want to talk to you, they actually HATE you and aren't afraid to let you know it.  I have a friend who had some issues with an old Discover credit card account she stopped making payments on.  She said she spent WEEKS talking to a debt collector and wanted to know what I thought about the deal the Debt Guy was pitching her....basically to write a check for a portion of it and they would forgive the rest of the balance.  I asked her to get the plan in writing, but the Debt Guy REFUSED to do that, and he also REFUSED to conference me in on the conversation.  And the Debt Guy didn't even give his real seemed so damn shady to me.  But then again, charging a bunch of crap you don't need on a credit card you don't pay for is shady, too.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tidbits, Trinkets & Trash - October 24th- 25th - PoV Competition #BBOTT

You've probably heard about Justin being afraid of Neele's witch hat.  In New Orleans there are a lot of people who believe in voodoo, or ghosts, and this is perpetuated by some of the tourist spots in the French Quarter, as well as tours of cemeteries, etc.  Because the city is located at or below sea level, all burials have to be above-ground, which seems to add to the overall drama.  (I'm certainly no expert on this topic, but this is what I've seen on TV, so it must be true.)  I also visited one of the famous voodoo stores on Bourbon Street---one of my coworkers refused to go inside with me...he stood outside on the curb.

Anyway, here is a striking picture of Neeley in her Witch Hat, sitting next to Justin.  Justin is really tempted to cross alliance lines this week by voting out Neeley, instead of Scott.  Justin is convinced that Neeley is going to target him soon, but some of these ideas are being inflated by the Ball Smashers, who once again have put together a coordinated effort to get through the week unscathed.

But if Justin does indeed vote out Neeley tomorrow night, the Witch Hat will certainly have something to do with it.  So, I hope wearing the hat is worth it for Neeley.

The sisters keep meeting in the storage room for lengthy conversations.  How long are they going to get away with this?  If nothing else, the other Ball Smashers will think they are sharing secrets, even if they do seem OBLIVIOUS to the fact that minus a few of the surface details, these girls look exactly like sisters who look alike.

And they are so comfortable now, they spend this precious time bickering with each other.

Alex:  I don't know what you're saying, because you keep saying the word "like" in every sentence.

Morgan: I am so damn pissed at you right now, I might vote out Scott just because you don't want me to.

(No, she's not.  This is an empty threat.)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Guest Post - A Reader's Visit to James' Party, Sponsored by Bullies Reality

I have special treat for you guys today....a BB fan and reader of my website attended the party thrown by Bullies Reality in James' hometown.  That is Tim Levasseur, the founder and president of Bullies Reality on the far right of this picture, with his wife Krissy next to him and Rodney Lavoie Jr. in the middle wearing the white T-shirt.  Rodney is listed on the Bullies Reality website as the Director, which would be an officer-level position at a typical corporate entity.

For the rest of this post, everything you read is a first-hand account from the front lines of the two events.  If I chime in with my comments, the text will be red.  Like this.

And we all know I can't shut up.  So here we go.

When I had the opportunity to meet some reality show people within a couple hours from my home, I had to make the drive.  I’d spent plenty of time there and had a place to stay.  It’s a mid-size Texas town of 100,000 with all the chain restaurants a couple of Wal-marts.  It has some of the friendliest people you will ever meet but seems like an odd place for a reality star gathering other than the fact that it’s home to James from Big Brother.  I think the city’s only other recent notable is the band Bowling for Soup.
So we hit the road and made it to the site for the first event, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop around 12:15.  

 I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I would consider the crowd moderate, and we waited in line about 30 minutes before we got into a room with everyone and were told we had five minutes to meet whomever we wanted.  It was very awkward to walk in and see all those you’ve spent time watching on TV or the feeds.  Right in front of me were Mike from Survivor and Meg from Big Brother.  Mike was like, “get over here,” introduced himself and started talking.

(FYI:  Mike Holloway is a recent winner of Survivor 30 who started dating Meg after meeting her at another reality event.)

Meg is taller and, believe it or not, prettier than on TV.  Mike is sporting the man bun.  He kiddingly said he was trying to be Joe, but he then told us how when he was in third grade, there was a girl with leukemia that lost her hair and the girls in his class made fun of her.  He felt terrible, and as soon as he could, he started growing his hair long and cutting and donating it to a charity.

 General thoughts on those I met:

*  Mike is very charismatic and friendly.  You are just drawn to him immediately.  Nothing like how I felt about him after watching the show.  It’s easy to see him and Meg together which before meeting him I thought they made an odd pair. 

*  James and Natalie are exactly like they were on the feeds.  They are just so damn nice and genuine. 

*  Liz and Julia are incredibly fun and friendly.  They were clowning around with everyone there. They are the life of the party.

*  Are James and Natalie a real couple?  Who knows.  They certainly seem to care about each other and have chemistry.  It looked to me like there was something there.  James did seem a little quiet, but they’ve had a crazy schedule since leaving the house.

*  Rodney and Sierra were very friendly.

(Both Rodney Lavoie and Sierra Dawn Thomas were contestants on Survivor 30.  Sierra will also appear on the upcoming season of Survivor, airing early in 2017.  And Sierra is one tall drink of water.)

Will Sims was pretty quiet but very nice.  His wife was there, and she told us that it took a long time to get to the Survivor site in Nicaragua for the family visit.  She said that he was allowed to tell her how he did on the show because she had to sign a confidentiality agreement as well.  I always thought they couldn’t discuss anything with their family.

(Will is also part of the Survivor 30 cast. That is some juicy Survivor scoop, actually.)

After our five minutes, we went into the restaurant and ate lunch.  Afterward, I saw that the line had died down and so I wanted to go back again.  This time we were allowed in and we didn’t have a time limit.  I got a picture with James and Natalie and spent a decent amount of time talking to Jackie.  I always liked Jackie on the Amazing Race and Big Brother.  We talked for quite a bit.  I kept thinking others would want time with her, but she wanted to visit, and no one else seemed irritated I was hogging her time.  She told me that Jason Roy had planned to be there, but, well, he’s pre-occupied. 

I asked about the house.  She said you can see the cameras along the top and that it does have a ceiling similar to a regular house but it is higher.  I thought it might look more like a television set.  She said it was very bright in there with the lights.  I asked if it smelled bad with all those people living in there, and she said no, that Becky kept the place pretty clean, but that dishes did tend to pile up.  She confirmed that it was very boring.  We took a couple pictures, but I didn’t want to dominate her time, but it was very cool to just be visiting with her. She’s as awesome in person as on the show.

That night’s event was held at a country bar.  I don’t know about everywhere else, but here they are huge.  They were supposed to arrive at 10, but it was 11 before everyone showed up.  They had an elevated roped off area where everyone sat.  

This is Meg chatting with a Nolan...I believe that is Liz Nolan.

(Meg's left leg looks like she just played Survivor, but of course she didn't. What the hell happened there?)

I believe this is the aforementioned "roped off area" where the reality stars congregated.  The "VIP Area", apparently.

This is Sierra and Jackie, of course. And Jackie is still a stunner.

Liz and Meg again.

I always loved the Twins.  They have such a great energy and love for life-ah.

They arrived, stood up on the stage, looked around and in minutes, Liz and Julia jumped off the stage and were on the dance floor.  You know, I think about 90% of the people there that night had no idea who these people were.  Most of the reality stars hit the dance floor and just kind of blended in.  They would stop and take pictures with anyone that asked, but it was too loud to have much of a conversation.  Still you might be dancing and next to you would be Meg and Mike.

James hit the dance floor.

This is Tiffany Chantal on the left, who I think is one of Natalie's friends from The Amazing Race, next to Rodney Lavioe and Jackie Iberra, of course.

This is Will Sims II and Tiffany Chantal.  Will's wife is on the far left.

A glimpse of James here, probably looking at his phone.

And because this is 2016, everyone is staring at their smart phone.  Of course. 

That is Tim Levasseur's hand holding up the phone on the left.

And here is Tim again, lurking on the sidelines.

They had a girl sing that was very good. Vivian Hicks.  I’m not sure the relation to the group, but she was very good.

At the club, everyone was very well behaved.  Damn!  I even saw Rodney turn down a shot someone offered him!  These are reality people, there are supposed to be fights and smashed furniture!

So I’ve seen talk about Bullies Reality here and on Reddit about just what is it and how it was founded.  I read an article that they refer to it as a foundation.  Which if they are, they would be a 501(c)(3).  I’m not sure what they are, but they did present a check for $5,000 to the families of a couple of girls that were involved in a shooting walking home from school.  All the donations requested, and it was very low pressure, were requested in the name of the charity for the girls.

(Bullies Reality was formed on December 3, 2015 as a Texas Corporation.  An IRS representative stated on October 11, 2016 that there is "no record of tax-exempt status" for the Company.)

Judging from the crowds, when you figure in travel for everyone, I doubt they made that much in revenue to cover donations and expenses so I think someone is kicking in some money.  I thought this was a very well run event and a treat for a town that doesn’t get this kind of event very often. (Usually you have to drive to Dallas.)  What it looked like to me was a group of people that were having a blast hanging out.  I told my friend that I would like to on a Reality show just so I could join this group.    Either way, they seem to be having fun and doing some good along the way.