Friday, June 17, 2016

Meet Glenn Garcia - Don't Push Him, 'Cause He's Close to The Edge #BB18

And who is this?  This is Glenn Garcia, who is a 50-year-old former police detective from the Bronx, New York City.  He's a dog groomer now.  Yep, a dog groomer.

Glenn introduces himself as being from the "Boogie Down Bronx", and his accent does not disappoint.  No one will mistake Glenn's voice on the live feeds with someone else's, that's for sure.

Jeff:  So are you a fan of da show?

Glenn:  YUUUGE.

Jeff tells us that Glenn just asked him if this was the real Diary Room, and Jeff tells us now that it is, this is real, pointing over to the door that leads to the living room (or "Departure Lounge")

Glenn: This is crazy.....I'M HERE!

Glenn tells us he has a fiance back home, and a beautiful 9-year-old daughter.  He gestures at Jeff's ring finger, and mention's Jeff's marital status.

Jeff:  I'm getting married!

Glenn, chuckling:  I've been engaged for awhile too....that's another story!  She'll kill me...she's gonna kill me when she sees this!

(Some of you may know that Jeff and Jordan had been planning a big wedding blow out for October, but they recently announced that since Jordan was pregnant, they went ahead and had the ceremony, due to the circumstances. I think they may be planning a post-baby family gathering, but I know Jeff didn't want to get into a big discussion about it during Paul's interview.)

Jeff:  Sometimes they put attractive ladies in da house. What is she going to think about that?

Glenn:  She already knows I'm gonna do what I gotta do to win.

Jeff:  What will you do to win?  How far are you gonna go?

Glenn:  As far as I have to go...there's no limits.  If I gotta flirt just to let them think there's a possibility or something, I'll do what I gotta do.

Jeff, clearly delighted with this news:  You'll use that boogie down Bronx attitude?

Glenn:  That's right.  I'll just get yelled at later on.

Jeff is loving this, and pantomimes his girlfriend making a list of things to yell about.

Glenn:  Maybe later on when I present her with the check, or a new house, she'll say okay.

(Before you scoff at this, don't underestimate Glenn's ability to flirt with any girl in that house this summer.  Good old-fashioned flirting doesn't have to be suggestive or uncomfortable.  It can just be fun.  And he's going to know how to talk to the girls.  I think it may actually be easier for the girls to flirt with Glenn then someone like Paulie Califiore, because there is no way there will be any action with Glenn, so you don't have to stress about it.  I lived on Long Island for three years and guys like Glenn would always say stuff like "how you doin', hon?" and it can feel natural, like family.)

Glenn thinks his greatest strength in the game will be being versatile, like a chameleon.

Glenn:   I may be older, but I can blend in with all types of ages and personalities and ethnicities.  That's what's gonna get me in there, and I'll learn all about their pros and cons, and how I can work against them.

OK.  That's almost exactly what Derrick Levasseur said in his pre-season interview with Jeff.

So far Jeff hasn't brought up Glenn's police officer background, but he should.  I know Glenn knows all about Derrick's sweep of BB16.

Glenn thinks his mouth may get him in trouble this summer.

Glenn:  It can, if someone gets under my skin and I blow up, but I'm not gonna let that happen, 'cause I know I  gotta (***puts knuckles in his mouth***) bite my tongue...I gotta bite my lip and just.....

Jeff:  I'm just sayin', odds are, someone's gonna get under your skin.

Glenn, shaking his head:  They're gonna try!  They're gonna try, but

Jeff:  I'm just guessing, you know, I'm not Nostradamus, but...

Glenn:  But I'm from the Bronx...I'm from New York..people are always trying to get under your skin for an angle. They'll try, but it's not gonna happen.  Unless I'm about to get evicted, then I'm gonna let hell loose.

Jeff:  Oh, you're not going down without a fight.

(Well, Derrick never threatened to do that.....)

Jeff:  So, you'll do anything to win this money?

Glenn:  Oh, it's mine already.

(And now that Glenn is talking seriously, you can really hear the tough edge in his voice.  His voice is deep and friendly-sounding, but we've all seen the cops in the movies say something like that and you know they mean it.  You can see how Glenn would command authority--you don't lose those instincts when you retire.)

Jeff asks Glenn if he's not going to win BB, would he rather go out first, or take third place, because either way you win no money (i.e. leaving in third like Vanessa did is called "bubbling out" in Poker).

Glenn:  Third place.  I want to play the game.

Jeff:  Me too!

Glenn:  That's why I'm here in the first place, to play the game.  Why come all the way over here just to get bounced?

Jeff:  And if you're there all summer, you will have chances to win some money.

Glenn:  Yeah, but third place..its not....if I come in second place, I lost.

Jeff:  Really?  Fifty G's isn't enough for you?

Glenn:  Still a loser.  I'm from the Bronx, remember Derek Jeter?

Jeff wonders if Paul would rather win the $50,000 and have no one remember him when the season is over, or would he rather not win the season and be thought of as one of the legends of the game?

Paul:  Why not do both?  Why not shine and take the money?

(I think Jeff was trying to get an idea of how much the fame might mean to Glenn, and I think his answer was inconclusive.  But let's take someone like Devin Shepherd----he is unforgettable to the Super Fans, and he not only lost, he went down in flames.  And on the other hand you have someone like Vanessa Rousso, whose stunning loss in the last 30 minutes of last summer's show made her story even more memorable.  It's complicated, obviously, this whole reality TV equation.)

Glenn said the last time he cried was earlier today, talking about his daughter during one of his interviews.

Glenn:  I had a daughter late in life, but once they clicked that Man Switch, after I had her I cry all the time.  Talkin' about her...I cry.

Jeff cautions him that it's going to be tough in there, missing his family, but Glenn says he will not quit, and he will use that as a motivation to keep going.

And finally, Jeff asks the big "loved or hated" question, even though he says he thinks he already knows what the answer is.

Glenn:  Win and be hated!  That's it.  Too many nice guys win this game, but I'm gonna be me, and I'm gonna win, and if you don't like it....(***makes bye bye motions***)

Jeff spreads the word about his new weekly show on Fridays this summer during the season, and says he doesn't want to see Glenn on that weekly show for a long time, maybe not until September.

Glenn:  You won' won't see me.  September?  Are you gonna be married by then?

Jeff:  We'll see.

(Which is a funny answer, since he is already married.  He better hope he is still married to Jordan in September....)

(But why is Glenn so fixated on Jeff's marital status?  Weird, huh?)


I know it's easy to look at the grid of BB18 player headshots and to just dismiss Glenn.  I admit, I kind of felt that way at first.  But now after hearing him speak, I think he will be a compelling personality in the house this summer.

He won't be like Derrick--I think he's got a much bigger ego than Derrick does (or did in the BB16 house) and a much bigger temper.  I could see flashes of it when he talked to Jeff, and the way he repeated things like "it's not gonna happen".  If we're comparing Glenn to police officers that we know, I think he's probably more like Tony Vlachos, the recent Survivor winner.

As you might remember, Tony was much more of a wildcard than Derrick.  You never knew what he was going to do or say next, and he was much more ruthless.  He wasn't afraid to lie and cheat, which was part of his winning strategy.

Just as I would say with any house guest who is so much older than everyone else (all of the newbies except Tiffany are in their 20's), Glenn needs to make some fast bonds in the house without trying too hard.  He needs to get past that "first impression" hump that will make it easy for all of them to vote him out because he's so different from everyone else.

And he needs to calm down in there, which may be a challenge.  Will Glenn be able to kick back and let other people make themselves the target?  Sometimes you just have to let other people blow themselves up so that you can survive.  Can Glenn do that?  We'll see.

From what I've found online, Glenn started his mobile dog grooming business in 2004.  That would make him 38, indicating that he started with the police force at age 18 and retired after he completed 20 years of service.  That totally makes sense to me.  On Long Island, one of the guys who worked on my team told me that he and his friends all applied to be both police officers and fireman as soon as they were 18, but that sometimes you have to wait years to get called back for an interview.

Glenn hasn't used his Twitter account in a few years, but like many business owners, he tried to promote his own business a little.  Oh, and he loves Howard Stern and Bubba the Love Sponge, too.  Typical for his age and stage in life.

Here is Glenn's mobile grooming business, but the picture was taken back in the day, when Glenn had hair.  I have a dog that requires professional grooming every 6 to 8 weeks, and Glenn's prices are actually very reasonable for the NY market.

I love the police theme to the business name and website.

Like this...take a bite out of grime.  And you call Glenn to "report a dirty dog".  So clever.

And here are some examples of Glenn's work -- this little doggy looks clean and happy.

And this one...poor baby.  This must be a rescue.  Bless his little furry heart.  Nothing like a good scrubbing and a haircut to make you feel human again.  Or something like that.

I wish Jeff had asked Glenn if he planned to keep his law enforcement background a secret.  If that is the case, I think that's going to be a challenge, because he just screams cop to me, now that I've watched him carry on a conversation.  He might be better off just "copping" to it, so that he won't be seen as too sneaky when the truth comes out.

I think he will be immediate best friends with both of the returning male players.  I can imagine Glenn hanging out at the pool table, or on the couch, in the wee hours of the morning with either one of them.

There are some answers to his CBS Bio questions that concern me.  For example, his list of players that he admires for the game they played is confusing to me:  Dr. Will, Evel Dick, Mike Boogie, and Frankie Grande.  I can see the reasoning for two of those, but as a whole the list of four bewilders me.

Maybe because they were all villains?

I hope we don't have to use the #GlennHasADaughter hashtag this summer.

I am predicting that Glenn will get in at least one big argument---with yelling and finger pointing, but maybe that is just wishful thinking.

Unfortunately my main prediction will be that Glenn will not win the money, but will be memorable enough to make a BB name for himself.  But for good, or for bad reasons?

Meet Bridgette Dunning - Have Stethoscope, Will Travel. #BB18

Meet Bridgette Dunning, who is 24 and is a travelling nurse living in Ventura California.   I already know Big Jeff isn't going to ask this question for us, so I took the liberty of looking it up.  I also had to look up how to spell "stethoscope".

Bridgette is very smiley and bubbly..she tells Jeff she's a traveling ER nurse, if clarifies things a little more.  She's from Fresno California.

(Fun Fact:  The airport call letters are "FAT" - Fresno Air Terminal.  I had to fly into FAT once with a male co-worker.  I had a new V-neck sweater tied around my waist as I lugged my huge roller bag through the rental car parking lot.  My co-worker was walking behind me.  Only when we got to our rental Taurus (or whatever) did I find that my sweater was hanging on the ground, and ended up getting chewed up under the roller bag wheels.  My co-worker said he noticed this, but "decided" not to tell me until we got to the car.  Thanks Dumbass.  I'm still bitter about the loss of the new sweater, and also about Fresno.)

OK.  Sorry.  Back to Bridgette.  She admits to Big Jeff that she has a lot of energy, but then tells us what we DON'T want to hear when Jeff asks if she's a fan of da show.

Bridgette:  I'm a big fan!  The last few seasons have been great.  I can't stop watching it.  It's very addictive.

(That's because in sequester, you can't watch TV or access your computer or phone.  Instead, Production gives you DVDs of BB seasons for you to watch.  And we already know that they were given seasons 14, 16, and 17 to watch.  I don't know how many seasons Bridget binge-watched, but this girl only got through 1.5 seasons.)

Jeff points to the door which leads to house:  That's da house!  Right over dere!

Bridgette: Oh my God!  SHUT UP!  Oh my....WOW.

Jeff:  Soak it in!  Soak it in!

Bridgette:  I didn't know.

(Yeah. We know you didn't know.)

Jeff is clearly enjoying her energy and light, breezy attitude.

Bridgette:  Ha ha ha.  That's great!

Jeff:  This is your new home now.

Bridgette:  I'm so excited.

She says she's leaving behind a lot of family and friends....and her cat.

Jeff:  Oh no!

Bridgette:  He's with family....he's fine.

Jeff tells her she can win HoH so she can get pictures of her cat, whose name is Hercules.  Bridgette says she'll miss her family and friends she's leaving behind."....and her boyfriend....and everyone."

She almost forgot about that boyfriend, but Jeff lets her know that's what he wanted to know.  God knows Jeff can't ask if she has a boyfriend, or even a girlfriend anymore, because that simple question has become a quagmire in today's world.

Jeff:  So you have a boyfriend.  And everything is cool there?

Bridgette assures Jeff that it is, but she has no plans for a showmance this year.  She can't help that she's charming, though, she says while smiling and giggling, and giving Jeff a laughing elbow while she says it.

Bridget then gave a very thought-provoking statement about how her job might prepare her for the BB house this summer.  As a traveling ER nurse, she's used to getting thrown into a situation without a lot of information, and having to pick up where the last person left off.  She has to immediately learn the new system and get up to speed.

Jeff, snapping: You have to adjust on da fly.  and that's what the BB house is all about.

Bridgette:  Yeah.  Yeah.  I think I'm going to be great at this! (giggles)

On a serious note, this correlates to something I saw on CNN this week, after the horrific mass murder at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.  The nightclub was just a few blocks from ORMC, a major Level 1 trauma center.  Police and other Good Samaritans were just loading injured people into the backs of pickup trucks and dropping them off in the ER.  On CNN, a doctor explained that usually when someone is being delivered in an ambulance, the paramedic calls ahead to let them know they are on the way, and they also provide pertinent information about the injuries, procedures already performed, etc.  But after the mass shooting they were just inundated with ER patients, with no information about their injuries.  They had no idea how many more patients were on the way, or the severity of the wounds so they could triage the patients, or even plan their surgical staffing.  And they performed DOZENS of surgeries in the hours that followed.

Sorry to be a bummer, but I think this provides some insight into what Bridgette's job might entail at it's worst.  If she is trained to handle situations that you can't plan for like that, when someone's life is in jeopardy, I think she can handle a few drunken tantrums in the BB house.  I'm sure Bridgette would be a comforting sight if you were strapped into a gurney and needed some human contact and care.

Bridgette admits she's a really bad liar, so she's going to have to work on that, or maybe just play an honest game.  Jeff assures her that she can "shoot it straight" and that there is no right or wrong way to play the game.

Jeff:  But maybe sometimes you just have to bend the truth a little....

Bridgette:  Yeah...withhold the truth a little...that will be a work in progress.

Bridgette has no idea what to expect this summer, she says.  She's trying not to think that far ahead, and just play her general strategy as best she can.

Instead of asking Bridgette what that general strategy is, Jeff launches into his Stoopid Kwestions, and this Kwestion is especially Stoopid.

Jeff:  How do you feel about the people who are jogging, and keep jogging in place at da stoplight?

Bridgette: That's a good thing, right, because it keeps your body warmed up!

(As a runner, I can tell Big Jeff that one reason why I would do that is because it can be VERY difficult to start running again after you stop, if you're fatigued at that point.  Yesterday I stopped to pet a neighbor's dog and get a big sloppy kiss from him while jogging in place.)

Bridgette has worked in Brooklyn, Oakland, and now Ventura, so she thinks she can handle all of the different personality types in the house. Jeff says she seems really nice, and he wonders if she has a dark side.

Bridgette, giggling, of course:  Only my closest friends, or mean people have seen that.  I really don't like when people are bullies, or pick on others, or are condescending.  It makes me angry.  (giggle giggle giggle)

Jeff:  Are you going to voice your opinion, though?

Bridgette:  I usually do, but I try to do it with a smile, to deflect, and that seems to work a lot of the time.  (giggle giggle)

The picture below demonstrates a pose that Bridgette does quite a bit, when she's talking about her charm, or the comment about deflecting with a smile.  I'll be calling it the "Bridgette Hand".

(As opposed to the "Liz Hands" last year.)

Jeff:  Well that face would work on me, let me tell you.

Bridgette:  Let's hope!  (giggle giggle)

Then Big Jeff asks the Big Question: Would she rather be hated and win, or loved as a loser?

Bridgette:  Oh, that's hard.  I never thought America would hate me.

Jeff:  I don't think they're gonna hate you.

Bridgette:  I hope not.

Jeff:  But you never know.

Bridgette:  That's true.  I never thought of that, though. I think I'm gonna win and then people are gonna love me even more because of it.

Jeff:  Are the live feeders gonna like you?

Bridgette, giggling:  Oh, HELL YEAH.

Jeff is shocked at this suddenly semi-profane response and laughs.

Jeff thinks Bridgette is going to do great this summer, and wishes her luck.


Bridgette was an easy interview for Jeff, because she was light and fun and had a quick reaction to everything Jeff said.  She seems very sweet and pure.  She also either didn't want to discuss her boyfriend very much, or maybe he's just not a central part of her life right now.

There's not a lot of info about there about Bridgette on the web, but I did find her LinkedIn profile, and learned she was a waitress at Denny's for a little over a year.

Even though Bridgette is obviously a BB recruit, with little exposure to the show before being cast, I can virtually guarantee that she will not go home in the early weeks of the game.  I don't even think her name will come up for eviction for at least four or five weeks.  She may find herself a pawn, though, because I doubt they will be afraid of her reaction to being used as a tool in the game that way.

She'll probably just giggle, and says she understands.  And we need a few people in the house like that, every year.

It's way too easy to just compare her to Meg Maley based on her bob and laughter, but I think that would be doing Bridgette a disservice.  Due to the extremely serious nature of her job, Bridgette has substance, where Meg just had red lipstick and a yen for frequent naps.  I'm not saying that Bridgette is going to be a strategical mastermind in there, but I don't expect her to fall into the "I'm one of the Kool KIds" camp and play the game like an emotional Mean Girl.

Bridgette is not only used to talking to people of all ages and backgrounds, she's used to TOUCHING them and caring for them.  Surely the house guests will respond to that aura in some way, because you can't hate someone who is full of compassion.  I guess you can target them as a threat to get the votes at the end of the game, but that seems like an August Problem, not a pre-jury problem.

But of course, Maggie Asbury was a nurse, and she seemed like she would just love to jab you with a sharp needle, and maybe cackle about it behind your back.  And she won BB6, but whatever.  I prefer to think that Janelle Pierzina lost BB6, then about Maggie winning.

Let's examine Bridgett's CBS Bio for any notable info.

Well, Bridget is a Johnny Mac girl!  Paging Johnny Mac....Bridgette is digging your action.

I love the fact that she wants to leak little bits of information to create doubt and paranoia.  And I love her plan for revealing that at the end, to sweep the competition.  And her honesty, admitting that she might have hair removal issues this summer.

I really like Bridgette, and I have high hopes for her ability to play hard under the radar.  And once again, we have another female contestant who pursued studies in a science-related field.  That has to be part of the theme, right?

I don't want to delve into the returnee rumors yet, but there are two people rumored to return who work in the medical field (a nurse, and also someone who sells medical equipment).   Not to mention that Michelle Meyer is a budding nutritionist.  I expect to eavesdrop on some potentially interesting conversations this summer when they talk about their work.