Sunday, September 3, 2017

I'm Ready to Cross That Fine Line. #BB19

The march to the end and right off the cliff continues.  Paul won the PoV last night.

I'm not clear if they threw it to Paul or not, but Bobby Moynihan, of Saturday Night Live fame was in the backyard during the competition to promote his new show on CBS, premiering on September 25th.  Bobby is a very talented guy, but I can't help thinking that he looks like Artie Lange.  And that Artie could have had this life, if he didn't have his crippling addictions and constant compulsion to annihilate himself.

Everyone was excited about meeting Bobby, and the energy he brought to the backyard.  He mentioned his wife's name was Brynne, and their infant daughter Gracie, so be prepared to hear the house guests drop references to their new friends for the next week.

Paul seems like he's exhausted.  I'm sure he knows that the last major obstacle to his victory will be gone on Thursday.  Josh is making some noises to Christmas that he sees Paul's game, but even if Paul is on the block during the Double Eviction, I don't think Josh would have the votes to evict him.

So this win was a big one for Paul.  He's not at risk this week, of course, but now his biggest target is gone.  Everyone else in the game feels they are working closely with him.  And now he'll have Alex clinging to him for safety, too, a stickier presence than fucking Trejo the Toucan.

Everyone played in the PoV comp except Josh, who was sitting on the sidelines with Bobby Moynihan.  Someone asked Bobby what his favorite season of BB is, and he said "this one".

Paul:  But what's he gonna say, he hates this season?

Josh got the distinct impression that Bobby was an admirer of Paul.

Josh:  Have you met him before?

Paul:  Him?  No.  I didn't even know that he followed me.  That's dope.

The players wore suspenders and denim shorts.  The girls' shorts had elastic bands in the back, which in my opinion gave the rear view a very unflattering appearance.  And I'm talking about Alex and Raven here---I don't think that Christmas played, but I'm not sure about that.

It might have been a new competition, and there was a boxing ring and they went through rounds, I think.  There was something kicking them from behind and Jason said he never really felt it, but Alex did.  There was also some sort of dancing involved, and Christmas thought Raven would do better than she did.

Jason can wave bye bye, because he's gone now. He's kind of nervous....I saw him say that to Alex later, and also to the camera in the hallway. Jason stopped while walking by and looked up and said hi to Holly, and announced that he didn't win the PoV, and that means he's still on the block.

Jason, to us:  I'm not going to beg for the PoV.  But I'm gonna wait and see what happens.  That might not be a good idea.

But even if he begged, it won't help.  And if Jason let Paul win the PoV, then he should really be ashamed of himself.

There was tension in the air.  I think some people didn't want to leave the room.  Maybe they thought they'd miss something.  Maybe they thought people would whisper about them.

Paul is pretty proud of himself.  Pretty sure he's counting the money already.  He needs to keep an eye on Josh though.  I wonder if Paul knows this....I wonder if he knows that Christmas and Josh talked about how he is consistently putting himself in the best position with the Jury as they leave.

Christmas was even scared to say Paul's name in vain out loud.  Christmas doesn't want to be banished.  But that might have been interesting to watch, right?  For Christmas to experience being the one targeted for isolation and scorn?  We'll never know, but it might have been explosive.  Things are going to start moving much faster in the next two weeks.

Kevin was impressed with Bobby Moynihan, listing out a few of his recent movie credits.  It sounds like Bobby told them that he still lives in New York, and is just staying in LA to shoot his new series.  Of course Paul knows everything about that situation, because Paul Knows All.

Paul:  Yeah, you can do that. You can just rent a place out here and sublet it out when you go back east.

Kevin loves Bobby's "drunken uncle" character on SNL.

Raven is entering a new phase in this game.  For the first time ever, she went into the Rose Room last night alone, and spoke to the cameras, laughing and gloating about the PoV results.  (Or maybe she does that all the time, and I've never seen it because I avoided her on the live feeds.) She told us that the PoV ceremony this week is going to blow away last week's PoV ceremony.

Remember that?  When Matt and Raven wigged out on Jason?  It seems that Raven plans to wig out on Jason again on Monday.  She apparently thinks that Kevin will go ballistic, too.  I don't think he will, because Kevin is already well-aware that Jason is the target.  He tried to warn Jason about that on Friday night, but Jason was talked out of his suspicions quite easily by Paul.

Raven told Christmas that it would be hard for her to win the game, since she hasn't won any competitions, but Christmas said that might not be an obstacle for Raven.

Raven:  Yeah, Will Kirby didn't win any competitions.

(Oh, so now Raven is WILL KIRBY?  Look kids, back in BB2 there wasn't any PoV.  You got nominated, and your ass sat on the block ALL WEEK.  It was up to Will to get out of being evicted ALMOST EVERY WEEK with his social game.  And I hope Christmas isn't sipping her tea and congratulating herself on 'winning' two HoH's.....because BOTH of those were totally handed to her by Paul.)

I just had a mental flash of Raven making the Final Two with Christmas, and I can feel my blood pressure rising.

Let's relax by enjoying a performance by Raven Walton, who promises "lots and lots of carnage".

Jason was upset about losing, and it sounds like Bobby likes Whistle-Nut and Ole.  And Bobby's wife Brynne watches the live feeds, apparently.  (HI BRYNNE.)

Kevin:  Look  Jason.  Don't fuck this up.  When you see him at the party, you go right over to him and tell him that you and him should ride Ole up and down the street in New York...anywhere he wants to go.  I bet they'll block off a whole street for it.  You tell him....he can ride take that opportunity.  The wife is going to have a lot of influence, especially since she just had a baby two weeks ago...she's listening and she'll tell him.

Kevin:  Don't be down, Jason.

Jason:  I know....I just hate losing.

Kevin:  Look, I'm your friend.  We're friends, no bull shit.  It doesn't matter what they tell you Kevin is saying...I'm telling you. I know you're a good person, I can tell that.  You're a good guy and I want the best for you and I know you're going to make something out of yourself for you and your family.

Jason:  I know.  Thanks Kevin.

Kevin:  Look, it's not over Jason.  It's not over yet.

Kevin:  I'm just glad that when you look back at this, you'll see that I never once went against you...never once.

Kevin found his wedding ring on the window ledge and put it on, saying that "they can see everything...I need to remember to wear it".  Jason says he can't wear a ring, so he might get a wedding ring tattooed on his finger, with an HD on it.

We haven't seen this Kevin in quite some time, back in his favorite "cahner", laughing and talking with a friend.

Kevin addressed Brynne Moynihan (?) by congratulating her on the birth of her daughter.

Kevin:  I have six daughters, and Jason here, he has no daughters....

Jason:  Yet.  I don't have a daughter yet...

Kevin:  So if you're asking for advice on raising daughters....(he reaches out a hand and shakes it before catching it with the other hand)


Kevin: I'm really missing my daughters now.  Girls, I really miss you and can't wait to see you. For the first few weeks I tried not to think much about it, but for the last few weeks, especially after being secluded for a's hard.

Kevin encourages Brynne to come over at the finale party with her husband for a chat.

Jason: That was like the most exhilarating thing, and now I'm just moping around.  I just really wanted to win.

(The game.  And also the PoV, I think.  Jason knows.)

I think Paul also won a trip to the set of Bobby's show, I think.

Jason:  I wanted to win and go to that thing, too.

Kevin:  But did you hear what he said?  He said he wanted all of us to be there....he can call someone and make it happen.

The whole group can't stop talking about their brush with celebrity in the backyard.

Everyone:  Hi Brynne!  Congratulations on your baby!

Paul, always the One-Upper:  Tell Bobby to take off that friendship bracelet I gave him and put it on your wrist!

(Would you want ANYTHING that has been on Paul's body within 12  feet of your newborn child?  With all of the nose ring infections, scaly mouth, and bushy beard?)

Bobby mentioned enjoying Jason's impression of Cody, apparently, where Jason stormed around the kitchen before stomping off to the Have Not room with his jaw set in a very Cody-like manner.  I posted about that sometime in the last week, and it was indeed quite funny.

Josh:  Yeah, Bobby is a fan of Whistle.

(No way Paul isn't booting Jason's ass now, after that.  Paul is the star on this season, god dammit!)

This was Christmas this morning.  I learned in the comments yesterday that Christmas got these sunglasses in her HoH basket.  I guess that explains why she's wearing them nonstop now.  Her CD is by Anderson Paak, "Malibu".

It would be fun if Christmas turned on Paul somehow this week with her vote, but not that fun because that means Kevin would be voted out, because that is who is going on the block after Paul uses his PoV to save Alex.

Yes, Alex.

Let's switch back to the dogs.  Nothing is better than having a hard day and then coming home to a sweet waggley tail and all the puppy love you can handle.

Maybe Paul should have listened more closely to the Teachings of Frank Eudy last summer as far as the booze deliveries go.  Because Frank told those clowns last summer that in order to get alcohol in the house, you have to politely ask for it in the DR, and not complain about not having it on the live feeds.

Frank learned about BB booze deliveries at the knee of Mike Boogie, who also invented the concept of buzz trading.  The standard BB delivery includes two bottle of wine (one red, one white) and six cold cans of beer (usually three "flavors").  Mike taught everyone during BB14 how to trade their nightly allotment with other house guests for more alcohol on a later night.   So for example, instead of having one beer and one glass of wine on Tuesday night, you can trade away your share so that on Friday, you might get three beers and two glasses of wine, and catch a proper buzz.

If any of this cast had EVER watched the live feeds, they might know this.  They could have been drinking every night.  Well,  maybe not in the first six weeks or so, with all of the tension and potential for violence, but certainly now they could all swill a little hooch without getting too crazy.  The BB13 crew would rotate the drinking by gender---one night all of the guys would drink, and all of the girls the next night, with the point being to drink to escape, instead of just drinking to remember that you don't have enough to drink.

I hate to enjoy such beautiful weather, with so much of the country reeling from the wrath of Mother Nature, but it would be a crime not to enjoy being outdoors this weekend.  If you live in the Atlanta Metro area, then you know what I mean.

I actually turned off my AC last night, and opened my windows to enjoy the fresh air.  And it was definitely snuggle weather, requiring two summer blankets instead of just one.  I rode my bike for an hour this morning, vacuumed the first floor and gave my dog a bath.  You have to vacuum just before the dog bath, in advance of the rug-rolling that is sure to follow.

I think that's enough action for one day.  I'm going to check out now.

This animal shelter is surely one of the nicest in America.  Every dog looks clean and comfortable, if not a little lonely.

We probably all know someone like that.


Please enjoy this comparison between the crowd's reaction to Matt leaving, and Big Mark's exit last week.  I heard that the audience was instructed not to boo, but they certainly couldn't force them to cheer, obviously.


It was announced this morning that Walter Becker from Steely Dan has passed away.  Walter is a legend in the music world, and you can't get much better than vintage Steely Dan.  Walter Becker and Donald Fagan aren't just artists, they're musicians who played their own instruments and wrote every note and lyric.  Walter is the one on the left.

The title of the post today is a lyric from Deacon Blues, of course.   I've mentioned before on this blog about my fixation on the 1970's....if I could go back in time I would choose to immerse myself in the 1970's music scene.  I'd probably be a long-haired hippie with flowers in my hair, trying to get backstage like a damn groupie.

Steely Dan is more of a mood than anything else to me.

Every Steely Dan album is great, but Aja is just a stone groove from beginning to end.  My friend Mary Beth ________ had an older brother whose room was empty after he went away to college.  He had a kicking stereo system and bean bag chairs all over the floor.  The brother also had a bong in his closet that was at least three feet high---too big to take out-of-state to his dorm, I guess.

He also had this album, and we would sit on his old corduroy bedspread (remember those?) and listen to Aja and get stoned.

This is another good one from Aja, probably my favorite Steely Dan song.  It's about a breakup, but if you get a little high and put on some headphones, even Raven could dance to it.  And then you forget what you were sad about to begin with.

RIP Walter Becker.  You left a lot behind.


  1. I will be happy to take the "thank you for not quitting FW" role on this super hot Sunday in the Bay Area.
    Thanks again FW for not throwing in the towel and still covering the last few weeks for us. Clearly the best we can hope for is for Josh to win HOH Thursday after Jason gets evicted and put Paul and Alex on the block. Then we pray that Paul throws a clown shoe out of the ball pit (meaning he doesn't win POV) and we can get either Raven or Kevin to vote for Paul along with Christmas for a 2-1 eviction of Paul.
    Probably would be their only chance left to realistically get him out.

    1. Yeah, the Clown Shoe would obviously be the PoV this's a great one to watch on the live show.

      Love love LOVE the bay area. What a great place to just BE.

    2. I love Steely Dan. Sorry to hear of t he death Makes me sad. Thanks for the music!!!

  2. your BB view but I stand shoulder to shoulder with you on the Walter Becker news. Steely Dan are the soundtrack of my life....and my kids (grown) are musicians inspired by listening to SD all their lives. The Walter news hit hard this morning and spent the whole day listening to my entire steely dan, Walter
    Becker, Donald fagen library....I saw your subject line and said to my husband ....too much Steely Dan today I'm seeing it everywhere! But then as I read through and saw your tribute I felt moved to comment. Sad day but we have the music....slang me!

    1. I did the same thing this afternoon Anna. I was hoping someone would recognize the title, so thanks for that.

      I wanted to add at least five more songs to the post, but didn't. Supposedly they lost the master to Black Cow, and that is what stopped them from digitally remastering the entire albums.

      HEY READERS: If you liked the two songs linked above, get in the right situation and listen to "FM". And then "Kid Charlemagne". and then "Don't Take Me Alive", and then "The Fez", and then..."Josie", and then "Do It Again", and so on, and so on.

  3. I've been reading your blog since BB15 and it has greatly enhanced my understanding and enjoyment of the game. I casually watched every season until BBAD left Showtime and came to regular cable and it really stoked my interest and I went online looking for more. Out of all the websites devoted to Big Brother I like your style and most of all your fearless humor and editorial commentary. It must be draining to expend all this effort, especially with a season like this one, but I appreciate and enjoy it and I hope you will continue in the future.

    1. Thanks Craig. I know we don't always like the same players but I appreciate your patronage.

      I really enjoy writing and have notes scribbled everywhere about stories I want to write, but I can't get out of the starting blocks. This blog feels easy because I'm just describing what I see and weaving it with whatever else I want to say, but I get stumped now when I try to write a story.

      I can't find the right voice---I think I'm going to try and write stories in the first person, like this blog, and see how it goes. If any writers have suggestions, I'm listening. I am at a point in life where I feel super-creative and something like just listening to three old Steely Dan songs fills me with nostalgia and a kind of panic that I need to hurry up and just do it.

  4. I can't believe that these people haven't caught on to Paul! Do they not talk to each other? I have never seen anything like it! It's like he's the leader of a cult and has everyone programmed to blindly follow him. It's so frustrating. They're all going to be so mad at themselves once this is all over and they realize they were all played by Paul.

    And I agree with Craig - there are a lot of BB websites but this blog is by far the best! Thanks for hanging in there even though I know it has to be hard this season.

  5. Great reading!!!
    Thanks for your views, have a really really silly question to ask if you.
    How was Christmas cleared to play in a game that involved running down a course?

    1. I was wondering that myself. She could barely hold down the two buttons much less advance in the contest. I guess production has become a Paul cult member too by playing along.

    2. I can only assume that Paul and Christmas assured production of the plan that everybody was going to foul out and nobody would be doing any running. Sure, it makes for a crummy show but it is also very demonstrative of the dynamic going on in the house this season. It also demonstrates contempt for the viewers. A very cynical stunt.

    3. She could have crawled down the track.

      It's too bad we didn't get to see it.

  6. Whoever takes a shot at Paul deserves to win IMO

  7. I've never commented on any of the BB blogs, but yours is by far the best. Thank you.

  8. I want to add my thanks to you for not giving up, and watching the feeds so we don't have to.
    I feel very lucky to have seen Becker and Fagan live. Working one day in my windowless office, I heard the DJ on the radio offer free front row seats to Steely Dan, playing at the Wolftrap.(I forget which station, but it was one that played a cool mix of obscure classic rock and modern alternative). I blew off work and made that call, and won those tickets, and it stands as one of the very best musical experiences of my life. We sat about ten feet away from the performers themselves. I think they covered every song from AJA including my personal favorite Josie. Walter will be missed.

    1. Now that is a memory.

      Josie reminds me of those parties in high school where you'd have to step over people on the living room floor. Some passed out, some making out.

      Thanks for sharing.

  9. I,too, appreciate your blog. I was a teen in the 70's. I was a bit of a hippie, and SD was one of the sound tracks of my life. Every time I hear one of their songs, I'm transported back.
    As for writing, I don't know if you want to write fiction or non fiction, but the number one piece of advice I can give is: Write what you know. That will be what you are most passionate about and it will show in your writing.
    I used to live in Atlanta and belonged to a great group called Georgia Romance Writers. The group contains writers of every genre, not just romance. At their monthly meetings, their speakers cover everything from the elements of writing and voice, to the best way to be noticed and published. I highly recommend them! Good luck!

    1. Thanks so much for the suggestion. I just went to the website and had no idea all of that was going on in the Atlanta area.

      I would probably lean towards a non-fiction idea, twisted around into fiction, likely very dark fiction. Definitely not romance though! Unless it's a bad romance....

  10. So agree about Steely Dan. Saw them in concert. Loved them. I had a ball in the 70s. It was a fun decade. I could even do 2 kinds of Hustle on the disco floor!

    Boy, do I miss my dog. (Love seeing the pups). We gave her away a year ago as we moved to a place with no dogs, but I think about her almost every day.

    I didn't notice the difference in the applause until that video. Wow. That is significant.

  11. Love your blog. Hate to hear about Steely Dan Member Been a lover of them all my life. I am a 70's child and wiushnit were like that today. Keep on!!!

  12. R.i.p. Mr. Becker.

  13. The hubs just saw SD about 6 months ago in The Woodlands and he said then that he didn't think they'd all be alive and around too much longer. He's a concert fiend, where I could take them or leave them. Not a fan of the crowds, though I've enjoyed the Stones a few times, Fleetwood Mac was great, and we've seen Paul McCarney a few times where we got the package to see sound check and have dinner before the show. Dinner never is really good though, as we're all forced to observe his vegetarian or vegan preferences. In a full-circle kind of thing, a couple months ago the hubs, my bestie and her hubs went to see Rick Springfield at a casino in Louisiana and had our picture with him after the show. On stage he looked exactly the same, but up close he's aging like the rest of us. His was the first concert I ever went to when I was in the 9th grade. Ugh, just remembered I went with these two girls who used to talk like they'd huffed a helium tank around everyone at school, but when it was just us they sounded like they were marlboro red smokers. But I digress....we were sad to hear about this loss too FW.

  14. I love reading your blog Feed Watcher. It's one of the only ones that doesn't just bash the house guests, but gives an honest outside view of what's going on inside the house and I appreciate that you try to stay neutral. I also love your behind-the-scenes commentary on things we might not necessarily know. I'm happy to see your audience growing and more people making comments.


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