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Entries in spencer (17)

Saturday
Aug032013

MVP Nomination and POV

The MVP nomination was made this morning and once again it is Amanda that was put up by America.

Her initial reaction seemed calm however once the POV is played & if she doesn't win it - we may see he get upset once again.

Besides Amanda, Candice, Jesse and HoH GinaMarie playing for the POV, Spencer and Judd will be playing as well.

Check out the feeds and see for yourself what the HGs are thinking - links to sign up are all over the site or you can sign up by clicking here.

Our weekly Big Brother Podcast will be on tonight at 10pm Eastern.  We should know who the POV winner is at that time.  If we find out earlier one of use will update this post or make a new one!!

Thursday
Aug012013

GinaMarie - your new HoH

You may want earplugs this week.  Candice is who she wants out.

Spencer, Helen and Candice were the first three off. Candice won the $5,000 - Helen won a BBq for herself and 3 others - Spencer has to use a megaphone for the next 24 hours.

Thats all I got for now.

Tuesday
Jul302013

More Drama on a Tuesday

The last two Tuesday's have been busy in the drama department on the Big Brother Live Feeds

Amanda has been extremely paranoid since she went up for nomination on Saturday and she is convinced that Howard is the MVP and thus nominated her.  Spencer meanwhile has been trying to get the votes together to vote Amanda out and thus keep both Howard and Candice safe.  The problem is that there aren't enough people that want to go against Amanda, McCrae, Helen, etc etc.  Judd and Andy have lied to Spencer though and let him think they might be willing to flip and vote Amanda out.  Because they are mostly loyal to Amanda, she knows that Spencer has been campaigning to get her out.

Today around 12:29 Amanda confronted Spencer and sorta accused him of going after her.  Spencer lied and maintained that he was going after Candice.  After 30 mintues of arguing Amanda pretty much told Spencer that if anyone voted for her to go on Thursday she would be coming after him.  She also implied she wouldn't come after him if no one voted for her.  Problem is there aren't many people left on the 'wrong' side of the house for Amanda to go after.   This is a discussion well worth checking out so if you have the Live Feeds tune in and watch.

A couple hours later Candice, who had heard Spencer said he was voting for her, called a house meeting where she read Spencer the riot act.  She of course had been approached by Spencer with the plan to try to vote out Amanda.  Spencer should have admitted he told her that in front of everyone with the excuse of, "What was I supposed to say to you? I wanted you out?"  But instead he denied he said anything like she accused him of.  After she was done tearing into Spencer, Howard announced he still wanted to 'self evict' - and rambled on and on about how people weren't playing the game the right way and he'd rather just go (and yet he is still in the house... hmmmm).  Its another place to check out - point your player to 3pm to hear Candice bawl Spencer out in front of the entire house.

The last event worth checking out is a bit controversial.  We only see a brief glimpse of Howard whispering to Amanda around 5:10pm on Camera 4 - then the cam cuts away and you have to switch to Cams 1/2 - after Howard walks away Amanda tells Andy and Judd that Howard whispered something to the effect of wanting to hook up with her after the show. All we can go on is Amanda's word for now and I suspect this will never be seen on the CBS show.  Watch it and decide for yourself!

Howard is still on a path to head home on Thursday.  Aaryn is upset because she wants Candice to go and feels she has no control. Of course thats her own fault for keeping her 'deal' with Amanda and Helen to be kept safe and put up people they wanted.

Tuesday
Jul302013

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

The only thing which I didn't want to have happen last Thursday (July 25, 2013, during #BB15 episode 13) is exactly what happened: Aaryn won Head of Household. Again.

This newbie's preference would have been for either of the following:

- For Amanda, Andy, Candice, Elissa, GinaMarie, Howard, Jessie, or Spencer to win ... so that we could see how things would go in the house from an entirely different perspective, since they have not yet served as HOH. For example, I don't think I've heard Jessie say more than about ten words in the many hours I've watched the live feeds since starting around July 17. She doesn't seem to get much air time. McCrae gets air time ... but given how often he sleeps (usually not alone), his part in this show apparently isn't a speaking role.

- For Helen to get HOH again ... because she's my favorite house guest, and I hadn't bought in to #BB15 yet when she served in that role the first time.

The cameras give the most attention to whomever the HOH is and to the noisiest, most controversial, and/or most scheming of the house guests. When they're bothering to focus on talk, that is.

The feeds seem to devote hours to Amanda and McCrae sleeping (or ... not) under the covers during the day. Why don't they let us listen into more conversations? With 12 people there, isn't there pretty much somebody talking somewhere in the house? Their conversations don't have to be about the game to be more interesting than watching people nap (or ... not).

My first exposure to Big Brother -- not just during #BB15, but ever -- was when news of Aaryn's distasteful speech spilled over into mainstream media a few weeks ago, so I didn't exactly leap for joy when she was re-crowned. (Neither did most of the other house guests, if I read them right.) Just when I was getting into the show, it felt like we'd be in only for a summer rerun.

Even a newbie wonders if the producers conspire to give people like Aaryn more air time for spurious reasons. Being attractive can't hurt ratings.

All right, all right -- maybe not Helen again, even though my enthusiasm about her remains high. Not Helen or McCrae or Judd or Aaryn.

Why don't they disqualify previous Heads of Household from HOH competitions? As a newbie, it feels like the advantages to the show of an always-different-HOH would outweigh the disadvantages. Or if they're going to leave it open to everyone, should they make it extra difficult for previous HOHs to win?

How would you change HOH eligibility? Or should they leave it as-is? Comment below or hit me @uselesstraffic.

Next from the Newbie Desk: Responses to your comments and questions.

Monday
Jul292013

Paranoia, The Destroyer

Silly boy, you self-destroyer 

Paranoia, the destroyer 

Self-destroyer, wreck your health

Destroy your friends, destroy yourself

                 Kinks "Destroyer"

 

Yeah yeah, Scott's usually the one to post lyrics but this song has been running through my head all day after Spencer used the POV he won on Saturday and Aaryn put Candice up on the block in his place.

Actually ever since Amanda was put up by "America" the house has been non-stop paranoia.  Amanda is super worried she might go up.  And late last night as Ash mentioned she started to suspect Judd of being some kind of sneaky mastermind.  18 hours later she now seems convinced that Judd is MVP this week and may have even been MVP LAST week.   The running around she has done today from HG to HG may in the end come back to haunt her.

Through all of this they still seem to be targeting Howard to go home, however Spencer is making a bit of an effort to rally the minority of the house to vote out Amanda thus making a 'bold' move.

Its really a strange season.  Helen has been completely obsessed with the Jury and her obsession has worked its way into others thinking.  We don't even know when the just starts yet but franly they should be more concerned about their alliances and not who they want out before or after Jury.

Some have called today the most boring day of the season.  I don't think thats the case but it certainly hasn't been one to write a huge blog post about.  So with that I sign off ;)

Saturday
Jul272013

Gamer, Winner, or Both?

Here at the BBG Newbie Desk, I endeavor always to come clean about how my biases affect my views. I prefer to live and work in uncluttered environments, for example, and I am more apt to open up to somebody who demonstrates similar mannerisms. I am inspired by those who naturally prioritize the people they care about before themselves. I tend to assume, perhaps naïvely, that each person is inherently good until she or he proves otherwise.

My earliest viewing of #BB15 was during a few evenings while Judd was Head of Household (HOH). The first time that I tuned into the live feeds during a morning, "The Helen Show" was on. It was Sunday, July 21 ... and for more than three hours starting at about 6:45a, Helen had the house to herself. Nobody else was awake. Apparently during a Power of Veto (POV) competition the day before, Helen caught a random "punishment" of an 8:00p curfew. She had to sequester herself from all other house guests; bathroom breaks were permitted but she couldn't talk with anybody. So Helen was well-rested and eager to start the next day.

It was Helen's activities that Sunday morning which I found to be both astonishing and endearing. Rather than adopting an attitude of "Big Brother punished me, so I'm gonna do whatever self-indulgent thing I want to right now, and I don't give a hoot about anybody else" -- and, be honest, who among us wouldn't consider doing exactly that -- Helen started cleaning up the messes everybody left around the place!

Exhibit one was the bathroom. Here's what Helen found (top photo) and then how she organized things (bottom):

The kitchen was exhibit two. Dirty dishes everywhere (top photo) and then dirty nothing anywhere (bottom):

Helen even bagged up the bathroom trash and windexed the kitchen mirrors:

Only after Helen had devoted two hours to cleaning did she take time for herself to make breakfast and go jogging:

I've also seen Helen cooking huge meals (spaghetti, something called "slop balls", etc.) for the entire house several times ... and only once did I see another house guest (Andy) actually thank her for it.

Even so, while catching up with some of what I missed during the first month of #BB15, I keep reading how people say Helen is too bossy and/or too much into delivering lectures even after her week as HOH was up.

But doesn't Helen's repeated selflessness earn the right to be fully engaged in conversations with other house guests, pushing whatever strategic agenda (whether of her design or someone else's) she wants? She takes care of her fellow house guests in ways they neither realize nor thank her for, so I don't see how her frequent cooking and cleaning could be interpreted as manipulative. We don't call Judd or Spencer or even Amanda "bossy" when they push their agendas.

Not, of course, that Helen has to "earn the right." It's a game, and she's playing it -- quite expertly, from my albeit not-yet-very-educated perspective. It's true that I might be biased for having not tuned into #BB15 until after Helen's HOH week. Perhaps you have more reasons to dislike her than to root for her. I can respect that, but I'm in a different place.

The true measure of a person is found in what she or he does when nobody is watching. (In this equation, Internet viewers don't count.) Whether Helen is enough of a gamer to last longer than everybody else in the #BB15 house remains to be seen. But in my book, Helen is already a winner.

Are you already on Team Helen? Or if not, why not? Comments welcome below or find me @uselesstraffic.

Next from the Newbie Desk: What do you do when the only thing you don't want to have happen happens?

Friday
Jun212013

Scott's Initial Impressions - Spencer

Spencer Clawson, 31

Hometown: Conway, Ark. 

Current City: Conway, Ark. 

Railroad Conductor 

A long, long time ago, your intrepid Big Brother reporter actually made an attempt to be a musician. A bunch of friends who had a band needed a bass player. I owned a bass, but didn’t know how to play it. Neither did they, so the method that was used was they would figure out what the bass line was, and then teach it to me.

Since I have a pretty good memory, I did “learn” what they taught me, but I never really felt like I was learning the instrument. After a couple of rehearsals, I bowed out. There was one song, though, that I felt proud about being able to play, and that was “Driver 8” by R.E.M.

Why do I bring this up now? I couldn’t get it out of my head as I listened to Spencer’s interview. He is a railroad conductor after all (who knew that was still a career?), and these are the lyrics to that song:

The walls are built up, stone by stone,

The fields divided one by one

And the train conductor says

"Take a break Driver 8, Driver 8 take a break

We've been on this shift too long"

 

And the train conductor says

"Take a break Driver 8, Driver 8 take a break

We can reach our destination, but we're still a ways away"

 

I saw a treehouse on the outskirts of the farm

The power lines have floaters so the airplanes won't get snagged

Bells are ringing through the town again,

Children look up, all they hear is sky-blue, bells ringing

 

And the train conductor says

"Take a break Driver 8, Driver 8 take a break

We can reach our destination, but we're still a ways away"

But we're still a ways away

 

Way to shield the hated heat

Way to put myself to sleep

Way to shield the hated heat

Way to put myself, my children to sleep

 

He piloted this song in a plane like that one

She is selling faith on the Go Tell crusade

Locomotive 8, Southern Crescent hear the bells ring again

Fields of wheat are lookin' thin

 

And the train conductor says

"Take a break Driver 8, Driver 8 take a break

We've been on this shift too long"

 

If I was to ever interview Spencer, my first question would be whether he was a fan of this song. It’s highly doubtful, though, as his Duck Dynasty beard certainly points to him being a ZZ Top fan. Who knows, though?

This is an extremely likable guy. He’s laid back, honest, and really has no annoying traits. He understands that it is unlikely that he’ll have a showmance, but will be more than happy to have a flirty, “friend zone” relationship.

He is another one that throws out the superfan line, and says he has had the live feeds in the past. He is also one of the rare players to come out of one of those cattle calls that occur in every medium-sized city in the country.

Ok, now he has really won me over. The interviewer made the mistake of comparing him to Adam, and he take a bit of umbrage to that. “Thank you for comparing me to the fat white guy with no hair and facial hair.” I have to take away points, though, for saying he hopes he plays more like Enzo. 

I really want to see Spencer go far, and in previous seasons I think he could have don just that. Like last year, for instance. He is certainly smarter than the likes of Frank. This year, though, he will have to compete with jock types and bikini models. If he can infiltrate the cool kid’s club, he can be a real threat. I’ll be rooting for him, but the odds are that he’ll be out around jury house time.

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