Survivor Caramoan – Week 13 / Real Housewives of Orange County Cast Blogs

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Survivor Caramoan – Week 13  by MelTheHound

Dawn Meehan
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 11th castaway voted off/3rd Jury Member
Age: 42
Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor

John Cochran
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 13th castaway voted out/5th Jury Member
Age: 25
Current Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Harvard Law Student

Edward “Eddie” Fox
Age: 23
Current Residence: East Brunswick, N.J.
Occupation: Fireman/EMT

Sherri Biethman
Age: 41
Current Residence: Boise, Idaho
Occupation: Fast Food Franchisee

Brenda Lowe
Previous Season: Survivor: Nicaragua – 11th castaway voted out/3rd Jury Member
Age: 30
Current Residence: Miami, Fla.
Occupation: Paddleboard Co. Owner

Erik Reichenbach
Previous Season: Survivor: Micronesia – 13th castaway voted out/6th Jury Member
Age: 27
Current Residence: Santa Clarita, Calif.
Occupation: Comic Book Artist

The Jury

Michael Snow
Voted out week 9, First member of the jury.

Phillip Sheppard
Voted out week 10, 2nd member of the jury

Malcolm Freberg
Voted out week 11, 3rd member of the jury.

Reynold Toepfer
Voted out week 12, 4th member of the jury

Andrea Boehlke
Voted out week 12, 5th member of the jury (double elimination week)

Don’t Say Anything About My Mom

Welcome back castaways… We are at week 13 and day 35 of the game. Last week was a double elimination episode and Reynold and Andrea were sent to the jury box. Back at camp after Tribal, Eddie and Cochran are chatting and Eddie is convinced he’s next. Cochran says it doesn’t have to be that way if he wins Immunity (no more hidden, Andrea carried it out of there in her pocket). He asks Eddie who may be next if it isn’t him. Eddie tells Cochran he can see Him being on the chopping block. There is some other chatter about getting rid of Cochran amongst the others. TH Cochran says he may have to rethink his whole game. He’s no longer the sweet beatable nerd that everyone feels comfortable taking to the end with them. Suddenly, he feels vulnerable (it’s only the beginning of the episode here folks). A little later, Erik is starving. He feels he’s in a prison with nothing to do. Nothing new ever happens and they are all just stuck there. Then he decides he wants coconuts and the ones hanging in the trees are just mocking him and his hunger (what happened to all that rice and beans that Andrea bought at the auction?). So, he decides he’s going to have some coconuts and begins to scale one of the trees. The women are worried about him and tell him to come down, he does, without any coconuts. Ummmm WTF was that all about?

It is Sprint treemail time. The treemail is a Sprint phone with recorded messages from each player’s loved one. We hear from Brenda’s dad, Dawn’s husband (it’s  her 21st anniversary), Sherri’s husband, Cochran’s mom (who hopes he’s wearing his sunblock), Eddie’s dad, and Erik’s brother. Hearing from his brother has somehow rejuvenated Erik. I mean, no one really thought he would Quit 5 days from the end, did they (thinking back to last week’s preview edit)?

Reward Challenge

The Survivors are marched into the playing area where Probst notes that they all received video messages from their loved ones. The only thing better, he says, is being with them. We all knew this was coming. One by one, the family members are called out, Brenda’s dad first. She sobs and tells him she took his advice, “be humble”. Probst says that in 26 seasons, he’s never cried at a loved one. That is now broken. The rest get to wrap their arms around their family members and spend a few seconds in the embrace. As usual, the family members will be participating in the challenge. Cochran’s mom apologizes to him in advance.

sur1sur2 sur3 Here’s the object of the game. Each team has to unscrew a rail from a post by each grabbing one end and walking around in circles until it unscrews. Then put it on rails to form sort of a ladder.  There are three of these. Then they have to toss a bolo (rope with a ball on each end, someone can help me with the spelling if I’m wrong), on to one of the three rails. First team to land 3, wins the reward challenge. They get started and they are only going to be as fast as their slowest member. Eddie’s dad, Ed, and Cochran’s mom, Arlene, struggle with it a bit (she’s 64). Probst says something about that and Cochran tells him not to say anything about his mom. In the end, Raymond, Brenda’s dad, lands the third bolo and they win the reward challenge. Cochran never really had a shot at it. As they were unscrewing the rails from the posts, they were having a nice conversation.. “how was the flight”, etc. I think Cochran knew that he wasn’t going to win this one and chose not to push his mom.

What did Brenda and Dad win? An offshore floating barbque 50 yards from the beach (in plain sight of everyone else) and she gets to choose another team to participate. That’s going to be Dawn and her husband. For a Whole lot of reasons. Hold up though… There is yet another Sprint phone with a message from Brenda’s sister. Apparently, again first time ever, a Second loved one. Her sister is there, Erik’s other brother, Sherri’s son, Eddie’s mom, Cochran’s dad, and Dawn’s best friend. Now, here’s the twist (there’s always one isn’t there?)… Brenda, can either choose one other team to do this reward -OR- she can give it up, snatching it away from Dawn in the process, so that all 4 of the other teams can do the reward. Really, Jeff? Well, Brenda agrees to give it up for the other 4 teams. She and Dawn will go back to camp and watch them all have a good time (I think that part of it is a bit cruel).

sur4sur5 Reward time… All the family and friends gather on this floating oasis while Brenda and Dawn get to watch from the beach. She, is Livid. Pissed. As we see everyone but Dawn and Brenda gathering for the shingdig, TH Cochran recounts how at 13 years of age, he and his mom watched Survivor on in the year 2000. He’s gone through puberty, had his first kiss (and a little more) with Survivor and now here he is actually sharing the game with his loved ones. Apparently, Cochran’s dad doesn’t typically wear sunglasses or ever man the BBQ grill. Here however, he’s doing both.. Flipping burgers, poking hot dogs, drinking beer, the whole 9. How many of you parents have kids who don’t have a clue of what you use to be like before they arrived? I use to tell my nephew that there’s a whole lot of stuff that happened before he was born. I’m not saying any of this to bash any of these people, it was all a good time for them. At one point, they even waved to Dawn and Brenda back at the beach. Brenda is disappointed that she can’t spend time with dad and sister but she figures she’s made a good strategic move.

The party is over, the relatives have been taken back to wherever they are staying, and the 4 survivors wade back to camp. As they are coming back, TH Brenda notes that this could be a double edged sword. Either she’s a rock star for doing what she’s done or it will bite her in the ass (paraphrased of course). When they get there, they all thank Brenda for her generosity. TH Cochran says that the more likeable she seems, the bigger the target on her back. At this point in the game, no one wants to go to the end that everyone would vote for. We are seeing stirrings here folks that people want Brenda to go. Remember that Eddie thinks it’s a foregone conclusion that he’s done.

Immunity Challenge

sur6The object of this day 36 game is to stand on that log leaning out over the water with their arms behind their back holding on to a rope. That rope is on a winch that Probst will turn, thereby lowering the survivors out towards the water. When they can no longer hold on, they will fall in, and be out of the game. The only one who is convinced they have to win this, is Eddie. Cochran falls in first after 15 minutes. Eddie eats it second after 25 minutes. I’m noticing Brenda, she isn’t sanding straight out like the others are but rather staying on top of the log and just bending at the hip and leaning over the edge. Erik is next to fall in followed closely by Sherri. Erik would have given up right away for food but Probst says this is to test their will to stay in the game. Since Eddie is out of the challenge and it’s a foregone conclusion that it’s his turn to join the jury, Dawn asks Brenda to jump so she can have the Immunity necklace for the first time ever (was this Dawn being  strategic?). Brenda says no. Probstsur7 asks if there’s a deal going on, they say no.. Just that Eddie is out,   Dawn would like to win one for a change but she understands that Brenda wants to test herself. Well, guess what kids, Brenda jumps. I’ve seen her in these endurance challenges and I don’t believe for a second that she couldn’t have outlasted Dawn (who is doing pretty well herself) in this game. Good Lawrd, I think she’s going to cry again.. I think Brenda just got Meehan’d. TH Brenda even says, if it had been her vs Eddie, she would have held on a lot longer. However, with someone as paranoid as Dawn, she didn’t have a problem jumping in.

Back at camp, a quick back stabbing session before the go to tribal council. TH Brenda says that the whole plan was to keep Eddie from winning so he would be sent home that night. Next, is Cochran, in her mind. If everything goes as (she) planned, it will be amazing. TH Cochran says that if he has his choice between voting out Eddie or Brenda, he would rather bounce her (she’s more of a threat). He believes that Dawn and Sherri may feel the same way but it’s such a lock, that Eddie will leave that night, he’s not sure how to approach it. He speaks to Sherri about Brenda who is all on board for a blindside ensuring her, a final 4 spot. He then talks to Dawn who weighs the pros and cons about it all. She didn’t play her own game last time so she’s not sure what to do now. In Brenda’s mind, Eddie is done. They head off to council…

Tribal council

The Probsting begins with Dawn. The first time wearing the necklace.. How does it feel? She says it’s nice to be able to breathe at council. She’s trained for this, she’s happy to have beaten Brenda for it. Getting the necklace was a bucket list item. Brenda claims she only had about 5 minutes left so she didn’t try real hard to win but only would have done that for Dawn to win. To Eddie, always on the chopping block since day one it seems. He says he thinks he’s packed his bag for tribal for the last time. Probst says yet, he seems to escape elimination every time. Eddie says yes, but the fuse on that one amigo is getting pretty short. Now we get to the giving up of reward by Brenda. She says it was a no brainer, the two of them (Her and Dawn) verses the four of them. To Dawn, Does a gesture of good will buy anything for Brenda? Dawn says yes. Sherri agrees, she says everyone is looking to Brenda as a saint and no one could possibly do anything to her at this point. To Cochran… Eddie is an easy vote tonight but nothing in this season has been easy or predictable. Cochran says that it’s about weighing short term gratification against long term benefits.To Eddie, What are the odds you’re done? He says that it’s very likely but he isn’t bitter about it. He’s had a great time and is grateful to everyone there. Prosur8bst: Dawn is not going home, Eddie is likely going home, Time to vote. They vote.. We see Sherri vote for Brenda, Brenda vote for Eddie. Probst collects the votes, asks for a hidden idol (is there still one to be had?), and reads the votes. It comes down to:L 2 for Eddie, 1 for Erik, and you guessed it, 3 for Brenda. She’s headed to the other side of the fire with the jury. As she is carrying her torch to be snuffed, She says to the others, “I was honest with you guys… I was genuine with you guys”.. After Probst snuffs her torch, she says, “It hurts” and then walks down the plank into Survivor oblivion. 3 days left says Probst, and if they are anything like the previous 36, it’s going to be a wild ride. Votes, Cochran, Sherri, and Dawn voted for Brenda.. Erik and Brenda voted for Eddie. Eddie voted for Erik. That’s all folks. Click the Survivor banner above to watch the show or click here

Programming note. This season ends, this Sunday, May 12. A two hour finale episode followed by the winner reveal. That’s 3 hours of this stuff on Sunday. I’m going to give you a heads up, It may only be a partial recap come Monday May 13. Three hours is just too much for me but I’ll do what I can. See you then.

Til next time, Peace… MTH

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Real Housewives of Orange County Cast Blogs by BB

Heather Dubrow’s Bravo Blog by BB

Quote:  “A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs – jolted by every pebble in the road.” Henry Ward Beecher.  In Heather’s case, a good example of being jolted by a pebble in the road is when someone steals the bow off your most special cake.

The first portion of Heather’s blog was a great big ole plug for Tanaka’s Pile of Pumpkins.  Since I’m sure a very small portion of people reading her blog live anywhere near Orange County, this seemed to be a waste of good blog space.  Moving on.

The next two pages are huge screen shots of a Hot in Cleveland script page and a picture of Heather in one of the Hot in Cleveland scenes.  Heather felt it important to name the cast of Hot in Cleveland.  Moving on.

Then Heather explains the scene of her and Terry in Zov’s Restaurant with three of their four children, who were doing their homework there, which I found a little strange.  Heather explains she thinks Terry’s funny and they joke around a lot.  I guess the Bravo cameras are just never around when that happens.  Too bad.

Heather IncredulousHeather admits she is over-sensitive (Really?  I hadn’t noticed) and should let things roll off her back, but she’s just not built that way.  She wanted Terry to not make any jokes, not include their kids in the conversation, and to just say to her “Whatever you need, I’m there.”  I get it.  Even though Heather doesn’t regret giving up her highly successful and illustrious acting career to become a wife and mom, she NEVER gets any me time and wanted it to be about her this one time.

I can see how Terry’s constant joking can get on Heather’s nerves when she’s trying to have a serious conversation.  But she needs to cut him some slack.  After all, he had been in surgery all day (removing women’s belly buttons) and he just wanted to converse with the kids and let off a little steam after a hard day’s work

Heather closes her blog with a flowery speech about how happy her marriage is and how marriages have their ebbs and flows, and we seem to be seeing a fair amount of ebbing this season.  She also lets us know she sent Terry her blog for his thoughts before she submitted it to Bravo.  His response:  “Brilliant, honest, real: exactly what I would expect from you. I love it. I love you.”  Good thing he didn’t make a joke about it or he may have gotten “The Face.”  You know the one I’m talking about.

Next up:  Gretchen Rossi.  I can only handle one at a time, people.

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264 Responses to Survivor Caramoan – Week 13 / Real Housewives of Orange County Cast Blogs

  1. Powell says:

    Good morning everyone & happy Friday eve. Isn’t it just so much fun waiting for a Verizon tech? 8-12pm time my aunt Fannie. I bet they don’t come until almost 12. Grrrrrrr.
    Well it’s a cool day. I hope everyone is doing well & has a great day.

  2. Powell says:

    Miss Lulu I’m sorry I’m just getting back to what I meant by Lulu #4. I meant he will be the 4th Lulu in the family. And what’s wrong w/a 4th, 5th little person at your ankles? Go ahead and say Powell you must be crazy. LOL. 🙂 I’m only teasing. I hope you are feeling good.

  3. Powell says:

    #RIPOttavioMissoni the matriarch of Missoni.

    • Lulu says:

      Congrats to her! Was she induced early? I could have sworn her due date was right around mine May 24th. Her’s I believe was 25 or 26?

  4. Lulu says:

    Good Morning!!! Great job BB!!! Your a better woman than I that’s for sure! I’m barely tolerating the OC nonsense.

    Anyone watching The Big C or Call the midwives?? Both are great shows! I wonder why they decided to go down the dark path of Big C? It’s just odd since their first 3 seasons was funny. I loved the first season that is what got me hooked. I was just hoping for a less dark ending to the series.

    • Powell says:

      I watch Call the,Midwives. I love it. Last week’s epi was a trip w/the mother trying to do an abortion herself & then having an abortion by that butcher woman. I just knew she was dead until she walked up behind her husband when they were walking to their new home. How about that doc crushing on the,Nun? Crossing the line much? I like to watch the producer talk about the story. It’s very good.

      • BB says:

        That was week before last wasn’t it? Last Sunday it was about getting the X-ray truck to the town to check for TB.

        • Lulu says:

          Yes this past sunday was about TB. Great episode btw! Nice to see a show that is well written and not centered on nonsensical drama!

        • Powell says:

          Right. I always watch it a week late.

      • Lulu says:

        Hi Powell! The doc/nun thing is strange but kinda shows that we are all human. What surprised me the most about the whole abortion scenes. Was the nuns reaction to it that it just happens. I always imagined nuns to be strict disciplinarians like the ones at my grammar school. To hear it’s a part of life was shocking to me. I don’t know if you saw the past weeks episode so I won’t comment. It’s really good.

        • Powell says:

          Yeah you’re right about the doc/Nun. I always say we are men & women before we are our titles. What the Nun said was surprising, that that wasn’t the 1st time she’s seen that but it’s good that she was like let’s just take care of things so the mother doesn’t get in trouble for it.
          You can tell me what happened this week. Nothing spoils it for me. 🙂

    • BB says:

      I watch the Midwives. I like it a lot!

  5. Boobah says:

    Good Morning everyone. Thank you for the recaps.

    Survivor: OMG! I felt so bad for Brenda! I admit that I have not watched every season, maybe half. But I know enough about each season through reading, etc. And last night was unbelievable! I know they were being being strategic, but I was so disappointed! Especially in Cochran.

    Brenda should not have been the one to go. Her generosity should have shielded her from being voted out last night. Just one pass, then have at it next time. Last night was one of the most cutthroat tribal’s I have ever seen. Brenda gave away food, gave up two loved ones, handed over the immunity….and didn’t even get a free pass…for just that night! Hell, she even handed her dad the bolo that won the challenge – he could have botched it, but it seemed like she wanted to give him a shot, even if that meant she lost the challenge! IMO, that’s a good-hearted person.

    I know the game is not about acts of decency. It’s about winning. But Brenda could have been afforded a little room. I do not think she would have won the million dollar prize, so a free pass would have just been a gestural Thank You on their parts.

    Great recap, MelTH. Sunday is going to be long show. I can’t wait to hear what Brenda has to say during the jury interrogation segment.

    Hope everyone has a good day!

    • IA, after last night I hope neither Cochran or Dawn wins, I hope Eddie finds a way to win all the challenges, lol!!

      • Cathy Connor says:

        I agree they were nasty last nite . I guess Dawn was upset at not getting to be with her Husband and eat but geez. Cochran should be ashamed of himself why not vote off Sherri ?? No way she should still be there JMO I hope Eddie finds a way to win immunity and kick there butts…Am very over Dawns crying hand her a kleenex and vote her OFF !!! Have a great day every 1 !!!

        • Boobah says:

          PP & CC – I with you on that – give it to Eddie. I was rooting for Cochran, not anymore. He SHOULD be ashamed! Sherri should have been the one to go, but maybe she’s the one that they want to bring to the end – thinking the jury won’t give her the win because all she did was ride the coattails of the other players. But that’s not always how it goes down. I forget exactly, but if I am not mistaken, there have been times where the coattail-rider won because the other players were just so despicable.

    • melthehound says:

      I knew as soon as she gave up the reward that Brenda would be voted off. No good deed goes unpunished on these shows. I get that Dawn was disappointed but c’mon… 4 or 5 days left, max, before she gets to be with her family. I’m sure that is also what Brenda had in mind when it came to spending time with her family.. I have been over Dawn’s sob fest since day 2 (I don’t think she cried on day 1),

      • Cathy Connor says:

        Funny how I keep forgetting about Erik hes really runnin under the radar I think…He and Eddie should get together with Sherri and vote off Cochran and Dawn then let chips fall where they may…

        • melthehound says:

          Now That wold be a big move. Dawn first. I can’t take anymore of her sobfests…

          • Cathy Connor says:

            With you !!! Really wanted to like Dawn but just cant do it !!

            • ladebra says:

              Ditto. Dawn is a bitter cry baby. I think Cochran is playing to win at any cost. There are players that play to win and want to win against the players who play the best competitive game – may the best person win, and all that. And then there are the players that play a game of chaos and they just want to win at any cost. And then there are the Cochran’s, IMO – who play a good game until the final 4-5 and then want to sit across from the player they purposely believe will not get the votes.

              Does that make sense? I enjoy the seasons when the best player wins, with some integrity intact. Subjective but true for me.

              • Boobah says:

                You make perfect sense! And I agree very much with wanting to see the best player win, which IMO includes keeping as much as their integrity as possible.

        • plainviewsue says:

          Cathy, I just posted my post, not realizing that you said the same exact thing!!!

          I don’t want Dawn in the finals, but I am still rooting for Cochran. Don’t forget, Brenda told Dawn that after Eddie, Cochran should go next.

      • jules says:

        Thanks for the recap MTH. I missed the first half of the show and came in when Dawn was balling her eyes out with Brenda. I, myself, can cry at the drop of a hat but Geez Louise, get over yourself woman! At first I thought Dawn was alone because she was crying so hard and I actually felt bad. I supposed I shouldn’t judge because I would never play Survivor but this is Dawn’s second time around so she should know better.

        I felt really bad for Brenda but I knew as soon as she talked about giving up the reward for the others she was gone. It just doesn’t pay to be nice in this game. She seems like a lovely young woman who tries to live her life well but Survivor is not the place to do that. Although I didn’t want Brenda to be voted off, Cochran talking Sherri and Dawn into it was a kick-ass blindside. That’s the way you win Survivor. As I’ve written here before, I prefer the winner to be someone who has played the game well not just riding in one someone else’s back. Cochran may be considered a scumbag now but he’s playing the game to the bitter end.

      • trudie says:

        I don’t think it has ever been a good idea to win the family event. Doesn’t it always come back to bite the winner on the ass?

        Dawn should be ashamed. Brenda has been so good to her – even diving in the water to get her teeth!

    • plainviewsue says:

      As upsetting as it was to see Brenda go, this is the game. For future contestants…….NEVER WIN THE LOVED ONES CHALLENGE!!!!! You either come off as a louse or like Sherry called her a saint.

      Cochran was right. At that point, Brenda was the winner. She hadn’t alienated anyone, had won challenges and supposedly was a sweetheart. The game is to outwit. That is what needs to be done.

      If I were Brenda, I would of said, “If it was just me, I would gladly give up this reward. But since I picked Dawn for the reward, I just can’t do that to her.” That way in the survivors head they could of blamed Dawn! It was a no win situation for Brenda.

      I am still rooting for Cochran to win it all. His love for the game & his strategy this time around is so much stronger than last time. Dawn can never win. I don’t want Eddie to win, cos he is a horrible player. If Erik was smart, he should try to align with Eddie & Sherry to take out Cochran. Erik didn’t even know about the blindside, so he has to know he’s not in the final three.

      It will be very interesting on Sunday. Cannot wait!!

      • melthehound says:

        I don’t know if these people are smart enough to blindside Cochran but I think there is a reason we are seeing so much of him in interviews this season. He can’t be the only one who talks (though most times, he’s the only one worth listening to). Re the loved ones challenge, at the very least, keep it for yourself and just pick a third team, preferably, one you want with you at the end.

    • T-Rex says:

      Okay I have been watching since season one and frankly I would’ve voted out Brenda too based on strategy. You could not possibly bring her to the finals she would have won hands down! So, you have Dawn pissed about the dinner and her family, and Cochran knows he is gunning for him so it’s a great move in my opinion.

      • melthehound says:

        It was a good game move to vote her out.. For as long as I’ve been watching, the object has always been to dictate the final three. Yourself and two others you believe you can beat with the jury vote.

      • melthehound says:

        Meant to add, not a good idea to piss people off along the way. Some people have very long memories about such things.

  6. Lulu says:

    Need some advice:

    We officially moved into a “grass nazi” neighborhood. We are moving once our lease is up. But in the mean time we are getting comments/looks from our neighbors. Regarding our lawn!?!? The landlord neglected it so it’s riddled with TONS of dandelions. He won’t do anything about and says it’s our responsibility. All we are doing is cutting the grass and that’s it. For the record our lawn in the entire subdivision is the ugliest while everyone else has a pristine lawn. Days like this I miss Chicago!! None of this stupid nonsense there! What would you do? We are torn on fixing the problem which will cost us money i.e weed killer then seeding sigh. Turn a blind eye and say the hell with them!

    • princesspindy says:

      If anyone says anything, tell them you are leaving when the lease is up, you are keeping it mowed but they are welcome to work on the lawn if they want to. If you are keeping it mowed, I think that is enough.

      • Powell says:

        I like PrincessP’s advice. I rent my townhouse and its stated in the lease its the renters responsibility, if the renter doesn’t keep it up they will be charged. If its not in your lease do just what you’re doing.

    • Donna says:

      LOL I live next door to a grass nazi, I swear he takes a ruler and measures it. If anyone is out mowing their lawn he will now his within an hour or two. I woke up today, daffodills, tulips, lilac, grape hyacinths and dandilions blooming.

      • Donna says:

        ps: he hated my trumphet vine and purple corn flowers so he reached over the fence and sprayed them with roundup

        • LaineyLainey says:

          THAT A$$HOLE!!!!

        • melthehound says:

          What a dick….

        • princesspindy says:

          That’s not legal!!

        • Lulu says:

          OMG what a jerk!!!!!! Plant morning glory and show him! I swear I don’t know what it is about landscaping but people if it’s not to their standards they become jerks!!

        • Kansas Girl says:

          The nice thing about trumpet vine is that it WILL be back, and not in the same place. It may well come up in his yard!

          I’d have a word with him about killing things in my own yard. He can do as he wants with his own, but not yours. Tell him you’re highly allergic to pesticides?

          • Kansas Girl says:

            Alternative idea. The Farmer used to get out his stockpile of some DDT-like substance that killed everything. I just didn’t want to know, because I couldn’t stop him.

            So tell your neighbor that a friend found some “really strong” pesticide in the barn and is going to spray your weeds for you. With a sweet smile, ask if he’d like his sprayed too? Your neighbor will go nuts worrying WHAT you’re spraying. (Just squirt some water around.) Can you tell I like to mess with people?

      • Powell says:

        LOL Donna. I’m not a grass Nazi but I do love my lawn looking nice. And I will brag that for yrs neighbors ask who does our lawn so we’ve given lots of referrals to the guy who cuts our lawn & trims our bushes. We pay for the heavy lifting also for Greenlawn. We do lyme & seed ourselves.

    • Cathy Connor says:

      Tell them you are making dandelion wine and will invite them over when its ready wink and say Bye Bye LOL then say the hell with them behind there back ( never know when you will need a neighbor) keep em guessing

    • melthehound says:

      Keep the grass cut and tell the neighbors to go phuck themselves with their dirty looks. Keeping it cut is your only obligation unless you want the pristine lawn and are willing to invest in someone else’s property.

    • BB says:

      If I didn’t own the property, all I would do is what you’re doing, keeping the grass cut. I wouldn’t invest any money on someone else’s property. If they want to do it, tell them to have at it.

    • Lisa Renee says:

      Lulu, IIRC, you are moments from dropping your second child with a toddler already on your hip. Even if I have that wrong…. Phuck em, phuck em all! Since you are moving it falls into the catagory of not your problem. Keeping it mowed is quite magnanimous of you, it sounds like it looked like crap when you moved in. Landlord has some nerve trying to flip the script and trying to make it your problem. If you do exchange words with your grass nazi’s your go to should be I am keeping it in the same condition I found it in. Direct THEM to the landlord. I like PP’s response of telling them to feel free to spend their own money & their sweat to get it to their standards. In the words of Tre tell them all to go scratch. Never let a dirty look from someone you don’t give a shitz about slow your roll. When house hunting after hurricane Opal I scratched alot of very nice homes off my list because of neighborhood associations. Also, if the landlord wants you to leave the grass better than you found it, tell him you will submit receipts with your rent & back charge his
      ass. The people who have too much time on their hands are the most vocal. You on the other hand have a very full plate. Good luck, Lisa

      • Lulu says:

        To all thank you for the laughs!!!! The reality is my DH and I can give 2 $hits. It’s not our problem. I always heard of “grass nazi’s” but never actually experienced them! OMG this is really unreal?!?!?! Really this ready to drop #2 momma is going to go down on her hands and knees while watching my toddler and pick weeds?!?!? Love the comment “They can all go SCRATCH!!!” It’s just Phucking grass?! dirty looks over grass still shaking my head on that one. 🙂

      • Powell says:

        This landlord is an azzhole anyway. Termites that he doesn’t want to deal w/and now this. I’m glad the Lulu’s will be moving. You don’t need anymore crap from him. I’m just sorry that the family will have to go thru an upheaval & stress in looking for a new place & packing up, then unpacking in a new place.

        • Lisa Renee says:

          Oh snap, I forgot about the friggin termites. This landlord really is a peice of work, I mean POS! I wonder if he steps to Mr. Lulu or do these conversations seem to happen when the Hubs isn’t around, hmmmmmm Lisa

          • Lulu says:

            The landlord hired a management company. That is on my side btw. They are the one’s who are the driving force behind fixing/debugging. It’s just despite their efforts he won’t budge on the lawn because he doesn’t care.

            • melthehound says:

              Let it grow then.. Once he gets a ticket for it (that he may pass on to you), he’ll care about it. (nevermind me, that’s just my vindictive side talking)..

        • Lulu says:

          Aww thank you Powell! I knew the risk when my DH took the job here that after a year we may have to move again. Though I regret not putting the boxes in safer spot long story short DS peed on them 😦 I had to throw all of it out. The termite/ant problem is being taken care of. It took me a few times to complain but he did it. In the end DH DESPISES his job. He will fulfill the contract but wants to move out of state once it’s done. I’m on board with him. So *sigh* another move with a toddler and at that time a 9 month old. Our next move will be permanent though. We always wanted to move to the west coast since the kid(s) are still young and not in school now is the time.

          • Powell says:

            Lulu I LOL at your little man peeing on the boxes. Wait until you tell him that one day. 🙂 Well I’m sorry Mr. Lulu hates his job. I hope once he can leave that your little family lands in the right place. Make sure you take us w/you. 😀 I know. I’m selfish.

    • realhousewifeva says:

      Does the HOA have any rules about the lawn? I live in a lawn nazi neighborhood, and there are fines that have to be paid if the lawns are not kept up to HOA standards. We had to pay a fine once because the trim on our garage was peeling!
      I understand your frustration, but weeding and seeding isn`t that costly if you do it yourselves. I`ll be honest, I think neighbors should always be considerate of eachother, and part of that is keeping their lawns and outside of houses in good form to keep up the appearance and value of a neighborhood. There was one lady down the street who`s yard was just a mess and it really made the whole street look like an eyesore for a bit until HOA cracked down on her.

      Sorry, I know I`m the minority opinion here.

      • Catseye says:

        I’m with you. I keep my front yard looking as good as I can. Since it’s on a slope, I got rid of all the grass/weeds and planted shocking pink flowering ground cover, a whole assortment of flowers like foxglove, marigolds, iris, etc, and a purple flowering tree, with bark in the bare areas. If I’m going to water outside, it’s going to be flowers! My backyard is another story and my gay neighbors are ALWAYS complaining about it, since they have a huge 2 story house with a balcony so they can see it. But, tough sh!t. I can only do what I can do.

      • Lulu says:

        I get what you are saying. I feel bad that our rental is a huge eyesore. But why spend my money on something my landlord has neglected for over a year? He created the problem and he should fix it. If this was my home I would have had it re-sodded because it is at that point. Even if all the weeds are destroyed there will be HUGE patches missing. That will require seeding and unless it rains everyday watering. Now it’s a minefield of weeds but once those are gone it will be a patchy ugly mess. Either way we lose simple as that.

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Hand them a can of green spray paint and tell them to have at it!

  7. HuskerHuny says:

    Up until this year, I’ve been a rabid Idol watcher; never missed a show. But with the addition of a judge or two, I checked out and have only been watching during commercial breaks. Another reason I stopped watching was I felt there was a definite push to get a girl or two in the final two. I saw a set-up of what could have been at the expense of a very talented guy. But, whatever . . .

    First off, let me say I really don’t have any idea of what music is current today. I only knew maybe three of the songs that were sung last night. Not that it matters, but it’s hard to judge the quality of the performance when I don’t have anything to compare it to whereas the judges do.

    My favorites have always been Kree and Candace. They have a throw-back quality to their voices but can still sing today’s stuff. Angie is certainly not awful, but just a bit too ‘poppy’ for me, but I think that’s what the judges want.

    I didn’t get to hear Kree’s middle song which I guess was her best. Her other two were O.K., but nothing that would stop me in my tracks. I guess her last song was a horrible choice (not hers) according to the judges, which is sad because that’s probably what she will be remembered for.

    Angie’s choices were also rather bland for me. I knew the Elton John choice and I think a Pink song sounded kinda familiar. But again, I don’t think I will be running out to purchase a CD of hers.

    Candace . . . Candace . . . Candace. Does it really matter what her first two songs were? I don’t remember them. But, c’mon . . . Somewhere – really? The ultimate diva song; a showstopper when done right. Not only did she stop the show, she practically stopped my breathing. Yes, there were a few (very few) missed notes that came in a bit flat, but it didn’t effect the quality of the performance. And anytime I get those kind of shivers, well, that’s a winner in my book. And it was in the prime pimp position – last performance of the night. She’s in the finals for sure and she deserves it.

    Now will it be Kree or Angie? I think Angie has the votes of the Bieber crowd and that should put her in the finals unfortunately. Kree will be a huge country star regardless and she will be able to sign her own contract without the restraints of Idol which has worked for others in the past.

    See how much I can absorb during commercial breaks? Maybe Idol will smarten up and shorten these shows to an hour. Two hours is just too much commercials and filler. You can sing nine 2 minutes songs in an hour and probably get more viewers for it.

    Rumor has it this morning that all judges will be replaced next year as well as Nigel Lithgow. Sounds like a step in the right direction. I did really enjoy Keith Urban though and his thoughtful critiques. Next year could get very interesting and maybe bring me back as a viewer.

    Really enjoyed Million Dollar Listing New York last night. I really enjoy the real estate aspect of it; just not the realtors as much.

    Happy Thursday – it’s one of my top three days of the week! Rainy here in Huskerland, but warmer. 80s on Tuesday of next week. Heard on the radio this morning to not expect sweet corn for the 4th of July this year. It’s been too cold and the ground too wet to plant anything yet.

    • Cathy Connor says:

      Hi HuskerHuny , I check out of Idol after the auditions but have you tried The Voice ?? The judges are way better , very kind give a ton of encouragement nice ! Now in fairness the songs are kind of current but the talent is way better to me.
      No sweet corn oh nooo I love corn !!! Enjoy your Thursday hon

      • Cathy Connor says:

        Oh Oh big controversy over Shakiras choice to write down names and pull a peice of paper to eliminate someone I had it DVR ed and saw it online dang !!

      • HuskerHuny says:

        I have watched The Voice in the past and found it to be rather good. I really couldn’t stomach Christina and her outfits (or lack thereof) so I quit watching. CeeLo was also hard to watch. Did like me some Blake and Adam though.

        Last year, my pastor’s wife’s brother made it to the live performances, but lost out on the first round. He was the one from Alaska. I watched while he was on.

        Maybe I should put a note on my TV to remind me to tune in. Thanks for the reminder Cathy.

        • melthehound says:

          I’ve only made it through the battle rounds so far and I’m liking Shakira. Never saw her before the show. Far more than Christina and her 15 pounds of sausage stuffed in a 2 pound bag. C-Lo was just strange. Especially the way he ogled the women. Even I got creeped out by it and I’m a bit of a pig that way.

    • melthehound says:

      Well, HH, you have just written half of my recap for me 😉 I haven’t seen the show yet but Kree is still my pick.. Which guy do you feel should have been there at the end? I agree that the season is completely stacked for the women to win.. Interesting that you say they are completely shaking things up next season.. Please, PLEASE, tell me that Yo Dawg is gone too.. Pretty Please………..

      • HuskerHuny says:

        Mel – I’m sure your recap will be so much more on-point than mine. During the entire two hour show, I maybe only watched 10 minutes tops! I do tune in right at the end to hear the recaps though.

        As for the guys, I don’t think they cast a guy who could be in the top four and I think they did that on purpose. Without seeing any of the auditions (which they only show what they want us to see anyway), The Powers That Be really, really, REALLY wanted a girl winner this year and the judges put through a really weak set of guys to make sure that happened. I can’t believe that out of the thousands and thousands of auditions, this is the best that the guys had to offer!?! Especially after so many guys have won the in the past. I smell a set-up! That’s to say nothing against the three finalists this year though; all three ladies are deserving.

        Again, the judge shake-up is a rumor at this point, but I’ve seen quite a few sources on line saying the same thing. ALL JUDGES will be replaced and yes, that means Yo Dawg as well! Time will tell . . . auditions begin in a few months so we might know by then.

        Best case scenario – I think there should be an American Idol Jr. and an American Idol Sr. Those under 21 and those over 21. I think the voting would be much more even that way. In the end, they can put the winner of each age against each other and may the best dawg win! Just a suggestion . . .

        Awaiting your recap Mel to see if you agree!

        • melthehound says:

          Oh yes.. The judges said early on that this is the girl’s season to lose. I think it was dawg himself who said that. I like your over and under idea. Recap will be up sometime tomorrow morning 🙂

    • Powell says:

      I haven’t watched since Paula left. It’s seems to be so much more about the judges to me. I don’t know why they got Nikki. And poor cute Keith. He always looks shocked. I’m sure he goes home and says to Nicole It’s just crazy out there”.

  8. Catseye says:

    Great recap on Heather, BB! I read a comment elsewhere (and I completely agree), of someone wondering just exactly what Heather does all day? As she previously mentioned, she doesn’t cook, so I’m sure they have a housekeeper taking care of breakfast, lunch, dinner, housework, laundry, grocery shopping, etc As well as a gardening service for the grounds. Her older kids are in school all day M-F, she has a nanny to watch the baby, who even came along when she took her kids to the pumpkin patch, apparently so Heather could stand around and talk on the phone. The only thing that she seemed to have to do was some un-named charity work, that she can do at her leisure. I think she’s very inconsiderate of her husband’s work schedule (and I can’t stand Terry) to become so angry at his attempt to be funny/goofy around their kids and expect him to drop everything at a moment’s notice to accommodate her.

    • Rebecca says:

      LOL on BB’s comment that she can only handle one at a time. IMHO, anyone who VOLUNTARILY recaps these bitches’ blogs deserves a medal.

    • pat says:

      Very funny recap of Heather’s blog! I haven’t read the blogs yet, as I haven’t watched the episode yet. I think Terry’s constant jokes would bug me, mainly because he doesn’t seem to ever get it thru his thick skull that he’s pissing his wife off. He just won’t stop. Having said that, Heather hen-pecks the crap outta him. Her panties are constantly in her twat. I’m also starting to wonder if her instant aversion to Alexis had to do with feeling like she was looking in the mirror a bit. I’m just not convinced that Terry brings home the kind of bacon that can support the home they were living in, the maids & nannies, etc. Doesn’t add up.

      • Catseye says:

        I agree about their money situation. The property taxes alone on a house in that price range would be astronomical. I think part of their stress is financial.

        • pat says:

          Yeah, and she was clearly being fake about wanting to build a new home for the extra child’s bedroom. Riigghhtt. She’s just as fake as Alexis.

        • Powell says:

          I don’t know anything about Terry but maybe his family is wealthy & didn’t Heather kinda say she grew up in an affluent area? Besides her acting before maybe her family is wealthy. IDK. Just a thought.

      • Powell says:

        Pat maybe that’s why he does it cause he’s hen pecked.

        • pat says:

          Could be. But gotta wonder why he keeps poking the bear. She is wound up so tight, that cannot be fun to live with.

    • Powell says:

      ITA & I’m not a Terry fan either. From what we see Heather doesn’t treat her husband well sometimes.

  9. Stars99 says:

    Stands up and applauds BB for recapping OC’s blogs! Woo hoooOOOoo… Good job! Gives you a gold star and sends you some “Tums”… Does a lil happy dance; shimmy, shimmy to the left; shimmy shimmy to the right!

    • BB says:

      I humbly thank you, Queen of the Snark! I didn’t even try with the snarkiness because I knew it would pale in comparison. Backs out of the room bowing repeatedly . . . 😀

    • Lisa Renee says:

      I have to say I agree with you Stars. Great job NanaBB and thanks for taking the hit. Reading the blogs is my least favorite part. I totally agree one at a time is the way to go if it gets you through them. Loved the quote, I had never heard it. I put it on my notepad. That was really spot on, Lisa

  10. Rebecca says:

    Million Dollar Listing is back! Yeah!

    Love me some Fredrik, while my skin crawls when Ryan is onscreen. The pool gimmick was pathetic on Ryan’s part. I don’t care if production did set this up, he should have an iota of self-respect and for that of his broker to NOT portray himself as a total d-bag on national television. The jury is still out on Luis. He kind of seems ok, but let’s see if the Latin temper comes out.

    • chismosa says:

      Rebecca I’m totally with you. I love me some Frederik and thought I’d like Luis but I’m really not that sure yet. He seems a little grating.

      Ryan makes for good tv but he’s such an a$$hole. I love love his grey hair though
      So glad the Lorber kid is gone lol!
      😛box

  11. princesspindy says:

    Great job BB!!! I love the “removing belly buttons” line!!! A+

  12. princesspindy says:

    Last night I watched Million Dollar Listings and I swear I saw Jill Z in a background shot at Fredrick’s open house, lol!! I wasn’t watching it on the TV with the DVR so I couldn’t rewind…. I liked the show, it was entertaining. I think that Ryan is a pig when it comes to women IPPHO. I like the new guy Luis and of course I have always liked Freddy…..but this is “SO FAR”, we will see what the season holds and what happens. I love seeing the real estate of NY!!!

    So if any of you recorded it, look at the scene where Fredrick first realizes that Ryan is at his open house and behind him walks a red/orange head in a bright print shirt with glasses that I thought was Jillzy!!

    • BB says:

      I’m surprised she’s not tweeting about it. “Did you see my cameo role on MDL last night? What did you think?” Hahahahaha!

    • pat says:

      I wonder how JZ’s “free” book offer is working out for her. Ya know, she thought so long and hard about how she could give back. I am sure her fan was just blown away by her generosity. Problem is, Bobbie already has her book, and is probably paying a pretty penny for storage.

      • princesspindy says:

        Her “gift with purchase”, she is so sad…after watching all the other housewives she is looking almost tame in comparison. But she was the original one to hate!!

    • Powell says:

      A new guy. That’s right Michael was said to not be coming back. I’ll watch this weekend.

    • BB says:

      PP. I looked several times (paused the DVR) and I don’t think that’s her. And I think that was a broker’s open house, and she’s not a broker. Lastly, I think if she were on there, we would have heard about it from her. No way could she keep her trap shut about it.

      • BB says:

        I just looked again several time and got a really good look. It’s definitely not Jill. Same hair, but not the face.

        • chismosa says:

          You’re right BB — I checked a lot with my dvr– it’s NOT Jill.
          Dressed just like her though it was funny. She looked very young, I saw her face.

      • princesspindy says:

        Yes, we would have heard about it.

  13. BB says:

    Just got back from taking mom to get her nails done and get her hearing aid repaired. Tomorrow it’s the hairdresser. I told my husband I never realized how “high maintenance” my mom is. But she looks pretty smokin’ for an almost octogenarian. Lol!

    • Cathy Connor says:

      BB you are so wonderful for taking such lovely care of your Mom I know she feels better “taking care of her self” nails hair ect. She is so lucky to have you !!! Imagine so many of our elderly in this country are literally thrown in nursing homess and forgotten about so sad … You are a gem hon

      • BB says:

        I often think about the many elderly people who are left alone and forgotten when, in most cases, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s so sad how the elderly in this country are not respected and revered like they are in some other countries.

        • Cathy Connor says:

          Totally agree I volunteer at a nursing home near my house and the “old folks” just want to talk and have some company I wheel the ladies to there hair appts (salon in house) and fuss over them when they come out . I enjoy spending time with them they are really interesting and some are so sweet…Some crabby…Like everyone …

          • BB says:

            That’s a sweet thing that you do for them, Cathy. I used to go give mini concerts (singing) with a couple of other people every now and then. I haven’t done it for a while and miss it.

    • Powell says:

      No matter what age girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. 🙂 It’s hard being a girl. 🙂

    • AZGirl says:

      You are a fantastic daughter and beauty is hard work 🙂

    • LaineyLainey says:

      cool BB, i sure hope someone will take me to do hair and nails when I can no longer go myself.

  14. realhousewifeva says:

    I just read that Teresa is coming out with a line of prepared foods, olive oil and deserts that is going to be called Fabulicious Foods. When she was on Wendy Williams, Wendy said she should do a line of clothing and accessories for little girls with her daughters..she will probably do that next! There is some little girl from Toddler and Tiaras who came out with some line of girls accessories and it is now a million dollar business!
    I honestly think Teresa has an amazing team. Not many housewives have managed to build such an empire for themselves due to the show. She now has her cookbooks, hair care line, Fabellini wine, and prepared foods and desserts… so crazy. She should thank her lucky stars that Melissa and Kathy ever came onto the show.

    • BB says:

      There are many terms out there that could be used to describe Teresa, but Lazy is definitely not one of them.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        amen.

      • Powell says:

        Joe should be kissing her feet everyday. She’s getting them out of a financial hole and building something for the future. Does Joe even work/have a biz anylonger?

    • Lisa Renee says:

      IMO Tre is one of the least savvy HW’s. I too think what she did do successfully was surround herself with great people and actually listened to them. Her ventures outside of HW’s are too many to keep up with, but she is doing it all and hopefully making major bank. She is not someone I would say had a head for business, but she learned, maybe from CA, to put her ego in check and do as she was told by the people she hired. Last season she really bit her lip, clearly listening to advice on how to change her image. Much like the magical transformation of Camille. The best gift was her family & friends turning on her, some people like to see an underdog do good. Lisa

      • Powell says:

        And it seems she listens to her PR which we have seen many do not.

      • Rebecca says:

        “what she did do successfully was surround herself with great people and actually listened to them” makes her business savvy

  15. Lisa Renee says:

    Jeff, another great recap. Great question as to where all the rice & beans went that Andrea won. I didn’t think of that while I wondered if Erik would go splat falling off that tree, he is no Ozzie. Winning the family challenge seems to have has the same result as winning the car, bad mojo. I think Cochran opted out on purpose, he knows this game so well. I felt bad for Brenda but you are right, she got Meehan’d (love this). Yes, my DD also thinks my life began when she was born, very funny. I think Brenda jumped off also, she had to hold up 36 pounds soaking wet, while Dawn was doing well, no way I think she could have beat Brenda. Her TH sounded just like something Pinky would say, let’s see if it gets addressed at the reunion. Three hours is alot and if the reunion is hijacked by Pinky, Crazypants Hantz or Dawn’s contant crying it will hardly be worth discussing. When Cochran said we watched him go through puberty, his first kiss & then some, my theory that he finally got laid after his first season was confirmation to me. Thanks in advance for making a meh season more enjoyable. Let’s say it all together, no more retreads! Lisa

    • BB says:

      B’s interview was also posted on the Bravo blog page. It will be interesting to see if the comments there are as harsh as those at RT.

    • Powell says:

      Well BB from what we saw Jason told her many times that she was broken, would end up alone, etc. Who knows what he said when the camera was down. So I can see why should would feel like she was a bad person. We also saw he didn’t like therapy. I suppose the handwriting was on the wall and her hopes of a “family” took over her not taking a step back & saying the relationship wasn’t working. They just should have been co-parents that lived separately.

      • HuskerHuny says:

        As big of a Bethenny fan that I was/am, I’m quite taken aback about how much she is saying in the press. I wish she would just take the high road and say that anything in her marriage and now divorce is off the table – for now. But we all know how many times she said that when she filmed her shows, she wanted to show everything – warts and all. But now there is a small child involved and someday she is going to look back and read and/or watch this stuff and I can’t imagine how confusing that will be for her. I’m the last one to give advice on divorce in that I’ve never been directly involved in one, but I wish they would both keep their mouths shut and keep their issues out of the press for the sake of Bryn. If it were just the two of them, then I’d say go for it! Maybe this is therapeutic for her; she’s looking for the sympathy/pity vote. As it is now, Bryn is the one who gets my vote.

  16. Good Morning…or afternoon for some folks! Hope you are all well on this Thursday! I have not read the blog or comments yet because this was my weekly morning to go out early and get shopping/errands done. I will read everything shortly…but first, I have a question for you all…..

    The question is….do you find that customer service in your area/city/state has gone down the drain? And do you speak up when you are being treated less than appropriately in a store/rest./etc.? Or do you just chalk it up to the times and move on?

    I ask because…I am old enough to remember when customer service was important to a business. I got caught in a terrible situation this morning where I saw an employee treat a customer horribly…and when I spoke up, I was treated terribly. I could not believe it. I figure…I am spending my hard earned money at your establishment…which in turn pays YOUR salary…so I (and everyone else) should be treated with at the very least, courtesy. I got the manager’s phone number, etc. to lodge a complaint…but is it even worth it? Would YOU do that? Or would you just let it go?

    Interested in your opinions! Tell me like it is!! 😀

    Meanwhile, new post, “The Sometimes Necessary Journey Into Darkness”, + all the goodies, is up at my place. Enjoy!
    http://fromthedeskofmardrag.wordpress.com/

    • BB says:

      Yes, by all means lodge your complaint. The manager may not be aware their employee is treating the customers so horribly. If nothing else, it will make you feel better getting it off your chest.

    • ladebra says:

      I think it’s worth mentioning to the manager – for one thing if you treated badly the manager should know, in addition you witnessed another person being treated badly so twice the reason to speak up. And, if I was the manager I would want to know. I think actions/decisions have consequences. Good and bad.

      Flip side is, if I have a good experience, particularly if I feel someone went above and beyond, I will also contact the store/manager and let them know.

      • Thanks ladebra….I DO feel that way…but actually, other people were looking at me like I was crazy for speaking up for the woman who was treated badly. I couldn’t believe others would see it that way. Nice to know you see it the way I do.

        Also….I too speak up about good or above and beyond service. Just did that yesterday! They deserve to know that too!

        Thanks for your input!

      • Powell says:

        I had a great experience w/a customer service rep at Nordstrom. I was ordering clothes and the associate was so helpful checking to see if stores had what I wanted because the warehouse sold out. She mustave helped me for at least an hr and a half. I I asked r for her name and told her I would be writing a letter to Mr. Nordstrom & I did. I didn’t here back but I hope she was recognized.

    • BB says:

      Mardrag, I experienced something a little similar this morning. Sitting at my bedroom window, I could see/hear two twenty-something sons talking very disrespectfully to their mom. I wanted to yell out the window for them to show some respect, but in family situations, you never know. She might not care that they speak to her in that way and would probably tell me to mind my own beeswax. But I hate to witness people treating other people badly.

      • BB says:

        These are my next door neighbors

      • Thanks for your response BB! I am glad to know there are others who see this. About your neighbors…that IS a tricky one. Family dynamics are hard to get in the middle of. Unless they were putting her in some sort of danger…I think you did the right thing. But it is hard not to say anything!

        Thanks for your feedback!

        • BB says:

          Oh, they weren’t being abusive or anything like that, just disrespectful. Two spoiled brats in my opinion.

          • And spoiled by whom?!? A tough one, because I can’t help feel that kids get taught their manners by their parents…or not taught. Then it comes back to bite them!

            • BB says:

              Oh, def the parents. I guess I shouldn’t feel but so sorry for the mom. She’s probably reaping what she’s sewn.

      • Powell says:

        Yeah that is a sticky situation. If it became violent then that’s another story.

    • majnon says:

      MarDrag, I think you should mention it to the manager as well. If the manager is smart, he will realize that the customers are “the bosses”, we are the ones that pay his bills. We don’t show up, goodbye business.
      We tend to return to places that treat us right.
      A guy named Bob Farrell was a successful businessman ( and later motivational speaker) who knew the value of good customer service, started an ice cream parlor in Portland, OR and built it into a huge business.
      Hope it helps!

      • Farrell’s Ice Cream!! Is that the one you are talking about? Used to love it!

        Thank you for your response….I am usually one to speak up…but I thought I was in the Twilight Zone this morning with everyone around me looking at me like I had 2 heads! I appreciate your feedback!

        • pat says:

          Omg Farrell’s!!! We had one in Seattle. Many childhood bday parties spent there in the 70s. Remember the Zoo? Good times. 🙂

          • Yes!!! Loved that place. I lived in Portland, OR for 4 years and we went there a lot. The Zoo……Yikes!! 😛 So much fun!

          • JumpTheShark says:

            My first boyfriend was a server at Ferrell’s; I only dated him for a couple of months but he was a great kisser! He was a “pro” at it ’cause for “sweet 16 parties” a server would always give the gal a peck on the cheek. Good times, indeed.

            • pat says:

              Wow, a great kisser, AND he could probably hook you up with Farrells ice cream. That’s a sweet first boyfriend. 🙂

    • princesspindy says:

      I think from my story yesterday about the contractor that you know I would call….and if you want to give me the #, I’ll call the manager, lol!!!
      One of my favorite things to do in a store is wait a beat to see if the cashier will say “thank you”, they rarely do….so then when it is obvious that they are not going to, I say loudly and sweetly “Thank you so much!”….see I get a kick out of it, because it is so ironic to me that I am thanking them for doing their job, instead of them thanking me for allowing them to have a job by shopping in their store. They think I’m being nice, but in my mind I am thinking what an idiot they are, it’s a win, win, lol!
      I think it is the attitude that is so prevalent that every job sucks and is so beneath them….I mean they have 300 twitter followers so why should they be a cashier or a clerk or w/e???
      The work ethnic is not there!!!

      • LOL PP…you make me laugh! I did see your story about the contractor….good for you! The thing is…I am much like you, and speak up to these things…but like I said above to majnon…people were looking at me like I had 2 heads and I started to think…am I the one who is crazy?? So nice to know I am not! I knew if I came here with my question I would get the best answers from you all!

        LOL about the Twitter followers…so true! And the work ethic is just so far down the rabbit hole I do not know how it will ever get back! 😯

        Thanks for your feedback!!

        • Catseye says:

          One thing I always do is give a YELP review, either good or bad on businesses and services that I use. I always check the reviews too and usually choose places that have good feedback. I don’t know if it makes a difference though. I gave a bad review about a snotty salesclerk (young girl) who works at my favorite craft store, and she’s still there.

          • Thanks Catseye! I think reviews are good to do…I check them when I am considering a service or establishment…and if there are too many bad reviews, I won’t use them. Sorry about your fav craft store! Some business owners just don’t care either!

          • chismosa says:

            Catseye I am always on yelp. Once after a bad restaurant experience I went on as 5 different people to put in bad reviews. Haha. It was a REALLY bad experience

            And I check my family’s business (not a testaurant)on yelp and we’re shockingly so pleased with nonstop wonderful reviews.
            Whoo

        • shamrockblonde says:

          too many times people witness something that is not right and say nothing – and that starts with the simple and escalates to the epic – you did the exactly the right thing speaking up and you must call the store manager and lodge a formal complaint – you never know – maybe one of those people who were looking at you strangely were thinking of a time that they should have stood up and said something and didn’t – your actions may be even more far reaching than you know – your example might help someone else stand up and defend someone and so on and so on – *hugs mardrag really hard*

          • Thanks shamrock! *Hugs Back*!

            Well, I just got off the phone talking to an Asst. Mgr. I gave my complaint and he seemed receptive and promised to investigate and do something about it. This person who was so awful this morning has a bad attitude and I have seen her like that before…tho not as bad as today. She is in a supervisor position and thinks she is high and mighty because of it. The Asst. Mgr. said he would speak to her about her attitude…so I can only hope he does. Perhaps this incident today will have an impact and I am glad I spoke up for the other customer and with the complaint. I feel better now!

            And….thanks to all of you I do not feel like I am the “odd man out” because I speak up when I see fit. Soooo many people these days just look a way. I am one who can’t. I am so glad to know I am in good company with you all here!! THANK YOU!!!! And Bless You!

            • Kansas Girl says:

              I’m glad you spoke up! I was just going to add to the list urging you to do that.

              My latest “speak up” efforts have been doctor and dentist offices. I report on how their messaging system works, how easy/hard it is to make an appointment, how nice the front office is to deal with. They’ve thanked me many times over, as behavior is always perfect when the boss is around and they have no idea what goes on when they’re not listening or watching.

              I also once had an argument with a roofer who did not do what he said he would. Yelling, front yard, neighbors came over to stand with me. I reassured him I know many, many people and not only would I never recommend him, i would anit-recommend him, telling everyone to not use his services. I haven’t destroyed his business yet (he’s part of the good-old-old-boy system) but I’ve for sure cost him lots of customers and will continue to do so!

              • Thanks for your feedback KG.Keep doing what you are doing…maybe it all helps in some way. it is big hurdle these days in the business world! Hugs to you!

              • Powell says:

                KG who do you complain to re:doctor’s office when they are independent docs, work for themselves? My primary care doc is gives great & thorough care but her office staff suck. My mom has the same doc & often has her appts 1st thing. When they are suppose to open at 9am they get there at 8:55. There machine says they open at 9 but they don’t answer the phone, many times the doc is late & most of the time if you go later you don’t see the doc until 1- 1 1/2 hrs after your scheduled appt. I did straighten my doc out once when I told her I.needed to discuss a couple more things & she told me she didn’t have time, I needed to make another appt. I told her I already had to take off for this appt so I need to take off for another appt? She felt bad about that and asked what my other questions were. It only took her A few minutes. I think her staff just learn from the boss. If the boss doesn’t care about time, why should we.

                • I can’t believe your doctor told you she had no time to answer your questions!! What does she think you are doing there and what she is there for?!? That is astonishing, really. I hope you set her straight, cuz that is just wrong in so many way for a doctor! (Hope you are ok hon!)

    • realhousewifeva says:

      I would speak up.
      Who am I kidding, with my big mouth, I always speak up when I see that behavior. When I worked at a spa/ fitness center, the owner always told us that when we walked in the doors to pretend there was a huge invisible trash can in front of us and throw all our problems in there for our shift. We were to be `on` at all times, or there were consequences for it. I think if you work in the customer service industry, that is the attitude you need to take on.

      • Powell says:

        IDK everyone. Manners come naturally to me. I was taught well. I say “Yes please” & “Thank you” all the time. IDK what happened to the art of having manners.

    • Powell says:

      Customer service matters. Write your letter to the President of the company. Say just what you witnessed and what was said to you. Also write how long you’ve been a customer. I’ve done it in the past. As a matter of fact I will be writing one to FedEx. I don’t know if this happens in any of your areas but for the last yr FedEx and UPS no longer ring the bell or knock when they have deliveries. I’ve been letting it slide but yesterday was the last straw. I had a package delivered by FedEx. I received email confirmation. When I got home I asked my mom & she said no one rang the bell. I looked and it was behind the bushes. It poured down raining most of the day. The box was soaked. I will be writing a letter.

      • Catseye says:

        Oh letters are REALLY effective! I’ve also found, that writing in your own personal handwriting makes the letter stand out more and people seem apt to read something handwritten. Probably because it’s so rare to get a letter like that.

      • I believe in letters too Powell & Catseye…have done that and gotten some satisfaction from it. My DD is fighting with FedEx now over an issue too. A package she ordered was damaged so she reordered it…and it came damaged a second time. It was a heavy pkg and she had it delivered to my house so I could receive it. The FedEx driver rang the bell and asked me, nastily, if I was going to help her bring it in. Excuse Me?!? That is HER job and it was too heavy for me. She had a dolly to bring it in with. When I told her no, it was her job, she went out to the van and called her mgr. to complain…ABOUT ME! I happened to walk out to see where she was and I heard her on the phone. Could.Not.Believe.It!! I told her I heard her and she did not care. You can bet I wrote letters and made calls about THAT one. Still…no one got back to me about any resolution, so I do not think they really care.

        FYI – FedEx and UPS NEVER ring the bell any more. One guy told me they are not supposed to anymore because they have time constraints and aren’t supposed to bring pkgs inside anymore. *Throwing my hands up* It is a different world out there!! 😦

        • Powell says:

          I can’t believe the FedEx lady asked were you going to help her & then coped an attitude. If she couldn’t do it she should have said so at shipping. Idiot. And UPS & FedEx can’t ring a doorbell? How long does that take? My box was destroyed & the retailer wants you to return purchases in the original box. What was I suppose to do if I needed to return it? It’s just shameful.

          • Awwww geez…sorry about that for you Powell! It is so frustrating because we are spending our money and not being treated with any kind of respect. I just don’t get it!

            The saga for me actually continued this aft. because the check out gal did not give me one of my bags with a bunch of items in it. About $60 worth! I had to back to the store to “customer svc” and they gave me the run around. The supervisor I complained about this AM was there…LOL…so I told them I already shopped for this stuff this morning so now YOU go get the replacement items for me. I stood there until they got back with them. One of the young gals was not happy…but then she should not be working in customer svc.

            What a day!! 😯

            Sorry if I hijacked the board with this today!! BUT….it is good to have the support and commiserating! LOVE YOU ALL MORE THAN I CAN SAY!! *Blows kisses and Warms Hugs!!*

      • Just Wondering in Jersey says:

        Powell I’ve had similar problems with deliveries being left without a bell ring. Heck, if my car is in the drive I am home! I had a mailman leave a package right where the door opens, I stepped out and nearly fell down the steps because of the package. Of course I spoke with him about it and he started putting packages on the opposite side of the opening, mosting still with no bell ring, sigh. UPS however always rings my bell (and he’s a cutie besides -eyebrow lift and a wink.)

  17. shamrockblonde says:

    thanks for the great recaps Jeff and BB!!!! – Jeff – I have been rooting for either Brenda or Cochran to win, and watching Brenda hug her Dad made me cry – it’s funny – any time I see a child – any age child – hug their Dad I find myself thinking, hug him really hard, you have no idea how lucky you are – seeing that absolute joy in both of them made me very grateful to have had the Dad that I did – I was not surprised at all that she gave up the reward – partly in her nature, but she was also hoping that her act would garner good vibrations too – but as she said – it is a double edged sword – there was the good side of it, and at tribal, she felt the bad side of it – she was voted out because of the threat she posed – oddly – that is a compliment – so many others were voted out just because they were unbearable!! – as much as I did not want to see Brenda go, I still want Cochran to win – Sherri is floating along, Dawn will eventually cry enough tears to flood the place if she isn’t gone soon, Eddie may be a dark horse, but I don’t see him winning too many more challenges, as I see puzzles coming up soon, and Erik – while I like him – think he kind of looks a bit like George Harrison back in the day – I don’t see him winning any physical challenges – so for now – Cochran for the win – despite being a bit disappointed that he engineered Brenda’s ouster – it could have waited one more tribal –

    BB – the lighting in Zov’s must be pretty bad – either that or Heather looked absolutely horrid while in the restaurant – bet when she sees herself she blames Terry – maybe she needs some onion rings…..I don’t envy you doing Gretchen’s blog, I can’t even stand watching her – but I thank you oh so very much!

    *hugs entire board really hard*

    • Powell says:

      Hug you back shamrock. 🙂

    • melthehound says:

      🙂

      I don’t think Eddie has ever won a challenge. He’s never found an idol either. He’s the ultimate floater in this game right now. Sherri, at least, tried to take charge and control people (Shamar) and use them to her game benefit. Since he left however, she’s been riding coattails as well. Brenda should have just hung on to that rope for a few minutes longer..

    • princesspindy says:

      Shamrock, I agree about the Dad thing. It brought tears to my eyes. I miss my Dad every day…..

  18. pat says:

    http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/05/kim-zolciak-kroy-biermann-cheating-accusation/

    When the NFL retires Kroy and he is no longer able to show her the money, he will be introduced to the wigged out, venal ho he married and popped out kids with. I don’t blame his gf for being concerned to learn he was sleeping with her at the same time as Kim. That’s just nasty.

    • Powell says:

      Ewwww.

    • T-Rex says:

      Yep, KimzAGoldDigga saw Kroy and his buddies at a bar, she was out searching for her new “meal ticket” and Kroy took the bait, I know that she has said they had sex the first night they met, and KimzAGoldDigga is a PRO(in more than one way, allegedly) and probably did things to him he never even heard of. Heard that she pursued him in the beginning and well c’mon he is a country bumpkin who again never had someone wanting to do various things that no other women were doing with him, and then whoopsie she conveniently gets pregnant. I believe he was cheating on his girlfriend with KimzAGoldDigga before they were official, which was when she found out she was pregnant

      • Powell says:

        T-Rex how do you come up with these names? LOL 😉

      • pat says:

        T-Rex, I was really scratching my head at first, as to what Kroy was doing with Kim. He seemed like such a genuinely good guy. He’s not all that, turns out. Kim is spending his $ like water so it doesn’t bode well for him. Kim can of course go back to hooking, but she’s getting older, so….

      • chismosa says:

        T-Rex interesting !!!! Thanks for this info !
        What TRASH

        She’ll get what’s coming to her. I can’t wait

  19. Powell says:

    No court until May 15th in the JodiArias trial. No explaination was given.

    • Nancy says:

      Jodi is STILL running the show.

    • realhousewifeva says:

      She probably lost her mind (even more than before) I mean, saying you want death right after the verdict is read seems like it would make it hard for your attorneys to fight for you to live, right?

      • Nancy says:

        I bet they told the Judge that they can no longer represent her. Also Jodi could
        have done the same thing. I’m sure someone is going to order a psych consult after
        she did that TV interview stating she wanted to die. A true borderline/sociopath.

    • BB says:

      As long as she was found guilty of 1st degree murder, I don’t care if she gets life or death.

    • kit9 says:

      One thing I wanted to mention about her infamous interview. One bit that I saw online that hasn’t gotten any play on HLN…..she’s asked if she made eye contact with Travis’ family in the courtroom and she said she avoided looking at them because his family looks like him and she didn’t want to be staring at the face of her abuser.

  20. realhousewifeva says:

    Lucky for HLN, the George Zimmerman trial starts next month, so they can continue to rehash a new case over, and over and over….

    • BB says:

      Ugh. Back to FL.

      • Powell says:

        Yep.

        • and to top it all off..THAT ASSHAT JOHN GOODMAN WAS GRANTED A NEW TRIAL LAST WEEK… broke my heart… I was in tears…thanks to asshat juror and his antics…..
          Roy Black is just all kinds of happy happy…$$$$$$$ all about the BENJAMINS…makes me sick….
          working tonite covering a shift….busy as a beaver building a dam….DAMN…. made the owner go buy me a mop so I can properly clean the floors in the lobby tonite…unbelieveable how lazy everyone here has gotten the past few eeks…good thing I am not the boss..they would all be in the unemployment line…wth is wrong with people… smh
          off to go grab a smoke….lol

          hugs and peace
          diva

      • ladebra says:

        Not just FL, but probably Orlando. I’m guessing since Sanford is just a small town north of Orlando.

    • Orson says:

      Okay, you’re 4 years oldish. What’s more important? Twin siblings that aren’t going to even be there for a couple of months or that cake sitting on the table NOW right in front of you?

  21. AZGirl says:

    Thank you BB and MTH for the recaps!
    Home from work! Hope everyone had a great day. Mr. AZGirl, First Born and 2 nephews left this afternoon for their annual backpacking trip into the Grand Canyon. Second Born could not go due to work. He is busy opening the new restaurant at the Twin Arrows Casino and Resort. They will stay in Flagstaff tonight and hit South Kaibab trailhead early Friday morning.
    So……they don’t get back until Sunday afternoon and First Born went out last night and got flowers and a card for Mother’s Day. He is such a great young man.

    I have the weekend to myself and a list of things to accomplish. Yard work and need to clean out some closets. Workouts.

    Just saw that the sentencing was delayed until May 15th. I wonder the Jodi fired her attorneys? I guess she was screaming at them in the holding cell shortly after she left the courtroom.
    I am going to try and catch up this weekend on some of the OC and I missed MDL NY.

    Check in later because….I rule the house and the tv controls for the next 3 days. 🙂

    • Orson says:

      After the interview she gave yesterday afternoon after she was found guilty, the defense team was probably concerned about her sanity.

  22. AZGirl says:

    Everyone must be at dinner?

    • *Here…Hi AZGirl 🙂

    • BB says:

      I just got back from dinner (Outback) because my youngest just came in from out of town. I hope you enjoy your solidtudinal weekend! I enjoy them from time to time.

    • AZGirl says:

      Ok..BB and Ice are accounted for. Mr. AZGirl called. They went to Diablo Burger for dinner which is really EXPENSIVE and only takes cash…nephews paid for themselves (supposedly) I am just like “can this Canyon hike get any more expensive?”

  23. Powell says:

    Awww. NBC cancelled Up All Night. I love that show. Christina Applegate cannot get a break.

    • Rebecca says:

      She quit the show months ago.

    • chismosa says:

      Every single star on that show has left
      It’s very NBC to cancel.

      Will Arnett needs something worthy if his talents! I love him

  24. Powell says:

    Naughty but nice Rob is reporting that Bravo has told the NY ladies to sign their contracts or the show is cancelled. The ladies have banded together to get more money. If you can.believe Rob. We all know he does shotty investigating.

  25. Powell says:

    Deception was also cancelled. That was a great drama. It was like “Who killed,Laura Palmer”. These networks cancel all the good shows.

  26. Powell says:

    This girl is a joke. JodiArias has a new Twitter acct. JodiArias4real. Pitiful.

  27. HuskerHuny says:

    Kree and Candice in the American Idol final. Wow – I might watch the entire show on Tuesday. Really thought Kree was out. May the best woman win!

  28. Donna says:

    Today was interesting, although I rarely comment I do read the comments on subjects I am interested in.

  29. OMG – I just had to come here and share this….it’s so terribly bad, but funny at the same time…I’m sure I’m going to hell….

    Anyway…hubby came in while I was looking at a picture my daughter sent me of Jocelyn Wildenstein. Hubby looked at the photo and said, “Isn’t that the woman from that housewives show in Beverly Hill?”

    I almost died laughing!

  30. chismosa says:

    Oh my god Sheree is going to be on WWH on Sunday! Why? That is hysterical.
    I am definitely watching that!

  31. lillybee says:

    I have to say , I loved last night’s episode of Nashville.

    • Jill...no not THAT Jill says:

      I haven’t seen it yet-hoping to watch today…I love that damn Deacon!!!!

  32. TexasTart says:

    LOL @ BB!!! “Next up:  Gretchen Rossi.  I can only handle one at a time, people.” 😆

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