Third Sunday of Advent: Youth

A Christmas Carol

Third Sunday Meditation for Youth

By Linda Martindale

One of the Christmas stories I love is called simply A Christmas Carol. Written by Charles Dickens in Victorian England, it tells the story of a man named Ebenezer Scrooge who didn’t believe in Christmas.  In fact, he was so mean that he made people work at Christmas.  That is until the year that he was visited by his dead business partner, Jacob Marley. 

Marley had been just like Scrooge – money before the true meaning of Christmas.  Now, he wore chains. His message to Scrooge was simply this.  You will be visited by three ghosts tonight and if you don’t change you will suffer my fate.  The fate was to be chained for life to the misery of the world.

Now Scrooge didn’t believe, at least not a first.  Then he was awakened by the first of the three ghosts.    The First, Christmas Past, showed him scenes from his childhood and youth.  It was joyous.  He celebrated.  He had friends and family that he didn’t treat shabbily.  The next ghost, that of Christmas Present, showed him what his actions had done and what kind of lives his employee, Bob Cratchitt, and Bob’s family had.  He saw his clerk’s family barely getting by and their very sick son, Tiny Tim.  He saw his nephew and wife celebrating with their friends.  His nephew‘s wife even told all that she had known Scrooge wouldn’t come.  The final Ghost was of Christmas Future.  Scrooge had died.  No one came to pay their respects except his nephew and his family.  He saw his employee’s Christmas but there was no Tiny Tim.  When he asked about Tiny Tim, the Ghost of Christmas Future, who didn’t speak, just shook his head.

Ebenezer woke up from the dream and found out that it was Christmas morning.  He went down and started spreading the Christmas spirit that Christ would want him to spread.  He woke up the butcher and order a nice fat goose for his employee, Bob Cratchit.  He went back and dressed up and set out for his nephew’s house.  He went in as a grump but suddenly, the true Christmas spirit shown and  he gave gifts to all in attendance.  The book tells us that he surprised everyone with his Christmas spirit.  We also learn that Ebenezer never forgot and always kept Christmas in his heart.  And little Tiny Tim, well Scrooge help Bob Cratchit take care of the boy and watched him as he grew up.

This year seems to have made Christmas extremely different for us.  Some of my friends consider it a Scrooge year (or better yet the Grinch year).  So maybe we should adopt a more positive attitude than Ebenezer Scrooge.  Maybe we should look for the good in this year.  Let’s try this.

For our Ghost of Christmas Past – remember the good things and fun stuff you have done in the past.

For our Ghost of Christmas Present – think of the good and not the bad.  Sure, we may not be with our friends, but don’t turn into a Scrooge.  Share smiles, phone calls or socially distanced season visits. 

And for our Ghosts of Christmas Future – let’s look at how next year we can celebrate with love and joy.  We will, hopefully, be back together with no sign of a virus and can celebrate with parties, music and song.  But most important of all, we need to adopt the true meaning of Christmas just like Scrooge.  Here is my take:  Jesus came to give us joy.  Look for the good in every situation and for the best.  With this, maybe, just maybe the season will seem a little brighter.

Third Sunday of Advent — Children

Shepherds Came

By Linda Martindale

Luke 2: 8-20

Imagine yourself outside.  There are no car noises, no televisions, no sirens.  All you can hear are birds.  There are no city lights.  All that can be seen are the stars.  The Milky Way looks like a path across the sky but something seems off.

That is what happened to the shepherds.  They were in a field outside of Bethlehem with their sheep.  It was quiet.  They could not hear anything that might attack the sheep.  The sky was bright with no clouds to see and the stars – the stars kept getting brighter. 

All of a sudden one seemed to fall to earth.  As it came nearer, the shepherds became afraid.  What would they do?  Would this star kill them?  Wasn’t it taught in the synagogue (church) to beware of things falling from the sky. 

Suddenly, out of the light from that star, an angel appeared.  Now they knew they should be afraid.  Angels appeared to important people like Jacob and Elijah.  They didn’t appear to common shepherds in the fields.  Then the angel spoke:

“Do not be afraid.”  The angel then told them: “I am here to tell you some good news from God.  It will bring you great joy and is meant for you and all people.  Today in the city of David, Bethlehem, a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord has been born.  And you are to go and find him.  This will be a sign to let you know that you have found Him.  He will be wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Now if this hadn’t startled the shepherds enough, suddenly more angels appeared.  And they were praising God saying:  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill to all men.”

The angels disappeared as suddenly as they came.  The shepherds look at each other.  They knew their flock would be alright if they left.  God would protect their sheep.  They agreed that they HAD to go to Bethlehem and see this thing that the angels had told them.

They ran straight to Bethlehem where they found Mary, Joseph and the Baby who was lying in the manger as the angel said.  They were amazed but knew that they needed to praise this Child and tell all they saw about the Child.  As they spread the news, all were amazed but Mary treasured the memory in her heart from that day forward.

Now who would think that God would tell common shepherds after He told all in heaven?  Why didn’t God tell the Kings.  That is no mystery.  Jesus is the Savior of everyone.  It is right that God told the common man first because they were the Ones in need of knowing that the Savior who brought the love of God had come.  They were the one in need of hope which this world has always needed.

As you walk outside during Christmas, it probably won’t be as quiet as the world the shepherds live in.  Yet, listen carefully.  Can you hear the angels’ song?  I think you can if you listen carefully.  

Second Sunday of Advent — Youth

The one for today is taken from A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle’s) adult fiction.  I had the pleasure of meeting her and she was a wonderful woman.  Let me know what you think.

First Coming
Madeleine L’Engle

He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine.

He did not wait till hearts were pure.
In joy he came to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

Children’s Meditation — Second Sunday of Advent

The Trip to Bethlehem

Linda Martindale

Mary and Joseph were to be married but Mary was pregnant with God’s son.  Joseph could have walked away from the marriage but he didn’t.  He was engaged to Mary which meant in those days that they were already married.  What Mary and Joseph didn’t expect was that the government was going to ask them to do something.  The ruler of Rome, Caesar Augustus decided that he needed to know just how many people lived in Israel.  He sent out a message that said that everyone needed to go to their parents’ family home town.  They couldn’t go to their hometown counting office where they lived.  For Mary and Joseph this meant they had to go to the birthplace of King David.  They both belonged to his family tree although it was in the long-distanced past.  This meant they had to go to Bethlehem.

What were they to do?  It was a long trip because they didn’t have cars.  The wealthy people rode camels and travelled by caravan on donkeys.  They were part of a big crowd of people who could have every opportunity.  Joseph and Mary were poor so they had to figure out a way to go by themselves.

So Joseph went out and found a donkey and brought it home to Mary.  Together they packed up and placed on the donkey enough food and clothing for the long journey.  Since Joseph could only find one donkey, he had Mary ride it as she was going to have her baby very soon.  He walked the long distance on foot with them stopping to sleep and eat.

When they arrived in Bethlehem, their home place, there was no room available anywhere.  Each inn they stopped at sent them away.  Finally they got to one innkeeper.  Now don’t be mad at the guy.  He gave Mary and Joseph a place to stay.  It was in a stable which was really a cave.  There was straw and the animals were more than pleased to share their space with them. 

That night a wonderful thing happened.  Jesus came into the world.  He was special.  The cows and lambs were quiet or softly singing in sheep and cattle song,.  But nothing bothered the family.  They were together in a warm safe place.  They knew that God would take care of them and His Son.

An Meditation for the First Sunday of Advent Sunday

Written for youth and children:

By Linda Martindale

I’m going to be writing a set of meditations for the holidays for the children and youth.  Today’s is meant for both groups because we are facing a very unique holiday season.

COVID this year has changed the way we think of Christmas.  In fact, I’ve started calling it the Grinch.  We probably won’t be able to have our annual Christmas party at the Church.  It’s going to be hard for you to actually sit on Santa’s knee this year.  You will see more masks (and not the Halloween type) when you are out in stores.  And all our Christmas traditions will be slightly different. 

But wait!  It’s a chance for us to remember the true meaning of Christmas.  Sometimes we get so lost in the presents and the visits that we don’t stop and think.  Sometimes, in our rushing around, we forget that Christmas is really something entirely different.

Jesus was not born in a hospital, castle or a big house.  He was not even born in his  home town!  Let’s really think about this.

Mary and Joseph were both poor.  They lived in Nazareth which wasn’t considered the best of towns.

Mary and Joseph had to travel while Mary was pregnant.  They could only afford to take one donkey.  It wasn’t to a family party.  It was to a large gathering of people with the same family so the Romans would know how many people lived in a region.  It was called a census and we have these today.

Mary and Joseph didn’t have a place to stay when they arrived in Bethlehem.  The innkeeper took pity on them and let them stay in his barn.  And it wasn’t actually a barn but a cave.  Their only companions were the animals.

Mary had her baby with only Joseph to help her.  She didn’t know what to do but trusted that God would help as she was having God’s Son. 

But you know with all this something wonderful happened.  Legend tells us that the animals bowed down and worshipped the newborn Baby.  Angels appeared to shepherds in the fields and told them where to find the Child.  They went and worshipped Him.  And a star, a magnificent star, appeared in the sky and would start the journey for three wise men who would follow it until they found Jesus.

So, Christmas really started out simple but gave us so much more.  We will adapt as we always do and find new ways to celebrate.  And as we do, we need to remember that the story of Christmas isn’t about having fun but the tiny Child who came into the world in such a quiet way but made such a difference.  For without Jesus, we wouldn’t have a reason to celebrate.

Big Brother #22 — 10/15/2020 — Nicole Didn’t Reign Supreme

Good evening all and welcome to Big Brother #22.  Well, we’re down to the final five (yes!).  The only problem is:  Who will leave the house tonight.  During Wednesday evening, they kept flipping their thoughts and when I checked Twitter after 5:00, the system had crashed.  So, I’m not sure where they decided to place the vote tonight.

PRE-VOTE

After another retell of the “Wise Guys” and the same old repetitive, boring themes, we get a recap of the week.  Since it’s boring – er – been told before, I won’t waste the space again.  Since Enzo and Cody played “waffle ball” last night with who to go, I just want to get to Tyler’s arrival at Jury House and forget about these clowns.  Wait a minute!  Kaysar is surprising these house guests.  It may be good after all. 

Julie welcomes all and tells us that the “Root” alliance controls the vote.  If you don’t know, that’s Enzo and Cody.  Julie asks which “wise guy” is the wiser and I’m thinking:  wise guy, Julie, don’t you mean “clueless.”  Christmas promises to do the dirty work for Nicole.  Memphis feel confident that they’ll keep him around.  Enzo is happy that Nicole didn’t use the PoV. 

Oh, and they’re eating — again.  Girls sharing ideas.  Later, Cody and Memphis playing pool.  Memphis of course squeals to Cody that Christmas planned to back door him.  I guess that Memphis hasn’t learned yet that talking like that shows what you would do.  Of course, since you did it too, Memphis, Cody knows all about it.  Memphis then tries to play Enzo and get that vote.  (Can I take a nap now?)  So who is the more gullible and liable to give Memphis a vote?  Well, we’ll have to put up with more filler to find out.

Jury House

Tonight, Tyler joins the jury.  Dani thinks it will be Tyler and he joins the group.  Dani calls jury the ‘grave yard of hopes and dreams.’  Tyler tells them he’s ready to share.  He has a video which all watch.  They’re surprised at Tyler’s time at the PoV.  Tyler tells them about his final deals.  Dani is analyzing it and I think she is disgusted.  Kevin says that he’s changing his view of who is running the house and it’s Cody.  Da’Vonne sees Enzo playing strategic.  Da’Vonne asked Tyler about the “Black Lives Matter” issue.  She asks was it strategic.  He says it wasn’t strategic.  He was upset about them being up and saw it as being sold out (I guess by the others).  Da’Vonne and Tyler make peace with a hug.  Da’Vonne is happy that Tyler was sincere and that makes her sure of where his heart was.  They’re both happy that it has worked out between them.  He’s hoping for a great friendship.   By the way, their view is beautiful.

The Jury House gets a message which Dani finds in the back yard.  They have a video of their “lives.”  Kevin gets a message from his husband.  David gets a message from his puppy (and dad).  Ian gets a message from Mary Ellen.  Da’Vonne gets to see her daughter who tells her that she misses her.  She immediately breaks down in tears.  Dani offers comfort.  Tyler is next with a video from Angela.  He breaks down and she sends love and encouragement.  Finally, Dani gets to see Dom and her daughter (and dogs).  The little girl is talking and telling Dani they miss her.   Dani cries also.  (Wonder if this means the BB house won’t see theirs???)

Elimination

Well, no Kaysar yet but he’ll be involved in the HoH.  Julie goes to the house and talks to the nominees.   Christmas gives the usual.  Memphis asks to be kept around (and joked so he could restart Cody).  The voting starts with Cody first.  By a vote of two to zero, Memphis is toast (I mean gone from the house).  Memphis last words in the house were:  “Good luck!  You’re going to need it.” 

He joins Julie on stage where she asks him if he was blindsided and he admits he was.  Memphis tells Julie that he came in this time meaning to win.  He feels that they cut him because they didn’t see him as an asset.  Julie asks if he made the right decision for his game.  He thinks he should have made it to final three.  It’s a game, Memphis tells us, but he feels blindsided.  He kept true to the alliances to the end.  Memphis said he wouldn’t take Christmas to the end but Cody for he felt he would beat him.  His good-bye messages from Christmas was that she loved playing with him.  Nicole’s speech is general so no big reveal.  Enzo said it would have helped his game but others wanted him gone.  Cody tells him that he found out about the two Wise Guys group and had been working with Enzo since day one. Memphis tells Julie he had a game plan that he wanted to stick to but in the end it didn’t work out for him.  (By the way, if anyone wants to start an alliance, now may be the time.  They mentioned that the show would have ANOTHER season to bore us to tears!)

HoH Competition

Kaysar is helping in some way with the HoH competition.  This may be interesting so here we go.  This week’s HoH starts in the living room.  All are told to gather and Julie congratulates them.  She tells them that a former All-Star has news.  He’s outside at a chess board.  Kaysar announces a game they played during his season. It’s called “Knight Moves.”  They will be on the chess board.  Winners will play in the next HoH also.  Cody looks scared.  They’re told the competition will begin shortly (hopefully after they go to bed!). Hmm! Maybe this is why they only got a backgammon board. He! He!

Big Brother #22 — Will Nicole Be the Queen of All — 10/14/2020

Big Brother #22 All Stars is down to five.  And these five are among the most boring house guests I’ve ever seen.  I actually hope Christmas makes it through this week to bring a little action to the house next week.  Otherwise, the final four will drive us all to sleep in no time.    The one thing that will liven this episode up is that it is “BB Comics Night.”

Okay, as to feeds, it echoes what I’ve seen so far in the house.  Nothing much is happening except that Memphis and Christmas are still on the block and both are saying they’re going to cause trouble if they go to jury.  Who cares?  I honestly wish the cameras were in the jury house and not here.  There has to be more action in the Big Brother Jury House than in the Big Brother house.  At least the conversations would be better with no one talking about how good they are.  Oh well, it’s on with the show.

Opening Recap and Pre-PoV

Show of hands! How many of us have seen this rehash before?  Oh, that’s right, at least once a show for what three weeks.  Oh well, it’s boring.   And did we really need to see all the celebrations after Nicole won the HoH.  (Does Nicole always look like she’s about to cry?)  Oh great, we get Memphis in all of his arrogant glory tonight.  While Nicole reassures Christmas, we all know that things change in an instance  with this crew. 

Later in the HoH room, Nicole and Enzo are watching Memphis exercise and laughing.  And even after making fun of Memphis, they call him the head of the snake.  Later Memphis talks to Cody about what’s going on and Cody is telling him one lie after the other.  Cody is ‘not going to put his neck out for” Memphis.  And that from someone in a final two agreement with all left in the house!  Oh more filler.  Enzo trying to use a teapot to make tea (can I take a nap, please).  Christmas is also so clueless that she is trying to figure out a way to keep a “Wise Guy” alliance together.  Is Christmas still trying for a girl final two.   Nicole and Enzo are laughing at Christmas (and they gave them a sharp knife!)

Whoops missed Cody’s talk watching baby pandas on a slide.  Did I miss anything.  Sounds like they’re sharing “pity me” stories.  Everyone has one guys and we’re not playing for $500,000.  Oh well, to each their own.  Christmas wants it for her child.  Cody wants it for his life with his future wife.  If the gang isn’t up in the HoH room, Nicole seems to spend her time in bed (at least it is alone this year).  Nicole has decided to “use” Christmas to get to the finals.  Ah, the whooper.  Christmas doesn’t want to tell a lie.  This is BB.  Everyone lies!  I’m not even going there with Enzo and the cow’s conversation.

PoV Competition

At last it is veto time.  BB Comics are up and some of the comics really don’t make sense.  Each will wear a “super hero” cape as a costume (skimpy on the costume this year?).  Each hit the buttom and slide down the zip line to view the pictures.  Then they must put up the correct I of the comics.  Oh, there are duplicate covers.  The one who does it in the shortest time win.  I’m not even going to try and describe these.  Between the choices, there are some minor items that incorrect.  And what’s this.  Keesha’s is “birthday girl” as her character yet they evicted her on her birthday.  Wasn’t Loyal’s birthday the reason they didn’t evict Christmas?  And It is poetic justice that Nicole hated her comic character. 

The PoV winner is Nicole (11 minutes, 25 second) and Memphis loses with a time of 31 minutes, 56 seconds.  Christmas is trying to figure a way off the block 9lik that will happen).  Memphis doesn’t think that Nicole will take anyone off the block.  And since Christmas lost, she should be the one who goes.  Memphis!  Your time was worse!  And the waffling has begun with Cody and Enzo talking about who should stay and who should go.  Cody has a final two with Memphis.  Christmas goes to Nicole and ask for a deal before the PoV Ceremony.  She also plants seeds about the boys keeping Memphis.  Christmas has locked n that Cody might have deals with everyone.  Nicole admits that she could win against Christmas so Nicole definitely wants Christmas to remain in the game.

PoV Ceremony

Nicole calls all to the PoV meeting.  She has decided not to use the Power of Veto (big surprise, not).  Nicole tells us that she has to keep Christmas and hides in the storage closet for a while.  Memphis feels safe due to the “Wise Guy” alliance.  Cody tells us that Enzo and Cody are voting so they must do what is best for them and not her.  Christmas knows it is a long shot but she’s going to stay and cause major damage next week.

So watch tomorrow and see who gets evicted (that is if you don’t need a nap or don’t fall the sliding panda bears on Twitter.)

Big Brother #22 — You Are Not Going to Believe Who Won! — 10/12/2020

Oh, it’s time for another episode of the newest soap – “Big Brother 22”.  Of course, we should also add “the show that didn’t live up to the hype.”  Just a reminder, we have lost the last one with a brain cell as Tyler was shown the door on Thursday night.  He had figured out much of Cody’s game but not all of it and so was caught off guard with Enzo’s lack of working with his scheme to get Nicole out.  Enzo is supportive as long as Cody is giving the orders.  But anyway – we all know the inevitable is going to be at least Cody (a pregamer) in one of the two finalist chairs.  As with other Big Brother seasons over the past few seasons, we have seen calculations (and laziness) like usual and that turns the season from being enjoyable to being boring.

Social Media and the Live Feeds

The most exciting thing that I saw was on Twitter.  I saw a post about Big Brother made by a former winner (let’s call him D) saying that he did not participate in any pregame.  So sad for his ego because no one believed him.  It actually wasn’t helped that later that same night not only was D mentioned in a conversation between Nicole and Cody but we also learned that there was some other pregamers involved.  Both Cody and Nicole’s moms are friends and apparently talk every day.  Yep – according to the two, this also included game play.

And we also had hints of a showmance, even though it is late in the season.  It seems Christmas and Memphis may have/have not kissed.  While the majority of Twitter think they did, others say they didn’t.  I have no opinion as I didn’t see the clip. Honestly, I still have the feeds but have given up on them. This isn’t what I expected for this season.  And CBS is losing live feed fans as they are tired of these house guests and only seeing stars (they don’t really mind the puppies/kitties until the three hour mark).

And Now on to the Show

You can tell they don’t have much to show when they have to go back to the start of the season and show the alliances.  Yep!  That’s what we got to start the show tonight.  Finally we do get some history that is from the “three eviction” event then a move to last week.  Now the new stuff is beginning with the HoH competition.

Christmas and Nicole seem to have an edge on this competition.  Of course, we get Cody’s input because he is an expert and a possible nomination.  Truthfully, I’m tired of hearing his analysis.  He always slant it in his interest and not what is going on.  Enzo tells us that this game of pumpkin slinging (as I call it) is causing his back to hurt.  We do get Nicole bragging on herself (although) she did lose a pumpkin at least once.  By the way, this game isn’t going as fast as most of the past HoHs have.  So we do see all losing their pumpkins from the teetor totter eventually.   In Diary Room, Cody complains about Enzo’s lack of ability at playing.  He’s also mad because Christmas at one point was ahead of the rest.  As the competition continues, Memphis, Christmas and Nicole (who needs a miracle) handles this game very well.  Christmas looks at the others and loses concentration.  She lost one ball which means she must restart with all the pumpkins.  She only has herself to be mad at.  Memphis doesn’t want Nicole to win but does loses a pumpkin so Nicole has a clear path to the win.  Nicole wins the HoH competition and she is so happy.  She got her miracle and we get another boring week!  Anyone want to guess who the nominees will be (hee hee)?

After HoH

Christmas does have a good cry in the bedroom but Nicole has no sympathy for Christmas.  In Diary Room, Christmas tells us that she feels like she’s failed.  The guys aren’t to be seen in the early shots.  Finally it is Memphis who goes in to hug Christmas (no kiss to me yet).  Nicole, Cody and Enzo are so happy that it is ri-di-cu-lous.   Christmas and Memphis both seem to be disappointed and did I hear Christmas say: “I don’t care.”  When Tyler had that attitude, she blew a fuse.

First Enzo, Cody and Nicole celebrate in the bathroom.  Now Enzo and Cody are celebrating in the storage room as Enzo realizes he won’t have to get his hands dirty.  Really, Enzo.  I think most people in jury, if they have a brain, will know you have been working with Cody.  Memphis assumes that he’s safe but Cody has turned on him.  Cody sure does protect his friends, doesn’t he?

Cody, Nicole and Enzo talk about the nominations.  They decide that Memphis and Christmas are going up and Enzo wants Memphis to go because of his arrogance.  Yes, Memphis is arrogant and the three of them are normal.  (All who agree, show of hands.)  To hear Nicole’s Diary Room, she’s done all the work herself.  Oh, we get to see Christmas walk in on Enzo in the bathroom.  Guess Enzo doesn’t know how to lock the door.  Oh, it’s his relaxation room.  My head is hurting now.

Nicole’s HoH Room

Wait a minute, it looks like it always does.  Did we get to see the other reveals – I don’t think so?  Nicole gets family pictures and a big basket.  Victor wrote the note.  Cody, in Diary Room, basically calls Victor a wimp because he’s not the way he was before (shirtless, body building, long hair).  Nicole is happy to have a letter (but later on the feeds, she thinks something is wrong because of the wording of the wording in the letter). 

Christmas does go up to talk to Nicole.  Nicole plans to get information (What – there’s only five left).  Christmas thinks that it is in Nicole’s best interest to keep her.  Christmas dear, Bless your heart!  You didn’t know that Nicole’s pattern is to get rid of all girls?   The one thing Christmas did that hurts her is tell Nicole she wants Cody out.  Of course Nicole shares the information with Cody.  Like, duh – that’ was to be expected.  (I think my IQ is being challenged as I write this.)  (ARE they really talking about their teeth and their feet?  New low producers!)  On the day of nominations, Memphis apparently makes a plea that sounds like a final two deal.  He denies having others.  (By the way, it looks like all Nicole does is eat cereal out of that green bowl!)  By the way producers, stop the bathroom garbage, okay. 

Nominations

Nicole has made her nominations and the ceremony is held.  Nicole (no surprise) nominated Christmas and Memphis.  The reasons given is because it is final five and they won’t further her game.  Why not just say – I’m going to win so forget it.

Wednesday will be POV (the BB Comics).

Thursday will be eviction.

Does everyone else feel that the season can’t end soon enough?

Big Brother #22 – And Cody Troops On

Good evening Big Brothers #22 – ahem — fans.  Anyone have any doubt on who is off the show tonight.  I will be honest!  Unless the powers that be at Big Brother comes up with a way around this, Tyler is toast tonight with Christmas out the door next week.  This leaves the door open for the two pregamers and their associates (Enzo and Memphis) to be in the final four.  Anyone care?  I honestly got mad when I heard the word pregame.

I will say, the only thing of interest on the live feeds were the number of times they changed their minds.  I have a new opinion of Nicole.  She was sent in the house to try and muddle the thoughts.  She hates Tyler then hates Christmas.  She makes the guys change their minds.  And she was suppose to be in a final two.

An Idea for Any Future Season

Last night, at the end of my post, I suggested that they institute a new scheme for Big Brother.  They need to play the game more like Orwell’s “1984” and control what the house does.  This way, the pregamers can not set up alliances that makes the season boring.  Changes are needed in both the way the game is played and how they cast the show!

Pre-Eviction Night Filler

As Julie welcomes us, she tells us that it is day 65 and Julie seems to think they should have taken Whiner – I mean Nicole — out. Julie said the question is:  Who has whose back?  Cody tells us that he can’t take out Enzo, Memphis and Nicole are too close and Tyler is the plan.  So this raises the question:  Just who does D and D want to win?  Tyler feels he can get Memphis an Nicole (yeah, right).  Christmas tells us she has spent three months away from family and child and she’s going to win this game (yeah, right).  Nicole does talk to Enzo and Cody about Christmas being “too happy.”  Maybe I should do a waffle count.  Memphis is only playing for Memphis.  Tyler knows he’s gone (I think).    I will give it to Tyler, he does keep trying to stay.  Of course the four are so good liars, who knows.  And with all the train wrecks coming off the tracks who can follow the plot lines or the voting.  (Of course with feeds down when I watched, who knows what is going to happen.

Jury House

Suggestion:  Big Brother, to retain fans, why not move the camera and game to the Jury House.  You would get more action and discussion than what we are seeing in the Big Brother house now.  And it would be more entertaining as each of these house guests have different views!

Yes, we get the Jury House.  Ian is bored and has spent the time alone naming the turtles.  He greets Da’Vonne and they hug.  Da’Vonne tells us that she is relieved to be out of the house and has a story to tell.  Oh good, alliances are being spilled and Dani Is obviously in everything.  Da’Vonne spills that Nicole is the one who voted Ian out which surprises him.  Ian is not holding it against her. 

Next up is Kevin and Da’Vonne is surprised.  Kevin tells us his eviction felt like a weigh lifted off his shoulders.  Kevin spills about the triple eviction.  Next in is David as Kevin tells the others who he thinks will be there.  David does get hugs.  Da’Vonne is excited to see who will be the the third evictee.

Dani is the final juror to enter the house.  Dani is a little upset when she walks in and everyone is in shock.  She thinks the main reason is that she was playing with/against Nicole and got played.  Dani is not talking anymore that night but the next day spills the tea with a video.  While Da’Vonne gives David grief over taking the money, Ian doesn’t blame him.  David thought he had Tyler.  While Dai doesn’t really say it, I am wondering if Dani and Nicole will be close again?  Da’Vonne explains that Cody was using both and eventually Dani was out.  Da’Vonne is glad she wasn’t in the house for the triple eviction.  Dani feels sad and disappointed but is not bitter. 

Eviction

Julie says the house guests have been discussing the eviction all day.  Julie gives them a chance to plea their case.  Christmas is first and tells her son a happy birthday.  She asks the house guest to think what type of player she has been since day one and on and on she goes.  Tyler sends love to Angela and he tells the rest that he’s thankful to be there.  He tells them he is not done and he can help them.  And the votes start with Enzo first.  By a vote of 3 to 0, Tyler is evicted from the Big Brother house (as if there was any doubt).  This leaves us with a potential final four that really has no potential for giving us an America’s Favorite Player. 

Tyler leaves the house with a smile.  He knew it was coming and does get hugs.  I so hope Christmas gets HoH and shakes this crew up.  Julie greets Tyler with an air hug and tells him she thought it was his year.  She wonders why Tyler told the remaining guests that they’ll regret getting him out.  He tells Julie he wanted to scare them (little does he know what Christmas can do).  Tyler does seem okay with leaving and Julie wants to know why Enzo and Cody didn’t take him further.  Tyler is right in his answer.  He thinks they saw him as a threat.  He also felt that Nicole has a stronger hand than she is showing (I told you he knew more than he showed).  When he put Nicole up, he honestly thought that Enzo would vote her out.  Tyler liked David and fought for him.  He tried to work with him.  Julie does ask Tyler if he wanted to leave.  He said there were times that he wanted to leave but after all that, he thinks it set a tone for him (in his life maybe).  The messages were all about the usual and comes down to this.  They (a) had other alliances and (b) Tyler was too strong a player.  As of now, Tyler had no final thoughts.

HoH Competition

Tonight’s HoH is called Smashing Pumpkins.  They must move pumpkins from one basket to the other via teeter tootle.  If they fall off or drop a pumpkin, they must start again with all.  When a pumpkin gets in the teeter tooter, they pumpkin goes up in the air.

Big Brother #22 – Cody and the Never Changing House – 10/7/2020

Big Brother fans!  How many of you are feeling down and depressed (and not from COVID or politics)?  How many wanted more from this season in the form of distraction and enjoyment?  Believe me, I expected more out of an All Star season than what we have gotten.  Plus, Big Brother #22 has come down to the Alliance plus One (Enzo).  Cody has final deals with all (even Christmas I think) and this has to have been the most non-action week in Big Brother history.  I expected fireworks and got none!  I expected Christmas to scream!  Didn’t happen and I’m not sure how much will be shown on discussions that we have heard on live feeds.  Not that there was much but we could hope.

It came down to who Cody nominated and that, of course, was Tyler and Christmas.  Up until yesterday, I was sure Tyler was going.  When Memphis started saying they couldn’t send Christmas out on her child’s birthday, I got suspicious of whether the wind would change.  That may have happened, but it won’t change the course of this season because the damage has been done.    In fact, it looks like Cody and Enzo are scared to go against Memphis in the hopes that he gets Nicole out.  Expect the last few weeks to be even more dull than this week.

Pre-Game and Power of Veto

After a recap of everything most of you saw Monday (we had football), it’s time to get to the real show.  We do know now that Memphis swore he doesn’t have an alliance with Christmas (wink, wink).  Nicole is excited about the noms but wishes she had done it.  Like she’s really been playing this game.  Cody wants Christmas out but Nicole wants Tyler out due to his getting Dani out.  Christmas, for Cody, is obvious since she’s in the “other” Wise Guy alliance.  Christmas actually said “they swung, they missed” and it is everyone for themselves.  Wait!  That’s how Tyler has had to play all year.  Enzo talks to Nicole (who is wearing boots – what gives).  Enzo knows he’s the reason Tyler and Christmas is on the block.  Oh shoot – another “meow meow” in the diary room. 

Tyler talks to Enzo who is playing dumb.  Does Enzo really admit in Diary Room that he’s dumb.  No – he thinks he’s smart and will lie regardless.  Christmas meanwhile is talking to Cody about the noms.  Christmas uses the usual “I’m not taking this personally” but about to break into tears.  Oh, it’s nice to see that she can cry on cue like Nicole.  Cody isn’t buying it.  Of course, he knows that Nicole pulls the same stunt.  Wait – isn’t Enzo in the pregame also.  No way would he vote out Christmas who will go next week.  Do I have time for a nap?

Oh great!  Don’t tell me the rest of this before PoV is going to be Tyler/Christmas pleading.  Tyler talks to Memphis and gets no response.  Memphis talks about unconditional love for children in a  Diary Room after talking to Tyler.  Memphis has unconditional love for his kids yet he left his children to play this game(I could insert political reference but won’t).  Memphis is playing for America’s Favorite Player.  No way can he get that.  Could we vote for Mooch from Celebrity Apprentice Two to get that this season!   Now, we see the real Memphis after his talk with Christmas.  He’s not going to be there for Christmas and comes across as scum.  Tyler does try Enzo but I think he knows that there is no chance.  Well Tyler did tell Enzo that the original plan was to get Enzo out instead of Dani and tell him about The Committee

The POV is set up as a picnic.  This game is called “Shapshot Shuffle”.  They must place the photographs of previous house guests in the correct order in chronological order.  The time limit is 25 minutes.  Nicole tells us it is hard and the pictures have four people in them.  They must see what’s different.  She must make it look like a story.   Memphis has a real “hate” on for Tyler.  He wants to win just so Tyler won’t.   Enzo and Tyler apparently time out.  (Okay – my mind did wander during the POV because it was BORING).  Cody doesn’t want to name a third person.  Wimp!  Yes, I called Cody a wimp.  He has no one to get instructions from now that he has no contact from his puppet master.  (Good thing I’m taping the Masked Singer, isn’t it?)  Oh, time for results.  Cody did this event in the time of 4 minutes and 57 seconds.  Cody congratulates himself.  Oh, why aren’t I surprised!

After POV Game and Plea Deals

Hey – I use one of Twitter’s terms for Christmas and didn’t mean to do it!  Christmas makes a plea to Enzo to help her stay.  Tyler is worried.  Cody and Enzo meets and discuss how Tyler and Christmas are throwing everyone under the bus.  Now Cody is ready to target Tyler because he revealed “The Committee” to Enzo.  Cody at this time, forget all alliances.  You know, if I was Tyler, I’d be glad to get out of this crazy house where the game is being staged for only a few to win! 

They’re back In the HoH room talking (Enzo, Cody and Nicole).  Wait a minute, was Nicole mirroring Dani.  They must be hurting for material to show that “so-called” comedy routine.  Cody does make one more pitch to Cody but is it too little, too late.  All I’m hearing from Cody is talk, talk, talk.  He has finally wised up about jury management.  Honest, with anyone but Tyler, I’m not sure how Cody will fare.

POV Ceremony

Okay, raise you hands if you think there will be a change in the nominees.  He doesn’t allow them to plead their case and does not use the power of veto.  He adjourns the meeting and we get the usual sign off.

How to Make BB Better

There’s been much talk on Twitter about what would bring viewers back to this game.  In my honest opinion, the show needs to change directions and casting decisions.  Honestly, I would love to see them play a 1984 version of BB where there is a person upstairs dictating what the house guests did.  Could you imagine if Evel Dick was the Big Brother representative who tells the others what to do.  He could even make each do house work oh my!  And Evel wouldn’t take any pregame alliances.  He’d out them right away.

See you tomorrow when most likely Tyler leaves.  Wonder what filler we’ll get then.