Monday, April 30, 2007

did you see it?

LOL!  I'm SUCH a geek!  Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring was on TBS yesterday.  We get it early here due to the time difference - so I didn't have to stay up late.  The Two Towers is next Sunday and then I'm sure they'll do the Return of the King the next week.  I have to say this about the movie - no it's not as good as the book because they cut out such a huge amount of it - but they did an excellent job casting.  Perfecto.  (I still think Legalos is hot)

Got some bad news today.  Jake's teacher will be out for the rest of the year.  She's been out more than in for the past couple of months.  I *think* the excuse is her ankle.  She hurt it really bad.  I guess it's too much of an active job to be hobbled.  But, I don't know, that just doesn't seem right...  I need to ask around.

The Vortex of Motherly Wisdom.  I need to tell you about this real quick.  There is a little gazebo at the school playground that some of us moms sit at while the kids play after school.  One of the moms had a friend visiting - and that's what she called it.  I think it's the Black Hole of Motherly ChitChat.  Anyway, I will probably be referring to this in future posts.  Right now, school is almost out and I need to visit the VMW.  Um, and before you make assumptions, we are not Stepford Wives - got some hippy moms in the group. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

home

As you may or may not know, I'm from Alabama.  Born there and raised there most of my childhood.  Some of my childhood was spent in Richmond, VA.  I haven't been to AL since I graduated high school  No, I'm not one of those people who was just dying to get out of the small town.  I like that little popsicle stand.  (you know how people say, let's blow this popsicle stand... I guess you shouldn't use it if you have to explain it... LOL!)  My hometown is like a little Mayberry.  Very cute.

My mom is from North Carolina.  She willingly traveled with dad as his job took him.  But, she still wanted to go back to her home, sometime.  So, that is where they are living now.  Unfortunately, while she longed for closeness with her siblings (which she has MANY), they didn't want it so much.  It's an odd family and I'm very sad for her.

Anyway, meanwhile, they still own the home in Alabama.  That land and house has been in the family for many generations.  My dad's dad built that house (after a fire burned down the "big house" - it sounds oh so southern, doesn't it?).  There have been a few renters, but none too good.  A few years back, dad consented to selling the house.  (with reservations from me, but I really don't foresee living there)  Well, the house never sold.  It hardly even showed.  People wanted a ludicrously low price - and there is a LOT of land.  Like 15 acres.

So, warp speed up to current times.  My parents are going to sell the house they are living in now.  Hopefully it will sell for what they want and quickly.  They should get top dollar since they've upgraded almost everything and it's in a primo location (for that town).  They've already consulted with someone and they've drawn up plans to make changes in the Alabama home.  They are going to add a master suite and bath to the lower level of the home and redo the pool.  They are really pushing hard for us to move there.

I would love to.  But I'm afraid it's too far from Gary's mom. (in NC)  I even threw out the notion that his next job should be the one in Huntsville and he could work on taking the Alabama bar.  ha ha  He wasn't too amused. 

It's hard when the families are from different states.  It was easy when everyone was living in NC.  My brother and his family just moved to Illinois.  Good luck to him trying to get someone to visit there!

Anyway, this is some of what has been on my mind.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

tidbits

Tonight is lasagne night.  I made it from my mom's recipe - scratch.  Yum!  It's baking right now.  It's been a while.

I visited the eye doctor Saturday - I like her a lot.  I have to go again on Thursday - to redo a test.  I think I have to redo a peripheral vision test too.  She said that I didn't test well in one eye.  But I think it was because I was afraid to blink - and you know how your vision messes up when you don't blink.  You know how you take the hearing test and you have to click the button when you hear the sound.  Well, this test you click the button when you see the wavy lines (while you are staring at the dot in the center).  You're like, wait, did I see something??  Oh, I think I did - there it is again, or was it?  LOL!  I'm a bad tester!  She also said that I've got astigmatism (yes, I know) plus far sighted.  What??  I've been nearsighted all my life!  Um, your eyes change as you age...

I'm finally getting my hair cut on Friday.  I scored a name of a lady in Kaneohe, so I hope she's "the one".  I might take a picture of myself before then, because my hair hasn't been this long in a while.  But it's way gray.  And I don't have my contacts yet.  (so vain!)

I'm getting excited about getting my implant.  I made Gary finally feel it and he was surprised at how firm it is.  It's like having a softball sit on my chest.  Please Lord, let the implant be squishy!  I put on a temporary tattoo of a flower, uh, right in the center.  LOL!  It's taking it's sweet time washing off.  I'm afraid it will still be there come surgery time.  Oooh, oooh!  I've got an idea.  I'll put on one of my sons' Spongebob tattoos!  I wonder if my Plastic Surgeon remembers me teasing about it?  (how could he forget??  I get so goofy around the man - purely juvenile) 

Saturday, April 21, 2007

I'm FULL!!

No, that's not right.  (too much t.v.) 

I'm FINISHED!!  I finally finished the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  (whew)

Just in time to find out that a new J.R.R. Tolkien book is coming out - posthumously, of course.  Here's a link: http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/books/04/16/tolkien.reut/index.html  This article also says that The Hobbit will be coming out in the movies too!  Yay!  I think that book should be read before the trilogy.

Of course, later I'll be writing my thoughts on the 2nd and 3rd books - since I haven't done that yet.  I didn't fold down as many corners in these two books.  But hit on some good stuff right at the very end of the last book.  I warn you now, it might get wordy.  So you might want to skip that entry!  LOL! 

Today Oprah had some earth friendly stuff on her show that I largely missed and now Diane Sawyer is on with some of the same.  I really need to pay attention.  Oprah said something about plugging your tv into a power strip and turning off the power strip when you turn off the tv.  It saves a lot of energy??  I don't know why.  I need to look it up, but that sounds like a really easy way to save.  She said to start changing over to energy saving light bulbs, and that saves a lot.  We hadn't, because in the past few houses, we'd go through lightbulbs like crazy.  But this house is kinder on the lightbulbs.  So maybe I'll make a few changeovers.

I think Earth Day is Sunday?  Monday?  Do you recycle?  Is your hot water heater thermostat turned down to 120degrees?  Water saving shower sprayers, toilets?  Composting?  Here's an Oprah show idea: use one less paper napkin a day.  :-D  She said the average is 6 a day, I personally use maybe 2 or 3 - the boys use 10 to 12!  LOL!  (ok an exaggeration)  But I do go through some paper towels.  I like to use the select-a-size and mostly use the smallest size.  I save a lot doing that.

I think I might surf the net for more ways to save and "Go Green".

I tell you what though, solar powered hot water heaters, I'm definitely going to do that when we own our own home.  I'm all about lowering the electric bill.

Oh, quick topic change here: Quiznos Subs.  Do you have one?  Do you love it?  I just discovered it when I moved here.  I didn't like it at first, since you don't get to choose what you want on it - like at Subway.  (I love Subway)  That is, I didn't like it until I ordered the Cabo Chicken Sub.  YUM!!  It's got a little heat to it - so it's addictively spicey.  We went the other day.  Guess what's not on the menu any more??  You got it.  The NERVE!  Changing the menu...  And there isn't a thing on there that has that spicey kick to it.  :-(  I was craving that thing (no, I'm not pregnant).  I need to fire off an angry letter.  Humpf.

Isn't it crazy how spicey foods are addictive?  It's like when you eat chips and salsa - you keep eating to maintain that burn.  But it can't be too hot.  It has to taste good.  I don't like foods that are too hot, like Thai food or Dave's Insanity Hot Sauce.  I always get MILD Thai food.  Even medium is like the infernos of hell.  They must have the gastro intestinal system of steel.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

lighter subjects

The boys got their report cards last week and they did very well.  I'm very proud of them.  They are so much smarter than I was at their age.  But I think I enjoyed school more.  I wish they loved it as much as I did.

I've almost finished the last book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  I learned a new word yesterday.  It almost jumped off the page at me and smacked me in the face.  It's a word that's very close to the "N" word.  And I'm loathe to even type it out here.  But I looked it up and it's a valid word.  Because it has it's own definition and origin and even alternative spelling with a Y instead of an I, and the "N" word had "offensive" written beside it in the dictionary.  So that tells me it's a different word altogether.  But I'm still not going to type it here.  You can look in the dictionary yourself and learn something new if you're curious!  I learned something new, but I'll never use it!  LOL!

Anyway, on to the light stuff.  If you saw the movies, you know that Gimli the Dwarf had all the best one-liners.  I've got one for you that never made the movies.  Here's the setup: the group of 9 (now 8 since Gandalf fell into the abyss) stayed for a few weeks in the woods of Lorien where the Lady of the Golden woods (Galadriel) (everyone has at least 5 different names in this book!) gave them some gifts and such.  In the movie this is where Frodo looked into the pool of water and saw some things past, present and future.  The movie treated this as a very short, bizarre visit - but in the book it was a wonderful visit.  Anyway, Gimli was absolutely smitten with the Lady.  Completely and utterly smitten.  Which is really cute since he's such a gnarly fellow.  He later had a few words with Eomer (the nephew of King Theoden of Rohan) who had never met her, only knew of her through story and rumor and thought her to be a witch.   Gimli nearly came to blows over this, but told him we'll see what you say after you meet her.   Another thing to note, dwarves fight with axes in battle.  <shudder> Keep that in mind...

So, here we are now, Sauron has been overthrown, peace prevails, evil has been destoyed or run off.  Eomer and Gimli meet again. 

 Eomer: "For there are certain rash words concerning the lady in the Golden Wood that lie still between us.  And now I have seen her with my eyes." 

"Well, lord," said Gimli, "and what say you now?"

"Alas!" said Eomer.  "I will not say that she is the fairest lady that lives."

"Then I must go for my axe," said Gimli.

LOL!  Well, *I* thought it was funny!

Gas on post: $2.92   Gas in Kailua: $3.05

The homeowner visit went very well and the house still looks pretty neat.  We might be getting a new oven!  Yippee!  Found out that the wife was raised in this house since she was 3 - her parents are the original owners.  So you know they are making money off of us hand over fist.  I"m sure the mortgage was paid off years, if not decades, ago.  They could take some of that money and rip out the nasty carpet and put in a tile floor.  Replace the broken down cabinets and <shudder> rework the electrical wiring.  A pool would be nice, but I'd rather not burn up in a house fire.  That $3200/month could pay for a LOT of things.  Maybe they're saving it up to fix the house up when they move back to Hawaii...  That's what I would do!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

VT

My heart and prayers go out to the friends and families of all involved in the tragedy. 

I cannot wrap my mind around what has happened, why it happened...

I know some kids who went to school there.  I hope they are okay.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Don Ho :-(

Well, as you may or may not already know, Don Ho passed away yesterday.  So in honor of his passing, I thought I'd share my own rememberance of him.

The last time we lived in Hawaii, Gary's office went to see Don Ho's show.  This is the picture of our group that we bought.  Don Ho is standing behind the white chair, he's the one with his arm reaching down with his hand on Sarah's, um, shoulder.  LOL!  I'm standing in the front wearing khaki shorts and the dark vest.  Gary, my husband, is standing on my right.  Someone has a picture of me and Gary standing with him, and he has this learing look towards me.  LOL! 

As for the show, he epitomizes the Hawaii laid back style.  He SAT through the whole show behind this console thing, keyboard I guess.  He mumbled a lot, and occasionally spoke on a phone!  A little strange.  He sang all the favorites, and of course, tiny bubbles.  He took requests and honored those with anniversaries and birthdays.  (very typical Hawaii show)  Lots of old people there.  It was a good time.

Everyone sing with me:

Tiny bubbles, in the wine, makes me feel happy, makes me feel fine.

Friday, April 13, 2007

really bad, rotten, no good day (whining)

:-(

I lost a contact this morning.  I've just recently discovered this.

This morning, right after I put in my left contact it started bothering me.  So I tried to pop it out.  Sometimes just trying to pop it out makes it feel better.  I didn't think it came out, but apparantly, it did.  Then, when I put in my right lens, it never felt right.  It was weird, because my vision was fine in that eye, but it felt wrong.

So by this afternoon, I was getting a headache and had had enough of my eye bothering me.  I went to take out my contacts and the left one wasn't even there!!  Which explains why my right eye felt funny.  My vision was wop-sided.  My left eye isn't as good as my right eye, even with contacts, so it didn't occur to me that the lens wasn't in.

So by this time, I've washed my hands, wrung out my washcloth... It's gone.  Buh-bye.  I've searched everywhere, just in case.

These are very expensive contacts.  Not those cheap-o, bad-for-your-eyes disposables.  I've got astigmatism and near sightedness - just plain poor eyesight.  Wah.  I feel ugly in my bi-focal glasses.  :-(  And, of course this is Friday.  I'll have to wait until Monday to call my Virginia eye doctor to find out what we can do.  I'm sure he won't order me a new one, but maybe he'll send me my records and by this time next year I'll get around to finding a new doctor.  Okay.  So that's a little exaggerated.  Maybe by the end of summer.  Woe is me.

say aaaahhhhhh!

I'm getting a little tired of visiting the dentist.  Wednesday Ryan had his last 2 teeth filled and today I went for my checkup.  This is my first visit to this dentist, so I got the "works".  It was a 2 hour appointment!!  Yikes!

No cavities, but he tried to convince me to get some of my old metal fillings replaced and get an appliance to wear to bed to prevent teeth grinding.  I turned them down.  And then the hygenist - wowser! She poked and prodded and scraped and rinsed and spit and then all over again.  I got more scraped than I think ever.  Then she brings out this other tool that looks like a scraper, but it makes whining sounds like a drill.  She said it was a ultrasonic cleaning tool.  THEN she finally got around to polishing and the flouride.

You know, I brush at least twice a day - for the full 2 minutes - and I floss every single day.  I take good care of my teeth.  WHAT was she scraping off????  And just how long would an appointment be for those that neglect their teeth??  Oy!

This is clean up weekend in the Brock household.  The homeowners are going to be on-island next week and want to walk through the house.  Ugh.  I still haven't recovered from the 2 week spring break, so there is a lot to clean.  Why am I on the pc now???  I should be picking up!

I long for the day we settle down and own our own home.  *sigh*

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Lost sighting

not by one of us this time.  Someone who works with Gary was at the beach (I don't know which one) and Juliet of Lost (they dedicated last night's episode to her - oooooh, she's so sneaky and evil!!!!  Love her/hate her!) walked right up to them and chatted a little bit.

Gary had his own "sighting" last week.  He saw Desmond again - but this time it was on tv he was on a movie in which he portrayed Jesus.  Had me fooled for a second.

Anybody else caught up in the Lost series?  I finally got Gary hooked.  He resisted for a long time until this fall.  Now he even reads websites!  :-)  It's good to have something decent to watch after the disaster that has become of American Idol.

Yes, I watch too much tv.

I keep hoping to spot Hurley or Sayid.  (I think Sayid is hot - can you say smouldering dark eyes?)  They say Locke (hot too - but just the self assured one, not when he was "before" the plane wreck)  lives on the North Shore - and we don't get up that way much.  Just once since we've been here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

school stuff

I have been very concerned lately, increasingly, about the boy's school.  It used to be reputedly the best public elementary school in Hawaii.  And this is evidenced by the prices of the houses in our neighborhood.  But it seems the school has gone way down hill - there has been a high teacher turnover and principal instability.  I have heard from five (5) different people about 5 different situations at the school where the current principal (who has been there for 3 years) was just, um, ineffective.  She essentially did nothing.  Either that or her best shot was to hand out g.e.'s (geographical exceptions).  What??????  Yep.  There is a situation in the 5th grade class where 3 boys are being disruptive and the teacher unable to handle it, so much so that PARENTS take turns coming into the classroom every day to keep an eye on things.  And the principal is proud of this solution!!  My next door neighbor has pulled her son out of school because his teacher won't challenge him.  The poor boy begged to be homeschooled after winter break.  The mom has tried to get him either moved to a different class or bumped up to the next grade and has talked extensively to the teacher (who you would think would love to have a child who is eager to learn).  Each time she talks to the principal she's like, "and who is this child?  and what is the problem?"  like she's never met them before!!  So now he's home and they are looking for solutions for next year.

Anyway, I didn't mean to fall into a gossip session.  I'm just more and more convinced that I need to get that mom's prayer group started.  I've been noodling this.  And all my noodling has brought me to the conclusion that I should have started with.  I need to pray about it.  I am sooooo willing and wanting for this to happen.  I'd even be willing to clean my house weekly and host it here!  But getting it started...  God's gonna have to bring us together.  I've been wanting this ever since I found out we were going to move.  Surely there are one or two more moms that feel the same.  Months ago I talked to the area MITI leader, but that's gone no where.  She has my name and number though, in case anyone contacts her.  I need to pray for boldness to probe the few Christian moms that I know.  I've joined the MITI group at our church, but theyare mostly homeschool moms, and I really don't like using up Sunday School time with a parachurch org.  (yeah, another beef I have)

Well, I just wanted to get that out.

no gray clouds

I just noticed that I have entered a whole lot, and what I have has been such downers.  Letting you know here that I don't have the thunderhead looming over me.  Just fluffy white clouds, mostly sunny.  LOL!  I've got a new scrapbook magazine in the mail (always makes me smile) and I'm on the 3rd book of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  Feeling good.

Sunday morning early early - went to the Sunrise service at Kailua Beach Park.  It was gorgeous!  It was a collaberation of 4 churches, so there were lots of people there, for 6am on a Sunday.  To me, the sight looked like how I imagine when Jesus taught crowds of people, all sprawled out on the grass. (but there was nowhere near 5000) And then when we were singing, because of the lighting of the time of day, I could see various people sillouetted and lifting their hands - makes me tear up now remembering it.  I can just imagine that's what it will be like in heaven - except we ALL will be lifting our hands because we won't be ashamed or embarrassed and we will FEEL it in our hearts!  Then after the short service, we walked out to the beach and watched the baptisms.  Wonderful!  And then, when all that was done, we drove to church and ate breakfast!  Yum!  And if you missed the early service, they had a 9:00 service.  :-)

Our church.  I still have conflicting feelings about it.  I'm such a Baptist at heart.  The church we go to has Baptist in the name, but it's not affiliated with any denomination.  They are even considering changing the name, which I think they should do.  I'm okay that they don't take up an offering (they have a box in the back where you can put it if you wish ) and they support their own missionaries (however, I still love the IMB) - but I do have reservations that there isn't an invitation at the end.   And I expressed my concern to the pastor.  They do mention that if you have prayer concerns, there are people who will pray with you - but I really want my kids to see people make that decision and come forward.  Who were these people that got baptized Sunday?  There is no announcement, no chance for us to go forward and shake their hands and rejoice with them.   They don't even list names in the bulletin or anything.  Also, this pastor touches on the need for Jesus, but rarely does he just lay it out.  I have to be honest and say I was disappointed that he did this yet again on Sunday - the perfect opportunity to speak to those who don't normally attend any church service.  This is totally the Baptist coming out in me.  He expects people to come from their own desire from within - which is good, but most people won't come if you don't ask them or suggest it!  They are just waiting!  I've seen it too much to think differently.

Anyway, I've said it before, it's a very hippy-dippy mentality.  Heaven forbid if we get a committee together.  :-)  I imagine lots of people go for this sort of thing.  I'm a very by-the-book, rules girl so it's not my nature.

But having said all that, I do think this is where we are meant to be - for the time being.  I am learning to loosen up.  I actually raise my hands up to waist height sometimes during songs!  If you knew me, you would know this is the equivalent of doing back flips down the aisle.  I am learning that it's okay to bodily express joy and gratitude - worship.  Tee-hee!  See, those hippies are good for something!

Well, it's almost 11 am and I haven't showered yet.  I'm still stinky from my walk, so I better get to it!  Have a great day.

Monday, April 9, 2007

appointment made

I only have like 5 minutes to make an entry, I don't know why I even feel compelled to make one.

I made my mammogram appointment today - it's not until May 9 (my brother's birthday).  My surgery is May 15.  The earliest available was May 4.  I hope that's enough time... Yes, I keep thinking they are going to find something, want to biopsy, yadda, yadda.  Well, I guess I can still go through with the exchange and postpone the lift.  But I'm sure the wise thing would be to postpone it all until things are resolved. 

See???  I've already got the demise of my left boob all planned out! 

The little gray cloud that follows me around is usually tiny, about the size of a cotton puff.  But now that I have a mamm. scheduled and the almost-completion of my reconstruction  coming up, it's the size of a thunderhead.

Gotta go pick up my chilluns.  Pfffff, go away cloud.

 

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Happy Easter Y'all!

HE IS RISEN!

HE IS RISEN INDEED!

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Ahem, about the, ur ah, avacado seed...

Yes, I did plant one - thanks for remembering Trish - and they (the folks on some website) declared it one of the easiest things to sprout and grow.  (they probably said something like "even a toddler can do it"??) 

I thought I already reported on this, maybe I thought about it, but was in deep denial. 

It never sprouted roots. 

The only growth from that thing was mold. 

So I had to toss it.  *sigh*  I'll try again later when I'm over the trauma...

Rats.  I just made some guacamole yesterday!  The pit is still in the bowl in the fridge.  I wonder if I can still use it?

Spring in Hawaii

 Eureka!  Evidence that spring has sprung in Hawaii.  Somehow, the native plants have detected the subtle change in weather (I'm not sure what it is, but they must feel something) and have bloomed accordingly.  I have a new bird of paradise flower and the promise of more, and I have at least 10 lobster claws!  I also took a picture of the pineapples I have planted.  Not much change, but they are still hanging in there.   I took a picture of the WHOLE bird of paradise plant.  It's HUGE!  I whacked at that thing for at least a 1/2 hour cutting away dead stems.  I just can't get down into it - well, maybe can't isn't the right word.  I'm afraid of what's in that jungle of a plant.  I'm afraid, more specifically, of centipedes.  They bite!  And they're nasty.  I haven't seen any, but that doesn't mean they are lurking somewhere in the dark... 

Anywhoo, I had my little Japanese sythe (the Japanese have so many clever little things!,  I just love browsing through stores here) and was hacking away - ala Romancing the Stone - yet, apologizing to the plant every so often when I would accidentally cut into a healthy stem.  Is that weird?  Yeah, that's weird.

Two weeks ago I was uprooting a very healthy cluster of aloe vera plants.  I felt terrible about it, but we have at least 5 plantings of aloe, and they are all quite healthy.  Something had to go!  I plan on planting a nice large tropical plant - something indiginous - well, I don't think anything is officially indiginous to Hawaii, they use some sort of word that escapes me at the moment.  Anyway, I plan to plant something that will thrive here without me having to water it in excess.  You know - be enviromentally friendly.  Sure, the aloe thrived, but, frankly, it's ugly and doesn't scream tropical oasis.  I wonder why the people that planted them planted so many?  Did they have some sort of skin condition?  Too many sunburns?

gas prices on post: $2.82  yikes!  it's gone up a lot!

weather: hot, dry, no wind

The radiology department did not call this week, so first thing Monday I'm getting on the horn to schedule that mammogram.

 

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

have you been squished lately?

This is a friendly little reminder, in honor of Jland's very own Kim at I Shaved My Legs For This?,  who just received some very bad news.  Please go over and give her support if you haven't already - I have her link on the side. (I think the few who read this have already done so)  Please don't forget to make your appointment to get a mammogram this year, when you are due!  And please, please, please don't ignore any lumps.  As they say, the only good lump is one in a jar!

Kim, we love you and I'm praying that this is a wrong diagnosis, and if not that, they can knock this puppy down.  Keep it at bay, wimpering in the corner.  Bad dog!  I'm sorry, I don't deal well when things get serious. 

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Personally, I'm waiting for them to call to make the appointment.  I've already called my PCM and she put in the request for my mammogram - if they don't call by the end of the week, then I'm calling them.  Gotta get it done before the surgery since the date is close to the one year mark.  Yes, time does fly.  My concerning mammogram was in June last year.  Oh, I haven't posted yet that my surgery date to get my implant and get this rock hard expander out of me is May 15.

I'm currently watching The Bachelor.  Can't resist.  He's in the military and stationed here at Hawaii, so there is a lot of local interest.  I even already have some insider gossip about him, which I won't share, since I don't gossip.  pfffft.  LOL!  But anyway, he seems too good to be true, doesn't he?  Good looking, doctor, officer, athlete, "heart of gold" volunteer - what's wrong?  Gary said he must be gay.  I wondered if it's because he's a closet jerk, but hearing his voice.... That may be it.  It kinda drones.  But really, we can look past the voice, can't we?  At least it's not attached to an annoying accent.  Hmmmm, he just mentioned that he liked kids and he used to teach sunday school.  Christians don't usually play out well on t.v.  If he's a strong (real) one, then I'm surprised they chose him.  Not enough sex and swearing, LOL!

Ugh, who picks these girls???  There's a handful I hope he doesn't give a rose to - and the show has only been ona half hour!!  LOL!