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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Bachelor -- Country Bumpkin Version

What the heck was that train wreck? Did anyone watch the Bachelor finale this week? Granted, this bachelor was about as interesting as my fish tank -- (at least there, I get the pretty trickling water noise.) But wow, I am so glad Miss Deanna was freed of that commitment-phobe narcissist. If you missed it (and aren't you the smart ones?), our Bachelor didn't pick anyone. He just sat there alone on this stone tablet, a la, Chronicles-of-Narnia gone-very-wrong, holding the engagement ring for product placement, looking forlorn. Like he feels so bad, so he must be a good guy.

I've got no trouble with the guy turning down the women if he's not interested, but not after he says things, like "Deanna is everything I want in a wife." And "She's a bartender. We not only gain a sister-in-law, we gain an employee." That is cruel and sick, and our bachelor is thinking he's a good guy for telling her the truth. It looks like he's going to propose, then he takes a hike on the grass, like a dog surveying a hydrant, loosens his tie and comes back up with this angst. Deanna, our smart Greek heroine, is kind of fearful at this point. Like hey...this guy is not the guy I thought he was. And the fact that he SO doesn't get it is that he wants Deanna to feel sorry for him, "Are you shutting me out now?" he asks when he's just dumped her.

Hint for guys: When you kick a woman to the curb, and she's looking for an engagement ring, chances are not good she's in a loving mood. And just because you feel bad, it doesn't make you a hero.

Brad doesn't know what he wants and that is not attractive. Not in the least bit. A man who won't risk something is not going to fight for your honor or anyone else's. He's certainly not hero material. He's driven by fear and that is ICKY!

On a happier note, Diann is a big fan of Christmas music (at all times of the year, but whatever). So in honor of her recovery, let's share our favorite Christmas song and why. Mine is "O Holy Night" just because you have to have an awesome voice to sing it and I believe it reflects God's majesty. And incidentally, I cannot sing and I like Clay Aikin's version. : )

Kristin Billerbeck
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posted at 12:34 PM  
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At 2:07 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

Anything for Diann!. My favorite
Christmas song is "Joy to the Would."

And as for The Bachelor I'm glad I didn't watch. ;)

"Happy Thanksgiving" Girl's! have a good one.

 
At 2:17 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

Feel free to delete my first comment.
I don't just miss spell I put the wrong word in altogether. I have to go kick myself after this.

Anything for Diann! "Joy to the world" is my favorite
Christmas song. Love you Diann!

 
At 7:35 AM, Blogger Becky said...

I like "O Holy Night" too, but my other favorite is "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." It reminds me of a happy Christmas with family. Somehow it nearly brings tears to my eyes.

Praying for a swift recovery, Diann!

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger Dawn said...

The Bachelor dude is looking for something that doesn't exist. Not sure what, but I am sure it doesn't exist.
I was actually quite impressed with how kind Jennie is - she even felt bad for the other loser. Or winner, depending on your take on this guy.
They need to find a Bachelor that has some personality - these guys lately have been duds.
It was a trainwreck and I just couldn't seem to look away......

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Two Sisters said...

I am so glad I didn't not watch that, but I love your line to men that "just because you feel bad, doesn't make you a hero." That is SO true.

Silent Night. It reminds me of when I used to go caroling with my church. One year we stood in the snow singing it and I got the whole snowflakes on my nose and breath freezing in ther air experience.

God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving Kristin.

 
At 8:54 AM, Blogger Leanna said...

Joy to the World is my favorite! Love the words, love the majesty of it, the joyfulness it promotes. I also love that song Mary, Did You Know? Focuses on why Jesus came. And I confess, I listen to Christmas music all year long, especially when it's too hot to breathe here in Texas.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger Brittanie said...

Come Ye Gentleman is my favorite and I like Randy Travis's version. I am not sure why it is my favorite. :)

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

After seeing a couple episodes of the Bachelor last year, I swore I'd never watch it again. Horrible show! That guy last year slept with several of the girls. I was appalled.

My favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night.

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I quit watching The Bachelor a few year ago, all of the cattiness of the girls and horniness of the man was enough to put me over the edge.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel is my favorite. I love the haunting melody of it (especially on the old Christmas cd I have where Margaret Becker sings it)

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Lauri said...

Go Tell it on the Mountain or O Come All Ye Faithful

I wondered what commitment issues that he had that he couldn't do as Jennie said. Tell her he's not ready to propose but would like to get to know her better. I mean "I love you, but I didn't know if it would work out & I don't want to hurt you in the end."? Well then why go on a date in the first place?

 
At 12:10 PM, Blogger Tabitha said...

Silver Bells.

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

I love the song O Holy Night. Also, on the Wow Christmas album is the song O Come, O Come, Emmanuel and it is beautiful!

 
At 12:24 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

May I say two? "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" and "O Come All Ye Faithful."

Happy Thanksgiving. By the way, in 19 years of living in Turkey, I have yet to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday! It's a regular work day, so we usually celebrate on Friday night or Saturday--with chicken! :) This year we're celebrating on Friday night with an international potluck at one of the other teachers' apartments--Chinese, South African, American, Korean, Scottish, etc., etc. We do the holidays and "traditions" OUR way! :)

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Annie said...

i am pretty much obsessed with Christmas music right now. I'm right with you Diann! I started listening to it mid-October and my best friend thought I was crazy! He's still appalled that I'm listening to it today and it's not even thanksgiving yet!

and with teh Bachelor... for some reason I like the Bachelorette better. I was hooked on the Trista-Ryan season...

Ok so right now, my top 2 favorite christmas songs are Josh Grobans new recording of I'll Be Home for Christmas (because I actually get to go home this year!) and Chris Botti's Ave Maria. I love Ave Maria and Chris Botti's clear trumpet is just spectacular and sends chills down your spine!! I LOVE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR!

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

I gave up on this bachelor a long time ago. He was disgusting. He wasn't real and kind of acted like a teenager.

I LOVE O Holy Night! Clay's version is wonderful, but Point of Grace's, wow. They rotate lines of the song at the beginning, and it's so pretty and delicate, but when they sing the "fall on your knees" part I really do want to fall on my knees and praise the Lord! It moves me every time.

I also like Little Drummer Boy...I used to hate that song, but last year my church did a jazzy version and when the 100 piece choir started singing "ooh, rum pum pum, rum pum, rum pum, rum pum! Yeah, rum pum pum pum, playin on my drum!" and everyone was swaying to the beat more than usual because they were so into it, I fell in love with it and really started thinking about the message.

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

O Holy Night is my favorite traditional. The Celtic Woman version is just gorgeous.

Other favorite is White Christmas and there's only one version worth listening to IMO, and that's the one at the end of the movie with Bing, Danny, Vera and Rosemary.

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Oh, wow, I just got to look at the blog and see all these awesome Christmas songs! Thanks, Kristin! :-)

My favorite? Oh, too many to count! O Holy Night is at the top of the list, but have you all ever heard the California Raisins Christmas CD? Talk about a party waiting to happen!!! WHOOHOOO!!!! Nothing makes me want to kick up my heels and break out the chocolate like that music!

Have I mentioned I LOVE Christmas???? *g*

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger Aplepie said...

Ohmygawd! It's so weird that you're talking about The Bachelor. The entire time I was watching last night's show I kept thinking about Ashley Stockingdale and Seth Greenwood! I just recently re-read She's Out of Control and I swear Brad said so many things that reminded me of Seth. I just hope that Jen and DeAnna find their Kevin Novak like Ashley did.

I'm only twenty but I hope that I never end up in a relationship with a Seth or a Brad!

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh I just came from Enchanted. LOVED it!!! The princess could have used a less revealing top, but other than that, it was a great chick flick. : )

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Heather said...

The Bach . . .did you see what Fleiss said he wanted to use as an ending? He wanted to have footage of Brad sitting on the couch, remote in hand, a beer and a sub watching a game. I felt that pretty accurately showed how much Brad really cared about the whole thing. He seemed more upset about sending Bettina and Sheena home than he did the final 2!

Favorite Christmas tune -- I'm like Di, no way I could pick just one. However, I do have one that makes me all smiley and takes me back to my childhood. It's called Santa Claus and Popcorn. I've never run into anyone else who's heard of it. Merle Haggard sang it and it just makes me grin when I think of it.

Enchanted. . .my mom's taking my girls tomorrow after t-giving lunch. Maybe I should join them!

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

I love O Holy Night and I'm still in my teeny bopper days with my favorite version being 'N Sync's. Those boys can sing! Actually that's my favorite Christmas CD hands down. I hope I can find it!

I saw a news clip of The Bachelor and watched it. I'm glad I didn't watch after the first season. I just couldn't get into it again. Even if last season's was stationed here.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

 
At 5:10 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

As usual I am coming in late on the discussion. I like what someone said about the Bachelor. Watching a train wreck but we couldn't stop watching. This guy is a piece of work. The whole premise anyway is arcane. How can anyone seriously date two, three, four people, get it down to two and feel like they are in love. They are really two-timing, three-timing. We have no idea what goes on during those fantasy dates, but I have to imagine the worse. And how can those women do that knowing he is with two others the other two nights doing the same. Yuck!

Old Brad has issues. Big ones and both girls are very fortunate. They won and he's the loser. At least Trista and Ryan seem to have made it okay. But what a horrible track record. I like how they mustered the troops in light of what happened. Rolled out the success stories. All of two. I read that already last time's bachelor. The sophomoric Navy officer and Tessa are splitsville. If you want true love, do'g go on that show. The odds are horrible.

But, it is a study in behaving badly isn't it?

 
At 5:20 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I think the reason the Bachelorette has worked out better -- and I like Ian and Meredith the best, even though they didn't stay together. That was a fun one to watch. But I think the reason that works is that the women aren't changed by the experience. They don't believe, WOW, if I can get all these HOT guys, think how many more might be out there. What if I get the wrong hot guy? Like the Bachelors seem to think.

I knew the last Bachelor wouldn't make it. He wasn't savvy enough for the gal he picked. Either way, I watch them because I love the interplay and Jane Austen type subtexting that happens on the show. It's a sick enjoyment, what can I say?

 
At 4:38 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

i love O Holy Night ever since iheard it in young and the restless all those years ago sung by the likes of Micheal Crawford its amazing.
I also like Mary did you know.
I like a few of the aussie carols too cos they are from an aussie point of view and talk about it being hot etc.

we haven't had the series of the bachelor. in fact i think they are a couple behind. but they put it in the non ratings period and i dont normally watch it

 
At 7:17 PM, Blogger Steph said...

I love Clay Aiken! His Christmas album is my favorite. O Holy Night is probably my favorite Christmas song as well, especially since I sing it every year. It is hard to choose though since I love all Christmas music.

I didn't watch the bachelor, but I heard about it. Ditto to everything you said! I hate when guys lead women on, then reject them and act mad when the women isn't very happy with them. They can be so clueless.

 

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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