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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Big Brother & Pain at the Pump

Hi Everyone :) I hope you're having a stellar weekend! The Big Brother 9 Ebay Frenzy picked up even more in the past 24 hours, with the prop department listing over 100 items from the house - like the chess board, and all the love quotes and tons of other stuff. They will ship these items, unlike the larger furniture pieces...

Ok, this has zero to to with Big Brother, but since we're all feeling the crunch... I filled my gas tank yesterday, and as usual, it made me want to scream... Gas is now OVER $4 in my neighborhood...

Instead of screaming, I tried to think of how I could make it hurt a little less... for me.. and for everyone else...

And I went on a little hunt for online retailers I trust that are offering great deals... like free shipping and big discounts...

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Anonymous Amber said...

Great Idea!!!!

9:04 AM  
Blogger Seffie said...

Hey Carolyn,
This sort of is and sort of is not off topic...
I have been watching Big Brother Australia. It started the same day the BB here ended. I have to say that I LOVE it! BB gives the HM (it's house mates over there...) things to do and even dole out tasks to do for 'punishment' when the HM's don't do what they are supposed to. On Fridays, they have Friday Night Games. They are a different theme each week and hilarious! All in all, there is more to watch since they aren't sitting around with nothing to do 95% of the time. And it's less confrontational. Not to say that there aren't problems here and there... I'm enjoying it MUCH more than our BB. I wish our BB would adopt some of what Australia BB does. It sure would be more fun to watch!

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a positive way to refocus our "steam" over gas prices Carolyn! Here here!

...and got the greatest laugh of today! "Free Range Chicken Poop Lip Balm" !!! (drugstore.com)

Word will travel quickly...LOL

You're great Carolyn. 'member me? st from Season 8 (and Season 9 lurker).

I love that you're staying in touch between seasons!


3:38 PM  
Blogger jluvsturtles said...

As always, you amaze me with your kindness. God Bless! I live in Houston, and gas is $3.52/gallon. It should be cheaper since the oil drills are only 45 miles from us, but it does seem we are cheaper than other parts of the country. My dad lives near Panama City Beach, he always says Texas has the cheap gas! (By the way, I am a Floridian myself, born in Tampa and attended kindergarten in Miami. Then spent many summers in Gulf Breeze/Pensacola Beach growing up. I MISS FLA! I go every summer to visit my Daddy and plan to move back when I hit retirement.) If you are a mom I wish you Happy Mother's Day!!!

10:06 PM  
Blogger spookybell said...

Oh! I feel your pain! I just put $45 in my tank...

I am big on preservation, but at this point, I have to say -Let's stop being dependent on a country that hates us and start drilling in Alaska!

I was quite againt that 3 years ago... but $4.00 a gallon is REDICULIOUS!!!!

11:37 PM  
Anonymous CLASSICRnB said...

josh and neil kissed? true or false.
is there a video? or was it a rumor?

12:35 AM  
Blogger Judy in NJ said...

Good thing I'm addicted to TV..saves hundreds in gas money.. only problem is the gas I get from all the snacking!!! LOL

Seffie...Where is BB australia showing? Is it on our channels here in the US??

Two more months till BB10!!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Rhonda said...

Hey Carolyn!!! Miss you and can't wait for new BB. Anyway, loved your idea about the sites. Here is a site to go to. www.retailmenot.com You just put in the store you are shopping at and you can usually find a code for free shipping plus other codes. Worth a try. Have a great day! Hugs to all and Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's out there.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow what a nice surprise, a weeks worth of unexpected dishchicks :)

in spite of our many problems, remember we are in all reality the most fortunate and luckiest of human beings in the history of our planet.

wishing everyone, motha or not, the happiest of mother's days

looking forward to bb10 with everyone again, any word when we will find out about the new cast?


12:38 PM  
Blogger David B. said...

I won my auction for Zach's wristbands. Being a Zach fan I got them for $30. Good deal (IMHO) for me compared to some prices for BB memorbillia.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

Please help! I was telling my husband about the funny YouTube clip you had posted about the lady trying to sing a Mariah Carey song in english but getting it all wrong but now I can't find it on your website. Can you help me find it? I want to show him. Thanks!

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey carolyn.. i'm not sure if u posted this yet, but when u get a chance can u post a link to sharon's stuff on ebay? i can't seem to get to it..

7:48 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Thanks, Amber :)

Hi Seffie :) Sounds fun.

STS!! HI! :) SO nice to see you! Free range chicken poop lip balm? That's hysterical.

jluvsturtles - Hiya :)

Spooky - I just heard from someone on myspace who told me she's already paying 4.5 and she thinks it'll hit 5 by the end of summer... OUCH

Classic - I never saw it happen.

DavidB - Sweet! He's really on the ball about shipping too.. fyi. I've bought a couple things from him on ebay... a non-BB related tshirt in support of the striking writers... and the horned hat from last season...

Jaime - lemme see if I saved it to my favorites... you're in luck - i did! here's the link: Ken Lee

Anon Re Sharon - I have it in a couple places... the easiest to find is under "Cool BB Stuff" just above the BBtop100 thingie - , where all the HGs ebay links are... also, it's on the left sidebar... also, her auctions are mentioned and linked to in the 2 posts prior to this one ;)

8:16 AM  
Blogger Ilissa said...

I just watched that "Ken Leee" video and nearly peed my pants! I have been a fan of Mariah since I was a little kid, and that video totally tickled my fancy.

Hi Carolyn and everybody!!

11:22 AM  
Blogger Seffie said...

judy in nj,
You can check it out at xx2000xx's and Dr Detroit's site at BB couch potatoes. They have daily reports and video. Also, you can go to bigbrother.com.au and check out the official site. It it TONS better than our BB site. It gives frequent updates that are going on in the house and there are videos you can watch. The live feeds are 30.00 for the approximate 100 day show. They aren't as good as ours, though. I find with the time difference, I watch delayed videos and get all I want since there are daily shows, etc. BB is HUGE over there and there are huge audiences for all the shows. I understand that people that last long enough in the house can become stars because they are so popular.
You must check out the Friday night games! The videos are usually up by Saturday afternoon our time. Last Friday night was hilarious!!

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 dollars a gallon is a "pain at the pump"?

Give me a break...I pay 5.32 per gallon up in Canada and the rest of the first world is paying even more than what i am...especially in Europe. You should be thanking your lucky stars in America, but as always, this is a typical response from the average "privileged" American who thinks they do not need to feel even a fraction of the effects that the rest of the world around them does, or the "ignorant" American who doesn't realize he/she still has it better than other nations.

God forbid if Americans were forced to downsize from their gas guzzling Escalades and Ford 1 tons to something more understated.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Henry said...

LoL when gas hit 4.17 for regular unleaded last month, I ditched my car for the San Francisco MUNI. A fast pass is 45.00 a month and considering it was costing me 60.00 bucks a week for gas and 20.00 a day for parking I am saving a ton. It only takes me from the time I walk out of my door till the time I get to work 38 minutes! These gas prices are out of control. I heard more propaganda on CNN yesterday, they ran a story that said service stations were only making a penny per gallon profit, BS if that were true they wouldn't be in business, I know I wouldn't. Keep up the good work Carolyn.

9:00 PM  
Blogger GaYToR said...

Seffie, I agree the AU version of BB is much better in many ways. I don't like the idea of having to pay for your votes via cellphone but I do like it that all the housemates vote on eviction and the top vote getters are in the hot seats for the viewers to evict. Also that there isn't just two in those hot seats.... also you can vote for who to evict and who to save so that makes the votes even more interesting.

I subscribed for 2 seasons but didn't do it this year because I needed a big break after our winter BB. I like their dormitory style arrangements too. Gotta love cheap thrills as the boys shower. :o I love me some Aussie Bums.

I also like as I have said before, one of my biggest peeves of our version is the familiarity with the crew. AU's Big Brother is strict, and allows no disrespect, the way Big Brother should be. Also like the idea of fines for breaking rules... Can you imagine that in our version? The winner would end up owing money, and that would be hilarious. I could go on and on about the things I like better in the AU BB.

Carolyn, I think your online shopping thing is a great idea. I try to do all my shopping online, but I don't have a car (just borrow one from a good friend, but that means we pay for the gas, so I am affecteed.) I just don't have to deal with the payments and insurance.;)

One of my favorite online shopping places is perfumania.com. BIG discounts and most all of the big name brands.

Places like Target.com do a lot of specials such as free shipping. I love that part.

I think you have a great idea and with our comments we could all share our favorite online places.

Do it! is my vote.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My comment is to the person from canada that seems to think americans are more "privileged" than the rest of the world. While we may be more fortunate than some others, we are taxed more than people in Europe and pay far more for any medications etc. than you do. Not sure where all the "anger" towards americans come from but maybe you should see someone about that. It is crazy that we are paying $4 a gallon for gas when just 10 years ago it was only $1. I'm sorry you are paying over $5, but I bet you don't pay an arm an a leg to get medication that keeps you alive from chronic medical problems. Go voice your hate for spoiled americans elsewhere while we continue to be disgusted with the gas prices and the mismanagement of OUR country.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Europeans pay less taxes than Americans??? I don't know what you are talking about. Take a look at the tax brackets and you will see you are way wrong. The reason why Europeans and Canadians get "cheaper" healthcare is simply for the reason that we DO PAY HIGHER RATES OF TAXES than Americans. My taxes go to paying for universal healthcare for all Canadians among other things.

3:47 PM  

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