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|June 30 & July 2, 2006 - Pre-season
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Letters from home
We might think of Janelle as the party girl always on the go, but she watched the June 21 casting special quietly with family in Minnesota
It looks like she & little sister don't know quite what to make of Chicken George - we'll probably see more of that from all of them soon enough
By the way, the person posting around as Janelle's sister is definitely an imposter.. that's pretty low
Janelle's hometown rally will probably be shown on the July 6 premiere - CBS was there filming.. they also shot at least one other hopeful's hometown rally - sshhh
Thanks to Ann Pierzina for the pics - see more at Janelle's site
George is a winner! (maybe)
Speaking of George, Hamsterwatcher Attw x found this pic in an ad for Hooters Casino in Las Vegas, with the caption "We won BIG on all our favorite slots!"
Is it our George? George of chicken-feed, shower blastoff and walkout threat fame? There's no way to be sure, but his site says "he has been a keynote announcer, entertainer, and promoter at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas".. maybe he's branching out to other slots halls
Compare the Hooters pic with one from his site and the official CBS: the shape of the head & face, the teeth & smile, the hairline & style.. wait, to heck with all that - he wore the same shirt to Hooters and CBS
So chances are George didn't really win BIG at Hooters, but was hired out for the everyman shot in the ad.. his Vegas agent has him listed with Males rather than Mature Adults or worse, Specialty Acts - that's something
Hello what's this, CBS?
Look, up in the sky!
The feeds began feeding Friday, kinda.. it looks like they're greasing up the machinery that delivers our fun
It wasn't much: a video loop of sunlight trying to break through stormy clouds over a semi-animated sea, with a color bar test pattern, logo and "The House Guests will be right back" - they're lying to us already
The TV and/or Housecalls theme song looped along with.. you almost expected to see The Chosen Twelve float down the sun rays to us, one by one, in slow motion.. ok, now I'm hoping we get the fireplace rather than this for three months
I caught it on F1 for dialup, and later a full-screen color bar pattern on F4 for dialup, so they're probably getting all our channels set up
Update: Yep, all feeds are live now in sea/sky or rolling flames motifs - get yourself set up and ready with one-click, no time-out links for Hamsterwatchers on the new feeds page
This year we've got a practice pad for the summer.. meet Kieran
Kieran's a 30-something, very animated, hyper germophobe who's letting his feedsters make all decisions for him for six months: what to wear, what to eat, who can visit, and so on
He's live at a site called Our Prisoner and they run with that theme.. they have quick polls for things like "should the Warden's kids visit Kieran?" Voters said yes so here he is having hot dogs with them under (presumably) the Warden's sponsor's billboard
It isn't as nicely lit or mic'd as the BB house but it has multiple cams and audio which most home webcams don't, and Kieran's a funny guy.. when the kids asked him if he wanted anything he said "Maybe a tranquilizer".. "A what?".. he also talks to us a lot, as hamsters should
The site is a mess of ads, cookies and too-frequently-refreshed plug-in permission nags (or not, depending on your browser settings) but you can bypass them with this direct video link.. but check the site to see which decisions are being made or lived out, or to vote.. thanks to Hamsterwatcher Diana for this one
Sadly, the Meow Mix House has shut down their 24/7 feeds.. they claim they'd always intended to run them for 10 days only, but I suspect the live kitty cams were getting more viewers than the show.. the short edited segments are kinda cute though - they run on Animal Planet Friday nights during "The Planet's Funniest Animals" at about 9.15 or 10.15 (air times vary).. episodes are also archived at the Meow Mix House site
And we've always got Patrick's Place, the one man BB show in Indiana, always in linkage and a good friend to Hamsterwatch and Hamsterwatchers.. especially during east coast air times
The daily rumor mill says there may be an unannounced, alternate former hamster added to the mix when Julie whittles down the 20 hopefuls
I don't care who wins, I'm just here for the cheap entertainment - the cheaper, the better
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