Commuting From Home

After going through a life-long search to find the perfect house for my family, I knew that there was no way in hell I would be able to live in apartment that I could pay for myself until I was a functioning adult. Most of this sentiment comes in part by the reality of getting zero assistance from my parents to pay for an apartment and the other fees that come with this responsibility. And since the cheapest apartment I have ever come across that is close by to campus costs $900 a month, I have decided to live at home for my junior year of college. I know, I know, I think I might have lost my mind but at the same time, I have no problem being a scammer.

For the most part, I am a home-body. I like the comfort of having a home or at least little pieces of comfort that remind me of home. And I have made myself quite the home here at Emerson but I am looking forward to having real food, free laundry, and a couch that I can lay on without disrupting someone else’s personal space. If it was up to me, I would gladly live on campus next year but that’s not possible as the junior lottery is a fake scam in itself and there’s not enough space for everyone.

What I noticed the most about making the decision to live at home is that I get a plethora of reactions from those I mention it to or those who ask about my living situation for next year. Overall, people tend to respect my decision but I have gotten a lot of confused facial expressions, some form of amusement, and a lot of questions. And for the purpose of this post, I have decided to share these quirky questions and give you my equally quirky but honest answers.

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Expect the Unexpected with Big Brother

I’ve watched Big Brother for a few years now and if I’ve learned one thing about the show, it’s this: expect the unexpected.

The show is hosted by Julie Chen and the premise is pretty simple. The contestants of the show are locked in a house for the summer with no connection to the outside world. They compete every week to rise to power as “the Head of Household” who, in turn, picks the nominees that week. There are competitions where the nominees fight to save themselves and, if they win, they can choose to take themselves off the chopping block and then “the Head of Household” has to nominate someone new. Then, the house guests vote to determine who is evicted and the game repeats until there is a winner.

It sounds simple but it’s far from it. There are always twists and alliances that are formed that usually end up blowing up in the contestants’ faces and back firing. Each season always seems to have more twists and this season is no different. There are three major twists this season. The first is a recurring twist from last season called “the Battle of the Block.” Instead of one “Head of Household,” there are two. Both “Heads of Household” nominate their own two nominees. Then there’s a “Battle of the Block” competition where the four nominees compete for safety. The two nominees who win dethrone their “Head of Household” and get off the chopping block.

The second twist is “the Twin Twist” which was done back in season five. One of the house guests (though it has not been revealed who it is yet) has an identical twin. For the first five weeks, this house guest and their twin will be switching on and off in the Big Brother house. They are to play the game as one player. If they get through the first five weeks, the twin gets to the enter the house and play his or her separate game.

The third twist is called “BB Takeover” and it involves one of my favorite shows, the Amazing Race. (My previous articles about the show can be found here and here.) After all the house guests entered the house, they noticed there were two empty seats at the dining room table which meant one thing: two more house guests. Julie Chen was joined outside the house with Phil Keoghan, the host of the Amazing Race. In the past, there have been contestants on Big Brother who then went on to become contestants on the Amazing Race. Keoghan then decided it was only fair that two contestants from his show now join the Big Brother cast. Jeff Weldon and Jackie Ibarra, the only blind dating couple from this past season of the Amazing Race who said they would actually consider pursuing a romantic relationship after “the Race,” entered the Big Brother house as the remaining two contestants.

It’s a very interesting mix this summer. There’s a secret twin, two contestants from the Amazing Race, the show’s first ever transgender person and a professional wrestler. I guess it’s safe to say that this season both the house guests and the viewers need to expect the unexpected.