My guilty pleasure: The Bachelor shows

I’m a 40-year old man and I’m an addict. Hi, my name is Ben.

This relationship I have with the Bachelor family of shows started over a decade ago and I’ve always said I can quit whenever I want. It’s not a problem.

But it IS a problem when I wake up Monday morning and think, “Ok, I need to plan my day around the goal of being home by 7pm to watch Bachelor in Paradise.” Or when I become the very proud commissioner of a Bachelor fantasy league at work. And it’s not even the fantasy game ABC created.

We created our own league with our own points and categories and a giant excel sheet. 

To be honest, it was awesome. I loved keeping stats on kisses, who cussed or said “here for the right reasons,” who shows up with a gimmick on episode 1, who gets the first impression rose, and on and on we would go with the circus.

But it’s not like there’s ever been a lot of real romance on the show, even dating back to the very first Bachelor couple, Adam and Eve. There is some romance, for sure. However, the romance we witness rarely leads to marriage. In fact, if I were a divorce lawyer, well, I’d be poor (because of that whole not getting married part) BUT I’d be waiting right behind Neil Lane with a packet of papers and a couple of pens.

Producers pressure you into a premature proposal? Fantasy suite got you all confused about stuff? Pump the brakes and put your trust in me. Hi, my name is Ben. I’ll be your lawyer friend.

…would be my way-too-long slogan. If there were a way to make money off engagement breakups, THEN I’d be more than a poor divorce lawyer. Because this is dating in real life. So why do I, and we, keep coming back? I guess it’s for entertainment value because there sure is a heck of a lot of that. And the drama. With the current cast of Jordan and Blake and Hannah G among others, my heart rate is equal to a brisk jog on a Planet Fitness treadmill.

I guess we could call this post “Confessions of a 40 year old man: Why I admit to watching The Bachelor.” My confession: I just do. I can’t really explain why. With the windmills and the Stagecoach and Jordan being the best cast member ever, we just can’t get enough, can we? 🙂

What are your thoughts about the show and if you’re willing to share, why do you watch? Comment below!

-Out of the Wilderness

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Maddie and Tae “Die From A Broken Heart” fun facts about the music video


Maddie and Tae’s new video for “Die From A Broken Heart” features Tae playing the part of the the brokenhearted while Maddy narrates the story by way of the song’s lyrics.

Where in the world?
The setting of this video shoot looks very familiar, since I live in Tennessee… but without knowing for sure, it could be any number of places in this state or the southeast. I’d bet a milking goat it’s not Hawaii, so at least we can eliminate that as a possible location.

Who’s that guy?

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You may recognize the guy playing the boyfriend/ex-boyfriend from movies like Bumblebee and Truth or Dare, or his successful character Zig on the DeGrassi TV series. His name is Ricardo Hoyos.

Turn on the radio…
If you look closely, the couple are jamming to Ava Max “Sweet But Psycho” while they’re riding around in the Jeep. The Maddie, Tae, and Ava Max are close in age, Ava Max born in 1994 and both Maddie and Tae born in 1995. Tae and Ava Max are both 5’3″, while Maddie is just an inch shorter at 5’2″.

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The video was directed by Carlos Ruiz who’s done a lot of work with another popular country artist… Jon Pardi. I have a couple of posts about his music videos below.

Jon Pardi “Heartache Medication”

Jon Pardi “Heartache on the Dance Floor”

Let’s get social…
You can find all of these folks on their social medias below…

Maddie and Tae Instagram @maddieandtae

Ricardo Hoyos Instagram @ricardohoyos3

Carlos Ruiz studio site

Ava Max Instagram @avamax

 

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

My 2017 Nissan Versa Note – every mile a memory!

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I’m not one to be obsessed with what kind of car I’m driving. Nor am I a “car guy.” I have changed oil, swapped out filters and such, but none of the crazy stuff folks who love cars are into. In fact, my heart leaped at the lyrics of Switchfoot’s “Gone”…

We got information in the information age
But do we know what life is
Outside of our convenient Lexus cages

I have loved those lyrics since the day I first heard them. But that’s neither here nor there. You may think it’s odd I’m posting a blog about my Nissan. Well, I’m odd… so sue me! Actually, don’t. Please don’t!

So why do I love my Versa? Well, it looks good, it runs good, it’s got room for me and my dogs, and it’s my second Versa after my first cleared 200k miles a few years ago. That one was a champ before it went on to new owners. This one is also my first hatchback and I love that about it. The 2008 Versa I had was sedan style, and it was good too, but I find myself enjoying the heck out of the hatchback. Great gas mileage, quiet engine, decent sounding speakers. It’s just a fun car!

Here are a few milestones we’ve crossed in our brief relationship so far…

mile 19… drove off the lot of Hays Nissan of Rivergate, Nashville, TN

mile 37… first song played in the Versa: “Start Over” by Roger Jaeger

mile 234… ran windshield wipers for the first time

mile 3,038… stepped out of the car, dropped my phone and shattered the screen (RIP Motorola Droid Maxx!)

mile 4,280… drove to my friends Kirk and Melody’s wedding in Beechgrove, TN


mile 14,116… drove to Florida to help with Hurricane Michael cleanup

mile 27,395… met up with Jonathan Mills to hand him the 2018 Fantasy Football trophy

There are a ton of things that happened between those mile markers, but those are a few memorable moments. If you have a Nissan Versa, enjoy it! And if you’re considering adding a Versa to your fleet, do it!

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-Out of the Wilderness

More about Melii’s “Slow For Me” music video

Hello and thanks for stopping by! I’m betting you’re interested in what’s going on with Melii, a singer/rapper/entertainer who’s becoming more popular in music world. You might want to know more about her music video for “Slow For Me.” Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s what I’ve uncovered. Feel free to chime in below if you have info to share!


The details…

The song was co-written by Melii (who’s real name is Audrey Grinell Ducasse), Michel Sotolongo, and a dude named Devvon Terrell.

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Another fun connection between Devvon Terrell and Melii is his video for “Temperature” back in 2017. Melii stars as the love interest. Check it out here.

The song and video feature Daystar Peterson, a Canadian singer/rapper more well-known as Tory Lanez. As far as relationships go, I can’t find anything that says the pair are romantically linked in any other way besides being on the same record label, Interscope Records. How romantic [insert heart eyes emoji]

The video for “Slow For Me” was shot in Cafe La Trova, a nightclub/restaurant in Miami, Florida. Here are side by side pics from the video and the restaurant website.

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image from nightclub website


Other fun stuff…

The video was directed by Edgar Esteves and has over 1.1 million views as of today, August 9. That means since it’s debut on July 31, it gets close to 130,000 views per day. That’s awesome!

Melli is from Harlem, New York, stands at 5’5″ and has a net worth of $300k.

Here’s a behind the scenes clip from Melli’s Facebook page that shows a short glimpse into the fun they had while shooting this video.


Social info…

Director Edgar Esteves’s reel and on Twitter @edgarestevess

Melii on Instagram @melii and on Twitter @Melii

Tory Lanez on Instagram @torylanez and Twitter @torylanez

Devvon Terrell on Instagram @devvonterrell and Twitter @DevvonTerrell

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

Adventure week part 1

Greetings! Today is Friday and it’s technically the last day of a week I’ve titled “Adventure Week!” I did so because for the last month or two, I was in a routine. Not a rut, per se, but just doing each day without many bells and whistles. That’s all fine and good, but I knew things needed to be shaken up!

Monday
img_20190805_1323232843207081375152261.jpgThe first day of this week-long adventure kicked off with an early afternoon movie at a local theater. I actually love going to watch movies but haven’t been in many, many months. So I treated myself to a movie I’d been wanting to see since I first knew about it; Yesterday. Great movie! I almost cried multiple times (in a good way), and laughed often. The plot of the movie really intrigued me and although they never really address the why and how of what happened in the movie– everyone in the world except for a handful of people never knowing of the Beatles (or Coke, or Harry Potter, also)– it was fantastic. And I’m not even a die-hard Beatles fan.

Tuesday
On this, the second day of Adventure week, I went kayaking. I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t been all year, in spite of having kayaks at my disposal all day every day. So I hit up a nearby lake and it was extremely satisfying. I mostly stayed close to the shoreline because I like to see turtles and birds and whatever other creatures pop up.

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Wednesday
I decided to do a repeat of Tuesday, so I went out to the same lake but launched from a different park. Just like Tuesday, kayaking was a big success. On both days, I ventured out in the late afternoon so by the time I was paddling, the sun wasn’t scorching and I was able to be on the water as it neared dusk. Very fun!

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Thursday
I kinda cheated on the Adventure week because I didn’t really plan something special for this day… I did what I’ve been doing the last few weeks on Thursdays… play volleyball. I absolutely love playing and at a particular sand volleyball court area, a bunch of folks show up on Thursday to play pick-up volleyball. So it’s a great chance to see friends I’ve made out there, and make new friends. Now I’ll admit something, it wasn’t as fun as it’s been in the past and I don’t know exactly why, but evenso, it was still a great time on the court.

Friday… today.
Today is still a mystery but I have a few ideas for Adventure Week. Check back soon and I’ll have an update!!

Thanks for reading, have an adventurous day!

-Out of the Wilderness

Jon Pardi “Heartache Medication” behind the video details

Jon Pardi recently added a music video to a song his fans already love, and it’s getting quite the positive feedback on YouTube. Lots of Dwight Yoakam vibes being felt, George Strait comparisons, comments about Jon saving country, “real country” and on and on. But what you might not know about the video itself is the identity of the woman Jon’s sweet on, and the bottles of whiskey he’s sweet on, too 🙂

 

Well, those diehard fans already know who she is, but I’ll tell ya anyway, it’s his girlfriend Summer Duncan.

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You’ll also see a well-framed close up shot of Louisville-based Michter’s Whiskey. I haven’t found any direct connection between the brand and Jon Pardi.

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What else is interesting about this video? Well, some comments on YouTube mention Jon’s height… so according to
this site, in the past Jon’s said he stands at 6′ 3.5″ tall. Must be nice up there.

He reportedly has a net worth of $8 million. Must be nice up there.

The video shoot location is Nashville, specifically The Nashville Palace and nearby.

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via The Nashville Palace Instagram

The video was directed by Carlos Ruiz, who’s directed a number of Jon’s videos, like “Heartache on the Dance Floor”, and Mr. Ruiz does photography, too.

You can find Summer on Instagram @summerfawn_duncan

Jon’s Instagram @jonpardipics

Carlos Ruiz’s website

The Nashville Palace @thenashvillepalace

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

 

 

Who’s the dude in Ingrid Andress “More Hearts Than Mine” music video… and more info!

Rising over 1.8 million views on YouTube, obviously Ingrid has found something that might just “make America cry again.” The music video premiered on April 24th so by now you’ve had plenty of time to watch it. But here’s another chance…

You can find plenty of info about the story behind the song, just check out this and this… but what about the video? Who’s the ex-boyfriend? What kind of car is she driving? Where was it filmed? Well, here’s what I found out!

The Dude…
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The guy playing her love interest former love interest is actually a singer/songwriter himself. His name is Davis Mallory. He’s got a ton of stuff online so go check him out when you get a second. One interesting thing is he’s counted among the alumni of MTV’s Real World. From what I could find, I believe Davis is gay, so I kind of chuckled because Ingrid’s video is about breaking up with a boyfriend, who’s played by a gay guy. Perhaps this is why they break up in the story? So many layers to peel back!

The Ride…
There’s really not much to go on at all, but based on the headrest in the beginning of the video, I’ll bet this is a Volvo from the late 80s or early 90s.
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If you know anything about cars or Volvos specifically, do share!

Location, location, location…
The video was filmed in Springfield, Tennessee, a town with a population around 17,000. It’s about 30 miles north of Nashville, roughly 2,100 miles east of Los Angeles. It’s home of one of Tennessee’s best 18-hole golf courses, but you won’t find me swinging clubs there.

I am a terrible golfer. Thanks for checking out my post, have a great day! If you’re bored, I posted my research on Lauren Daigle’s video for “Rescue.” Go there and be bored no more.

-Out of the Wilderness