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Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Spotlight On...ff174

You read his recaps, you laugh at his jokes, you may even secretly root for him to win BB 9.5.  Now, get to know member #1111 of ff174

Name: Marek Wojciechowski, (First name is prounounced Mah-rek, last name is Voy-cha-huff-skee.)

Age: 51
Location: Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Wow.  Your name is a mouthful!  I assume it's of Polish origin.  How often does anyone pronounce it correctly? You are absolutely correct! Both of my parents are from Europe. My father, obviously, is Polish, My Mother is English. As far as correct pronunciation, let's just say ... pretty much never. In fact, in my whole life, there has been exactly one non-Pole who actually pronounced my last name correctly.

Where were you born? East Orange, New Jersey

How did you end up on the other side of the country? It was always my parent's desire to come to California. For some reason, they decided to move West ... 6 months after I was born. So, around May of 1957, they drove 3000 miles across the country in a non-air conditioned Plymouth. This was before car seats. So, I pretty much spent the whole time on my mother's lap.

What did you want to be when you grew up?  I still don't know. No, actually, I seem to remember that I wanted to be a lawyer. I didn't even know what I wanted to do when I got to college. I guess I figured that I would fall into something, eventually.

Did you become a lawyer? No. I still find myself watching lawyer-based shows and yelling out "objection!" I am pretty damned good at it. 

What do you do for fun? Visit with my friends and family. Read. Go to the beach and walk along The Strand. Try to make a few people laugh recapping all the dolts in the BB house. Cheer on my Sports teams (Lakers, Dodgers, UCLA Bruins).
What were mealtimes like for you as a child? Good. I was a little fussy, and my mom accomodated me. My dad would always be home in time from work, so we always ate together.

Did you ever like any of your school photos? At the time of the photos, I don't think that I really cared that much. Looking back, I needed glasses when I was very young, and always hated the way I looked in them.
What was your first date like? The girl's name was Adrianne Hrtik, and I was gaga over her. We went to Chris and Pitts Steak House. We saw the move "The Marathon Man." I can't remember if I got a kiss or not
What is in your vegetable bin? I am a true bachelor, and only shop for a day or so at a time. Right now, I have tomatoes ... which I am afraid to eat. We are having a salmonella scare, right now. And lots of the stores have removed tomatoes from the shelves. It's bizarre, because there is a Mexican Fast Food place next door, and they have removed all the salsas from their condiment bin. How can anyone eat a taco without salsa.

Also, lettuce, and that is about it.

What things do you typically cook for yourself? I am a very simple guy when it comes to cooking. Living in SoCal, the weather is always amenable to BBQ'ing. Why would anybody bake or fry their meat, if they could just as easily turn on the propane, and fix up some charred animal flesh? even in the dead of winter, BBQ'ing is far superior than butchering meat by frying or baking.
My typical evening meal consists of BBQ'd chicken/steak/pork/ground beef and some vegetable.
What color is your car? Green
Are you having a good hair day? Right now, yes. That's because my hair is short.
What is your favorite cologne? I don't wear any cologne
What type of books do you like to read? All kinds. I like classics like The Tale of Two Cities, etc. I also have started reading books that teach me about history
If you were a literary character, who would you be? I have always thought that the Count of Monte Christo (Edmund Dantes) was one of the coolest characters, so lets go with him.

Do you have any pets? No. I currently own my own business, and I do not have the time to tend to a pet. If I had my druthers, I would own a dog. I love dogs

Name your favorite place in the world: I really like where I live, but if I were to choose the one place I would want to go back to for a visit, I have a friend who has a time share in Key West. I always have the best time when I go there.

Tell me something people might be surprised to learn about you. Wow, You have really opened a can of worms.
Here goes ...
Okay. HT is a wonderful place for everyone to gather and discuss all that is Big Brother. It is my opinion that the majority of people on the site are Reality TV Junkies. I look in on many of the other threads, and it seems that 80% of the discussion is Reality TV based.
Please, do not take anything I am about to say personally ...
I hate reality TV. I hate it big time.
There is only one Reality Based Show that, in my opinion, is worth a damn: The Amazing Race.That is the one show that the contestants actually depend upon their wits, in order to win. Every other reality based show has some kind of manufactured environment that precludes it from being a true reality based show
You want more? I have not watched a network broadcast of BB since about BB3. It was about that time that I started watching the live feeds. It became brutally obvious to me that the network broadcast show did not adequately represent what actually happened in the house. Witness the Evel Dick Season. In my opinion, Grodner and her evil minions kept Evel Dick and his Spawn in the game for ratings. They did not show his outbursts that could be considered criminal, Instead, they depicted him as this aging Rock 'n Roller,, trying to win his white bread daughter back.
That is not reality. That is creating a show in order to garner ratings.
Which is fine. Just don't tell me it's "reality".
So, why do I recap on HT if I hate the show?
Because, I like to get responses to my recaps. I don't consider myself a comedian, but getting a response in the "love" thread means everything to me. I really like it when I bring a chuckle to someone who does not have the feeds. I also consider myself a reporter to those who do not have the feeds. I try to be as unbiased as possible ...
Unless I am recapping the Booger ... or Evel Dick ... or ...
Well, the majority of the idjits who would appear on BB

That does is!  This recap is OVER!  Well, after this one last very important question, that is.

What is your favorite type of cookie? Chocolate Chip, of course. Warm, and out of the oven.

Your cookie answer was the correct one, so I'll forgive you for bashing reality tv, (although everything you said is absolutely true.)  Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer my questions, ff.  I look forward to reading your recaps for the upcoming BB10!

Posted at 10:45 am by ChefGrace
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Saturday, May 31, 2008
This Just In

I was in the same room today as Jacob when he was playing an online game for kids.  He kept calling the other players "noods", so I corrected him, saying the proper term is "noob", and that a "nood" is what you call someone who is naked. 

Later this evening, he got out of his bath, dropped his towel and ran around the house proclaiming, "I'm a nood!  I'm a nood". 

I swear, this kid never fails to entertain.

Posted at 10:37 pm by ChefGrace
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Out of the mouth of Jacob

I took the kids to zoo yesterday, on their first day of summer break.  It was a fun time, made especially memorable by the loss of my son's first tooth.  He'd just taken a bite of a giant pretzel while looking at the flamingos, then ran over to me and said, "mom!", showing me that his tooth was barely hanging on.  After a couple of wiggles, it came right out.  He was proud and excited.  I made him put the tooth in his pocket until we got home.  I didn't think it was possible for him to be any cuter, but I was wrong.

These days, however, he doesn't want to be "cute" or "handsome".  He wants to be "cool". 

He never fails to entertain me.  Last night, for example, I asked him if he was finished with his dinner, and he pushed his plate away, exclaiming, "I'm about to bust a gutter!"

I wish he could be 6 forever.

Posted at 12:23 pm by ChefGrace
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Friday, May 30, 2008

I don't know what happened to the last post.  I edited it to add the results of my test, posted it, then realized there were a few things that needed to be tweaked, but now I can't get back into the post to clean it up.

If blogdrive is going to treat me like this, I'm going to break up with it.


Anyhoo~ my apologies for the sloppiness of the results from my Brain Sex Test.


Posted at 09:45 am by ChefGrace
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I Want Your...Brain

What sex is your brain?

edited to add my results:


This task tested your ability to identify the angle of a line by matching it with its twin. This is a spatial task, which looks at how you picture space.

Your score: 17 out of 20
Average score for men: 15.1 out of 20
Average score for women: 13.3 out of 20

If you scored 13 - 17: You found this test neither hard nor easy. This suggests your brain has male and female traits when it comes to spatial ability.

 Spot the difference

This task tested your ability to identify which objects changed position. You lost points, if you incorrectly identified objects.

Your score: 57%
Average score for men: 39%
Average score for women: 46%

What does your score suggest?

If you scored between 34 - 66%: You may have a balanced female-male brain.


You said your left thumb was on top when you clasped your hands together.

Left thumb on top: This suggests the right half of your brain is dominant. Some studies theorise that as a right brain dominant person, you may excel in visual, spatial and intuitive processes.

 Emotions and Systems

This task looked at whether you prefer to empathise or systemise.


Your empathy score is: 13 out of 20
Average score for men: 7.9 out of 20
Average score for women: 10.6 out of 20

What does your result suggest?

Empathisers are better at accurately judging other people's emotions and responding appropriately. If you scored 15 and above, you are very empathic and would be an ideal person to comfort people in a time of crisis. Women in general are better at empathising.


Your systemising score is: 9 out of 20
Average score for men: 12.5 out of 20
Average score for women: 8.0 out of 20

What does your result suggest?

Systemisers prefer to investigate how systems work. A system can be a road map, flat pack furniture, or a mathematical equation anything that follows a set of rules. A score of 15 and above suggests you're good at analysing or building systems. Men in general are better at systemising.


This task tested your ability to judge people's emotions.

Your score: 8 out of 10
Average score for men: 6.6 out of 10
Average score for women: 6.6 out of 10

What does your result suggest?

If you scored 7 - 10: Your result suggests you are a good empathiser, sensitive to other people's emotions. Women generally fall into this category.

Professor Baron-Cohen at the University of Cambridge says that people usually perform better than they expect to on this test.

Men often think a person's eyes are sending signals of desire when that's not the case at all.


We asked you to measure your ring and index fingers. Your ratios came to:

Right Hand: 1
Left Hand: 1.04

Average ratio for men: 0.982
Average ratio for women: 0.991

It's thought that your ratio is governed by the amount of testosterone you were exposed to in your mother's womb. The ratio of the length of your index finger to the length of your ring finger is set for life by as early as three months after conception. Even during puberty, when we experience intensive hormonal changes, the ratio stays the same.

Men generally have a ring finger that is longer than their index finger, which gives them a lower ratio than women, whose ring and index fingers are usually of equal length.

Studies have found that men and women with lots of brothers generally have more masculine finger ratios. 


This task looked at how you rate the attractiveness of a series of faces. The images you looked at were digitally altered to create slight differences in masculinity.

Your choices suggest you prefer more masculine faces.

Highly masculinised male faces possess more extreme testosterone markers such as a long, broad and lower jaw, as well as more pronounced brow ridges and cheekbones.

Interestingly, women's preferences are said to vary across the menstrual phase. A more masculine face is preferred during the 9 days prior to ovulation, when conception is most likely.

 3D shapes

This task tested your ability to mentally rotate 3D shapes.

Your score: 11 out of 12
Average score for men: 8.2 out of 12
Average score for women: 7.1 out of 12

What does your result suggest?

If you scored 10 - 12: Are you an engineer or do you have a science background? People with these skills tend to score in this range. Past studies have concluded that people in this range have a more male brain.

Nearly a third of men who took this test got full marks, whereas less than 10 per cent of women managed the same. 


This task looked at your verbal fluency.

Your score: you associated 4 word(s) with grey and you named 10 word(s) that mean happy. We are assuming that all the words you entered are correct.

Average score for men: 11.4 words total
Average score for women: 12.4 words total

What does your result suggest?

If you produced 1 - 5 words: You are more of the strong, silent type with a male brain. You probably find it easier to express yourself in non-verbal ways, preferring action rather than words.

If you produced 6 - 10 words: Most people in this range have a female-type brain.

Women are said to use both sides of the brain when doing verbal tasks while men mainly use their left side. Studies have shown that girls develop vocabulary faster than boys. This difference in brain power is caused by levels of pre-natal testosterone. 


This task asked you how you would divide money.

If you had to split 50 with someone, you said you would demand 25

So far on the Sex ID test, men have demanded 51.6% (25.80) of the pot and women have demanded 51.0% (25.50), on average.

What does your response suggest?

Sex differences are small in this task. Demanding less than 60% of the pot (ie 30) is more typically female. Demanding more than 65% of the pot (ie 32.50) is more typically male.

Here's my overall result:

I feel so butch now.

Posted at 05:05 pm by ChefGrace
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