There is a guy from Yakima featured in the upcoming season of The Bachelorette. His name is Zach Johnson. YOOOOO! He looks very familiar to me, but I just can't place where we've met. Hold up, you know what, I am 99.9% positive he dated one (or more) of my friends named Lindsay about 11 or 12 years ago! (My friend and colleague, Sarah J., says she actually went to high school with Zach here in Yakima. Is Zach a Davis High School grad?) Check out his Instagram page here.

Anyway, ABC says there are 42 contestants for this season of The Bachelorette, so perhaps Zach will be a contender. We shall see! (Yes, I will only be watching to see if Zach makes it past the first episode, HA!)

Can you say "The Bachelorette Social Distance Watch Parties", anyone?

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The one season of The Bachelor that I wish I could go back in time to watch is the one that had Andy Baldwin as the leading man. One day about 11 years ago, I was minding my own business here in Yakima on station 107.3 KFFM, hosting my own morning show. My guest on the show that day was Andy.

My coworkers informed me that he had played the lead Bachelor on the season, "Officer and a Gentleman". Since I never watched the show, I had no idea who Andy was or why all of the ladies in our Sales department were sending me messages asking if they could "stop by" my show just to watch my interview.

I was in a horrible mood that morning when Andy the Bachelor waltzed his smooth talkin' way into my life. He walked in our radio studio with his "people" and he was wearing his Navy officer uniform. He was tall, had blond hair, blue eyes, and perfect teeth. He was also ripped. I was still unimpressed. Hmmph!

Andy the Bachelor sat down in the guest chair directly across from me at the radio console, and he was having a conversation with his handler/manager. I was concentrating on the commercials that were playing on the station and making sure that they all played and that I was ready to come back on the air on time. All of a sudden, Andy the Bachelor shushes his manager and says, "I'm sorry, I can't talk to you right now, I would rather look into Reesha's eyes!"

It was as if we had all heard an audible record scratch!

Excuse me? Did I just hear that Andy the Bachelor wanted to look into MY eyes?? No one had ever before tried to flirt with me by telling me that my eyes were pretty, so I was intrigued by his see-through flirtatious moves. I wanted to know who exactly was is this guy and why did he want to keep on looking at me (in my brand new eyelash extensions)?!

Our radio interview went off without a hitch, but unfortunately, I was instantly smitten with Andy the Bachelor. We became friends on Facebook, but we never spoke again. We never spoke again that is, until a couple of months ago when he "liked" my Facebook post of our picture from August 2008. Did he remember me? Could it possibly be?

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I have never been a faithful watcher of the ABC reality TV show, The Bachelor or its sister counterpart, The Bachelorette. I am more of a Flavor of Love gal.

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I have only watched ONE season of The Bachelor and ONE AND A HALF seasons of The Bachelorette. I was enthralled when Rachel Lindsay was the Bachelorette because a) she was the FIRST and only Black Bachelorette in the history of the show, and b) Peter Kraus (whom I am still "in lurve" with after all these years since the show aired)!

On the Flavor of Love, who can forget the infamous and highly entertaining Tiffany "New York" Pollard.

"New York" was a scene-stealer and gave us so many classic gifs, as seen below. She was so popular, she even nabbed her own dating reality TV show!

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The next season of The Bachelorette is supposed to air this fall. Filming and release of the season were delayed because of the coronavirus. They will be starting filming in a few weeks if they haven't already, but they must be gearing up to begin production because today they announced the slate of contestants. Clare Crawley is the Bachelorette (I have no idea who she is). Clare is 39 years old and people are already waxing poetic about how many of the contestants are "too young" for her. (How sexist, LOL.)

This new season of The Bachelorette will not be filmed in the usually rented bachelor mansion because of COVID-19 concerns, so they are renting out a resort in Florida. Florida doesn't give a da*n about face masks, so I guess the Bachelorette producers said, "The show has got to go on, we're heading to FLORIDA!"