As for the whole "gold digger" thing with Melissa, I'm very protective of my only brother. He was engaged two times before Melissa, and I hated seeing his heart broken every time things didn't work out. After that, he did date a lot of women who were interested in him for all the wrong reasons. So when he and Melissa were dating, she was at dinner with my family and she made a comment about how when she saw my brother's house and how well he was doing, she wasn't stupid, that she wasn't going to let him go. From our family's history with actual gold diggers, you can imagine it wasn't a great thing to hear. She probably said it from nerves and trying to be funny, but it rubbed me the wrong way. We live in a small town. I heard things about the type of guys Melissa dated before my brother, and I hear things I don't like now. I pray they aren't true. I hope my brother and Melissa stay married forever! I never should have brought it up on the show last season though, and I'm sorry. And I've learned not to bring up my concerns to my brother publicly or privately! It was a hard lesson, but I've learned it. I do really like the song Melissa sang for my brother. She played it for me last year, and I told her so then too. Here's the link to it on iTunes: http://bit.ly/IdQ0sG. Everyone go buy a copy and support her!
There was a tiny ray of hope this week: after connecting briefly on Twitter, I talked to Jacqueline on the phone for the first time in months to try and take baby steps back towards our friendship. It wasn't a perfect conversation for either of us, but out of respect for her, I'm going to keep the details of it private. I thought she looked great on Watch What Happens Live and I'm sorry I was stuck in Texas and couldn't make it. Keep my seat warm, Andy, and I'll bring you some Fabellini to make up for it!