Sunday, January 30, 2011
Some people are saying they had a hard time hearing Matt, so our Guest Episode Reviewer -- Rap541 -- decided to get back into the swing of things for your entertainment and recap Matt's video. All opinions belong to Rap.
Written by Rap541
Matt is “changing it up” by filming in front of his office fireplace. Someone has suggested he recap his week, and as a private citizen with no desire or need for attention from the public, here Matt is. I mean, far be it for me to point out that people who genuinely want to slip back into their private lives after a lengthy tv show usually skip the demands from fans for special videos and weekly chats (that’s a shout out to Amy who is also making extra special effort to remain in the public eye).
So… Monday! Matt did paperwork with his bookkeeper and paid insurance. That sounds a lot like my Monday except I also watched House. Matt mentions his stool business and the farm and his speaking business and Amy’s speaking business. This apparently took all day.
Tuesday - Matt was downtown talking to lawyers about his adventure park he’s putting up and the big land deal it involves. And of course he’s in such demand for shows that his lawyers also needed to check out deals for that. Matt notes that he has multiple attorneys working on his deals.
By the way, maybe I am just believing crazy stories but… is an amusement park really a viable business in northern states? We had them where I grew up in the northeast but it’s a pretty seasonal business and the parks had a tendency to… change ownership/go bankrupt even in the best of times.
Wednesday - Amy left so Matt had to deal with the kids. I would be a lot more sympathetic if in theory, he wasn’t making it sound like he was playing Mr. Mom to four toddlers. Really, two of the Roloff children are grown men. If Jeremy and Zach still need Daddy to tell them to do their home work and make sure the refrigerator is full, then I really don’t care to hear how they’re mature young men making it on their own. After all, Matt needed to spend his Wednesday tending the four kids, right? Hell even Jake is getting a bit long in the tooth for this. Molly, Jake, Jeremy the College Man and Zach the College Man still need a parent to tend them? Are we supposed to buy this? And if you read between the lines, Zach went shopping aka did the work and Matt watched a movie with Jake until late on a school night.
Thursday - Matt and Camarino did traffic research. Traffic control studies for the big adventure park! If I get the gist of it, they were counting stop lights on their way to the super secret piece of property…. Can’t you just get that info from the county? Well, maybe not if you’re suing the county… But it sounds like a reason to have Camarino drive him around all day.
Friday/Saturday - It is sort of unclear which day he means. He hilariously welcomes Jake into the room. Jake appears to have been sitting in the room the entire time, reflected in the fire screen. In order to continue the masquerade, someone opens and closes the door while pointedly never blocking the light from the door - if he’d been entering the room by the door he would have blocked the light, someone was clearly opening and closing the door to give the appearance of entering but both Jake and the other person were in the room the entire time.
Matt clarifies that it is Saturday and Amy will soon return. Matt is proud to tell us that Jake now has a homework station in Matt’s office as Jake’s room is too filled with toys to have a proper homework station. Matt then laughs about all the stuff in Jake’s room. I note for all the “Matt is a great parent” folks that Matt thinks Jake’s room being so full of toys that he has no place for homework amusing and makes no suggestion that he as a parent perhaps shouldn’t be indulging the lad. In fact Matt laughs about putting a fridge in the room. That’s a concerned parent doing the right thing! He then has a moment of affection with Jake who looks annoyed but pleased.
Apparently his major chore for Saturday was listing Amy’s white van for sale. He notes the Roloffs tend to acquire goods, not sell. Then he holds his cat June for the camera. Ironically, as he does this, I am watching an episode of Lockup where the prisoners have pet cats.
So to sum up, Monday was bill paying, Tuesday was hanging around with lawyers, Wednesday was essentially doing nothing since it isn’t as though the Roloff kids are babies (in theory anyway) Thursday was some piddly project that sounds a lot like goofing off and Matt really never said what happened on Friday or Saturday except that he slept in and sold Amy’s car.
Yeah, he doesn’t sound that busy.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
To set it up for you -- as some people know and as we mentioned in our Holiday item about the Roloffs Christmas activities --
Despite some people that were attempting to dispute what we reported about certain Roloffs support for the speaker John Mark Comer and this church -- we can absolutely, one hundred percent confirm that Jeremy loves this church -- even since we published that item - we have been told by legitimate friends that Jeremy has been recommending the Loveology Series as delivered by John Mark as recently as last week.
It's not the first time that this issue has sparked debate among different factions of Roloff fans. Years ago the church (a different church than the one that Jeremy is enthusiastic about and that the entire Roloff family were spotted at for Christmas Eve service) that viewers of Little People, Big World will recognize as the Church where Mike Detjen's Memorial service was held - invited controversial "ex-gay" speakers that promote the exact same thing that John Mark stated in his sermon.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wendy Culver of the Portland Business Journal has the following in her new article January 21, 2011.
"In a response filed Jan. 12, Washington County acknowledged that Wheeler crawled through the fence and was taking photos.
But it said Wheeler’s actions were acceptable because he was investigating potentially unpermitted activities. It said the couple previously provided Wheeler with permission and access codes to enter the property to discuss construction activities with contractors.
The county also denies that Wheeler initiated a physical conflict with Amy Roloff, who pursued Wheeler back to his truck after ordering him off her property.
“Defendant John Wheeler did not intend to cause Amy Roloff emotional distress and the conduct of John Wheeler was not an extraordinary transgression of the bounds of socially tolerable conduct where the entry was limited to viewing activities in an open field and the defendant complied when asked to get off the property. This is particularly true in this case where plaintiffs filmed the entire incident and Amy Roloff was physically aggressive towards defendant John Wheeler,” it said."
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
"Amy Roloff, star of TLC’s “Little People, Big World” will be speaking on Thursday, January 27 at 6 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Theatre in the Fine Arts Center.
Her topic is “Standing Out Among the Trees: Diversity & Living with a disability-Being a little person.” The event is sponsored by the Office for Students with Disabilities and the Office for Equity and Diversity.
With her family, Roloff starred on the TLC reality television show for six seasons. She is also involved in philanthropy and founded the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation, benefiting the needs’ of kids, at-risk youths, and disability groups.
Last time Roloff visited UTC in 2008, more 600 people attended."
Monday, January 17, 2011
Happy Birthday Jake Roloff! He is 14 today.
In her coffee chats, Amy has discussed Jacob's birthday plan. A couple of weeks ago she said Jeremy might join them and they would go skiing. This past Friday she said they would probably just have a normal 14 year olds birthday -- a bunch of friends, X Box and pizza.
Matt and Amy posted some pictures on their Fan Facebook pages. Along with the comment that they got Jacob a mini fridge for his bedroom because that's what he wanted. Amy's comment was "Happy birthday to Jacob. Frig he asked for and filled with good stuff :). No MD from mom :)."
Friday, January 14, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
A: That was so fun, that game at my old high school. CODA, it was created by Matt and me a few years ago, and 100% of the donations we receive go to helping dwarves, things like building bicycles, home improvements and education.
We've both been pretty busy lately, but we're hoping to get another charity event together. We're trying to work with the government right now to get funding for research and charity. ... But, times are tough for a lot of people and there are a lot of other great charitable organizations that receive more attention than we do, so we just want people to know that every little bit really helps."
Friday, January 7, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
According to Matt, some time ago, during filming at an amusement park, Jacob had an encounter with over-zealous fans that left him jaded and scared.
Matt Roloff was a guest on a local morning show in Portland -- KATU. Matt and Amy have been guests on this show many times.
The biggest or most interesting news that Matt hasn't talked about before came when the host asked Matt if there was a strain on the kids from being on television. Matt said they don't regret the experience, but there were definitely strenuous times.
"For example, Jacob the youngest, he was 6 or 7 when we started filming. He had an experience with an over-zealous fan when we were at an amusement park filming an episode -- it got kind of physical and ugly with him and these older people and it jaded him about people and he became scared. So all in all, you have these great experiences, then you have this one experience with a child. I'm sure Jacob kind of grew up knowing that mom and dad were always distracted with the producers doing the show, but all in all, I think the kids loved the experience and wouldn't trade it for anything."
Matt also explains that people ask him if the content on the show was editing or not -- Matt says there was definitely a lot of editing but it wasn't black and white. Some episodes are highly edited or stacked together while other episodes just let the camera roll and reality is such that they hardly did any editing.
Matt said a lot of his arguing with Amy was about the production process.
They posted this video link on the Roloff Farms Facebook page. Amy commented on it that she learned some things from Matt's interview too.
Here is the full interview with Matt on KATU.
"It’s a New Year! A time to reflect on the year past - memories you wish didn’t have to end, some things you don’t want to remember, hope for new adventures, accomplishments, kids growing up, so much. Yet the hope and thrill of a new year is exciting.
This is my website. One that needs to be tended to. My goal for 2011. I’ll update my pictures, bio, calendar, and blog. You’ll know where I’m at for speaking engagements, appearances, my charity foundation, Ustream Coffee Chat with Amy, and thoughts and commentaries. Little People Big World has ended after 6 seasons and 230 episodes. Wow, what an adventure. Met some wonderful people. Lots of ups and downs for the family and my kids are growing up.
More stuff later. Lend me your thoughts, ideas, comments, life, favorite quotes, ideas, what works best for you, what doesn’t on living, parenting, relationships, work, what you like and don’t like.
Oh 2011 will be a change. I hope for many things. Most though is much joy, lots of love, work hard, fun times, some success, and still enjoying life. All my best to you
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
It's 17 minutes long in total, so we will summarize Matt's major points. This is all according to Matt in the video (unless otherwise specified).
*Matt wants to make himself available to do various Public Service Announcements. He wants to be able to be more available to say yes when people ask him to be apart of this parade or moderate this event, etc.
*Documentaries. He's working on several. Some of them are about little people, some are about outrageous back yards - not the Roloffs, but showing off other people's back yards and crazy projects. They might document those on video camera and maybe they'll just put it on You Tube or maybe they'll find a market for it on a TV network.
*There's a project idea about revitalizing a small town. Coming into a dying town where people have left and see whether they can stimulate the economy and bring people back. These are the type of things Matt is talking about when you see him post about flying to LA to sign non disclosures and things like that.
*None of those things are what Matt would call a spin off of LPBW or anything like that. The Roloffs are still under contract to TLC for another 18 months. They need to make themselves available to TLC if TLC wants anything from them, but Matt doesn't expect to happen, although you might see a special somewhere along the way, they have discussed that, but right now they're not at all focused on LPBW and TLC.
*Farm development. Matt's thinking about projects for pumpkin season, he will keep everyone updated on those to help promote pumpkin season. Last pumpkin season was very successful to Matt's surprise. Matt thought with the show being over people wouldn't be interested in going to Roloff Farms for pumpkins but they actually had their busiest day ever. [Note: Although Matt said the show was over and the news of it ending was announced in late August, during October LPBW was very much still on the air with new episodes]
*The farm will stay open for pumpkin season.
*Publishing: A children's book has been discussed and a 'Behind the Scenes' of the LPBW experience book. It would also pick up where Matt's first book, Against Tall Odds left off in 1999. There was a 5 year gap between that book and when they got involved in television.
*Technology projects. Matt's background is in software as a salesman. Now he's in position where he might be able to fund some of those ideas with his own money.
*Product endorsements. If you have a product and would like Matt to promote it, get in touch with him. Although some of those things might need to go through TLC right now because they are still under contract for the next 18 months. TLC still has a say in what the Roloffs can and can't do. Matt says he already has a line up of possibilities; nothing major on national television, these are more small print ads.
*Voice over work and cartoons and things like that he will keep on the table to keep their revenue stream going forward.
*An adventure park similar to Roloff farm -- but not on Roloff Farm. Matt has a group of heavy hitters and politicians that he meets with regularly to discuss this adventure park. They've identified a piece of land and are looking into the land use laws.
*The legislative process. Matt got more involved last year with politics. He's more interested in the legislative process. He mentions the lawsuit, they need to litigate to get laws changed. He's going to keep up with the process and might make some trips down to Salem to sit in on some of the sessions at the political level.
*Hobby movies. They are going to continue to work on their hobby movies. Jeremy is working a lot of them. Every night they sit down for dinner Jeremy has more ideas. So they're going to get their home movie production equipment going -- they have a studio set up and will upgrade some of their equipment to make some fun movies. Slightly more professional than Matt's You Tube videos, but nothing really professional or broadcast quality, just fun stuff.
*They still have their pumpkin movie that should be out soon. They're working on the score for it down in LA. Matt says he's not all that proud of that movie -- he thinks it looked better on the television show than it does in real life -- but they're going to get it out there somehow. They might put it on iTunes and sell it for 99 cents -- nobody will get rich off it or make their money back, but it might be a fun way to see how that system works out.
*All these things are subject to change. If he starts hearing people Facebook him come June asking him how come he's not doing this or why did that fall through Matt is just going to say go back to the disclaimer.
*So that's Matt's list for now for this year although he knows some people are to criticize it, why is he so busy, etc...but Matt says God bless you anyway. He just wanted to share some details about what is going on. He apologizes that he can't give more specific details. Any businessman like Matt must hold things close to his vest. People get frustrated and Facebook Matt all the time about his teasing or vague hints and why he doesn't just share, but when you're a public figure you have to hold things tight to prevent people from undermining things before you ever get any traction.
*The last thing Matt wanted to say was about Amy and their marriage. Amy and Matt are doing good. Things have really settled down. It's been good that the cameras are gone, they're working together and together all of the time. The entire family went to church together and had a great holiday season.
*Matt thanks everybody for caring.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
We've received some email questions wondering what the Roloffs did for Christmas and New Years?
The Roloffs had a New Years Eve party at their home.
There were some more Roloff sightings and people emailing us with their Roloff sightings over Christmas and on Christmas Eve.
As Amy said, it's a Roloff tradition to attend the Christmas Eve service at Church. The difference this time was that the family attended a church that Jeremy in particular, is quite enthralled with. It's a conservative church in Portland.
Some readers of our site have commented on this subject as they've noticed on other websites that some Roloffs (namely Jeremy) have "liked" these videos. We're passing this along if you're interested mainly because there has been so much debate, discussion and speculation about Jeremy and religion. And let us be blunt. Whenever the Roloffs and their religion is brought up, one of the main things that is always discussed is the Roloffs views on homosexuality -- arguments between fellow Christians and non-Christians, people that have a problem with the Roloffs being diversity speakers, people that support the Roloffs beliefs.