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'Bachelor' Finale: An Email Exchange Between Two 40-Something Women Who Met On A Plane

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The Huffington Post   First Posted: 03/12/2012 10:13 am Updated: 03/12/2012 11:31 am

When HuffPost Women put out a call for random friends, I received an email from my aunt, Barbara Brounes, telling me about a woman she met on an plane. She and her seatmate, Colleen McMillian, realized they shared a love of "The Bachelor," and when they arrived at their destination, they exchanged information, not really expecting to talk again. But as the first episode approached, Barbara decided to send an email. "The rest is history," she says. "If you've ever been sucked into this god-awful show, you know that the true satisfaction comes with being able to discuss each episode." The following are edited excerpts from their emails throughout the season.

From: Barb
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2011 3:57 PM
When I picked up People with Ali on the cover, I dug through my purse for the card you gave me on the plane. It was fun chatting with you on the plane.

From: Colleen
Sent: Friday, December 02, 2011 05:12 PM
Hey Barbara – thanks for the note. I saw the story the other day and read it online ... I was disappointed as I thought they made such a cute couple.

From: Barb
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 12:56 PM
Based on the opener, the descriptions of these women that come to mind are trashy, petty, dippy, unstable, CRAZY. These are the 25 most eligible women in the country?

From: Colleen
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 4:51 PM
A little concerned that it has all been about Ben and moving the girl to Sonoma. Any halfway decent girl will have stuff going on and it might make it hard to move, whereas all these bimbos have nothing to give up.

From: Barb
Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 3:58 PM
That's exactly what made me hesitate about Kacie -- she soooo readily said she would pick up in a second. Who does that -- or admits it??

I love Monday nights! I can't get the kids to bed fast enough and get to the DVR.

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From: Colleen
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 10:00 AM
OK, these women are driving me crazy!! Kacie B.: “It takes years to find a love like this!” She is in LOVE already? It is also driving me crazy with how they are using incorrect English grammar. “Ben and me have such a strong connection” or “Things are going so well for Ben and I.”

From: Colleen
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 4:08 PM
Not sure why Elyse has an undergrad and a graduate degree and is a personal trainer. (Does that make me snobby?!)

It is funny that I am so hooked on this show because in principle I really disagree with it. It’s disappointing to see women with self-esteem issues, and after they are not selected to win this "prize," they immediately say, "What did I do wrong?"

From: Barb
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 3:20 PM
You're not a snob! All of us who struggle through college and grad school wonder why someone wouldn't use their degrees.

From: Barb
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 5:01 PM
Was that kissing scene with Jamie the most awkward and painful thing to watch? Ever?

From: Colleen
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2012 09:56 AM
I also thought it was terrible when Chris confronted the blonde about her boyfriend and she was just worried about finding someone to marry her! She said something like, "Well, if he doesn't want to marry me, then I want to be with someone like Ben.” And she cried so LOUD like someone had died or something.

From: Barb
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 9:46 PM
Ron fell asleep so I got to watch “Bachelor”! (Very romantic Valentine's Day, right?). My heart was beating so hard when it came to the last rose.