What happened to me after the focus group

This topic contains 60 replies, has 27 voices, and was last updated by  Kimberly Stewart 2 years, 1 month ago.

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  • #5418
     Mike 
    Participant

    Hey guys, finally am able to sit down and write out what happened to me. It’s been a little overwhelming since…

    Once I heard it was happening in K-town, I already had a plan to go eat all you can eat Korean BBQ (which was delicious!). I carpooled and didn’t drive, so after we finished eating, @russell brought me to the location. Russell, @thebuz, @cristen, and myself arrived at around the same time. The security guard at the door got a call, and then let us in before the others got there.

    We had a few minutes in the room. Not sure what’s been mentioned yet, so apologies if it’s been said. There were 10 chairs set up in a circle with clipboards and name tags on each one. The chairs were set outwards, so when we all sat down, our backs would be to each other. Since we had some time to kill before the others got there, I went into escape room mode. I looked under the chairs, inspected the walls, etc. Didn’t find anything though :/

    Once the others got there, the security guards asked us to sit down and then Sarah Sinclair came out. She circled us a couple times, like a shark, and would stare at each person’s eyes when she was in front of them. I kept my eyes on her the entire time and made eye contact whenever I could. She stopped circling, stood by the snack table, looked at me and said “You”. I just stared back blankly at her waiting for her to say something else. She then said “Yes…YOU” and I nodded. She asked me to come stand next to her. Once I did, she mentioned how she was observing us for the last 10 minutes and because of that observation, I was to leave. Apparently she said something as I was leaving, but didn’t hear her. So maybe Sinclair Industries doesn’t like people searching for hidden things or prolonged eye contact.

    I was escorted out of that room and was on my way out when there was an older gentleman working in the first room we came into. He was very friendly and struck up a conversation with me. He asked me if I was part of that “theatre thing” and that a movie director had rented the space and how he was hoping for a movie being shot, but instead got some theatre thing. We spoke for a few minutes and he asked me to help him with something. He asked me to bring the mop bucket to the next room (the room in the middle of this and the room where the group was). I did and he said he would pay me for my help. I declined and he insisted. He said he was going to take me to Carl’s Jr. and to get whatever I wanted. I told him I was stuffed from KBBQ, so he said to just get dessert.

    On the ride over, we had some general chit chat. He told me he loved Country Music and recently met the most beautiful girl he’s ever met. He asked me if I had one of those fancy phones. So I opened my phone up to put on a country station on Pandora for him, but instead started asking me about Facebook. Apparently the woman he met told him that she would find him and then hit him up on Facebook…but there’s an issue…he’s not so good with technology. So he asked me to create a Facebook account for him. I told him “Of course” and he gave me some basic info to create the account. I told him I needed to take a picture of him for the profile and he let me. I told him that I’d be his first friend and that I’m sure a lot of people would be his friend to show the woman he met what a popular and cool guy he was. He did give me permission to talk about this. I made sure to specifically ask him in the car. So if you’d like to add him, HERE’S THE LINK. He’s super nice, and was not part of the focus group, so please be respectful. Let’s help him get the girl! Also, a fun fact, his name (Otis Fletcher) is an anagram for Reichsflotte

    We got to Carl’s Jr and he bought me a shake and then he brought me back to the focus group address. I had no car, so I figured I’d just wait for everyone to be done so I could get a ride. After a few minutes, I see Noah come out of the building. We look at each other and I give him a head nod and then I hear “Fuckin Mike Fontaine! Last time I saw you, you were getting your dick rubbed in a bathtub full of blood”. He asked me what I was doing there and told him I was supposed to be in his focus group but got kicked out to which he said “Yeah my wife’s a cunt sometimes”. At this point he grabbed my shake and started drinking it…through my straw. He then told me he had to go talk to some people and that it would be a while and I should leave. So then I tried figuring out where my ride was and headed that way.

    I caught up on the Periscopes (thank you guys!) and saw Noah getting arrested. He wasn’t sloppy drunk when I saw him, but not sure on the time frame from when I saw him until he busted in.

  • #5420
     Chris 
    Participant

    Otis sounds like such a nice, generous guy! Definitely added. Did he happen to mention what’s happening next in his space? Thank you very much for this, @mike. Incidentally, what milkshake did you choose? Noah is so rude! Public intoxication and now milkshake theft? He’s out of control. Sinclaire Industries better get in front of this STAT.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  Chris.
  • #5421
     Anonymous

    Yep. Nothing suspicious at all with Noah… the real question is why did you drink a shake from Carl’s jr? Jk. “I will drink your milkshake with my straw”-there will be blood. Thanks Mike! Great read!

  • #5426
     Mike 
    Participant

    Chocolate!

    Also, @macbethinabathtub didn’t you make a joke about Carls Jr today? I read that while I was writing this up thinking “If you only knew!!” haha

    @tyson – It was actually really good! I haven’t had one from there before. I was surprised

  • #5429
     Chris 
    Participant

    @mike it must be a sign. Can Noah Sr. be too far behind ready to crack a head or two?

  • #5432
     Maranda 
    Participant

    The nerve of that guy! Taking your dessert… I mean, taking what you want is one thing, but ice cream is sacred! Thou must not lay hands on another’s milkshake without permission!

  • #5433
     Sage 
    Participant

    THIS is awesome. I love Otis Fletcher, he sounds like my dad who at the age of 72 is meeting women online and taking them out to lunch! You GO Otis!!!

  • #5437
     Miki M 
    Participant

    So, Re: Otis. You set up this facebook account for Otis from your phone? Did Otis have a computer with which he planned on logging in? Did he ask a ton of questions about how he could log in and check this newfangled facebook account after you two would part ways?

  • #5439
     Mike 
    Participant

    @mikim – No, I told him I would do it when I got home since I couldn’t do it from my phone. He didn’t ask a ton of questions, but I told him I would email him all the instructions. So I created it, emailed him, told him what he needed to do, and that’s where we’re at 🙂 I saw he posted something, so I know he at least logged in.

  • #5440
     superstar 
    Participant

    Yeah… gotta admit, I’m a little suspicious of the Otis interaction. @mike, how is Otis so in-the-know about who rented the location and for what purpose? And, wouldn’t the powers-that-be have rescheduled Otis’s mopping to avoid interfere with the focus group?

  • #5441
     Kimberly Stewart 
    Participant

    @mike Did he change his password or are you still lurking? sorry but I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask.

    Otis seems way too sweet. I’m already awwwwwww-ing all over the place. I’m such a sucker for a guy like him. The only thing this could mean is: It’s a trap! RIP my heart.

  • #5442
     Jeremy 
    Participant

    If Noah is the Devil is Otis God?

  • #5443
     Mike 
    Participant

    @superstar – Not sure. Maybe his boss mentioned it to him or something? Like..hey do a good job, we got a movie guy coming.

    @electrichippo – I’m not sure…once I set it up, I closed out and sent him the info. He was so super nice that I didn’t want to betray any trust he had in me. 🙂 He was so genuine and happy ya know? It was infectious.

  • #5444
     Miki M 
    Participant

    I, obviously, find the Otis interaction *quite* suspect, hence my questioning. It seems peculiar that one who refers to smartphones as “those fancy phones” would even be totally capable of following emailed directions on logging in to facebook (or posting for that matter) – but that could just be the IT in me coming out to play.

    FWIW: I would not be shocked if he were going to play out some sort of tragic lust/failure/etc (relating to this woman) timeline before our eyes.

  • #5445
     Mike 
    Participant

    @jay956 – You just blew my mind with that!

  • #5446
     Kimberly Stewart 
    Participant

    @mike: Thanks you. You sure are chipper this evening. Otis must be truly infectious! Or is this ShadowMike?! Hurry, tell me last time we had an extended face to face conversation. 😉

    @mikim: Those were my initial thoughts exactly. Either we’re about to watch a sweet guy get his heart trampled (or worse) or he ends up being evil incarnate who tramples our hearts. I’d much rather he just be a nice older man who might ask me to Carl’s Jr for shakes one day.

  • #5447
     Mike 
    Participant

    haha @electrichippo it’s me. It was just a good conversation. I was super pissed and bummed when I got kicked out and then this guy comes and is nothing but nice and chatty and buys me a milkshake for a simple gesture of kindness.

  • #5449
     superstar 
    Participant

    @mike possibly. BTW, I don’t mean to imply that you were wrong to take him at his word and help the guy out. Maybe it was genuinely an OOG interaction and Otis is going to go and get the girl and ride off into the sunset with her. But, maybe not.

  • #5451
     Kimberly Stewart 
    Participant

    Ok ok @mike, it’s you (I think) ?. What about Otis’ FB birthday, April 2, 1965. Is that his actual birthdate or is that just a random date you entered?

  • #5452
     superstar 
    Participant

    Ugh. I just realized that, thanks to LUST, I now feel suspicious of a kindly, lovelorn gentleman who buys chocolate milkshakes for random strangers. I don’t feel good about that. Is this what “playing the game” does to a person?

  • #5453
     Jackie 
    Participant

    What if Noah and Otis are the shadows of one another? Or at least, it seems they are a Dichotomy. Like you have a shitty experience, then are immediately paired with a pleasant one.

  • #5454
     Mike 
    Participant

    @theladyj – That’s incredible! haha LOVE IT!

    @electrichippo – I actually didn’t get his birthday, so I just chose today since that’s when I met him. His email had a “52” in it, so I figured that was his age.

    @superstar – Totally get it. It’s surprising how much the lines get blurred after doing something like this

  • #5456
     Miki M 
    Participant

    @superstar I didn’t need the game to be suspicious of *everybody*, so I couldn’t tell you. O_o

  • #5457
     Maranda 
    Participant

    Ok, hang on, so Otis has an email account and knows how to check that but he can’t make a facebook? Could be nothing, but still, a little bit suspect.

  • #5458
     Kevin 
    Participant

    Did you pick out the cover photo for him? Or did that show up later?

  • #5460
     superstar 
    Participant

    @izryn In Otis’s defense, FB *is* a freakin’ nightmare.

  • #5461
     Kimberly Stewart 
    Participant

    Thank you, again @mike. Your transparency is much appreciated.

    I just had another terrible thought. What if one day we are instructed to do something to a nice man named Otis or someone similar. Would we?

    And now a crazy theory… What if Aleister Gordon is back in the form of kindly Otis Fletcher!

  • #5462
     Mike 
    Participant

    @kevin – I chose it. He kept talking about how much he loved Country, so I figured I’d add it. Also, his profile picture is the picture I took of him in the parking lot.

    @electrichippo – unfortunately, that same thought crossed my mind and it brought me back to the emotions I felt when I saw Sheila (my first processor) on the floor at The End. #leaveotisalone

  • #5463
     Russell 
    Participant

    @mike Thank you for sharing… I was worried about you! Dude, you got a chocolate shake? They only had water in the group!

  • #5464
     Taylor Winters 
    Participant

    Thanks for sharing, Mike! Otis sounds wonderful. And also, thanks @electrichippo for asking all of the questions that were going through my head as I read through this thread.

  • #5472
     Lawrence Meyers 
    Participant

    Otis is not what he seems. Just who he is remains to be seen.

    I’ll wager he is Noah’s father.

    Meanwhile, I’d get that lightning rod installed just in case.

  • #5475
     Kyle Bown 
    Participant

    Wow. I don’t even know how to process this. I have a really hard time believing Otis isn’t part of it. But I’m a suspicious person. If he isn’t, then he sounds like a wonderful person worthy of good things in life. If he is, I’ll be fascinated to see what he has to do with all of this.

  • #5517
     Lia 
    Participant

    @lasalle Any time to put together a Noah/Daniel Plainview mashup?

    @mike This is BANANAS. Friending Otis now.

  • #5519
     Sage 
    Participant

    I’m absolutely suspicious of the random country bumpkin custodian who happens to be cleaning an empty warehouse at 4pm on a Sunday where an immersive theater event is happening…then offers to buy a stranger a milkshake at Carl’s Jr.

    The not having Facebook is less suspicious to me as older fellows like my Dad won’t go near it, but darn straight I want to be his friend…

  • #5520
     Mustafa Said 
    Participant

    Now I’m in the mood for a milkshake.

  • #5522
     Brad Ruwe 
    Participant

    SUPER glad you had some interaction after you left. I know a lot of us were worried you’d made the trip out here for nothing (other than some delicious sounding Korean BBQ!)

  • #5525
     Mike 
    Participant

    Thank you @nothenrygale! Seriously, if you haven’t had kbbq yet, do it! Maybe if there’s another focus group, hit it up before hand 🙂

  • #5526
     Kyle Bown 
    Participant

    KBBQ is where I first discovered the “meat sweats.”

  • #5527
     Mike 
    Participant

    @bruinbown YES! That definitely happened yesterday to me

  • #5531
     Sean 
    Moderator

    Otis looks like the kindest motherfucker in the world. We gotta organize a meetup so that we can all get milkshakes with the man.

  • #5621
     Candace 
    Participant

    @mike Glad to hear that you had some interaction after you left! Safe to say we were all worried about you and thought that was pretty fucked up! BUT, You got to meet what sounds to be the nicest old man ever (added him on fb and I hope he accepts it soon lol), you got a free milkshake and you got a personal interaction with Noah! (You two have basically swapped spit ?)

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  Candace.
  • #5626
     Mike 
    Participant

    @pandace88 – Thank you 🙂 Also, full disclosure especially since @thegilded‘s “Never Silent” post…

    You two have basically swapped spit

    I didn’t drink any more of my shake after Noah had some. This is a guy that has us believe he’s a huge player and hires prostitutes. Who knows what kind of…”sores”…he may have in his mouth. So yeah, I threw it away after that :/

  • #5628
     Bryan Bishop 
    Participant

    @mike Little did you know that if you’d had some of the milkshake it would have unlocked a secret interaction where you became head of the OSDM.

  • #5629
     Candace 
    Participant

    Lmao!! Damn what a waste. I would’ve still drank it but that’s just me haha

  • #5630
     Mike 
    Participant

    @bcbishop That sad thing is…I actually believe that to a point. What is happening?!

  • #5636
     Bryan Bishop 
    Participant

    @mike #missedopportunities

  • #5839
     Julie R Goldstein 
    Participant

    I find something very interesting. Sarah told me at the bookstore to let the past go and I thought it meant to forget the OOA/Tension/OSDM, but here Noah straight up told @mike he is in fact the OSDM Member we met within the OOA and not a completely different “character”.

    Even though we’ve been theorizing all this time about the connections between Tension and Lust, this is the first true confirmation of those events actually occurring within the current narrative.

  • #5849
     Mike 
    Participant

    @julierei – I wonder if “letting go” was directed at you specifically and not in a general sense. Maybe that fingerprint they have of you got lost and that was her way of telling you not to worry about it?

  • #5872
     Martha Acevedo 
    Participant

    You’ll know he’s not faking it because older people always write in all caps. Is h writing in all caps?

    #KeepIceCreamSacred

  • #5874
     Martha Acevedo 
    Participant

    Conclusion: let’s all go get milkshakes?? ??

  • #5876
     Miki M 
    Participant

    Let’s all go get milkshakes at the same place that Mike was taken to.

  • #5878
     Martha Acevedo 
    Participant

    @mike commenting on an old comment of yours….Truth!! Ya shouldvery finished it!! Like in Steven Universe (great show) When Connie drinks out of Steven’s juice (his magic saliva gives her 20/20 vision. Plus, I hate not seeing ice cream (milkshakes) being. enjoyed

  • #5879
     Cristen 
    Participant

    All this milkshake talk makes me want to schedule a group meet for shakes at Swingers and cocktails at El Carmen.

  • #5891
     Martha Acevedo 
    Participant

    @mikim I second that motion. All those in favor say ‘ay’. ?

  • #6090
     Anonymous

    Ay! I am always down for milkshakes!

  • #6953
     Russell 
    Participant

    After hearing @mike‘s story, I Friended otis, as several of us have. i have had a few chats with him, mainly casual friendly stuff about technology and the potential (and pitfalls) of Facebook. One thing he said did strike me. @mike stated…

    He told me he loved Country Music and recently met the most beautiful girl he’s ever met….

    Apparently the woman he met told him that she would find him and then hit him up on Facebook…but there’s an issue…he’s not so good with technology.

    He did confirm with me that the reason he had expressed interest in Facebook was because of a woman. He admitted to me he was nervous “to go up to a girl” just like a teenager and that “the affection of a lady drove me here.” (Referring to Facebook.) So, it seems Otis has confirmed to me that he is looking to connect with this woman he met. It will be interesting to see what we learn of this gal and if we learn more about their meeting. (And… I hope she is a good person, Otis seems incredibly nice and sincere and deserving of happiness.)

  • #6954
     Brad Ruwe 
    Participant

    Well @russell, why don’t we ask her? Paging @masomoment.

    How’s things been going with our boy Otis?

  • #6955
     Masomoment 
    Participant

    ok, i don’t know if its me but me and Otis have had strange interactions.. hes nervous and asks for help and i help him….

    i dont know much more than that… he won’t admit a crush but he seems super nervous and im doing all i can to help him

  • #6956
     Haley Wilde 
    Participant

    @masomoment what kind of interactions have you had with him?

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  Haley Wilde.
  • #6958
     Russell 
    Participant

    @nothenrygale I don’t think Pam is the woman he was referring to when he briefly mentioned it to me. (No slight intended @masomoment)
    Unless I have missed some clue earlier… As we all know, it can be tough to keep up around here, haha!

    It seems to me Otis is nervous in general when it comes to any woman.
    Pam, I wonder if Otis has been overtly flirtatious… even in an awkward fashion… toward you?

  • #6960
     Kimberly Stewart 
    Participant

    Otis said he didn’t want to reveal his lady friend’s name without permission from her first. He also said he met her after he messed up his knee moving a heavy table. He described her as a physical therapist of sorts. Otis said these things just a couple days ago.

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