Jerett on the BLOCK: Being single doesn’t calm DIVA member about his first bachelor auction

DATE A DIVA | Walters started playing volleyball two years ago. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

Jerett Walters is about to go on the auction block, and one thing is racing through his mind: “What did I get myself into?”

This is only his second season with DIVA, the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association, and they already have him selling himself.

Walters, 25, will join about 10 of his teammates for the annual DIVA Bachelor Auction Sunday. The event is a fundraiser for the team — a good cause. That’s why Walters agreed to do it. But he has his misgivings.

First off, Walters, a graduate student in journalism at UTD, has never even attended a bachelor auction, let alone been the subject of one. In addition, though he’s single and dating (no one in particular at the moment), he’s not sure what being “won” will mean.

“Standing on that block, waiting for people to judge me, taking my control away … I’m not a fan,” he says. “I have friends positioned in the audience to bid on me,” guaranteeing a certain minimum bid to soothe his ego. But they are under strict instructions: “If [I’m being bid on] by a cute boy, let him bid — I don’t care if I go for a dollar.”

Walters isn’t exactly sure what the full package he’s being bid on will entail, but he specified that he wanted a group date, and knows it’ll take place this Wednesday, March 2 — just a few days after the auction.

So what is he looking for on a fun date?

“Something random,” he says. “Be yourself and be fun without the pressure of a first date. And not a classic-dinner-and-a-movie date. Let’s go bowling or talk about golf.”

Or, maybe, volleyball.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Feb. 25, 2011.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Holcombe Waller relives memories with his boyfriend in new video

With the snow days over the last week, we have lots of e-mails to catch up on. I’m so glad I was paying attention today before deleting a slew of people needing legal assistance.This video almost slipped through the cracks and it’s become my find of the day.

Despite an accomplished background, I had not heard of Holcombe Waller until today. Turns out, he’s had this pretty colorful life and career with three solo albums to his name and scored the documentary We Were Here: Voices from the AIDS Years in San Francisco which is a 2011 Sundance official selection.

His newest album, Into the Dark Unknown drops on Tuesday. But it’s his video for ‘”Bored of Memory” which I find rather enchanting — mostly from the P.R.’s write up:

For this video, Holcombe decided to recreate the first date he had with his boyfriend Blake in the summer of 2009. Waller and co-director Rose headed out to Rooster Rock State Park in the Columbia River Gorge. Lewis and Clark originally named the area “Cock Rock” because of the phallic nature of the basalt stone obelisk that stands on the Oregon side of the river.

To recreate the date, Holcombe and Alicia filmed two actors as they went to the exact locations that Holcombe and Blake visited on their first date. Alicia and Holcombe brought along with them some of the items from the day: a vacation camping blanket, a few apples, knitting supplies and a vintage copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám,” given to Holcombe by his grandmother.  The rhinestone necklace the actors find in the sand was also a family heirloom passed down from his grandmother from her days as a traveling dancer in the 1940s and 50s.

Holcombe said that it represents “the discovery of something both new and ancient, real and illusory, and as beautiful as you make it, much like new love.”

Romantic, right? I’m seriously kinda swept off my feet right now. The song is epic and languid, but the video accompanies it perfectly and perfect timing for V-Day. And, if you go here, you can download the song for free. Score!


—  Rich Lopez