The Sound of Music
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Hometown: Green Bay, WI; resides in Chicago, IL
Do not be fooled by Tim Parrish's good looks and charm; he likes to play the field. He's low maintenance and can't stand a woman who is too girly. Parrish loves the ladies, but he loves winning even more. He's hoping to find a girl that can make him settle down - if that's even possible. Parrish's ideal first date involves a combination of walking around outside, sightseeing, then grabbing a drink in a comfortable environment where he can present his charming humor.
He attended St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI, where he played college basketball. Parrish currently works as a real estate agent.
Whom did you feel most connected to during the competition?
Why, who likes me? It's kind of a toss-up because I didn't get too deep on emotional levels with most of these girls as I moronically assumed I would be around until the end no matter what. I did feel a beginning connection with Ali and Jenny from some of the smaller talks and maybe a bit was unspoken. I'm not sure if it was a quasi-romantic thing or a friend thing because there was no make-out sessions involved and nobody acted on it. Summer and I had a little spark, but obviously, the antics of Tim in the Wild were a bit much for her and a reminder her of her ex, which is never a good thing. With the other girls, we were probably just in a mutual friend zone and I was okay with that as to not push a connection. I think maybe a few of these girls may have thought after they were eliminated that they should have hopped on the Tim train to see what would have happened.
Ultimately, are you happy the additional contestants were brought in to mix it up?
Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to be a commodity for that group. I would have been in the driver's seat had I made it one more round with double the selection. Maybe I'll get to know a few of them outside of this... wink wink ladies...
What behavior surprised you the most from the other contestants?
That the girls were not as aggressive as I would have expected. Granted, I could have and should have stepped up my game and made some other connections. I'm used to being pursued a bit more and have no problem being the pursuer, but maybe in a sense I wanted to see if they wanted a piece of Tim in the Wild. Summer kind of took charge with her choosing me in the first ceremony, but other than that, I think the girls wanted to be chased more by the guys. My behavior didn't really surprise me.
What was your favorite challenge and why?
The first challenge was a beast of crazy awesome. It challenged us in so many ways and really taxed us along the way on land, in the ocean and our wits. Tara, Leo and I had great teamwork and did a killer job in my opinion. Although jumping off of the cliff in the second challenge was the single coolest point of either challenge. It seemed like I was free falling forever and had never jumped from that high... well, although does falling from a tree as a kid count? But wow, what a rush that leap was!
Was there anything off-screen that you feel the audience missed out on?
Yeah, of course. Ben and I, along with a few other guys got into some pretty hilarious discussions when cameras were't around. You want to catch those organic moments of pure hilarity as they happen and some of it was missed. I think we nabbed some solid comedy though, so we'll have that to entertain us... as well as the memories of the stuff that wasn't caught that bonds us and always will.
Any fun anecdotes or run-ins with nature you'd like to share?
The Obvious Tim Anecdote: "You can't always have your cake and eat it too." I learned the hard way when I was simply thinking, "Let them have cake!" when I smashed cake on Summer and Ben's heads at the late night pool party. Run-ins? I was able to exterminate a couple of rather large bugs in a plastic bag, because they were in Summer and my cabin, looking to attack us if we didn't fight back. At mealtime, I threw these bugs on Cina's plate, to which I didn't get quite the prank rise out of it I was looking for but it was worth a shot. I should have hid the bugs under some food, to which that could have resulted in a pretty disgusting reaction. Also, the Guinea Fowl fiasco was pretty entertaining. Running around the coop in the pouring rain with Summer, trying to net up this evasive, wiry bird was like something out of a slap-happy cartoon. "Get over here you darn bird" was pretty much what was going through my head the whole time... that and "Dinner!?"
What did you learn about yourself through this experience?
I learned that Tim is wild in the Wild. I may have been some sort of wacky jungle animal in a former life because I really liked it out there and wish I could have dominated a few more challenges. I probably should have gone on more vacations over the past few years so I wouldn't have overly focused on that aspect versus playing the game with more strategy. So I didn't hitch up with someone, that's perfectly okay with me. I'm pretty sure I'll be just fine and to be honest, it makes me happy to see and hear about friends of mine finding love or at least going down that path. From the beginning I knew that true love would be a long shot because I'm so goofy about this whole love thing, but it was a great opportunity to be a part of something fantastic so I'd be an idiot to pass on it (besides, drinks were on the house). I didn't step outside myself to force anything that didn't cosmically smack me, which would only have lead to disastrous results in the end. I've hurt a few girls in the past and really don't want to go down that road again. I'd like to be the good guy next time love comes my way so I get it right and make a girl truly happy with me. Until then, single Tim can prowl around. Roar!
Why did you decide to take part in this show?
I almost thought this show was made for me. Wild adventures with fun co-eds? Yeah, count me in. I also have been on like two real vacations over the past eight years so I was due for a good one and had an idea this would be a blast. And I guess you can film me along the way while I'm there, simply having the time of my life.
Would you call yourself an outdoorsy person? Why or why not?
Big fan of the outdoors. I grew up camping and our family vacations always involved outdoor activities. I made a lot of mosquitoes quite full over the years. Yes, I'm a happy camper.
What are you afraid of?
Nothing really. Maybe just getting a little older to where I might have to tone down my antics and shenanigans a tad... But I doubt that'll happen, it's too engrained in me. Oh yeah, and a coconut almost fell on my head, so that may be a slight fear in the future.
What surprised you most about being in the jungle?
The range of awesomeness with it all. It's just a place that has so much to soak in and how incorporating adventures into it all just creates an experience you can't recreate anywhere. Truly amazing. Being an explorer must be a fun job.
What was the hardest thing for you to live without? What did you miss the most?
I didn't miss anything really. The point of this experience is to see how adaptable you are in nature and with other single co-eds and forget about emails, phone calls, the Internet and just enjoy every new piece along the way. I wasn't thinking of what I was missing back home. I could sell all of my belongings in a second and not miss any of them and my friends and family will be there when I come back.
What would other people say are your best qualities?
My fun factor is number one on the list. If you hang with me, you're in for a good time with sprinkles of randomness and lots of laughs. I also try to be as genuine as I can so that my friendships and appreciation for them in my life is transparent.
Describe the worst date you've ever been on.
I took this girl to a BYOB restaurant in Chicago and we arrive to everything going wrong. First, we get seated and she says she already ate. Um, hello?! I'm taking you to dinner and we are supposed to eat together because I'm for sure eating as planned. Next, I crack open a bottle of wine and begin pouring to the sound of "No thanks, I don't drink." Huh? You're 21 right? Enjoy a glass of wine; it's okay and will ease the mounting tension between us. But, I suppose I'll eat and drink by myself, this is going well so far and not awkward. Then I get the "how many girls have you slept with" line two minutes into this downward spiraling date. Sorry, but none of your business this early in our debacle and nobody believes anyone's numbers anyways. At this point, let's just see if we like each other, okay Tootsie? She was texting quite a bit too, something you don't do when you're hoping for a second date with me. She wore too much makeup as well. I like a little more of the girl next door, natural look as opposed to cake-on face. This isn't art class honey. She didn't have a job at the time either. Check please! You wanna go halfsies on this joke of a dinner date? ...er wait, I got it, you only had water. Date number 2: negatory.
What qualities do you find to be most important in your partner?
Loving life every day. Be interesting and witty. Have random hobbies. Make fun of me, I'm an easy target. Have flaws and be okay with that. I find it cute if you aren't that great at a game or sport for instance, but will say the heck with it and buck up and at least try. I am still a kid at heart so I need to be stimulated by a girl that has a good range of attributes and knows how to have fun and keep my attention. Be open to new things. Also, if your generosity comes naturally and in different ways, you are gonna be good with me. This characteristic of putting other people first is what makes my mom amazing and the most adorable woman on the planet.
Describe your ideal date.
She pays, just kidding. It would probably be at dusk with a mild to warm temperature. I love eating outside as well, so let's grab a table and get some fresh air. A basic, cabana-esque setting works for me, not too fancy. Some palm trees nearby would be nice, as I'm a fan of these tranquil trees. We would order tapas (mini-plates) as I don't like getting too full on a date and they give you good variety for the palate. We would trade jokes, make solid eye contact, form a connection and have a good feeling about each other with total comfort, like old friends. It's always good to learn about someone for the first time, so she opens up a little bit about what makes her tick without going over the top. Hopefully, something minor goes wrong so I can see how she reacts to a somewhat stressful situation. Like maybe the waiter pops a champagne cork off of her head on accident and she laughs it off. That would be cute. We finish wining and dining and go for a walk and maybe run into a caricature artist that makes us looks like goofs and gives us a keepsake item to remember the date by. Then head on over to...
...an outdoor concert and listen to some jammin' live music where we dance a bit like school kids. It starts pouring rain so we run back to Tim's ranch getting soaked and well, we'll stop it there... Obviously our clothes are soaked and time to be a gentleman in this story.