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Abyss Island: Taking Inventory

treat-trayThere are pros and cons to everything, I guess. On one hand I’m stranded alone, a forgotten castaway, forced to live on nothing but beans and rice. On the other hand, there is reduced competition for my parking spot. (meekly) Yeah, me.

So here we are. Day 36. Only three more days to go. Rather than wasting my time doing tai chi on the beach, I thought I’d take a few minutes out of my busy schedule to catch you up on the comings and goings of the indigenous peoples on Abyss Island.

Joy for you. Yet another post where I talk about myself. Who said this blog doesn’t have a theme? It’s me! Me, me, me and an extra serving of me! And me for dessert with sprinkles on top.

That’s just sick, really.

Let’s approach cautiously lest we startle the beast.

Last we heard our intrepid Survivor had won a reward challenge…
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Survivor: Abyss Island – Day 1 Recap

abyss-islandSurvivor Day 1: “It Consumes The Nourishment Or It Gets The Hose.”

My idea was a simple one: Eat like a Survivor for 39 days and get a wee taste of what the food situation is like on the hit TV show.

I’m halfway through Day 2 and I can tell you this: Yowza! This is no small thing.

My food yesterday consisted of rice, kidney beans, raw coconut and banana. With no salt. (That’s a biggie.) And I fell 500 calories short of my 1,500 calories per day goal.

But that wasn’t the worst of it.

I made the classic Survivor blunder. I neglected the social game.

In other words, I had no idea what my wife had lying in wait. The Host with the Most has turned my little experiment into something bigger than I expected.

I’m afraid.
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Survivor: Abyss Island

abyss-islandThis morning my wife told me to go outside and check our tree for mail. She’s the boss and the controller of the family coconuts so outside I went. Lo and behold I found this mysterious note near the place where I dug the modest hole I use to go potty:

Set in the jungles of hell for 39 long hard days, Abyss Island will freak your mind, test your feets of strength (yes I said feets) and challenge your brain. You will look forward to Tree Mail, Reward and Immunity Challenges, a Hidden Immunity Idol, Tribal Council for One and maybe even a visit from one of your unloved ones.

Outwit – Outlast – Outplay Yourself

Immunity is what you covet
If you lose don’t let your spirits plummet

Winning games and quizzes are what you’ll play
If you lose you’ll have to pay

Worth playing for?

The Wife

My wife playing the part of Jeff Probst? That’s role playing I can get into. I think. Maybe someone should check my brain.
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Survivor Nicaragua to premier on September 15th

CBS today announced the date for the season premier of Survivor Nicaragua, the 21st season of the popular reality show. The show will premier on Wednesday, September 15th at 8pm.

Rumors and other information are starting to flow as CBS gears up to release the identities of this year’s cast sometime in August. There will be two starting teams named “Espada” and “La Flor.” As described on Survivor’s Facebook page: “A great battle between a flower and a sword takes place on the beaches of Nicaragua this September on CBS!!”

There is a rumor that teams will be divided by age with one team over 40 and the other team under 30. This would seem to leave out the 30-somethings, eh? It is also rumored there will be 18 contestants at the start of the show.

Former Dallas Cowboys football coach Jimmy Johnson, age 67, is reportedly a contestant on the show. He might be an interesting choice but I personally don’t see him making it any further than week 4.

Survivor Nicaragua is about to buzz

Grab your buffs. It’s almost time, people!

Nitwit * Outcast * Outfray

Outfray??? Okay, I admit it. That’s lame as hell. Epic fail! The only other thing that came to mind was “Frito-Lay” and I thought that was even lamer. Sue me!

The 21st season of Survivor is scheduled to start sometime in September 2010. I don’t know the official date yet of the season premier, but my spidey sense is tingling and telling me that the official Survivor web site is going to be updated very soon unveiling this season’s cast members.

In breaking news from today, The Dallas Morning News has reported that former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson will be a contestant. (Source.) Prediction: He won’t win. Johnson is currently a football analyst for FOX NFL Sunday. I wonder if FOX hat to put him on waivers so he could appear on an NFL show?

Season 21 of Survivor will reportedly also feature the return of the game-changing “Hidden Immunity Idol.” Jeff Probst has blogged, however, that they will be hidden differently than in previous seasons due to “The Russell Factor.”

Probst has reportedly already signed for seasons 22 of Survivor. The future of the series after that remains uncertain at this time.

For the first time since Survivor Borneo, the initial season of Survivor, the show will air on Wednesdays at 8pm.

Seasons 21 and 22 of Survivor will both reportedly be filmed in Nicaragua near San Juan del Sur. This no doubt will help reduce the costs of producing the show.

The top prize of $1 million still hasn’t been adjusted for inflation since the series originally premiered in the United States in 2000. That’s probably why I don’t even bother. 🙂

Sandra knows how to play Survivor

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Love her or hate her, in the Heroes vs. Villains season of Survivor you have to give it up for Sandra and the game she has played so far.

How often have we seen someone find the hidden immunity idol without being detected, swear to keep it a secret and then immediately spill the beans to someone else? The inability to keep one’s trap shut almost invariably turns out to be a fatal mistake.

Sometimes we’ve seen the sharing of idol knowledge used as a method to gain trust. How often has this worked out?

But not Sandra. Oh no! She knows how to play the game of Survivor. Have her all-star competitors forgotten that she won this game before? Remember back at the beginning of the season (and in previous all-star seasons) when being a previous $1 million winner of Survivor was a huge target on your back? Funny how the priorities have changed as the season as progressed. Funny how Parvati doesn’t seem to bring that up much. 🙂

So Sandra did three things in typical Sandra fashion:

  1. She found the idol while everyone was looking and was able to keep it on the down low. (That is no small feat when someone is standing right over you with a TV camera filming the whole thing.)
  2. She didn’t tell anyone – not one single person. This makes her a Survivor oddity, perhaps in a class all by herself. I won’t be surprised if she keeps it a secret next week, too.
  3. Her secrecy enabled Rupert’s rock-in-the-pocket plan. If she had shown the idol to the villains they would have had Rupert out cold.

Next week’s teaser promo shows Sandra going up against Russell. Has anyone ever done that and survived? I can’t remember a single instance. But Russell may have met his match this time. Drawing Russell’s ire may be the perfect strategy for someone holding an idol that no one suspects. The “toothless troll” is nothing if not predictable. She’ll be laughing her ass off while he makes it his mission in life to vote her out. For all his talk about being a Survivor genius his strategy usually boils down to “make me angry and I’ll vote you out.” That is hardly the most brilliant strategy ever – not too subtle at all – and one that might get him to the end but will never get him votes to be the sole survivor. It’s just about the perfect strategy for someone who wants to guarantee himself a 2nd place finish but never wants to win.

So let’s say the promo is accurate and Sandra pulls Russell’s ire and he targets her in an all-or-nothing type of move. Then what? Sandra obviously plays the idol and orchestrates the elimination of the player of her choice, not Russell’s. It might even be Russell himself. It’s really rather brilliant and all keyed upon the fact that she kept her mouth shut.

On the other hand, Sandra may very well end up doing what she does best. That’s sitting on the sidelines and watching everyone else target each other. If so, she may feel secure enough to keep the idol secret one more week which would be a huge move at this point in the game.

The only other possible wrinkle is that next week’s promo shows Rupert and Colby getting all chummy with Russell. That has got to be a red herring. I mean Rupert just told Russell to his face that he was a “disgusting” person. Russell laughed it off but his true feelings were clear when he responded tit for tat with, “You’re not the second coming of Christ, Rupert.” Yikes. I guess the kid gloves are off now. But the point is, just a day or two after these harsh words were exchanged I find it damn hard to believe that Rupert is going to trust Russell like the promo implies. I think it is more likely that Rupert is just playing along with Russell for some reason, perhaps because Russell is the one going home.

I find it unlikely that even Russell’s talk of “final three” with Colby and Rupert will be taken seriously. By now the remaining heroes have seen enough of Russell’s villainy to fall for that sort of desperation move. At least I think they have.

Hang on, heroes! Sit back and let those villains pick each other off! Personally I’m about ready for one of Colby’s challenge streaks to kick in to high gear. I think the Colbster still has a few surprises left in him. Yee haw!