Sunday, January 29, 2012

Survivor (Reality TV) And The Goddess

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Season twenty-four of Survivor, the CBS reality game show, premieres February 15, 2012.  Survivor: One World contestants will be isolated in a remote corner of the South Pacific (on the island of Upolu in Samoa) with little else but the clothes on their backs. They’ll compete for a chance to be the sole survivor and winner of a million dollars.  

My cousin Wendy urged me enthusiastically and often, over the past decade, to share her delight in watching Survivor… to no avail.  I simply wasn’t moved to watch… until one night, I was. It was a pleasant surprise to find myself hooked on the show during the first hour of season twenty-three (Survivor: South Pacific).  Hence, Wendy and I enthusiastically and often shared the trials and tribulations, joys and sorrows of the season (in real time on the phone) and heartily rooted for Ozzy Lusth (our mutually unsullied middle-aged crush).

As luck would have it, a former Survivor in a season not yet available on, joined my workplace family. This increased my enjoyment of the series exponentially. Our shared love of Survivor resulted in an instantaneous and joyful connection.

Good fortune surrounding Survivor continued to bear fruit when season twenty-three ended. I promptly ordered Survivor: Heroes And Villains online and soon turned my honey (who’s normally NOT a reality show fan) into a BIG fan. Survivor: The Australian Outback came next.  We savored an abundance of new things to discuss; there was game strategy, relationships, alliances, and an ever-changing array of details provided by Mother Nature herself. We’re currently watching Survivor: Africa and might even be able to fit in another complete season by February 15th.

I’m in awe of any Survivor who dares to play the game… even for a day… and I’m in daily increments of absolute awe as survivors remain free from elimination at the tribal council concluding each episode. The sole Survivor who outwits, outplays, and outlasts their challengers is the winner of the game… and what a game it is.

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