TODAY’S ADDICTION: SURVIVOR

I say today because it’s Thursday. I have been addicted to the show Survivor since the very first episode. It wasn’t intentional. I remember when I heard the premise of the program advertised on the radio and I couldn’t help but think to myself, “that’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever hear of. Who in their right mind would do something like that?” And who would watch it?!

Oddly enough, I’ve thought of applying myself. Not seriously, semi-seriously. This generally occurs when I’m going through a ‘why am I here’ phase. I would TOTALLY do it if I could guarantee not having to eat something nasty, which is usually in the form of a giant insect or guts of many blended together with fermented milk. That aspect of the show is just not right. There’s a reason that Fear Factor is not on tv anymore. I bet it’s because of this similarity in programming. Anyway, it’s become apparent to me over the last number of seasons that the once guaranteed gross eating challenge/episode was not actually a guarantee. With that in mind I have allowed myself to ponder the ‘what ifs’ of applying to my favorite show. So ponder I do.

The bottom line – you never know what’s going to happen and you are almost always surprised by the decisions that people make (granted it’s probably edited that way on purpose). I love it, it’s entertaining – plain and simple. So here’s a personal thank you to Mark Burnett. I owe you for the many hours of pleasure I have gotten from this show. That being said, I’m still bummed that you stopped the Eco-Challenge. That seemed to be the adventure seekers true challenge. It was an amazing, seemingly ridiculous test of will, determination, courage and strength. I was inspired but what I saw and I’m sad that I only got to watch part of one, vs all of many. Please bring the Eco-Challenge back. As much as I love Survivor, I am sure that there are many athletes out there who feel as though you may have sold out by doing Survivor…. I’m just sayin.

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