Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Survivor Tonight (Ep 6)!

(c) Favorites Tribe, Survivor Caramoan, CBS, Monty Brinton, 2012.

Okay, this isn't a spoiler, I've already seen the promo where Jeff tells us "to drop your buff ..."

because we're swapping tribes!

That's right, after tonight, the "favorites" tribe will no longer exist as we/I know it. From here forward, it's Bikal and Gota--tribes comprised of both FANS and FAVORITES.



Before the swap:

(c) CBS, Monty Brinton, 2012.

And after ... I've eaten a blueberry pie (wink, Louise)!

See, I'm not even crying! (Yet.)
(c) CBS, Monty Brinton, 2012.

But I was feeling so comfortable on my majority tribe of EIGHT!

Waaaaaa. I want my mommy!


Can't wait to see how it all plays out tonight. How about you?

PS: While I can't comment on the actual details of the game, I thought I would answer a few of the email questions I received this week about the experience of watching the game/show. (PS: Thank you so much for your emails. The support/comments/feedback is really fun to read. And I do read it all--even if I am unable to respond to it all. Because there's a lot!)

Survivor Emails

1. Is it hard to watch each week, when you already know what happens?

We don't see the show at all after we leave the game. So, I have no idea what's being aired each week (aside from what CBS releases). 

So I like watching because I only really know my point of view. Seeing the other players' decisions and thinking is always interesting (and sometimes hard, painful, funny, etc.). For example, I had no idea that Andrea and Brandon spoke about Phillip possibly throwing last week's challenge (prior to Brandon's rice throw).

2. What is it like to see yourself on TV? Does your family like it?

Our family and friends are all really supportive and I think it's safe to say they like watching. (Even when I embarrass them. Ha!)

I don't mind watching, although it is really humbling. 

I mean, I'm not a trained TV personality, so it's not really comfortable seeing myself in HDTV without makeup, a shower, food, or proper sleep. I sometimes feel sooooo OLD or LOUD or DRAMATIC. (But sometimes I feel STRONG, BRAVE, AND AMAZING. Yay me!)

I've shared this on twitter, but watching the game each week reminds me a little of what it's like to get a yearbook at the end of an amazing school year. The first thing you do is look to see where you are, on what pages (yes, I'm all ego). Then, you look through it all and re-live the memories. Not all of them are contained in the pages/episodes, but there's a really GOOD amount contained there--and those memories are really special to have.

Plus, the Philippine islands were insanely beautiful (I even loved it more than Samoa)--so, I love watching just to see the incredible landscape. Wow!

3. Do you keep in touch with anyone from the show/game?
I can't speak directly about which people I remain in contact with--since the game is still airing. But, I do keep in touch with people. Even people I didn't align with in the game--we share such a bond from the experiences in the game. I have life-long connections to the cast. And I have a great respect for everyone who takes the challenge to play. It is such a hard game.

4. How far do you go?

I wish I could say. Mum is the word.

5. How much weight did you lose?

I wish I could say. Mum is the word.

6. Is the editing accurate?

There are 20 of us playing the game this season, so I think it's safe to say there are about 2.7 million possible narratives. So "accuracy" may not be the best thing to strive for (is it even possible?).

My experience for this run AND for Survivor South Pacific is that the editing does reflect what is happening/happened. 

Given that each episode is about 42 minutes in length, but spans 3 days in the game, there are gaps in information. But generally speaking, the way you see each of us portrayed is pretty much in alignment with how we are in "real life." Give or take some crying, yelling, silence. Ha ha ha.


PS: I wanted to thank everyone for the love and support during Cory's passing. One amazing thing about being on Survivor is that I have been shown how insanely kind people are--all over the world. It's such a good feeling to know that 99% of the population has love and kindness in their heart. I feel very fortunate to know that--and to be on the receiving end of such kindness. Thank you.

Janessa, Candace, and Bam at Cory's funeral (Bam's bio aunt and birthmom).

Our family, graveside.

Cory's sisters and Bam, graveside.

Bam and her one of her biological siblings.

Bam and her biological sister ... Mini ME.

The sky was beautiful at the the graveside. (Thanks to Jay for the photos.)

My DAVE and Joe, Cory's dad, graveside.
(The family all wore something orange--Cory's favorite color. It was really neat.)