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The John Appreciation Blog

Alternative Title:  The Only Reason I’ll Be Blogging and Posting About Survivor: Blood vs. Water

He looks like Astronaut Mike from what your imagination would go to when imagining the perfect, All-American Astronaut prototypical guy.  Larry & I started watching this season of Survivor in its second episode and both of our jaws dropped when this big, giant slab of man just started walking and talking and doing things on our screen.  It was hard to focus on any of the other stuff going on.


Rupert got sent home?  Must’ve missed it.   Gervase won at skeeball?  Sounds fascinating.  Someone thought about voting this specimen OUT because he was being shady???? OH HELL NO.

I was spiraling into a desperate panic as it became clear that John, while beautiful on the inside and out, was playing a terrible game.  Sure, it’s understandable you’re looking to protect your wife (grrr…..), who is stuck on Redemption Island, from having to compete potentially against Tyson, but COME ON.  Play the game, you beautiful slice of rock-solid man.   Just tell your all-powerful alpha-male alliance what they want to hear.  Tell them that you’re just being friendly with Rachel for “strategy” and “deception”.  This whole noble and honor thing does not work well in Survivor.

So please, John, for my continued enjoyment of Survivor, which is of course the only important thing, stop fucking up.  Keep wearing those biker shorts and…well, the occasional sexy shirt is fine, I suppose, but get your head in the game and realize that if Candice somehow gets evicted, it’s not the end of the world.  And you’re in a great alliance that could definitely go far.

Team John 4-eva! (or until his eviction in a few episodes, which you know is going to happen.  Le sigh…)

Survivor One World Ep 2 – Total Dysfunction

Episode from 22 Feb 2012

It really shouldn’t take me a week to write these, but I get preoccupied and read a bunch of other stuff and then I all of a sudden remember, there are pictures of hot guys to post and THAT is reason enough to write something about this episode.   So to get us started, here is a picture of Michael and Jay.  Yowza.

The main thrust (hehe, I said thrust) of this episode seemed to continue the highlighting of this group of women being unable to get their shit together.  Before we got the Survivor theme song, Christina and Alicia had a meeting to try to get over their contentious Tribal Council.  It went well on the surface, but as Alicia pointed out to us, she is still firmly anti-Christina.  This stubbornness only serves to highlight what an idiot Alicia is.  Alicia’s only real friend thus far is Kat, who is not only young but quite arrogant and seemingly immature.  “I wanna go find stuff!” — “I don’t want to scout for things” — “I don’t do things unless I know I can succeed at them”…..UGH.  She’s such a waste of oxygen.  To go on an old man rant, I think that this reluctance to do things out of your comfort zone is nothing new, but it certainly seems to be much more amplified in today’s world of “everyone’s a winner.”  When Jeff pulled that admission from Kat at Tribal Council, I couldn’t imagine signing your own death warrant so easily as she just had.  Alas, I was wrong.

Maybe I was misguided or rooting for the underdog, but I hoped that Nina was going to pull off an upset.  The five-woman alliance that had been initiated in the first episode between the “young-ins” was already being noticed by its members that it wasn’t something they still wanted.  The pretty young girls of the alliance, Chelsea & Kimberly, looked to be thinking twice about voting off Nina.  Chelsea was being portrayed as almost unwilling to vote for Nina as it made no game sense when there was someone as idiotic and challenge-sabotagey as Kat getting kept instead.  Yet the power of that alliance held sway.

What we witnessed was typical Survivor fear – better the alliance you know than the one that could be.  No one knows for sure if an alliance with Nina, Monica & Christina would be a better thing than sticking with the younger group, but honestly, I think you’d have to be an idiot to keep your wagons hitched to either Kat or Alicia.  I can’t imagine anyone is in doubt over Alicia’s attitude and demeanor nor did anyone miss how pathetic Kat was at the challenge.  I think an ideal new 5-woman alliance would be if Sabrina, Chelsea, & Kimberly team up with Monica and Christina.  They all seem to have their priorities straight and if they could unburden themselves from Alicia’s irritability and irrationality as well as Kat’s incompetence, they could potentially last a while.  As it is now though, they could be doomed to a Ulonging.  Possibly worse, as at least in the beginning, Ulong actually won a few challenges.  I had to post a picture of Nina for you – that poor woman really didn’t recover in time for her face to ever look normal after her face plant in the first immunity challenge.  This picture is actually much nicer than what she immediately looked like – now that was some messed-up shit.

As for other parts of the show, we got even more on crazy Colton, the wildly gay Survivor this season.  Oy.  He’s definitely a handsome guy, but there is no way that his personality is really the way he’s showing it to be on TV.  It’s such a caricature of an effeminate gay, and to me, is ludicrously embarrassing and almost offensive.  There are definitely all types of gays out there, and I’m welcoming of all types.  I’m not the effeminate type, but get between me and my Madonna or Lady Gaga and there will be problems.  I’ll cut a bitch.  🙂  But Colton is unreal.  I understand why the women exiled him from their camp and why the men don’t trust him.  You can’t read him, but that thing alone has helped his game, completely incidentally, because Sabrina had to give away the idol she found and she only knew Colton.  Of course she had no idea how obnoxious he could be, but it is what it is.  That power of course led to the only part of the show with Colton in it that made me not want to scream, which was the possible formation of the male “Misfit” (or was it Outcast?) alliance.  Not that I want to see the hot guys voted off the island, far from it, but could they be any douchier?

Why couldn’t Matt or Michael or Jay be even the slightest bit…..cool?  Yes, they’re ridiculously hot, but seriously, they’re shooting for Douche of the Year award and they’re heading for the win!  I guess Michael is well aware that Colton has the Idol, so I’m not sure if Colton’s impromptu alliance actually has any feet.  Will the Bros anticipate this happening and figure out a way to route the votes to result in an outcome where they stay intact?  Don’t know.  Don’t even know if it matters as if the women can’t pull it together to win a challenge, it won’t matter.  I did like how the challenges were definitely tailored to allow anyone to win and still the men dominated.  I was hoping for more homoerotic tension on the balance beam Immunity Challenge, but alas, the closest we got was Colton’s (successful) gropefest (“HOLD ME”).  Though at the end, I think it was Matt and Michael who had a huggy moment.  Didn’t linger though, so alas, these guys all seem to be straight.  Feh.

Prediction Time:

Is it even possible now to predict anything?  Well, let’s try.

Voted out Next (Men):  Colton will be the natural vote if the guys are unaware of Colton’s idol.  If the bounceback occurs, I think Matt is the first voted out.  If the HotGuyCabal can play smart, they’ll probably vote out Tarzan or SushiChef.

Voted out Next (Women):  I wish the alliance would break up and reform without Alicia or Kat.  If the alliance doesn’t reform, then Christina is next out.  That sucks, as I like her.  If alliance does reform, then Kat is gone.

Who Could Win, at this point:  No real clue.  I guess Sabrina at the moment, as I like her the most out of all the cast so far.  She has a brain and wants to win, although I have to wonder why she didn’t seem to be part of the discussion to vote out Kat instead of Nina.  Maybe she’s tight with Alicia and Kat?  If so, I disavow this statement.

Survivor One World – Ep1: “This is a No-Mercy Game”

Episode from 15 Feb 2012

I haven’t written a full-on Survivor or Amazing Race (or even, Big Brother) rundown in a long long time.  I’ve decided to go ahead and do it again.  It definitely won’t be as fancy or ornate as I used to do, as seriously, those were works of art!  But I will use any excuse to post pictures of hot guys, and this season, there is a very VERY nice selection to choose from.  Unfortunately, they may be the most douchey contestants I’ve seen on Survivor in a long time.  But here is a picture of one we met in this first episode of the 24th (!!!!) season.  I liken him to a younger and slightly hotter (…debatable) version of Billy Zane.  Gotta say….damn.   This mo’fo is hot.

His name is Michael and probably needs to be properly reckoned with.  I’d reckon with him all night long, if I were playing Survivor.  Uh…is it getting hot in here for you too?  Anyway, at the onset of this season, the contestants were immediately split up into men vs women, and were then told they had 60 seconds to strip (their clothes off) the truck they were riding in of supplies.  As the immediate mass chaos ensued, Michael, wearing a smart plaid shirt that fit him perfectly, sneakily started taking things from the girls’ stash of supplies.  Jeff Probst, the helpful host, even alerted the girls that they should probably keep an eye on their belongings.  They took no heed and Michael keep stealing (hearts) away, getting a prized axe.  Did I think it a dick move?  Yeah.  But he didn’t get caught and the women foolishly let it happen.  Here’s to seeing if continues to be crafty.

There was another hottie in the midst, and while I’ll post his picture here, I have to say that while he is again, quite hot, he is ENORMOUSLY arrogant and douchey.  I might have to mute the TV when Matt shows up on screen.  But here he is, in all his glory.  Well, the buff on the head makes him look less hot than normal, but here it is anyway.  Matt is not a fan of women, especially devious women who would dare

not do what he expects or wants of them.  He promises that they will pay for not sharing the chickens as originally promised, as no one ever betrays his trust.  I get the sense he’s a stockbroker type and a type-A asshole all around.  I will be sad when (there is no if about it) he gets eliminated shortly. Let’s just hope there’s some mud and oil challenges in the near future that are overly homoerotic.  You know they can get that way every now and then in Survivor.

I’ll save any more pics for below but these are the two that are quite hot and memorable, at least for this episode.  I know that there is a Jay on the tribe as well who is truly a model and again, quite hot.  I think my last picture you can see him in.

Oh, should I talk about more than just surface details like hotness?  Ah well, I guess I can do that.

After the 60 seconds of looting were done, the two tribes went on their merry way, marching for a few hours and of course, forming impromptu alliances that more likely than not are going to break sooner than Alicia can assume you’re scheming against her.  Ugh, she is the worst.  As of now though, Alicia’s 5-person female alliance (of some other chicks, including Sabrina , the token black woman this season and one who I immediately liked – so that probably means she’s gone in an episode or two) is still together because there was no one “voted out” this first episode.  More on that later.

At camp, both tribes realized what the “One World” of this season’s Survivor actually meant.  Both tribes are living on the same beach.  No rules other than that, and it was up to the tribes then on how to co-exist.  I love this new twist, so much more than the awful “Medallion of Power” or “Redemption Island”.  It’s interesting as it immediately removes that easy bond of tribal unity as you now see the other tribe all the time, and if you feel like your place in your tribe is at risk, well, go and talk to the other one.  In this episode, we got to see all the expected bartering and promises between the men and the women.  They ended up creating different camps with separate resources, but I imagine that is going to end.  It just seems that after the “honeymoon” period is over, certain men are going to be more than happy to have females in the alliance, just as I can see that there will be women who want nothing more than to get away from the cray-cray at female beach.  We’ll see, but in the case of gay Colton (who is beyond stereotypical gay – they must have promised him a bonus if he amped up the queen factor), this has already seemed to proven true, as he immediately wanted to ally with the ladies. Sabrina even found the Hidden Immunity Idol and gave it to him, as he was the only one that managed to be somewhat friendly towards them.  Without wanting the ladies to strip off their clothes or dance on a stripper pole.  ugh.   Colton promises to be fun, and from what Jeff Probst has said, quite a villain.  I’m guessing he sells Sabrina out the next episode.  Queenie Queen – keep that shit to a minimum if you want to win Survivor!

After the histrionics and drama at camp, it was time for the tribes to compete at the combined Reward & Immunity Challenge.  The first element of the three-part challenge was to jump into a cargo net from about 15-20 feet up.  Jeff Probst clearly instructed everyone to jump and land on your butt while holding your hands at your chest.  Did anyone listen?  I think maybe one.. two at most.  These idjits did everything but what Jeff said. Some jumped straight down, some landed on their face (oof…that was one HELL of a nasty lip on that chick after she faceplanted on the net – that’s a regrettable way to be introduced and ingrained into America’s memory), and some, well, some like Kourtney put their hands underneath them to break the fall.  Lady, that’s what the net is for.  She landed on her wrist and as we found out later, broke it.  After basically collapsing at the next station of the challenge, Probst stopped everything.  Kourtney was taken to the medical tent, Jeff asked if the men were chumps and wanted to continue the challenge although he had just given them the win by default, the men proved not to be stupid, the women tried to guilt them into going on, and unsurprisingly, the women ended up at Tribal Council.

Oh yeah, btw, that is Jay in the picture here.  Hachee Kachee.   Jeff would not be denied fireworks at TC so before revealing if Kourtney was going to be back, he dove right in.  He found a live one in Alicia, who is so sure that Christina, the Asian female who got her tribe fire by bartering for it with a decent price of weaving palm fronds, was selling the females out.  Christina isn’t in Alicia’s impromptu five-person alliance from the initial trek so I think Alicia is doing whatever she can to make sure her alliance is solid.  What I think she actually managed to accomplish was pointing out that she’s extremely unstable.  Alicia needs to chill out or else I see her getting targeted next.  I LOVED that Christina would not back down when Alicia started trying to overtalk her.  She even yelled at Alicia to “shut up!”  LOVED IT.

It will be interesting to see where we go from here and how long things stay as “One World.”  I highly suspect that there will be a tribe switch-up (which we haven’t seen in quite a few seasons) just to keep things interesting, now that the “merge” won’t be nearly as interesting since there’s no getting-to-know-you nonsense.  I have no pick to win it all at this point.  I do have a few picks (or pics) for those who I wish to see lose all their clothing except for underwear.  I think you know who those are.  That is all.

Survivor is back!!!! yay!!!!  (I’ll also be doing this for Amazing Race too).

Couldn’t resist

I had to re-post a comment I saw on the Huffington Post – of course I’m sure others will think this is all liberal spin… whatevs.  Prove it wrong.

For those of you trying to keep up at home:

$1.6 trillion tax cut = OK
$1 trillion+ spent in Iraq = OK
Annual $500 billion deficits = OK
Near-Doubling of the National Debt from $5.8 T to $10.7 T = OK
$85 billion to bail out AIG = OK
$700 billion to bail out the rest of Wall Street = OK
$700 billion in domestic infrastructure investment = Wasteful Pork
$75 billion to keep people from losing their homes = Socialism OMG


Anyway, I wrote my first recap of the Amazing Race 14, episode 1 Insider videos but it hasn’t been posted yet.  Gotta say though that after that firsrt episode, I really really want to go to Switzerland!!!   Survivor has been entertaining so far and LOST was freakin’ glorious yesterday. 

Suspension of Disbelief

Here’s some things that require some suspension of disbelief:

– I went shopping at Bloomingdale’s last night with Larry. He found 2 pairs of jeans and got a great price on them; I have had my eye on a Michael Kors peacoat for the past 2 months and now that there was a sale going on, I knew it was time. The coat was originally $495…I know, yowza. But I knew the sale going on would give me 20% off so I hey, save $100!? Nice. I go to get the coat, and the associate checking us out starts ringing up the first 20% discount, then takes the coupons that Larry had, which knocks off another $100 or so, and THEN takes an additional 15% off the price. I ended up paying, WITH TAX, $250!!!!! I got my sweet coat for 50% off, and that was no clearance sale. I still can’t believe how much I ended up saving.

– Suspending the presidential debates….who does McCain think he’s kidding? Even Letterman said it right: if you’re so bound and determined to help out with the plan to ‘save the economy’, then fine, go and get your face time there. Why not then let Palin continue the campaign in your place? After all, that’s what a VP does, take up the mantle when the Pres is indisposed. She is such a joke (as a VP candidate; I’ll limit my disdain for her to strictly political views in this forum) it is bordering on the ridiculous. He made such a poor choice for a VP candidate. The initial ooohs and ahhhhs of it definitely made for good news cycles, but seriously, there are far better choices he could have made. Anyways….

So there you go, your Thursday morning disbeliefs.

In the meantime, don’t forget to set your DVRs or watch it live: Ugly Betty returns!!!!! Yay. So does Survivor, which is now set in Gabon, Africa, and is FINALLY in HD. Should be pretty sweet.

And how great was Project Runway last night? As much as I despise Kenley, she actually looked pretty damn good when Britney’d out. Kenley could definitely pull that look off. Leann as hip-hop ‘diva’ though….not so much. Entertaining nonetheless.