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That Time I Almost Won Season 1 of Survivor

Possibly me…

Every year when the new Survivor season starts I always wonder, “what if…”  What if that was me winning #Survivor?

Let’s take a little trip in the way back machine. It was September of 1999. The internet was so new that I was still getting a newspaper made out of actual paper! I’ve always been an avid sports fan and in the fall the first thing I’d do when I got my Sunday paper was to check the box scores from the Saturday college football games.

On page 2 of the sports section, I found a small classified ad looking for people to volunteer/apply to be part of a filmed game show where contestants would spend a month on a remote island competing for ONE MILLION DOLLARS! 

This is how my inner monologue went:I grew up camping in tents with my family every summer. I’m outdoorsy! I can’t eat pickles or mustard, but I’ve got no problem eating anything else. I know how to fish, so I can feed myself. I’m a young-ish man in decent shape. I spent a few years in college taking broadcasting classes, so I’m comfortable on camera. I can do this!  This is a no brainer. For a million bucks I can outlast a group of dolts on an island and parlay my new found stardom into a successful show biz career!”

Survivor Season 1 cast. Look at those dolts! I could have easily won.

With my inner voice cheering me on I began typing that email to the casting director at CBS, all but certain that I was on the road to riches and stardom. And then I talked to my wife…

How many men reading this know how that conversation went?

This is not me or my wife.

Her reply, which was justified, was “you’re not going to leave me home alone for a month with three young kids.” That was a fair response. I couldn’t argue with that.

Don’t we all have those “what if” moments in your life where you look back and wonder how your life might be different? #Survivor is low on my list, but… what if?  Do you have any of those moments or memories where you wonder how the direction of your life might have changed had you done something different?

Have a great Tuesday and think of me when you’re watching Survivor tomorrow! ~Phil

Top Ten Tuesday! The Ten Awesomest Reality Shows

Until someone decides to make a reality show about a certain blogger, these are some of the more interesting reality shows out there.

DIY network &youtube.com

DIY network &youtube.com

Vanilla Ice Goes Amish: Two of my favorite things, Vanilla Ice and the Amish! This show has ‘ten year run’ written all over it.

My Strange Addiction: Because it shows people addicted to all manner of weird behavior it may seem like taking advantage of the mentally ill, but a lot of it is professionals trying to help these people. I once saw an episode where a woman was addicted to eating cement.

Sunset Daze: It’s a geriatric Jersey Shore. I want to retire to this community!



Mr. Personality: This is no longer on the air. It was hosted by Monica Lewinsky (I love anything with kitschy b-list celebs) and it was the typical dating/choose the love of your life type show except for one difference; then men all wore really goofy masks so the woman really had to choose based on personality.



Heroes of Cosplay: A show about the people that spend way too much time creating elaborate costumes to wear to comic book conventions. FYI, “cosplay” is short for costume play.



My Big Fat Revenge: I’ve never seen it, but this one sounds really awesome. They take someone who is overweight and was picked on or bullied by someone in their life. Then they get them in shape and give them a chance to kick the bullies ass. How great is that?

Naked and Afraid: Pretty much a description of my sex life. I love this show even though, oddly, I’ve only seen it with the sound off. I watch it when I’m on a machine at the gym. Two strangers are dropped in a jungle naked with only a few items in a bag and they have to survive for three weeks. Trust me, they may be naked, but after a couple days in the jungle it’s not a sexy kind of naked.

nypost.com & Discovery channel

nypost.com & Discovery channel

Sperm Race: In 2005, German TV ran a show where men “donated” sperm, and then watched as their little swimmers raced each other to an egg. Doctors on hand confirmed the winner, and that guy, the guy with the fastest sperm, won a car. If this was on in the U.S. guys would be lining up around the block to get on the show.

H8R: People were interviewed as to why why they hate particular C-list celebrities and then were confronted by said celebrity. The rest of the episode shows the person spending time with the celebrity to try to change their minds. I think the show has already been cancelled. It’s too bad because I’m sure some of my rants here would qualify me for a date with Justin Bieber.


Wrestling with Death: A family that runs a funeral home also does semi-professional wrestling in their spare time. I wonder if they practice their sleeper hold on the cadavers?

I was going to put in a fake one and see if anyone could guess which was the fake show, but I couldn’t think of anything as ridiculous as any of the real ones. Trust me, be thankful I didn’t include some of the shows from the non-English speaking countries. They get seriously weird. Have a great Tuesday! ~Phil