Survivors Back for Season 41

Survivor returns tonight (Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021) for its 41 Season after a long break due to the pandemic. While I don’t like to see or hear anything about a new season and try to avoid any social media stories or posts, I have seen Jeff Probst talking about big changes for this season and seasons going forward. I have heard that the contestants will be stranded for 26 days instead of the standard 39 days. Other than that, I really now nothing and will be watching tonight with an open mind

You all know I have been a Survivor fan since the beginning (I actually heard about the show before it even aired its 1st episode) and it still gets me excited every time a new season starts. I have never missed an episode and will continue that streak tonight. I have likes most of the twists, turns, and changes over the years and like how the produces (and Jeff Probst) are constantly changing things up to keep the game fresh. The changes I didn’t particularly like were ones that gave advantages or safety to players that allowed them to continue playing even though the tribes and other players played a perfect game to get them out. (i.e. Extinction Island, and others where people got a second chance, or the fire challenges to get to the final 3). While I liked the ideas, I felt they just penalized good players and gave lesser players a better chance that they really did not deserve. But it it what it is and I am really looking forward to how the mix / change things up for Season 41

Its hard to imagine that Survivor has been on for 20 years and was in production prior to that.  Here is the link to the 1st thing I ever heard / saw about Survivor from 1999 (SlashDot – Survivor to give 1 Million Dollars to winner)

From that point on I was hooked and dreamed of one day being on the show and claiming the title of Sole Survivor. I remember watching season 1 from hospital when my daughter was born – She is now a 21 year old college senior), to franticly setting up a VCR to properly tape the show when I had other things to do when the show was on. I remember when the show would be interrupted by the NCAA Basketball Tournament and was eventually moved from Thursdays to Wednesday (One of greatest move CBS made). The show has been a constant in my life and I am truly grateful for the show and everybody involved (past and present) who have worked to create the gold standard of Reality Shows

I have applied numerous times, from when there was a multiple page application that you needed to download and fill out, and send in with your application video (actual VCR Tape) and a passport photo. I remember running out of work at lunch time to get to the post office and get my application sent out before the posted deadline. As the internet evolved (it was relatively new when Survivor started) and the application changed to where it was on-line and you could upload a copy of your video, I continue to apply. I even posted a video when there was a on-line contest / vote to pick a player (I believe it was Troyzan) who won. I even went to a Open Casting Call in Atlantic City and hade a great time while waiting in line with all of the other Survivor fans

One of my later application videos was done with the help of my daughter for one of her classes (She is studying film in College). She needed to make a short documetary style film, so I went back and found all of my old applications and she put them all together in a time line montage. When she showed it to her class, they all enjoyed it thought I had a chance. I was really happy with it and sent it off to casting. While so far it hasn’t worked out, there is plenty of time left for me (even at 54 years old) to continue to send in applications with the hope that somebody sees it, likes it, and decides to give me a shot (thats all I can really ask for)

So I will again be at my TV tonight (8:00 PM EST on CBS) watching the 2 hour premier and feeling like things are back to normal as Survivor is on and all if good in the world

Be sure to check my older posts about Survivor (Including the list of things I would do with the Million Dollar prize) as well as other things that interest me (Sports, Music, TV, Non-Sport Card Collecting)

I’m sorry I haven’t written in a while. Had other things going on that had a higher priority. But I should be good to go now and look forward to putting my thoughts down on these pages

I do want to give a big shout out the all the members of the Cook Out on Big Brother. They played an incredible game and should be really proud of themselves. Besides guaranteeing an African American will win this season, they showed how the game can be played if everybody works together for a common goal and this will be studies and replicated for seasons going forward. Great for the game

Promise to write more soon

Average Andy

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Toto and The Bad New Bears in Breaking Training

Went on a nice walk yesterday, and decided to mix things up and listen to Toto.   Put on “Toto Esentials” and was amazed on how many great songs they have.  Some songs I havent heard in a long time (Such as “I’ll Supply the Love” and “Georgy Porgy” and one of my favorites “Stranger in Town”).   Also realized what a great solo and jam are in the song “Rosanna”  Very much enjoyed it and will definatly listen to it again.

As a side note, SiriusXM’s poll of the day was Songs With Numbers In The Titles, and “99” by Toto received a lot of votes.   Always amazed when things like this happen. 

Also, while out walking, not sure why, but I thought of one of my all time favorite movies “The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training”   Thinking of certain scenes always puts me in a good mood, and makes me laugh.  When I got home, I dug out my DVD copy and decided to watch the entrie movie from begining to end.  And was just as good as it always has been.

There are so many great scenes in this movie, including the “Let Them Play” scene in the Astrdome with the Houston Astro Players, and Tanner Boyle (Christopher Barnes) running around trowing the bases at the umps. All time classic.

As I have mentioned numerous times, Tanner Boyle (Christopher Barnes) is one of my all time favorite movie characters. Shortly after the Bad News Bears movies, he pretty much dissapered from Hollywood. There have been some reunions with members of the cast, and Panini America even put out a Card Set (including 6 autograpth cards) but now Tanner Boyle.  I have been trying to find a way to contact him to let him know how his performance has stuck with me for more than 40 years. I do have a custom card of him, and would love one day to get it autographed by Tanner himself.

I know this is a random post, but its whats on my mind, so its what I am going to write about

More to come

AverageAndy

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What would I do if I won Survivor

Survivor returns September 22nd for Season 41. As you know I have never missed an episode in all this time – 540 episodes. I will be back in front of my TV on September 22nd to go on another journey with 16 new contestants.

Hopefully one day, I will be part of the next group of 16 to play the game of Survivor. I have always wanted to be on the show, and have applied numerous times, including recently summitting my application for Seasons 42 / 43.

While I honestly want to go for the adventure, to be pushed out of my comfort zone, and to prove to myself that dreams can come true, I also want to Win the title of Sole Survivor

Over the past 20 years, I would think of what it would be like to win the $1,000,000 prize. I realize that these days, $1,000.000 will not set you up for life, and I am not thinking of retiring any time soon. So while I continue on with my life, here is a list of things I would love to do or buy with the money

1. Go to the Philly Non-Sport Card Show and buy the William Shatner / Leonard Nemoy duel autograph card from the Rittenhouse Star Trek 35th set. I have all of the other autos but this one has always been outside of my budget

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Shatner / Nimoy 35th

2. Along the same line, I would love to purchase the Jackie Earle Haley (Kelly Leak) Panini Autograph card. I have all of the other Bad News Bears auto cards (including the Tatum O’Neil (Ammanda Whurlitzer) card. Would be great to be able to complete this set.

3.  My all time favorite band is Marillion, a prog rock band out of England.  They had a  hit in the  198s with Kayleigh, and have been putting out great  albums ever since.   Every other year they have Marillion Weekends  where they play for 3 nights.   I always wanted to attend on of the weekends but unfortunately, they do not have a  weekend in  the  United States  (Closest to my would be  Montreal, Canada.  I would love to take a few  friends and attend one of the  upcoming weekends, and the money I win on  Survivor would help make this a reality. 

4. I do need a new car. My 2012 Honda Insight Hybrid is on its last legs. Besides some rust and the paint peeling off, the headlights have condensation inside making them pretty much worthless. I want to get another hybrid, or even a fully electric car, and having some extra  money would help with the process.

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5.  I always thought it would be cool to help people out.  I would  love to go to a restaurant and tell the owner that I will cover everybody’s meals.   I would tell the owner that when people request their bills, let them know its been covered.  No need to tell them by who.  I would also like to stop when I see one of those giant donation thermometers, and pay of  what ever is needed to complete their goal.   And I am sure that I would  donate some money to groups or charities that I believe in

6. As a big sports fan, I would love to take a trip to see some of the special sporting events for sports like tennis (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon) (Being from New Jersey, the US Open is close enough that I could  go for the day) or Golf (Masters, US Open, British Open, and the PGA Championship).  Would be a fun way to see other countries and cities while seeing some great sporting action.   Would also like to try and go some more baseball games and see  some of the newer stadiums.

7.  I just finished reading Andrew  McCarthys’ book  “Brat: an 80s  Story” and really enjoyed it.  Always liked him it “St. Elmos Fire“, still one of my  favorite  movies.  Recently he and is some walked the  Camino de Santiago  – A 500  mile hike month long hike across Spain.  There was also a movie called  “The  Way” about this staring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez.   Since seeing the move I wanted to give this a try, and now following Andrew McCarthy and his son on Facebook, I’m even more inspired to give this a try.   

8. I would love to take my wife and daughter on a trip.  Wherever they want to go would be fine with me.  If they want to go to Universal Studios to see Harry Potter World, or back to Disneyworld for rides and fun, that would work.  Or if they want to go to Yellowstone Park for hiking and  sightseeing, that would be fine.  Or maybe a trip back to  California to see family.  Would like to be able to  go and enjoy ourselves, and not  worry about the  cost.  Not going  super upscale or  fancy, just a regular trip, but not have to worry about getting that souvenir photo, or 2nd beer to try  and save some money  

I am sure there are other things I forgot, or need to get once I return as the winner. But these are things I think and dream about and hopefully someday will become reality. Never to old to stop dreaming and believing.

AverageAndy.

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Lets give Corporate Rock some love

I’m a big fan of so called “Corporate Rock”. Bands such as Boston, Styx, Kansas, and Foreigner. These bands have tons on classic songs that are played on the radio every day, yet they get no love from both critics and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here are a few of my thoughts / memories of each of these bands

Boston

45 Years ago, the classic self titled Boston album was released, and it went on to become one of the highest selling debut albums of all times. Over the years they have released 5 more albums and I am a big fan of them all. Even the death of singer Brad Delp in 2007, the band has continued on. I have seen them numerous times and have great memories of each time, including when I scored 1st row tickets when they played Musikfest in Bethlehem PA. The ironic thing is I have never seen them live in the city of Boston. Maybe next time they tour I’ll get a chance.

Tom Scholz – 45 Years of Boston

 

Styx

Another classic band with tons of songs that are still going strong today. From the beginning with singer Dennis DeYong, to the current lineup with Tommy Shaw, James Young, and Lawrence Gowan, they continue to play to sold out shows. Songs such as “Come Sail Away”, “The Grand Illusion”, and “Blue Collar Man” have become staples on the radio. I’ve seen both Styx and Dennis DeYoung in concert and they were great shows. Lately I have been watching YouTube videos of young peoples reaction to listening to Styx songs for the 1st time.

Kansas

One of the greates US Prog Bands, Kansas has been putting out albums since 1974. Songs like “Carry on Wayward Son” and “Point of Know Return” have become classics. I’m also a fan of there later albums like “Power” and “In the Spirit of Things”. I never saw Kansas live as the two times I attempted to see them were cancelled (once for lightning and once for personal issues with the band). And who doesn’t know their classic song “Dust in the Wind”. Here is a great bit by James Cordin and Jim Parsons on the Late Late Show

Foreigner

Even with most of the original members like Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner retired and no longer playing in the band, they continue to tour and bring joy to millions of fans. Singer Kelly Hansen has taken over and does a great job. Songs like “Feels like the First Time”, “Double Vision” and “Urgent” continue to be played today and sound fresh and current. Here a cool version of their great some “I Want to Know What Love Is” with the Retro Festival Orchestra and 21st Century Choir


All these bands have a special meaning to me, and I’m guessing a special meaning for the millions of fans who have seen them live in concert, or bought one of their albums. Its time for the critics to get over themselves and acknowledge that these are all great musicians and while the band members are not the most flamboyant or recognizable, that shouldn’t matter.

As far as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they need to acknowledge Corporate Rock (as well as Heavy / Hair Metal) as legitimate styles of Music and give them the credit they deserve. Constant air play, along with selling millions of albums and playing to millions of fans has to count for something.

AverageAndy

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RIP Charlie Watts – Drummer for the Rolling Stones

Sad to see that Charlie Watts, drummer with the Rolling Stones passed away at the age of 80s. While I was not a huge Rolling Stones fan, there is no argument that they were one of the worlds greatest Rock and Roll Band. I never saw them live, but did enjoy a lot of their songs.

Was listening to SiriusXm (Eddie Trunk on Volume 106) and he said what I thought – That people believed the Rolling Stones would be around forever and out last us all.

I have so many memories that involve the Rolling Stones – Their music was played at many weddings I have attended. I remember listening to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” taking the bus from college to NYC and thinking what a great song. And when I think of the Rolling Stones, I think of the scene from “Bad News Bears” where Amanda Whurlitz loses at Air Hockey to Kelly Leak and has to go to the Rolling Stones Concert

I realize that the Stones and lot of the classic rock stars are getting up in age. Hopefully the rest of the band members, as all of the other ageing classic rock starts are around for many more years.

Will right some more later this evening, but wanted to give Charlie Watts his own post

Andy

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Maki Kaji, the ‘Godfather of Sudoku,’ Is Dead at 69

Sad to see that Maki Kaji died at the age of 69. He dies far to young. I am a huge Sudoku fan, and try to complete the daily sudoku puzzle in the Newark Star Ledger News Paper (I am part of the dwindling crowd of people who still gets the newspaper delivered daily).

Maki Kaji, the Godfather of Sudoku (1951- 2021)

Glad to see a tribute to him on the Cracking the Cryptic YouTube Page. If your a fan of sudoku, you should check out Cracking the Cryptic where Simon Anthony, and Mark Goodliffe solve Sudoku puzzles each day


Will give my thoughts on Big Brother tomorrow (I am really enjoying this season), as well as some thoughts on the NY Mets, and some other random thoughts

Andy

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Going Camping / Swimming

Start of a busy weekend Getting ready to go camping for the night with a few friends. Should be fun to just hang out and enjoy each others company (and to drink a few beers). Then tomorrow heading to friends house to hang out at their pool (and drink a few more beers).

On Monday I will be up early to go for a walk. I have been getting up and out each morning before settling in to look for a job. Hopefully something will look interesting. Did apply for a few jobs last week and hoping to hear back

I will also be taking some time to work on my next Survivor Video so I can get it submitted early next week. I have jotted down some notes, and now need to whittle things down. Need to pick out the things that make me stand out from other contestants.

I will be mentioning this Blog (Which was created by some of my co-workers about 10 years ago), and how it has allowed me to open up and write about things, as well as give me confidence and the belief that I can and will be a contestant

Here are a few points – If anybody is reading this, please comment and let me know which ones I should focus on

Long Time Super Fan (Have seen every episode starting with season 1)
I find the show fascinating on a human level and how different people handle themselves
I’m kind of quirky and have a good sense of humor
I’m a nice person (I really don’t know anybody who doesn’t like me or consider me a good friend)
I’m king of geek (I collect Non Sports Cards – Star Wars, Star Trek, movies, TV and even attend conventions each year)
I really enjoyed High School and College and attending reunions (My 36th High School reunion is this November)
I have never smoked or done drugs and still managed to enjoy my life
Married with 1 daughter who is in Film School (and is a Survivor Fan)
I’m older than most contestants, but feel I can relate to the younger generation (I don’t take my self too seriously and like to see how others (both young and old feel about things)

More to come

Andy

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Marillion Album 20 Pre-Order

Marillion have put out information for pre-ordering there next studio album. They have done this in the past and its always been a huge success. If you pre-order the Deluxe CD/DVD you will get your name printed in the credits (as part of a 120 Page booklet).

Here is the link to pre-order.

Marillion – Album 20 – Pre-Order

Remember that Marillion is the band credited for starting the use of crowdfunding.  In1997 they asked their US Fan Base to raise money for a USA Tour.  The fans responded by raising $60,000.00 and the band was able to tour the US – The History of Crowdfunding

I am going to be making another Survivor Video as they are casting for Season 43 and 44. This time I will attempt to tell a story of why I want to be a contestant, and what would make me stand out amount all the other applicants. Looking back on the history of this site, my first entry was published on September 28th, 2010, so I have been writing about wanting to be on Survivor for the last 11 years. I have actually wanted to be on Survivor since it premiered on CBS in 2000. – Actually, Like I have mentioned in previous posts over the past 11 years, I have wanted to be a contestant since reading about Survivor on the webpage slash.dot in late 1999, months before before the show premiered.  Its was just a short blurb about a new type of reality show where people were stranded on and island and voted out.  And to be honest, that was what I found interesting and fascinating.  The prize money was and still is an afterthought for me.  winning 1 Million dollars would be nice, and I can defiantly use it now more  then ever (being unemployed the past few months), but its still the game, the interaction with others, and the opportunity to dig deep in myself and see what I am capable of that continues to drive me to get on the  show.

More later

Andy 

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Keeping my Promise

I said I will try to write something new each day this week, so here’s my thoughts for Tuesday

Been enjoying listing to Lori Majewski and Nik Carter on SiriusXM Volume 106 while getting out for early walks the past few days. Always entertaining and I seem to learn new stuff each day. Also makes me realize there are people out there my age who like a wide variety of music and pop culture. Today they were talking about the band Inhaler. The lead singer is Elijah Hewson, the son of Bono (of U2). Their debut album “It Won’t Always Be Like This” is really good and I highly recommend giving it a listen

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inhaler_(band)

I am currently reading the book “Hallow Hill” by John Verdon. Its the 7th book in the Dave Gurney series. I have read them all and they never disappoint. If your looking for a smart thriller that is well written, you should check these out

https://www.johnverdon.net/pages/index.php

Will write again tomorrow with an update on casting for the next seasons of Survivor, and other things that I happen to think about.

Andy

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Finally back after some time away

Its been a strange few months with lots of different things going on. From my work contract ending to the death of my Father-In Law, there has been a lot on my mind, and I just didn’t feel like writing anything. But lucky for you, I’m feeling much better and things are looking up so its time for me to get back to writing this Blog. Hopefully it will be therapeutic to write down my thoughts of things that I see or hear.

Its been fun listening and reading about the 40th anniversary of MTV (Premiered on August 1st, 1991). We didn’t get MTV on our cable (Suburban Cablevision in NJ) until the 1 year anniversary. But once we got it, I was hooked and my friends and I (Many who are still good friends), would run home from school and sit around for hours watching MTV. It was a great time to be a teenager and music fan, as we got to hang out with each other and watch as MTV played all sorts of music, across multiple genres.

Its crazy how they would play bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Scorpions, followed by Madonna, Whitney Houston and Michel Jackson. Throw in others like John Cougar Mellencamp, Huey Lewis and the News and Culture Club and it was a great mix of all sorts of music. Sad that this would not happen today, and things are so broken down to specific genres, and people are so close minded that they only like one type of music, and everything else is awful.

I would like to thank MTV for opening my mind to all types of music. If its a good song, its a good song, no matter who sings it.

Big Brother is back and I am still enjoying it after nearly 20 years. Year after year, I continue to watch and am always entertained. I would like to applaud CBS for there promise of a more diverse cast. Its great to see different types of people and players. The show continues to keep my interest, as I like to see how the contestants handle being stuck with each other for around 3 Months. I still find it a fascinating study of people.

I’m also getting psyched for Survivor coming back in September (after a year off due to Covid). I have heard there will be some differences and new twists, and I am looking forward to what CBS has instore. As like in the past, I will be putting together another audition video. I have applied more time than I can remember, and will continue to apply as long as the show continues to air. As I get older (I’m 54 years young), I realize my chance of getting chosen for the show decrease dramatically. But if CBS wants to continue showing there commitment to more diverse casts, maybe along with race, older players can be included as part of the decisions as well.

The New York Mets are in 1st place of the National League East Division as we move to August. They have been a fun team to watch and I like there never give up attitude. They will need to start scoring more runs and winning more games against bad opponents if they want to win the division. The 2 wild card teams will most likely come from the West (Dodgers, Giants, Padres) so its win the division or miss the play-offs. Hopefully DeGromm and Lindor are not seriously hurt and will be back for the stretch run. The Mets do have a 13 game stretch against the Dodgers and Giants in a few weeks. This will go a long way in determining if they are good enough to win the division.

I would have gone in a different direction at the trade deadline (bring in a starting pitcher like Berrios, and try to move Conforto). They need pitching, and Conforto is just to inconsistent to keep throwing him out there every game. He reminds me of Ike Davis, another fan favorite who was given multiple chances but never played up to his potential.

That’s it for today. I will try to write every day this week, so check back tomorrow.

Average Andy

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