RIP Meat Loaf

Very sad to hear that singer Meat Loaf passed away at the age of 74. His “Bat out of Hell” album is one of the all time great albums. He also was an actor appearing in the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Fight Club”. I don’t know anybody who has never heard of him or the song “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”. The songe itself is great, but add in the classic baseball play-by-play by NY Yankees player / announcer Phil Rizzuto and its one of the all time classics

Here is a link to the Hollywood Reporter article about him Marvin Lee Aday (Meat Loaf)

I continue to post my random song of the day. Check it out if you like.  Its quite a mix so far.

While I haven’t gotten any Meat Loaf yet, I did get “What Ever Happened to Saturday Night” as done on the Glee episode called “The Rocky Horror Glee Show


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Things are Good

Hope everybody is doing well. Things are good here as we move away from the holiday season and into the beginning of 2022.

The Amazing Race is back, and its as good as every. Interesting to watch as the 1st 3 episodes take place before the COVID-19 pandemic so there is nobody wearing masks or social distancing. Liked how the mixed things up and everybody started from their home instead of all starting at one place (as a side note, I did go to the start of Amazing Race Season 30 at Washington Square Park, NY with my daughter in October 2017. Was really cool to see Phil and the teams as they started their journey around the world). I may need to submit an application for an upcoming race (with either my sister or daughter, depending on who would want to join me on a trip around the world).

I am also working on another Survivor video for the upcoming seasons. I need to find a way to convince casting that they want / need me to be on the show. I did read Christine Hofbecks’ excellent book Winning Conditions and am reading Celeste Headlees’ book We Need to Talk. Between these and a few others I am hoping I will be able convince casting to give me a chance, while being true to myself and getting them to see who I am and what I would bring to the show.

The Scorpions have a new album coning out in February. Its amazing that they have been around for over 50 years and still sound as good as ever. Here is a sneak peak at their new song Rock Believer being analyzed by the Charismatic Voice. You should check out her You Tube Channel.

I give the NY Giants a lot of credit for coming to the conclusion to part ways with the awful Joe Judge. He just seems completely lost with no feel for the game. Good riddance to him and his coaches. Hopefully the Giants will bring in a new GM and Head Coach who can bring some confidence and swagger back to the once proud organization. There is a difference between being bad, but having a plan for the future, and what Joe Judge and the Giants were (a bad team with no plan for getting better). Glad this season is finally over and I don’t need to torcher myself every Sunday until the fall.

I have been posting a random song of the day – I got to my I-Tunes library, choose songs, choose random and list whatever comes up. Check it out if you get a chance and lets enjoy a crazy mix of songs throughout the year. I do share my I-Tunes library with my wife and daughter so its a mix of all our favorite bands and songs as well as random songs that have been imported or downloaded over the years.

Talk to you soon

Anverage Andy

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Hope you had a Merry Christmas

Hope everybody (those who celebrates Christmas and those that don’t) all got some time off to spend with family and friends. As I get older, I have come to cherish the time spent with my family and friends; both in person and through various social media platforms. Its good for the soul to have and feel companionship with others.

Going forward, I plant to be better in reaching out to old friends and acquaintances. From attending a friends wedding, to my 36th High School Reunion, going back to the Lehigh campus for the Lehigh /Lafayette game, and getting together in person with long time friends the night before Thanksgiving, I have saw and spoke to lots of people I haven’t heard or seen in a long long time. The great thing is that everybody was warm and friendly, from my closest friends, to those who I barley remembered.

I will admit that the thought of actually connecting with people from my past (in person or through social media) use to seem scary and even a bit weird. But these past few months have shown me that people are more apt to embrace connection rather than reject it. I recommend scanning through your social media or personal address book and reaching out to somebody you haven’t seen or even really though about in years. You may be surprised that they will be as exited as you to reconnect.

As far as other things, it was another wasted Sunday watching the NY Giants lose another game. As a life long fan, this season is really grating on me. Its one thing to be bad if you have a set plan, some talented players, and things are looking good for the future. But the NY Giants have no plan, and nothing to look forward to. The head coach and his staff look clueless most of the time, and have wasted a lot of the talent this team has. They also have the most inept offense of any team with no originality. They are the definition of insanity (Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results). Thank God there are only 2 more games left this season

I watched Matrix: Resurrections the other night, and did enjoy it. Its been such a long time since the original Matrix Trilogy that some things seemed a bit dated and forced in order to keep the timelines synced. Its always tough when you re-visit a 30 year old movie. I am a big Keanu Reeves fan, and it was fun to see him and Carrie-Ann Moss back. But they did seem to miss the boat with Morpheus (No Laurence Fishburne) and Mr Smith (No Hugo Weaving). They tried to explain their absence but it kind of left me a bit confused.

Been listening to a lot of music lately. Trying to mix things up so I just shuffle my I-Tunes library while going for walks. Since its about 60% my songs, 30% my daughters, and 10% random downloads, it has been an interesting mix. I am thinking about creating a Music Page, hitting shuffle each morning starting on January 1st 2022 and posting the song and artist. No cheating or re-dos. Whatever comes up will be listed.

Will try to write more soon, but if not, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year and will catch you in 2022

Average Andy

PS – Survivor has opened casting for Seasons 43 and 44. Will be working on my next audition video and hope to submit it in January. Still hoping that one of these times, somebody in casting will see my video and realize that I am the person they have been waiting to find and cast for the upcoming seasons.

PSS – The Amazing Race returns on January 3rd. Really looking forward to see how they handled the Covid-19 Pandemic as they raced around the world. Should be fun

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December update (Finally have some time)

Been a month since I started my new job at SHI.   Been spending my time getting acclimated to my new position and have been learning a lot.  Been a bit strange going into an office and getting back into the work routine after spending the last year and a half at home.  So far all is good and looking forward to working on some cool projects in 2022

Season 41 of Survivor ended last week with Erika Casupanan taking home the Million Dollars.  Congratulations to her for playing a great game.    I really enjoyed this season and most of the new twists and surprises.  While I did like the back in time idea, where Erika got to change the outcome of s challenge, I was not a big fan of Deshwan having to play the Do or Die game.  While I understand that there are times when somebody game is changed purely due to luck, this just seemed a bit to much.  The producers need to figure out a better system or way of penalizing players that is not surely based on luck.

And this season again showed that the Final 4 fire making contest just doesn’t work.   I penalizes the person who wins the last immunity challenge by forcing them to either A) Give up their guaranteed spot the final 3 and do the fire challenge to prove they can win under pressure, or B) Pick two people to do the fire challenge, giving the winner a big win for there resume.  Bases on the way the jury has been voting, it seems they want you to make fire, which basically makes winning the final immunity challenge worthless.  You are better off losing and giving yourself a better chance by hoping the winner loses the fire challenge.  Hopefully they decide to get rid of this going forward and again make winning the final immunity challenge the main goal to get you into the final 2 or 3

All and all, it was great to have Survivor back, and I am already looking forward to Season 42 in the spring.  I will need to check out the CBS Casting site to see if I need to apply again for Seasons 43 and 44.   As long as Survivor keeps on going, I will continue to apply until chosen as a consistent to Outwit, Outlast and Outplay all others and add myself to the list of winners.

Not must to say about the New York Football Giants.  They continue to show that they do not have any idea what they are doing.  In a league designed for offense, they can’t move the ball and never score.  I have come to see that Danial Jones is not the answer (hes 12-26 in his career), and really has not shown the ability to make the players around him better.  I also feel its time for a new coach.  Joe Judge just seems confused and over matched, and has not shown the ability to adjust his game plan to take advantage of the weakness of the opponents.  Seems like he is way over thinking things i.e The Chargers can’t stop the run, therefore we should focus on the run, but they know we are going to focus on the run, so we will outsmart them and focus on the pass and catch them off guard).   With only 3 games left, we just have to wait and see what the Owner decides to do.

One the bright side, the Mets actually made a good decision and hired Buck Showalter as their new manager.   I like the move of going with a veteran manager instead of bringing in another 1st time guy. Hopefully he stays true to himself and doesn’t give in to all the analytics and Mets have a good 2022.

And Seton Hall Basketball is having a really good season.  Have some big wins and look like they have a chance to do well in the Big East, and make the NCAA Tournament.

Be back before the end of the week for some closing thoughts on 2021



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Start new job on Monday

After being unemployed for a while, I will be starting a new job on Monday. Looking forward to getting back into the so called real world and interacting with people. It has been a interesting past 8 months, with lots of ups and downs, but I weathered the storm and feel I am in a lot better spot.

It will take a bit to get used to having a set schedule after being off for a while and getting used to schedule things like meeting with friends, or doctor appointments without worrying about if I was free. I do see that scheduling doctors appointments, returning phone calls, or taking your car in for service could end up being a big hassle when you are working.

Quick word on the NY Football Giants – They had a nice win against the LA Raiders and no stand at 3 – 6 going into their bye week. There next game is next Monday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers which will be tough. But after that their schedule is not so bad, and they should have an opportunity to win a few games and who knows, maybe get themselves into playoff contention. As mentioned before, I don’t want to get my hopes up to high because recent history has shown that the Giants are an inconsistent team who like to tease everybody.

Lehigh Football actually won a game and now stand at 1 – 8. Hopefully they can win against Georgetown to have some momentum going into the Lehigh / Lafayette game on November 20th – the 157th game in college footballs most played rivalry. And a shout out to Lehigh’s Basketball team that opened there season with a tough overtime loss to Rutgers. Hopefully keeping the game close against a Big Ten opponent will give them lots of confidence going forward.

Another good episode of Survivor. Thought the challenges were fun. I loved seeing Jeff break the 4th wall and hid an advantage right before the challenge started. They way it was edited I was sure Xander found the clue, but then they showed Jeff pulling it out from its hiding spot and telling everybody it was a missed opportunity. Great TV. The one thing I don’t like is all the scrambling at tribal counsel. It just seems to contrived. When I’m a contestant and go to tribal, I hope I will have been able to work with people to have a plan and then stick with. With all the advantages and idols floating around, should make for some fun tribal counsels going forward. Hoping they have the Ponderosa Videos this season as I really like watching the players reactions and how they interact after being voted out

Happy to see that The Amazing Race will be returning in January 2022. Will be interesting to see where they were able and allowed to go due to the ongoing pandemic, and to see how other countries are handling things. And Survivor Season 42 will be premiering in March 20202.

Have to admit I am not a fan of Celebrity Anything so will most likely no be watching Celebrity Big Brother. Sorry, but its just not my thing

And finally, I continue to listen to all types of music and hope everybody cant find some times to just sit back and relax and listen to some music themselves. Try mixing things up by only playing 2 or 3 songs from an artist at a time, and then move on to the 1st band that comes to mind.

Thanks for reading and hope everybody has a fantastic day

Average Andy

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Lots on my mind

Went on a walk the other day, and decided to listen to music instead of a pod cast to mix things up. Started by playing the new Marillion Song “Be Hard On Yourself ” from their upcoming album An Hour Before its Dark. Then listened to the new Men Without Hats EP “Again, Pt. 1” which includes a cover of the David Bowie / Mott the Hoople song “All the Young Dudes”, as well as a reimagining of their classic “Safety Dance”. I then decided I play the next song that came to my mind just to mix things up (This is where my subscription to Apple Music comes in handy). Ended up listening to The Grateful Dead, Harry Styles, Brighton Rock, Adel, La Roux to name a few. It was a very exhilarating to get lost in the music and not worry about things. I truly recommend everybody take some time, and simply play a bunch of random songs that come into your mind. Not a playlist from your songs, but completely random like an old AOR radio station.

Despite all the negativity I have seen I am really enjoying this season of Survivor. Do a like all the new twists and turns, no, but that’s only part of the game. Also all the talk of the show trying to hard to be politically correct, or not allowing players to where bathing suits instead of underwear have more to do with the current times we are in, and less about the integrity of the show. The world has become an open forum for everybody to express their opinions (just like I am expressing mine) but now these opinions are broadcasted freely across the internet, and taken actual new. I try my best to let most of this go in one year and out the other, and not let it effect my enjoyment of Survivor, or any other show, song, movie.

Back to Survivor, the back in time twist is actually quite interesting. In the current game it seems like a no brainer to smash the hour glass, since Erika is an odd man out. But I could see in future episodes where the correct choice would be not to shake things up if some of your former teammates were on the winning team and you wanted to keep them safe. With all new ideas, some work, some don’t, and some need more time, but I applaud the show for taking chances and trying new things.

I was a big Ranger fan back in the days, but must admit that I have not really followed them (and the NHL) for possibly the last 15+ years. I do keep an eye on the standings now and then, and will kind of follow the play-offs, but its on the back burner and I won’t go out of my way to watch.

That said, when a story like the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault situation comes along, as wells as the mess with the Washington Football Team, I can’t help but take interest and conclude how some of the commissioners, owners, and coaches in all sports league are hypocrites and sadly a microcosm of our society. They all pretend to care about sexual assaults but really could care less as long as they are making money. If they do get caught, they say and do the same thing that big corporations do, say they condone such behavior, and we will work hard to put things in place so this doesn’t happen again. This is complete bullshit, and they really just hope the incident goes away. Sooner or later the public needs to realize that there are still a bunch of older assholes in high power positions that do not think sexual harassment is a problem, and its always the victims fault. They see it as a disruption to their old boys network, and just a nuisance. But until there are significant penalties (Forfeit and entire season, lose 5 years of draft picks), they will hid behind their lawyers, and continue making money from the fans and others.

I’m partially to blame as well, as I still root for and watch my sports teams each week. I justify this by separating the games from the people in charge. Going forward I need to do better myself. Not sure of the best way, but I will start by writing a letter to both the NHL and NFL explaining my feelings. I may also write a letter to some of the corporations that sponsor the Blackhawks and Washington Football Team and let them know I will no longer be purchasing anything from them unless the publicly denounce the teams and pull some of their sponserships.

Saw a story about the UN World Food Program and Elon Musk

The UN World Food Program put out a tweet asking for the top 1% to donate 6 Billion Dollars to help combat world hunger.  ELon Musk responded that he would sell 6 Billion worth of Tesla Stock right now if the UNWFP could show where the money would go and what would be done.  Lets hope both sides can come together for the greater good and get some kind of deal done.  I have always thought that the truly wealthy people would want to help the less fortunate by donating some of their wealth.  They are free to do whatever they want, and I realize there are a lot of scammers and jerks out there looking to sucker the rich out of their money.  But for the top 1%, they must be smart enough (or have people that are smart enough) to weed out most of this and help those who really need it.   John Oliver had a great piece on homelessness, and John Stewart talked about the inequality between the rich investor class and the poorer working class on his new Pod Cast.   It just seems there should be a way to help reduce a lot of human suffering issues if there was more discussion between the rich and poor.   

Somebody from the UNWFP should have already been on a plane to Elon Musk’s headquarters with an outline of what they do, and how his donation would be used.   This could be the start of some great things if both sides agree to work things out.   Fingers crossed

I voted today in my local elections.  Every time there is an election, I tell myself I should be more informed (especially for the local positions like the school board).  Some of the people running didn’t even have an opposition.   Seems crazy to me that their is really nobody they can find to represent their party.  I think I will see what the position entails, and what is needed to get on the ballot

I have more to say but need to take a break for a bit.

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Its Wednesday, and that means another episode of Survivor is on tonight. Based on the preview, it looks like they are doing some sort of tribe restructuring. Will be interesting to see if they move from team play to individual play, or stick with teams for a few more episodes. It will also be interesting to see hoe all of the idols / advantages play out, especially with the condensed season. Choices will have to be made much quicker without extra days to gain more info and see where you stand.

I did catch the new James Bond movie last week. I really enjoyed it as it was kind of a throw back to adventure type movies. No Superheroes, No crazy CGI, just plain old fun. There were some things that were a bit over the top reminiscent of some of the older Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger moves, where there James Bond is surrounded by bad guys firing machine guns at him and they all miss, while he picks them off one by one. Other things that I thought were a bit crazy was when they shot up James Bonds car but he survived due to the worlds strongest bullet proof glass. Wondered why they just didn’t shoot out the tires, or the engine. Also James love interest ran around with white pants and they never got dirty. I cant go 5 minutes without something spilling or splashing on me.

Over all I would recommend it to all James Bond fans, and people who want something different then another Marvel move. – As a side note, will be interesting how they move forward with the franchise; At the end of the credits they put up the line “James Bond will Return” so we will have to wait and see

I did attend the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Board of Education meeting last night. Just wanted to see in person how they would handle the current uproar over the request to ban LGBTQ books from the North Hunterdon Library. They did open the meeting for public comments, and it was interesting to see and hear what people had to say. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of students and teaches that took turns telling the BOE Members why they thought that the books mentioned did way more good then harm, and should not be banned, but be available for kids (especially LGBTQ kids) to read and reference. There were a few who said that the school was forcing pornography on the kids, and a few audience members who interrupted some speeches by yelling, but overall things went smoothly.

As a personal opinion, I realize that there are rules and procedures that need to be followed by the school, but the times are changing and the old ways may need to be tweaked and adjusted. There should be some way to use common sense to resolve these types of issues without it taking months and getting multiple parties involved. Will keep you updated on what the school board eventually decides.

The New York Football Giants actually won a football game last Sunday. Like the past few seasons, every time they win a game, they give me a slight hope that they have finally figured things out, only to go back to there losing ways. Maybe this time will be different. I can only continue to hope.

Listened to a lot of Fish songs on my past couple of walks. Always been a fan of his since back when he was the lead singer of Marillion, and continued listening when he put out solo albums. Listening to his body of work, I realized how good him and his band actually are. Song after song, I was like, this song is really good. Highly recommend people check out his work (along with Marillion who have continued on with singer Steve Hogarth (h.) and continue to release excellent new music as well).  Will try to export the list of songs I listened to, or see if I can post a link to play his songs

Enjoy the day


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A Beautiful Thursday

On the way to Physical Therapy for my back this morning, there was a full moon along with some hot air balloons against a pink sky. It was an awesome site to see and I wish I could have taken a picture. After my PT, since it was so nice out, I headed to Round Valley Reservoir for a nice walk (One of the perks when you are not working). I used my phone to take the following pictures.

Was another great episode of Survivor last night. Its a bit strange that 1 tribe has eliminated 4 of there 6 people, while another tribe has not even been to tribal council. Reminds me of when Stephenie LaGrossa from Survivor: Palau was actually the only person left on her tribe before the merge. Will be real interesting to see if this effects the game in the long run. Will the 6 members form such a tight bond that they stick together to the end, or will the 2 players left in their tribe no be free to play an individual game sooner, and thus be able to make more big moves.

After Survivor, I watched the returning CSI:Vegas. I remember when it premiered in 2000 (along with Survivor) and how they quickly became and still are 2 of my favorite shows of all time. I really like how they combined the returning Gil Grissom (William Peterson) nd Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), and Lehigh Graduate Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) with new characters. Now all they need is to bring back Nick Stokes (The great George Eads) and I will be a happy camper.

Going to see the new James Bond movie this evening and looking forward to seeing it as the reviews have been good (Not that that reviews really matter, unless a movie is universally panned) Will let you know my thoughts tomorrow. Always been a fan of the James Bond movies and am interested to see how they go forward with the departure of Danial Craig).

I am also really looking forward to the new Ghostbusters movie that comes out in a few weeks. Will try to catch that in the theater as well.

I usually don’t post or comment about politics, and want this blog to be mainly about things I hear, see, and enjoy doing outside of politics, but my daughter texted me a story about our local school board and how there are a group of parents that are looking to have several books banned from the High School library because they have LBGTQ themes.  I have never been to a Board of Education meeting but think I will attend the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 26th to observe and see where this leads.  My opinion is that the banning of books is not what we need to be doing, but instead encouraging curiosity and then having open discussions about the material

Sorry to bring this up, but its just how I feel.

More to come

AverageAndy – An Average Guy still waiting for the producers of Survivor to reach out and talk to me about becoming an contestant on an upcoming season 

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Some random thoughts on a October Monday

Had a great time at the 75th Philly NonSports card show on Sunday.   The show, which has been held at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA the past 10+ years, was moved to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Valley Forge PA.  This was a good move as the new location was a bit more spacious and an overall better experience.  Its a bit further away from my home in New Jersey, so ended up getting a hotel for the night which allowed me to attend the Card Talk meeting before the show.

Picked up some free promo cards (Thanks to Rittenhouse Archives and Cryptozoic) as wells as some other promos from some of the many dealers. Following the increase cost of sports cards, the cost of Non-Sport cards (especially sealed boxes) have have also gone up significantly, so was not able to justify buying some of the things I bought in the past.  Hopefully the costs come down a bit for the next show in May.  Asking around, dealers were even surprised of the prices of things, but its what the market is allowing at the time.

Today is the 5th Anniversary of the premier of SiriusXM Volume 106 (Feedback with Nik Carter and Lori Majewski, Eddie Trunk, and Debatable with Mark Goodman and Alan Light). I have been a listener of all 3 shows since they started and have really enjoyed all the talk and music over the past 5 years. I want to thank all the on-air personalities for being there every day, helping me getting through my daily commute (when driving to and from the office before Covid-19), as well as when I was sitting in my office and working from home). If you have SiriusXM and haven’t given the channel a listen, I recommend checking it out. You will be entertained, and open your mind to new and old music and the stories behind the songs.

Really enjoying this season of Survivor. Getting used to all the advantages, and how it is changing how the game is played. Was funny reading Dalton Ross’s Entertainment Weekly Recap where he asked who Heather was.  I though the same thing while watching last Wednesday.  Who is this lady and where has she been the 1st 3 episodes?  Caught myself thinking how bad can you be while she struggles in the reward challenge, but then though good for her for not giving up and giving all she got.  That’s what Survivor is all about.   Got to give people props for taking the steps and applying to be on the show, leaving there comfort zone for and adventure of a lifetime.  I have applied many times and would love to be on the show even if I fail miserably at a challenge (or even get voted off early).  At least I could say to myself that I gave myself an opportunity to see what I could do.  Jeff, Mark, and the rest of the Survivor producers and casting directors, if you happen to read this, check out my applications and give me a chance.  You will not be disappointed, and in fact would be rewarded with somebody who would give my all (win or lose) and embody what Survivor is all about.

About my New York Football Giants – Not much to say. They are and have been terrible for the past 5 years. They drive me crazy and frustrate me year after year, week after week, but I continue to watch. I know non-sports fans, or part time bandwagon fans don’t really understand how somebody can care so much and torture yourself game after game. Its just the way it is

More to come soon


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Survivor, and looking for a new job

I read that while Jeff Probst was working on ideas for Season 41 of Survivor during the COVD Pandemic, he came up with a lot of crazy ideas. He then called Producer and former Survivor Contestant Mike White and asked him what he thought of his ideas. Mike read the ideas and then said “Well… it sounds… in-ter-est-ing. But is it fun?'”.

I though of this while watching Survivor on Wednesday. By the looks of things so far, it does appear that the players are having fun. But is that really what the game is about, and does it make for good TV. I’m mixed on that. Yes survivor is meant to be fun, but its also a challenge (both mental and physical) and there should be some pain and suffering along the way. For years, the casting producers have stated that “If your board and looking at Survivor as a fun vacation, then the game is not for you”. While I actually like all the new choices and advantages, it does take away from some of the game play (Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly had the same reaction on his Weekly Survivor Recap). Some of the best elements of the game were watching players struggle in challenges and then having to scramble to convince their teammates that they have other traits, are a valuable asset, and should not be voted off.. Now its more of a individual game where you don’t really need to worry as much. As long as you find advantages and idols you can skate by the early stages of the game. Throw in all the disadvantages (which in my opinion are to harsh for the rewards associated with them) and there are going to be players who are voted out simply due to bad luck and not related to there skills and game play.

Will I keep watching – Absolutely as I still think Survivor is the best of the Reality shows and a great study of people and how they react outside of their comfort zones.  I will continue to apply to keep my dream of becoming a contestant alive, and dreaming of pushing my self  beyond my comfort zone (and having a fun vacation)

Similar to Survivor changing things up, the current process of finding a decent IT Job has changed as well.  With everything now being on-line (Applications, Skill Assessments, and Interviews), the process has become much more focused on trying to beat the automated systems to hopefully get yourself at least in the door.   Add to the fact that most companies are trying to get the most knowledgeable applicants at the cheapest cost and it can become a bit disheartening.   Seeing job posts for entry level positions that require 5+ years experience, as well as relevant certifications just doesn’t seem right.  I have also seen positions wanting 7 – 10 years experience with a technology that is only 10 years old – Basically if you weren’t learning it from the beginning, then your behind the times.

Another thing that effects me is that I am more of a hands on person (like working with hardware).  Most of these jobs command a lower salary as they are assumed to be less technical and important then programing.   The though of sitting at a desk (either at an office, or at home) for 8 hours a day programing, or producing reports is just not my thing any more (done that for 20 years).  I really like getting hands on and troubleshooting issues.   This is one way that technology can be a hindrance.    Things simply don’t fail as often (which by itself is a good thing).  But similar to other stores (Blockbuster) and professions (TV and Electronic repair men) who are no longer needed or relevant, a lot of IT Jobs are no longer needed as well.  What use to to 10 people can now be done by 1 person on their phone at a café.  Some software and hardware is self correcting, reducing the need for large support staffs.

I will continue to push forward and eventually find a position that is fun and exciting and keep me engaged while I wait for the call from Survivor.

Average Andy

PS – Just finished reading “Winning Conditions” but Survivor runner up Chrissy Hofbeck (who happens to live in the same New Jersey town as me).  It was a really great book with lots of great information and stories on how to put yourself in a winning condition for all the things you want to do.  I will defiantly be using a lot of what I read and learned going forward.  Highly recommend.

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