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Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden
8-30-2008

Posted on 08/30/2008 4:59:36 PM PDT by JillValentine

Premiers Thur. Sept. 25 @ 8PM ET/PT

18 new contestants will compete for the $1 million prize in the jungles of the equatorial African nation of Gabon.

Who will be the sole Survivor?



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Time for a

SURVIVOR PING!

1 posted on 08/30/2008 4:59:36 PM PDT by JillValentine
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To: 24Karet; AJMaXx; Alice in Wonderland; alisasny; agarrett; A knight without armor; ...
SURVIVOR PING!
2 posted on 08/30/2008 5:01:22 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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It's quite early (still 26 days before Survivor starts) and we don't know the tribes yet - in fact, I don't even know if there will be 2 tribes of 9 or 3 tribes of 6 - but we have the contestants' names, pictures, bios, and comments from Jeff Probst.

Looking at the contestants' biographies, ages, hometowns, and occupations, this definitely appears to be a younger, Hollywoodish, mactorish crowd. Unfortunately. But not to worry; at the very worst, we can at least laugh at them.

So let's get ready to meet the contestants, one at a time:

3 posted on 08/30/2008 5:16:41 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Ace Gordon
Age: 27
Hometown: Naples, Florida
Occupation: Jewelry Sales

Bio: Ace Gordon is a self-proclaimed charmer in every sense of the word. With an English accent and a shaved head, he is an absolute fan of the game and 100% confident in his manipulation skills. Born in New York but raised in London, Ace attended the prestigious Hill House School in Knightsbridge. His privileged background and world travels lead Gordon to mockingly state, "I'm probably better than you and highly more [sic] educated."

He has also run the gambit in terms of jobs and he's only 27. Over the years, he's sold cars for Porsche, been a massage therapist and cooked at an eco- resort in Hawaii. Currently, Ace splits his time between working for Cartier and running his own fashion photography studio.

One of Ace's biggest personality traits is his ability to flirt, almost without realizing it. Described as a natural salesman, Ace can cross the line between arrogant and elegant in whatever country he lives. He has actively sought to be immersed in new surroundings and experiences, be it martial arts or meditation. In fact, Gordon has lived in Hawaii, India, Thailand, and all over the U.S. studying religion, spirituality and alternatives to traditional Western Medicine.

Ace is single and currently resides in Naples, Florida. His birth date is September 3, 1980.

Jeff Probst says: "You would expect him to be like a villain in a Bond movie who dies a horrible death at the end. It’s almost like a blind arrogance, and he’s really fun to watch. And I think his accent could work for him or against him, but there is something about the accent that makes everything he says seem smarter."

4 posted on 08/30/2008 5:17:26 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine

Thanks for taking over the ping list!!!!!!!!


5 posted on 08/30/2008 5:17:36 PM PDT by luckystarmom
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Name: Robert "Bob" Crowley
Age: 58
Hometown: Portland, Maine
Occupation: Physics Teacher

Bio: Robert Crowley considers himself a hybrid of Indiana Jones and Robinson Crusoe. He loves the outdoors and is always ready for his next adventure.

Robert is a high school physics teacher in Gorham, Maine and holds both Associate and Bachelor degrees in forestry from the University of Maine - Orono and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Southern Maine. However, after the school bell rings, Robert becomes an entrepreneur. His wide range of jobs span from being a first mate on a research boat for the Smithsonian Institution in Canada to an entomologist for the USDA, to a skunk relocater, as well as President, Vice President and Chief Negotiator for his local Teacher's Union.

When not on an adventure, Robert's interests include journal writing, story telling, photography, bone collecting, archeology and camping.

This tree climbing scientist, who describes himself as honest, adventurous, resourceful and witty, built his truly "green" summer cabin back when green was only referred to as the color. His "green" cabin was completely built with recycled material and requires a fraction of the energy of the average U.S. home. He's built numerous structures from recycled material including wharfs, saunas, a chicken house and a hunting cabin.

Robert strategy is to be a provider and to fly under the radar on SURVIVOR. He's out to prove that nice guys can make it to the end of the game.

Robert and his wife Peggy reside in Portland, Maine. They have two sons, David and John, one daughter, Page, and a high maintenance cat named William. Robert's birth date is February 25, 1951.

Jeff Probst says: ”He’s the oldest guy out there. And unfortunately, that works against people all the time, even though there’s probably nobody better equipped for this game. He’s probably the guy who will be the biggest asset, if they don’t get foolish and vote him out.”

6 posted on 08/30/2008 5:22:26 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Charlie Herschel
Age: 29
Hometown: New York, New York
Occupation: Lawyer (Whoo hoo! - sarcasm)

Bio: Charlie Herschel has been a fan of SURVIVOR since the first season and has been training for it ever since. A lawyer for one of the top 10 most prestigious law firms in the world, Herschel is ready to try his persuasion skills on a different type of jury.

This 29-year-old, marathon-running attorney and University of Pennsylvania graduate says he is above nothing when he gets to the island. Charlie's strategy is to be authentic but with a twist. "With high risks, come high rewards, but the risks must be calculated." The middle son of three boys and a native New Yorker, the Ivy Leaguer is not afraid to claw his way to the top.

In his free time, Herschel trains to race in marathons around the country. He credits this passion for helping him stay in shape. Through his training, Charlie dropped 60 pounds and continues to be at fighting weight.

Charlie is single and currently resides in New York City. His birth date is May 12, 1979.

Jeff Probst says: ”Charlie prides himself on being very bright and educated. And the question I’d say for Charlie is, ‘Can he stand up for himself? Does he really have a voice?’ Or is he just going to look for somebody to hang on to and see how far they’ll pull him along.”

7 posted on 08/30/2008 5:28:20 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Corinne Kaplan
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales (cough StepheME cough)

Bio: Corinne Kaplan takes great pride in being able to manipulate the people around her. As a pharmaceutical sales rep, this smart and sexy, self-described bitch, is in it purely for the money. At work, Corinne must convince physicians to prescribe her products. Now, Corinne is looking to convince her fellow tribe mates that she's trustworthy, while ready to sell them out behind their backs.

This catty former sorority girl uses her wit and sex appeal to further her goals. Aside from working out in the gym almost every day, Corinne keeps fit by hiking and running. Corinne will tell it like it is and couldn't care less what people think of her for it. Her outgoing personality is a trait that seems to work well on the men in her life. Corinne basically has no filter and is often hilarious in her directness, saying what everyone else only thinks.

Corinne is single and currently resides in Los Angeles. Her birth date is January 17, 1979.

Jeff Probst says: ”Corinne is a self-proclaimed über-bitch, and she owns it. I think the meanest thing you could say to Corinne would be to say, ‘You’re very pleasant.’ She would take that as an insult of the highest order.”

8 posted on 08/30/2008 5:32:24 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Crystal Cox
Age: 29
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
Occupation: Former Olympic Athlete

Bio: Crystal Cox, a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in track for the 4 X 400m Relay, is ready to tackle new challenges as a contestant on this season of SURVIVOR. As a single mother and athlete, she is the sole provider for her family and calls herself "the glue that holds the home together."

As a child, Cox's family frequently moved, forcing her to adapt. The only girl in a home with four brothers, Crystal held her own physically and became mentally tough as a result.

Cox currently works as childcare teacher, high school track coach and a professional athlete. She has a B.A. in communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

When Crystal is not training to compete, she enjoys surfing the internet, traveling and relaxing. Her hobbies include volleyball, kickball and softball. She describes herself as a leader who is outspoken and open minded. She possesses the three "Bs" required to be Sole Survivor, which are: brains, beauty and blazing speed!

Cox currently lives with her daughter, Destiny, her boyfriend Harry and his son in Durham, North Carolina. Her birth date is March 28, 1979.

Jeff Probst says: ”I think Crystal’s big dilemma is going to be, ‘What does she say that she does? Who does she say she is?’ Because it’s obvious she’s an athlete. Crystal has a mouth on her. She does not edit. That makes her great at Tribal Council, but a liability in the game.”

9 posted on 08/30/2008 5:35:53 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Dan Kay
Age: 32
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation: Lawyer (Not ANOTHER one. UGH.)

Bio: Dan Kay has come a long way from his blue-collar roots in Boston. Born and raised in Walpole, Massachusetts, he was very involved in athletics, especially football, skiing and track. While in high school, Dan played on a varsity football team, which had a long tradition of winning, a tradition that has helped shape his strong work-ethic. He graduated from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science & English and later would earn his law degree from Syracuse University College of Law where he was also a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

Charismatic, hard working and goal oriented, most of Dan's traits were formed from the influence provided by his parents and a select few coaches and teachers. As a young boy, his father became disabled, leaving his mother to care for his family and, eventually, his ill grandmother, all while working as a full-time nurse. In addition, Dan credits his mother's work ethic and unselfish attitude for his strong desire to overcome any obstacles in his career and personal life.

Dan has practiced law in Boston for five years, which helped him to purchase several investment properties. However, dedicating so much of his time to his practice left him depressed and feeling less than fulfilled with his life. Prior to leaving for SURVIVOR, he sold off a number of investments and spent time away from his job, in an effort to focus more on himself and his friends and family. He believes this recent awareness, along with having an increased appreciation for the people in his life rather than material possessions, will help him succeed not only in his personal life, but on SURVIVOR.

Attractive, athletic, single and a lawyer, Dan is set to make a big impression on his competitors. Dan's hobbies include skiing, running, biking, weight training and cooking. Currently, he is training to compete in his first triathlon.

He is single and lives in Boston. His birthdate is June 30, 1976.

Jeff Probst says: ”He’s earnest, but he is his own worst enemy. He means well and does not know when to shut up. He’s like a cocker spaniel, charming and annoying at the same time.”

10 posted on 08/30/2008 5:40:38 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Danny "GC" Brown
Age: 26
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Occupation: Maintenance Man

Bio: Danny Brown deems himself a true SURVIVOR, having overcome a difficult childhood including homelessness, and a mother who constantly moved both him and his brother to temporary housing. However, despite his hardships, Brown was resilient and optimistic.

As a child, Brown learned to swim and fish in the Colorado River and developed a lifelong love of the outdoors. He said he would quit his job to live outside if he could. His hobbies include producing music, fishing and traveling. He enjoys playing basketball and lifting weights whenever he gets the chance. He describes himself as adventurous, outgoing and silly, and he doesn't like dishonest people.

Brown currently works as a maintenance supervisor for the apartment complex where he lives and claims that making it through the week there is a challenge in itself. His job consists of cleaning, painting, plumbing, electrical repairs and customer service for the tenants.

He believes that his determination, hard work and social skills can get him to the end.

Brown lives in Portland, Oregon with his girlfriend, Shannan. He shares his home with his dog Chica, a cat named Scout and five snakes. His birth date is July 13, 1982.

Jeff Probst says: ”G.C. is a fish out of water. Does he have the fortitude to really do this? Because when I talked to him before the show it seemed like a lot of nervous energy masquerading as confidence. But it was, really, I felt, fear, like ‘What am I getting into?’ And that’s not a good place to be because what you’re getting into is a big ol’ headache.”

11 posted on 08/30/2008 5:44:20 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Gillian Larson
Age: 61
Hometown: Temecula, California
Occupation: Retired Nurse

Bio: Retired after working as a registered nurse for 41 years, Gillian Larson has never satisfied her appetite for adventure and travel despite her wide array of experiences throughout her 61 years. She has traveled through 46 countries and all but a few U.S. states, much of it backpacking. This adventurous "granny" can climb and rappel 4,000 foot mountains and swim with the Great Whites. Not only is she versatile, but she is competitive by nature and feels as though she is an perfect fit for the game of SURVIVOR, having applied 15 times, always believing she would one day be selected.

Married 37 years to her husband, Ron, Gillian has three married daughters and four grandchildren. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, she was awarded several academic and athletic honors. Gillian met her husband in Germany and moved to the United States. The couple has relocated 18 times and currently resides in Temecula, Calif. since 2001. Her proudest achievement is her awesome family.

When she isn't scuba diving or hiking through the mountains, Gillian enjoys travel, writing, photography, gardening, spending time with her family and her eclectic group of friends who range from 2 to 92.

For her 60th birthday, she got a purple butterfly tattoo on her left hip. A very good swimmer, this SURVIVOR-addict feels that she has what is takes to be the oldest winner yet.

After SURVIVOR, Larson's new goal is to be a motivational speaker, focusing on "believe in yourself and you can achieve anything."

Gillian's birthday is February 24, 1947.

Jeff Probst says: ”Charm is her strength because she’s likable in doses, and that’s her liability. Does she know when enough is enough? You can only hear someone say ‘I’m from South Africa’ so many times before you want to say, ‘Why don’t you go back to South Africa!”

12 posted on 08/30/2008 5:48:25 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Jacque Berg
Age: 25
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
Occupation: Medical Sales (hmm, sounds familiar)

Bio: Jacque Berg always plays to win and will settle for nothing less than number one. She's trained her whole life to play a game like SURVIVOR. Competing in several sports such as gymnastics, water polo, crew, track and swimming, she's proven herself a leader.

Berg thrives off pressure and has gone as far as competing against sales executives with 10 years experience to land her dream job as a medical device sales representative. Berg, one of the youngest people in her industry, is also a writer and charity organizer.

Constantly on the go, Jacque admits she doesn't like to sit still and is full of life. Her hobbies include running, swimming, surfing and boating. She describes herself as enthusiastic, adventurous, sweet and extremely positive. Her biggest pet peeve is people who talk about their big dreams but do nothing about it. She believes we all have control over our own destiny.

Berg confesses that she performs her best when in extreme situations and can't wait to overcome the physical and mental challenges SURVIVOR will offer.

Berg grew up in Minnesota and is currently single and lives in Santa Barbara, California. She has a B.S. in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Her birth date is September 10, 1982.

Jeff Probst says: ”I think Jacque will be a bit of a dark horse. I don’t think she’ll be a leader. I think she’ll use her looks and her charm to get in with the right guy and hope that she can ride with that guy as far as she can. If Jacque gets deep into the show I think she’s a legitimate threat at the challenges. She’s pretty fit.”

13 posted on 08/30/2008 5:53:52 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Jessica "Sugar" Kiper
Age: 29
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Occupation: Pin-Up Model (uh...)

Bio: Jessica Kiper prides herself on being flirty and fun. When she is not acting, this 29 year old works as a waitress named "Sugar" at '50s diners and enjoys singing and making music. Friends describe this single, free-spirit as crazy, funny and cool. Currently, this blonde pin-up model lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. with her dog, "Major P. Pants," but has spent time living in various places throughout the country including Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, and San Francisco and Los Angeles, California.

Jessica can be a bit of a goofball and her laugh is contagious. Although at first glance she may not look tough, despite being adorned with several tattoos, Kiper has been through a lot in her life, including the recent death of her father, whom she called her hero. Despite the struggles she's faced, Kiper has always come out on top. She is ready to bring her spunk, positive attitude and bubbly personality into the game of SURVIVOR and hopes to grow as a person after the experience and win enough money to "get off people's couches."

Jessica was born on February 22, 1979. Those who watch the show "Gilmore Girls" may recognize her.

Jeff Probst says: ”She makes every decision from her heart and not her head. She’s very emotional, somewhat naïve, and I think when you first look at her, the question is going to be, ‘Can she hack it out here? Does she have what it takes?’ It doesn’t take much for Sugar to break into tears.”

14 posted on 08/30/2008 5:58:33 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Kelly Czarnecki
Age: 22
Hometown: Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Occupation: Retail Sales (this is starting to sound REALLY familiar)

Bio: Kelly Czarnecki describes herself as a leader by nature. And though she has worked for everything she has, she'll also be the first tell you that "she gets what she wants and does what she wants." Don't be fooled by her girl-next-door looks - Czarnecki is a mid-western spitfire who loves the outdoors. Called adventurous and ambitious by her friends, this one-time cheerleader always finishes what she starts because to her there's always a reward at the end.

Hailing from Buffalo Grove, Ill., Kelly has three brothers who have helped make her both physically and mentally tough. In her free time, Czarnecki loves to camp, hike and canoe. She describes herself as an energetic strong minded achiever for which self-confidence is not a issue. This fashionista can be found at the gym at least five times a week and is skilled in kickboxing, yoga and Pilates. Although most of Kelly's time is spent focusing on her career goals, she is a self-proclaimed "denim expert," and hopes to one day open her own clothing store.

Aside from studying fashion marketing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Kelly is also the sales manager at one of the top retail boutiques in Chicago. Czarnecki claims "she is a hell of a salesperson and can talk anyone into anything," although she also wants them to feel good about their purchase. She believes it is those leadership skills she's received from her job and schooling that has prepared her for SURVIVOR.

Kelly resides in Buffalo Grove, Ill. and her birth date is April 4, 1986.

Jeff Probst says: ”The way I would describe Kelly is that she is part of the Text Message Generation. And she speaks that way, she’ll say ‘OMG!’ for ‘Oh my God!’ That’s Kelly. And just as a grown man looking at her I could say, ‘That’s charming, she’s young and has her whole life ahead of her.’ But as a tribemate I’d probably say, ‘If she says OMG, I’ll probably say GTFOH.”

15 posted on 08/30/2008 6:03:03 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine
"You would expect him to be like a villain in a Bond movie who dies a horrible death at the end..

He's a homo.........

16 posted on 08/30/2008 6:04:22 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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Name: Ken Hoang
Age: 22
Hometown: Westminster, California
Occupation: Professional Gamer

Bio: Ken Hoang gives a new meaning to the term "gamer." Known to the gaming community as "the King of Smash," Hoang is a professional at his craft. As the current international champion of Nintendo's Super Smash Brothers Melee video game, Ken has traveled the world from Japan to Australia to prove his dominance.

Hoang uses his tournament winnings to help support his family. He and his siblings still live at home to help pay the mortgage. It has also led to a strong bond among his brothers and sisters. In fact it was his sister that started his addiction to SURVIVOR.

While he may seem like an interesting choice for a game based in the outdoors, this gamer sees it as an amazing opportunity. Ken is very creative, and has a strong passion for art, a skill he is currently going to college to fine tune. When not playing videogames or brushing up on his art, Hoang enjoys playing with his pets, a Maincoon cat named Kinski and a Husky named Monster.

He loves the fact that he will be considered an underdog because everyone will underestimate his prowess at playing mind games. Nobody would look at him and believe he climbed Mt. Fuji at the age of 20. Ready to exploit his slight physical stature, Ken will trick his fellow players into seeing him as a non-threat, only to smash them if they get in his way.

Ken is single and currently resides in Westminster, Calif. His birth date is October 10, 1985.

Jeff Probst says: ”Ken the gamer is one of my favorite people who has been on the show in a long time. He is convinced his gaming expertise is absolutely in line with what it takes to win, that he knows this game backward and forward simply because he’s a gamer. But Ken is a true nerd. I think when the show began he weighed less than [China's] Courtney did.”

17 posted on 08/30/2008 6:06:22 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine
Charlie Herschel has been a fan of SURVIVOR since the first season and has been training for it ever since.

Lawyers, by nature, already know how to lie, cheat, steal and ultimately screw people. He didn't have to "train" for survivor, he's already acquired pro status........

I hope he drowns or gets bitten by a rabid monkey.......

18 posted on 08/30/2008 6:09:23 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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Name: Marcus Lehman
Age: 28
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Occupation: Doctor

Bio: Marcus Lehman, a young doctor from Jacksonville, Fla. considers himself mentally and physically prepared to compete for his chance to be the sole SURVIVOR.

Recognized as the state of Georgia's hottest bachelor by Cosmopolitan Magazine in 2006, Lehman strives to achieve the highest levels in all areas of life.

A rower and graduate of Harvard University, Marcus went on to finish medical school at Emory University while developing his interest in triathlons. The single resident physician of Cuban-American descent will eventually work as an anesthesiologist after he completes specialty training, but also continues to develop his interest in medical reporting and acts as a spokesman for preventative medicine.

Marcus describes himself as a romantic who enjoys exercising, playing music, cooking and fine wine, not to mention doing some flirting on his way to finding the perfect girl. Marcus hopes he will be able to use his charm and physical prowess to make it far in the game.

Lehman's birthday is October 3, 1979.

Jeff Probst says: ”Marcus is a physician, as he likes to remind people. And he is a true leader, an extremely bright guy. He’s a hero. He is a huge threat to win the game, for sure. He has looks, he’s got smarts, he’s probably the fittest guy out there, so he’s got a lot of things going for him.”

19 posted on 08/30/2008 6:11:08 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine
Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales

Another one???????

Take off her swim suit and she's just another Ho waiting for John Edwards........

20 posted on 08/30/2008 6:15:56 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: JillValentine
Robert Crowley considers himself a hybrid of Indiana Jones and Robinson Crusoe

I wish I were in this episode. My first mission would be to take this ultra-lib fishing on the other side of the island.

Two go out, one comes back.........Sorry Mr. Probst, a perch ate him.

21 posted on 08/30/2008 6:18:25 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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Name: Matty Whitmore
Age: 29
Hometown: Pacific Palisades, California
Occupation: Personal Trainer

Bio: Matty Whitmore knows first-hand what it's like to have a lot and what's it's like to lose it all. At the age of 18, Whitmore inherited a trust fund from his grandparents, allowing him to live a comfortable life in paradise until partying it all away.

(You. Have. Got. To. Be. Kidding. Me.)

Now at the age of 29, Whitmore wants the opportunity to find out what he's capable of doing on his own and believes SURVIVOR holds the answer.

Whitmore currently works as a personal trainer on the westside of Los Angeles and enjoys teaching health and wellness. His idea of a perfect day includes a two-hour vigorous workout, training clients and a surf session, followed by an hour in the sauna and yoga. The remainder of his day is spent hanging out with his long-time girlfriend, Jamie, and his beloved dog, Dink. He claims that if health was wealth; he'd be considered a billionaire.

Not only does Matty have physical ability and strength, but he also possesses bravado and confidence. He brings knowledge of the outdoors and social skills to the game and can't wait to gain more self-awareness through this experience. Whitmore prides himself on helping people not take themselves too seriously and hopes to use those skills to manipulate others into doing what's best for him.

He currently lives with his girlfriend in Pacific Palisades, Calif. His birth date is December 18, 1978.

Jeff Probst says: ”I think Matty will be one of the favorites this season, someone people will absolutely love (not if they read his bio). I find him to be one of the most endearing guys we’ve ever had on the show to the point where it could work against him because he can’t hide anything. If he’s confused, he says ‘I’m confused.’ If he’s happy, he’s smiling. If he’s sad, he’s crying.”

22 posted on 08/30/2008 6:18:47 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Name: Michelle Chase
Age: 24
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Music Producer

Bio: Michelle Chase has been through more in her 24 years than most people have in a lifetime. Not only did she grow up poor in South Florida with a single mother, but her best friend, her father, disappeared from her life at an early age. As a result of her Dad's absence, her mom became the most influential person in her life.

Although life has been rocky for Chase, she's tough and resourceful and isn't afraid to speak her mind. She began supporting herself at the age of 16 and was married and divorced by the time she was 19.

Chase currently works as a music production assistant. She enjoys DJ-ing, boxing and surfing and describes herself as lively, bodacious and loud. When asked how her friends would describe her, she says hardcore, fun and set in her ways.

Besides being mentally strong, Chase has also run several triathlons. She is ready to bring her street smarts combined with physical fearlessness to the game of SURVIVOR.

Chase is single and currently lives in Los Angeles. Her birth date is March 7, 1984.

Jeff Probst says: ”Michelle is a wild card for me because I actually thought that Michelle had a good solid energy coming into the game. But she’s very small and very young. I think her life experience is the big question mark. What will she do when the going gets tough?”

23 posted on 08/30/2008 6:25:18 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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Bio: Crystal Cox, a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in track for the 4 X 400m Relay, is ready to tackle new challenges as a contestant on this season of SURVIVOR

Baby got back! Why is it that all the "sistah's" that have been on Survivor never seem to lose weight and all the white chicks end up as skinney little whiners?

24 posted on 08/30/2008 6:26:00 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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Name: Paloma Soto-Castillo
Age: 24
Hometown: Downey, California
Occupation: Student

Bio: Paloma Soto-Castillo has been playing the social game her entire life, one of the skills necessary to succeed in the game of SURVIVOR. Her parents were both missionaries, causing her to move around a lot during her childhood. Growing up with this lifestyle taught her to adapt to any environment and she became a stronger person as a result.

Soto-Castillo was born in Chile and lived there for a large part of her life before moving to Tennessee, Virginia and then settling in California. One day, on a whim, she decided to leave everything behind and move to Kenya…alone, without any group or organization. She lived among the natives and wild animals for three months without any support from family and friends or any modern conveniences. After witnessing the people's suffering first-hand, she says it changed her life and she's certain she'll go back and help change their lives. Soto-Castillo is motivated to win SURVIVOR so she can open an orphanage or elementary school for the children of Kenya.

Soto-Catillo has a B.A. in communication studies from California State University, Long Beach and continues to go to school. She is currently working on her single subject teaching credential and works part time as a waitress. Her hobbies include traveling, camping and reading. In her free time, Paloma loves staying competitive and keeping her mind sharp by playing Texas Hold 'Em.

Soto-Castillo is single. She currently lives in Downey, California with her Shitzu, Sam. Her birth date is August 24, 1984.

Jeff Probst says: ”Paloma is sassy, cute. My question for her is, ‘Is her attitude real, or is it a put on?’ And if it is a put-on, how long will she be able to sustain it when she starts getting hungry? Paloma’s going to have to pick the right alliance. Who you decide to team up with early on has such an impact on how you do in the game, because if you pick the wrong people, it can be hard to get out from under that.”

25 posted on 08/30/2008 6:28:41 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine
Name: Dan Kay Age: 32 Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts Occupation: Lawyer

Book'em Danno! Sorry homie, I hope you drown with that other lawyer........or get bitten by the same rabid monkey.

26 posted on 08/30/2008 6:28:52 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: JillValentine
Bio: Danny Brown deems himself a true SURVIVOR, having overcome a difficult childhood including homelessness

Don't believe it! Danny had a successfull squeegee business at the intersection of Mack and Conner at the west end of my company's plant in Detroit......

27 posted on 08/30/2008 6:31:17 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: JillValentine
Bio: Retired after working as a registered nurse for 41 years

She was also a successful actress portraying Aunt Jemima in many commercials as well as "Mother Nature".....

I hope she carries one of those things that you push after you've fallen and can't get up..........

28 posted on 08/30/2008 6:34:23 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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Name: Randy Bailey
Age: 49
Hometown: Eagle Rock, Missouri
Occupation: Wedding Videographer

Bio: Randy Bailey wants to be personally responsible for crushing the hopes and dreams of all other contestants with delusions of winning SURVIVOR. He considers himself a ruthless bully who enjoys picking on those that were not blessed with his strength or intellect.

Randy describes himself as angry, blunt, mean and sarcastic (yet charming), and admits he's a train wreck. Bailey declares he has no living relatives besides an older brother, from whom he hasn't heard from in years. He says he has never met a person who didn't eventually disappoint him. The only "person" he has ever loved was his recently deceased black Labrador mix, Johnson, with whom he lived for 13 years.

His biggest pet peeves are cell phones and overly religious people, and he says he doesn't allow either in his home or car.

Bailey's hobbies include scuba diving, marathon running and triathlons, including competing twice in the Hawaiian Ironman. Despite having competed in over 100 triathlons, he claims that he has not been off the couch in years. Instead, he now enjoys his nightly hot tub with a scotch on the rocks. He is also a private pilot, enjoys watching football and occasionally plays golf.

Bailey's primary motivation for being on the show is to be hungry, tired, dirty and smelly. He also says he needs a long vacation where he will not be hassled with the mundane issues of his boring life. He's a SURVIVOR purist and guarantees he will win if the game is not "poisoned" with too many twists.

Bailey is currently single and lives on a lake in rural southwest Missouri. Randy recently moved from Plano, Texas where he lived for 20 years and still claims to be a Texan at heart. He plans on returning there after he wins the million. He has an engineering degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, but chooses to work as a wedding videographer where he can set his own schedule.

His birth date is March 31, 1959.

Jeff Probst says: ”Randy is crotchety and clever. He’s the guy who will come to Tribal Council and try to challenge me, which is a huge mistake, because I’m not playing for a million dollars. But I don’t think he’s as evil as he wants you to think he is.”

Either he's putting on an act and pretending to be a huge a**hole, or he really is a huge a**hole.

29 posted on 08/30/2008 6:37:31 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine
Name: Jacque Berg Age: 25 Hometown: Santa Barbara, California Occupation: Medical Sales (hmm, sounds familiar) Berg, one of the youngest people in her industry, is also a writer and charity organizer.

Hey Probst, you already bonded with another contestant, keep your eyes off this one. Besides, she's really just another out of work actress looking for "couch work"....(wink, wink)

One quick snake bite and she'll be out of the competition......

30 posted on 08/30/2008 6:39:23 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: JillValentine
Name: Jessica "Sugar" Kiper Age: 29 Hometown: Brooklyn, New York Occupation: Pin-Up Model

Finally, a Survivor babe that can tell the truth.....

She can cry on my shoulder any time she wants.

31 posted on 08/30/2008 6:41:48 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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Name: Susie Smith
Age: 47
Hometown: Charles City, Iowa
Occupation: Hairdresser

Bio: Susie Smith, a Mexican American mother of one, has always allowed others to dictate her life and she's ready for a change. Born into a Mexican immigrant family of crop field workers, Susie and five of her siblings began working alongside her parents at a young age and the other three siblings were raised by Susie and her siblings. She has struggled ever since, but has overcome many personal challenges.

Tired of working hard and being poor, Smith vows to devote the rest of her life to her needs. After years of allowing others to influence her life, she's decided to stop and dedicate this next chapter to herself, and taking part in SURVIVOR was the first step and second was showing her son, family, friends, and students that all it takes to change any part of your life is to just TRY.

Smith has been married for 25 years. She currently works as an assistant teacher and hairdresser. She teaches English to non-speaking English children from kindergarten to 8th grade. When Susie is not teaching, she enjoys working as a hairdresser where she has many wonderful clients. Her hobbies include photography, watching movies, eating out, sewing and gardening. She describes herself as encouraging, moody and talkative but with a big potty mouth.

Bold and brassy with a huge zest for life, Smith believes SURVIVOR will finally be the opportunity she's needed to turn things around. She has a huge desire to win and won't let anyone get in her way.

Smith currently lives in Charles City, Iowa with her husband, Todd, son, Trent, and two dogs. She is a graduate of the Marshalltown Cosmetology School and a graduate of North Iowa Area Community College.

Her birth date is October 24, 1960.

Jeff Probst says: ”Susie is a mom, and she likes to talk. That’s definitely her biggest obstacle to overcome, that she can’t shut up. If I went in and played this game and got teamed up with Susie, I would be wary of her hanging in there with me, because she seems to go with the wind and doesn’t even seem like she’s paying attention at times.”

32 posted on 08/30/2008 6:41:49 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine
Name: Ken Hoang Age: 22 Hometown: Westminster, California Occupation: Professional Gamer

White boys can't jump and Asians can't swim.........Why do they always look like they need haircuts?

33 posted on 08/30/2008 6:44:59 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: JillValentine
Marcus Lehman, a young doctor from Jacksonville,

Fla.will eventually work as an anesthesiologist after he completes specialty training,

Marcus is a liar, he ain't no doctor. I hope he gets bit by the same rabid monkey.......

34 posted on 08/30/2008 6:48:37 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: JillValentine

Thanks for the ping Jill

I was reading in the local paper that we in Fayetteville, NC have a connection to one of the contestants. I think that makes it 5.


35 posted on 08/30/2008 6:55:55 PM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: JillValentine
Name: Paloma Soto-Castillo Age: 24 Hometown: Downey, California Occupation: Student on a whim, she decided to leave everything behind and move to Kenya…alone,

While there she met and fell in love with Barak Obama's half-brother George. Together they formed a highly lucrative internet email company dealing with overseas investors willing to channel large sums of money into the United States from Nigerian royalty......

Following a risky but lucrative property investment deal with a Chicago developer by the name of Rezko, George is now living the life of luxury on his estate in Kenya.

Paloma is now back in California auditioning for "Revenge of the Killer Clowns From Outer Space"

36 posted on 08/30/2008 7:02:26 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: Hot Tabasco

I’m curious. What makes you think he’s a lib?

The only part I could see in the description that sounded liberal was the bit about “greenness.”

However, in the proper sense of the concept, what is more conservative than using resources wisely?


37 posted on 08/30/2008 7:52:26 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (qui)
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To: JillValentine
She teaches English to non-speaking English children

I hope her language skills are better than those of the individual who wrote THAT sentence!

38 posted on 08/30/2008 7:53:43 PM PDT by trimom
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To: trimom

I don’t know about that.

There could be a rather small niche market teaching mute English kids to speak.


39 posted on 08/30/2008 7:55:45 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (qui)
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To: JillValentine

Thanks, Jill. Good to see you. I have been waiting for this thread. :)


40 posted on 08/30/2008 8:02:16 PM PDT by EveningStar (McCain-Palin 2008)
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To: JillValentine

Thanks for the ping, Jill. Looks like it might just be a good season, and I hold some small hopes, even though it’s in Africa. Still waiting for Survivor: Alaska, though.


41 posted on 08/30/2008 8:07:13 PM PDT by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: All

Let’s have some fun! Quiz time.

1. What kind of sentence will someone convicted of a felony never receive?

A) Probation
B) Community service
C) Incarceration in a state prison
D) Incarceration in a county jail

2. Who can not receive parole?

A) Serial killers
B) Sex offenders
C) Someone who has never been imprisoned
D) Someone with more than three violent felony convictions

3. True or false: Prosecutors and public defenders tend to be close friends.

4. What kind of prisoner is at the top of the food chain in a men’s prison?

5. What kind of prisoner is at the bottom of the food chain in a women’s prison?

Bonus: Name the two Republican senators who voted against confirming Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. No cheating!


42 posted on 08/31/2008 12:44:09 AM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine
Bonus: Name the two Republican senators who voted against confirming Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. No cheating!

IIRC, Mark Hatfield (WA) and Jim Jeffords (VT).

43 posted on 08/31/2008 11:53:12 AM PDT by EveningStar (McCain-Palin 2008)
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To: JillValentine

Missed it.

Right state, wrong senator on the first.

Right on the second.


44 posted on 08/31/2008 11:56:35 AM PDT by EveningStar (McCain-Palin 2008)
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To: JillValentine

Oops. make that wrong senator and state on the first. I get those Pacific Northwest states mixed up. :)

(smacks self in head)


45 posted on 08/31/2008 11:59:15 AM PDT by EveningStar (McCain-Palin 2008)
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To: JillValentine

Outstanding job! You rock, JillValentine. :-)


46 posted on 08/31/2008 6:45:22 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: JillValentine

Occupation: Pharmaceutical Sales (cough StepheME cough)

LOL!


47 posted on 08/31/2008 6:46:42 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: JillValentine

“...we can at least laugh at them.”

And just to prove the point right off the bat we have “Ace.”

Bwahahahahahahahahaha..... I expect him to go right after the little old lady from Temecula.

Way too many Californians in this season. No offense, but it’s stupid programming. The states/regions represented the more likely to draw in viewers from those areas and expand viewership.


48 posted on 09/01/2008 6:39:40 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: JillValentine

Charlie....effeminate lawyers make good appetizers of this show.


49 posted on 09/01/2008 6:42:05 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: JillValentine

Crystal....why, WHY does the one survivor from my home state have to be the self-righteous, liberal minority from armpit Durham?


50 posted on 09/01/2008 6:51:09 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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