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What We Take for Granted and What We Think Is Bunk Is…Well…a Matter of Opinion

I watched a movie tonight…the third Harry Potter.  I got to thinking (uh oh) and wanted to write a bit.

So, in the third Harry Potter movie, The Prisoner of Azkaban, we meet Professor Sybill Trelawney in her divination class.  She tells the students that they will see in her classroom if they possess, “THE SIGHT!”

Then she runs into a table with her Coke-bottle glasses (do they have Coke at Hogwarts?).

Brilliant.

Now, I love Harry Potter as much as the next muggle, but there’s something that’s always bothered me about the movie.  Hermione appears in the classroom and says to the air that Trelawney is full of “rubbish.”  (Other things bother me too, like why Dumbledore and Sirius Black can’t just be ghosts or talking portraits like so many others, or why Dumbeldore can’t go back in time with Hermione’s time turner and stop Tom Riddle…but that’s another blog post…or a post for the more Potter-nerdy than myself!)

So, let me see if I understand this.  Hermione is in a world of charms, animagi (animaguses?) shape-shifters, nurses who cure bones with potions, and elves who appear out of the blue.  Her day is filled with food that magically appears on the table, trains that leave from secret tracks that apparently never run into other trains, and floating demon things that can suck out souls.  She’s seen ghosts, talking pictures, and three-headed dogs.

But divination?  Well, that’s rubbish.

Hmmm….I mean, I’m as skeptical (and open-minded) as the next guy, but still….

Well, I guess there’s a lesson in there somewhere.  No matter what we “see,” we are still slaves to our prejudices.  We can have the keys to the kingdom, but still believe the castle isn’t real.

I know it’s just a movie.  I know it’s just fiction.  But still, it’s fun to riff ol’ Potter and see what’s in it for real life.

What it comes down to is that we’re not all passionate about the same things.  We don’t all like baseball, but someone else may consider it a religion.  I couldn’t stand math class, but my friends always seemed to excel in it.  I hate Brussels sprouts, but my dad can’t get enough of them.  In my own ways, I’ve experienced sports nirvana with football, loved English, and tasted culinary bliss with the perfect steak, but I still think baseball, math, and spouts are…well…not “rubbish” exactly…but things I could easily have lived without!

So, look folks….you have your truth.  You have a world of magic that’s real to you.  Your opinions matter and, well, when it comes to your own beliefs you can definitely say you have the “sight” when it comes to things you believe and the things that fill your day.

But don’t forget–the guy across from you reading tea leaves in Trelawney’s class?  Well, he believes he can see the future in the bottom of that cup.  And who are you to say he’s blind?

Watch Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban again.  It’s the best one.  The sun disappears in that movie and doesn’t return for five movies.

And when you get to Professor Trelawney’s class, don’t judge.  Just have some fun.  Or, better yet, read a book on divination that challenges your beliefs.  And who knows?  Maybe it’ll open your eyes a bit.

Just watch out for the table.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a Happy and Sad Occasion That Inspires Us to Emerge from Under the Stairs to Our Own Greatness

***SPOILER ALERT — If you have not had the pleasure of indulging in the world of Harry Potter, then know now that this post contains some spoilers.  And trust me, you want to approach the books as purely as possible…if that is even possible these days!***

I saw the last Harry Potter movie this weekend — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  I was quite excited and quite sad at the same time.

Have you ever felt that way?  It’s an interesting feeling.

I’ve grown quite fond of Mr. Harry Potter, you see.  Oh, and the same goes for Ms. Hermione Granger, Mr. Ronald Weasley, and the rest of that magical cast.  I, like millions of others, have found a fictional home at Hogwarts.  Would you go there if admitted?  I probably would…even knowing there was a creepy chamber with a basilisk, wandering ghosts, and a willow that can wipe you out with one swing of its rubbery branches.

Why do we love the Harry Potter books so much?  What is the magic spell they cast?  Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but as for myself?  I think it has to do with the theme of this blog — Nobody’s View.  I created this blog because I believe strongly in the idea that one need not be a “somebody” to have an opinion.  It isn’t only celebrities, personalities, socialites, and politicians that get to have a say in this world.

It’s all of us.

And so we come to Mr. Potter.

Harry emerged from obscurity — a world under the stairs in his aunt and uncle’s home — to greatness.  It wasn’t necessarily a greatness he chose, but rather, one that was foist upon him by circumstance and the dark lord Voldemort.  In the midst of his unintended fame, Harry struggles to live a “normal” life of school, sports, and goofy love.  In the end, he defeats darkness and brings light back to regular folks the world over.  The epilogue finds him married, parenting, and moving on.

Now, my point isn’t that I (or anyone else for that matter!) am the second coming of Harry Potter and that I am emerging from under any stairs to save the world.  No.  The point is that every one of us contains within us greatness.  Is it always obvious?  Of course not.  Is it always popular?  Absolutely not.  Is it always tapped in our lifetimes?  Nope.  But the fact remains that our existence brings us the possibility to change the world no matter who we are.

Maybe it’s silly to use J.K. Rowling’s amazing creation as the jumping off mark to make this point.  But then again, ask yourself why so many people are attracted to the franchise.  Maybe there’s a reason we have all come to believe in Harry Potter and the power of magic.  Is it a mirror into our deepest desires and most potent possibilities?  Maybe an unknown boy living under some stairs stirs something passionate in our core…something we know so desperately to be true — that everyone has a chance to make a difference.

I am working on a book project right now…a project that brings this belief front and center in ways even I didn’t expect (you can help support the project with a subscription to my blog!).  It is a product of a life lived like so many billions of us — under the stairs and out of the limelight.  We have the power to transform our lives, other lives, and the world at large.  Don’t believe me?  Well, become part of the movement.  Start today.  Discover a strength you have deep inside of you and let it shine.  Come out from under the stairs and work some magic in the world.

Or, if you are so inclined, check out one of Harry Potter’s amazing books and find inspiration in a story — a fictional story that has something powerful to say to the rest of us in the stranger world of non-fiction.

I think I’m going to climb out from under the staircase and see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 again.  One can never have too much inspiration, after all.

7/13/11 America’s Got Talent Season 6 Episode 14 is the First Quarterfinals Reveal — Who Will be the Lucky Four?

Welcome to the 7/13/11 America’s Got Talent first quarterfinals reveal — LIVE at 8pm in the West.

Tonight, we’ll find out which four of the first twelve will be moving on to the semis.

Will it be Anna Graceman?  Snap Boogie?  Those Funny Little People?  Squonk Opera?  The Fearless Flores Family?  Dezmond Meeks?  Echo of Animal Gardens?  Sandou Trio Russian Bar?  J Chris Newberg?  Duo Aero?  The Miami All Stars?

Will I eat another banana bread sundae thing?  (No.)

Let’s get started and find out!

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(The usual disclosure: As you know, we are a site devoted to opinion, inspiration, civility, and tolerance.  So, why this weekly ritual with AGT?  Well, first, it’s our guilty pleasure [life can’t always be so serious], and second, it fits right into one of our pillars: inspiration.  America’s Got Talent features folks who are going for it in a very real sense.  They are living their dream, come what may [the big red “X”?].  Doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from.  On stage, you’re all equal under the lights.  That’s pretty great to me.)

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The AGT green room shot showed a lot of happy acts…or maybe they were just acting happy.  Maybe the Orville Redenbacher was particularly tasty.  I don’t know.  The point is, by the end of the hour, Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, Nick Cannon, and all of the rest of us will know.

Howie said he as “exhilarated” and “flying” after last night’s show.  I can’t say the same, but I have to say there were some great acts.  Anna Graceman and Snap Boogie were highlights.  But one man’s opinion doesn’t matter.  It’s the opinion of millions of phone and online voters that matters.  Let’s see…

Elimination 1

Fearless Flores Family, Duo Aero, and Snap Boogie were the first three called up tonight to face the judges to find out their fate.  Two of these acts really impressed last night…the other?  A lukewarm reception.  I’m a little shocked that Fearless Flores Family and Snap Boogie are standing side-by-side in an elimination.  Hmmm….

But America has spoken.  And their verdict?  Snap Boogie.

I think maybe, in the end, America just wasn’t ready to see young children performing such death-defying stunts, no matter how unusual and awesome they are (and you are, Flores Family).  Glad to see more of Snap Boogie, though.  He’s definitely going to go far, and that’s a great lesson for all of us.  Take your talents as far as you can.  Your big moment could be just around the corner.

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We’re back, and so is AGT.  Cedric the Entertainer was in the building to plug his new show and there was a cutaway to the Orville Redenbacher spot.  I’m going for a drink of water….

I’m back.

What’s next?  Avril Lavigne.  I’m going for an apple….

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That was a good ad break.  A commercial for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  I’m definitely going to see that.  Not sure when (not that you care), but….

Alright, now for more eliminations.

Elimination 2

Squonk Opera, Sandou Trio Russian Bar, and J Chris Newberg are the next three on the stage.  I have a prediction here, but I’ll keep it to myself and assume that you have the same prediction.  (Although, I will say I’ll miss the “That’s Probably a Bad Idea” chorale.)  What’s the verdict?

Sandou Trio Russian Bar.  No surprise.  I’m happy with the choice, although, I shudder to think how they’re going to top a bed of nails.  Yikes.  As for topping the bed of nails? In the immortal words of J Chris Newberg, “That’s probably a bad idea.”

Elimination 3

Next up?  Dezmond Meeks, Echo of Animal Gardens, and Anna Graceman.  All I can say here is DANG!  I didn’t want to see Dezmond Meeks and Anna Graceman in the same trio on stage if only one could stay!  Sharon seems to share my feeling (although, she gets paid to have that feeling.)  In the end, America chose Anna Graceman.  I think she’s incredible, but I don’t want to celebrate too much at Dezmond’s expense.  All I can say is that somewhere in America, Jackie Evancho is smiling.

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The next performance is from Priscilla Queen of the Desert.  Love it.  Have you seen the movie?  No?  Rent it.  Terence Stamp at his best…and that’s saying something!  Seriously, check it out.

I don’t think the original movie has the song Macarthur Park in it, so…bonus.

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Okay, no Harry Potter plug in that last break.  But there was a Smurf plug.  And that’s all I can say on that….

Judges’ Choice

The Miami All Stars, Those Funny Little People, and The Fiddleheads are in this group.  Right off the bat, I’d have to say it’s looking good for Miami All Stars.  Nothing against the other two acts, but Miami All Stars was the only group in this bunch that got universal judicial acclaim.  The first act voted out?  Those Funny Little People.  Piers Morgan celebrated.  Poor taste.

So, it’s down to Miami All Stars and The Fiddleheads.  Each got a chance to plead their case.  Miami All Stars said they have more to give — other kinds of dance and more excitement.  The Fiddleheads said they have really gone with the producers’ opinions instead of sticking to what they know how to do, and they said they want the chance to show that off.  Who will it be?  Find out after the break.

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So it’s down to The Fiddleheads and Miami All Stars.  Sharon cast her vote for Miami All Stars, as did Piers.  Howie didn’t need to vote.

So, there you have it!  Your four semi-finalists.  Join us next time at Nobody’s View for the next America’s Got Talent quarterfinal live blog.

Harry Potter and the Dealth Hallows Part 2 Trailer Is A Bittersweet Reminder

It’s here.

The new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is finally out.  View it here.

Are you a fan of Harry Potter?  Did you read the books?  Did you see the movies?  Have you been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando?

For those who don’t know, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the last Harry Potter installment in J.K. Rowling’s classic line of books…books that have spawned renewed interest in magic, and, more importantly, the magic of reading.

The final movie based on The Deathly Hallows was split into two parts.

Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and the whole literary cast ignited a fire under a generation, encouraging them to fall in love with light, love, and friendship, and the ability to overcome obstacles.

For you readers of this blog who don’t know, I am an aspiring author (with a really great agent!).  I have written both fiction and non-fiction, and was inspired to the young adult genre through this magnificent set of Harry Potter books.  I’ve read them all multiple times and always marvel at that certain quality…I can’t quite put a finger on it, but it’s there.  It’s a mix of perfect ingredients that always produces something tasty, book after book.

That’s a rare gift, and Rowling had it.

It’s not often we find something so lasting and dear as the Harry Potter series.  Heck, it’s not often that real people can inspire us, much less Harry, Ron, and Hermione and their fictional adventures.

But now the final installment of the movies is coming out on July 15, and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 trailer is just another reminder that even the best of things must come to an end.

But remember this — you can pick up those great books any time you wish.  You can share the movies with friends and family as often as you’d like.  And hey, if you can turn a child on to reading, who knows?  They may just be the next great writer.

The first ingredient, however, is in inspiration.  Take up a Harry Potter book and read it to a youngster.  See where that takes the two of you.

And, enjoy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.  It should be quite a ride!

11/17 Survivor Nicaragua Features Jeff Probst and…No Marty Pimobo

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Survivor Nicaragua is back for another week.

Isn’t it great?  The Castaways’ sufferings over days and days — rain, hunger, thirst — is all boiled down into one hour.

Now, if only the rest of us could accomplish that with the parts of our lives we don’t like.

Kelly Shinn, Ben “Benry” Henry, Brenda Lowe, Chase Rice, Jud Birza, Matthew “Sash” Lenahan, NaOnka Mixon, Dan Lembo, Holly Hoffman, and Jane Bright return.

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The opening review reminded us of Brenda and Sash’s hubris.  Will it continue?  Will it be rewarded?

Or will it deflate like so many million-dollar dreams.

There was also a delicious recap of Marty’s failed attempt to keep himself alive in the game.

10 left folks.  Who’s next?

We open at Libertad on night 24.  Brenda told the camera all about her “control” issues.

Joy.

Jane and Holly had a quiet discussion about knocking out the king and queen.  That’s big.  Power move.  Two big votes.

Watch your back Brenda and Sash.

Next was a great commercial — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Nice.  Are you going to see that?

I probably am.  I’ll probably see it more than once.

Okay, back to Survivor.

Day 25 opened with scenes of otters and fire.

And rain.

Fabio complained to the camera that he wasn’t looking forward to a wet day.  Too bad, dude.

Holly told the camera she feels she’s come a long way in the game, and she and Jane tried to lead an attack against Sash and Brenda.  Holly played it hard with Benry and got him thinking hard about strategy.

Benry called it a “wake-up” call.  Indeed.  But did he already miss the alarm?

Jane approached NaOnka about getting rid of Brenda.  Surprisingly, Na jumped on board.

Or, so it seemed.

Holly approached Chase next about dumping Brenda.  Chase told the camera he wants to gun for Benry.

Hmmm…I’m not sure about that Chase.  I think when you have a chance to get rid of power brokers, you go for it.

At the first challenge (reward), two teams of five had four barrels, two planks, and ten feet of rope to make a bridge across the beach.  The winning team would travel to a volcano for pizza, drinks, and brownies.

That sounds good to me, and I ate a good meal today.

Dan smashed his hand and it looked really painful…big setback for yellow team.  Meanwhile, the blue team kept on rolling.  It wasn’t even close in the end.  Neither Sash nor Brenda went on reward, but Jane did.

A great opportunity for strategy.

That’s the best part of the rewards…everyone is happy and friendly.  It’s a great time for people to try to set up new alliances.  But then again, sometimes it all backfires.

Take a look at what happened to Marty.

On second thought, don’t.  Best to let his ghost lie quiet on the beach while his body resides at Ponderosa.

NaOnka, Purple Kelly, Fabio, Jane, and Chase arrived at the volcano.  They donned bright orange suits and slid down the side.

Really.

Jane said it was “fun as crap!”

Fun as crap.

Awesome, Jane.  Awesome.

Meanwhile back at Libertad, Holly, Dan, Sash, Brenda, and Benry came back to find a fire had engulfed the camp.

Bad bad bad.

I think it’s in times of suffering when people stop being “against” each other and just become people in a problem.

Libertad lost chests, food, tarp, morale.

Benry didn’t take it very well.  He called it “a day from hell,” and he’s probably right (although, I can’t say I know what it feels like, as I watch Survivor from my house where there is no beach).

At the volcano, it didn’t take long for the talk to begin.  NaOnka pulled Fabio aside and tried to form an alliance with him against Brenda.  Fabio was on board, looking forward to staying under the radar.

Power move, Na.  Power move.

The question is, can this quiet alliance hold together long enough to knock out the two big power brokers?  That’s always the $64,000 question isn’t it?

Chase took Brenda aside and told her about the quiet alliances to take her out.  Chase says he “trusts” Brenda.

Argh.

He threw Holly under the bus and spilled all the beans.  Brenda took it in her usual stride.  Chase then took Na aside and lobbied against Benry.  NaOnka was definitely not on board.

NaOnka took Benry aside and told him that Chase wanted him out.  Benry seemed to be on board with Na, who then went to Jane about Chase.  Jane was suddenly unsure about her North Carolina alliance.  Na then approached Holly about Chase.

Guess how that went?

At immunity, each player stood on a platform and leaned back on a rope.  Every few minutes, players had to change hand positions knot by knot until they fell into the water.

Chase, Jane, and Benry took it down to the wire.

Yes, Jane.

Awesome, Jane.

Eventually Benry dropped off, leaving the North Carolina contingency.  Jane thought she might give up, but kept on fighting.

Good thing, too.  She outlasted Chase.

You read that right.

Awesome, Jane.

You can just never tell in Survivor, can you?  When people are put under stress, they access deeper levels of strength beyond what they think they can endure.

Have you ever had an experience like that?  Have you ever stretched yourself past a limit you thought was set in stone?

On day 27, Jane was visibly pleased and she attributed her strong hands to her dog training.

Chase and Sash had a long talk about knocking out Benry.  Then, Na and Sash had a talk.  Na told Sash about the Brenda play.

Sash admitted what we all know…eventually “worry” sets in, and Sash admitted that he was not as confident in Brenda as he once was.

Holly approached Fabio and Chase about Brenda.  Chase reminded the camera that he plays with his “heart” but that he feels like he may have to vote out Brenda, to play with his head.

Chase then threw Na under the Brenda bus.  Brenda told the camera that she is in no mood to “scramble” and that she would just act cool.

Brenda brought up the issue of the idol to Sash who said he’d consider it.  If that were to happen, Brenda lobbied the camera for a NaOnka blindside.

Interesting.

At Tribal Council, Alina and Marty came in from Ponderosa looking clean and well-fed.

Sash admitted to Jeff that he felt “out of the loop” and Brenda revealed that she didn’t want to vote Marty in the last Council.

Brenda called NaOnka out for “jumping ship” from her alliance.  NaOnka denied that it was her idea, and put the onus on Chase.  Jeff goaded Purple Kelly into talking and Kelly said that she is also “out of the loop” and that she’s learning a lot of new information.

Brenda told Jeff she didn’t want to “scramble,” and Jeff asked if scrambling was “beneath her.”

How do you think that banter went?

You’re right.

At Tribal, Sash held on to his idol (Marty’s idol?)

In the end, it was Brenda.  And didn’t we all predict this?  She became confident…over-confident.  Bordering on arrogance.  And when that happens in Survivor?

Well, you know the drill.

I’m just amazed Brenda didn’t know it.

Jeff told Libertad they need to “fight for” the million bucks.  How true that is.

I think what we learned this week is what we learn every season.  Survivor, and life, call on us to be confident in our abilities.  We need to work as individuals and as part of groups, and we need to bring out talents to the table.  But when we decide to get on the table and dance, kicking coffee cups into the laps of others with a nasty grin, often, people will fight back.

At her exit interview, Brenda said she was in “disbelief” over NaOnka’s move.  Brenda said she didn’t expect it to end so soon, and she said she’s sad it’s over.

Don’t slip on your way off the table, Brenda.

10/27 Survivor Nicaragua Features Marty Pimobo, NaOnka Mixon, and Jeff Probst (Naturally!)

Sorry everyone!

Family commitment tonight (conflicting with good ol’ Survivor).

But I’m watching it on DVR just a half hour behind.

Kelly Shinn, Alina Wilson, Ben “Benry” Henry, Brenda Lowe, Chase Rice, Jud Birza, Kelly Bruno, Matthew “Sash” Lenahan, NaOnka Mixon, Dan Lembo, Holly Hoffman, Jane Bright, Jill Behm, and Marty Pimobo return.

As for Yve Rojas?  Well, she was just too strong.

And now she’s watching from home.

Who will it be this week?

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We open on Espada night 15.  Dan called himself “teflon,” saying nothing sticks to him.  It was a big risk to keep him, but we’ll have to see what happens down the road.

NaOnka says she doesn’t trust Alina, and has convinced her cronies to gun for her.

La Flor, night 15, saw some fireworks.  Marty confronted the team on trying to flush the idol.  He questioned their votes.

He didn’t play the idol last week, as you know, and it turned out to be a good choice.  Marty is now gunning for his old teammate Jane who, on their new tribe, seems to be gunning for Marty.

The plot thickens!

After that it was the typical Survivor opening credits as always.  Cool music, the obligatory hot bodz, and an incredibly annoying commercial for Windows 7…You know the one…the woman has the family that she claims shames her so she edits their pics with Windows and claims that now she has the family nature could never give her.

Ugh.

Luckily, I could DVR fast-forward past the rest.  Lord bless Cox Communications.

Oh, I just fast-forwarded past an ad for Undercover Boss.  Do any of you watch that show?  Is it any good?

Anyway, back to Survivor.

A misty morning on Day 16 at La Flor.  Marty confronts Jane about her vote, claiming he has never lied to her and never played to back-stab her.  She equivocated when he asked whether she voted for him.

Jill admitted she and Marty are “scrambling” to stay around.

Indeed.

At the reward challenge, a tribe member had to defend while members of the other tribe tried to score a ball in a net.  First to five points would win reward.  The reward?  A morning Nicaraguan farm experience with horses and breakfast (eggs, cheese, milk, tortillas.  Yum!)

Fabio and Chase were the defenders.  Away we go!

NaOnka and Espada were first to strike.  Jill answered back for La Flor.  Benry scored next for Espada, to take the 2-1 lead.  Marty then went against Chase.  Marty hit Chase in his…Chaselings…and didn’t score.  No score.  Then it was Hollie against Fabio.  Deflected.  Still 2-1.  Purple Kelly scored to tie it up 2-2.  Dan had a pathetic effort that doesn’t even bear mentioning.

And on and on it went until eventually Fabio took a pee in the ball pool.

Nice, Fabio.

Nice.

Benry eventually clinched it for Espada, giving them the Nicaraguan horseback riding egg cow-milking adventure of a lifetime.

Awesome.

Fast-forwarding…Fast-forwarding…Hey, a Harry Potter commercial!  Maybe I’ll rewind to that later.

La Flor was quite the next day, in the shadow of their loss.  Jane told the camera that she doesn’t know the word quit, and she reaffirmed her commitment to her new younger friends around camp.

Sash admitted that he is having a blast eating what the “older” folks bring back for him.  He says he loves living fat off their desperation.

Good for you, Sash!  I’m sure that won’t come back to bite you in the…sash…any time soon.

Espada rode their horses to the farm where they learned the finer points of cow milking.  Dan looked exactly like a New Yorker milking a cow for the first time in Nicaragua.

NaOnka didn’t look much better, but at least she admitted it was out of her areas of expertise.

Jane was out catching fish for La Flor, but decided to keep a fish for herself.  She decided to steal away into the forest to cook it up.

Risky.  But she ate and she enjoyed.

Meanwhile, back at the farm, Espada was overwhelmed with a pretty great looking breakfast.  Sitting there, eating together, it was as Hollie said — family-like.  Alina started to cry, as did Hollie.

But NaOnka?  She wasn’t buying it, claiming Alina was crying for show.  Wow.  I mean, really, it’s just breakfast, right?

Not in Survivor.

At the immunity challenge, it was once again for tribal immunity.  Two of each tribe would roll cannonballs down a chute while four others from their tribe would use rope to aim the chute to guide the ball into the other tribe’s tiles to break them.

There was definitely a learning curve to the challenge, trying to line everything up.  It was, literally, hit or miss.  La Flor got behind early, and stayed there.  It was Espada who walked away with the immunity.

La Flor was headed for Tribal.

On day 18, La Flor seemed to have it together.  The thwarted Jane continued her tirade against Marty and Jill, and she committed to voting against her old tribemates.

Brenda and Sash concocted a crazy scheme to bilk Marty out of his idol — asking him to give it up to the tribe, telling him he is safe.  And then?  Vote him out.

Ay yi yi!

This is why the Buddha never played Survivor.

Marty told the camera that he feels powerless, knowing he is on the outs and has to either use the idol or give it away.  In the end, he gave it to Sash in the hopes that Sash would let him live another day…or two…to get to the merge.

It’s a play from a desperate man’s playbook.  Sash told the camera “Marty made a big mistake.”  But then again, it was a “mistake” premised on a lie.

At tribal, Fabio stood up for La Flor, saying that it wouldn’t be long until they were on top.

Maybe.  Maybe not.

Marty admitted that he feels on the outside in his new tribe, and called Jane out as a “flipper” who would do what she could to “save her own skin.”

And can you blame her?  She was on the outs in her prior tribe and now it’s time for payback.  I guess that’s the social game.

Marty admitted that he gave his idol to Sash, and said that it “could go down as one of the stupidest moves ever.”  But again, it’s a decision by a desperate man in a desperate situation.  This game puts people in the most desperate of situations!

The vote was tight.  It went thus: Jane-Jane-Jill-Marty-Jill-Marty-Jill.

Jill had her fire extinguished and took the graveyard walk.  In her exit interview, she wished Marty luck and said that the experience has made her appreciate the people in her life.

In the end, what did we learn?  Trust is often placed and misplaced and often, a desperate man will take a desperate measure to save his skin.  And sometimes?  It works.  Survivor puts players into difficult situations…situations with which they may not be familiar.  They have to tell the half-truths, back-stab, and trust their enemies.  Sometimes it doesn’t work.

But sometimes?  Well, as Marty learned tonight, sometimes it works like a charm.

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