The Tribe Has Spoken, But Are The Elders Listening?

SurvivorOn January 29, I was watching TV at The House on the Hill, and trying to unwind after another typical Winter day in Maine of shoveling show.  A commercial for Survivor flashed on the screen and this Modern Philosopher thought to himself, “I bet none of those so called survivors could last a week, let alone thirty-nine days, of a Maine Winter.”

That’s how simply an idea for a blog post is born.  I whipped out the lap top and wrote the now famous “Survivor Secretly Shooting Its Next Season In Maine” post.

Cut to today, almost four months later.  That same post has had over 1,500 views since 1:00 this afternoon.  That makes 49,808 views since I posted it less than four months ago. I’m not sure why the article is going viral again, but I asked a couple of people who commented on it today where they had seen it.  One person told me a friend who lived in Maine had sent it to him on Facebook.  Another told me, “You’re all over Facebook, dude!”

It just boggles my mind that this post continues to be so popular, and I love the enthusiasm of the folks who post comments on it, especially those who don’t seem to get that the article is a joke.

I know that Jeff Probst has re-tweeted it, and now that I’m on Twitter, I’ve sent a couple of tweets his way about the post’s continued popularity.  He tweeted that the show would not film in Maine, but the more I think about it, the more I think it would make for awesome television.  Why not make it a tribe of Native Mainers vs a tribe of folks From Away and film it during the Winter?

Bikinis in the SnowSeveral people have said Survivor would never film in snow because no one wants to see the attractive contestants bundled up, rather than in skimpy bikinis.

I did a little research, and as you can see from the photo on the left, bikinis still seem to work in the snow.

So how about it, Survivor?  The tribe seems to have spoke on the matter.  People want to see a season of your show set in Maine.  If you don’t believe me, read through the comments section of the original post.  The sentiment strongly favors Survivor: Maine.

Let me know if you want to talk, Jeff.  You’re welcome at The House on the Hill any time…



About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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19 Responses to The Tribe Has Spoken, But Are The Elders Listening?

  1. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  2. I like your snow bunnies. But some a little older with more curves please??? See my post…IN DEFENSE OF JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT…for details! Probably a LOT OF PEOPLE are as bored with it as you are!!!!! 🙂

  3. List of X says:

    I’m not sure that The Girl Who Probably Reads Your Blog will be too excited to know that you did the research on “girls in bikinis in the snow” 🙂

  4. News Burp says:

    Bikinis do work in snow! Jeff Probst obviously hasn’t seen any good beer commercials. Bikinis, snow and hot tubs go together like peanut butter and jelly!

    Let me guess. Jeff doesn’t think a Survivor should have a hot tub available? He is so darn 1950s in his mindset! A 21st century survivalist is someone who has to live in an area where there isn’t a WiFi signal!

    • Austin says:

      I don’t know how Jeff thinks. He did re-tweet my original post, which was cool. And he did date that Survivor contestant who was from Maine. I’m not sure why he’s not all in on the idea.

  5. GreedyFrog says:

    Looking at the picture makes me feel so, so cold! I definitely won’t apply for the Maine version of Survivors 😀

  6. floridaborne says:

    Too funny! Soon there will be lawsuits stating defamation of (survivor) character or falsely portraying a Maine character. Cold, man, cold.

  7. queenlorene says:

    There would definitely be more reasons to SNUGGLE close, if they want gooseflesh ratings……the problem is that frostbite and the ravages of snow are a lot more dangerous to contestants. Don’t know who would insure that. But it would make for a harder edge, which, frankly, I think the show needs at this point.

    • Austin says:

      They could compete for heating oil and firewood. It’s not like they’d let them freeze to death…it would just make it a little more difficult.

      • queenlorene says:

        No, I agree. And weirdly enough I have off and on given several minutes of reflection about stuff they could do for a winter episode. I really do think it should be tried. I would re-start watching, if for nothing else but to see how they turn it all on their ear. And obviously this hits a note for lots of people as your original post clearly showed.

      • Austin says:

        Feel free to share the original post with your friends. Eventually, we’ll get CBS up here to film a season!

      • queenlorene says:

        Ok, Austin, it’s WEBSITE time. Start one for a survivor winter and we all can put in the ideas. Do you have a contact who could promote it once you get it up and running? (As you see, there is no room for you to say NO.. 🙂 )

      • Austin says:

        Hmmm…I’ll have to generate some Deep Thoughts on this. I like to think that the blog post is already my contribution to the idea, though. Over 51,000 readers for that one article. Clearly, the word is getting out there…

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