I decided to play anyway.
Or, at least host. My best friend with whom I watch the show remarked one day that it would be cool to somehow play our own survivor with some friends, but it would never work out. But with the idea already planted in my head, I pursued it anyway. So that night I stayed up till probably three in the morning planning challenges, locations, times, etc... planning to show it to her to get a laugh (well, actually hoping she'd love the idea).
Love it she did. So now, after nearly two months of planning, starting June 29, I'm going to be the host of Survivor: (somewhere in Texas). From Friday at 4 pm through Sunday night, 14 friends of mine will be "stranded" in a 200-acre Texas pasture, where they will compete in combination reward/immunity challenges every 3 hours or so, with tribal council on a backwood lake's pier.
I have a friend majoring in Film Studies, so she'll be filming some parts of challenges, random confessionals, voting, and exit interviews. Sunday night's final tribal council will be held at a friend's house, and afterward we'll have barbeque and watch the 2-3 hours of footage.
At first, I never thought this would work, but 14 people have agreed and are really pumped about it. The'll each pay a $25 entry fee, with the winner getting $325 and the runner up getting a refund. Everyone playing is age 18-21 and friends, so it will be interesting to see how people deal with the cunning and skill usually required to succeed. I'd love to see some "classic survivor," but I do admit in the back of my mind that there's the slight risk of some people being hurt. I think people will forgive easily though...
I'm hoping for an incredible weekend, and I'll report back here with pictures (and maybe some footage) after we've finished.
Here's to some hometown survivor!