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25 June 2014 @ 11:34 am
Wow. This thing is still here. Anyone still out there? Now blogging at theycallmetater.wordpress.com
24 April 2009 @ 12:15 pm

Beware - Spoilers Below

I am really enjoying this season of Survivor.  The contestants are interesting and for the most part likable.  The challenges have been good and the tribal council votes have been great.  Last night's ouster of Tyson was one of the best votes in a long time.  Below are my thoughts on the individuals left:

Coach:  Coach makes for good television, but I can't understand how he has stayed in the game so long.  He's annoying and arrogant and has not done anything worthwhile in the challenges to back up his claim to be such a threat to win.  I can only hope the other people are keeping him around because they know he will never win a challenge and assume no one will vote to give him the money.

Debbie:  Besides last night's win in the immunity challenge has she done much of anything?  It appears that she is content to ride Coach's coattails as long as she can.  When she was telling Sierra how "disloyal" she was for voting coach(more thoughts on this later) I have to think she was just repeating what Coach told her.  The previews give me hope that she will actually step up and think for a change.  Hopefully, Sierra will laugh in her face and join JT, Stephen and Taj and take out her former tribe.

Erinn:    I am very disappointed in Erinn for giving up her hatred of Coach and joining his alliance.  It would have been more fun to see her join up with Brendan and Sierra to oust Tyson and Coach.  Instead she is in danger of becoming another player content to let others do her thinking for her.  I was encouraged by her claim that after the Sierra vote she planned to turn the game upside down.  I'm just not sure I believe she would or could.

Taj:  I have been disappointed in Taj since the merge.  She had a chance to pull off a secret alliance that could have changed the game, but once the merge occurred, immediately backed out of it when she had the chance to change the game.  Now she also seems content to so whatever Stephen and JT tell her to do.

JT:  JT seems like a very nice guy who is truly upset when he has to vote against his alliance.  I really believe he was torn about the vote last night and only went along with it to stay with his tribal alliance.  His nice, trusting personality and his being a threat in physical challenges make him the next likely candidate for a blindside.  I hope not as I really like to see the nice people when the game.

Stephen:  I think Stephen is in control of the game right now and is a favorite to win it all. He has control of his alliance, the hidden immunity idol and the will to cast whatever vote makes winning the game easier for him.  I think he also benefits from that fact that everyone else underestimates him.  Odds are the other players think JT is the one running their alliance.  This might keep Stephen alive for a couple of more votes.  I think he has played the best game so far and deserves to be in the finals.

Sierra:  Sierra has fought hard to overcome the first impression vote and has impressed me with how long she has lasted.  Her only real mistake was believing in the alliance with Taj and Stephen.  There was no reason for her to think they would turn on her at the first vote.  She did her best after the Brendan vote to keep herself alive in the game and looks like she will now have some power next week when her former tribe has to grovel for her support to stay in the game.  I would really like to see her in the final three. I love the underdog.

Gameplay thoughts:

With four women and three men left it seems like someone should think of an all woman alliance that would take out the men in three consecutive votes.   I doubt it will happen as Debbie would never leave Coach's shadow.  Sierra should immediately go to JT, Stephen and Taj and offer to join them to vote out the remaining three from her tribe.  I think an unholy alliance with Coach is more likely.  JT, Stephen and Taj need to work hard to get a solid ally from the other four now that Coach will be gunning for them.  The most likely is Sierra.  If not her, they need to make a run at Erinn.

Finally, the "loyalty" issue.  I don't see how Coach can tell Sierra that voting for him as disloyal when he voted for another member of the tribe.  It was his disloyalty that prompted the Coach vote in the first place.  No one from that tribe has any place to question another on loyalty.  Did I mention I really don't like Coach?
11 June 2008 @ 08:41 am
Because I never seem to have enough to say to warrant a post. I do post quite a bit on twitter since I can post one sentence updates and not feel liek I'm wasting readers' time.

If interested you can find me at www.twitter.com/theycallmetater
23 April 2008 @ 01:19 pm
Never seem to be in the mood to post anymore. Everything is pretty much the same as always. Nothing new and exciting happening at all. Have discovered twitter and spend time on there alot. Working on books number 40 and 41 for the year. My goal right now is to average 10 a month. Right on goal right now. Applied for a job in kY just for fun. Wish I could find a decent job in MD to apply for. Need to get out of this place as soon as possible.
20 March 2008 @ 12:14 pm
Final Four: UNC, Wisconsin, Texas, UCLA
Champion: UCLA


Winthrop over WSU
USA over Butler
K State over USC
Davidson over Gonzaga
Oral Roberts over Pitt
UK over Marquette
WKU over Drake(homer pick)
St. Mary's over Miami
St. Joes over Oklahoma
14 February 2008 @ 02:29 pm

Because everyone else is doing it:

1. Pick 25 of your favourite movies. (I only did 20 b/c I got tired of IMDB)
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search functions.


14 February 2008 @ 10:33 am
Bradley was placed into Algebra for next year. The letter attached explains that this class will be a high school level Algebra class and he will receive high school credit for it. He will be in 7th grade.
14 February 2008 @ 09:40 am
I am stuck at the call center at work. The circ people are playing opera in the background. I don't think I can take 2 hours of it.


As the election grows closer, it is harder to talk to Dawn about politics. She is a one issue voter and refuses to even listen to what anyone has to say if they don't agree with her on the one issue. I had her take the selectsmart quiz and she matched up with Obama. I still think she would vote against him if he said the wrong thing on her one issue. She never reads the paper or watches the news and won't research the candidates. It scares me when people vote like this.


Bradley is much braver than I ever was as a kid. He really likes a girl at school. He's liked her for a while now. She has always just wanted to be friends. He decided to make her a card and buy her a gift for V Day in hopes of wooing her. I would have never had the courage to do this at his age. I just hope he doesn't take it too hard if she says she doesn't like him as more than a friend. He's already having some trouble on the social side of things in middle school.


Just realized recently that no one from my family has bothered to call me since Christmas. I have decided I am not going to be the one who always calls, so no one in the family will talk to me again until they call me. The odds of that happening: slim to none.
13 February 2008 @ 11:52 am
Anne Arundel County Governemnt determines roads are too icy. Employees given liberal leave. Anne Arundel County Schools are open on time. I guess they have determined government worker safety is more important than safety of children.
24 January 2008 @ 10:24 am
I emailed my mom today to let her know that Dawn's grandmother died last night.  She uses that email to complain to me that the clothes I bought my nephew for Christmas didn't fit.  She did at least take a sentence to say she was sorry about Dawn's grandmother, bit no one in that house can spend one email/phone call without making it all about them and their problems.  I feel bad for my nephew.  He's a smart, somewhat normal teen who is active in the marching band and has a real "teen" life.  He's surrounded by dysfunction and I worry about how that will affect his school life.  I've threatened several times to kidnap him and enroll him in school in MD.