OK, so this took a lot of research,tons of effort and countless attempts. Multiple youtube videos were sourced, watched and rewatched. I purchased bamboo, a machete, and coconut husk, all of which were easier to find than one might expect. Together with my two daughters, we tried this a couple dozen times resulting in smoke, smoke, and even more smoke! We almost set off the smoke alarm (although looking back we probably should not have been inside in the first place) and we got everything but a burning ember. Today, for the first time, we achieved our ultimate goal of fire! Turns out we were doing it correct from the beginning, but not blowing on the resulting charcoal long enough…I am going to attempt this again today, to ensure that I can do this from scratch 100% of the time and with little wasted effort. I feel like this is a great accomplishment. One of the most vital things is staying strong as a tribe from the minute you hit the beach. You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water. As evidenced by past seasons, especially both of the Fans vs. Favorites, having fire and being able to stay hydrated from the beginning has proved a momentous advantage.It also has proved to be important in challenges such as tiebreakers at Tribal Council. I feel that this skill already puts me ahead of both Sundra Oakly, and Rebekah “Becky” Lee from Survivor: Cook Islands, neither of whom were able to produce fire using flint in a crucial moment. I can now successfully start a fire using flint, and the bamboo saw, which was first demonstrated by Rob Mariano, or as any true fan knows him… Boston Rob!
I think last weeks episode showing Joe Anglim creating a fake idol offered some great ideas on material. It also gives us a great opportunity to scrutinize strategy surrounding making, and playing fake idols. Ultimately, you never know what is going to happen in this game, so having a fake idol to throw around doesn’t hurt. The forethought of scavenging materials throughout the first couple of weeks – material from a torch, clothing, a crate, etc…- was perfect. I believe his strategy would have worked better, had he not chose to use it on the one player that was in possession of an authentic idol. I would love to try this idea – being the one to find the real idol and also create a fake one to use for strategy. Can you gain someones trust and allegiance by giving them the fake idol? Can you give it to a target so maybe they scramble and plot less and it is easier to blindside them? Jeff Probst & Lynne Spillman click here for private thoughts – Password is eric’s call sign : https://survivorsuperfan.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=50&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2