Let’s play ‘Survivor New Jersey’
When you hear Gloria Gaynor sing "I Will Survive," do you think of New Jersey? When you think about all that we have to "survive" in this "Garden State", it may be a better song than "Born To Run," which many believe should be our state song. Perhaps the lyric, "we gotta get out while we're young."
According to a recent survey by primalsurvivor.net, 54% of New Jerseyians consider themselves survivalists. Considering all that we have been through together, including Superstorm Sandy, ridiculously high taxes, and a government that fights our thriving every step of the way as far as doing business and so much more; they're not wrong.
That's why, when CBS tries to come up with exotic places to film their "Survivor" series, I say, why not try New Jersey? Especially now that we've become so friendly to the television and film industry.
If Jeff Probst wanted to bring his contestants here to play "Survivor: New Jersey", what would some of the challenges be? For us, it's stuff we face every day.
Jersey Shore Obstacle Course: Contestants must navigate an obstacle course of dirty needles and trash. The contest includes a mix of physical challenges and mental puzzles inspired by the Jersey Shore.
Contestants would be seated at a table decorated like the Bada Bing! strip club from the show, complete with red velvet curtains, dim lighting, and a bar with drinks and snacks. The host of the challenge, dressed in a sharp suit and fedora, would welcome the contestants with a thick New Jersey accent, and explain the rules of the game. The questions would cover a variety of topics related to the show, including characters, plot points, quotes, and memorable scenes. The looser winds up in a barrel on the side of the Turnpike.
Exit Ramp Endurance
Contestants must hold onto a metal bar suspended over a highway exit ramp for as long as possible, with the last person hanging on declared the winner.
Turnpike Traffic Jam
Contestants must navigate a maze of cones and obstacles while riding on a small go-kart, simulating the experience of driving on the notoriously congested New Jersey Turnpike.
Taylor Ham Tasting Challenge
Contestants are blindfolded and asked to taste a variety of pork roll (also known as Taylor Ham) products and identify which brand is which.
Garden State Scavenger Hunt
Contestants are given a list of clues and must explore the state to collect various items, with the first person to collect all the items declared the winner.
Atlantic City Poker Tournament
Contestants compete in a high-stakes poker tournament, with the winner receiving immunity from the next tribal council.
Boardwalk Balancing Act
Contestants must balance a stack of sandbags on a plank of wood while walking along a narrow boardwalk.
Cranberry Bog Race
Contestants must navigate a muddy cranberry bog while carrying a heavy bag of cranberries, with the first person to reach the end declared the winner.
Pine Barrens Survival Challenge
Contestants must build a shelter and start a fire in the dense and isolated Pine Barrens wilderness, and the last person remaining wins.
Walking into the tax collector's office
Walk barefoot in August from the Wildwood Boardwalk to the ocean.
If you eat the fish from the Salem River and survive you get full immunity.
Going north on the parkway at 8 a.m. weekdays. At the Driscol Bridge, exit to 440 (Outterbridge crossing) from the farthest left lane.
Avoiding Horseflies in Brigantine
Swimming across the Delaware River from Philly to Camden
Opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise only. Follow him on Twitter @realstevetrev.
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