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    I think they'll have a follow-up, with interviews. Jeez I hope so.

    I and my men just watched. I phrase it that way because those men even hung in there for the more philosophical parts -- all the way to the end. Alan is, for sure, a man among men.

    This is a the kind of show that should get passed around. How unfortunate that it will never be 'trending' for our young'ns.

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    Really was a fantastic season, perfect the way it was. I wish the second season was in a different location, but I guess there's certain constraints and we can't all have everything we want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GolfGrrl View Post
    Bearcata, did Lucas mention money and fame? Yes, he's quite insecure and can't seem to see what a great guy he is, but I didn't get that it was about fame.
    Lucas was talked quite a bit about being great at something and you could tell that it bugged him that he felt while he could draw he wasn't great, that he could play and instrument but wasn't great. I don't know what his definition of great was, perhaps fame and fortune but being famous does not always equate to being great.
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    Episode 10 - Triumph Watch - August 20, 2015

    Covers Day 45 through Day 56

    Sam taps out at Day 55. I do wonder if he had a better shelter would he have lasted longer? That loose flapping tarp drove me crazy and I am sitting on a couch watching.

    I was concerned that the producers were going to let Alan stay on without telling him he was the last one when they didn't go get him right after Sam tapped out.

    Day 56 - Alan the Last Man.

    I totally missed the After Show did anyone see it?

    In his "Arrives at Home" video Sam weights himself he started at 245 and weighed in at 162. Wow 73 lbs in 55 days. He hopes to maintain at 190. Good Luck.

    Alan lost 60 lbs but they didn't give his before and after weight.
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    History’s ‘Alone’ 500K winner could be Blairsville’s Alan Kay | Radio and TV Talk

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    History’s ‘Alone’ 500K winner could be Blairsville’s Alan Kay
    August 20, 2015 | Filed in: Television.


    By RODNEY HO/ rho@ajc.com, originally filed Monday, August 17, 2015

    Blairsville resident Alan Kay loves solitude. So when he signed on to do a History survivalist show called “Alone,” he knew he was qualified.

    The concept is deceptively simple: the show dropped him and nine other men off in isolated spots on a very wet, very cold unpopulated part of Vancouver Island in the Pacific Northwest. They had to fend for themselves with minimal supplies. The man who lasted the longest would pocket $500,000.

    There was no time limit.

    The show relied on the men to videotape themselves, so producers were beholden to the footage they were given to turn into a compelling 10 episodes. So far, so good. “Alone” is doing well on History, pulling in 1.9 million live viewers last week, the network’s fourth most popular show of the week. The season finale airs this Thursday at 10.

    UPDATE: Wednesday, August 19: History renewed the series for a second season, noting the first nine episodes average 2.5 million viewers counting DVR usage up to three days after airing. It is ranked as the 3rd biggest new reality cable show of 2015.

    Kay, a 40-year-old survivalist who took a one-year leave of absence from his Board of Corrections job to take part in “Alone,” is one of two men left standing after nine episodes and 43 days in the wilderness.

    While Kay knows when he tapped out, he has no clue how the other guy, 22-year-old Lincoln, Neb. man Sam Larson did.

    UPDATE: Thursday, August 20: My guess is if you’re reading this, you already know or want to know that Kay won after Nelson quit on day 55.

    Kay, who teaches survival classes on the side, came into the show knowing that this was marathon, not a sprint. “My approach was to do what was required and no more,” Kay said in a phone interview earlier this week. “I look at survival as a bank account. You should never expend more than you have.”

    He said he would spend days in his tent doing as little as possible just to stay warm and save calories. While watching how the other men dealt with the elements, he said he remained nonjudgmental.

    “I can be still and silent and I’m okay with it,” Kay said, noting he was an only child growing up. “Other personality types like to stay busy. That’s how they cope.”

    He embraced what the producers gave him: “We were going in at the worst time possible and that made the challenge all the more real.”

    To Kay, survival is 90 percent mental, 1o percent physical. He had to use a lot of physical energy the first 72 hours setting up a shelter, ensuring himself a steady source of water and figuring out his surroundings. “I think I did good for the environment,” he said. “It might have been fun to try different things but I wasn’t there for fun. I tried to keep it practical. Some people tried to be too grandiose with their shelter. You just need something cozy so you can maintain body heat and protect yourself from the elements.”

    He ate a lot of seaweed to sustain himself. “You get a lot of good fiber. There’s iodine and minerals for your body,’ he said. “I also ate quite a bit of limpets,” snails that cling to rocks. He only ate what he knew was edible: “I don’t take many chances with food.”

    Without a film crew, he had to set up shots himself, which he said took up a lot of precious mental and physical exertion but was a necessary evil since this is a TV show. “There were days I wish I didn’t have to mess with the camera,” he said.

    He also knew much of what he filmed was often pretty boring. “I prepare tinder and kindling for fire. After I filmed that a dozen times, there was nothing more to cover.”

    Kay said there was some level of irony that he was living an incredibly basic life on Vancouver Island while messing with a video camera, which “kept me tethered to the modern world.” And this is a guy who doesn’t own a TV, doesn’t text and still owns a flip phone.

    Dreary isn’t even a fair adjective for what the “Alone” participants had to deal with. He said he saw the sun exactly twice while he was there. “I don’t even know if I saw the whole thing!” he said.

    He never got dry and it got steadily colder last fall. But he said he didn’t mind the chilly environs. At the same time, he said he spent a lot of time in his tent to avoid the wind and getting wet unnecessarily. “Being moderately damp was as good as it would get,” he said.


    He said he spent a lot of time in his brain, conjuring up memories, songs, poetry. “I looked at nature and analyzed how interconnected it all is. Deep philosophical thoughts. You think on a totally different level.”

    Kay was impressively resourceful. On day 43, he pulled in two dogfish from a gill net. “Not too shabby,” he said on the show. “Not too shabby at all.”

    In last week’s episode, two more guys quit. The third-to-last man Mitch Mitchell left because he was worried about his mom, who had terminal brain cancer. “I don’t even know why I’m here,” he said, thinking less about the money and more about the time he wasn’t spending with his mother. On day 43, in the middle of the night, Mitchell called the SAT phone set up for that specific reason and was escorted via canoe back to the real world.

    At about the same time, Kay said to the cameras that he wasn’t quite ready to go home: “I guess what I’m waiting on is to hit a wall, to just come to a point either physically, mentally whatever, when I’m done. I guess I’m going to keep driving on until I can’t drive on. I’m not big into quitting.”

    Larson, his remaining rival, said he was “sick of it. You’re sick of the rain pounding on your shelter.” But he said he wasn’t quitting yet either.

    Kay said he transitioned back to regular society relatively smoothly. And what did he eat first? Peanut butter, using a chocolate bar as the spoon. Oddly, he said he had trouble sleeping in the cabin they gave him that first night back to civilization. “I had become so accustomed to total silence and sounds that were mellow and natural. Electric hums and ambient light bugged me,” he said. “I had dropped to such a low gear, this was like sensory overload!”

    If he gets $500,000, he said he’ll probably pay off a lot of debt. Otherwise, he isn’t sure.

    And would he do something like this again? Of course. “I’ve always done things that people think are crazy,” he said. “I’ll go in a zero degree night and build a shelter just to test my ability to do that. I’ve always tried to push my personal limits.”

    TV PREVIEW
    “Alone” season finale, 10 p.m. Thursday, History
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    Thanks, Bear - very interesting.

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    Alan was my pick from very early on. I just felt he would outlast them all.
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    We're catching up on the episodes we DVR'd while we were on vacation. Currently watching the next-to-last one. I, too, have loved Alan all along. He just demonstrated that he was okay with being on his own, and knew what he could eat. When he was singing and quoting poetry, I loved him even more. Good for him for winning!
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    I liked Joe, Lucas and Alan. Joe was my favorite but when he lost his ferro stick and tapped out I was rooting for both Lucas and Alan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KTinCT View Post
    Alan is, for sure, a man among men.

    Love that phrase!
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