"When life gives you lemons, squirt lemon juice in your enemy's eyes."
I have to admit, I was never an Aras fan. For someone that is a yoga instructor, I thought he would be very mellow and relaxed. Instead he was extrememly nasty. He and Shane were mini-bullies around camp esp. to Melinda and Cirie. The whole "feeling ashamed" at the end was just a ruse to get votes. Why do we know this, because he bullied Danielle into the final two. The guy was a jerk with an overinflated opinion of himself. He truly thought that he was the great hope of the Casaya's. He was given way too much credit and respect for his challenge ability. He had no game. Except for hooking up with Ciries who was the real brains of the Casaya group, he didn't make a single strategic move.
One of the most disappointing wins in Survivor history. (If not the most, at least to me!)
"...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer
When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, you know which one you hit by the one that yelps!
I'll agree with anyone who thinks Aras acted like a jerk during this season. But in the end, I can't consider him not worthy of winning.
When I looked at the two tribes after they were school yard picked. I winced. Casaya was going to lose almost every challage and get pagonged. Now looking at Casaya, they were a bitter bunch of misfits, so I wasn't going to cry a river at their pagonging... But Aras took charge of the team Challenges and they started beating the buffer Terry led tribe. Really, La Mina should be ashamed they got beated so badly with so many buff guys in so many physical challenges. But who could have picked Casaya pulling it together enough to win? And as much as I credit Casaya for having a majority at the merge, you can also blame "win-em-all" Terry for that. His decision to boot Misty at the beginning because she was too much of a long term threat really, really weakened their team. Ruth Marie was nice and loyal, but not a challenged asset at a time when you really should be focusing on challenge assets.
So in the end, did Terry deserve to win based on gameplay. Not really, he hurt his tribe more than helped it, meaning he HAD to win every immunity to get to the end. He hogged the idol when he could have used it to boot Aras and given himself a real chance to recruit Bruce or someone else to his group. He should have let Nick win, used the idol, voted Aras off.
Did Aras deserve to win? He helped his team be strong going into the merge. Against many odds. When Shane was crazy he kept his group together. And even recognized when Circe would be a benefit to furthoring his game.
I don't want to go out and have drinks with him, but I think he was a deserving winner, within the parameters of the game.
"How do you know the chosen ones? No greater love hath a man than he lay down his life for his friend. Not for millions, not for glory, not for fame... for one person. In the dark. Where no one will ever know or see." - Sebastion, Babylon 5
Well, he DID win, so we can't complain much, can't we, just get over it, count your blessings that it wasn't Danielle or Courtney, ahhahaha
perhaps that brutal honesty made most people think he is a jerk, he is abhorrent, he is arrogant, or something...
However, I think he is kind, sincere, satisfied and......goreous
And Danielle is my favorite, the best one, ~
"I think the experience is much more than the prize"Heather