As a "newbie," I am sure that those of you who have been around for a long time discussed this before and will link me and others reading this thread to the archives, but I thought this was worth mentioning again.
I became addicted to Survivor with the Season of Rupert because he was from Indiana... one of our own, so I had not watched any of the previous seasons.
My addiction is at a scary level since I just purchased my first DVD collection ever: Season One-- Richard Hatch's success story.
I cannot BELIEVE how much those first "Survivors" were given/allowed to have on the island!!! What a difference a few seasons makes!! I know that I for one, and my tweenagers who are addicted with me, were scoffing at the idea that the new tribes on Palau were given a machete... "Right, they start with NOTHING this time!" -- we guffawed.
But, compared to that first season, (and I am sure many of you will attest to later seasons), these Survivors DO have nothing!!!
A list of items that my kids and I noticed evident in Season One on Palau:
Reebok outfits and gear, including RAINCOATS!!
First Aid kits
Their own backpacks
One "luxury" item... yet, sunglasses are not?
Cooking pots (although I have seen this one repeated)
Rice (is there no rice this year?)
Plastic bags that had contained various things
Canisters that had held the rice and other supplies
And, it looked to me, like there was lots of lumber on the beach for shelter making
Anyway, I laugh at myself for scoffing when this season of Survivor started. I feel rather sorry for this group and their tattered clothing. I have to wonder about the chafing... ouch. And, I think I would give almost anything if Reebok would drop some clothing just so Angie could put her "girls" in a sports bra...