My Chance Meeting in Thailand With Russell Hantz Of Survivor Fame

Pretty much everything is covered in the roughly 50-minute uncensored, unedited, and uncut video Russell and I did over lunch today on Nai Harn beach on the very southern tip of Phuket island in Thailand, only 7 degrees north latitude.

Texan Russell is no stranger to heat and humidity and this particular hot and humid place doesn't faze him anymore than did his four tropical experiences on Survivor, the crazy popular TV show.

...What happened is that last night I was in a girl-bar I frequent and this guy comes up to me and frankly introduces himself.

"Hi, I'm Russell Hantz."

That would typically get an equally frank rejoinder "nice to meet you, I'm Richard Nikoley." But once I'd sized him up a bit and integrated the out-of-context aspect of this being south Phuket and not Texas...

"NO WAY!!!???"

Yep, it was THE Russell Hantz, for those of you who are the early fans of Survivor. He's the guy who could find hidden immunity idols before clues were even issued—six of them in back-to-back seasons where he had only a 2-week respite after already losing 60 pounds in 39 days and immediately reenlisted for another and put in an identical performance. In our discussion, he reveals what his chief tell was, which I'd not considered.


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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, lifestyle...to philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More

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