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Villains Are The Kindest People

In the world of reality TV, there’s a particular series that’s the most successful of all time. Survivor. It premiered in 2000, 22 years ago. Season 43 will premier in September. It has 622 episodes under its belt. They run 2 seasons per year.

I didn’t catch on until episode 7 of season 1. I became a fan, as did my wife. We recall watching the finale in the departure lounge in Maui, headed back to USA. The most unlikely guy, and villain, Richard Hatch, won—a gay-guy asshole who trapsed around naked…there’s something to this!

Years later, when I caught onto The Paleo Diet, lost a bunch of fat, and became an influencer in the space via this blog, I always thought it strange that there wasn’t even scant mention of the show anywhere in the sphere…ever…not even a whisper. After all, here’s like 20 people getting dropped off on an island for 39 days; no food, water, or shelter. And there’s a social game too.

The biggest example of Paleo right in your face, nobody seemed to give a fuck.

Weird.

Because of the social game, there are those heroes and those villains. Whatever anyone thinks about who’s the most villainous villain, it goes hands down to Russell Hantz, for me. In fact, after his 3rd and last appearance on the show about 10 years ago, I lost interest. There would never be any equalling of his performance.

He broke the system.

…They came up with this thing to hide immunity idols and if you find one and play it, any tribal votes against you don’t count. They issue clues as to where it might be found. This is where Russell Hantz villainously fucked with the whole production. He found them before clues were issued. He didn’t just do it once, but 3 times in his first season appearance. The production was so gobsmacked that after 39 days and losing 60 pounds, they invited him back to do it again, filming to start in 2 weeks. They inserted him into an already planned production.

And he duplicated his previous performance. He once again found all three hidden immunity idols without clues.

They brought him back a couple of seasons later for a third go-round but had fucked with the rules so much he was easy to dispense with early on. Nobody wanted to compete with Russell, so they got him out. Disgusting and disappointing for me.

I lost interest in the series.

…Advance 10 years or so and a couple of weeks ago, a guy approaches me in a bar here in south Phuket, Rawai, and introduces himself. In under 24 hours, we were on video.

I did a companion post.

Over the next few days, Russell and I got comms set up and met up a few times. He has a great video channel with over 41K subscribers, and I was surprised to learn that he shoots all his vids from the iPhone, edits them on the phone, and even integrates the music. Check out this short one. A minute.

If you want to see the whole 11 minute version featuring beautiful Por, then check this out.

What do I keep harping on and on about Thailand for older dudes? Russell is 49. Por is in her 20s. Worried about your testosterone levels because you don’t have the desire? Here’s where you come for 24/7 desire.

So Russell and Por hit it off. He creates amazing videos on his phone, but what can’t he do on his phone? Reserve a damn flight. A few days after we meet he messages to ask for help booking a flight to Udon Thani in the extreme north of Thailand near Laos, Por’s home, to where she had returned. I scoot down on the motorbike and he shows me how he edits the videos, integrates the music, does the slow-mo, all of that. Fuck me. I can’t stand video editing and even on the desktop, I just hate the whole process, which is why I’m a point, shoot, and publish guy, little to no editing.

Then we get Kayak downloaded to his phone. Problem. The Kayak app detects he’s US based so the prices are three times higher than on my Thai-based phone. So, we book it on my phone, I hand it to him where he inputs payment details, and done.

That’s where the real story starts. You see, this villian didn’t just fly 1,500 km for a few days in a hotel room with a beautiful, sweet, young Thai lady. I so encourage you to watch this, especially if you enjoy tearing up now and then, feeling the rapture of pure humanity.

He and Por raised about $1,000 from his video subscribers in a day or so. The intention was to go to an orphanage and donate the funds, distribute gifts, etc. They were refused. COVID!!! So they executed Plan B.

Watch.

I know this is a lot of video footage to watch but on the heels of watching that one this morning, I watched his follow-on which is particularly prescient to what I have been doing myself.

It’s about charity on the ground. Russell and I understand that if you really want to cheer hearts, spread the humanity ideal, and make measurable differences, you gotta do it your fucking self, because most charities are parasites and leeches.

Everyone should know this. All big charities and foundations are abject parasites. It’s tantamount to organized crime. There are no exceptions…and that the entire world tolerates it and extols it, is a testament to how broken the general social order has become.

Now let Russell take it away.

So, echoing that, it’s exactly what I’ve been up to. Mine is different, but the same in principle.

For those who may not have been interested, the quick story is that I came to Thailand 2 1/2 years ago. Advent of Covid. I end up sticking around and I built a house for a very poor rural Thai family, which included my girl, her two daughters, her mother, sister, and her young boy.

It was squalor living and I did this, 100% out of pocket. No loan. The monthly load is a few bucks for water and electricity. There are no property taxes, unlike in “The Land of the Free.” LOL.

Yes, you can build a nice, 3BR, 2 bath house (huge kitchen) for about $50,000 here, and that includes all the furnishings and the 3 big-screen TVs. The fiber internet is $15 per month and we can have 4K HD streaming Netflix on all TVs at the same time without a single buffering pause. Rural rice paddie Thailand.

…The large plot of land was purchased by my girl’s grandmother decades ago. It’s the family’s homestead. To the sides of the house I built are two uncles, brothers of mom (แม่ / Mæ̀). The one to the right is the first of the family to go to college and get a degree. He’s a high-school science teacher.

I got tapped out because Covid killed the business that made me $120K per year, $80K pocket money. 18 months without a dime of income, tapping savings. There’s now a little activity, but less than 25% of before.

But I haven’t finished. I built the house, got them a car, even started a restaurant in a local town 5km away that was doing well until fucking Covid wave 2 and we had to shut it down.

But I am determined. This project is about getting them fully footed in life. In for a penny, in for a pound. This is unstoppable until they have the small business they need to sustain everything. I built the entire foundation out of my own pocket but I ran out before I was done.

As of right now, the GoFundMe sits at $4,200 for the $10,000 goal, in just over a month of the campaign. That’s from 78 donors. My email subscriber list has about 6,200. Membership on the blog is about 800. Of those, about 200 are paid members.

Those numbers tell me that I keep having to appeal. It’s a moderately successful campaign so far, wouldn’t you say?

Any whales out there with more money than they know what to do with?

What a cooler, on the ground cause than this? Click here.

And look above, you can also help a villain.

It’s how to ensure your charity gets to the real target.

Count on villains.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

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