UPDATE: So it turns out that this guy went on to WIN the whole thing. A million bucks. Nice work Todd.
So it was pretty funny when Rachel and I went to Gold’s Gym tonight. We ran into Todd Herzog, a contestant on the well-watched TV show, Survivor China.
His hometown is Pleasant Grove (where we live). When we walked into Gold’s tonight, I saw him on the stair-stepper. It took me by surprise. I didn’t wanna make a scene, so once we walked past him, I pointed it out to my wife. It was funny cuz she freaked out. She hasn’t really seen a lot of “celebrities” in person. So she was completely star-struck. It was hilarious.
Anyway, I didn’t wanna pass up the opportunity of chatting with him. So after stretching for a few minutes, I told Rachel I was gonna go talk to him. I tapped him on the shoulder, signaled to take out his headphones, and I started talking to him. I said, “My wife is a huge fan of you and the show, she was too embarrassed to say hi, but it’d mean the world to her if you went over and said hi to her.” He told me to wait 3 minutes while he was finishing up his workout. I was afraid he was gonna be completely bugged…but he actually was really nice about it.
Anyway, he came over to where we were on the treadmill, we stopped, and we got chatting with him for about 20 minutes. We got asking him about all sorts of show-specific questions. Of course we teased him about if he made it to the finals or not, etc. Obviously he couldn’t say. We asked about if he’s still in touch with any of the other contestants, he said he still keeps in touch with Courtney and Frosti. He said that they taped in the summer, and got back in August. Apparently they are in the process of taping an All-Star season right now; he said James and Amanda are in it. Interesting.
I asked him about Aaron, and what he thought about him getting voted off early. He was fine with it, cuz it meant less competition. I asked him who he’d want with him in the finals, if he were to make it. He said Courtney. He said his alliance with James was a lot tighter than the show made it seem. Apparently tJames would give Todd the immunity idol anytime he needed it. Anyway…we went on to talk about a lot of stuff. It was really cool talking to him and he’s a really nice guy. Down to earth. Friendly. I’ll definitely be rooting for him to win.
Apparently, until the final episode in December, he’s working as a waiter at Wingers. They don’t get paid till then. Anyway, apparently there’s a big thing at Wingers in Provo in a couple weeks. Where everyone will watch the show, he’ll be there to answer questions, etc. He invited us. We’re probably gonna go.
The whole thing was just really funny cuz my wife freaked out about the situation. She was really excited to see him. Anyway, it was funny that we ran into him. He’s a nice guy. Hopefully he gets far in Survivor.