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Born in Stamford, Connecticut, Sandra Diaz-Twine currently lives in Ft. Lewis, Washington with her husband, Marcus, and their two children, Tatiana, 8, and Alanna, 6. She is employed as a senior office associate with the Army and Air force Exchange Service. Prior to her current employment, she served as a chemical repair specialist with the United States Army. She also previously worked in the mailroom of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and in customer service at a clothing store. Her favorite hobbies are fishing and camping. She describes herself as adventurous, dedicated and a team player. She is most proud of having graduated from community college where she received an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Fayetteville Community College in North Carolina. Her favorite sport is volleyball. Her mother is her hero because she has always been committed to and made sacrifices for her children. She thinks her mother is the bravest, kindest, most loving person and an inspiration. She believes she's a contender for SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS because of her ability to improvise and feels her small knowledge of hunting will be an asset to the tribe. She also thinks she's a good provider and possesses good field skills. Her birth date is July 30, 1974.

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Colors: Brown, baby blue
Scents: Juniper Breeze, Country Blossom, Orange Blossom
Flowers: Rose
Board Games: Scrabble, Clue, Monopoly
Video Games: Mario Brothers
Sports to Play: Volleyball
Sports Teams: No favorite
Outdoor Activities: Fishing, camping
TV Shows: SURVIVOR, Fear Factor, Frasier
Movies: G.I. Jane
Actors: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Denzel Washington
Actresses: Halle Berry, Julia Roberts
Music: Hip-Hop, R&B, Merengue, Salsa, Bachata
Magazines: Allure, National Enquirer
Books/Authors: No favorite
Cereals: Honey Combs, Fruity Pebbles, Trix, Fruit Loops, Basic 4, Sugar Smacks, Cocoa Puffs, Frosted Flakes
Fruits: Peach, strawberries, pineapple, orange
Snack Foods: Corn chips, vanilla & chocolate pudding, French vanilla ice cream
Cookies: Oreo, Chips Ahoy, sugar
Candy Bars: Snickers, Twix, Rolo, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Mr. Goodbar
Alcoholic Drinks: Strawberry daiquiri
Non-Alcoholic: Piņa colada


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Let us discuss Sandra Diaz-Twine

(My little disclaimer: As with all Survivor profiles, I am totally making all this stuff up as if I actually have a clue. I do not in any way know any of these survivors. However, I've received many emails from past Survivors complimenting me on my insight. So, although I make this crap up, sometimes I'm actually right.)

Sandra tries absolutely too hard to have 'tude. She's a 'tude wannabe.

If you look at her favorites and her bio, there's really nothing that stands out as bad or exceptional. But then, if you go to her CBS profile page and watch the video profile and her audition video, whoo boy is she annoying.

(Note: Every quote is an exact quote from her videos.)

Now I happen to like independent women who are strong, intelligent and who aren't afraid to say what's on their minds. But there's a difference between saying what's on your mind and getting right in my face and screaming because you think I'll respect you more if you scream.

It'll be interesting to see if she made the video with the sole purpose of making herself out to be the token in-your-face-oh-no-you-don't-be-talking-smack-about-me-behind-my-back woman, while in reality, she's not that at all.

In fact, I wonder if she's uses all that 'tude as a way to convince herself that she is all that she is, but is actually a bit low in the self-esteem department. How will she act around all these super-successful, super-smart, super-gifted people who have, for the most part, gone to college while also having struggled through adversity.

I say that last part about adversity because in her audition video she acts like she's the only person able to overcome adversity and make something of herself by doing things all on her own. It starts like this...


"It's me Sandra. Anyway, as you can see, I'm doing this all by myself. Why? I didn't have a choice because nobody wants to help me. But that's ok, that's cool. I don't need them no-how, you know what I'm sayin'? I can do this on my own. Nobody has faith in me."

She talks about how she can handle it, how, if she can survive the heat of Miami, Puerto Rico, Louisiana, desert in Saudi Arabia... she can survive anything. "It's all good, you know what I'm sayin'. It don't matter to me."

She says she could really use the million dollars because "needs to get something goin', you know what I'm sayin'," because she's tired of wasting her money the lottery and bingo and the casino. She adds that she thinks that the only way she'll get out of her situation is to win Survivor, "it's my one shot, so you guys have to make this happen for me."

So, I'm trying to understand her...

The only way she will ever be able to step up in this world out of her "rat hole" is if she is basically handed a lot of money with having done not a lot of work.

Throughout the video, her child (I'm assuming it's a toddler) is somewhere off-camera constantly sqeaking some toy. This toy just so happens to be picked up EXTREMELY WELL by the camcorder microphone. So, it's like...

"blah blah lot's of 'tude blah... You put me out there on SQUEAK! that island, don't even worry about it. I'm going to be nice SQUEAK! to people. I'm going to let them SQUEAK! finish their sentences because that's a big thing. My friends and my husband say, 'You don't let SQUEAK! anybody talk. You only hear what you want to hear. I SQUEAK! can't even get a word out. Blah blah blah.' But I ain't trying SQUEAK! to hear all that, you know what I'm saying? SQUEAK! But I'm going to be nice. I'm going to be nice to everyBODY, until it's cutthroat time SQUEAK! and then it's..." (neck-cutting motion) "... FORGET it. SQUEAK!"

Her video profile starts with:

"It's easy to piss me off. If you even mumble and i don't hear what you're saying then I'm already upset because it's like oh she's mumbling about something..."

She later says that she loves to gossip and that she can't keep a secret.

So, I wonder how long she'll last out there if a) she gets pissed of easily if people are whispering, and b) she can't keep a secret. I first wondered why they even allowed her on the show, but then I realized that they DO have to have people who are among the first to be voted off.

There's a stereotype about Hispanic women, about that Latin fire. (Carlos Santana knew, for example, by Rob Thomas' lyrics to Smooth that he married a Hispanic woman.) I wonder if Survivor, and especially Big Brother, will ever be able to get away from stereotypes. It won't happen this time because if Sandra is everything she says she is in her videos, we'll be seeing a lot of that Latin fire.

And if she's truly all she says she is, maybe we'll see her voted off really early because the 'tude just as to go.


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