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AGE 42
Sales Executive
Annapolis, MD


Trish Dunn was born and raised in Lanham, Maryland, and currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and nine year-old twins, Reilly and Molly (they'll be 10 on Sept. 21). She is currently employed as a sales executive and has always worked in sales, whether it is media, advertising or investments.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland (where she was also a cheerleader and a gymnast) and completed some graduate business administration coursework at the University of Baltimore.

Her favorite hobbies include marathon running, bungee jumping, rock climbing, hiking and anything that challenges her (she recently learned how to snowboard). She describes herself as focused, competitive and loyal. She is most proud of her solid marriage and being happy. She is a member of the Washington D.C. Ad Club, Mothers of Multiples and the Annapolis Striders.

Her favorite sport is long-distant running (she's completed 24 marathons, including ten Boston Marathons). Her hero is her mom who she says taught her to like herself, be kind and caring, but also competitive and confident. Trish believes she's ready for SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS because her athletic skills make her a viable and useful tribe member. She describes herself as extremely competitive, an excellent swimmer, a born leader and a gifted problem solver. Her birth date is October 29, 1960.

Photo, Biography, and Favorites courtesy CBS



Colors: Red
Scents: Lily, Leo's cologne, hot fresh-baked cookies, steaks being grilled outside
Flowers: Tulip
Board Games: Monopoly, Scattergories, Pictionary, Trouble
Video Games: No favorite
Sports to Play: Running, basketball, tennis, skiing, biking, kayaking
Sports Teams: Maryland Terrapins, Redskins
Outdoor Activities: Running, gardening, touch football, hiking, Frisbee
TV Shows: Will & Grace, Frasier, Seinfeld, SURVIVOR, Saturday Night Live
Movies: Glory, Rudy, Dangerous Beauty, The Exorcist, Gone with the Wind, The Sound of Music
Actors: Russell Crowe, Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Colin Farrell
Actresses: Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Meg Ryan
Music: Annie Lennox, Bruce Springsteen, Dead, No Doubt, Avril Lavigne, Matchbox 20
Magazines: Outdoor, Runner's World, Vanity Fair, People, Simple
Books/Authors: Ken Follett, Amy Tan, Into Thin Air, Not About the Bike
Cereals: Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries, Blueberry Morning
Fruits: Strawberries, apple, plum, cantaloupe, grapes
Snack Foods: Pringles, Twinkies, Ding-Dongs, Gushers, Doritos
Cookies: Chocolate chip, chocolate chip, chocolate chip
Candy Bars: Score, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, PayDay, Baby Ruth
Alcoholic Drinks: Corona with lime
Non-Alcoholic: Diet Coke, water


Photos courtesy Survivor Phoenix

Let us discuss Trish Dunn

(Note: I do not in any way know any of these survivors. I am totally making all this stuff up as if I actually have a clue.However, I've received emails from past Survivors complimenting me on my insight. So, although I make this crap up, sometimes I actually get things right.)

When I first saw Trish, I thought, "Oh my gosh, this is America's sitcom Mom!" Just look at her. Doesn't she exude "Now you just sit down right there while I make you some breakfast." And as we all know, every sitcom mom was a cheerleader in high school and college. (Yes, college, because now sitcom moms go to college -- all of them.)

And she has a career. Of course, we never actually see her on the job because sitcom moms haven't achieved that status yet. Oh sure, they HAVE the careers and the good jobs, but we never actually SEE her going or coming from work because sitcom moms are relegated to doing only family things, baking (not cooking, though she does talk about it), being both witty and loving, and solving all the problems because TV has taken a full swing the other way and now dads are complete idiots who drink a lot (but are never drunk), are unable to help with the kids' homework, have mediocre jobs, and are not nearly as attractive as their supermodel-disguised-as-a-normal-woman wives.

And so, somehow, Trish has been able to run (and train for) 24 marathons, rock climb, bungee jump, raise twins, join clubs, AND have a career as a...

That's right, kids. You guessed it: A career as a sales executive; that mysterious job title that's given to those whose jobs aren't really normal, who don't have normal working hours, and whose job can't really be considered a "job" job. It's quite possible she sells Amway, Tupperware, or maybe those cool candle party things.

But you know, so what. This 42-year-old woman bungee jumps and runs marathons. I have respect for anyone who runs marathons because it's so much more than just physical ability. And she has run 24 of them. Marathons! The next time you get in your car to go somewhere that's 30-40 minutes away, stop, get out, and just run all the way because that's roughly how long a marathon is.

I love her response to favorite cookie: Chocolate chip, chocolate chip, chocolate chip.

Because, really, there is no other cookie in the same league as chocolate chip. When people bake cookies at home... sugar cookies for Christmas; sure, OK. Peanut butter, oatmeal raisin (especially oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips baked in); these are acceptable. But there's nothing at all that compares to eating hot, melting, just-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies.

And again, can't you just see Trish peek her head into the living room while the kids are with their friends playing video games; she's wearing an apron, one of those glove pot-holders, and she's holding a tray of chocolate chip cookies. "I baked some cookies!"

But with Trish, it would be a little different...

"I baked some cookies! Now I have to go run a marathon!"


Talented, versatile, in super-shape 40-something women have done extremely well on Survivor and I fully expect Trish to continue the pattern. Now, if I could only stop thinking about still-hot-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies...



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