Hi everyone. I just came back from giving a keynote speech at the AFP Arizona’s state conference, where I had a great time and made many cool friends. It was, seriously, a really amazing and unforgettable experience, complete with dancing “The Wobble,” handstands, trying out the nonprofit yoga positions I wrote about, eating rancid hummus (it spoils easily in 100+ degrees weather), and talking about riding the giant koi fish in the resort we were all staying in. Yeah, we were kind of tipsy, but only after hours. I was writing about this awesome experience I had in Tucson when Naked and Afraid came on.
Naked and Afraid is a riveting show about two random strangers who have to survive in the wilderness for three weeks while naked (and afraid). They meet for the first time in their birthday suits, they are given usually a knife and a fire starter, and the two must find water and food, build shelter out of bamboo and leaves or whatever, and put up with insects, freezing cold nights, blisteringly hot days, thorns, poisonous snakes, and worst of all, lack of wifi. They are followed around by a film crew who intervenes in severe emergencies, but who otherwise are not allowed to talk to the naked couple.
They also get waterproof camcorders to record their personal thoughts, which often sound like this: “Day 9: We are so cold right now, and we haven’t eaten anything since that bat we shared six days ago. Kyle was delirious with a fever and started gnawing at his own arm, but luckily a poisonous spider bit him in the eye and he came to his senses…”
Damn you, Discovery Channel, for putting on new episodes at 10pm on Sunday nights. 10am to 2pm on Sunday is usually when I do my writing. This show is to blame for any decrease in quality of these blog posts.
But this gives me a brilliant idea for a show that I want to pitch to the Discovery Channel: “Nonprofit and Afraid.” Hear me out for a second. Picture this: We take an average person who is not from the nonprofit sector, and we place them to work at a nonprofit for six weeks, filming their experience every step of the way! Here’s what the pilot episode might look like: Continue Reading…