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Survivor One World: Nina Acosta - Stimpy's Take, Interview, Bio And More
By Reality TV Calendar Senior Staff Writer Stimpy
January 26, 2012

Nina Acosta
Stimpy's Take:
Okay, speaking of women who’s age may be a factor held against them.

First thing Monica needs to do is sidle up to Nina and say ‘yeah, I may be old, but I’m not as old as her’.

Okay, kidding aside. And I mean that. Methinks Nina could kick my ass without even working up a sweat, so I can’t be too pessimistic about her.

But, then I wouldn’t be doing my job, and I’d cease being Stimpy the Snark Master, and really, no one wants that.

Under her pet peeves, she lists ‘whining’ at the top.

Here’s hoping Nina can handle what she may hear out there on a tribe full of women.

However, we have a minor problem folks: she likens herself to Stephenie from Palau (man, do people love this chick or what? It’s like they’ve totally forgotten what an entitled bitch she came off as in Guatemala ) because she was tough and stood up for herself, and Sue Hawk because she spoke her mind.

Folks, that’s what we call a ‘red flag’.

There’s a reason neither Stephenie nor Sue won their seasons: and a lot of it came down to the fact that they could both be a little mouthy.

And, in a social game like Survivor, that’s not a good thing.

Nina’s got every right to be proud of herself and her accomplishments, but she’s gotta temper that in the game with knowing that there’s a time and a place to mouth off if you feel the need arises.

And, that time and place is called: confessionals.

As an ex-cop, I’d like to think that Nina would know when to hold her tongue, but I kinda get the vibe that she’s got a bit of a chip on her shoulder.

She’s there to prove a fifty-plus woman can compete. And that’s all fine and good, but y’know what I’m not seeing?

Yeah, the fact that she’s aware of her age, and wants to use that to prove something.

Y’know what Stimpy sez? Who gives a shit how old you are! Show me you’re not just there to compete, but win this game.

And, I ain’t getting that from Nina.

She may have the social skills to get a little deep into the game, but there’s nuthin’ here that says ‘potential winner’.

Again, whether it’s fair or not, older women are eyed suspiciously in this game, and that can be a factor against her.

That being said, starting on a tribe of women could help. Hell look what it did for Twila and Scout in Vanuatu .

So, I can see Nina forming herself a good alliance and possibly going deep, but I dunno if there’s enough drive there to go all the way and get the win.

She wants to prove she can compete. I want her to just tell me she’s there to win.

And, I ain’t getting that.

Got thoughts? Post them at the end.

CBS Bio:
Name (Age): Nina Acosta (51)
Tribe Designation: Salani
Current Residence: Clovis, Calif.
Occupation: Retired LAPD Officer
Personal Claim to Fame: Receiving a full ride basketball scholarship to Santa Clara University, finding the perfect husband and, of course, my kids.
Inspiration in Life: My mom – she was a feminist before it was acceptable. She taught me to be confident and encouraged me to pick sports over cheerleading.
Hobbies: Working out, cooking, gardening and target shooting.
Pet Peeves: I hate whining, being called a “girl” and rude drivers.
3 Words to Describe You: Tenacious, competitive and confident.
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Stephenie LaGrossa, because she was tough and stood up for herself, and Sue Hawk, because she spoke her mind.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to prove that a 50+ year-old woman can compete. I love challenges, both physical and mental. The money would also be a great help to my kids with college.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" SURVIVOR: I thrive on being a team player; I have a never-quit attitude and I can deal with pain and discomfort.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: In 1991 and 1993 I competed for the S.W.A.T. Team. Both times the two week tryouts took place in Camp Pendleton and I was the only woman competing against 19 men. There were 40 S.W.A.T. officers judging the process. Neither the competitors nor the S.W.A.T. members wanted me there. I had to mentally, emotionally and physically challenge myself everyday.
Stimpy is a huge fan of Survivor and enjoys dissecting each episode. When not watching Survivor or sports on TV, he fills his time by skydiving, rockclimbing, golfing, and rollerblading, as well as sitting on the beach drinking beer in British Columbia, Canada. You can contact him at
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