Jolanda: Survivor “was not that serious for me,” says Wanda “is my friend for life.”

Jolanda: Survivor “was not that serious for me,” says Wanda “is my friend for life.”
The first person to officially be voted off the island on Survivor Palau says that she really wasn’t that upset about being eliminated, mostly because the experience pales in comparison to her real life. Jolanda Jones tells, “It just was not that serious for me. I won the first challenge, but it was a game. It was hard, but for me… I’ve faced death. I came home from [the Houston] Astrodome and there was a dead body outside of the house. That is serious to me.” Crying, she says that Wanda–who was eliminated during the tribe-picking challenge–“had way more sincere personal reasons for playing the game than I did. … For her, it was a way to show people that she was worthy, because her husband left her when she was 50. She had dedicated her entire life to him and her family, and then he left her for another woman. … I offered to give her my buff when I got voted off, because she was so upset that she didn’t get to play the game. … She refused to take the damned thing. She is my friend for life.”

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