Damnbueno got his nickname in 8th grade Spanish class when his friend shouted out "You're pretty damn good at Spanish." The teacher insisted he say it in Spanish, so the friend said "Esto es damn bueno en Espanol." The nickname stuck. These days, when he's not forgetting his 8th grade Spanish, Damnbueno is indulging his obsession with all things Survivor. Reach him in the comments section here at True Dork Times.
His column, "Screaming at the Screen" debuted here at the True Dork Times in 2022, when he first wrote about Survivor 42.
Episode 13: (Mis)perception is everything
By Damnbueno | Published: May 26, 2022
The Survivor 42 season finale featured challenge beasts falling short, straight-shooters misfiring, and overlooked or "weak" players coming up big at the end. Damnbueno recaps the action as it unfolds, and offers his thoughts on the season as a whole.
Episode 12: "Caterpillar to a Butterfly"
By Damnbueno | Published: May 19, 2022
Damnbueno fires off his reactions to the twists, turns, challenges, and that Big Move of Episode 12 of Survivor 42, then pulls together all the threads of the season to weave a pre-finale prediction of juror preferences, and who might emerge at the end as Monarch.
Episode 11: Keep your mouth shut
By Damnbueno | Published: May 12, 2022
As the final seven vote actually happens (phew!) in Episode 11, Damnbueno recaps and reacts to the events of the episode, proposes a rule for future players that would have helped the one who left the episode in high-spirited fashion, and assesses the remaining players' chances of winning.
Episode 10: "Tell a Good Lie, Not a Stupid Lie"
By Damnbueno | Published: May 5, 2022
Damnbueno looks back at Episode 10 of Survivor 42, featuring the fall of a prominent strategist, the challenge sweep by a more subtle one, and the continuing omniscient omnipresence of Omar.
Episode 9: "Game of Chicken"
By Damnbueno | Published: April 28, 2022
Damnbueno takes a look at the flurry of activity in Episode 9 of Survivor 42, from the extremely short-lived guys alliance, to the split immunity challenge, to the twin Tribal Councils and the heavy topics discussed and moves made at the second one.
Episode 8: "You Better Be Wearing a Seatbelt"
By Damnbueno | Published: April 21, 2022
After a deep dive into merge boots, Damnbueno takes on Episode 8 of Survivor 42, from sit-outs to advantages to negotiated sit-outs to buoys (lots of buoys) to Omar's wizardry and the curious game of Chanelle.
By Damnbueno | Published: April 14, 2022
It's the merge (eventually, wait for it ... ah, there, finally), and Damnbueno has a lot to discuss, from everyone telling everyone everything, all of the time, to Probst's blatant lying and that damn hourglass. Again. But also the ascent of some subtle power players.
Episode 5: "I'm Survivor Rich"
By Damnbueno | Published: April 7, 2022
There's still a lot of oversharing in Episode 5 of Survivor 42, but at last it pays off for the Beware Idols. Damnbueno runs through that development, the ins and outs of the now-merging tribes, and the surprising tactics at the Tribal Council vote.
Episode 4: "Vibe of the Tribe"
By Damnbueno | Published: March 31, 2022
Things are getting fishy in Episode 4 of Survivor 42, and Damnbueno is here to peel back the scales, from Daniel's continuing foibles, to the excessive Jonathaning throughout the episode, to the remarkable ability of Ika to keep booting young superfans, while keeping around their two most obvious boots.
Episode 3: "Go for the Gusto"
By Damnbueno | Published: March 24, 2022
For Episode 3 of Survivor 42, Damnbueno has a lot of content to get through, from "lost" idols to more oversharing, from new weird phrases to an old twist finally delivering the result it was intended to, and from seemingly oblivious challenge beasting to rock-dodging disasters.
Episode 2: "Good and Guilty"
By Damnbueno | Published: March 17, 2022
Damnbueno takes us through his rapid reactions to Episode 2, including thoughts on who's playing too much, who's over-sharing, and who's hitting that just-right "medium" play pace to set themselves up for the win.
Episode 1: "Feels Like a Rollercoaster"
By Damnbueno | Published: March 10, 2022
In which Damnbueno gives rapid-response, off-the-cuff reactions to the season premiere of Survivor 42: The challenges, the contestants, the new twists, everything. Get your commenting fingers ready ... go!