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September 18, 2009

From The Eagle-Tribune…The Bolans love “Survivor” and have watched all the seasons of the hit CBS reality show except for the first. Starting about six years ago, Bolan began sending in two audition tapes a year in hopes of being a castaway.

“I thought it was the only way I would get a vacation without cooking and cleaning,” she joked.

Those tapes showed her doing everything from hiking to staging a fake tribal council with her kids. As year six approached, she had all but given up hope.

Then she got the call that changed everything, thanks to an audition tape that showed Bolan dancing around her house in her full police officer’s uniform with her kids.

“You don’t see a dancing cop every day, do you?” she asked with a laugh. “To tell you the truth, this was my last time (to audition),” she said. “I’ve got to take a hint at some point that they don’t want me. But it worked out.”

From the moment she heard she’d be stranded on Samoa, Bolan was excited. However, she couldn’t share her excitement with anyone except for her boss and family.

“It was great for the kids to see if you keep on trying you will get what you want,” she said.

Now back home, Bolan can’t talk about her experiences on the island because of her contractual obligation with the show.

However, she can say that she didn’t do any sort of preparation for her time on the show. She added that as a “luxury item” she brought her Alcoholics Anonymous daily affirmation book.

Bolan did, however, mention that her time on the show has changed her views on life.

“I am not as rushed and stressed out as I was before,” she said. “I am just taking it all in, minute by minute. I don’t get stressed out over the little things anymore, which is wonderful.”

She missed her family while she was away on the reality show, though she was impressed by her husband’s ability to take care of the home and family while she was away.

However, the Bolans have a new appreciation for her and all her hard work.

“This is what it took to open up their eyes — for me to be on an island,” she said.

Even back in New Hampshire, she still thinks about her time in Samoa.

“I still think about the game every day, and I am still playing the game every day,” she said. “I would do it again in a heartbeat. I would do it right now.”

By Rosemary Ford
September 18, 2009 02:16 am

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