Sunday, November 04, 2007

Amazing Race Sunday

Knitting content will resume tomorrow with a pair of FOs. Meanwhile …

Yep. I’m following in Jenn’s footsteps and I plan to do recaps of The Amazing Race every week, since this is my favorite reality show. I will do my best to watch the show live, but I can’t always guarantee that I can stay away from TiVo-Land (or win the battle for the remote control vs. Sunday Night Football). I can already tell you that I know I’ll have one work conflict in December, but who knows what else life will throw in my direction.

Pre-show thoughts:

There are WAY too many contestants from Southern California. I mean, COME ON! Six of the 11 teams are from Los Angeles/Orange/Ventura Counties (and really ... Thousand Oaks is practically LA county), and 13 of the 22 competitors hail from that small area. You’re telling me the producers couldn’t find anyone viable from outside of their backyard? Get real.

From the information and photos on the teams that’s on the official website, I originally thought that Kynt & Vyxsin were both women, and had to re-read their blurb to figure it out. I also can’t tell if the “married ministers” Kate & Pat are married to other people (men) or to each other [the answer? They're married to each other. At least they're Episcopal!]. I’m sure it will be pretty obvious pretty quickly. [it was] There definitely isn’t a “traditional” married couple in the cast. Four “dating,” four “family ties” and two “friends.” Let the game begin!

• This show was much easier to watch when I lived on the left coast and I knew it was going to start at 8 pm. I know I’m going to have to set a TiVo season pass, but I’m going to have to extend the window by about 45 minutes to account for football games going past 7 pm ET.

• No freakin’ wonder they started in Los Angeles. ALL THE CONTESTANTS ARE FROM THERE!

• How did they get decent traffic on the LA freeways for those opening shots? They must have done this on a Sunday. It’s the only semi-predictable decent traffic day.

• It makes me a little sad that you can’t tell Phil is a Kiwi from his accent.

• The most Los Angeles thing I’ve seen? Everyone honking their horn because they’re stuck in traffic. In the driveway. At the Playboy mansion. Two minutes after they got their first clue. Oh, and proof that there are eleventybillion ways to get from A to B in LA, but you always need to take the 405 at some point.

• Ahhh, a yelling couple (Jennifer & Nathan). There has to be one every Race! And having the Donkey “yelling” back at them? That was AWESOME.

• I think it’s cool they finished in Connemara, Ireland. Both of my horses were half Connemara (it’s a pony breed). And listening to the teams killing the pronunciations of the places is always amusing … or like nails on a chalkboard, depending on what they’re slaughtering.

• Animals and Airlines. The great equalizers in the Race, as always.

Love this? Hate it? Lemme know. Comment away! :)


Jenn said...

I loved the donkeys. I especially loved that the teams screaming at their donkeys came in at the bottom of the pack. Karma bit them in the ass (ha!).

The guy that I didn't like got eliminated. I like the grandfather/grandson team and the father/daughter team. The blonds are going to drive me nuts. The spelling of "Vyxen" looks like it should be a word verification phrase.

I really feel bad for the teams that are already screaming at each other, as well as the team that whined "that's the hardest thing I've ever done!" They haven't seen anything yet!

Jenn said...

Crappers, I spelled "Vyksin" wrong, but now it's even MORE like a word verification phrase! It also sounds like one of Santa's reindeer. Comet and Cupid and Donner and Vyksin!

James said...

Does anyone else wish that they had a real-time clock in the corner to show what time things were actually taking place? I wanna know how long it actually is taking to push that donkey up the hill.

Well my four-Race streak of correctly predicting the Amazing Race winner (Linz family, hippies, male models and Eric and Danielle for the All-Stars) almost came to an end thanks to that stupid ass ... er ... I mean donkey. Nope I didn't have Ari (you think he's gay?) and Staella. But I did have Nathan and Jennifer, who finally decided that pushing the donkey was a good way to go. (It only took seven teams to pass you to figure that out?)

And in terms of great equalizers Amy, don't forget the good ol' get to the road block at 9 p.m. and it doesn't open til 6 a.m. the next morning. Those are the best.

I need me one of those equalizers to get my pick back up at the top of the pack.

turtlegirl76 said...

Vyksin is actually Miss Violet's cousin-in-law (of Lime 'n Violet fame) How cool is that? Goth knitting connection.

crosstoc said...

What a funny bunch of people this season. I'm not sure who I'm rooting for. I'm glad the couple got kicked off that were screaming at their mule. I like the grandson/grandpa and I like the ministers and I like the father/daughter. Although, the previews for next week have them battling. I think it's going to be interesting.