Monday, February 28, 2005

i'm such a loser

I was actually feeling anxiety that I thought the new season of the Amazing Race was on at 9pm every week. I have yoga until 9 on Tuesdays (which is why I much preferred the Wednesday night time slot...but whatever) and was worried that I would have to either tape it and watch it at 10 (which would involve buying a recording device....) or race from yoga to my mum's house, watch it there and then go home (as her house is about 5 minutes from the yoga class).
BUT- it looks like it just starts at 9 this week because it's a two hour special episode.
So, I just have to figure out what I'm doing tomorrow. Perhaps I'll have to leave a few minutes early from yoga. (yup, that's how much of a dork I am).

Anyway, I'll start posting more. I was going to do it over the weekend, but my sister took her computer with her to work.

Hooray for a new season of the Amazing Race...we've got Romber, the first mother/son team, matching blondes, an ex-POW/beauty queen team, an on again off again dating couple (always fun)....should be fun. Hopefully it makes up for a slightly lackluster season 6. I fear for season 8 due to the addition of the 4 person team.

Friday, February 18, 2005

i feel so lost

witout the amazing race....when it comes to this blog, I feel like The Amazing Race is "my thing".
I'll try to be more interesting from now on...but I've been really sick this week so I've been lacking in enthusiasm and ideas.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

the joys of not being able to hear

My ears are nice and plugged up from my cold...so I can't really hear much. Luckily I have a lot of computer work to do today because the couple of people I've talked on the phone with today (my job has a lot of phoning in it) have found it quite frustrating to have me say "pardon me?" "what was that?" every few seconds.
On a similar note:
Need an ab work-out? I'll come over and breathe on you. This cough I have has made my abs and intercostal muscles work really quite hard. The bonus is, I think the cough is almost done. (still quite stuffed up and sore though)

Monday, February 14, 2005

i'b sick

I hate being sick. Sure, it's an excuse to lie around and watch tv or sleep or read a book all day...but I'd much rather do that when I'm not feeling miserable. I don't think it's the flu because I don't have a fever...but I'm sure achey and headachey and stuffed up and sore throated.
May the rest of you have health and hapiness today.

Friday, February 11, 2005

sweet sweet coffee

I have given up coffee for lent. I don't even drink "normal coffee" I just drink the sweet milky fancy stuff.
I'll make it, really, I can do it.
I miss it already.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

the amazing race 6- episodes 12 and 13 (i think)

I like to subtitle this double episode “No one likes a quitter….except Aaron”
Ok, so it was the finale, which automatically makes it more exciting because it REALLY means something.
Tasks: Paint a car or find Chinese characters on bolts of cloth. Open one of 3000 locks with your key (fits only one lock). Paddle a canoe or find a fancy outfit. Sky dive into the ocean. Eat a pizza. I hope the locks that they racers opened were ones that the race officials put on…otherwise they have ruined the love symbol of a few Chinese couples.
Since it was extra long and it’s a special episode, I’m going to count DOWN the teams…
So without further adieu…

In 4th place: Hayden and Aaron. I just wanted her to SHUT UP the entire first half. Obviously, since they were fourth, they only lasted an hour. Thank the lord! I was honestly telling her to shut up from my couch. She absolutely crumbled under the pressure of this leg. Their cab driver was always lost and so she was always yelling about it. More than once, she said “Aaron, he doesn’t know where he’s going, do something”. Aaron, being the rational man that he is knew full well there was nothing he COULD do except hope they were going the right way. They were fine with the car painting (though their cab driver got lost) but it just went downhill from there. They decided to stay with the bad cab driver…and off to Mt. Hua. Except the cab driver went the wrong way and so they stopped in the middle of the road, didn’t want to pay him, and got another cab. Hayden was crying and upset that Aaron wasn’t upset. Aaron was upset but knew it was pretty counterproductive to express his emotions like Hayden. He was really sweet with the “no amount of money is worth it…I love you, it’s ok if we don’t win”. It just solidified in my mind that Aaron is a good guy. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of it. They got to Mt. Hua just as Kris and Jon were leaving. Hayden was still extremely frustrated…and was yelling at the poor Chinese girls who were trying their hardest in their broken English to explain to her what she needed to do. Really, she should have stood back and let Aaron deal with the people. I wonder if she’s from North Dakota…she sounded just like that Fargo lady when she was talking to the Chinese… Anyway, they get to the top and the other two teams are still struggling with their keys. Kendra gets it, and it’s just Rebecca and Hayden doing it. Hayden is getting more and more frustrated and then BREAKS HER KEY in a lock…they get a new key and keep going. (wouldn’t it have been a kick in the pants if that new key fit the lock that the old key was stuck in?) They only have until 7pm because that’s when the last gondola leaves. Hayden is crying and her hands are bleeding and she wants to give up. I guess the clue says that you get a 4 hour penalty if you do that. Just as she gives up, Rebecca opens her lock so they all go to the pit stop together. Aaron tries to reassure her in the gondola that it’s Ok. Hayden and Aaron get there first…hehehe. Anyway, they are eliminated BUT, Aaron then asked Hayden to marry him. I figure, if he still wants to do that after all that whining…it must be love. They were Philiminated all the same. An interesting note: I wonder if there are rules on how long you have to try before you give up…if they had given up just a few minutes into the lock/key task (potentially, even half an hour into it), the 4 hour penalty still would have put them at the bathmat ahead of Adam and Rebecca…

In 3rd place: Team Hellboy. Sometimes I like to cheer for the underdogs. These underdogs were a little too yappy…and would probably pee on the carpet. They started off well…got the kick ass cab driver and got to the car painting first and therefore left first. After that, they had to get their clue at a warrior museum…’twas cool looking. They were pretty crafty though and knew that Kris and Jon were right behind them so they ran to the other side of the museum to read their clue (they succeeded in faking out team visor). Anyway…off to Mt. Hua…and the keys of death. As I said before, it took them a long time. Adam was pretty annoying throughout. When Aaron was telling Hayden that it was ok if she gave up, Adam was all “that’s not an option, find the lock NOW”. Ok Adam…I DO understand the giving up is not an option, but she’s doing what she can. When she finally did find the lock, there was much rejoicing, and they were off to the Bathmat and the final three. Unfortunately they were more than 5 hours behind the 1st place team at that point and they just never made that time up (though they did make SOME time up). They left the pit stop and found out they had to fly to beautiful Honolulu. The rest of their leg just seems so uneventful because I think they had resigned themselves to the fact that they couldn’t win…but Adam DID skydive. I wonder if he peed his pants. Anyway, they were third. I’m not sure how far behind they were though…I would imagine not more than an hour. Rebecca had one of the more memorable lines of the episode (once again). When they were in China, they were in a cab, about their driver she said: “we could say anything to this guy and he wouldn’t know what we were saying” pointing at Adam “he has three testicles” and then did the thumbs up. Come on Rebecca, you’ve been telling us all season that Adam has NO balls and now you’re saying he has an extra one? Be consistent. Oh, when they had to eat pizza, Adam says “I hope it’s plain cheese”…they get there (it looked like pepperoni) and Rebecca asks if it’s soy cheese (maybe in LA ‘Becca, but not in Chicago). Adam complained the entire time that “I don’t eat tomato” to which Rebecca replied “well, I don’t eat cheese, and I’m eating”. I bet her stomach hurt after that.

In 2nd place: Team Visor. I wanted them to win. They were so nice to each other and to the people around them. Almost immediately, they got screwed by each of the other three teams when trying to get a cab. They would hail the cab and then another team would grab it as it pulled up (bastards). To which they simply said “what goes around comes around”. They were pretty quick with the painting and had a brief foil at the hands of Adam and Rebecca getting the clue at the warriors…but once at Mt. Hua they kicked some ass. Kris just patiently put the key in each lock and tried to turn it. Kudos to her for also putting up with Jon’s “nice and easy” “slow and steady” “be methodical”. She was the first to open the lock and then it was off to the pitstop…where they won a trip to “the sunny Caribbean” for being the first. They started first, finished second. But again, they were having fun. They got a little screwed with the flights to Hawaii, there was only about a 10-15 minutes difference. SO they had to choose between “outfits” or “outrigger”. Kris wanted to do outrigger, Jon thought it was a bad idea since it was raining…so they chose outfits. I thought it was a bad idea…but it turns out it wasn’t. They got a new outfit AND finished the task first. Off to the skydiving place. Jon got to do that, I think Kris was a little jealous, but excited for Jon. She was even waiting at the cluebox in the water for him when he landed. Off to the airport to go to Chicago (that’s where they started right?). They go to AMERICAN AIRLINES (you know, the airline that seems to sponsor the show. The ones that give the free trips to the first teams at the pitstop?) They ask them “is this the fastest flight into Chicago…any airline in this entire airport” and they say YES. Those bastards, there was a United flight that got in half an hour earlier. Luckily, the AA flight arrived early and the United flight arrived late, leaving Kris and Jon with a 5 minute deficit to make up. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t meant to be. They hussled their asses off, ate pizza as fast as they could and jumped into a cab. Cue the back and forth shots giving us a feint hope that they might make it. The hopes were dashed as they got out of the cab to make the final sprint, have to cross the train tracks and are just a little too late…the arms come down and here comes the train. Oh well. There was the shot of the two of them waiting for the train to pass, hugging and Jon says “it’s ok…I’ve got you”. Again, kudos to them for sprinting to the finish after that train left. They kept in their mind “you just never know” and didn’t give up. Hooray for Kris and Jon. Two of my favourite people to play the game. I now can’t decide between them and team Cha Cha Cha…

And the winners: Fredra. Well, Freddy got more disheveled throughout the race, so even his hotness just wasn’t doing it for me. They started off in China well…got some good cabbies, Kendra did well being patient and “methodical” with the locks and they ended up second at the first pit stop. I don’t think Kendra was too impressed with a 17-hour train ride from Shanghai to Xi’An, but she sucked it up. Ok, so off to Hawaii. And this is where they got all the luck with flights. They got into Hawaii a few minutes earlier, though their Outrigging wasn’t as fast as Kris and Jon’s Outfitting. Freddy got to skydive…and Kendra stayed in the boat. Then the airport…damned airport. United was kind to them. Even so, both teams did end up on the same train from the airport to the next clue…but Fredra out ran and out ate and outwitted team Visor I guess. Sigh. Get this...Freddy actually went up to a cop car in Chicago and said "please tell us where it is, it's an EMERGENCY". Kendra bitched him out with the "you can't tell a police officer it's an emergency...baby" Freddy looked like an old man in his sprint to the finish. But they hugged and love each other. Hooray. Bonus? I really do think that Kendra realized her mistake with her Dakar comments about the filthy hellhole and the breeding and breeding. I’m not sure she’ll want to venture into many more “ghetto countries” but I think her narrow view of the world has changed a little. Now they have a million dollars. Lucky bastards.

And so there ended season 6. BUT the preview for season 7 was next. And they go to Peru. And some guy was a POW in Iraq. Also, media whores Rob and Amber will be participating…maybe this will discourage them from doing a Mark Burnett produced televised wedding. Oh wait, I think it’s already in the works.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

tuesday...amazing race finale

Next on The Amazing RaceTuesday, February 8 9PM ET/PT (and MST)

One Team finds themselves at the mercy of strangers when they are forced to beg for money. In this final leg, will they be able to get what they need to finish?
clearly Adam and Rebecca...

A tedious but simple task brings one Racer to tears and the brink of quitting. Will this breakdown affect their ability to finish the Race?
Hayden? Kendra? Adam? It doesn't sound like any of the others...

After 40,000 miles of travel, Teams reach the final city. Every move, every minute, every decision and every stroke of luck can mean the difference between $1 million and second place during a very tight race to the finish line. Who will win THE AMAZING RACE?
Yes. who?

Monday, February 07, 2005

i am lucky

Lucky the problems I have to worry about are "what should I do with my life" rather than "I wonder if I will have safe water to drink today", "can I afford to buy new shoes" rather than "can I afford to buy food", "man it's cold outside, better turn the heat up" rather than "it's cold, I hope there's room at the shelter tonight".

Perspective...I think it's something we of the western world need to be reminded of on a daily (perhaps hourly?) basis.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

brrr

It's back to being winter.

So here's my question: Why do people make up excuses for not doing something instead of just saying "I don't want to come out" or "sorry, I just don't feel like it".
I know I've done it in the past, though I'm not 100% sure why. Maybe because we don't want the person to think that the reason we don't want to go out is because of THEM and not because of US. Sometimes, you just don't want to go out or hang out...and that's ok. But excuse after excuse really grates on you.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

the amazing race 6- episode 11

Ok…so as I expected, they brought back the non-elimination leg before the final episode so that you have 4 teams in the finale. It surprised me last season (I was so looking forward to the Colin/Christie elimination) but this time it was old hat. I wonder if it surprised the teams though…they may have been off racing around the world when the last episodes of season 5 were going on…
Anyway – CHINA. Shanghai looks pretty cool looking, hot feeling (it looked pretty hot and humid). Right. I clearly don’t know much about China, because apparently, two things really commonly found in China are Bricks and Ice. Who knew?
Also, the return of Phil’s bad white pants. I really thought he learned in Calcutta last season that Phil and White pants just should not go together…last season’s white pants were a disaster…these ones, also bad.
Right…so in order of arrival at the Amazing Bathmat of Philimination:

Hayden and Aaron had a decent episode. Hayden did a lot of whining, Aaron did a lot of telling her to stop whining and to suck it up. Hayden doesn’t deal well with uncertainty and stress so naturally, she makes for a good TAR contestant. I think Aaron is getting a little unnerved with it and that is why he’s getting a bit mean. Since she has a “crippling” fear of heights, he had to do the window-washing roadblock. They had it easy when they got to the Tai Chi people because they were using their swords…had they only noticed that the masters had the red tassels and the others had the yellow ones, it would have been a breeze…not that it was too hard anyway. She had a nice time with the brick hauling. She loved every second…so much that she complained about it the whole time. It DID look hard…Oh yeah, they won a trip to “beautiful” Hawaii for finishing first. Hayden loves Hawaii.

Fredra loved China. She thought it was beautiful…I’m guessing that if she left the heart of Shanghai she wouldn’t think it was so beautiful, though for the Chinese “breeding and breeding” is pretty much illegal. Ok. So they had a decent episode. She is afraid of heights but decided to do the window washing anyway…good for her. It didn’t really slow them down any. She also didn’t seem to complain too much about the brick carrying. Maybe she was hearing Hayden’s whining and didn’t want to add to it. They were a little disappointed about not finishing first but realized that at least they weren’t last. Oh yeah…and they used their Yield to payback team Hellboy. They COULD have Yielded Kris and Jon…but revenge was more appealing.

Team Visor had a very frustrating leg. They had supremely bad luck with cabbies. No one knew where they were going, they were stuck in traffic…Kris had the best (not funny best, best as in “I am not an ugly American” best) line when she said “We’re having trouble communicating…it’s our fault, we’re in their country”. Because of that, I want her to win. For once they were showing some negative emotion, even Hellboy said “this is the first time I’ve seen Jon show emotion”. The nice thing was that instead of personally attacking each other or even the cab driver, they were just expressing frustration. Why is it that when Kris suggests not paying the cab driver it doesn’t seem as bad. Maybe because you know they’ll pay (even if Jon DID throw the money into the cab and run off). Anyway, they did the tasks well and didn’t really make any mistakes except to “choose” the wrong cab driver. The visors were out most of the episode…perhaps that was their saving grace.

Team Hellboy was last, but not Philiminated. They were yielded by Fredra and Hellboy was REALLY upset about it. He was all “it’s just out of revenge, a more strategic yield would have been Kris and Jon”. Rebecca was much more calm about it and realized that what goes around comes around…when you yield someone because Jonathan told you to, expect that the yielding will be returned. They fought the entire time the sand was pouring through the hourglass. Nice foreshadowing for showing the hourglass, then them fighting and not looking at it…yup, the time had finished and they were still bitching at each other. HA! Rebecca seemed to have a harder time than most with the side of the building…maybe the wind had picked up. Adam showed some initiative and had a cab waiting, along with a guy who spoke English to tell the cab driver where to go once they had the clue…I hope Rebecca was impressed. The bricks were kind of funny, Rebecca dropped a whole load into the water… Anyway, they weren’t Philiminated even though they were last, so they will start the final leg with no money. Colin and Christie managed a 2nd place finish after that last season…so we’ll see. I just realized that both Adam and Rebecca are personal trainers. I wonder if this will affect their clientele…

One of the better lines was from Rebecca...Adam: "call me baby one more time and I'll bash your head" Rebecca: Ok, I'll call you ass
So…next week is the final, 2-hour episode. Kris and Jon were not mentioned in the previews. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. Fredra may fall apart…who knows. Hayden and Aaron are pretty strong as long as the bitching stops. And Adam and Rebecca could be the “dark horse” team…anything could happen I guess.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

it's tuesday...

Well, there's no text for what's happening this week on the Amazing Race.
I know they have to repel down the side of a building...
Kris and Jon get taken for a ride by a cab driver...they go too far or something and they FINALLY get mad.
I have a cold, so that's all I remember.
But it's on at the regular time.