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The Amazing Race 10, Episode 11 Insider: Common Sense Is Not So Commonby Heathyr Fields Ford -- 11/30/2006
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Well then, another episode, another day that doesn’t get rid of Team Alabama. How positively annoying. I mean, really. They are like the cockroaches that won’t die. Seriously! I’d rather read Kafka then watch these two continue to advance, and my feelings on Kafka aren’t exceedingly pleasant. Then again, I’m older now and a bit wiser, maybe I’ll enjoy six-foot cockroaches whining in bed. Right. So yeah, I’m off topic. Again. Let’s jump into our clips, shall we?
Use, do not abuse... Neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy: James, post-leg, raves about how they are hitting their stride and feeling good. He’s excited, he says, that it’s been a while since their last screw up, and that they got back-to-back first place finishes. He says they’re getting in tune, and I start humming The Who. He mentions they are hitting all pistons. I start snarfling. He mentions that he and Tyler enjoy the struggle of the race and seeing all the beautiful and harsh places. They are doing well and overcoming the struggles of the race. Wait for it. Wait for it. Annnnd. Much like they did in their real life. Yep, another addiction metaphor! However, I can’t fault them. Honestly, besides getting the gay edit, they are obviously going to be asked about this addiction thing a lot by the off-camera folks, and it also was something very defining in their lives. It’s probably hard not to mention it a lot, especially in contexts like this. Tyler chimes in that the best thing about doing it all together is that it is a microcosm of their life, and they get to overcome difficult situations. It’s amazing, he concludes.
Illusion is the first of all pleasures: Post-leg, Dustin feels a large separation between the teams, because you cannot afford to help anyone any more. She calls it more intense, more cutthroat, but feels in real life, they’d all be buddies. Probably with the exception of Alabama, who just seem to loathe the beauty queens, not just fear them as competition. She also thinks they have been confident, but not cocky. She differentiates between the two, as she feels cocky implies a level of rudeness. She feels they have been good sports, and hopes it is so. She bubbles that they will need to have some pep talks and get their minds together. She’s very positive about coming in last place and what they need to do. Kandice is much the same. She claims they’ll be putting their pedal to the metal and going. She says sometimes it’s better to be on bottom, it makes you more alert. She admits they could have gotten too comfortable, and this was a good wake up call.
And this is how you handle coming in last. I respected their attitudes about this.
Love truth, but pardon error:Kimberly, post-leg, grins about how ruthless she is, and nothing stops her once that side comes out. Rob is just next to her laughing in approval and pride. She claims to know this would come out the further along the race went, and she goes for it, when she wants something. Her drive is beating the blondes. This I don’t like to hear, because it’s a fine line to walk. Yes, it’s motivating to have a healthy adversarial relationship in a race, but it can also be detrimental if you focus too much on what your adversaries are doing. Right now, it does seem like Rob & Kimberly focus way too much on what Dustin & Kandice are doing, and they need to just run their race.
Kimberly continues that seeing Dustin & Kandice at the Detour waiting just pumped her harder. She rants a bit about how the girls just drove on by them with the flat tire incident, and then drove back by them without even pointing them in a way to go for the clue. Now this irritates me. RYODR is my new acronym. Run Your Own Damn Race. We can pronounce it “rider”. Or we could use the word I really want (it starts with an “f”) instead of damn, and then pronounce it “reefer.” Just one of the many uses of an English Lit degree: acronym antics. So anyway, this irritates me, because the girls were under no obligation to tell them what direction to go. Now, I think they should have mentioned the potential flat earlier, just because it is a true danger. But to tell them where to go? Come on, Rob & Kimberly, get over it.
Not satisfied with that idiotic statement, Kimberly goes on to say that beating Dustin & Kandice to the Pit Stop was great because of all that. It’s great because you raced well and made up time! It’s great because they got lost and lost time. It’s not great because they didn’t help you in the final four of a race for a million dollars. DUH. She goes on and on about this so, just repeat the few sentences above to get the gist.
To pray to God is to flatter oneself that with words one can alter nature:Lyn explains, post-leg, that they could have put “more fire” into the race to the finish line and beat Tyler & James. However, she claims they felt it was better to run smartly and stay in the race at second, then to run harder and potentially trip on the many rocks and loose bits around. Now that is a smart way of looking at it. Lyn says she always had confidence in herself, and she is excited for this opportunity. She glances around and says she’s sitting on a rock in Morocco, and she sounds really cute when she does so. She says this is great, not just for her, but for people like her watching. It tells anyone else out there that they can do it and get far. If someone says “I’ve got too much junk in the trunk,” she continues, “well so do I!” She glances back at her ass and again, looks adorable. She mentions single parents, African Americans, and how some people look at reality TV and figure that they couldn’t do it. She revels in the fact that so many people can look at them as an example and just do it. 1 2 3 Next-->
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