I can picture it so clearly....the clue reads "Teeth or tentacles. On this detour teams have a choice of "Teeth", where they have to assemble a scale model of the Eiffel Tower using only their teeth and 10,000 toothpicks; or, Tentacles, where teams will be submerged in salt water, to their chins, with 10,000 octopi. The second task will probably be quicker, but teams will likely suffer from nightmares of sea creature suckers for the rest of their lives"
Cut to the living room....I say, "yep we'd lose, right here. Damn, made it to the final three teams only to be beaten by a damn octopus." LOL. This is just a sample of the Sunday evening conversations you'd hear in our wacky household. We are HUGE fans of "The Amazing Race." It's probably the only TV show I routinely ask to have taped, DVRd or recounted, moment by moment. I've been a fan since the first episode, and I'm happy to say this show has been a family viewing event quite often. We enjoy the brief geography / history lessons, watching how teams relate to each other, and loudly proclaiming when, and why, Laurie & I would lose.
Our kids would love for us to apply. We've kicked the idea around half-seriously before, but then there's always "that" challenge. Eat something still moving; jump off a perfectly good bridge; ride the train in Bhopal and get your ass grabbed; somewhere during the race, that challenge ALWAYS shows itself. That challenge is the deal breaker for Laurie, me, or both of us.
In addition to the deal breaker, there are also the tough decisions that would have to be made. Some decisions are obvious, Laurie would be the driver, I'd read maps. I'd try to speak whatever language presents itself, and carry all money and passports. Laurie would be the cheerleader. We both suck at things like swimming, and paddling. Heights are an issue, but we might be able to get by some of that. Laurie hates flying. That could be a big problem in a race around the world. I'm completely arachniphobic, and that could present problems along the way too. But the really tough decisions....what would we use for a team name, and what would our "signature" color be? See? These are the questions that keep us from applying. No, really, that's all it is. Having a camera person follow us and tape our every complaint, compliment, argument, flaw and foible...and broadcast that all over the country? Nah, no big deal. It's definitely the team name.
I wish they'd do an all gay Amazing Race. Just picture it....16 teams, more queens than in all of Europe combined. The arguments would be fierce; the fashion undeniably awesome. The bitchiness and sneaky game play would be top notch! Yep, that's a competition we'd enter...and probably win. Okay, maybe not, but at least we'd fail with style, and be complimented for it!
Laurie & Pearl, I'm sorry to tell you, you are the last team to arrive. But you looked FABULOUS doing it!