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Clown Alís TAR6 Commentary

Well, hello everyone! It's Al, writing to you literally from the inside of Royal Caribbeanís Navigator of the Seas, which is presently in the middle of the Caribbean ocean on its way to Cozumel, Mexico, where we should arrive tomorrow at 10 a.m. So I guess you all figured out that it has been difficult to get TAR6 out here on the ocean. But I have a very kind Amazing Race fairy who has sent me a tape and I am going to try to do as good an article as possible.

Much of the recap I received from friends that have watched TAR6 with
me. Yep, some are performers on the ship here (including an ice skater, hoola-hooper, and some friends), so I hope you enjoy some of the comments.I know this review is way late, but I hope you like it anyway; itís from notes I took while watching each episode.

Episode 1: Holy Casting, Batman!
I kinda liked it when it was just everyday type people with interesting backgrounds or stories. Kinda like two clowns that are best friends.
Yep, thatís what I thought right from the beginning...man o man, it seems like they are really trying to find real characters out there. Some real interesting and some real . . . . hmmmm, strange, I guess. I kinda liked it when it was just everyday type people with interesting backgrounds or stories. Kinda like two clowns that are best friends (hehehehe....shameless plug!).

TAR6 feels too much like the casting agents are really trying too hard to find the strange odd and peculiarly interesting.Hmmmm. Okay, as always the first episode seemed kinda long and uneventful. Of course it is to introduce the characters so we can all kinda follow for the next 10+ weeks....but it was fun to watch and I was glad to see it started somewhere other than California.

Episode 2: Did Someone Say We Have to Drive Stick Shift????

Okay, well, here we go with all the interesting characters and screaming and yelling and just plain olí sizing each other up!

I thought the zip line was wild . . . it was especially watching Adam go down it. I couldn't believe Freddy and Kendra dropped their clue, and I didnít realize there would be a penalty for taking another one....but it does make sense. Wait, whatís with Lena and Kristy kidnapping the local?????I didn't think that was allowed . . . I guess I am still learning more and more about the race.

Episode 3: Haystacks and Counting IKEA, Oh My... Haystacks and Counting IKEA, Oh My...
Jeez, I thought poor Don was gonna have a heart attack.
All I can say about this episode is I LOVED IT!!!! Okay, now things are getting toasty and hot and the heat is being turned up. I absolutely loved the IKEA counting and/or building task. I have had the experience of building IKEA furniture and I think I still would have opted for the building instead of counting. Jeez, I thought poor Don was gonna have a heart attack. Oh, and Bolo and his counting technique 66...68...80.. LOL, that was too funny! It really looked exhausting. OH, and the hay stack roll was ingenious. I loved that, too, and my heart goes out to Lena & Kristy


Episodes 4 and 5..............ahhh, screw it, I canít get it all done before I leave on my fabulous vacation to South Africa, so I am just gonna write my thoughts on some of the teams. But first . . . Berlin and Jonathanís little temper tantrum and all is ridiculous!!! Okay, I am glad I got that off my chest.

I thought I would give you all a little feedback, mostly what I got from my friends and other people on the ship who were watching the Race this season. . . Ďcause basically, I am so screwed up as far as episodes and what happened when and where.

Kris & Jon - These two are good. They donít seem to argue and they work together very, very well. I have only seen up to episode 4, but I think these guys will be in it until the end. Well, you guys know so far if I am right or wrong.
Their final exit from the show with the hay stack roll was admirable and heartbreaking to watch.
Lena & Kristy - I really, really liked these two. Their final exit from the show with the hay stack roll was admirable and heartbreaking to watch. At least they didnít give up . . . ehhh emmmm . . pizza guys . . . . Oh, wait, one more thing about these guys. I didnít realize you could take a local with you on all parts of the race to have them show you where everything is. Hmmmmm.

Lori & Bolo - jeez, these two were a little strange to me in the beginning . . . wrestling and arguing with each other. I did laugh when Bolo said he is stronger than all the rest etc., and the next scene was him complaining about his calves cramping . . . LOL. They seem like they like to argue and fight . . . some comments by others: "these two are typical wrestlersÖ ugggh, why is CBS trying so hard to MAKE interesting people? . . .", "these two have been in too many full nelsons!Ē

Don & Mary Jean - they really were great!! They worked harder and harder as the race went on!! I thought Don was going to have a heart attack while they did that IKEA counting task . . . OMG . . . I really have a lot of respect and admiration for these two. They deserve all the credit in the world! OH, and Mary Jean getting all that SALT!! Cmon!!! She was incredible. I was a bit upset when they got eliminated, but I felt like their time was coming. The race wears you down and exhausts ya and it was just a matter of time, but they had great heart and spirit. One of my friends said, ďMan, that Mary Jean can get a little sassy, like when she talked about Don doing the zip line and all...Ē

Hayden & Aaron - I like Ďem. They were real cool and just did their thing. They argued a bit here and there in the episodes I saw, BUT it didnít seem to break down the teamwork.

Gus & Hera - I really like these two. I thought the first time when I saw Gus bathing in the Iceland snow,UGGGH.Os this what the CIA teaches them? LOL . . . but I really like them. I think Gus has to let his daughter do what she wants sometimes and get competitive because you really do have to push while in the race..

Jonathan & Victoria - UGGGH OMG JEEEZ ..As my friend Steve said, Jonathan makes Colin look like Mike Brady from the Brady Bunch... he's just evil!! and so terrible to her. Gosh, I canít believe she puts up with it and I canít believe he is still in her life . . . he is awful. I almost died the episode when they were in Berlin!!! What the hell was that all about? Jeez . . . heís a maniac. Tell me what businesses he is involved in, because I wonít give them my business.

Freddy & Kendra - A good team, I think. I canít remember much about them . . . hmmmm.

Meredith & Maria - Wow, they were falling behind more and more and more. I knew their time was limited. I decided when she couldnít drive the stick shift . . . BUT she never gave up, now, did she?!?!?! Good for her . . . Bravo! I liked them a lot, but they just didnít seem motivated to win!
I think if they ever have an all star race and Jon and I are invited, we are going to yell scream and argue and then probably crack up laughing so we can get more air time as well.
Adam & Rebecca - Hmmmm, he was a little much for me and when he lost his glasses and when he as yelling at her and all that . . .I donít know, they seem like okay people, but he is just a bit much for me. Although maybe they put some of that in there so they could get more air time. Hmmm, good idea. I think if they ever have an all star race and Jon and I are invited, we are going to yell scream and argue and then probably crack up laughing so we can get more air time as well.

Avi & Joe - Jeez, these guys kinda irked me . . I donít know why, but they did. They were a little cocky and all. It looked like they were shocked when they were eliminated, but I was kinda glad they were the first to go. I know thatís mean, but they just kinda bugged me. Oh, and my friend Steve said he didnít like them, either. Sooo.....Be GONE!

Okay, all you TARflies..... I am going to be gone till January 26th. Please feel free to write and say hi, and tell me what the hell is going on with TAR6. When I get back, I guess I will try to write up something. How bout you all ask questions about what my opinion is and I will answer all the questions when I get back as part of my review? I dunno, just trying to think of how I can get back and know whatís going on . . . any ideas? Okay, guys wish me luck. Ciao, and enjoy the next couple of episodes. I hope someoneís taping them . . . LOL!

Bye from AL!