The ATC Report

“In Control” – Leg 2

“Who Can Make War With The Beast?”



So we bid a fond farewell to Peru, and head off to Chile. Something to remember the next time you’re in Peru — here in the USA our service personnel count on tips to supplement their hourly wages. In Peru they count on bribes.

Along the way we saw Rob and Amber win the leg and a vacation, we saw more questionable decisions (read: “dumb”) by several of the teams, and we said goodbye to Megan and Heidi, the two “hot chicks” from California. (Were these the two that brothers Brian and Greg thought might be gay? If so, the girls must have had a miraculous “cure” between the two legs. Literally.) Anyhow, let’s move on to our thoughts on this leg.
First, anyone who said that Rob and Amber didn’t belong on this race may now eat their hat(s).
First, anyone who said that Rob and Amber didn’t belong on this race may now eat their hat(s). These two are running the best race of any of the teams. As a team they have focused on their performance in each leg (instead of worrying about where all the other teams are), they’ve shown some deviousness, and they’re just plain fun to watch. If they keep running the type of race they have so far, they should easily place in the top three, and have strong potential to win the whole thing. Remember — you heard it hear first. (If we should turn out to be wrong, then miri talked us into saying it.)

What’s with all these teams making stupid blunders again this week? Why didn’t Ron and Kelly make a better effort to load all their books onto the cart the first time and save themselves a second trip (to mention but one team of the many who took two trips)? What were Lynn and Alex thinking about when they got into the argument with the locals at the fish market? (Arguing with locals is usually a loser, no matter what.) And how did so many teams that decided to do the “Shop” choice make that decision with seemingly so little cash — especially Susan and Patrick (who still had U.S. funds instead of local currency)?

The Detour choices seemed (to us) to be about equal in distance/difficulty this week. The deciding factor would/should have been the money. On “Shop” you knew you would have to spend your own money to fill the order, while “Schlep” was of no cost to the teams. Had we be running the race, we would probably have headed for the books, unless the additional instructions had made a much more compelling argument for shopping than we saw.
We won first dibs on the tuna and artichoke pizza they had waiting for us at the hotel where all the teams stayed that night.
Did you notice that the final clue last week said “will be eliminated,” while this week’s said “may be…” already? We could be seeing another NEL in an early leg. We also noticed that this week’s prize for finishing first was a bit of a drop-off from last week. A trip to Atlantis from Travelocity? What, did American Airlines pull their sponsorship? Of course, the fact that Romber got a trip for finishing first in leg number two beats our prize for finishing first in leg 2 of TAR4 all to heck. We won first dibs on the tuna and artichoke pizza they had waiting for us at the hotel where all the teams stayed that night.

Here’s our second installment of the ever-popular “Spot Romber.” See if you can locate Rob and Amber in the pictures below. We will provide hints, if needed.

Oh, Rob!
From their appearance on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in the rarely seen “Walnut” episode, which also featured Danny Thomas.


Adam?
Many of the great painters used Rob and/or Amber in their great paintings. This is the original working copy of Michaelangelo’s “Adam.” Many feel that the woman peering over the hill in the background is Amber.