The ATC Report

"In Control" - Vol. XIII, No. 2

From all across the country, we could hear the wailing, "How can you POSSIBLY be so blind as to miss a marked path to the taxis?" Hot on the heels of that, we also heard, "Come on, can't you read your flipping clue?" We're here to tell you that, during the heat of the race, sometimes it isn't as easy as you think.

For example, when we had to rappel into the gorge during our season, we missed the marked path that actually led us back to our car, and instead began walking up the path that those who chose the "walk down the hill" portion of the detour would have taken. We weren't alone in our choice either. Both Dave & Jeff and Chip & Reichen took the same wrong turn at the bottom of the rappel. Dave and Jeff actually followed the path all the way back to the top of the hill. At least Chip & Reichen and we realized our mistakes before we got that far. (Not that it helped us any - we only avoided last place that leg by virtue of an empty gas tank and some even worse navigating by Weezer & Geezer.)

So you see, missing a marked path is a little easier than you might think; however, missing a marked path and then standing around wondering what went wrong while you watch other teams go whizzing by in their taxis? Why, that's just plain stupid.
So you see, missing a marked path is a little easier than you might think; however, missing a marked path and then standing around wondering what went wrong while you watch other teams go whizzing by in their taxis? Why, that's just plain stupid.

Everyone knows that you need to thoroughly read your clues while on The Amazing Race. The loser pile is littered with the hopes of many teams who neglected to do exactly that. Then there is this season, which may be the first time EVER that a team has almost eliminated themselves by being so thorough in their reading, they began searching for an item that they would only have found in the Detour choice that they didn't take. Should we make the obvious blonde joke here? No, we'll wait because...

Hot on the heels of their first clue mistake came their second. "Tell your taxi to wait." Easy enough, right? Then again, perhaps not. We're not going to comment on the failing to read the clue/reading and forgetting argument. We ARE going to comment on the fact that your taxi driver waited for you even without your telling him to (taxis are like that - if you don't pay them they will hang around hoping that you do), and you were too dumb/blonde/blind to remember what your taxi looked like. Not only that, but you couldn't even count the number of teams at the Road Block and compare it to the number of taxis waiting to determine that there were equal numbers of both. (Of course, based on your track record, we aren't 100% sure that you could have made the quantum leap to then figuring out that your taxi was probably one of the ones still waiting, so...)

But enough of talking about the race. You watched it and so did we. You have your favorites and so do we. You think you know who is going to win and so do we. Of course, you didn't hold extensive conversations with any of the season 13 racers but we did, so there is no way that you could possibly know that Charla and Mirna are stunningly allowed to enter the field a mere 50 feet from the finish line while the real final three are still winging their way towards the end city, but we're not going to be divulging THAT little tidbit anytime soon.

Here's what we are going to talk about:

We thought that this season was supposed to be a continuation of the return to the "normal" people that we've been seeing in the last few TAR's. You know what we mean - no more actor/actress wanna-bes, no more models, etc. We thought that they were getting back to casting real people, like ourselves. Then we discovered Mark & Bill. Every time we looked at their picture, we couldn't help feeling that we had seen them before. Here, take a look yourselves:

See what we mean? And it isn't the fact that their eyes seem to follow you no matter where you go in the room (especially if you happen to be an attractive female), it was as if we knew them, or at least, had seen them many times before. It was Steve who finally figured it out.

To be honest, we were astounded. Apparently, the good folks in casting at World Race Productions were not only NOT getting back to casting "real" people, they had now begun casting actual celebrities. (OK, maybe not celebrities, but people who already had television shows of their own!)

After much wailing, and no small amount of gnashing of teeth, we decided that perhaps it was just a fluke. Maybe the Mythbusters had managed to slip through the rigorous casting standards at WRP. We began examining the remaining racers more closely, starting with the other all-male team, Andrew & Dan.

Surely these two had to be normal folks and not actors. Sadly, we were wrong again.

While both of us enjoy going to the movies, we have hit the point in our lives where we tend to stay away from the "teeny-bopper" films. You know the ones we're talking about - Napoleon Dynamite, Knocked Up, etc. This is why we never saw a film called "Superbad", and is also why we never saw these two before.

That cinched it for us. We're guessing that every team in TAR13 is a team of actors/actresses/models. Boy, are we disappointed. Of course, we're not as disappointed as we were when we saw Napoleon Dynamite or Superbad (which were terrible films), but we're at least as disappointed as when we saw Knocked Up. (Steve thought that Knocked Up was much better than Dave did. Although they both agreed that it was a fun little romp with several good laughs, it could have been much better.)

We're definitely NOT going to see Nick and Nora's Ultimate Playlist anytime soon.
Oh, wait. We've never seen any of those films. Really. Those films are for kids, and we have grown out of that stage. We're definitely NOT going to see Nick and Nora's Ultimate Playlist anytime soon.

But we digress. Anyhow, we've stopped looking. If we're going to enjoy this season at all, we need to believe that those are real people that we're seeing, and not actors. You want to search? Be our guest. We're sure that you will find out who the teams really are without much trouble. We're going to watch and enjoy.