Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
I wasn't surprised to see Zev break the tea cup. I work with autistic children, and they have a low tolerance for frustration. Just this morning I nearly had to deal with an incident where one of my students got frustrated that his computer was too slow and nearly took it out on the computer.
Those on the autistic spectrum also crave order and routine. They get upset, or if you have Asperger's than at least uncomfortable, if anything in their routine is disrupted. Therefore, I am truly amazed and impressed that Zev is coping so well with the race overall, and with how well Justin is doing in helping him.
Maggie: "While she takes care of the men with the guns, why don't you sit down and I'll make you a nice, hot cup of tea?"
Pan Am stewardesses: prepared for anything!
Was on holiday last week so I finally watched the show. Have to say I'm glad that M/L are gone. I didn't care for them on their first season, nor this time. I don't know if there are developmental issues at play, or perhaps just a history of Mom being overprotective due to Luke's deafness or what, but the meltdown at the tea drinking task was OOT and annoying. Luke is obviously someone who gets incredibly frustrated and doesn't handle it well, but at 25 years old the man has to learn to handle it on his own, without completely losing it and needing his Mom to pick him up (literally off the floor) and help him carry on. At 10, yes. At 25, no. It is obvious his Mom loves him very much, but I think this pattern has been so deep-set into their relationship for so long, it's not doing Luke any favours in life to see it carry on.
Loved how supportive the GTs were, and when they teared up a bit thinking they were last, I teared up too. I'm so happy they and the cowboys are still in this. Either team wins and I'm thrilled.
When they first came to TAR, I applauded Margie and Luke for taking on the race in the first place. To me that said they were strong, and they were out to prove that someone with a hearing disability shouldn't be treated any differently. Kind of like (forgot her name) the racer with the prosthetic leg a few seasons back... but once I got a few episodes into M&L's first season I was shaking my head. Luke just seemed like a whiny child and Margie like the enabler that made excuses for him. This season didn't get any better, in fact he seemed even more petulant and child like. I wanted to like them, but frankly every time he whines "Mama" it just creeps me out. He's a 25 year old man that is in no way ready to be independent. Man up Dude... learn to read lips, strike out on your own and remember that Mama isn't always going to be there. JMO.
I was always so annoyed by Margie and Luke with the "let's show the world that a deaf person can do anything they want"...mostly because I just found it so arrogant. Then again, I'm an accessibility advocate and some of my closest friends are blind, and I meet up with them all over the world. I always had trouble comparing blind people traveling cross-country (by themselves, no less) to a deaf man thinking that people will think less of him just because he's deaf.
When talking last month (we were all at a huge conference in San Diego), one presenter said that many people pity him because he is blind. That just never occurred to me...