And yea...I wanted Marge/Luke and Rachel/Brendon out. Please! And to think that both of them were in the top two really irks me! Both teams have an annoying 12yo in them.
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
My Dream Team if they could race in threes would be Luke, Mallory and Rachel. Seriously think about all the tears and whining.
Can they call time out in the Amazing Race?
"When life gives you lemons, squirt lemon juice in your enemy's eyes."
When Mallory and Mark returned to the detour (roadblock? I never can figure out which is which!) and saw all the teams were still there and they knew how long it had taken them to travel back for the backpack, that should have clued them into the fact that it wasn't an easy task and would take quite a bit of time. I believe they originally arrived at the task at the same time as Dave and Connor who were still at it when they returned. At that point I would've chosen to do the cup massage thinking they sort-of have a rough idea at that point of at least how long the hackysack was going to take and there may be a chance the massage would be quicker.
It was kinda funny to see seven teams arrive at the pit stop together.
This backpack thing was a huge thing on Mark&Mallory. While they were strangers to one another and didn't knew each other's strengths and weaknesses, they weren't actually arguing with one another and still cooperating with one another quite well. If this backpack thing hadn't occurred, they might've reached a lot further.
I do think the bag was guarded by TAR staff. It was just too public of a place to still be there for them to collect. Surely people lost stuff before, like the bag with the passport in Russia that was discussed earlier in this thread, but that was a situation where the TAR staff had no control over it. The taxi driver simply drove off with their bags. Though it seems like every other year a backpack seems to go missing. The one in Russia, Anthony&Bates getting robbed in the train, the Chippendales getting rid of theirs voluntarily...
Losing stuff to the NEL is not exactly the same as losing stuff out in the world. For one, I assume that any stuff you lose to the NEL you get back after the race, so you don't actually lose it, but just don't have access to it for the remainder of the race. Mark's backpack ain't even his own. He probably doesn't have a proper backpack himself and borrowed one from a friend rather than buying one himself for a one-time use. I can find it totally understanding that he didn't just want to discard the bag.
Also, what was Meghan thinking, helping John out like that? They were the beforelast and last teams at that time. If Mark&Mallory hadn't totally screwed up, helping John would've cost Meghan the race, as the teams arrived mere seconds from one another.
And I agree with the others. The massage, while easy, seemed to take a very long time. The kicks didn't seem that hard. I personally would've taken the massage as well, as I'm totally clumsy on that kind of stuff and would've taken forever. Seems like Mallory should've pushed for the same thing. I don't know what she was trying to do sometimes, but it looked like she wanted to headbutt the thing... towards the ground? Actually, considering how bad she was performing there, it might be that they would've lost even if they did not misplace the backpack, as we have no idea how much time was spent on the task.
Mostly disappointed because for whatever reason, I remembered Mallory as more easy-going and...joyful in some things. It was really a war of wills, there, and all to do with Mark's ingrained belief in taking care of what you've got vs. Mallory's "everything is replaceable" theory. I don't know for sure, obviously, but I think I would have tried to go on without my pack...even though it WAS Mallory's responsbility. Didn't Mark even say something about her getting the packs, when they left the challenge? I don't think that ended when they got to the cab.
I also disliked the Country Girls flirting for the Express Pass (and was with the You Tube Girl about how it looked for women), but was a little appeased because I really don't think the flirting had anything to do with the Cowboys giving it. I think it was a prelude to all the flirting and begging that would ensue, and they were better off parted with it. The shame of it for me was, I really liked the CG in their season. So, a bit let down by a couple of teams, so far.
I don't know how long that hot cup massage would have taken, but would also have liked to see someone try it...and would think someone might have felt in need of it, anyway!
I'd like to believe that the Cowboys aren't going to have their heads turned that easily and they just knew it was easier to be done with it.
That was a great message! And I've had a terrible day, so thank you.I love random acts of kindness.Really, realy appreciated.Scott- RIP SDL<3
My heart broke watching Mark's despair over the possibility of losing some possessions many of us would deem inconsequential. He is not a man of means, so he clearly values and appreciates every item he owns. The fact that his backpack was borrowed just added an extra layer of misery for him. We also don't know if he brought with him special tokens or remembrances from his family that he could not bear to lose.
I feel grateful to Mark for reminding me of the good fortune I have had in my life. He reminded me that the foundation for our station in life is really a matter of luck, determined by the family, geography, and economic condition into which we were born. I need that reminder at times.
"Most of us go through life with blinders on. Knowing only that little station to which we were born. But you madam, have had the... rare privilege of escaping your bonds for just a spell. To see life from an entirely new perspective. How you choose to use that information is entirely up to you." -- Andrew to Joanna in Overboard