Thursday, October 20, 2005

And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin', if this land's still made for you and me

Note to the producers of The Amazing Race: As any good hostess knows, you always invite a few gays and the kids stay at home. Specifically, for future renditions,




wingedman said...

This is why I didn't watch this season's AR.

No Reichen Lehmkuhl, no Riker twins.

No drama mamas either.


Michael said...

WTF, indeed. You aren't missing anything, either. I loved me some TAR unconditionally, until this season. Nothing happens! Worse, nothing happens in the most boring parts of the U.S. Leave the country AT LEAST for chrissake.

Michael said...

P.S. Will, I just noticed your comment at Andrew's about Bill Bryson. If you haven't already, run, don't walk, to your local bookseller and pick up "A Short History of Nearly Everything". All his stuff is good, but that is one of the best things I've read this year.
Also, regarding Terry Pratchett, have you read "Good Omens"? Hilarious and so good.

The Other Andrew said...

I've been overusing "I heart.." of late, I'm like that when I get a new toy, but I heart Reichen. He doesn't even have to speak, or do anything, and I heart him...

It looks like we aren't getting this TAR season down here. We've had all the others. If it is such a turkey, well I'm thankfull. I don't want anything taking the shine off my TAR.

So they stay in the States? Do we at least get to see them to do some sort of survivalist challenge in Deliverance Territory? Go hiking in the mountains without their allergy meds?

Michael said...

So I can spill a smidge on you?Dude, it's four weeks of TAR and we've barreled all the way from the northeast the southeast US, caroming along the way to exotic locales such as an Amish farm in rural Pennsylvania, a gigantic roadside CHAIR, and this week, a BP station. Not only is the shine off of TAR, they've applied a stink. Of course I'll still watch, hoping for an improbably return to glory, and of course ogling PK.

Michael said...

PS You did enlarge the Reichen pic, didn't you? Damn. Those aren't even 'enhancing' skivvies.

The Other Andrew said...

Reichen, nice bratwurst, man.

Have you ever tried to wrangle the kids at a BP service station - that's a challenge right there!

wingedman said...

A Short History of Nearly Everything was the first Bryson book I read, and while it was nice, I wasn't particularly impressed with it. It was a good read, I'll give it that, but it seemed that he had more fun actually including small, humourous anecdotes rather than expounding on the mysteries of the cosmos. This is only to be expected, of course...he's a travel writer not a scientist.

Of course I've read Good Omens...I'm a Gaimaniac! It was the first Gaiman work I read, in fact, and I've never looked back since.

Michael said...

It was the small, humorous anecdotes that I loved! I really enjoy analogies that help to understand the scope of geologic time and the vastness of space and he had those in spades. I'm warm with nostalgia right now. I've read all his stuff. He always takes you along for a nice ride.

Gaimaniac. Hee. "Good Omens" is just genius. My first Gaimanian experience was "Neverwhere". Gah, can you believe it? What an initiation. So have you read "Anansi Boys" yet?

wingedman said...

Neverwhere remains one of his best novels, in my opinion! It's the one closest in spirit to his Sandman work. The Marquis de Carabas is suitably mysterious and dashing...I'd spread for him in a second.

I just finished Anansi Boys yesterday. It's light and fluffy, but a big improvemment over American Gods. Parts of it made me snigger but I still came away vaguely unfulfilled. Not enough of the powerful mythos that makes his work so singularly outstanding. You just don't feel curious enough about the characters. Maybe that's just me.

Enjoy your weekend!

Michael said...

I'd spread for him in a second.
You kill me sometimes. I never thought of the Marquis that way. Until now. I agree 'Neverwhere' is his best stuff. Loved 'Stardust', too. Underwhelmed by 'American Gods'. I felt much like you did about it. I'll not rush out for 'Anansi Boys' then, but I'm sure I'll get to it.