Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Amazing Race 15

It's the end of September, and that means that the fall television season has started. And with a new television season comes a new Amazing Race. And a 2-hour episode to boot. YAY!!!! This race started out in Los Angeles, and for the first time, there was a team eliminated at the starting line. Yikes! I felt bad for that team, but at least they were not one of the three teams that I picked for the pool I'm in. Yup, I joined an Amazing Race pool. There is no money involved, so it is perfectly legal. :) It was a bit difficult to pick teams just based on their pictures and bios on the website, but I picked Sam & Dan, Brian & Ericka and Herbert & Nathaniel. I won't spoil who was eliminated, but it came down to the wire for one of my teams. Eeeeeek! Anyway, as I mentioned, the race started out in Los Angeles, California. I got this great shot of LA, with Dodger Stadium in the foreground, from swan as an official Postcrossing card.

After the first challenge in LA that eliminated a team, the rest of the teams flew to Tokyo, Japan. I do have a wonderful shot of Tokyo that shows the Tokyo Tower (the team's first stop), but I have specific plans for it for a post later this week (most likely Thursday). So I will take inspiration from the first task in Tokyo. Japan is known for its outrageous game shows, and on the race, the contestants got to play Sushi Roulette. I would not have been good at this challenge, which involved eating a Wasabi Bomb (basically just a whole lot of wasabi) in under 2 minutes. I don't like spicy food, so that would have been a very hard challenge for me. I don't like sushi, either. Not to eat, anyway, but on a postcard I like it just fine. :) Thank you to shijia0619 for sending me this sushi card.
Japan JP-67645 received 05-22-2009
As a bonus, here is a card that I have had for over a year, but have not posted yet. It shows carved wooden dolls that are supposed to be towing a treasure boat. It was sent to my second account (the cards are sent to my office instead of my apartment) from nozomaro.
Japan JP-40653 received 09-29-2008
Because tonight's episode was 2 hours, there were actually two legs to the race. The second leg of the race took the racers from Tokyo, Japan to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Uh oh! I don't have any cards from Vietnam! And not only were they in Vietnam for this leg, it also appears they will be staying there for the next leg. And I don't have any postcards from the country after they leave Vietnam either! (Yes, I looked ahead). Fortunately, once they leave that next country, I have the rest of countries covered. But what to do, what to do. I guess I'll just have to see the tasks they perform and the locations they visit and see if I have something similar from another country.
In this case, their first task was to spread mud around a fruit tree (they got the racers messy early in the race this time). Fruit tree - that I can handle. Here is a card from chagb3 in Taiwan (I seem to be getting LOTS of cards from Taiwan lately) showing a banana tree. I almost had trouble figuring out which way was up on this card because of the funny way that bananas grown, but they I saw the man reading the newspaper in the background. Unless he is defying gravity (crap, now I have a song from Wicked going through my head), I have the picture the right way. :D

Taiwan TW-78459 received 08-26-2009

Ok, so that's all for tonight. I'm looking forward to another fun season on The Amazing Race, and to seeing the 3 teams that I picked as the final 3 teams! *crossing fingers* ;) Oops, I guess I just gave away that none of my teams were eliminated tonight. But that's not much of a spoiler, right? :D

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Great Start to the Season!

I'm taking a break from the alphabet posts tonight (and yes, I realize it's been a while since I posted one) to talk about something else. I'll try to get back to the next letter sometime this week...whichever letter it is. It's been so long that I don't even remember where I was! :) But anyway.... This weekend was the official start to the 2009 NFL football season. I'm sure there are some of you that are tuning out now, because you don't give a hoot about football. That's ok, because I don't give a hoot about most other sports (except baseball). :D I'm sure some of you know who my favorite team is, and some of you don't. But don't worry, I have a postcard that will tell you (big surprise there, right?). The funny thing is that I just got an official Postcrossing card of my team's stadium on Thursday. How very fortuitous and timely, huh? What makes it even more interesting is that no where in my Postcrossing profile does it say who my favorite team is - just that I like stadium postcards. So AngeC did a great job in picking a card for me. And here it is:
USA US-491830 received 09-10-2009
The Green Bay Packers (YAY!) played the primetime game on NBC this evening against the Chicago Bears (BOOOOOOOO!). I am extremely happy to report that, after some tense moments towards the end of the game when the Bears (BOOOOOOOO!) were actually winning, the Packers (YAY!) managed to pull out a 21-15 win in Lambeau Field. I'm sure my neighbors now know who I was rooting for, based on all the hooting and hollering coming from my apartment!. :D And since I live about 40 miles from Chicago, I just love rubbing a Packers (YAY!) win in the faces of all the Bears (BOOOOOOOO!) fans. Yeah, so I'm a sore winner. But you can be sure that they do the exact same thing if the Bears (BOOOOOOOO! - is that getting annoying??) happen to get lucky and win. ;) My boss (who is a big Bears fan) always tells me that he wishes he had asked me which football team I rooted for before he gave me a job. I just smile and go add another Packers item to my office! Ha ha! I even have a picture of Brett Favre up on the wall - but believe me, I have considered hanging it upside down or something. I just cannot believe that in less than two seasons, that man went from being a huge hero in Green Bay to a villain (and a huge idiot!).
Anyway, Aaron Rodgers seems to be doing a pretty good job as the Packers quarterback, so hopefully the rest of the games this season will go the same way that tonight's game did. Is that asking too much?? :D
And before I go, here is another look at Lambeau Field, including the statues of Vince Lombardi and "Curly" Lambeau. This is a card that my mother gave to me. Thanks, Mom! :)
Wisconsin - Lambeau Field, Green Bay
Go Packers!