Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Avoidance behavior

I have five major assignments to turn in before the end of the semester in January. One is the bilingual program I described the other day. A couple of them are papers that I have worked on to varying degrees. When I'm not working on all this stuff, I'm exhibiting avoidance behaviors, which lately have taken the form of watching clips of the latest season of The Amazing Race on YouTube.

This surprises me, because I never thought I would like that show. Over the years, people have told me that I should watch it but the only episodes I ever caught glimpses of never sparked my interest. It seemed like it was just a bunch of people arguing with each other.

Until I had a bunch of research papers looming - then TAR was somehow riveting. I am really enjoying it, even though so many of the scenes remind me too much of stuff I've lived in real life. I hate hate hate that feeling of getting off a train after a night of crappy sleep and being hungry and you have to go to the bathroom but you don't have time because you have to get somewhere before a certain time but you have no idea where to go or where to even begin to find your way. It's stressful enough when you don't have a million dollars on the line.

Nobody give any spoilers for this season, please. I understand that it's already ended (?) and we'll see if I can get through the rest of the episodes without finding out who wins. As far as avoidance behaviors go, The Amazing Race is pretty dang enjoyable.


Liz Johnson said...

I really love that show.

Susanne said...

How far along are you in the show? yes, it ended here a couple Sundays ago. I think of you sometimes when I watch especially the seasons they visit the ME.

It's a fun way to see the world for me although at times I am ashamed at how certain people conduct themselves in other countries (e.g., rude to the people). Er, not that I'm always the best example of graciousness myself...it's a wake-up call for me to watch my attitude.

Thankfully many examples of good relations are to be found. I'm always touched when the locals go out of their ways to help out the travelers. They are often reminders to me to extend a helping hand to the stranger in my midst. Oh, I sound so biblical so I will stop ... ;)

Jake said...

Good Luck and Merry Chrsitmas to the Palmer'ss from the Veigel's

Crys said...

I never got into that show but whenever I see a little bit it is fun. I've been watching River Monsters, Raising Hope, Modern Family, Grimm and more Brovo then I'd like to admit to. I keep asking myself, "Why are you not reading." But it came to me I'm using all the TV as a cooping mechanism... :) Good luck with finishing everything up. Every time I think about going back to school that one week gives me shivers!


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