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Helloooooo? Anyone here?  I will so miss all my TWoP friends  if they don't make it over here!  Hi PepeNY, I think I met you at a TARcon several years ago. I only went to one May finale. We happened to be in New York  helping my father in law move, so as my mothers day present, I left the family and went to TARcon. I didn't know anyone, but I  met all kinds of people I'd chatted with on line.  It was both weird and fun.

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I'm here!  I posted in the 'introduce yourself' thread first, thinking it was part of this forum, and not realizing that was a thread for all forums.  Same username, even though I never liked it much.  I sincerely hope our twop community makes it over here so we can discuss TAR 25 and beyond, and I'll be over here regularly to check in on some TAR24 discussion as well.  I'm glad PepeNY made it, she's one of my favorite TAR peeps who has always made me feel extraordinarily welcome!

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Arriving from TWoP!  Same username as I had over there.  I haven't been a hugely frequent poster, but was an avid reader and I'm hoping to find a good community of folks to discuss with here as well. :)

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I didn't post much in the Meet Market thread any more, but as I enjoyed reading everyone's posts, I'm hoping most make it over here. I'm glad to see you, Netfoot. I don't know what I'd do if I don't know what your dog's getting into. (Seriously. I enjoy reading about your adventures with him.)

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Another ex-TWoPper checking in, albeit one who hasn't posted in quite a while. Same username, which still is an ancient joke from an ancient X-Files listserv and doesn't correspond to my real first or last name at all.

Tomorrow Emerald City ComicCon starts. Maybe I'll make a RIP TWoP sticker and stick it on my bag.

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Just heard from the RSPCA... The poor little girl we rescued yesterday didn't make it.

I am disappointed, but honestly, I'm not surprised.  I've never seen any living creature in such dire straits, physically, in my entire life.  She was a fighter, but she was too far gone, and she just didn't have the strength.

Pat a puppy today.  That's what I'm going to do, right now.

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Sorry about the puppy, Netfoot. Yes, Honeycocoa, we probably did meet. Glad to see TheRabbi and mtlchickie here. Yay!

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I guess I'm a TWOP refugee, even though I haven't posted over there in years. Sad about them, but I like this shiny new place. I've been reading previously.tv for months now and give it an enthusiastic two thumbs up. It would get more if I had more thumbs.

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Aw. I just lost my dog last night. I have a jumbo case of the sads. Back to TAR, I've met a few of you at TARCONS years ago but haven't been active on TWoP for some time.  Nice to see some of your faces/names again!

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I guess I'm a refugee too. I've been kind of keeping up with TAR in recent seasons mostly out of loyalty, but I'm starting to get back into it.

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Yet another TWoP refugee, but in all honesty I left not long after Miss Alli did and foung other places to hang.

Hello, macaddict, hadn't seen that handle in ages; amd you should see what your timelines from those early seasons have wrought elsewhere.

And for those of you (netfoot and piewarmer) who lost pups, Lieb (the schnauzer in my avatar) and I extend our deepest sympathies on your loss(es).

I will check in from time to time, especially in season, as I can. But I wanted to post and let y'all see that I'm still around.

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piewarmer, I'm sorry to hear.  I know how it hurts.

theschnauzers, she wasn't my puppy.  She was a stray who was suffering from neglect to the point of death.  A friend and I saw her and got her into the hands of the RSPCA, hoping she could be saved, but she was too far gone.  So, not the wrench of losing one of your own, but still sad.  And sobering to think how many people must have looked and looked away in the days before.

I must get a new Avatar.  The one I'm using now still shows old Dotty.  I still think about him and miss him, but Budweiser deserves the spotlight too.

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Hi Everybody!  Long time, no post.  Thanks to braggtastic for mentioning this site, it looks like there WILL be a mass migration from TWoP.  

Netfoot, let me express my belated sympathy about Dotty. Thanks to your stories, he actually belonged a bit to all of us.  Bud has big paws to fill.

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Another TWoPer here with the same user name and I'm already impressed with this website as apparently there were issues with the validation email going to a 'black hole' for my ISP and the wonderful Dave fixed my account.  On a Saturday no less. 

Happy to still be among TAR friends.

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Thank you, flowerchild.  I still miss him terribly, after almost a year.  Buddy will never take Dotty's place in my heart, but that's OK.  He has a special place of his very own. 

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Hi, everyone. I migrated over from a link that RachelRSL posted. I'm happy to see you all. Hopefully, more people will follow in the next few days.

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I haven't posted on TWoP in years but thought I'd sign up here anyway. Guess I'm feeling sentimental since this year will be 10 years that I have been watching TAR. I started in the middle of season 5, the year of the broken ox. I'm rooting for Dave and Connor this season.

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Hello!  Here from TWoP, same handle.  I don't comment that much, but TAR recaps and TAR forums were the first I read over there, starting with S2 (and I was glad I didn't start with S1, because I was a huge Guido fan and as a tender newbie might have not quite been ready to deal with animus toward them!  Luckily with S2 I could ease in, hating Flo with the best of 'em).  

I also watch Survivor and some other reality shows, a couple of dramas, and love the TWoP commercial threads, so I hope to find like souls here!

I appreciate all who took the time to direct folks over here.

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Another longtime TWOP lurker making the migration.  I've never said much, but have deeply appreciated the TWOP Amazing Race community for all of the perspectives they bring to the things that happen on the show. I hope to see more of the same here. 

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I'm here, too.  Netfoot, I always love reading your posts.  Buddy sounds like hell on wheels - hopefully time will settle him down.  Many the wild child, be they two or four legged, achieve sanity while still maintaining a glint in their eyes,  as the years pass.

I'm hoping the TARCon will occur this May, perhaps as a salute and celebration of TWOP.  I've been a member since April 2002 - I didn't realize it had been that long.  I believe my first TAR post had to do with my ruminating that any visit to Sydney would include the Bridge Climb, which it did.  I was excited because I had done it myself, and many of my travels have included pictures at the site of various TAR tasks.  Sometimes these occurred in a stealth manner, such as being in Germany, thinking a building looked familiar, then realizing it was Mozart's home (or something like that).

Anyway, I'm glad to see so many familiar names and faces here.

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Hey everyone! I just posted on tonight's Race. I'm a long long term TWoP'er (since Jan '04!). Looks great here too, happy to see people coming around, probably more as people might go to post tonight and see the bad news for the first time.

Great to be here, even if it's just a silver lining to some bad storms *sighs*

-WS

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Hi. I offically got on board TAR with the second season, and I haven't looked back. Sure, the show has had some decline in it, but I still feel it's the best reality show on TV today*. You got travel porn, people under pressure, animals, locals gawking at those wacky Americans, and the hardest working host in reality television. How has Phil Keoghan not won an Emmy?

I've also gone to all but one TARCon (the original), and I hope the tradition will continue. You can check out my pics among my Flickr sets; they date back to TARCon 4 in 2003.

*ETA: I admit that I don't watch a lot of reality shows nowadays, but I feel that most have been in decline, so TAR still holds up for the aforementioned reasons.

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Hi All, another TWoPper checking in. I haven't posted much lately on TWoP, but Dezbot and I hosted a few West Coast TARcons years ago. Hope to be more active posting again. Lovely to see so many animal lovers, too. We just had to say goodbye yesterday to my beautiful Ruby cat, who would have turned 21 years old in July. I'll need to watch the latest episode online, because I drugged myself to sleep last night to numb the pain.

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From Mighty Big to Without Pity to Previously.  Fine by me to keep up with Sars, Wing Chun and the wonderfully erudite posters and recappers I've grown so fond of over these many years.  I've never made a TARCon, but (along with my wife) I am as ardent a TAR fan as can be, having seen every ep of every season.  So comment safely...the world is waiting for us...<eybrow pops>...and here we go again!

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Hello - long time TWoP/MightyBigTV lurker, happy to have a new forum home.  I've always enjoyed reading the boards and about the TARCons.  Too shy to post there, giving it a go now. Thank you, PTV, for making another refugee feel welcome.

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Just found out that TARCon is likely done and over. I'm a big guy, so I know that I can watch the finale at home if needed. However, I was wondering if there was any chance that a transplant or two can take over. I would volunteer my services wherever I can*, and I don't need Racers past or present to show up. I just like watching the finale with like-minded fans. I don't consider a lack of TARCon to be a crisis, but I do feel it would be a huge bummer to not have.

*I'd try to organize things, but the last time I did that, I wound up with a grand total of two other people for the finale of Mole 2. I don't have much going in my life, so I would be happy to assist.

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I found you! You tried to hide but here I am Same name (one less space, typing to face) long time TWOP'er especially the TAR Meet Market, but a toddler, full time job, and another part time job has turned me into a lurker. Netfoot,  I am so sad to hear that the puppy didn't make it, but bless you for trying to save her. 

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Yet TWoP refugee here. Im more of a lurker at TWoP, but I will be joining in more of the discussions here at PrevTV

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The Small Talk topic is for:

  • Introductions
  • Off-topic chatter
  • Having virtual tea with forum buddies

This is NOT a topic for actual show discussion. When you want to talk about the show:
  1. Figure out the nature of the topic you want to talk about
  2. Look for an existing topic that matches or fits
  3. If there is NOT an existing topic that fits, CREATE ONE!


Examples of topics that populate show forums include (but by no means are limited to):

  • Character topics
  • Episode topics
  • Season topics
  • Spoiler topics
  • Speculation topics
  • In the Media topics
  • Favourite X topics
  • ...you get the idea


Happy trails beyond Small Talk!

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Glad to see so many fellow TWoP transplants over here. Amazing Race is one of my favorite shows, so I haunt this forum pretty regularly. In my time at TWoP (since Nov 2003), I only made 91 posts, so I've always been more of a lurker and never much of a talker. However, that's vastly out of character for me as I spend most of my time talking way too much about absolutely everything. In the spirit of this thread, I'm an animal lover. My husband and I have three cats (Alice, Hazel, and Tess) and two pitt bulls (Rosalie and Desdemona). 

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I signed up at TWoP in 2005 but had been reading the forums since Shack re-capped the first season of American Idol. Miss Alli was teh bomb and Jacob and M. Giant - oh, I will miss them...

 

I'm so glad this place exists!

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Another TWOP lurker here- I just discovered the site was closing when I logged on to read the comments re. last week's Amazing Race episode- what surprising and sad news. TWOP always had such a pleasant atmosphere. The end of one era and the beginning of a new one- hope this site is a huge success. It's nice to meet you all. 

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So, on the way home, I made a flying stop to pick up a loaf of bread and a block of rat-trap cheddar.  No cooking for me tonite!  Grabbed the two items, paid the cashier, and headed home.  Come to start making cheese sarnies, and I notice the block of cheese is marked "New Zealand Vegetarian Cheddar".  Now, what sort of sick mind would come up with something like that?

Well, I didn't want to start defrosting meat at that stage, so I ate the damned stuff.  Ugh.  It didn't taste of Brussels sprouts or anything like that, but it sure didn't taste like cheese!  To make it palatable I had to smear it with hot pepper sauce and add a dash of Worcestershire sauce.  Even Budweiser hesitated to eat some of it.  Only hesitated, true, but then he spent the afternoon chewing on a sun-dried toad he found under the clubhouse, so his judgement on matters gustatorial is fairly one dimensional.

Speaking of the clubhouse, we've got a big maintenance day scheduled for next Saturday.  Good thing too.  I stepped down from the main deck to the front steps and a 2x6 simply snapped like a cheese stick right under my foot.  (A vegetarian cheese stick.)  One leg went down through, and the rest of me fell forward, down the steps, landing on the palms of my hands in the grass with my right foot still trapped inside the steps.  I think I'm very lucky I didn't break my leg.  I didn't even twist, sprain, strain or bruise myself, and have no aches and pains from the experience.  I did lose some skin off my ankle, but even that doesn't hurt.

Anyway, we're fixing the place up a bit next Saturday.  If you're in the vicinity and you've got a hammer with you, stop by.  We'll put you to work, but there will be a good curry going, and there will be literally gallons of rum.  If you haven't got a hammer you can come anyway, but you'll be issued with a paint brush which won't be nearly as much fun...

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Hello (again!) Since there some weird issue with using my TWOP username, I had to shorten it.  

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Buddy has been expelled from the house.  He's taken up residence in the car.

 

I had a stack of fairly expensive text-books on a table next to the bed.  He lay on the bed and ate one corner off the entire stack!

 

He came slinking in a few minutes ago, expecting to be forgiven, but I sent him packing with a flea in his ear.

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Hi . . . yet another TWoP refugee. Was a member there since 2003, but far more lurking than posting. Will miss TWoP greatly and am very happy to have this venue to continue the discussions . . .

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Realized that I hadn't registered here in advance of the TWoP forum shutdown, but rectified that over the weekend. Good to see so many familiar names, I'm more of lurker, but will try to keep current here.

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Hey guys....TWoP refugee here....used to be Skeb.  Used to post in the meet market a lot, but mostly a lurker over the last year or so.  Glad there's a place to come hang with familiar names.

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