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Fashion Report - Episode Four
Swimmerboy: Whenever the race goes to your more exotic locales, I look forward to seeing the local garb. Then I realize just how little of it we get to see because they're in and out so quickly. You're absolutely right about the Russian attire. I would have loved to have spent more time watching everybody complete the "drink one shot" detour option because watching the dancers and everybody having such a great time is one of the things that makes the race so great.
Daria: Do you have any idea how Mirna gets all her clothes into her bag? Because I sure donít. She mystifies me on any number of levels. And shifting gears a bit, I backpack. I see other backpackers. And I donít understand those backpack covers that Chip and Kim had. Yes, they looked cool, but Iím not sure they served much of a purpose. Packs are usually waterproof, so I doubt they needed the covers for protection. Iím baffled.
Daria: Weíve given the Moms some grief about their matching shirts, and I did think they looked better in their turtlenecks and jackets this week, especially Karen. But I wanted to mention a small detail that I found very telling. When they were drinking the vodka, I spotted a tiny pearl hanging from a small chain around Lindaís neck. And it made me think: why would you wear a necklace on the Race? Possibly for the usual reasons, of having a decorative item in an area that requires something of visual interest. But I immediately thought that that tiny pearl probably had some significance. Perhaps her husband or one of her children gave it to her. And I thought that was kind of sweet.
Swimmerboy: I didn't notice this, but I've always thought that if I ran the race, I'd definitely wear something every day that reminded me of a family member or friend I was particularly close to. I think it's a good way to let loved ones back home know that you're constantly thinking about them. I always wondered whether those armbands Aaron and Arianne wore in TAR3 bore any significance.
Daria: Now that weíre seeing winter gear, Iím going to suggest that the TAR5 racers as a group are better dressed than the TAR4 racers. Except for the ATCs, of course. And Millieís white ensemble. The TAR5 racers seemed to have a lot of yellow, which isnít my favorite color but looked good this week. And the browns and beiges Colin and Christie wore were classic without boring me to death.
Swimmerboy: I hate yellow, too (though Reichen's shorts are still ok with me), so I would like to see less of it as well. But I fully agree that Colin and Christie looked great. I even liked their coordinated skull caps. And while watching both the Moms and Kami/Karli completing the detour, I was struck by how colorful their gear was, reminding me that winter dress does not always have to be drab.
Daria: Things I didnít like: Charlaís wonderful pink vest over her yellow top, a bad combination of two pieces that are attractive separately. The hockey gear was way too New York Rangers clashing red and blue; Iím a hockey fan, but yuck! And yet more unnecessary advertising for Cafť Nostril. Look, guys, Iím not from Dallas, I have no plans to visit, and if I do, Iím not eating pizza. My big fear was that someone was going to puke on their clothes. I canít tell you how grateful I am that no one did.
Daria: Mmm, weíll have to agree to disagree about Phil, then, because I rather liked the coat. On to the awards. Since itís our last chance to do so, Iím giving the Pretty People award to Bob and Joyce. I liked the sweater she wore when she did her spirited little post-hockey dance, and I especially appreciated his orange t-shirt in the airports. Anyone who combines a classic look with vibrant color gets my vote. Runners up are Colin and Christie, whom I mentioned above. And since none of the other racers particularly stood out, Iím giving the second runner up spot to the Cossacks and their dancing ladies.
Swimmerboy: I'm going to give mine to Colin and Christie. I've liked them since the beginning, and I'm not falling into the ďhe's a serial killerĒ vibe that a lot of people seem to be getting. They ran a near flawless leg, had no fashion faux-paus, and I thought Colin was extremely supportive of Christie at the roadblock. Then he had to go and tear up at the pit stop. Say what you will, but I thought he was totally sincere in his praise of Christie, and I loved it. But Bob and Joyce are definitely runners up. They were a class act all the way.
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