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You're new here, and you're confused by some of the shorthand other posters use, or you feel sure that you're missing in-jokes? You've read a post that left you scratching your head and saying "What?", but everyone else seems to have understood it just fine? Don't worry. That's perfectly natural. Any group of people that associate over an extended period of time begin to develop terms, phrases, or non-standard usages of words that members of the group are familiar with, but which may confuse others. It's a sociological thing; a way of sorting "Us" from "not-Us" and it happens all the time. But we don't want to exclude you; we don't mean to, and so we've got this:

The TARflies Guide to What We Mean

TARflies or TARfly: That would be us, and now, you as well. Someone who hangs out and posts at this site. Simple, really. But like so many simple things, there's a long and involved story behind it. That story is told at the "About Us" link, so I won't repeat it here. Read the Forum FAQ, introduce yourself, and join the conversations that interest you, and Bang!, just like magic, you're a TARfly. That's about all the invitation you're going to get.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

TAR: The Amazing Race. The show that probably brought you here to join us. The four-time Emmy-winning best reality show on TV. Teams of two (or in Family Edition, four) people, with some sort of relationship (friends, married, dating, engaged, parent-child, and sibling are the most common relationships.) doing a mad twenty-five- to thirty-day dash around the world. Check out the TAR FAQ for questions about the actual running of the Race, and the Timelines for details of the when/where/how of each leg. In postings, "TAR" followed by a number, with or without a space (e.g. TAR4 or TAR 9) indicates the specific season being referred to.

TAR-FE: That's The Amazing Race-Family Edition; season 8 of TAR, aired from October to December 2005. It was a departure from the normal Race in a number of ways. The teams were made up of four people, rather than two; they all had family ties (parents and children, siblings, and in-laws); the lower age limit was dropped from 21 to 8 years old; the Race route was limited to the US, Canada, Panama, and Costa Rica, rather than going around the world; there was much more driving; and the tasks were, in general, considerably simpler. For these reasons, many die-hard TAR fans regard TAR-FE as the low point of the series, and some go so far as to refuse to admit that it exists. Despite this, some of the TAR-FE Racers themselves are TARflies, and several have quite a fan following. Carissa Gaghan, the second-youngest TAR-FE Racer (she was 9 when she ran the Race), is one of TARflies' lovely and talented writers.

TARAS, TAR:AS, TAR-RotR: These all refer to the same thing, TAR 11, which is going to air in early 2007. TAR 11 is an "All Stars" Race, with teams coming back from earlier seasons, and in one case a team made up of two previous Racers who were not on the same team originally. TAR-RotR is short for The Amazing Race-Return of the Racers, a name that some posters prefer to All-Stars, on the grounds that since not all of the teams returning fit their definition of "stars," TAR 11 isn't really an All-Star race. CBS thinks it is, anyway.

ASTAR: See TARAS; it's the same thing. But ASTAR is TM by ATCDave, one of our lovely and talented contributing writers, and incidentally, one of the ATCs from TAR4. If you use the term ASTAR (TM Dave) be sure you give him his (TM) or he'll make fun of you. If you really get him mad at you, he'll divert your flight into Chicago to Moosejaw, Saskatchewan, instead.

AYL: aka The Amazing Yellow Line. Faster than a speeding bullet-train, more powerful than a rampaging ox, able to leap time-zones in a single bound, the AYL races across a world map to graphically depict the different routes of racers when they embark on long distance travel. If the teams take several different routes (usually a result of Airport Drama,) the AYL may be assisted by other members of the amazingly-well-traveled Line family. Its younger brother, The Amazing Red Line; its drunk uncle, The Amazing Orange Line; its eccentric second cousin twice removed, The Amazing Green Line; and its easily-distracted brother-in-law, The Amazing Blue Line, have all made appearances so far.

FF: The Fast Forward. The option to leapfrog over the other teams by skipping all remaining tasks on a leg. Teams can exercise this option only once in the game, so they need to choose the most advantageous time to go for the FF. More detailed explanation of the FF is in the TAR FAQ.

HoO: Hours of Operation. A common cause of Bunching, HoO tends to force the teams into a clump while they wait for someplace to open and allow them in, either to get a clue or to do a task. In fact, HoO is TPTB's favorite way of forcing a Bunch. Sometimes the HoO are legitimate, for example, for safety reasons, or because they're the actual Hours of Operation of the location. Other times, they're Race-imposed, purely to produce Bunching. Opinions here at TARflies are sharply divided as to whether HoO are a good thing, a bad thing, or an unavoidable thing that must be tolerated.

MFE: Marked for Elimination. Put in place in TAR10, MFE replaced Mugging as the penalty for coming in last on a NEL. With MFE, the last team to arrive is not eliminated, but instead, is Marked for Elimination, and must either come in first on the next leg or wait out a thirty-minute penalty at the Amazing Bathmat before they can check in. If all the other teams arrive during that thirty minutes, the MFE team is the last team to check in and is eliminated.

NEL: A Non-Elimination Leg. Just what it sounds like, a Non-Elimination Leg is a leg of the Race that ends at a non-elimination Pitstop. Nobody goes home on an NEL. There are generally three (sometimes four) in each Race.

STFU: Shut The F*ck Up. What we scream at our TVs when a team or teams just really need to stop talking about something, whether it be Baghdad, how good they are, how horrible another team is, their relationship with their partner, or any other subject. In the forums, you're welcome to say that a team or team member needs to STFU. Telling another poster that will, however, bring down the wrath of the mods.

TBC: To Be Continued. A Non-Elimination Leg wearing a Groucho-nose and a cheap toupee in the hopes that it won't be recognized. It doesn't work. TARflies can spot a TBC at the twenty-five-minute mark by the clue that should send teams to the Pitstop: instead of saying "Make your way to the Pitstop..." it will say something like "Find Phil at..." or "Make your way to...". Essentially, it's a double-length leg, with two Roadblocks, and two Detours. See also: Uber-leg.

TPTB: also, occasionally PTB as in "the Race PTB", it stands for The Powers That Be. The show's gods, the head honchos in charge of everything, those who pay the bills and make the rules. In short, the Producers. By extension, TPTB can be applied to anyone who's in charge of something.

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TAR-related Terms That Aren't Acronyms or Abbreviations

Alpha male: A term of great confusion. Some folks define an "Alpha Male" team as one that is young-ish, fit, relatively intelligent, and aggressive in the way they run the Race. (Rob & Brennan from TAR1, for example, or Chris & Alex from TAR2.) Others use it to refer to any team of young, good-looking males, no matter what their Race attitude (Brian & Greg from TAR7 or BJ & Tyler from TAR9). For some it's simply a descriptor. For others, it's an insult. Some posters believe that a team of Alpha Males is a shoo-in to win, and would be happy if no more of them are ever cast. Others have no problem with them. Some TARflies regard them as eye-candy. Context is your best friend when you come across a reference to Alpha Males.

Airport Drama: What happens when the teams are told to fly from one point to another, with no further instructions. Airport Drama includes, but is not limited to: working the airport (going from one airline desk to another repeatedly, trying to find the fastest flight); fretting over being on a waiting list for the best flight; pleading with airline personnel to be allowed onto a full flight; attempting to psych out other teams by implying that there is a better, previously undiscovered flight; pleading an emergency, (usually medical in nature); mad dashes to make a tight connection; and fretting or gloating over the presence or absence of other teams on their chosen flight. On occasion, Airport Drama takes some time off and one of its body-doubles, Bus-Station Drama or Train-Station Drama fills in for it.

Amazing Bathmat: When you think about it, bathmats really are amazing. They protect your toes from that cold, cold tile, and they sop up all the water so the floor stays dry and you don't take a header out of the shower first thing in the morning and.... Oh, topic. Yes. The Amazing Bathmat has special powers beyond regular bathmats in that it is the finish line for each leg of the race. Phil and a local greeter stand behind it. The last TAR team to stand on it at the end of each race leg is eliminated from the competition. (Unless it's a Non-Elimination Leg.) Racers have fallen on it, dived for it, collided on it, almost collapsed on it, and sauntered up to it. The Amazing Bathmat just lies there looking, well, amazing.

Bald Snark (v.): At a Detour point, to choose one task, begin it, then stop it and switch to the other task, for whatever reason. Ken & Gerard of TAR3 were the masters of the Bald Snark, so much so that it was named in their honor, even though switches in Detours had occurred in earlier seasons. A Double-Bald-Snark (with or without hyphens) is a double-dip of delicious Bald-snarking. In other words, when a team chooses a Detour option, works on it for bit, changes their mind and switches to the other Detour option, works on that one for a bit, and then changes their mind again and goes back to the first one, they've performed a Double-bald-Snark. (In TAR10, Peter & Sarah did a Double-bald-snark in Mongolia, starting with the ger, switching to the hyniks, then switching back to the ger.) In theory, a Detour could be Triple- or even Quad-Bald-Snarked, but nobody's been that silly. Yet.

[BOMP!]: The thump at the ending of the show's theme music. Used as meta commentary on all sorts of endings. Distantly related by marriage to chicka-bamp-bamp and bow-chicka-wow.

Bunching: Carrots do it. Beets do it. So do TAR Racers, although they'd rather not. Refers to the process by which many a commanding lead has been blown by the fact that a certain flight doesn't leave for 6 hours, or a bungee jump won't open till 8 am the next day. This gives other teams a chance to catch up to the leaders, whereupon they all mill around in a big bunch, either complaining about losing their lead, or celebrating their good fortune at catching up. There are also Mini-Bunches (not to be confused with Nutbunches!) where a few, but not all, of the teams wind up killing time waiting for something. These tend to occur at ferry landings, train stations, and first-come-first-served tasks. While bunching is unfortunate and usually boring for the viewers, it's a necessity from the point of view of the Race PTB, since a season with one team consistently a day or more ahead of all the others would be even more unfortunate and boring.

The Cha: A state of serenity attained by gliding through life in a kindly and gracious manner, courteously befriending strangers, wearing glitter shirts with insouciance, and knowing when it is most advantageous to go shopping. Introduced, epitomized, and named after Danny & Oswald of TAR2, who other teams had nicknamed "Cha-cha-cha". No other team has truly achieved true Cha-ness, but some (particularly Kenny & Gerard of TAR3 and Chip and Kim of TAR5) have shown flashes of Cha-hood. (Antonym: INTENSE)

Detour: At a Detour, teams must choose and successfully complete one of two tasks, each with its own pros and cons, before they can move on. See also "Bald Snark." Detours are explained more fully in the TAR FAQ.

Eat/sleep/mingle: What the racers do at their 12 hour pit stops between race legs. Also called E/S/M. We used to see parts of it, but now there's very little E/S/M making it to air.

Evil Fern: A Fern from the mirror universe. A Fern with an ulterior motive. Or, a Fern who tries to be helpful, but misdirects a team anyway. Evil Ferns have cheerfully directed teams to the wrong town or to a shopping center, accepted rides to work from them, and shared cabs while insisting that they be dropped off first. How can a Racer tell it's an Evil Fern? That's the fun part. They can't, until the Fern costs them time, money, or both, so they tend to trot off following the Fern, happy that they've gotten help. Most Evil Ferns don't seem to be truly evil, though; they're genuinely trying to be helpful. They're just wrong.

Exposition hands: At the beginning of the show, and occasionally during the show, we usually get a quick rundown on the rules of the game. This sequence includes a pair of disembodied hands opening a clue. Beautiful hands. Slender, shapely, sensuous hands. Hands of mystery, hands of promise. Hands that could model Oil of Olay products with vim and gusto. These are the Exposition Hands.

Fern: Back in TAR2, Danny and Oswald met a teenaged girl named Fern on the bus in Bangkok. She agreed to ditch school for the day and act as their guide. Although she didn't know exactly where some of the places they needed to go were herself, she was extremely helpful in finding out. In her honor, a friendly native guide who accompanies the Racers to their destination is called a "Fern" to this day. (Technically, the guy who points down the road and says "That way," is not a Fern.) In later seasons, once teams realized the value of Ferns, they began actively recruiting them. Both Jonathan (TAR6) and Rob (TAR7) made a point of convincing locals to accompany them at each leg of the Race, as did Dustin & Kandice in TAR10. There are different opinions on whether a recruited Fern is really a Fern or not.

(Fill-in-the-Blank)Con: A gathering of TARfans for the purpose of revelry. TARcon is the big one, along with its sister cons, DimSumCon and SephoraCon (eating and playing with make-up, respectively) which are held in NYC the day following TARcon. There have also been BaseballCons & BowlingCons (self-explanatory,) and TutCon, which was held in Chicago in October of 2006 to see the King Tut traveling exhibit. (FitB)Cons can be highly planned or relatively spontaneous. If you're interested in Conning with us, keep an eye on the TARfly Gatherings thread.

The Guido Edit: In the very first season of TAR, the final three teams were Rob & Brennan, Frank & Margarita, and Bill & Joe, also known as Team Guido, or the Guidos. On the final leg, the Guidos were a full day behind the other two teams. Once they were shown getting their clue in China, the Amazing Editors pretty much ignored them though the rest of the show, concentrating on the race between Rob & Brennan and Frank & Margarita. By the time the Race was over in New York, and the Editors went back to Alaska to pick up with Joe & Bill, the viewers had almost forgotten about them. A Guido Edit occurs anytime that a team is largely invisible in an episode, and often precedes their elimination.

Hating-Hats: See, the thing is that Miss Alli, the recapper at TWoP, where many of us originally met, was traumatized in her childhood by too many days spent battling the ill effects of hat-head. (That's the theory, at any rate.) This has manifested itself in a rather comprehensive hatred of nearly every hat that the racers have seen fit to put on their heads. Yes, many of these hats have provided shelter from the heat, rain and wind, and are truly useful items of clothing. But damn, we've seen some butt-ugly lids. Hats that have caused spontaneous retching across the country when they appear on screen (Wil, we're looking at you.) Hats of Hating. Visors, too.

Intersection: A change in the Race rules instituted in TAR10, the intersection requires two teams to temporarily join forces while doing the next task. Since it's only been seen once so far, the jury is still out on its effectiveness.

Killer Fatigue: also, KF. The time when teams fighting hunger, stress, exhaustion and often each other begin to come unraveled. Symptoms include: whining; bitchiness; complaints; fighting; threats to quit; the apparent inability to navigate, read for comprehension, follow directions, or count. This condition usually is followed immediately by Philimination, unless aggressive treatment in the form of shopping or a cold Diet Coke is administered. A good sense of humor and a stable relationship between the team members appears to stave off the onset of Killer Fatigue, or at least make it non-terminal. TAR3's Flo, in Vietnam particularly, is a textbook case of Killer Fatigue.

Luck of the Evil: A term used to explain why the team you hate doesn't ever get eliminated soon enough, and often, is safe over a team that you really like a lot. It started, like so many other things, with The Guidos in TAR1.

Mactor(s): Model/actors. Racers who are assumed to be more interested in increasing their exposure on TV, and who are believed to be using TAR to achieve this end. Another point of dissention among fans of TAR is whether or not too many model/actors have been cast in past seasons. Mactor is a derogatory term (coined by TAR6's Hera) for such Racers.

Mercy Clue: The Mercy Clue comes into play when a team is so far behind at the end of a leg that they receive a clue envelope telling them to bypass all remaining tasks and proceed directly to the Pitstop. Where they are eliminated, because Mercy Clues aren't given in NELs. The first Mercy Clue appeared in TAR2, leg 3, when Gutsy Grannies Peggy & Claire received it at the first cluebox in Cape Town. There were three Mercy clues in all in TAR2, then TPTB added more Bunching points and Mercy Clue usage during the Race fell off. However, Mercy Clues were administered to the trailing team of the final three in the last legs of TARs 7, 8, 9, and 10, to get them to the finish line in a reasonable time after the lead teams' arrivals.

MmmmmPhil: Phil Keoghan. The Philiminator. The hot, funny, personable, oh-so-photogenic Face of the Race. Phil of the unpredictable wardrobe choices. Phil of No Opportunity Wasted. MmmmmmPhil, indeed.

Mugged: From TAR 5 to TAR9, what happened to the teams who came in last on non-elimination legs. Previously there was no penalty for finishing last on a non-elimination leg; the team got a second chance, and that was all. In TAR5, mugging was introduced: the last team to arrive at a Non-Elimination Pitstop had to give all their money to Phil, and they received no money at the start of the next leg. This meant that we were treated to the dubious entertainment of seeing Americans begging for money from strangers in places like Ile de Goree', Senegal and Soweto, South Africa. In TAR7, it got worse, when the rules were changed so that not only did the last team in a NEL have to give up all their money and start with none the next leg, but they had to give Phil their packs as well, and they were allowed to keep only "the clothes on their backs." for the remainder of the Race. This change did have one amusing side effect, for a while. Only the first team to have their bags Philched really suffered the intended consequence, as from then on, if a team suspected that they were last and that it was a NEL, they would pile on as many layers of clothing as they could before dashing to the mat. But even that got rather old. In TAR10, the whole concept of muggings was replaced by the Marked for Elimination idea.

"My (fill in the blank) is broken!": A Colinism, from TAR5, that has been adopted and adapted by TARflies as a cry of frustration or despair. At one Detour, the teams had to use an ox-drawn plow to pull a clue out of the mud in a rice paddy. Colin attempted to plow alone, unlike the other teams who had one member leading the ox while the other handled the reins. Needless to say, he had a great deal of trouble making the ox go where he wanted it to, leading to a lovely shot of him throwing back his head and screaming to the heavens: "My Ox Is Broken!!"

Namibia, Jackass!: The proper response to someone misidentifying Namibia as Zambia. Actually, it's a proper response to the mere mentioning of Zambia. "Jackass!" is a proper response to any mention of Namibia.

Nutbunches: 1) Large bunches of things that barely fit in a wheelbarrow. 2) Less large (but still impressive!) bunches of things that barely fit in a pair of skivvies. Definition 1) Nutbunches remain large and prickly no matter what happens to them; Definition 2) Nutbunches are subject to shrinkage when exposed to cold water.

Philching: See Mugged.

Philimination: What happens to the last team to arrive at the Amazing Bathmat, and Phil tells them that they must go.

Roadblock: Another type of task occurring in each leg of the Race, a Roadblock can only be done by one member of the team. Past tasks have included assembling a bicycle, throwing a boomerang correctly and crawling through a rat-infested holy temple. Fun, huh? Once again, more details are available in the TAR FAQ.

Sequesterville: Where TPTB stash the eliminated teams to prevent spoilers and speculation of how well any team did based on how long they were gone or when they came home. Teams in Sequesterville get to play tourist and have a nice vacation on the show's nickel. More on Sequesterville is in the TAR FAQ. (You knew I was going to say that, didn't you?)

Spoon-fed: Provided by production. The flights out of the US at the beginning of the first leg are always spoon-fed; the seats are already purchased and the teams don't have to do anything except decide which one they want to try to get. Cars are usually spoon-fed; train tickets and buses have been on occasion. Sometime tuk-tuks or pedicabs are spoon-fed. Aside from the first flights and charters to out-of-the-way locations, airline flights are only very rarely spoon-fed. There's speculation that sometimes taxis are spoon-fed, in that the cab company is notified that however-many cabs will be needed at whatever-location, because really, there just happened to be seven cabs cruising for fares at the safari park a hundred miles out of town at 3:00 am? If the means of transportation is referred to as "marked" "chartered" or if teams have to pull times for limited seats, the transport was spoon-fed. In later seasons, non-Pitstop housing also appears to have been spoon-fed in some cases.

Rob owns the original Tokyo Stompers.
Rob owns the original Tokyo Stompers.

Stompers: Lovely, toned muscle-y arms, of course. (What the hell else would you call them?) Stompers is a TWoP import, based on a lengthy Miss Alli fantasy involving Rob's gigantic muscular arms, and how they were so big that they were big enough to destroy Tokyo. From there they turned into The Arms That Stomped Tokyo, to Tokyo Stompers, to just plain Stompers. Repeated shots of Stompers displayed by shirtlessness, a wife-beater, or other sleeveless shirts constitute Shoulder Porn. Some female Racers have also had Stompers (relatively speaking.)

TARsday: The best day of the week, of course. For the first several seasons, TARsday fell on Wednesday, then it moved to Thursday. Then Tuesday. Then it was Wednesday again. Then Sunday was TARsday. Nobody knows what day will be TARsday next season.

Taxi Karma (also Taxi-tipping Karma, Vehicle Karma) : Don't mess with the guys in charge of transport. There's a secret global brotherhood of taxi drivers, and if you stiff one in NYC, the guys in Morocco will know. And you will be punished. Bad Taxi Karma has come back to bite the ass of such illustrious teams as Team Esquire and Colin & Christie. Bad Taxi Karma can also occur because of line-jumping, cab-stealing, or cab-canceling.

More generally, there have been teams that seemed to always get the lemon when vehicles were Spoon-fed. Or they seemed to always miss the first train, bus, or ferry by just a few minutes or seconds. These teams have bad Vehicle Karma.

The other side of the coin is good Taxi or Vehicle Karma: those teams whose cabbie always knew just where they needed to go, and knew the fastest way there; who always managed to catch a departing train or ferry by seconds; who had a helpful, knowledgeable passer-by stop within minutes of a breakdown or flat tire clearly had good Taxi or Vehicle Karma.

Bad Taxi or Vehicle Karma can be turned into good Taxi or Vehicle Karma through sincere contrition and right action, as demonstrated in the final leg of TAR1, when Rob & Brennan turned their previously bad Taxi Karma into good Taxi Karma by humbly trusting their cabbie to get them to Queens by the fastest possible route. Frank & Margarita, on the other hand, second-guessed their cabbie, and told him the exact route to take, missing the first train as a result.

Uber-Leg: The two legs of a Race made up of a TBC and the following leg. A double-length leg, with two Roadblocks, two Detours, and more than the usual number of intermediate clues and tasks. While an average leg generally takes between one and two days to run an Uber-leg can take up to four days, with the only time available for the Racers to rest coming at the Bunching points, while waiting for HoO, or during long bus or train rides. The first Uber-leg appeared in TAR6, in Budapest.

Walk: To hop, skip, jump, run. Or, you know, walk. To move from one place to another by the repetitive forward motion of one's feet, unassisted by mechanical means. To travel as a pedestrian. Riding in a cab does not count as "walking".

Yield: Another twist in the rules of the Race, the Yield first appeared in TAR5. It allows one team to make any other team behind them stop Racing for a predetermined, but undisclosed period, apparently between 20 and 30 minutes. A detailed explanation of the Yield is in the TAR FAQ. (That's the last time I'll send you there. I promise.)

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Forum terms, not necessarily related to TAR at all

Adult table: Another expression with a long story behind it. At one of the first TARflies lunches, the conversation at a particular table deserved at least an R and possibly an X rating. Since then, topics or comments in the forums that are suitable for mature audiences may be noted as being "Adult Table".

Brain Bleach: Anything used in an attempt to eradicate a particularly unpleasant memory. Kittens make good Brain Bleach.

Kitten: Proper usage: "I need a kitten!", "Here, have a kitten." or "Does anyone need a kitten?" The lovely and talented Tris started this one, in the Former Racers thread. A photo of BJ, Tyler, Eric, and Jeremy from TAR9, was linked. It was ...disturbing. As in, "I really wish I hadn't looked at that," disturbing. As in, "I didn't need that image stuck in my head." As in, "Ewwww." After a number of TARflies had expressed their desire for brain bleach, Tris offered a link to a very cute kitten picture as an antidote to the other image. It worked amazingly well, and became a TARflies tradition. A Kitten can be requested or offered by anyone.

"I blame MJ.": Ah, another rather complicated phrase. Mjmarble is one of the founding members of TARflies. Literally. He was the second poster to register, beaten to the punch only by the site owner. He's also an administrator of the forums. However, he joined the Peace Corps at the end of 2004, and is currently in Bulgaria, with a web connection that's spotty at best, so he's not posting much anymore. Operating on the principle that the safest person to blame for anything that goes wrong is someone who isn't around to defend himself, the rest of the posters (led by the lovely and talented Daria,) decided that MJ was clearly the one to blame. This may all end when he returns, though.

"It's Ray's fault!": Another one from the lovely and talented ATCs. In their second column about TAR8, they announced to the world that they had had to scrap their planned article because of something Ray (from TAR7) said. Throughout Season 8, they continued to unearth occurrences, previously attributed to other causes, that really were Ray's fault. With photographic evidence to back it up. Henceforth, everything was Ray's fault. He's cool with it, don't worry.

Lovely and talented: What we all are. It's OK, you'll get used to it.

Meh. : A sound of dismissal and apathy. Shorthand for "I really don't care about this." An indication that something was found to be supremely uninspiring of strong emotion either positive or negative. It's not good, it's not bad, it's just...meh.

Tai Sham: He's a panda. A little (stuffed toy (shhh, don't tell him I said that)) panda who is madly in love with the lovely and talented Rachel, one of the moderators here at TARflies. He's been traveling all over, trying to get to Rachel, and his travels are recorded at I *heart* Rachel, complete with photos. Somehow, he never seems to get to anyplace that Rachel is.

TARCon: Would you, could you, watch some TAR?
Would you, could you, in a bar?
And laugh a lot (har de har har)
Would you, could you, pay to view:
Racers, TARflies, lots of brew?
Yes, in a bar, in NYC,
With crowds of fans, the fin-al-ee.
I'll join TARcon: it's fun, you see!

(Ahem.) TARcon is a party for fans of TAR to get together, watch the finale, drink and get rowdy, or visit with other TAR fans. The TARcon is held in New York City, TARcon West is in California, usually somewhere in the Los Angeles area. There are also other regional TARcons, depending on whether or not someone wants to organize one. Once the finale date is announced, TARcon information will be posted in the forums.