Tonight's cuppa: An entire pot of decaf Irish breakfast tea

Tonight's Twitterblog focuses on the 14th-cycle premiere of "The Amazing Race," Emmy voters' favorite reality show (and for once, I'm kinda down with their choice). I had heard that the format of the show was changing a little, with more gorgeous scenery and fewer scenes of strategic jockeying at airports (very good news but will make the show longer for me, as I usually fast-forward that stuff).

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The Twitterblog is edited for clarity and readability, and must be read from the BOTTOM UP. And for those of you who giggle at my initial misspelling of a Swiss location, I offer as my defense this link.

I didn't include the Philimination at the end so as not to be spoilery. I was going to put it in this post, but think I won't name names here either, because of the possible spoileriness of it all.

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But was I happy at the outcome? Happy as a big orange ball floating in a big vat of orange soda, in the middle of an orchard full of orange trees.

And here we go:

·  On the whole, a

satisfying and fast-paced hour. Looks like a good season! And now I'm outta

here. Night all. 20 minutes ago

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·  And once again,

Phil wears one of his awesome turtleneck sweaters. Man has more sweaters than

Bill Cosby. 21 minutes ago from

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·  "Go

back!" "Hurry, hurry, fast, fast." Foot race! You are number 10!

And you are PHILIMINATED! 21 minutes ago

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·  Hillbillies still

lost, fear they are "dumba–es." Not recording teams now ,because the

Philimination is at hand. 22 minutes ago

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·  Yodeling getting

louder! Getting down to end now. Couple has clean butts. Good for them. 23 minutes ago from

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·  Orange

guy muscles it, outta there. Flight attendants, in last, outta there.

Hillbillies lost in woods.. 23 minutes ago

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·  More wild cheese!

Flight attendants lost her cheese. Cheerleaders outta there; sisters outta

there. 24 minutes ago from

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·  Did she drop the

cheese in the "poopy"? Orange girl whines. Hillbillies make

nice." Let's rock!" They're outta there. 25 minutes ago from

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·  Hillbilly husband

pitches in. They both slide, with hillbilly wife reinventing butt-scooting.

Chris muscles it. 26 minutes ago

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·  "I just want

to show people that deaf people can do it." Orange people, maybe not so

much. 26 minutes ago from

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·  Just for the

record, I have never had a gnome in my garden, but I saw a Travelocity gnome at

AR HQ — very cute! 27 minutes ago

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·  Yodel yodel yodel.

Run run run. Mom and deaf son are first!!! Way to go, mom and deaf son! Get Mexico trip. trip. 27 minutes ago from

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·   Orange

guy is a jerk, but chick is no prize. Flight attendants truck on. Hillbilly

couple pulls together.Yodel! 28 minutes ago

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·  Hillbillies having

a hard time. Orange chick wasted. Proof that pretty and thin does not equal

being in good shape. 29 minutes ago

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·  Orange chick goes

down before she even gets the cheese. Hillbilly wife should have left the bag

(orARCheese

jacket) behind. 33 minutes ago

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·  What the heck is on

gay son's hat? I may have to pause at some point. "Trek it, trek it!"

"I'm going to get hurt." 34 minutes ago

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·  Stuntmen pull an Arnold for the crowd. Gay

dad still butt-scooting. New teams arrive, ready for cheese. 34 minutes ago from

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·  Teams look for

yodelers at the bus stop to find the pit stop. Big bells ring. Cheese is

stacked. Lawyers run. 26 minutes ago

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·  Gay son worried

about dad butt-scooting with cheese. I'm sorry, that's what he's doing. Swiss

ring big bells! 27 minutes ago

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·  Swiss: Go go go go!

Swiss do not amuse gay son. Gay dad slides on butt with cheese. Lawyers talk

about yoga. 27 minutes ago from

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·  Flight attendants

realize Brad &

Victoria (at least I know the names of one team) pulled a fast one. 28 minutes ago from

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·  It's so sad that

none of them is named Chuck. Swiss are just about hurting themselves. More

cheese on the run! 29 minutes ago

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·  The Swiss at the

bottom look very amused. Run with cheese, fall with cheese. "He just ate

it." Swiss eat it up. 29 minutes ago

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·  The cheese makes a break

for freedom! Catch the wild cheese before it kills someone! 30 minutes ago from

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·  So who's going to

be the big cheese, and who'll get cheesed off because they lose? Yeah, I said

that, too. 30 minutes ago from

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·  Go, go, go! Carry

those big cheese…things. Hearing way too much about groin muscles. "My

cheese thing broke." 31 minutes ago

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·  In INTERLAKEN teams

must carry cheese. Yummm, cheeeeese. But will they cut cheese? heh heh. Yeah, I

said that. 32 minutes ago from

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·  Trouble at the

train for flight attendants. Brad & Victoria pull a fast one. ;) Oops, it's

Interlaken. Sorry, Swiss! 32 minutes ago from

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·  Older couple doesn't

trust lawyers. Age brings experience. More screaming while bungee-in.

Hillbillies go. 33 minutes ago

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·  Train, lawyers

don't want to make enemies, so they decide to lie like rugs. Go, Harvard

lawyers! 34 minutes ago from

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·  Helo shot, big

lake, big dam! Off she goes! Fly, flight attendant, fly!” Holy cow, I can't

believe I just did that." 35 minutes ago

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·  Flight attendant

still trying to get psyched after older lady rocks it. She steps up…helo

shots … COMMERCIAL! 40 minutes ago

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·  Gay son plunges!

Also psyched. Yeah, you jump, hillbilly husband, might knock some polite into

ya. 41 minutes ago from

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·  Come on flight

attendant, you fly into thin air for a living! Deaf son plunges — looks

psyched. Is psyched! 42 minutes ago

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·  The Almighty gets

some props! Now back on the train to Interlochen. More bungee! "I'm so

happy right now!" 42 minutes ago

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·  Lawyer ready to go

— yes — three, two, one AAAAHHHHH! "That was, like, amazing!"

That's the point, dude! 42 minutes ago

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·  But a cool knit hat

will not get you a darned taxi. Lots of calling up on the Almighty before

jumping off dam. 43 minutes ago

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·  Am I ignoring the

taxi stuff? Yep. At the dam — bungee jumping! Sweet! Looks like stuntmen in

first, then lawyers. 44 minutes ago

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·  Love the

cheerleader's skull & bones knit hat! I have a fancy scarf with black

skulls on gray. Subtle & very funny. 44 minutes ago

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·  Teams use the pic

to find a big dam. Taxi taxi taxi. Hate taxi stuff too. But very nice looking

taxis, I must say. about 1 hour ago

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·  Hillbilly husband

should not rank on wife for not running fast. Not classy, dude. Tears at the

campfire. about 1 hour ago

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·  Hillbilly couple is NOT dead last! Now at the mosquito-ridden camp. Is this Survivor? about 1 hour ago

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·  Running running

running, "I can't breathe!" Hope they give this priest a nice cuppa

chocolate for this. about 1 hour ago

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·  Wow, that Swiss guy

looks like Cody Willard from FBN. Rolling luggage, smart. Flight attendants

first? about 1 hour ago

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·  Flight attendants

pull a Rob & Amber and go for some local assistance. Pretty church! Deaf

son moves fast! about 1 hour ago

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·  More talking about

planes, but little airport stuff. Yay! Orange couple already having trouble.

Storm clouds gather. about 1 hour ago

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·  Girl says she's

never been to a train station. Wow, way to live life to the fullest there. Switzerland is AWESOME! about 1 hour ago

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·  Self-proclaimed

hillbillies looking forward to leaving the U.S. Don't worry, country folk,

you'll be fine. about 1 hour ago

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·  Planes take off.

People getting on planes. Writer son says Dad is not Cloris Leachman but

actually MacGyver. about 1 hour ago

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·  Getting on

airplanes. Sitting on airplanes. Talking about other people on the airplanes.

Deaf son disses Mom. about 1 hour ago

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·  LAX! Man, I hate

the airport stuff. I hear there's a lot less of it. Milan or Zurich? Pasta or chocolate? Tough. about 1 hour ago

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·  Credits! Soon to

become the ever-increasing roll call of the dearly departed. about 1 hour ago

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·  Wow, pretty fancy

cars! "It's on like Donkey Kong!" "It's so awesome!"

"It's fun already!" You just wait. about 1 hour ago

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·  You get ONE MILLION

DOLLARS — or in today's economy, $5.34. Rip! Off to Switzerland. ARgroup Cool, chocolate! about 1 hour ago

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·  Phil (nice leather

jacket!) lays down the law. PHILIMINATION! Be very afraid. Run, get your clue,

get a car! about 1 hour ago

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·  Cute dating couple

"attached at the hip"; little-person brothers & stuntmen;

assertive pro cheerleaders in green! about 1 hour ago

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·  Handsome couple,

both control freaks; Ohio "bada– older

couple"; gay Dad & son writers (he did School of Rock!) about 1 hour ago

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·  Married Virginia

couple (never underestimate the "hillbillies!"); sister/ex-college

athletes, cute in red. about 1 hour ago

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·  Then we move to

Harvard lawyers (two blondes, then two brunets); mom & deaf son who can use

sign language. about 1 hour ago

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·  The dawn of a new

adventure! Marine helos head for Los Alamitos. We start with flight attendants. about 1 hour ago

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