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Title: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 12, 2009, 10:12:10 AM
This is for interviews for Margie & Luke.

I have one from AfterElton.

Interview with Margie and Luke from "The Amazing Race"
by
Josh Aterovis, Contributing Writer
May 11, 2009

It was the gayest season ever of The Amazing Race, and also one of the best ever. Coincidence? I don't think so. There was father and son Mel and Mike White, who are both gay; sisters Kisha and Jen, (Kisha is a lesbian); one person who apparently isn't out of the closet; and, finally, Luke Adams and his mom Margie.

Luke and Margie were the only team with a gay member to make it to the final three, and while they didn't quite make it over the finish line first, they ran an impressive race — especially considering Luke is deaf, a potential drawback in a race where quick communication can be vital.

While the show never identified Luke as gay, this 24-year-old Coloradan is out and proud — and especially proud of the fact that he's the youngest gay man to ever make it to the final three. There were a lot of firsts on this season of The Amazing Race, but I'll let Luke tell us about them later. He is the resident TAR expert, after all.

AfterElton.com: Congratulations, guys!
Margie Adams: Thank you. Thank you so much.

AE: You were the first mother and son to make it to the final three, correct?
MA: I think so, Luke would know better than me.
Luke Adams: Yes.

AE: Luke, you're not only the first deaf racer on the show, but also the youngest gay person to make it to the final three. What did it mean for you guys to be on The Amazing Race and make it so far?
MA: It's incredible. I think we still think we're dreaming.

AE: Luke, from our interview with Mel White, we understand you are openly gay and wanted to be identified as such, but the TAR producers didn't want to. Do you feel they missed out on a chance to represent an extremely under-represented segment of the gay and lesbian community?
LA: CBS didn't want to add too many labels, a gay this or a gay that. Mel and Mike were very open about being gay, that was their team. I think the focus on my team with my mom was the fact that I was deaf, not that I was gay. I think they didn't want to confuse people by adding too many labels to me.
MA: [laughs] There are a lot of labels that could be on him!
LA: A lot of people have misconceptions that I like Cara and Jamie [pictured, right], and that's not true. We're friends, of course, but my interest in them is not like that. [laughs]

AE: What dating challenges do you face as a young, gay deaf man that a hearing person might not?
LA: It's the same.
MA: I think his dating options are fewer. [laughs]
LA: Dating for me might be a little harder because of the communication issue. I need to find someone to date who is willing to have patience and learn sign, and is willing to understand the deaf culture. I suppose that could be an issue.

AE: What message would you most like the hearing gay community to take away from your time on the show?
LA: I don't know. When I was in the race, I was really focused. That's not who I am. I'm not the same person I was on the race. I want people to know I'm the same as all other people except I can't hear. That's the only difference.

AE: Margie, how did you react when Luke came out?
MA: Luke told me when he was nineteen and he was a freshman in college. He told me in a text message from school, because that's how we communicate, through text or relay, and I said, "Okay. Thank you for telling me. Why did you wait so long?" He was surprised and said, "What?"
LA: No, no, no, Mom. I wanted to make sure I was actually gay. There was a time in my life that I was a little bit confused. I felt kind of both ways about it, but I wanted to make sure before I said anything to you that I was gay.
MA: Yeah, well, Luke sends me this text message and says, "I have something really important to tell you, and I don't want to hurt your feelings and I don't want you to be mad, but I'm gay." And I was like, "Thank you for telling me." And he was like, "You're not mad?" And I just said, "Why would I be mad? I've known your whole life." [laughs]

It doesn't change who Luke is. He's my son. He's a wonderful person. If he likes a man or likes a woman, that doesn't make any difference to me. I just want him to be happy. I called his sister when he told me, and said, "Hey, Luke finally came out." And she said, "Oh, it's about time." [laughs] There was no drama, no surprise. Nothing really changed except I think Luke was able to take a breath and be himself a little more around us.
LA: Actually, I felt a lot better after I did come out to my mom.

AE: Luke, do you have a boyfriend? I see your Facebook profile says "in a relationship."
LA: I'm single.
MA: And looking...

AE: I'll be sure to stress that Mom said he's looking!
MA: [laughs]

AE: Back to the show. The two of you have such a great relationship, and your closeness really seemed to play to your advantage in the game — especially your ability to communicate using sign language. Were there ever times when Luke's hearing impairment was a distinct disadvantage?
MA: I think when we were on the rickshaw in Phuket, Thailand. He was just out of my reach so I couldn't get his attention. I couldn't touch him to get him to stop, I couldn't give him directions, so if he was running, I couldn't get his attention. That was really frustrating for me. He was just out of reach, even with the hat or whatever. That was the one time I think we had a disadvantage.

AE: Margie, Phil nicknamed you the bionic woman, and for good reason — you were like superwoman for most of the race, annihilating much younger competition on both physical and mental challenges right up till the end. What's your secret? How do you stay in such amazing shape?
MA: [laughs] Well, you know, in truth, I'm not really in such amazing shape.
LA: Yes, you are mom. Yes, you are.
MA: I don't know. I exercise pretty regularly, not too extreme or anything like that. I run two or three miles a couple times a week, I go to the gym a couple times a week. I don't have a trainer or anything like that. I just try to take care of myself. The Colorado lifestyle lends itself to being healthy. There are so many beautiful places to hike.

When it's nice, you just want to be outside. And I'm fortunate; I come from a large family, I have five brothers and three sisters, and we're all pretty athletic, we're all pretty natural athletes. We were brought up playing sports, running, swimming, and things like, so I've always been exposed to things like that. It's just part of who I am. I don't go out of my way to exercise or anything like that. I guess I'm just very fortunate.

AE: what was the hardest challenge? Was it the rickshaw challenge?
LA: The makeup challenge! I have no skill for how to put makeup on.
MA: And it was frustrating for me because he did such a horrible job and made me look so horrible, that... [laughs] You know what? I don't think there was a physical challenge that we really minded. The rickshaw challenge when I fainted, that was supposed to be a two mile run, but Luke and I got lost with the help of some British tourists who told us to go to the wrong place, so we ended up going five miles that day.

It was almost a hundred degrees, it was so humid, and we didn't have water with us. It wasn't that it was a difficult challenge, it just went too long for us. All the physical challenges were hard, don't get me wrong, but there was nothing there we didn't feel like we couldn't do. It was the mental things like the Chekov puzzle that gave us a little more of a challenge. [laughs]

AE: What was your favorite challenge?
LA: Carrying the pig and the cheese hill. The first challenge and the last challenge.
MA: Those were the favorites for me, too. We lived in Hawaii for three years; Luke's dad was in the army. We didn't live on Maui, but going back to Hawaii for the final leg of the race was really fun for us. We'd been to many luaus, so it was a really cool ending to the race for us because we were back in a place we were very comfortable in, and familiar with the culture. It was just awesome to be back there. So yeah, the first and the last were amazing for us, even though we didn't win the last. [laughs]

AE: Do you regret the fight with Kisha and Jen? Have you guys made up or is there still some animosity there?
MA: No, there's no animosity left. We totally regret...
LA: Maybe a little awkward.
MA: Yeah, it's definitely awkward, but the race was such a wonderful experience, everything single minute was fabulous, and to have just that one, short, brief moment on the race when things didn't go well... It was just an awkward time. There were a lot of misunderstandings, a lot of hurt feelings. We were exhausted. We've definitely made up with Kisha and Jen. We have so much respect for those women. They are fantastic athletes. They are wonderful women who contribute so much to the community with their jobs. They're just fantastic people. That is the one regret we have on the race that one little brief skirmish we had.

AE: Were you close to any of the other teams?
LA: Cara and Jamie, and Tammy and Victor.

AE: That was nice that you all ended up in the final three, then.
MA: Yes. Actually, the first night of the race, when we stopped in Lucarte, Switzerland at the church, it was the day after Halloween, All Souls Day, which is a holy day in Switzerland, so a lot of the stores were closed, the streets were deserted. We found a little café that was open, and Cara and Jamie, Tammy and Victor, and Luke and I sat down and we shared one small pizza because we didn't want to spend our money. We had the nicest evening. We talked about how fun it was to be on the race, and how cool it would be if this was the final three, and how we really liked each other a lot, and we would help each other when we could, and when it was race time, it was race time. We stuck with that through the whole race, and it actually happened that we were the final three teams, so it was pretty cool.

AE: What did you learn about each other that most surprised you?
MA: The thing that I learned about Luke was how competitive he is. I had never, ever seen that side of him.
LA: Yeah, I'm very competitive.
MA: I mean, Luke has always tried his best. He did really well in school and graduated from college. He's always done his best, but I never saw that competitive edge to him that I saw on the race. I was so impressed that every challenge, he gave 110% of what he had to complete it. He was so encouraging with me, "You can do it, Mom. Come on." It was just really, really nice to see. Luke's always been kind of low-key and easygoing, a go-with-the-flow kind of kid, so to see that competitive spirit and nature in him was really nice.
LA: Before the race started, Mom used to doubt herself about her strength. I never doubted my mom for one second. I knew she could do it. I knew with a positive attitude she could do it. I knew she was the right team partner for me.

AE: Thanks for making me cry, Luke.
MA: [laughs]
LA: And not only me, I think she surprised herself. I don't think she knew she had those physical capabilities in her when we did those challenges. She's fifty-one years old, and she's an amazing person. I'm so proud of her.
Interpreter: And you're going to make the interpreter cry. [laughs]

AE: This season is being called one of the best ever. Why do you think it worked so well?
LA: The challenges, the cast chemistry, and a lot of my season had first experiences happen, like mom and me being the first mother and son team to make it to the final three, the first two-woman team to make it to the final three, the first Asian team the make the final three, and the fact that mom and I were in the top four from the beginning to the end.

And people would always say, you're either in first place or fourth place, you kind of take turns back and forth. I think people watched Phil learn sign language to say we were team number one or four or whatever place we came in. I think people really loved the last four because it was kind of Kisha and Jen against us, and Cara and Jamie against Tammy and Victor. And my season was the first time we used the U-Turn two times and both of them were successful. Last season, no one used a U-Turn or if they did, it failed. In my season, we were successful in using both U-Turns, there were a lot of first times for many different things this season.
MA: I agree, it was really exciting, but I think the number one thing was the chemistry of the teams. We all really liked each other, we respected each other, we saw what great competitors everybody was. We just got along really well. It was really nice. It was a nice group to travel with and just be with.

AE: What's next for the both of you?
MA: My fifteen minutes of fame is ticking away here, so I'm going to stay at my job and life goes back to normal.
LA: I'm looking for opportunities. I hope something will come my way soon. And also I hope we'll be picked for the All-Star team.
MA: [laughs] I need a vacation first.

Source - http://www.afterelton.com/TV/2009/5/amazing-race-margie-luke?page=0%2C0
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: puddin on May 12, 2009, 05:22:58 PM
The mother-son team of Margie Adams, 50, and Luke Adams, 22, were strong competitors throughout the 12 laps of the race and were leading for most of the finale until Luke, who is hearing impaired, got frustrated on the Road Block. The team finished third.

Q: Why did you decide to do the race?
Margie: I think the first reason was that Luke was the biggest fan of the show and really wanted to be on it. I think just for the adventure and the fun …
Luke (through his interpreter Janet): When I was growing up, a lot of hearing people oppressed me. They would say that just because you couldn’t hear you couldn’t do things. That really frustrated me. When I told people I wanted to go on “The Amazing Race,” they gave me this look like: “You? But you’re deaf. They will never take you.” So I actually applied four times to be on the show. People would say stop doing it, you are going to disappoint yourself. I said I am going to get picked on the show and I will make it to the final three and people would laugh at me because I am deaf. I had a talk with my mom and on the first show we were so focused on the challenge. I wanted to be successful on that first leg.
Q: Luke, what type of response have you had from the deaf community?
Luke: At first, when the show started to air, deaf people were so happy about it and then, as the show continued on, there were more and more deaf people who became excited. When we made it to the final three, the deaf community was thrilled.
Q: Would you talk about the whole conflict with Kisha and Jen, where both Jen and Luke were running for the box and Luke accidentally elbowed Jen and she called him a bitch for doing that?
Margie: It was very shocking and it was very unfortunate. As a mother with Luke growing up as a deaf child, he experienced so much people laughing at him. We have had people call him retarded. We have had people throw food on him. Luke’s dad was in the Army, so we moved around a lot and experienced it [at every location]. People don’t understand that.
I tried to stay out of that conflict with Jen and Kisha. And I did. I just interpreted what was going but at the end when there was laughing and giggling when Luke was trying to express himself, it just all came back to me — just how rude people can be. I know now that Jen and Kisha - it was a nervous laughter, a tense situation and they didn’t intend to be insulting.
Jen and Kisha and Luke and I have resolved the issue and I understand that was not their intent at all. But you are exhausted. We were hungry. The night before we had slept outside in a tent in the rain. And they don’t show everything leading up to it. There were a lot of things going on day. Everybody has accepted their responsibility ane their part in that and we have apologized. I have the ultimate respect for Jen and Kisha, as athletes, women and people.
–Susan King, Los Angeles Times staff writer


http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal-blog/index.php/amazing-race-14-chat-4491/
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: puddin on May 12, 2009, 05:23:51 PM
Exclusive Interview with Margie and Luke Adams of The Amazing Race
Posted on 05/11/2009 by Gina in Amazing Race 14, Cast Interviews

by Gina Scarpa

 

Last night, The Amazing Race came to a heartbreaking conclusion for mother and son team, Margie and Luke.  They started the last leg in second place but quickly lead the pack through two tasks.  When they stopped at a road block, Luke felt he had the challenge in the bag.  Teams had to search through surfboards, find symbols that represented each leg of the race, and place them on a fence in the correct order.  It seemed Luke would easily complete the challenge but he got stuck on the last symbol and it cost them the race.  Margie and Luke finished the race in third place and today, spoke to RealityWanted in an exclusive interview about their experiences on the show.


Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Whose idea was it to try out for The Amazing Race?
A. Margie: It was totally Luke’s idea.  He started watching the show when he was 16, the first season.  He had applied with a girl from college, a deaf girl.  We also applied for the family show.  We got a callback and they said we wouldn’t be right for this season.  CBS sent an email and said that they liked Luke but it would be hard to have two deaf people.  Luke asked me to do it and I said, “Sure I’ll do it.”  I hadn’t seen much of the show.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Any reservations about going into the race, because Luke is deaf?
A. Margie: Not really. 
A. Luke: It was not awkward for me.  It might be awkward for other teams.
A. Margie: Luke and I have communicated our whole life.  It was no problem.  That’s just how our life is.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: You formed an alliance with Jaime, Cara, Tammy, and Victor on day one.  Was there ever a time that you considered racing alone or did you want to stick with them through the entire race?
A. Luke: Oh no, we absolutely wanted to stick with Jaime and Cara and Tammy and Victor all the way to the end.     
A. Margie: We had so much respect for Tammy and Victor and Jaime and Cara as racers and as people.  That first night, when we shared the pizza, we said, “This would be so cool if this was the final three.”  There was no backstabbing, there were no broken promises. 

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Margie, you were a physical force to be reckoned with this season!  Did you work out prior to coming on the show?
A. Margie: I’ve always worked out, not excessively or anything.  I run 2-3 miles a couple times a week.  I go to the gym… not now as often as I should.  We do a lot of outdoor activities and we live at about 8,000 feet so that helped.  I surprised myself on the race.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: We saw the two of you clash with Jen and Kisha.  How do you feel about that, looking back on it?  Was that just the heat of the moment on the race?
A. Luke: Absolutely the heat of the moment.
A. Margie: There’s so much that you don’t see and that they don’t have time to put in.  The night before the incident, we slept outside, in the rain, on top of a mountain.  It was a miserable night.  I think everybody was just exhausted.  Luke and I were getting on each other’s nerves.  If it had happened on a day when we were more rested, I think it would’ve been much less of an incident.  We’ve apologized and Jen and Kisha have apologized.  We have nothing but respect for them.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: Though you got along with many of the teams on the race, it seemed that your relationship with Jaime and Cara was special.  Can you talk a little bit about your relationship with them?
A. Luke: The first day that we met on the race, I felt a real connection with jaime and Cara.  They were willing to write notes and learn the ASL alphabet.  I just knew that they would be a supportive team.  Sometimes, they might write notes and they wanted to keep me included in the conversation.  Mom did a great job but they were awesome in including me.  If Mom and I couldn’t win, I was hoping Jaime and Cara would win and they hoped the same thing for us.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: I know it was hard for you to come in third in the race.  How do you feel about it now that you’ve had some time since the race ended?
A. Luke: It’s still hard for me because it was a big dream to be on the show and of course, I wanted to win ever since I was 16 years old, I wanted to be on the show and win.  I actually never thought we’d get on the show.  I had applied so many times.  I was worried we’d be the first team eliminated and then we ended up winning the first leg.  Then I realized it was a possibility - maybe we could do it.  From the beginning to the end, we were always in the top four.  On that last leg, we finished the pig race first, the jet skis first, but that last challenge, the pictures were confusing. 
A. Margie: It’s hard to watch.  Sitting there last night, in a large group of people and having to watch that all fall apart… our family was there and they didn’t know whether we had won or lost.  We were worried about our family.  It was just a very, very emotional night.

 

Q. Gina, RealityWanted: What’s in the future you, more traveling perhaps?
A. Luke: I’m hoping to go on The Amazing Race: All Stars!
A. Margie: I travel for my job so my ideal vacation is staying home and relaxing!

 http://www.realitywanted.com/newsitem/1930-exclusive-interview-with-margie-and-luke-adams-of-the-amazing-race

Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: puddin on May 12, 2009, 05:37:31 PM
Luke and Margie Heart Jaime and Cara
by Julie Woo  May 11, 2009 04:57 PM EST


How do you feel upon viewing the finale? Luke, do you still feel remorseful about that last Roadblock?

Luke: It bothered me, but the more I heard people were enjoying the show and thought our team was the best ever, it made me feel good. A lot of people said, “I’m so proud of you. It doesn’t matter that you came in second or third place, I’m happy for you.” They didn’t care if we won or not. They said I inspired a lot of people and I’m really proud of that.

Margie: [Laughs] Don’t let him fool you. It was a very emotional night last night.

Margie, did you know you were so physically fit and capable or did you even surprise yourself?

Margie: I’m not like a super runner or anything like that. I do run. I do hike. I exercise, but not fanatically, so I was very surprised. I was floored that I could do that cheese task. I’m glad it came first because it gave me the confidence to try things I’d never done before. Every single thing we did, I surprised myself.

Was it exhausting doing the communication work for two?

Margie: Yeah. The way Luke and I communicate is we use sign and we don’t voice when we sign. Nobody talks. And when we were on the show, I had to speak and sign for myself and then when Luke signed, I had to speak for him. And when we were interacting with other people, I had to sign and speak for them, so it was exhausting. It was so counterintuitive to our normal means of communication. When we got home, I told Luke, “I’m not going to talk to you for three days. I’m just going to rest my hands."

Is there currently still tension between you and Kisha and Jen?

Luke: I saw Jen a few weeks ago. We didn’t talk a lot. It was a little awkward between us.

Margie: But there are no hard feelings. We talk to them, we respect them. It was just a moment on the show that happened. They’re fabulous athletes and great people.

Luke: We do like them. But I guess the incident made for great drama on the show.

Whom were you closest to in the Race?

Luke: Mom and I only really interacted with: Cara and Jaime, Victor and Tammy, and Mike and Mel.

So, you were happy with the final winner, if it couldn’t be you?

Luke: If it hadn’t been Mom and I, honestly I wish it had been Cara and Jaime. Because my mom and I were really really close to them. There was a nice connection between the four of us.

Margie: But we are happy that Tammy and Victor won. They have been so gracious and they have been so–I don’t even know what the word is—but they’re such fabulous people. We were all so thrilled that we were the ones in the final three.

Luke, I know you’re a big fan of the Race. Which season is your favorite and which Racers?

Luke: Season 4 is my favorite. Kelly and Jon. The challenges and cast from that season were pretty awesome.

What are you watching on TV now?

Luke: The Biggest Loser. I love that show.

Margie: The New Adventures of Old Christine. And I love Two and a Half Men.

Is there another reality show you’d want to go on?

Luke: I’d love to go on The Amazing Race again. I don’t think any other reality show compares to it, with the experience of being able to travel the world, seeing the different cultures, the countries [that] are so beautiful. No other show has that kind of experience.

http://www.tvguidemagazine.com/the-amazing-race/luke-and-margie-heart-jaime-and-cara-1050.html
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: puddin on May 12, 2009, 10:23:56 PM
Amazing Race's Margie and Luke Say Pit-Stop Fight Was Blown Out of Proportion
By JOYCE ENG
TV GUIDE

Two puzzling surfboard photos prevented Luke Adams from being Amazing Race's first deaf winner. But even if the die-hard Race fan and his mom, Margie, had won, they'd probably still be remembered more for their infamous fight with Kisha and Jen. Is it all water under the bridge now? Find out what the third-place finishers had to say below, as well as why Luke couldn't stay cool under pressure at the Roadblock.

Check out our interviews with winners Tammy and Victor here, and runners-up Jaime and Cara here.

TVGuide.com: Luke, you're obviously a huge fan of the show and you seem like a real student of the Race. Did that put more pressure on you at the Roadblock?
Luke: There was a lot of pressure. The deaf community was watching me. First, I was on the show and here I am at the end, and I had a lot of responsibility. What they didn't show was that there were producers and a lot of people standing around with cameras watching the Roadblock and I wasn't expecting that, so that kind of added a lot of pressure to have all these eyes on me. My goal was to finish it before the last two teams arrived. [Victor] arriving did not throw me off. I knew that when they got there, they would finish that fast, so it made me hurry up myself.

TVGuide.com: Did you get confused with the last two surfboards because the previous leg was a double leg?
Luke: Actually, it was the pictures that were more confusing. I didn't have a problem with the second-to-the last one ... but since I wasn't the one eating the bugs, I really had a hard time finding that one. There were three surfboards with pictures of bugs and [the spear] looked like a sword, so that's what confused me.

TVGuide.com: How far behind Tammy and Victor were you?
Luke: It was really a short time. We were two minutes behind Cara and Jaime. Victor and Tammy left maybe 10 minutes before us.

TVGuide.com: I don't know if you know this or not, but for the past few seasons, the team who arrived first at the Roadblock did not win, so is there some sort of curse?
Margie: [Laughs] It's just really bad luck.
Luke: When I arrived at the Roadblock, I knew the history of that and I was hoping to break that chain, but that didn't happen.

TVGuide.com: You guys built such a huge lead from the pig task up until then. How disappointing was it to get passed at the final task?
Margie: The hardest thing was watching Luke. I could see that he felt disappointed with himself and that he felt he let me down. But anybody can win. It just wasn't our turn. When we first started, of course we wanted to win, but realistically, I didn't think we would actually win. We wanted to make it far and didn't want to be the first team eliminated. But when we got the lead — after being 20 minutes behind leaving the airport — I started to let myself think maybe we would win.
Luke: I was disappointed. It was hard. The thing I was proud of was that we were the first mother-and-son team to make it to the end.

TVGuide.com: Your competitors have called you deceitful. Do you think you were?
Margie: I don't think we were ever deceitful, but sometimes it looked like that on TV, because of editing partially. When we U-Turned Amanda and Kris, Amanda said that I told her that I would never U-Turn anybody, and that Kisha and Jen said they would never U-Turn anyone. It came out afterwards that Kisha and Jen did say they would use the U-Turn, and I would not have used it. It was Luke's decision to do that. ... It was very hurtful when it came out, but once the truth got out, everyone apologized. We never lied. When we promised [Tammy and Victor and Jaime and Cara] to U-Turn Amanda and Kris, we stuck to our word.

TVGuide.com: Do you think your fight with Kisha and Jen was blown out of proportion?
Margie: I think it was. We all have a responsibility in that. We should've just all let it go. It became more than it was. There were some hurt feelings. But everything since has been great. We love Kisha and Jen, and I don't think there are any hard feelings now.

TVGuide.com: Luke, what has the reaction from the deaf community been like?
Luke: The deaf community has responded very positively. They were very happy with how I played the game and that I made the final three. They were a little disappointed about the Kisha and Jen incident. It's kind of the deaf-culture thing that the natural reaction is to protect myself when I'm bumped into. I was also really upset when Jen called me a bitch because I couldn't hear what she said. She should've said it to my face and not behind my back. I thought that was a very cowardly thing to do and I felt like she kind of got away with that. The deaf community was mad about that.
Margie: It's been overwhelming the response that we've had. Luke wanted to go on the show for that reason. His whole life, people made fun of him because he makes funny noises, and he's been excluded from a lot of activities. He just wanted to show deaf people are not any different than hearing people and I think he really achieved that. Whether we won a million dollars or not, I think we've made people more aware.

TVGuide.com: What are you guys up to now?
Margie: I'm just going back to work!
Luke: I'm looking for a job. I'm going to help the deaf community. I actually want to help people in general also. Last year, I graduated from college and I didn't really have time to look for a job because two months later, I applied for The Amazing Race. I've spent so much of the past year focused on the show that I haven't really thought about what I wanted to do afterward.

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Amazing-Races-Luke-1006019.aspx?rss=news&partnerid=spi&profileid=05
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: apskip on May 13, 2009, 10:30:41 AM
I find Margie's statement
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When we promised [Tammy and Victor and Jaime and Cara] to U-Turn Amanda and Kris, we stuck to our word.
fascinating.

Tammy/Victor reached the U-turn ahead of Margie/Luke. Why would it be done for Tammy/Victor if they elected not to use their own U-Turn opportunity to accomplish what they wanted (elimination of Amanda/Kris if this is accurate)?
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: puddin on May 13, 2009, 11:06:14 AM
I find Margie's statement
Quote
When we promised [Tammy and Victor and Jaime and Cara] to U-Turn Amanda and Kris, we stuck to our word.
fascinating.

Tammy/Victor reached the U-turn ahead of Margie/Luke. Why would it be done for Tammy/Victor if they elected not to use their own U-Turn opportunity to accomplish what they wanted (elimination of Amanda/Kris if this is accurate)?
If I recall Tammy & Victor arrived slightly after Margie & Luke.
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: Dånooky on May 13, 2009, 11:07:36 AM
I find Margie's statement
Quote
When we promised [Tammy and Victor and Jaime and Cara] to U-Turn Amanda and Kris, we stuck to our word.
fascinating.

Tammy/Victor reached the U-turn ahead of Margie/Luke. Why would it be done for Tammy/Victor if they elected not to use their own U-Turn opportunity to accomplish what they wanted (elimination of Amanda/Kris if this is accurate)?
If I recall Tammy & Victor arrived slightly after Margie & Luke.
yeah, remember Victor jumping and singing "not our fault! not our fault!"
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 13, 2009, 11:13:31 AM
I find Margie's statement
Quote
When we promised [Tammy and Victor and Jaime and Cara] to U-Turn Amanda and Kris, we stuck to our word.
fascinating.

Tammy/Victor reached the U-turn ahead of Margie/Luke. Why would it be done for Tammy/Victor if they elected not to use their own U-Turn opportunity to accomplish what they wanted (elimination of Amanda/Kris if this is accurate)?
If I recall Tammy & Victor arrived slightly after Margie & Luke.
ap, we went over this. I told you this. It's in my recap.
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: puddin on May 13, 2009, 11:54:14 AM
An Exclusive 3rd Place Road Block with Margie and Luke of The Amazing Race
by Reg Seeton

Every season of The Amazing Race starts out with the teams beginning the global reality footrace in the spirit of friendly competition. But when the reality of The Amazing Race sets in after a couple of legs from country to country, some teams find a way to get the edge over the others. Sometimes strategic moves are well received in the spirit of competition while other times well-timed opportunities rub racers the wrong way. In the 14th season of The Amazing Race, the competition didn't really get going until the racers got to Siberia where mother and son team of Margie Adams and her deaf son, Luke, used a Blind U-Turn on the team of Kris and Amanda.

Although everyone was racing nice prior to stacking wood in the Vodka soaked back-streets of Siberia, Margie and Luke unexpectedly cranked up The Amazing Race heat on the others teams to become one of the strongest and smartest teams to look out for the remainder of the race. Although Luke is hearing impaired, both he and his mother double-handedly took the race to a new level of competition, as mother and son dominated the top five positions in almost each and every leg.

But when The Amazing Race went from Thailand to China, Margie and Luke found themselves squaring off at the mat in front of host Phil Keoghan over an altercation with fellow Amazing Race competitors, Kisha and Jen. When the sparks subsided and Kisha and Jen were later eliminated from the race, Margie and Luke continued their pursuit of the million dollar prize by claiming one of the top three spots alongside brother and sister team Tammy and Victor plus former NFL cheerleaders Cara and Jaime to run the final leg of The Amazing Race.

When the teams touched down in Maui within a challenging laid back vibe, Margie and Luke breezed through the Road Block by passing the others while carrying a dead pig on a stick to its final ceremonial resting place. But Maui proved to be an insurmountable Amazing Race wall that stopped Margie and Luke in their tracks when Luke struggled in the final Detour, allowing both Tammy and Victor and Jaime and Cara to catch up and pass them. At the final mat, it was Tammy and Victor who claimed first place and the million dollar prize while Jaime and Cara crossed the finish line in second place, with Margie and Luke in third place not too far behind the others.

The very next morning, bright and early, we caught up with arguably the strongest female competitor The Amazing Race has ever seen and her passionately persistent and determined son to find out how Margie and Luke felt about the final leg in Maui, what they would have done differently, how Luke's deaf condition was an advantage to them, what they think of Kisha and Jen now after the fact, and whether Margie now allows Luke to be her make-up stylist when she goes out.

THE DEADBOLT: How tough was it going through the swings of emotion watching Luke in the final Road Block?

MARGIE ADAMS: You know, it’s really difficult, because on that final leg when we arrived in Maui we were like 20 minutes after Tammy and Victor left, we finally got a cab, and when we got to the point where we caught up with the pig, we got ahead with the wave runners. Then to stand on the sidelines and not be able to help and watch it all kind of disintegrate, that was very hard. And to see how hard Luke was on himself about it, that was even harder. So it was a difficult day.

THE DEADBOLT: Luke, looking back now, what would you have done differently in the surfboard challenge?

LUKE ADAMS: [laughs] Just getting that picture right.

MARGIE: He should’ve eaten the bugs and then he would’ve known.

LUKE: But they didn’t show a full picture on the surfboard. Some of the surfboards had full pictures. But that last surfboard, especially on the food challenge had shrimp and larva and starfish, they had different things. But on that picture they only showed one scorpion. However, that picture was really bad. It was red on the background and then it had this black in it and it looked like swords. So it was really confusing to me.

THE DEADBOLT: How do you feel Luke being deaf turned out to be an advantage for you guys during the race?

MARGIE: I think our communication. You know, people are always like, "Oh, my God. Wasn’t that hard on the show? How did you communicate?" This is just how Luke and I communicate his whole life. I mean, we don’t know anything different. So it didn’t make it harder because we had to use sign language in the aspect of that we were able to communicate with each other.

But we have kind of our own shorthand sign language that we use and we were able to communicate pretty quickly, make decisions pretty quickly, and we also are very expressive, like when we sign, and so a lot of gesturing, a lot of facial contortions, I guess you could say. But it just helped us. And there were a lot of tasks where the other teams were talking, talking, talking and Luke and I didn’t have to talk at all. We just were able to do things without the communication. It’s kind of like a non-verbal thing that we have. I think it really helped us.

LUKE: I think it really helped us a lot, my mom and I, with the challenges. We were actually in the top four from the start to the end.

THE DEADBOLT: Do you think in some way you actually gave the million dollar prize to the public in terms of inspiration for what’s possible?

MARGIE: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely! We are so thrilled at some of the responses we received from the deaf community. We’ve had total strangers come up to us on the street and say, "Hey, I just learned the sign language alphabet." And people are making an effort to communicate with Luke with sign language and just the awareness. It has just been phenomenal and we’ve gotten such great support from both the hearing and the deaf community.

Like last night, we were at this party and group of four women came up to me and said, "We’re hear to talk to you because we all have handicap children and we’re teaching them sign language and you’ve just inspired us and given us hope. We didn’t feel like we would be able to have a normal relationship with our child, but we’re really invested in learning sign language and teaching our children so we can communicate with them." And they said that they really didn’t realize how important it was until they saw us on TV. And that’s just four people who flew from California just to meet us and say that and it was just incredible.

Yeah, the million dollars would’ve been nice, but it’s nothing compared to the response from the public. I mean, if we had to pick the million dollars or the response we’ve gotten from the public, we would take the response from the public any day.

THE DEADBOLT: When you used the blind U-Turn, how difficult was it to stay focused and not get rattled by the other teams?

LUKE: It wasn’t hard for me because I knew it was part of the game. I wanted to improve the challenge for my mom and I so it didn’t bother me at all. I know it bothered my mom a little bit.

MARGIE: No, it bothered me a lot, because I really liked Amanda and Kris. I mean, I love them now, but I just thought that they were really great racers and they were really great people. They were so nice and courteous to everyone, but we had made a promise with Tammy and Victor and Cara and Jaime that whoever got to the U-Turn first would use it to give the other two teams more time because it was a difficult challenge that day. And nobody knew where the other teams were because they were so far ahead of us.

So we had made a pact to use the U-Turn and, initially, we had agreed on using it on Mike and Mel. But when Luke and I got there, we just couldn’t use it on Mike and Mel. We just had really bonded with them, so we ended up U-Turning Amanda and Kris. And I think it turned out to be a really good move because they were such a strong team. Also, it was really hard for me to actually do it because they worked so hard on the show, and I know if it had been used on me I would’ve been devastated. It was hard.

THE DEADBOLT: How do you look at the incident with Jen and Kisha?

MARGIE: Kisha and I have talked, and I talked to Jen, and we all understand that it was a really stressful time. And the show doesn’t show that we slept outside on top of a mountain in the cold and rain the night before and we had been going non-stop for 36 hours. And leading up to that ...

LUKE: There wasn’t a lot of food as well.

MARGIE: Not a lot of food. We had a couple of Ramen, I think, and it was just really, really stressful. Actually, Luke and I were really getting on each other’s nerves, too, and we’ve acknowledged that both teams were wrong. We took it way further than it should and we’ve made peace. Luke and I both respect Jen and Kisha so much as people, as athletes, as competitors, and we have no ill-will and no hard feelings. You know, we have a little bit of regret about that situation, because we had had so much fun up until that point on the race, and then it was just a sad situation for me that it happened. But it’s over and we’re friends.

THE DEADBOLT: So, do you let Luke help you with your makeup now whenever you go out?

MARGIE: [laughs] Only when I want to look like Alice Cooper.

THE DEADBOLT: Now that the race is over, can we expect to see you on an all-star version of the Amazing Race? Will you guys be there if they ask you?

http://www.thedeadbolt.com/news/105689/margie_luke_amazing_race_interview.php
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: slayton on May 14, 2009, 07:14:29 PM
The Amazing Race: Luke and Margie Bring The Drama
by Sara Bibel

The deaf son and his fifty-ish mother were the most buzzed about team this season on The Amazing Race. When they won the first leg, they served notice that they were more than an inspirational story. The two wracked up numerous other wins en route to the finale. Their physical prowess gave them an early lead, but they fell behind when Luke struggled with a memory task. They shared what is was like to be a part of so many of this season’s most memorable moments, from Margie’s heat stroke, to their epic fight with Jen and Kisha. (For the record, Luke utilized an interpreter during this phone interview.)

Luke, take us through what happened during the surfboard challenge. You had a huge lead, then ran into trouble.

Luke: With the surfboards, some of them showed full pictures and some did not. With the food challenge it showed there was a scorpion, a larva and a starfish. The surfboard only showed a scorpion. It actually looked like swords or spears. I didn’t have a full picture. That’s why I didn’t pick the right one.


Did you think you had a chance of catching up to Tammy and Victor once you finished the task?

Luke: No. I knew that surfboard was the last challenge.

Margie: We both knew. As soon as Victor took off, Luke kind of gave up. It was really difficult to watch that happen.



The two of you whizzed through the pig carrying challenge, while the other teams struggled. What was your secret?

Luke: We used our body weight. Mom got on the front and I got on the back. We hoisted it up on our shoulders and used our body strength to carry it. Victor and Tammy didn’t do that. I don’t think Victor and Tammy have the upper body strength that Mom and I have.

Margie, you excelled at every physical challenge. Does it feel good to know you can kick a cheerleader’s butt?

Margie: Absolutely. We got there so much after the other teams. They were so far ahead. It was really cool that after we were able to get our pig up I knew that if we got it up higher we would be able to go faster than they were. Carrying it down low like both other teams were doing looked grueling. Both of the other teams had scrapes on their arms. Luke and I had a little bit of soreness on our shoulder but once we got the pig up we were able to move fast down the beach. We had a pretty funny moment. As we passed Jaime and Cara I said, “Bye bye,” at the viewing party.

Luke: It was my favorite challenge.

What was your least favorite challenge?

Luke: The make-up.

Margie: The make-up was worse than eating the bugs.

Luke: I absolutely an inept at putting make-up on women. Obviously.

Now that you’ve had a chance to watch the show, how do you feel about Jen and Kisha?

Luke: After I watched the show it bothered me a little bit. There was one part where Jen said, “Whatever is in front of me I’m going to push it.” I don’t think Jen pushed me on purpose. I don’t know. That was just really a bad day. we didn’t get enough sleep or food. We were stressed out because the night before we slept in a tent. It was raining and it was cold.

Margie: That was a difficult day all around, not just the interaction with Jen and Kisha. We were exhausted. We were starving. It really was much worse than it needed to be. We have all said we were sorry. We’ve all accepted responsibility for our part in the little scuffle. We respect Jen and Kisha. We think they are wonderful athletes. They have a really good competitive spirit. We didn’t interact with them much on the Race but we’ve been watching the show. We see that they encourage people. We have a lot of respect for them and are very sorry about what happened.

Luke: It made for good drama for the show.

Margie, what was it like getting heat stoke and collapsing into Phil’s arms?

Margie: The challenge was we had to take turns pulling a rickshaw from point A to point B. It was a two mile run. We had someone give us directions to King Rama park. When we got there it was the wrong park. We ended up running close to five miles with that rickshaw. I could tell getting into the cab to the pit stop that I needed to drink some water. It was a scary moment because I knew I was going down but I just wanted to hold on until I heard what number we were because I thought we were eliminated. Waking up and having Phil in my face, it made it all worth while.

When are you guys going to go on all those great trips that you won?

Luke: I want to go to St. Lucia soon.

Margie: Luke’s going to take that trip with a friend. I’m going to take the Mexico trip with my sisters. Then we have Puerto Rico that we’ll have to fight over.

Luke: Mom, you can have the Puerto Rico trip. It’s okay.

What moment that ended up on the cutting room floor do you wish America had gotten to see?

Luke: When we were in China, when we were on the bicycle, Jaime was next to me and we were signing to each other. This man was looking at me and he looked scared. So he pushed me and I fell over. The gnome that we had to carry broke into several different pieces. It was very funny.

Margie: I got off my bike to see if he was okay, and the man crashed into me, too.

Kynt and Vyxsin are Fancast’s celebrity Amazing Race bloggers. They have this question for you: Guys! Today, we have a SPECIAL message for you two from the students at the American Sign Language (ASL) Program at Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California. The Sign Language students there have been cheering for you two feverishly! Their question for Luke is: At what age did you begin to learn Sign Language? Their question for Margie is: Do you have any advice for people who wish to truly master sign language?

Margie: I suspected that Luke was deaf from very early on, when he was a few weeks old. He was finally diagnosed when he was one with a profound hearing loss. The next week we started at a pre-school for deaf children. We learned sign through the classes. I went to school with him. He was about foutreen months when he had his first sign. He signed airplane.

Luke: I was always happy to see airplanes.

Margie: Once he started signing he couldn’t stop signing. We started an oral program with Luke. He was doing pretty well with hearing aids. Then when he was two he got menengitis and and the little bit of residual hearing that he had was completely wiped out. We concentrated on signing after that. His sister’s never taken a sign language class in her life and she’s fluent in sign language.

http://www.fancast.com/blogs/the-amazing-race/the-amazing-race-luke-and-margie-bring-the-drama/

Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: puddin on May 14, 2009, 11:15:30 PM
Exclusive: Margie and Luke Adams talk about 'The Amazing Race'

   
By Reality TV World staff, 05/14/2009

After becoming the team to make it to The Amazing Race 14's final Roadblock in first place and nearly completing it before either of the competition's other remaining teams even arrived, things were looking pretty good for the "Mother and Son" of Margie Adams and Luke Adams.


However things eventually took a turn for the worse when Luke got stuck on the final portion of the task, resulting in the "Sibling Lawyers" team of Tammy Jih and Victor Jih passing them and winning the competition.

On Monday, Margie, a 51-year-old clinical research associate from Denver, CO, and Luke, a deaf 23-year-old college graduate from Denver, CO, spoke to Reality TV World about what happened at the final Roadblock task, why he initially did so well, and what happened at during their controversial incidents with fellow racers Jennifer Hoffman and LaKisha Hoffman.
 


Reality TV World: Congratulations...

Margie: Thank you.

Reality TV World: Luke, given that you're such a big fan of the Race and the show had used these types of memory tasks at the end before, you were actually anticipating that type of task, right?  Based on the show, it seemed like you had planned on that being the final task.

Luke: Absolutely, I knew there'd be a memory challenge at the end of the leg.

Reality TV World: What happened at the end there, were you just pretty much swapping surfboards out at random when you were struggling?

Luke: The first ten I knew were right, but that last one, it was just so confusing.  All the surfboards showed these full pictures except for the last one, and that had to do with the food challenge.  And so I knew they had like starfish and scorpions and larvae and grasshoppers -- I knew that was the food that was part of the food challenge. 

But on the surfboard itself it only showed a scorpion and that was it. So I put that down -- I looked at it and I thought it looked like swords, it didn't even look like anything to do with the food challenge. So that's why I kind of tossed it aside. 

And then I had one with (unintelligible) pictures on the surfboard so I tried that one and the woman would say 'No, that's not right' and I'd switch to a different one and she said 'No, that's not right' so I went through a variety of these bug pictures and so I had no idea that [scorpion one] was the last one.

Reality TV World: So it wasn't until Jamie pointed it out that you finally decided to give it a shot?

Luke: That's it exactly.

Reality TV World: Margie, what were your own thoughts as you kind of stood there helpless?

Margie: It was so exciting when we got there.  I knew Luke had kept a journal and he documented what tasks we had [done] in what cities in what leg of the Race and had everything documented really well.  And he re-read it, you know, flying to Hawaii he was looking at it and studying it, and I knew he was really well prepared for that task. 

And when we got there I was so excited because he was just flying through it -- you know 1-2-3-4-5 -- and then he got to 10 and he had a little trouble with 10 and had it out of order but then he got that right. 

But that eleventh surfboard, he just could not get it and to stand on the side and not be able to help him -- not that I would have probably known myself, but -- to just have stand there and [only] be able to say words of encouragement...

Luke: ...oh but mom, I'm sure you would have recognized that last one with the scorpions.

Margie: (laughs) Yeah, since I ate them, I may have recognized them.  But you know, Luke did such an awesome job.  I... he did a million times better than I could have done with that challenge so I'm so proud of him.

Reality TV World: Luke, one of the things that kind of seemed to come across on both the surfboard and the 'Chekhov' task, back in Siberia I think it was, was that you almost seemed to lose your focus a little bit once things went off and didn't work on the first try.  Was that the case, was that something you were aware of, or do you agree or disagree with that?

Luke: The Russian challenge was frustrating as well.  Since I'm deaf I can't hear Russian words -- what their names are, what they sound like. 

So I really didn't know that playwright and I didn't really recognize it because the Russian playwright's name ended with a 'v' so I never took Russian literature classes in high school or college.  You know, I focused on improving my English skills.

So I got there and had absolutely no idea how to get this name so I continued to guess and finally I got the name right, but it took me a long time to figure it out.

Reality TV World: When did you guys first begin to realize that your big [final Roadblock] lead was gone and Victor was catching up and had a chance of finishing first?

Luke: I knew Victor would finish fast, he's a very, very smart man. And so he had studied and written down things too, so I knew that would be a big advantage for him in the game.  So when he arrived I tried to hurry and I thought he was hurrying as well, but he happened to finish before I did.

Margie: And I think the moment the [next] clue was handed to Victor, when he completed the task, it was almost like, yeah, Luke was a little deflated (laughs)

It was like he almost gave up.  We both knew whoever finished [the Roadblock] first was going to win the Race.

Luke: I wanted so much to finish before Victor.

Margie: Yeah...

Luke: And also I knew the surfboard challenge would be the last one before the Pit Stop so when Victor finished before me then I knew they'd won.

Reality TV World: Luke, you helped Jaime out immediately with that last surfboard [once Victor finished].  Were you ever worried that she and Cara might turn around and leave you guys there without revealing the one that you were still missing?

Luke: Sure, it crossed my mind, I thought she might leave.

Margie: I knew she wouldn't leave.  I knew she -- you know, I mean throughout the whole race, every promise they made, every time we said we were going to do a task together, every -- they never, ever once like went back on their word... so.

Actually, the idea came from Cara and I.  We were so frustrated after Victor left, just from not being able to help.  [So] we said 'We can't help you but you can help each other' and then Luke jumped right in there and he showed Jaime first.  It could have been a whole different ending if Jaime had turned her surfboard around first.

Reality TV World: That's actually the follow-up question I had for that.  That decision of who revealed first, at least [it looked] on the show last night, basically determined who finished second and who finished third.

Margie: Absolutely.

Reality TV World: Was there any additional discussion [or] going back and forth about who was going to reveal first or was it just as instant as it appeared on the show?

Margie: It was just as instantaneous as it appeared on the show.  Once we said 'Okay, you guys need to help each other' Luke just jumped right in and he was right there to offer the help to Jaime immediately. 

He didn't -- well, I'm sure he knew that once he showed her that clue they were in second, or showed her the surfboard [I mean], that they would get second [place at the finish mat]. 

But you know, it just -- we were so happy for them that they got second and we're so happy for Tammy and Victor that they... you know, we were just happy to be in the Final 3. 

And we had so much respect and we liked those people so much.  It was really never -- I mean the money is nice, don't get me wrong, it would have been nice to have a million dollars -- but you know, the money wasn't the driving factor for us to be on the show.

So you know, just to be able to get in the Final 3 and to complete the entire race was just incredible and we're thrilled for Jaime and Cara and Tammy and Victor.

Reality TV World: Luke, based upon what was shown at the episode at the time, it looked like there was pretty much equal blame [to go around] on those incidents with Jennifer.  Has seeing the footage changed your opinion what happened at all?

Luke: No.  I think that was really just a bad day that the situation happened.  We didn't have enough sleep.  We hadn't eaten a lot. They didn't show the part the night before.  We had to sleep in this tent on this mountain.  It was so cold and had been raining. 

But one thing was a big misconception is that when I was running to the cluebox, Jenn was behind me.  And of course I can't hear, so I did not know she was behind me.  So I did not mean to hurt her, it was just a natural reaction for me to protect myself.  It was a natural reflex. 

And then she called me a bitch behind my back and I didn't know this until my mom told me.  And that really, really upset me.  Because I felt like she had called me a bitch and she got away with it because I couldn't hear her.  And so she called me a bitch and then she leaves and that's what I was upset [about]. 

And also the times when I was growing up being deaf, people said a lot of negative things behind my back and I thought that Jenn wouldn't be a coward and if she had the courage to say bitch she needed to say it to my face, not behind my back.

Reality TV World: Didn't she try and sign it to you?

Luke: The deaf community was really, really upset about Jenn for calling me a bitch.  And the deaf community didn't feel that was respectful.

Margie: No, Jenn didn't sign bitch, she just yelled it and then I signed it.

Reality TV World: Okay, [on the episode] it looked like there was a hand signal there and there's been some confusion [over what that was]

Margie: Yeah, Luke was not aware that she called him a bitch until I told him.

Reality TV World: No, I understand he wasn't aware, there's just been some confusion about whether she had actually tried -- you know, [deliberately] did it behind his back or actually tried to make him aware of it.

Margie: No, she did not sign, I told him.

Luke: No.  She was yelling bitch, she did not sign bitch to me.

Margie: And you know, I've gotten a lot of feedback and a little bit of flack from people about why saying 'Well why did you tell him?'

And you know I was there as his mother but I was also there as his interpreter and as an interpreter, you know you're obligated to say what people say.  I mean that's what you're there to do, you know? 

As his mother I would have loved to have no told him that and just gone on with the Race but you know it's not fair to him to keep information from him.  So I've had a lot of people say 'Why didn't you just leave it alone, why didn't you just go on and not tell him she said that? ' Because that would have made things a lot better, but, you know.

Reality TV World: Margie, obviously you weren't there immediately up close [to Luke] when it happened, so has seeing the actual footage -- which my assumption is, it's a better [angle or zoom] shot than whatever distance you had when you were racing up behind him...

Margie: I was probably five feet away.

Reality TV World: Okay...

Margie: She ran into him and I could see her coming and she was like pretty 'full steam ahead and no brakes.'  And I just knew, I thought she was going to knock him down actually.  And she kind of did pull up a little bit right before she bumped into him. 

But like Luke said, he has no -- you know, you might not even be aware of it as a hearing person, but you can brace yourself and prepare yourself if you can hear somebody coming from behind you and you think they're going to run into you.

But as a deaf person he was totally unaware that she was going to, you know -- he had no clue.  And it was just a ridiculous response, and was just a reflex on his part.  And you know, we said we were sorry and got on with it and, you know, it was just a bad day and we're very sorry it happened and we like Kisha and Jenn very, very much. 

We have a lot of respect for their athletic ability, we think they're wonderful people.  You know, it was just unfortunate that it happened and we don't have any problem with Kisha and Jenn now, we really like them a lot..

Reality TV World: But you guys obviously seemed to [initially] hold a grudge beyond that day.  I mean there was multiple footage on the subsequent legs...

Margie: Yeah, but you know what, that was so coincidental.  The bicycle where he pulled out -- the bicycle -- he didn't see them coming.  And when he ran out to the cab, that was totally an accident, he wasn't like running after them. 

The way it's edited says everything.  And you know I think a lot of it was done to create the drama.  You know if that incident the day before had not happened -- when he ran out at the airport and they kind of crashed into each other, that was totally an accident. 

You know, I mean -- I think they made it, you know, they dramatized, they wanted to, you know, play out the drama for as long as they could.  Those two incidents with the bicycle and the -- you know, those were just coincidental things.

Reality TV World: Yeah, I actually wasn't referring to any subsequent incidents, I was referring to some of the comments yourself and Luke were shown making about hoping that they'd be the team that was getting eliminated and...

Margie: Well they made some of the same comments. You know I think both teams kinda were holding on to the grudge a little bit.  Like Kisha and Jenn said that they would absolutely U-Turn us.  They wanted to get there first so that they could U-Turn us, and if we had gotten there first we probably would have, well we absolutely would have U-Turned them, no probably about it, because [they were] fierce competitors. 

You know, from the time that incident occurred -- and again, I say we accept our, we're just as responsible as they are for what happened -- but you know, it just was an unfortunate incident and you know, we are very sorry that it happened.

Reality TV World: Okay, great, any final words Luke?

Luke: I hope deaf people are proud of me.

http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/exclusive-margie-and-luke-adams-talk-about-the-amazing-race-8971.php
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: Jobby on May 15, 2009, 07:52:37 AM
These two are an amazing pair and it has been a joy watching them race! :jumpy:

It was so touching to have such a strong mother-son bond relationship like what these two have. Personally, i also have a pretty strong relationship with my mom and i can totally understand how Luke felt about his mom all his life.. the gratitude, the love.. everything!

Wow, i can't say they are my favourite team.. but my respect goes all out to them! :hearts:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 15, 2009, 12:08:58 PM
Reading this Reality TV World interview and the one with Cara & Jaime, I get the feeling the interviewer had an agenda. Whomever it was almost pissed off Jaime and this one could have been a bit abrasive.
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: DeafRacer on May 15, 2009, 01:03:25 PM
Hi RFF,

This is Luke! I just want to drop in to say hello to y'all! I have been enjoying the posts during the season airs! It was so funny to watch you guys trying to figure it out! Jen H. and I got a bick kick out of it when y'all assumed that she is deaf!

:-)

-Luke
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: DrRox on May 15, 2009, 01:35:35 PM
Welcome to the forum, Luke.

 :hearts: :jam: :jumpy: :jam: :hearts: :jumpy:

It was a lot of fun watching you race. And not everyone assumed any particular one was deaf. We get lots of stuff and takes time to find the wheat in all the chaff.

Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: puddin on May 15, 2009, 02:11:28 PM
Hi RFF,

This is Luke! I just want to drop in to say hello to y'all! I have been enjoying the posts during the season airs! It was so funny to watch you guys trying to figure it out! Jen H. and I got a bick kick out of it when y'all assumed that she is deaf!

:-)

-Luke
Hello Luke!  :jumpy: :jumpy:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: DeafRacer on May 15, 2009, 03:42:14 PM
Puddin! I've heard so much about you. Have I met you at TARCon?
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place
Post by: puddin on May 15, 2009, 03:59:26 PM
Puddin! I've heard so much about you. Have I met you at TARCon?
Sorry, no Luke I was not at Tarcon but its certainly nice of you to sign up to say hello to us and thanks for the praise that you gave us on the RFFRadio show, Rob sure had fun interviewing you all.  :thankyou:  :hithere:
By the way congrats on your great race and thank you for the months of entertainment! :congrats:  :wtg:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 15, 2009, 04:16:53 PM
Hi RFF,

This is Luke! I just want to drop in to say hello to y'all! I have been enjoying the posts during the season airs! It was so funny to watch you guys trying to figure it out! Jen H. and I got a bick kick out of it when y'all assumed that she is deaf!

:-)

-Luke
Luke!

You rock. I'm glad you're at RFF. It was a pleasure meeting your mom on the Friday before TARCon at Peach's gathering. I wish I had the opportunity to meet you. Your translator is also very nice.
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: bag on May 15, 2009, 04:54:25 PM
LUKE? HERE? Oh my. *swoons*

It is so awesome to see all the racers here, thank you so much guys for coming to our forum! :hearts: :jam:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: DeafRacer on May 15, 2009, 05:13:07 PM
I have to admit it that this site is my favorite place to visit on web. I have been lurking around on this site for past two years. Now here I am!
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: gator27 on May 15, 2009, 07:23:06 PM
I have to admit it that this site is my favorite place to visit on web. I have been lurking around on this site for past two years. Now here I am!

Looking forward to your input on TAR15.
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Hooky on May 15, 2009, 07:43:17 PM
Welcome, Luke! I think it's way cool that you've been reading all these things this whole time. :jumpy:

I have to admit that I was not a big fan of your team after the incident with Kisha & Jen. I wanted to see the dream that defyed the spoilers last as long as possible. I do realize though that all of your actions were edited to emphasize things that get more money for the producers. I can't say that just watching the show means that I really know you.

Welcome to RFF! We need to get you a welcome from Peach! :yess:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 15, 2009, 07:48:29 PM
I have to admit it that this site is my favorite place to visit on web. I have been lurking around on this site for past two years. Now here I am!
What took you so long to delurk? Well, asides from being in TAR14... :lol:
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Post by: Hooky on May 15, 2009, 07:52:50 PM
That's so cool! We could have had a racer on here before we even knew he would be a racer! :lol:
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Post by: slayton on May 15, 2009, 08:29:53 PM
The Reality TV World interview seems to suggest that Margie & Luke would have been able to use the U-Turn in China.

What is the definitive answer regarding this?
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Post by: georgiapeach on May 15, 2009, 08:32:20 PM
:bigwelcome Luke!!!

I loved getting to meet you and Margie and Janet at TARcon and what a great pleasure to have you FINALLY here!! No more lurking now!!

Heee....Did I ever say sorry about the "deaf girl" thing?  That was a spoiler that lost a little in translation, :lol:

You guys entertained us, amazed us, and touched our hearts all season and you should be very very proud of what you all accomplished!

Have fun here, join in anywhere, tell us like it is!!

 :hugs:

Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Ray! on May 15, 2009, 10:25:20 PM
Hey Luke. In-race, I liked you, then hated you towards the end.

But ya, hi. I can't possibly hold grudges for THAT long. :lol: Glad to see you posting. :D :D

Hey, how about getting the others to post here too?! And then maybe have you guys play an online Amazing Race? :lol:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Neobie on May 16, 2009, 02:22:56 AM
Luke! :waves:

A little awkward for us knowing you've been reading all this while, you know? :lol: What with us trying to figure out whether your shoes are male/female in the Phuket picture and all! Kind of like us pissing off Dan and Andrew by going all stalker on their college photos...

Hoping life is good for you! Now you can help us spoil the next race! :yess: :lol:
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Post by: Hooky on May 16, 2009, 03:46:51 PM
If you and your mom know any racers from older seasons, you should try to get them to show up here, too! :jumpy:
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Post by: Chateau d If on May 16, 2009, 04:30:05 PM
I have to admit it that this site is my favorite place to visit on web. I have been lurking around on this site for past two years. Now here I am!

It's about time!   :jumpy:

Great to have you hear!   :snicker:  I don't make a lot of puns.   :lol:

You and your mom rock!!!
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: DeafRacer on May 17, 2009, 12:26:34 PM
The Reality TV World interview seems to suggest that Margie & Luke would have been able to use the U-Turn in China.

What is the definitive answer regarding this?

I'm glad that you asked that question! Actually, the twist was that my Mom and I were able to use the U-Turn in China. We would have been the first team to use the U-Turn twice ever in Amazing Race history if we got to the U-Turn mat before Tammy and Victor gets there. The catch is that none of teams knew that we were able to use the U-Turn again so we kept it as a secret. We didn't want other teams to feel threatens if they knew that we were able to do U-Turn again. It might be little bit confusing to some people about being able to the U-Turn is that we still have our "courtsey of" team sticker so it allowed us to be able to use the U-Turn in China - it's one of loopholes, I guess.

Luke! :waves:

A little awkward for us knowing you've been reading all this while, you know? :lol: What with us trying to figure out whether your shoes are male/female in the Phuket picture and all! Kind of like us pissing off Dan and Andrew by going all stalker on their college photos...

Hoping life is good for you! Now you can help us spoil the next race! :yess: :lol:

I find it pretty funny when I saw that you guys are trying to figure it out if I'm a man or a woman after I got home from the race. I remember that man who took a picture of us - he gave us a right direction to right park, he was a big fan of the Amazing Race. My Mom and I ran 5 miles on that day - that is one of reasons why my Mom fainted on the mat. We didn't have any water bottle with us! On the note, Mom and I switched around several times while pulling rickshaw!!! Editing made it looks like my Mom did all of work, haha. That challenge was just so incredibly hard and we thought we were totally done since we ran wrong way for 3 miles! That's why I was so escastic when Phil said that we were the #4 team to arrive.

I hope some of you guys don't feel awkward that I read the posts during the season so I know who doesn't like me or who loves me.   :lol:    I find it pretty amusing, haha.
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Post by: Dånooky on May 17, 2009, 12:40:02 PM
I hope some of you guys don't feel awkward that I read the posts during the season so I know who doesn't like me or who loves me.   :lol:    I find it pretty amusing, haha.
And what did you think about the caricatures made about the situation on the mat in China?
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Belle Book on May 17, 2009, 01:36:34 PM
So you're Luke, Deaf Racer!  I just wanted to say Hi, and congratulations on your third-place finish.

Belle Book
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Post by: TexasLady on May 17, 2009, 02:23:49 PM
I have to admit it that this site is my favorite place to visit on web. I have been lurking around on this site for past two years. Now here I am!
What took you so long to delurk? Well, asides from being in TAR14... :lol:

Seriously, what took you so long!  :lol:  No matter, you are in unlurk mode now!

Welcome and congratulations to you and the Bionic Woman, aka Mom!
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Post by: puddin on May 17, 2009, 03:11:37 PM
Thanks for all the inside info Luke! We love to know what went on behind the scenes! We are also discussing what the task was after the surfboards, find a statue according to Victor in one of his interviews. Editing made it seem like you all went straight to the finish line but there are a lot of voiceovers as well as a clue that does not look like a regular clue handed to you all after the surfboards were completed. Then there is the matter of whether or not you had to settle your taxi fare before you ran to the final mat or was it stated in the clue that you could settle the fare after the fact?

oops nevermind on the statue! Thanks Luke!
I just want to confirm it that we did have to look for the statue after the surfboard challenge. It wasn't too far away from the roadblock. Maybe 10 minutes away from surfboard fence shop then other 20-25 minutes to the golf course. I can't remember the name of statue, tho.
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Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 17, 2009, 05:13:10 PM
From now on, we'll call that "The Final Task That Never Aired". Kind of like that big Japanese Drum that puddin never found. :lol:

*running*
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: pledge on May 17, 2009, 07:01:11 PM
 :welcome:   

Congratulations !!!   I was rooting for you and your Mom the entire
race.         :jumpy:
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Post by: Pedaler on May 17, 2009, 07:03:12 PM
Welcome,  Luke.  I have a couple or so questions for you.

Do you recall where in Bejing the confessionals in the following link were filmed?
http://forum.realityfanforum.com/index.php/topic,18689.msg392923.html#msg392923

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The program showed the final 3 teams in the Beijing airport on the way to Hawaii.  However, one of the spoiler threads here suggest that Tammy and Victor were on an earlier flight to Tokyo.  Were they?  If so, did that concern you and your Mom, or did you know that all of you were on the same connecting flight from Tokyo to Hawaii?

TYIA
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Post by: DeafRacer on May 17, 2009, 07:35:22 PM
I hope some of you guys don't feel awkward that I read the posts during the season so I know who doesn't like me or who loves me.   :lol:    I find it pretty amusing, haha.
And what did you think about the caricatures made about the situation on the mat in China?

Haha, I think I'll leave that thing alone for now. There were more several things happened on that day that haven't made it on the show, maybe one day I'll sit down and explains what has else happened on that day that lead to the most memorable mat meltdown. At least, I got to be the first deaf person to swear in sign language on the national t.v. so  I guess I can't complain about it  :lol:  Also, it made a good episode that got everyone debate about that situtation.

Welcome,  Luke.  I have a couple or so questions for you.

Do you recall where in Bejing the confessionals in the following link were filmed?
http://forum.realityfanforum.com/index.php/topic,18689.msg392923.html#msg392923

The program showed the final 3 teams in the Beijing airport on the way to Hawaii.  However, one of the spoiler threads here suggest that Tammy and Victor were on an earlier flight to Tokyo.  Were they?  If so, did that concern you and your Mom, or did you know that all of you were on the same connecting flight from Tokyo to Hawaii?

TYIA

We, three teams, got on same flight to Tokyo from Beijing. The ticket counters at Beijing airport were pretty much closed till like 4am in the morning so Cara+Jaime and my mom + I caught up with Tammy and Victor at Beijing airport. There was no way that Tammy and Victor could have caught an earlier flight to Tokyo. I wish they showed a scene at Honolulu airport before we head out to Maui - there was a big footrace through the airport to ticket counter between Tammy + Victor and my mom + me to grab snag flight seats. We were afraid that there might be not a lot of seats left on next flight to Maui. It was crazy.

From now on, we'll call that "The Final Task That Never Aired". Kind of like that big Japanese Drum that puddin never found. :lol:

*running*

You guys will be surprised that there were several tasks + places we went to and a lot of funny moments that never made it on the show! I got a favorite part that never made it on the show was I had a bike accident where my little gnome broke into several pieces and I had to pee outside somewhere in Beijing during racing because I couldn't hold it much longer as well!
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Post by: Ray! on May 17, 2009, 10:10:36 PM
So Luke, who of the teams do you stay in touch with the most? :lol:
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Post by: Dånooky on May 18, 2009, 07:14:22 AM
I got a favorite part that never made it on the show was I had a bike accident where my little gnome broke into several pieces and I had to pee outside somewhere in Beijing during racing because I couldn't hold it much longer as well!
So, is there a penalty for breaking the gnome? :lol:
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Post by: Snooky on May 18, 2009, 07:25:56 AM
I got a favorite part that never made it on the show was I had a bike accident where my little gnome broke into several pieces and I had to pee outside somewhere in Beijing during racing because I couldn't hold it much longer as well!
So, is there a penalty for breaking the gnome? :lol:
Just glue it back together!
 :lol:
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Post by: Ray! on May 18, 2009, 08:07:12 AM
I got a favorite part that never made it on the show was I had a bike accident where my little gnome broke into several pieces and I had to pee outside somewhere in Beijing during racing because I couldn't hold it much longer as well!
So, is there a penalty for breaking the gnome? :lol:

Okay. Admit it Luke. Did any other racers have pee problems in China? I mean, Jaime looked really pissed. (pun intended :lol:)
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Post by: DeafRacer on May 18, 2009, 03:05:16 PM
I got a favorite part that never made it on the show was I had a bike accident where my little gnome broke into several pieces and I had to pee outside somewhere in Beijing during racing because I couldn't hold it much longer as well!
So, is there a penalty for breaking the gnome? :lol:

I guess not! Producers treid to put bandages on broken gnome while my mom and I were putting makeup on each other at the opera house. Bandages couldn't keep gnome together so they got us a new gnome before we head out of opera house. They said it's the first time that a gnome broke into several piece on the race  :groan:

I got a favorite part that never made it on the show was I had a bike accident where my little gnome broke into several pieces and I had to pee outside somewhere in Beijing during racing because I couldn't hold it much longer as well!

So, is there a penalty for breaking the gnome? :lol:

Okay. Admit it Luke. Did any other racers have pee problems in China? I mean, Jaime looked really pissed. (pun intended :lol:)

Haha, I had no idea about others. When I had to pee outside, my cameraman was right into my face and filmed me while I was peeing! I was like, get out of my way! I know one racer had to pee outside during a leg in Germany but I am not going to say who  otherwise that person will kill me if i say that person's name!

So Luke, who of the teams do you stay in touch with the most? :lol:

My redhead girlfriends  ;D I'm going to see them this summer so I'm excited!

Neobie, I loved the icon you made with a bird attacking me. I would love to have that icon!
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Post by: Dånooky on May 18, 2009, 03:16:44 PM
They said it's the first time that a gnome broke into several piece on the race  :groan:

Add that to the list of firsts in the race that happened this season :lol:
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Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 18, 2009, 03:26:36 PM
Broken gnome! Broken gnome! :gnome :gnome :gnome :gnome

I love the gnome.  :lol: :lol:
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Post by: DrRox on May 18, 2009, 03:44:02 PM
First time in TAR of gnome abuse.

 :funny: :funny: :funny: :funny:
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Post by: CrazyForKahlen on May 18, 2009, 04:15:51 PM
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Neobie, I loved the icon you made with a bird attacking me. I would love to have that icon!

Why not this one? :(

(http://www.izadsyah.com/images/lukecrap.gif)
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Post by: Hooky on May 18, 2009, 04:52:31 PM
So, DeafRacer, did every leg have unaired locations/clueboxes?

I really want to know because to me it seems like the last few seasons have had legs that were too short compared to older seasons.

Oh, and another random question: Did you get to keep your clues as "mementos" after the Race?
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Post by: Ray! on May 18, 2009, 09:27:54 PM
OMG. The gnome breaking stuff was fun. :lol:

I got a favorite part that never made it on the show was I had a bike accident where my little gnome broke into several pieces and I had to pee outside somewhere in Beijing during racing because I couldn't hold it much longer as well!

So, is there a penalty for breaking the gnome? :lol:

Okay. Admit it Luke. Did any other racers have pee problems in China? I mean, Jaime looked really pissed. (pun intended :lol:)

Haha, I had no idea about others. When I had to pee outside, my cameraman was right into my face and filmed me while I was peeing! I was like, get out of my way! I know one racer had to pee outside during a leg in Germany but I am not going to say who  otherwise that person will kill me if i say that person's name!

Deaf or not, nice or evil, that's still wrong on so many levels. :lol: The cameraman should've just left you to pee. It's not like you smuggled a phone or something.

So Luke, who of the teams do you stay in touch with the most? :lol:

My redhead girlfriends  ;D I'm going to see them this summer so I'm excited!

Neobie, I loved the icon you made with a bird attacking me. I would love to have that icon!

COOL! Get Jaime/Cara to post here! :tup:
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Post by: Neobie on May 18, 2009, 09:31:46 PM
Here you go Luke! :lol:

Are you allowed to tell us about the Beijing confessional hotel? I've been going nuts trying to find it!
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Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 18, 2009, 09:42:27 PM
Luke,

Jaime told me that in the last legs, the racers were kept away from each other and the producers tried to stir things up amongst you. What would they say and did you and your mom take the bait?
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Post by: Moo on May 19, 2009, 02:10:09 AM
Hi Luke!  :waves: Congratulations!

I have a question: During the Final Roadblock, I wondered why you chose the Skull for one of three legs in China (If I'm not mistaken, Leg 11?), where in the episode, we clearly couldn't see one... was there some other place that you have visited or was it the call of panic and stress? And were you expecting a Superleg in Beijing at that time?  ;D Thanks a lot and Kudos to a Fantastic (one of my best) season!
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Post by: chill_sd on May 19, 2009, 11:32:26 AM
Luke, thank you so much for posting here.  You seem to have a great sense of humor.  I hope you'll be around for next season for your input on the new teams.
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Post by: Snooky on May 19, 2009, 06:28:04 PM
Luke,
This was one of my favorite seasons, and I am so glad you were in it.  You and Margie made it one of the best seasons!
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Post by: DeafRacer on May 19, 2009, 07:22:48 PM
So, DeafRacer, did every leg have unaired locations/clueboxes?

I really want to know because to me it seems like the last few seasons have had legs that were too short compared to older seasons.

Oh, and another random question: Did you get to keep your clues as "mementos" after the Race?

There were several unaired locations/clueboxes on several legs. There was one unaired cluebox in Romania episode - that cluebox location where we had to go to after the roadblock was like an hour away from the train station. If we didn't have to go to that cluebox location and went to the train station straight instead then Amanda + Kris, Mike +Mel and my mom and I would be able to catch the last train. We would be pretty far ahead of everybody else in that leg. That would have made the episode boring!

At least, there was an extra leg on my season compare to last two seasons! But yeah, it seems like there weren't a lot of general tasks on my season, compare to other seasons. No, we didn't get to keep anything from the race.  :duno:


Here you go Luke! :lol:

Are you allowed to tell us about the Beijing confessional hotel? I've been going nuts trying to find it!

I have no idea what you really want to know about that hotel?

Luke,

Jaime told me that in the last legs, the racers were kept away from each other and the producers tried to stir things up amongst you. What would they say and did you and your mom take the bait?

Haha, I had no idea that the producers were trying to stir things up. Maybe they tried to but I was like half-asleep during the interviews so I could care less about it.

Hi Luke!  :waves: Congratulations!

I have a question: During the Final Roadblock, I wondered why you chose the Skull for one of three legs in China (If I'm not mistaken, Leg 11?), where in the episode, we clearly couldn't see one... was there some other place that you have visited or was it the call of panic and stress? And were you expecting a Superleg in Beijing at that time?  ;D Thanks a lot and Kudos to a Fantastic (one of my best) season!

I didn't know what I was thinking about pulling that skull one up! When I got down to last two surfboards, my mind was utterly exhausted. I was racking through my mind like 100 mph trying to remember everything what we did on the race.

I had NO idea that there were going to be TBC leg! I thought there would be only 11 legs on my season. TBC has totally threw me off the track. If it wasn't for TBC, we would have won the race.

Luke, thank you so much for posting here.  You seem to have a great sense of humor.  I hope you'll be around for next season for your input on the new teams.

Thanks! :-) I'm looking forward to next season and see if they could measure it up to my season!
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Post by: Moo on May 19, 2009, 07:36:00 PM

Hi Luke!  :waves: Congratulations!

I have a question: During the Final Roadblock, I wondered why you chose the Skull for one of three legs in China (If I'm not mistaken, Leg 11?), where in the episode, we clearly couldn't see one... was there some other place that you have visited or was it the call of panic and stress? And were you expecting a Superleg in Beijing at that time?  ;D Thanks a lot and Kudos to a Fantastic (one of my best) season!

I didn't know what I was thinking about pulling that skull one up! When I got down to last two surfboards, my mind was utterly exhausted. I was racking through my mind like 100 mph trying to remember everything what we did on the race.

I had NO idea that there were going to be TBC leg! I thought there would be only 11 legs on my season. TBC has totally threw me off the track. If it wasn't for TBC, we would have won the race.

Thanks for responding, Luke! The TBC quite shocked me as well, it looks like they considered the TBC 2 single length legs for the final task too...

Regarding the mementos... wouldn't they ever give you the Tiger picture, even if the race is already over? That was so cool!
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Post by: Jobby on May 19, 2009, 09:47:51 PM
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wouldn't they ever give you the Tiger picture, even if the race is already over? That was so cool!

I fully agreeeee.
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Post by: DeafRacer on May 20, 2009, 01:44:03 AM
Actually we lost that tiger picture  :'(

Soon as Mom fainted on the mat, the producers forced me to drink lot of water much as I could right away - they were afraid that I might have a heat stroke as well then I puked out all over on ground. After that, I got really dizzy and was forced to go back to cab so I could pay the fare and get our bags. I forgot to take that tiger picture out - it was on the backseat.  :-(

I guess I have to find that cab driver and ask him to mail that tiger picture to us, haha.
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Post by: Jobby on May 20, 2009, 05:50:47 AM
Actually we lost that tiger picture  :'(

Soon as Mom fainted on the mat, the producers forced me to drink lot of water much as I could right away - they were afraid that I might have a heat stroke as well then I puked out all over on ground. After that, I got really dizzy and was forced to go back to cab so I could pay the fare and get our bags. I forgot to take that tiger picture out - it was on the backseat.  :-(

I guess I have to find that cab driver and ask him to mail that tiger picture to us, haha.

Or you can go back to Thailand for another visit with your mom! :tup:
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Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 20, 2009, 08:48:46 AM
Actually we lost that tiger picture  :'(

Soon as Mom fainted on the mat, the producers forced me to drink lot of water much as I could right away - they were afraid that I might have a heat stroke as well then I puked out all over on ground. After that, I got really dizzy and was forced to go back to cab so I could pay the fare and get our bags. I forgot to take that tiger picture out - it was on the backseat.  :-(

I guess I have to find that cab driver and ask him to mail that tiger picture to us, haha.
That's too bad you lost the pic. What was your reaction when you sat next to Esso?
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Post by: Hooky on May 20, 2009, 04:44:08 PM
Thanks for answering my question, Luke! Now I know why there aren't as many locations on each leg...they existed, but weren't shown. :groan:

Producers, we still want to see those locations. At least I do. :(
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Post by: Moo on May 20, 2009, 07:23:15 PM
 :'( :'( :'( I think that tiger picture was one of the best race mementos and activities they have prepared for the 14th season...

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Post by: georgiapeach on May 20, 2009, 07:30:43 PM
Surely we have a shot of it somewhere?? ???
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Post by: puddin on May 20, 2009, 10:26:12 PM
Luke you are cracking me up because you fit right in here with all us crazy addicts and we are thrilled that you are here with us in the looney bin   :yess: :wohoo:
Tiger picture now where is that tiger picture ..............let me look around and see what quality I could grab for you  :hearts:
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Post by: michael on May 20, 2009, 10:29:45 PM
:)

here you go Luke:

(http://i40.[banned image hosting site].com/1zlgcvk.jpg)
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Post by: puddin on May 20, 2009, 10:43:49 PM
Hey  :meow:  :neener:

mine are only DVD quality ......
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Post by: DeafRacer on May 20, 2009, 10:46:44 PM
Actually we lost that tiger picture  :'(

Soon as Mom fainted on the mat, the producers forced me to drink lot of water much as I could right away - they were afraid that I might have a heat stroke as well then I puked out all over on ground. After that, I got really dizzy and was forced to go back to cab so I could pay the fare and get our bags. I forgot to take that tiger picture out - it was on the backseat.  :-(

I guess I have to find that cab driver and ask him to mail that tiger picture to us, haha.

Or you can go back to Thailand for another visit with your mom! :tup:

My mom and I want to go back to Phuket someday. The hotel we stayed during pit stop was just so awe and beautiful! We had a great view of ocean! Our room was right next to Jaime and Cara's - we wrote on notepad, tossed back and forth. It was pretty funny - we weren't sure if producers were standing outside and watching us to make sure that teams don't communicate with each other. In Bangkok, our room was right next to Jaime and Cara's again and we tossed notes back and forth as well. We had no idea why producers kept putting our room next to Jaime and Cara's!

For Esso the tiger, it was AWESOME! I didn't see a man with missing arm. After we left the zoo, Mom was like, "Did you see that man with no arm?!"  I was like, no way!    

Luke you are cracking me up because you fit right in here with all us crazy addicts and we are thrilled that you are here with us in the looney bin   :yess: :wohoo:
Tiger picture now where is that tiger picture ..............let me look around and see what quality I could grab for you  :hearts:

Haha, Im not sure if I should post on here or not since some people weren't happy with me about the fight between Jen + me and the blind u-turn. Since I u-turned Kris right before the underwear roadblock, I talked to Kris about underwear roadblock - he said Amanda would have done that roadblock just to even the numbers of roadblock performance between Kris and Amanda. So y'all won't get to see Kris in his underwear so you guys can't hold that against me for u-turn Kris!  :neener:

But, I'm glad that I'm posting with you guys!
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Post by: Moo on May 20, 2009, 10:52:35 PM

Haha, Im not sure if I should post on here or not since some people weren't happy with me about the fight between Jen + me and the blind u-turn. Since I u-turned Kris right before the underwear roadblock, I talked to Kris about underwear roadblock - he said Amanda would have done that roadblock just to even the numbers of roadblock performance between Kris and Amanda. So y'all won't get to see Kris in his underwear so you guys can't hold that against me for u-turn Kris!  :neener:

But, I'm glad that I'm posting with you guys!

u-turns and fights indeed made others unhappy - but not for long, as many would understand that it's all part of the game, and for some, media extends something small to something catastrophic, but that's how the game should be, right?  :lol: Luke, thanks for posting here! We hope to see you post more, and even in the tar fantasy games! Heehee...
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Post by: puddin on May 20, 2009, 10:53:00 PM

Haha, Im not sure if I should post on here or not since some people weren't happy with me about the fight between Jen + me and the blind u-turn. Since I u-turned Kris right before the underwear roadblock, I talked to Kris about underwear roadblock - he said Amanda would have done that roadblock just to even the numbers of roadblock performance between Kris and Amanda. So y'all won't get to see Kris in his underwear so you guys can't hold that against me for u-turn Kris!  :neener:

But, I'm glad that I'm posting with you guys!
I was neutral on the Jen & Kisha thing Luke, I said when all is said and done you are all still friends in the end. If anything you all gave the Race some drama that we have never witnessed before so I thank you for the entertainment! And who cares what the other posters write? At least were not cruel and hurt peoples feelings like the sucksters, to name one board, do.
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Post by: georgiapeach on May 20, 2009, 10:56:55 PM
YAY for puddin and Michael!!! :jumpy:  Great pictures!!

The one armed tiger handler was quite a topic of conversation around here too, Luke! :funny:

And we are glad you are posting here too!!  :<3



Haha, Im not sure if I should post on here or not since some people weren't happy with me about the fight between Jen + me and the blind u-turn. Since I u-turned Kris right before the underwear roadblock, I talked to Kris about underwear roadblock - he said Amanda would have done that roadblock just to even the numbers of roadblock performance between Kris and Amanda. So y'all won't get to see Kris in his underwear so you guys can't hold that against me for u-turn Kris!  :neener:

But, I'm glad that I'm posting with you guys!

The blind U-turn was a surprise, and I find it SO interesting that y'all could have used it again! That would have shocked us all :lol:


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Post by: puddin on May 20, 2009, 11:04:05 PM
okay I think this is new today ...........I have not read it yet..

Advocate.com

May 20, 2009
Amazing Luke
Reichen Lemhkuhl and then-partner Chip Arndt won season 4 of The Amazing Race, and now a second gay man has finished in the top three. But Luke Adams was known to viewers not for being gay ... but for being deaf.

Luke, 23, and his mother, Margie, made a formidable team, finishing consistently in the top four throughout the competition, and they were just one surfboard short of winning the million-dollar first prize.

In a reality show that has competitors traversing continents and cultures, communication is crucial to a team’s success, and Luke’s being deaf would seem to put his team at a distinct disadvantage.

Quite the contrary. Luke and his mom have developed a special line of communication -- a hybrid of standardized American Sign Language and home sign -- that served them well on the show, enabling them to work out strategies and tactics in front of other competitors without giving anything away.

Advocate.com caught up with Luke a few days after the May 10 airing of the final episode of season 14, which showed Team Victor and Tammy clinching first place, Cara and Jaime in second, and Luke and Margie in third.

Advocate.com: You guys taped this season of The Amazing Race last November. When did you get to screen the episodes?
Luke Adams: When it premiered on TV in February. We didn’t get any special treatment from the producers. We just watched it along with the rest of the TV viewing audience.

Had you told your family how well you placed?
No, we kept it a secret. We wanted them to be surprised that we made it to the final three.

You applied several times to be on Race before finally being accepted. How did you convince your mom to join you?
It wasn’t that hard to convince her to try out with me because she didn’t think we would be selected! So the joke was on her! But we’ve always had a very close relationship. She’s a great mom who has always supported everything I do.

Tell me about coming out to your family.
I came out to my mom at 19, when I was in college in Rochester, N.Y. I texted her -- she was back home in Colorado -- but I was pretty nervous about it. I come from a large family with a lot of cousins, but there aren’t any other gay people in our family, so I wasn’t sure how she would react. But she was very supportive and said, “It’s about time you told me!” adding that she knew I was gay before I did. I joked that she should have just told me instead of letting me try to figure it out on my own.

Were there any surprises when you watched the episodes on TV? Did you feel any of the teammates were portrayed unfairly?
That’s a good question. There were some really good moments that weren’t shown, and I was surprised that Linda [who competed with husband Steve] used private transportation in the second episode. I would say most team members were portrayed accurately, but remember, I couldn’t hear any of their conversations, much less the tone of voice they were using. I was surprised I was made to look like a villain!

In what way?
Well, Mike White called me a sinister kid, and there was a lot of focus on the fight between me and Jen [who competed with sister Kisha].

That little skirmish was obviously more a function of everyone being stressed out and fatigued. But I really felt for your mom when she jumped to your defense because she thought Jen was laughing at you.
Yeah, it was tough for me growing up, because kids would always make fun of me for being deaf. Sometimes I would feel like an animal in the zoo because of the way people would always stare when I would sign in public. But people don’t do that as much now as they did 10 years ago -- they’re becoming more aware of ASL and deaf culture.

I guess we can thank Marlee Matlin for that!
I’m not sure she’s the reason!

You mentioned Mike White. Did you get along with him and his dad, Mel? Did they know you’re gay?
Oh, yes, we got along. And my mom told them I’m gay on the first day!

They were pegged as the gay team, but your ***ual orientation was never mentioned. Did the producers tell you to tone down any discussion of being gay?
No, they actually let me talk about it, but I guess that all got cut. I suppose they didn’t want to muddle things by giving me two labels -- deaf and gay -- so Mel and Mike had their gay story line, and I had my deaf story line. A lot of people have told me they wished I had had a “gay and deaf” story line, because there aren’t many deaf gays on TV. It didn’t really bother me, though. I just thought it was funny watching people try to figure out whether I was gay or straight!

And apparently Kisha is lesbian, and that certainly never came up.
Yeah, I was surprised to find that out.

Who were your best friends on the show?
Cara and Jaime -- I adore them to death! We formed an alliance on day 1. They were the team I could trust the most. They opened up to me right away, writing notes to me and learning some signs and how to finger-spell. I really appreciated the effort they made to communicate with me. It’s just amazing that we managed to carry our alliance until the end.

Did anyone else attempt to learn how to finger-spell?
Victor and Tammy did, and so did Mike White.

Which was your favorite challenge? And least favorite?
I had two favorites: the cheese-carry and the pig-carry. Both were physical challenges that Mom and I excelled at. The cheese challenge was a lot more grueling than it looked on TV, because the hill was so steep and slippery from all the mud and cow poop. We really made up a lot of time on the pig challenge, blowing past Victor and Tammy and Cara and Jaime. Plus, since we used to live in Hawaii, we’d been to lots of luaus and knew how to properly bury the pig.

My least favorite was the makeup challenge at the opera house. I had no idea how to apply makeup on my mom!

You seemed to really relish the bungee jump in the first episode. That was the equivalent of falling 70 stories!
That was awesome! I’d love to do it again. I did have a few problems with the bungee cord, though, because the rope they sent down to clip to the cord got all tangled up, and it really took me a while to untangle it. But I came back up in one piece!

What were your favorite destinations?
I loved Switzerland -- it was really beautiful. And Guilan, China, was awe-inspiring. I’d love to go back there. Mom and I really enjoyed Bangkok too -- we took a boat ride that really gave us a chance to kick back and relax. My least favorite would have to be Siberia -- it was so isolated and freezing! But the people were super friendly.

You were visibly moved to tears by the poverty you witnessed in India. Tell me about that experience.
I never thought in a million years that I would get a chance to visit India. And while I’ve seen that kind of poverty on TV, the depth of it didn’t really hit me until we were there. It was really hard for me emotionally to see little kids literally fighting for their survival on the streets and eating garbage. While we were stopped at a red light, a little girl came up to our cab and tried to sell us a newspaper. She was really dirty and her little green dress was all tattered, but she just smiled at me like everything was OK. Kids don’t deserve that. It really made me realize how lucky I am to have the life I have and a roof over my head.

Did you ever have any free time for sightseeing or come across any gay bars in your travels?
[Laughs] Well, we had a 36-hour pit stop in Brasov, Romania, where we got a chance to tour Dracula’s castle -- that was awesome. Other than that, though, we didn’t have much time to explore.

Do you think the special communication between you and your mom gave you an advantage on the show?
It was a huge advantage for us. Also, since we were unable to talk -- or bicker! -- while we were in the middle of challenges, we flew through them, where a lot of the other teams lost a lot of time bickering. Plus, where many of the teams couldn’t communicate with the locals because of the language difference, I could use gestures to tell them where we needed to go.

Were there any times you felt your deafness was a disadvantage?
Only when we were driving a car, and in that case Mom and I made a strategic decision that she do all the driving, because if we got lost, she could pull over and ask for directions.

Are you dating anyone now?
As of right now, no, but I’d like to.

Deaf guys or hearing guys?
I’m open to both. I’m hoping to meet someone nice.

What’s the one thing you’ll remember most about your experience on The Amazing Race?
I’m just proud of my achievement on The Amazing Race. A lot of people told me I would never get picked to be on the show because of my deafness, but look at what I just did! The experience itself was worth a million dollars
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Post by: DeafRacer on May 20, 2009, 11:08:40 PM
YAY for puddin and Michael!!! :jumpy:  Great pictures!!

The blind U-turn was a surprise, and I find it SO interesting that y'all could have used it again! That would have shocked us all :lol:


Yeah, that's what Mom and I really wanted to do. We hoped that we would be the first ones to U-Turn mat in China!!
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Post by: Coutzy on May 20, 2009, 11:48:01 PM
Hi Luke, I have a question regarding "That cluebox incident"

Does this picture (albeit in bad quality) look anything like the sign for "bitch"

Jen seems to be making a pretty clear hand gesture, and I wanted to know if it meant anything.

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Post by: Slowhatch on May 21, 2009, 12:03:52 AM
The video and frame-by-frame are in this album (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v217/Slowhatch/TAR/), if that helps any.
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Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 21, 2009, 08:13:37 AM
Haha, Im not sure if I should post on here or not since some people weren't happy with me about the fight between Jen + me and the blind u-turn. Since I u-turned Kris right before the underwear roadblock, I talked to Kris about underwear roadblock - he said Amanda would have done that roadblock just to even the numbers of roadblock performance between Kris and Amanda. So y'all won't get to see Kris in his underwear so you guys can't hold that against me for u-turn Kris!  :neener:

But, I'm glad that I'm posting with you guys!
I'll admit I wasn't happy over the blind U-Turn, but it's part of the game and you did what you had to do to stay. It's a race, not a lovefest. Plus, you went farther than 8 other teams so no one can take that away from you.

And the fight is in the past. It made for good television and it gave us something to talk about here.  ;D ;D

The fact that you're posting here shows you're a classy person. I like that you're here. :tup: :tup:

I do have a question. In Russia when you were trying to spell "Chekhov", there's a conspiracy theory running on another board (not here) that you got help to spell it out. Can you dispel this once and for all that you did it on your own?
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Post by: Ray! on May 21, 2009, 08:53:49 AM
I do have a question. In Russia when you were trying to spell "Chekhov", there's a conspiracy theory running on another board (not here) that you got help to spell it out. Can you dispel this once and for all that you did it on your own?

Funny. I've never heard of this conspiracy theory. :lol: But seriously, this just can't be true.
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Post by: DeafRacer on May 21, 2009, 02:21:14 PM
Hi Luke, I have a question regarding "That cluebox incident"

Does this picture (albeit in bad quality) look anything like the sign for "bitch"

Jen seems to be making a pretty clear hand gesture, and I wanted to know if it meant anything.



Haha, yeah, she tried to sign "bitch" but she was doing it wrong. It's kind of funny was that my team and other four teams were lounging around in Phuket airport, waiting for the ticket counter to open, Jen asked me to see what is sign for "bitch". I showed her how to sign for "bitch". No idea why she wanted to know.

I do have a question. In Russia when you were trying to spell "Chekhov", there's a conspiracy theory running on another board (not here) that you got help to spell it out. Can you dispel this once and for all that you did it on your own?

Funny. I've never heard of this conspiracy theory. :lol: But seriously, this just can't be true.

I haven't read anything like that on the Internet about me getting help with spelling Chekhov. But, no, I didn't get any help for spelling Chekhov. I did it all on my own. Writing down on paper helped me out a lot so that way I know which words was wrong so I can re-arrange it around without repeat same words again. I never had any special treatment on the entire race. I am really proud of myself that I did really well on the race as being a first deaf person to appear on the Amazing Race. It was kind of funny that my team was never been in danger of being eliminated till the finale episode, we fell down to the last place.
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Post by: NoluckBoston on May 21, 2009, 06:29:33 PM

I haven't read anything like that on the Internet about me getting help with spelling Chekhov. But, no, I didn't get any help for spelling Chekhov. I did it all on my own. Writing down on paper helped me out a lot so that way I know which words was wrong so I can re-arrange it around without repeat same words again. I never had any special treatment on the entire race. I am really proud of myself that I did really well on the race as being a first deaf person to appear on the American version of the  Amazing Race. It was kind of funny that my team was never been in danger of being eliminated till the finale episode, we fell down to the last place.

Just helping you out there.
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Post by: Ray! on May 21, 2009, 10:41:38 PM
Haha, yeah, she tried to sign "bitch" but she was doing it wrong. It's kind of funny was that my team and other four teams were lounging around in Phuket airport, waiting for the ticket counter to open, Jen asked me to see what is sign for "bitch". I showed her how to sign for "bitch". No idea why she wanted to know.

She was curious, maybe? If I were her, I'd probably be curious too. :lol:


I haven't read anything like that on the Internet about me getting help with spelling Chekhov. But, no, I didn't get any help for spelling Chekhov. I did it all on my own. Writing down on paper helped me out a lot so that way I know which words was wrong so I can re-arrange it around without repeat same words again. I never had any special treatment on the entire race. I am really proud of myself that I did really well on the race as being a first deaf person to appear on the American version of the  Amazing Race. It was kind of funny that my team was never been in danger of being eliminated till the finale episode, we fell down to the last place.

Just helping you out there.

Weird thing is, the second Asian edition also featured a deaf team & a team that was not in danger of finishing last until the finale. :lol:

ETA: Thanks apskip. :D
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Post by: apskip on May 22, 2009, 06:32:26 AM
Raymond,

Your terminology needs revision. Any team in the final three is never eliminated. Team that don't win just place 2nd or 3rd even if they do not reach the finish line. To claim that "the second Asian edition also featured a deaf team & a team that was not in danger of elimination until the finale" is incorrect. I assume you are talking about Marc/Rovilson who finished 3rd but were not eliminated because they couldn't be. Luke's statement that he and Margie were not in danger of beling eliminated until the final episode is similarly incorrect.
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Post by: Ray! on May 22, 2009, 06:53:12 AM
Raymond,

Your terminology needs revision. Any team in the final three is never eliminated. Team that don't win just place 2nd or 3rd even if they do not reach the finish line. To claim that "the second Asian edition also featured a deaf team & a team that was not in danger of elimination until the finale" is incorrect. I assume you are talking about Marc/Rovilson who finished 3rd but were not eliminated because they couldn't be. Luke's statement that he and Margie were not in danger of beling eliminated until the final episode is similarly incorrect.

Oops. Right. :lol:
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Post by: Dånooky on May 22, 2009, 07:54:47 AM
I never had any special treatment on the entire race. I am really proud of myself that I did really well on the race as being a first deaf person to appear on the Amazing Race. It was kind of funny that my team was never been in danger of being eliminated till the finale episode, we fell down to the last place.

About the special treatment, we saw that at the paragliding roadblock, hte racer had to be able to hear in order to take part in it, so my question is: where there any other Roadblocks you were (indirectly) told you could not do?
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Post by: TARAsia Fan on May 22, 2009, 08:01:11 AM
I never had any special treatment on the entire race. I am really proud of myself that I did really well on the race as being a first deaf person to appear on the Amazing Race. It was kind of funny that my team was never been in danger of being eliminated till the finale episode, we fell down to the last place.
It was on another message board. People think they know, but they don't know and I'm glad you wrote this. They assume things and they feel they have the answer for everything.
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Post by: Jobby on May 22, 2009, 12:17:36 PM
I have no questions and just wanna thank Luke for being so kind to all of us TAR fans who have so many questions for him and he never fails to answer any single one of them! Thanks for keeping us with something to do even when there's no TAR! It has been fun watching you and your mom racing!

 :hearts:
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Post by: DeafRacer on May 30, 2009, 10:12:37 PM


About the special treatment, we saw that at the paragliding roadblock, hte racer had to be able to hear in order to take part in it, so my question is: where there any other Roadblocks you were (indirectly) told you could not do?

I'm back!!!

That's a good question. Originally, my Mom and I agreed that I would do paragliding roadblock since she isn't a fan of heights. Soon as we read more information, it mentioned that it required that person who perform the roadblock to be able to hear his/her instructor for the instruction of how to landing - just for the safety reason. We were left with no option so Mom had to do that roadblock. Probably a good thing that she did it since she's an excellent runner and she rocked the run down the mountain! That was only one time happened on the whole race that concerned the safety of being able to hear.

Since we're on that topic, if we were given a special treatment then there wouldn't be any musical/dancing tasks on the race and I would be able to sit front in car to communicate with my Mom while driving instead of me sitting behind her. But, it didn't happened. We were treated like as other racers. I thought it's kind of funny that my Mom and I had to drive ourselves in Siberia's Leg 5 and we still managed to win that leg. The driving part wasn't easy for both of us but we overcame it. At the start line where we had to drive ourselves to LAX, I told my Mom that we should follow Tammy and Victor to the airport since I thought Victor might be from LA and it paid off for us since we had no idea how to get to LAX! I wish they showed the driving part from the start line to LAX - it would be fun for viewers. A lot of funny stuff happened.

Now, I have a question for y'all. I think I read someone's post that there was a direct flight from Novosibirsk to Jaiuper or New Delhi once a week? That would have been much easier than going through Moscow!
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Post by: Neobie on May 31, 2009, 01:48:18 AM
Now, I have a question for y'all. I think I read someone's post that there was a direct flight from Novosibirsk to Jaiuper or New Delhi once a week? That would have been much easier than going through Moscow!

Heh, short answer? No. :lol: Wikipedia (and we all know how reliable it is) said there was a plane to Delhi, but checking the schedules the flight certainly didn't apply to the week of racing.

If it was TAR1-style no-rules get-there-as-fast-as-you-can racing though, you could have probably made:
Depart Pit Stop at 12.18am
S7863 to Beijing: 0150-0750
CZ3162 to Guangzhou: 1015-1310
CZ359 to Delhi: 1730-2055

Judging by the timings, it'd probably have put the top three teams the previous leg way ahead of the others. And who were they?
...
You guys, Tammy/Victor, and Jaime/Cara.

We know the producers forced you guys through Moscow though!
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Post by: slayton on May 31, 2009, 03:13:39 PM
Hello, Luke.

On the twop Tarcon 14 recap, it says that your Mom said that the show was "the worst thing ever" the first time that she watched it. 

Which episode was her first?  What changed her mind about the show?

Thanks.
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Post by: DeafRacer on June 01, 2009, 03:12:40 AM
Now, I have a question for y'all. I think I read someone's post that there was a direct flight from Novosibirsk to Jaiuper or New Delhi once a week? That would have been much easier than going through Moscow!

Heh, short answer? No. :lol: Wikipedia (and we all know how reliable it is) said there was a plane to Delhi, but checking the schedules the flight certainly didn't apply to the week of racing.

If it was TAR1-style no-rules get-there-as-fast-as-you-can racing though, you could have probably made:
Depart Pit Stop at 12.18am
S7863 to Beijing: 0150-0750
CZ3162 to Guangzhou: 1015-1310
CZ359 to Delhi: 1730-2055

Judging by the timings, it'd probably have put the top three teams the previous leg way ahead of the others. And who were they?
...
You guys, Tammy/Victor, and Jaime/Cara.

We know the producers forced you guys through Moscow though!

Moscow Airport SUCKS a big time! Cara + Jaime and my Mom + I were only ones that gotten on a flight directly into Moscow from Novosibirsk while rest of other teams had to take a flight to an airport that is an hour away outside of Moscow. Cara and Jaime + my mom and I tried to find an earliest flight we could to India and the earliest one was in the afternoon so it gave other teams a lot of time to catch up. From what I heard, it was so stressful for other teams to get into Moscow. I think Tammy + Victor and Mike + Mel took a subway while other teams took a cab. They all almost didn't made it on the first flight out to India - it was a close call for them but it would have been good for Cara + Jaime and my Mom and me to have some lead!

Hello, Luke.

On the twop Tarcon 14 recap, it says that your Mom said that the show was "the worst thing ever" the first time that she watched it. 

Which episode was her first?  What changed her mind about the show?

Thanks.

Haha, that's a good question. I don't know which was the first episode that she saw though. Probably the one from Season 1 or Season 2 when I tried to get her to watch the show with me when I was in high school. She probably thinks it was "the worst thing ever" because I couldn't stop talking about Amazing Race when I was in high school and I would just hogged t.v. in living room when Amazing Race was on that got her mad, haha. I remember one day that my Mom emailed me and said that she was really amazed and blew away when Joyce had her hair shaved off in India on Season 7 - maybe that's when it changed her mind about the show. Now, she's a big fan of the show! :-)   
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Post by: Belle Book on June 01, 2009, 07:23:40 PM
Hello, Luke.

On the twop Tarcon 14 recap, it says that your Mom said that the show was "the worst thing ever" the first time that she watched it. 

Which episode was her first?  What changed her mind about the show?

Thanks.

Haha, that's a good question. I don't know which was the first episode that she saw though. Probably the one from Season 1 or Season 2 when I tried to get her to watch the show with me when I was in high school. She probably thinks it was "the worst thing ever" because I couldn't stop talking about Amazing Race when I was in high school and I would just hogged t.v. in living room when Amazing Race was on that got her mad, haha. I remember one day that my Mom emailed me and said that she was really amazed and blew away when Joyce had her hair shaved off in India on Season 7 - maybe that's when it changed her mind about the show. Now, she's a big fan of the show! :-)   


Seeing Joyce agree to have her hair shaved off -- and seeing Uchenna's support of her while she was having it shaved off -- impressed me as well!  I remember how Brandon & Nicole bailed out on the Fast-Forward in Season 5 when it was the same thing, so I knew that Joyce was very committed to the Race in order to do something like that!

Belle Book
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Post by: TARAsia Fan on June 02, 2009, 05:44:31 AM
From what I heard, it was so stressful for other teams to get into Moscow. I think Tammy + Victor and Mike + Mel took a subway while other teams took a cab. They all almost didn't made it on the first flight out to India - it was a close call for them but it would have been good for Cara + Jaime and my Mom and me to have some lead!
Hi Luke,

Yes, Tammy, Victor and Mel have talked about this experience about running from the Moscow Domestic Airport to the International Airport and just barely making the flight. I wish the producers would have shown this.

And it's great that you converted your mom as a fan. :tup:
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Post by: DrRox on June 03, 2009, 07:14:18 PM
Thats not right Ken. Moscow has three international airports and two domestic airports for a total of 5 airports. The teams had to switch from DME to SVO. They are on opposite sides of town. Both SVO and DME have international and domestic terminals. From what Luke says, he and his mom and J/C flew into SVO domestic and most of the other teams flew into the domestic terminal of DME and then crossed Moscow on some form of ground transportation (trains or cab) and and all teams left from the international terminal at SVO.

Btw, there is at the present time, no one train from one airport to the other. T/V and Mel/Mike had to switch train terminals and trains in downtown Moscow.
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Post by: apskip on June 03, 2009, 07:34:20 PM
Ken, Dr. Rox is absolutely correct. Sheremetyevo Airport is 27 km north of the center of Moscow and Domodedovo Airport is 22 km south southeast of the center of Moscow. That total is 30 miles for a public tranportation or taxi ride between those airports.

I do agree that seeing the comparative film for public transit vs. taxis would have been exceiting since the arrrival time was not much in advance of the lastest one to make the flight to Delhi.Like you, I would have appreciated seeing a little of it.
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Post by: Neobie on June 04, 2009, 02:07:38 AM
We heard about Mel/Mike and Tammy/Victor's tight train ride, but we never knew the rest had to cab it too! I thought they just took a later direct flight into SVO, while M/M and T/V thought the domestic-international was too risky and decided for an earlier flight into DME...

Cool to know!

Mike said they couldn't film in the subways because of permit issues. But wouldn't that be the perfect occasion to use the 24-split screen? ... That's why I love public transportation on TAR.
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Post by: DrRox on June 04, 2009, 10:34:53 AM
The train into central Moscow from DME ends on the south side of the Moscow River, a couple of blocks from the Pit Stop on Moscow I on TAR13. Then either subway or cab across the river to different train station for train direct to SVO. From what I read, there are plans to connect the train stations so people can take a train from one airport to the other without having to do the subway/taxi deal.

As far as taking a cab from airport to airport, I would assume that the driver would take that outer most ring road to avoid downtown traffic. I would assume it would be quicker, but a longer drive than straight across town.
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: puddin on June 06, 2009, 05:00:53 PM
Happy Birthday Luke, may all your wishes come true   :hearts:  :conf: :party: :hbday: :dancer:
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Post by: Snooky on June 06, 2009, 08:17:16 PM
Happy Birthday Luke!
:congrats: :partie: :hbday: :party:
Hope it was a good one!
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Post by: georgiapeach on June 06, 2009, 10:00:20 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LUKE!!

(http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb140/ga--peach/happybirthday.gif)

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Post by: DeafRacer on June 08, 2009, 04:43:05 PM
Awww people  :-[  Thank you!!!  I had a great birthday weekend and I was SO thrilled to hear the Emmy news!!! AR 14 def. kicked AR 13's butt for sure!!

Sorry AR 13 racers!!
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Post by: puddin on June 08, 2009, 05:06:57 PM
We hope your day was special Luke  :hearts:
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Post by: TARAsia Fan on June 08, 2009, 08:03:22 PM
Yes, I hope you had a great Birthday, Luke.
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Post by: Moo on June 09, 2009, 04:15:47 AM
AR 14 def. kicked AR 13's butt for sure!!

Sorry AR 13 racers!!

Hi Luke! Belated Happy Birthday! TAR14 beats TAR13 is a fact.  :lol: Although I liked the Final 5 of S13 more than the F5 of S14, Your season is SO much thrilling, I'm rewatching it again and again every week until the next season comes... :lol:
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Post by: Ray! on June 09, 2009, 06:07:20 AM
AR 14 def. kicked AR 13's butt for sure!!

Sorry AR 13 racers!!

Hi Luke! Belated Happy Birthday! TAR14 beats TAR13 is a fact.  :lol: Although I liked the Final 5 of S13 more than the F5 of S14, Your season is SO much thrilling, I'm rewatching it again and again every week until the next season comes... :lol:

My thoughts kinda wavered :lol:

TAR 13 cast >>>>>>>> TAR 14 cast
TAR 14 Final 7 >>>>>>>> TAR 13 Final 7
TAR 13 Final 6 = TAR 14 Final 6
TAR 13 Final 5 >>>>>>>> TAR 14 Final 5
TAR 14 Final 4 >>>>>>>> TAR 13 Final 4
TAR 13 Final 3 = TAR 14 Final 3
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Post by: :jerry: on June 10, 2009, 12:49:23 AM
Hi,Luke

I was wondering
What did u and ur mom think about the fastfoward in Phuket?

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Post by: Hooky on June 10, 2009, 12:37:52 PM
Happy Belated Birthday, Luke!  :jumpy:

I miss people's birthdays a lot. :res:
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Post by: DeafRacer on June 10, 2009, 05:58:12 PM
AR 14 def. kicked AR 13's butt for sure!!

Sorry AR 13 racers!!

Hi Luke! Belated Happy Birthday! TAR14 beats TAR13 is a fact.  :lol: Although I liked the Final 5 of S13 more than the F5 of S14, Your season is SO much thrilling, I'm rewatching it again and again every week until the next season comes... :lol:

My thoughts kinda wavered :lol:

TAR 13 cast >>>>>>>> TAR 14 cast
TAR 14 Final 7 >>>>>>>> TAR 13 Final 7
TAR 13 Final 6 = TAR 14 Final 6
TAR 13 Final 5 >>>>>>>> TAR 14 Final 5
TAR 14 Final 4 >>>>>>>> TAR 13 Final 4
TAR 13 Final 3 = TAR 14 Final 3

I have to disagree with you. Season 13 was kind of boring with Nick & Starr dominated pretty much entire season. My season was much epic! We had lots of firsts! First time in the history that three all-female teams got 1st place on my season! Isn't that what every one want to see that to happen? Also, no one had balls to use U-Turn on Season 13  so give my season some credit!! No pun intended to them but I met few racers from Season 13 - they're really great and I adore them.

Here's an advice to future racers (that could be lurking around RFF before the race like I did!): form an alliance with a team that you trust the most. It'll carry you pretty far into the race like it helped Cara + Jaime and my mom + me a lot.

Hi,Luke

I was wondering
What did u and ur mom think about the fastfoward in Phuket?



That fast forward was like..... RIDICULOUS!! But at same time, that was for a good cause though. The task was going to the toy store and spending all of our money on toys and bring it to orphanage to give toys to kids. The catch is that we really have to spend every dollar we got - if we have some cash left on us, we will be penalized for it. I wonder how it is possible for a team to get to pit stop from orphange if they don't have any money left. That fast forward was little harsh since next leg's $$ was only fifty US dollars to start off with so that might be not enough for a team to get around in Bangkok. It doesn't matter because I talked to my mom about the fast forward that we should not go for it since it screwed several teams in the past like Sarah & Terrence.

Happy Belated Birthday, Luke!  :jumpy:

I miss people's birthdays a lot. :res:

Aw, thanks, Hooky!  ;D
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Post by: redskevin88 on June 11, 2009, 05:56:38 AM
Here's a question I always wanted to ask

were you and your mom upset at mark/Michael for hiding the pumps since it might (?) have helped a little in the Phuket leg?

also, what would you have done if kisha/jen went into the final 4 instead of jamie/kara (to be honest i really wanted 2 see them there.

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Post by: Ray! on June 11, 2009, 06:00:43 AM
AR 14 def. kicked AR 13's butt for sure!!

Sorry AR 13 racers!!

Hi Luke! Belated Happy Birthday! TAR14 beats TAR13 is a fact.  :lol: Although I liked the Final 5 of S13 more than the F5 of S14, Your season is SO much thrilling, I'm rewatching it again and again every week until the next season comes... :lol:

My thoughts kinda wavered :lol:

TAR 13 cast >>>>>>>> TAR 14 cast
TAR 14 Final 7 >>>>>>>> TAR 13 Final 7
TAR 13 Final 6 = TAR 14 Final 6
TAR 13 Final 5 >>>>>>>> TAR 14 Final 5
TAR 14 Final 4 >>>>>>>> TAR 13 Final 4
TAR 13 Final 3 = TAR 14 Final 3

I have to disagree with you. Season 13 was kind of boring with Nick & Starr dominated pretty much entire season. My season was much epic! We had lots of firsts! First time in the history that three all-female teams got 1st place on my season! Isn't that what every one want to see that to happen? Also, no one had balls to use U-Turn on Season 13  so give my season some credit!! No pun intended to them but I met few racers from Season 13 - they're really great and I adore them.

Here's an advice to future racers (that could be lurking around RFF before the race like I did!): form an alliance with a team that you trust the most. It'll carry you pretty far into the race like it helped Cara + Jaime and my mom + me a lot.


Hey Luke. :D

"Season 13 was kind of boring with Nick & Starr dominated pretty much entire season."
Nick & Starr >>>> Tammy & Victor (like them though) in terms of domination, since the former actually fell in danger of elimination more than once, while the latter only fell in danger of elimination in Leg 3, and that was with one team hours behind.

"First time in the history that three all-female teams got 1st place on my season! Isn't that what every one want to see that to happen? Also, no one had balls to use U-Turn on Season 13  so give my season some credit!!"

I did like the Final 7 & Final 4 of your season WAY more than the TAR 13 ones because of these things & more. Remember I switched opinions here. ;) :lol:

"Here's an advice to future racers (that could be lurking around RFF before the race like I did!): form an alliance with a team that you trust the most. It'll carry you pretty far into the race like it helped Cara + Jaime and my mom + me a lot."

It could go either way, Luke. ;) Most alliances we've seen crashed & burned in SPECTACULAR GOLD ratings fashion. :lol:
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Post by: Moo on June 11, 2009, 06:13:13 AM

I have to disagree with you. Season 13 was kind of boring with Nick & Starr dominated pretty much entire season. My season was much epic! We had lots of firsts! First time in the history that three all-female teams got 1st place on my season! Isn't that what every one want to see that to happen? Also, no one had balls to use U-Turn on Season 13  so give my season some credit!! No pun intended to them but I met few racers from Season 13 - they're really great and I adore them.

Here's an advice to future racers (that could be lurking around RFF before the race like I did!): form an alliance with a team that you trust the most. It'll carry you pretty far into the race like it helped Cara + Jaime and my mom + me a lot.

Do you mean Jaime and Cara's first place finish is legitimate and is totally opposite of what is shown on television, with their famed and priceless reactions of it being TBC??  :hearts: :jumpy: :hearts:

I believe that this was also the first season which had a complete three way alliance (or sorta alliance) into the final 3 right?  :lol: You're season really had a lot of firsts then!
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Post by: Ray! on June 11, 2009, 06:56:47 AM
Do you mean Jaime and Cara's first place finish is legitimate and is totally opposite of what is shown on television, with their famed and priceless reactions of it being TBC??  :hearts: :jumpy: :hearts:

I think the finish is legit. They got prizes. :wohoo: But for formality's sake, they didn't technically win a leg. Actually, some trivia: the entire Final 7 arrived at the mat first one time or another. (Jaime/Cara arrived at the TBC mat, Mark/Mike arrived first in Phuket but fell to 3rd due to penalties, the rest won legit legs.)

I believe that this was also the first season which had a complete three way alliance (or sorta alliance) into the final 3 right?  :lol: You're season really had a lot of firsts then!

What Rob & Brennan, Joe & Bill and Frank & Margarita could've been had it not self-imploded two legs in. :lol:

And if you consider the "BQs need to be out" mentality which formed circa Morocco as an alliance, then there was that too. :lol:

And there was the whole TAR 5 Cairo airport feud which showed team loyalties before flying to Kenya/Tanzania. (Charla/Mirna & Linda/Karen vs. the rest) :lol:

But ya, I think they really were the first informal alliance which got to the end intact. (There are NO formal alliances - in a Survivor sense - in a Race. It just doesn't work. :lol:)

ETA: Thanks apskip. ;)
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Post by: Hooky on June 11, 2009, 07:58:08 PM

Here's an advice to future racers (that could be lurking around RFF before the race like I did!): form an alliance with a team that you trust the most. It'll carry you pretty far into the race like it helped Cara + Jaime and my mom + me a lot.


Happy Belated Birthday, Luke!  :jumpy:

I miss people's birthdays a lot. :res:

Aw, thanks, Hooky!  ;D


You're welcome! :waves:

I have to disagree with you on the alliance thing, though, because there was a similar alliance in your season between Preston & Jennifer, Mel & Mike, and Amanda & Kris, and it didn't go very far. Unfortunately, it wasn't shown, either.  (:;)

There was also the "Six-Pack/Backpack" alliance in TAR 10 that didn't make it to the F3 together, so I don't think alliances are a qualifying factor that makes a team/teams more able to get to the Final 3.
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Zatchbellcool on June 12, 2009, 12:44:37 AM
OMG LUKE IS HERE!?

HAHA HI LUKE! I'm soo happy to be in the same chat room as you!
You always were a great racer. Your last words at the Finishline got me chocked up :'D

And I always watch you and your moms Bangkok Detour Choice over and over again. xD
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Post by: puddin on June 15, 2009, 01:59:26 PM
Must be nice to be the only Amazing Race team featured  in CBS's fall promo Luke  :hearts:

 
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Post by: Hooky on June 15, 2009, 05:32:10 PM
Must be nice to be the only Amazing Race team featured  in CBS's fall promo Luke  :hearts:


Not a big surprise considering the strong editing emphasis.
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Post by: Snooky on June 16, 2009, 10:33:16 AM
Must be nice to be the only Amazing Race team featured  in CBS's fall promo Luke  :hearts:


Not a big surprise considering the strong editing emphasis.
It's true, but I think this season wouldn't be as entertaining without it!
 :lol:
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Post by: RealityFanWA on June 17, 2009, 02:03:55 AM
Happy Belated Birthday Luke.  :tup:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: DeafRacer on June 17, 2009, 05:41:48 PM
Wow, thanks, Puddin! That was a nice surprise for sure!!

OMG LUKE IS HERE!?

HAHA HI LUKE! I'm soo happy to be in the same chat room as you!
You always were a great racer. Your last words at the Finishline got me chocked up :'D

And I always watch you and your moms Bangkok Detour Choice over and over again. xD

Hey Zatchbellcool! Thanks! I don't know how can you stand watch that detour over and over again. That denture task was just plain gross. I remember when we read the detour clue, I was pretty pissed that we were pretty much forced with a gross task! But, it doesn't matter since it propelled us into first place in that leg anyway. Even, I tried to convince my Mom to do musical task but she doesn't want to because she was afraid that we would be penalized since I couldn't say words right, haha. Good thing we didn't do that one, I probably would sound reallllllly bad.


Here's an advice to future racers (that could be lurking around RFF before the race like I did!): form an alliance with a team that you trust the most. It'll carry you pretty far into the race like it helped Cara + Jaime and my mom + me a lot.


Happy Belated Birthday, Luke!  :jumpy:

I miss people's birthdays a lot. :res:

Aw, thanks, Hooky!  ;D


You're welcome! :waves:

I have to disagree with you on the alliance thing, though, because there was a similar alliance in your season between Preston & Jennifer, Mel & Mike, and Amanda & Kris, and it didn't go very far. Unfortunately, it wasn't shown, either.  (:;)

There was also the "Six-Pack/Backpack" alliance in TAR 10 that didn't make it to the F3 together, so I don't think alliances are a qualifying factor that makes a team/teams more able to get to the Final 3.

It's fine if you disagree with the alliance idea. But, I can say that it worked well for Jaime + Cara and my Mom and me. We agreed that we would work together and help each other till the Final Three then all bets are off in the Final Three. So thats why we trusted each other with no problem on the race. But again, luck was a big factor so it helped us out a lot as well. I'm going to see Jaime and Cara in couple weeks, I'm excited!!

Must be nice to be the only Amazing Race team featured  in CBS's fall promo Luke  :hearts:


Not a big surprise considering the strong editing emphasis.
It's true, but I think this season wouldn't be as entertaining without it!
 :lol:

One thing that I'm surprised that they didn't cast other team with a hearing person and a deaf person on my season. The interaction between me and other deaf person would have been interesting to watch. A lot of people have been asking me a question regarding if there have been an additional of deaf racer on my season and would I work with her/him and my answer was, "It depends!"  :neener: On other note, producers were worried that I might be a "boring character" on the race since there wouldn't be other deaf people for me to interact with. I told them to not worry about it and I was sure that I probably would bring a lot of stuff on the table. Boy, I didn't think I would bring a lot of drama on the table with U-Turn and the fight with Jen!

I wrote a blog about unaired footages on my season for my fans on facebook. I am not sure if you guys want me to post it on here?
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Post by: Hooky on June 17, 2009, 06:19:16 PM
Yes! Post it here!

PLEASE... ;D
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Post by: Zatchbellcool on June 17, 2009, 07:03:06 PM
Haha, yeah. theres no telling what you can get penilized for on the race. Becuase I'v heard alot that theres not as much info on your clue than phil explaines on the show as your raceing :P

I found the same song on youtube xD I can sing it without fail! :D
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Post by: puddin on June 17, 2009, 10:10:01 PM
although I have read it not everyone has a Facebook so please post it here Luke!  :jumpy:
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Post by: RealityFanWA on June 19, 2009, 11:46:42 AM
although I have read it not everyone has a Facebook so please post it here Luke!  :jumpy:

I will try to find Luke on facebook haha..
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Post by: DeafRacer on June 21, 2009, 12:21:25 AM
Sorry that it took me so long! I was busy with a lot of stuff lately and now packing for a long vacation!! Now, here's the blog I wrote about my season.

Episode 1 (Swizterland): I'm disappointed that it didn't show the car race from the start line to LAX airport. It would be pretty fun to watch! At the start line, Mom and I had NO idea how to get to LAX from military base so I told Mom that we probably should just follow the Asian team (at that time, we had no idea what their names were) since they looked like they might be from LA so we hoped that they might know a way to the airport. Soon as Phil said go, we managed to followed Victor and Tammy all way to LAX even that they tried to cut us loose on freeway! We only made one minor mistake is that we sped ahead of Tammy and Victor soon as we saw LAX but we took a wrong turn that wasn't going into a parking lot to park a car. It took us forever to get into a right parking lot since we took a wrong turn! Originally, we were going for Air France but soon as we stopped at that terminal, a bus driver said Lufthansa is way much better than Air France so we took her word and went for Lufthansa that propelled us to top pack! (That bus driver knew we were on Amazing Race so she was trying to help us out). Another cool moment is that Cara+Jaime, Victor+Tammy, Mom and I sat together at that little pizza palor to have a dinner together in Switzerland. We all thought it would be awesome if we all make it to the final three together and make an agreement that we all would try to help each other much as we all can till the end. It worked out really well for all of us :-)

Episode 2 (Germany): Cara+Jaime and Mom + I had to pulled over at that little gas station place to make sure that we were going in right direction to that gondola place. Jaime and Cara were like we had to pee, wait a minute for us! So they went in restroom while we were talking to a lady at the counter to get better direction. Then, J+C came out of restroom and found couple map books, they convinced that lady to give us for free and she did. It was really nice of that lady! After Mom ran down on the mountain, we got lost for an hour and half looking for detour task location. That was why Mom and I looked really surprised when we checked in at pit stop to see that we were #4 team to arrive. We thought we probably fell far behind. There was one thing that I was grateful for is that we met a nice German couple after we finished the pie-throwing task (we threw 150 pies at each other!) since Mom and I aren't good with direction, the couple lead us to the pit stop. It was really nice of them to help us out.

Episode 3 (Romania): There was an intense cab race between Amanda + Kris and Mom + me in Romania on the way to the gym. It was just so intense. Our cab driver drove on subway track!! Couple times there was a train coming up so our cab driver would just got off the track right before the train could hit us! Our cab driver was trying to beat Kris and Amanda's cab, haha. But at same time, we were scared to death. The roads were so disorgainzed, people were driving like nuts!

We all were sitting in McDonald's at like 5am in the morning waiting to board on train at like 6am. One of our camera crew shouted that Obama won the election. Entire people in McDonald's just cheered and clapped. It was a cool moment.

Episode 4 (Krasnoyarsk, Siberia): Tammy+Victor, Jaime+Cara, Mom+I flew to Muchen, Germany to catch a flight to Moscow. We had a LONG layover when we were in Muchen so we decided to have a lunch together. We found this dog stand so we all got hot dog and french fries. It was REALLY amazing. I mean, that hot dog tasted REALLY good! And, french fries was just SO amazing!!! It was like really delicious lunch ever I had in my whole life! I know Mom and others will agree with me! When we missed the first flight out to Krasnoyarsk so we were stranded in Moscow and we thought Cara+Jaime, Tammy+Victor, my Mom and I were the last three teams that are going to Krasnoyarsk fighting to avoid from being eliminated but eventually Amanda + Kris and Mike + Mel showed up so three of us made an agreement that whoever (one of us) gets to U-Turn mat first will use U-Turn on either A+K or M+M. That was why my Mom and I went ahead and used U-Turn to stick with the agreement we made with our alliance. Oh yeah, other thing to add. There was a LONG fake-crying scene between that ticket counter lady versus Jaime + Cara and my Mom + me at Moscow Airport as in attempting to try to get on first flight to Krasnoyarsk but man, that lady was SO super bitch and wouldn't let all of us board on that first flight even it was right there front of us and it was like fifteen minutes before it departed!!

Episode 5 (Novosibirsk, Siberia): Cara+ Jaime and Mom + I walked around in the city to find the internet cafe before we board on the train to Novosibirsk. We ran into two young women happened to know where the internet cafe was at so they lead us to that cafe. While we were on our way over to that cafe, they stopped us at one special statue, they told us that if we rub on that statue's nose then we will have a good luck for a little while. We all thought it was cute so we all rubbed on that statue's nose then within 24 hours, Mom + I and Cara + Jaime finished in Top 3!

Episode 6 (India): That red telephone clue!!! That could have screwed Mom and me a BIG time! Mom never really got to hear what the clue was on telephone. All teams were shouting at each other as Mom tried to hear what the clue was from Jaime + Cara. But, Mom couldn't understand what they were trying to say. Our cab driver said he know where to go but he don't really speak a lot of English so we weren't sure if he actually knew where to go or not. We tried to get him to follow a team to next location but we got stuck in traffic and lost them so we thought we were totally done since we had no clue with us. Somehow, our cab driver drove us to Amber Fort and we saw other teams there so we were really relieved. We were thankful that our cab driver knew where to go. I still had no idea how he knew about it! It was kind of funny because before we got to Jaipur, I told Mom that I want to see Amber Fort since the teams from Season One visited Amber Fort so I got to see it!

Episode 7 (Phuket, Thailand): Mom and I actually ran for 5 miles by pulling a rickshaw! Local people kept pointing us in a wrong direction until we ran into an American man that just happened to know where we were supposed to go so finally he pointed us to right way! Both of us were just really exhausted and we didnt had a water bottle with us. It was like 100 degree on that day when we did that challenge. We thought that we were going to be eliminated since we got lost for an hour and half so it was like impossible to make it up. We were very surprised to see that we were fourth team to arrive! We were just grateful that we didn't have to do a roadblock task after the rickshaw challenge otherwise Mom would have fainted and we wouldn't be able to make it to pit stop in time!

Episode 8 (Bangkok, Thailand): Can't think of anything interesting happened since Mom and I sailed through that leg just perfect.

Episode 9 (Guilin): A night before the infamous shove between Jen and me, we all stayed on the top of mountain. It was pretty cold and so windy on that night and we all had to sleep in small tent. It wasn't a lot of fun.

Episode 10 (Beijing): Our original cab driver was so awful. He took us to three wrong hotels to find the massage palor!! That was why we were in last when we got to massage roadblock. After the swim challenge, I kept read the clue regarding the pit stop then realized that that leg was "To Be Continued Leg" or "Super Size Leg". I kept telling Mom that it wasn't the pit stop, it was a twist that we have to keep racing. Mom wouldn't believe me! That was why I wasn't shocked when Phil told us that we have to keep racing.

Episode 11 (Beijing): Mom and I actually looked for U-Turn location for 2 and half hours! The catch is that Mom and I were able to use U-Turn again so that would be an awesome twist if we were able to get to U-Turn mat before Victor+Tammy then we would be only one team that would get to use U-Turn twice! Also, I was really baffeled with the pit stop's location. It was right next to Olympics Stadium with ton of people swarming around! I was surprised to see that there was NO pictures of Final Four teams surfaced on the Internet!

Episode 12 (Hawaii): There was a big footrace between Victor+Tammy and Mom+I in Honolulu airport. We were worried that next flight might be full so we ran like crazy to get to the counter before other does. We managed to beat Victor+Tammy to the counter. Mom and I had a little edge over Victor+Tammy because we were familiar with Honolulu airport since we lived there before. Also other moment that didn't made it on the show is that I accidently left our fanny pack behind at the pig challenge but lucky, we weren't too far away from the pig challenge so we had to run back to get our fanny pack back.

Soon as I got home from the race, I got really sick for a week. It was worth the experience!! It was hard to explain to some people that I just suddenly vanished and then just re-appeared out of nowhere! Some people got concerned when I came back home thinner. It was really hard for a while to not say anything that I was doing Amazing Race. It was an awesome ride :-)
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Ray! on June 21, 2009, 03:49:08 AM
Great blog, Luke!!! :jam:

Episode 4 (Krasnoyarsk, Siberia): Tammy+Victor, Jaime+Cara, Mom+I flew to Muchen, Germany to catch a flight to Moscow. We had a LONG layover when we were in Muchen so we decided to have a lunch together. We found this dog stand so we all got hot dog and french fries. It was REALLY amazing. I mean, that hot dog tasted REALLY good! And, french fries was just SO amazing!!! It was like really delicious lunch ever I had in my whole life! I know Mom and others will agree with me! When we missed the first flight out to Krasnoyarsk so we were stranded in Moscow and we thought Cara+Jaime, Tammy+Victor, my Mom and I were the last three teams that are going to Krasnoyarsk fighting to avoid from being eliminated but eventually Amanda + Kris and Mike + Mel showed up so three of us made an agreement that whoever (one of us) gets to U-Turn mat first will use U-Turn on either A+K or M+M. That was why my Mom and I went ahead and used U-Turn to stick with the agreement we made with our alliance. Oh yeah, other thing to add. There was a LONG fake-crying scene between that ticket counter lady versus Jaime + Cara and my Mom + me at Moscow Airport as in attempting to try to get on first flight to Krasnoyarsk but man, that lady was SO super bitch and wouldn't let all of us board on that first flight even it was right there front of us and it was like fifteen minutes before it departed!!

LOL @ the ticket agent. And if you four/six/however-many-you-are not making the flight meant Christie/Jodi & Kisha/Jen could race for first this time, then yay. :lol:

Episode 6 (India): That red telephone clue!!! That could have screwed Mom and me a BIG time! Mom never really got to hear what the clue was on telephone. All teams were shouting at each other as Mom tried to hear what the clue was from Jaime + Cara. But, Mom couldn't understand what they were trying to say. Our cab driver said he know where to go but he don't really speak a lot of English so we weren't sure if he actually knew where to go or not. We tried to get him to follow a team to next location but we got stuck in traffic and lost them so we thought we were totally done since we had no clue with us. Somehow, our cab driver drove us to Amber Fort and we saw other teams there so we were really relieved. We were thankful that our cab driver knew where to go. I still had no idea how he knew about it! It was kind of funny because before we got to Jaipur, I told Mom that I want to see Amber Fort since the teams from Season One visited Amber Fort so I got to see it!

Most teams had the same trouble with the phone too, I recall. Although it was funny seeing five teams walking past bright red phones seemingly placed near Indian men under a tree located in the middle of Rajasthan & none of you figuring it out like that. :funny:

Episode 10 (Beijing): Our original cab driver was so awful. He took us to three wrong hotels to find the massage palor!! That was why we were in last when we got to massage roadblock. After the swim challenge, I kept read the clue regarding the pit stop then realized that that leg was "To Be Continued Leg" or "Super Size Leg". I kept telling Mom that it wasn't the pit stop, it was a twist that we have to keep racing. Mom wouldn't believe me! That was why I wasn't shocked when Phil told us that we have to keep racing.

Episode 11 (Beijing): Mom and I actually looked for U-Turn location for 2 and half hours! The catch is that Mom and I were able to use U-Turn again so that would be an awesome twist if we were able to get to U-Turn mat before Victor+Tammy then we would be only one team that would get to use U-Turn twice! Also, I was really baffeled with the pit stop's location. It was right next to Olympics Stadium with ton of people swarming around! I was surprised to see that there was NO pictures of Final Four teams surfaced on the Internet!

Glad to see someone wasn't surprised with the TBC thing. And where the heck did the three of you go? :funny: It sounded like you could've walked to the Pitstop & back with that time. (Jaime/Cara & Kisha/Jen included. :funny:)
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Belle Book on June 21, 2009, 09:53:18 AM
*Episode 3 (Romania): There was an intense cab race between Amanda + Kris and Mom + me in Romania on the way to the gym. It was just so intense. Our cab driver drove on subway track!! Couple times there was a train coming up so our cab driver would just got off the track right before the train could hit us! Our cab driver was trying to beat Kris and Amanda's cab, haha. But at same time, we were scared to death. The roads were so disorgainzed, people were driving like nuts!

We all were sitting in McDonald's at like 5am in the morning waiting to board on train at like 6am. One of our camera crew shouted that Obama won the election. Entire people in McDonald's just cheered and clapped. It was a cool moment.*

Ah, so you were in Romania when Obama won the election, Luke!  That must have been a cool moment for all of you!

Belle Book

Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Neobie on June 21, 2009, 10:04:56 AM
Where was I during the election results? Oh, reading about you guys in Romania (http://forum.realityfanforum.com/index.php/topic,18377.0.html). :lol:

I swear, one of these days a racer will log on to RFF to find out his next destination before he gets his clue.

Luke, I'm interested too in what happened after the faux-Pit Stop in Beijing! You guys disappeared for six, seven hours there? What're you up to nowadays? Back to school?
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Snooky on June 21, 2009, 01:34:38 PM
*Episode 3 (Romania): There was an intense cab race between Amanda + Kris and Mom + me in Romania on the way to the gym. It was just so intense. Our cab driver drove on subway track!! Couple times there was a train coming up so our cab driver would just got off the track right before the train could hit us! Our cab driver was trying to beat Kris and Amanda's cab, haha. But at same time, we were scared to death. The roads were so disorgainzed, people were driving like nuts!

We all were sitting in McDonald's at like 5am in the morning waiting to board on train at like 6am. One of our camera crew shouted that Obama won the election. Entire people in McDonald's just cheered and clapped. It was a cool moment.*

Ah, so you were in Romania when Obama won the election, Luke!  That must have been a cool moment for all of you!

Belle Book

P.S.  I voted for Obama in the election, so I was thrilled when he won!

:umn:
I will not talk political here!
 :funny:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Belle Book on June 21, 2009, 06:21:31 PM
*Episode 3 (Romania): There was an intense cab race between Amanda + Kris and Mom + me in Romania on the way to the gym. It was just so intense. Our cab driver drove on subway track!! Couple times there was a train coming up so our cab driver would just got off the track right before the train could hit us! Our cab driver was trying to beat Kris and Amanda's cab, haha. But at same time, we were scared to death. The roads were so disorgainzed, people were driving like nuts!

We all were sitting in McDonald's at like 5am in the morning waiting to board on train at like 6am. One of our camera crew shouted that Obama won the election. Entire people in McDonald's just cheered and clapped. It was a cool moment.*

Ah, so you were in Romania when Obama won the election, Luke!  That must have been a cool moment for all of you!

Belle Book

P.S.  I voted for Obama in the election, so I was thrilled when he won!

:umn:
I will not talk political here!
 :funny:

I dropped the political comment.

Belle Book
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: georgiapeach on June 21, 2009, 09:50:36 PM
Amazing racers!By INA R. HERNANDOJune 22, 2009, 9:52amHow does a mother support her handicapped son’s lifelong dream?

By running a race all over the world with him!

Margie Adams always believed that her hearing-impaired son could go on The Amazing Race (TAR), the world’s most popular reality show. It was just a matter of time – and it came during the recent TAR Season 14 where Margie and Luke finished third in the mad dash across nine countries and three continents.

“He is really a big fan of The Amazing Race since Season 1 and he always wanted to go on the show ever since he was a teenager,” the 50-year old mother tells Manila Bulletin in an exclusive interview.
Luke’s condition was not at all a factor and Marge knew very well what her son is capable of doing – and that is a lot!

“The only thing that we had to figure out was the communication when we were driving the car,” she shares.

For Luke, the original goal was make it to the Final Three. Margie would have been contented in not being the first team to get the boot.

Margie may seem fragile but she admits that she could be “controlling and competitive” at times. But these very qualities are probably some of the reasons why she was able to overcome the difficulties of having a child with a disability. After the race, Margie is now back to her old job as a clinical research associate.

Luke, on the other hand, just got a job in upstate New York where he will get to work with college students. His main goal in joining the race was to be a role-model for deaf people everywhere while proving that the “deaf can do just about anything and to never think otherwise.”

The Amazing Race season 14 was aired on Studio 23, which will also air the next season. On this exclusive feature on Students and Campuses Bulletin (SCB), the mother and son tandem from Denver, Colorado share their passion as advocates for deaf people, their experiences in coping with a disability, and how The Amazing Race has changed their lives forever.

LEARNING WITH HER CHILD

SCB: What exactly was the doctor’s diagnosis on Luke? What was the cause of his hearing impairment?

Margie: Luke was diagnosed with a severe hearing loss on his first birthday. He was born with a bilateral ear infection. He also had surgery to put tubes in his ears to help them drain. He did pretty well with the hearing aids and started attending a pre-school for hearing- impaired children but when he was 2 1/2 years old, he had meningitis and lost the little residual hearing he had, He was then diagnosed with profound/total hearing loss.

SCB: How did you feel when you heard about this?

Margie: I knew Luke could not hear from birth. He never looked around when there was a loud noise or looked for me when he heard my voice. Luke has an older sister and so I knew his reaction to sound was different from her reaction to sound as a baby. I went for almost a year telling Luke’s doctor that I thought he could not hear so when we finally had a diagnosis and could take some action I was actually relieved.

SCB: What difficulties did you go through as a mom?

Margie: The hardest thing was to hear other people make fun of him and call him stupid because of how he sounded. I really tried to educate people that just because Luke does not sound or communicate the same way hearing people do, he was stupid because he is not.

SCB: What’s the biggest adjustment that you had to go through?

Margie: Learning sign language and be more patient. When I communicate with sign I have to stop what ever I am doing to sign, I did not have to do that when communicating with my daughter.

SCB: How did you learn sign language?

Margie: I started Luke in a pre-school program when he was just a little older than I and I learned sign right along with him. I also took classes but I learned Signing Exact English (SEE) and later found out that the majority of deaf people communicate with American Sign Language (ASL) so I had to then learn ASL. I actually sign a mix of ASL and SEE with Luke.

SCB: Did Luke try hearing aids or other treatment options so he could hear?

Margie: Luke had hearing aids from one to five years old and then he got a Cochlear implant that allowed him to hear environmental sounds but not really speech. He went to speech therapy at least two days a week until he was 14.

SCB: Did you encounter difficulties in looking for a school for him? How was the set up like?

Margie: Luke’s father was in the army so we moved around a lot when Luke was growing up. Mainstream was always difficult. Luke did well academically but there were always so few deaf kids at his school that he sometimes felt isolated. He went to deaf school in Hawaii when he was eight and did 2 1/2 years there and did great. Then back to mainstream for two years and in 7th grade, he went to Colorado School For the Deaf and Blind and finished High School there.

SCB: What’s the best thing about having a deaf child that many people do not realize?

Margie: Having a deaf child exposed me to a whole new culture and gave me the opportunity to meet some fantastic deaf people that I would have probably not met.

SCB: What advice can you can give to parents who have kids with disabilities?

Margie: Talk to other parents with children that have similar disabilities, see what resources are out there, advocate for you child to get them the best help/education that is available. Allow your child to have language as early as possible, whether it is signing or oral communication, it is so important to communicate with your child.

SCB: What was the reaction of the other teams when they learned that Luke was deaf?

Margie: It was a mixed of reactions. Some teams were excited to have a deaf person on the race. Some teams initially thought that we would be a weak team and eliminated early because of Luke’s deafness. Some teams felt awkward to be around Luke because they were not sure how to communicate with him.”

GLAD TO BE DEAF

SCB: How hard was it growing up knowing that you were different?

Luke: It wasn’t really that hard. I actually like the idea of being different. I love being deaf. Sign language is just so such beautiful and I love every aspect of deaf culture. I’m glad that I’m deaf!

SCB: What were the problems that you encountered especially when you were in school?

Luke: The kids sometime would just bully me because I am just different from them. Just need to teach kids how to treat me like I am normal, not different from others.

SCB: What made you decide to go to college? What was your course and why did you choose to take it?

Luke: I wanted to get a college degree like everyone else. I studied in Criminal Justice, I want to fight for the rights for deaf people. You will be so surprised with how many limited rights there are for deaf people.

SCB: What was your very first ambition?

Luke: To be a honor roll student in school when I was a little kid and I did it!

SCB: What’s the hardest part of being deaf aside from not being to hear?

Luke: A lot of limited job opportunities which a lot of jobs required to be able to hear, so it’s a little hard to overcome that obstacle in job field.

SCB: Any advice to people, especially to kids, who have disabilities?

Luke: Don’t let anybody stop you just only because of your disability. Push yourself forward. Achieve your goals no matter what people say.

SCB: How do you think your participation in TAR changed the public’s perception on people with disabilities in general?

Luke: We hope that people understand deaf culture much better. There is a big misconception that almost every deaf person could talk and read lips really well. But, in our case, that isn’t true. There are actually a lot of deaf people who could not read lips or talk well, like Luke does.


http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/207671/amazing-racers
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: RealityFanWA on June 22, 2009, 12:33:35 AM
Amazing racers!By INA R. HERNANDOJune 22, 2009, 9:52amHow does a mother support her handicapped son’s lifelong dream?

By running a race all over the world with him!

Margie Adams always believed that her hearing-impaired son could go on The Amazing Race (TAR), the world’s most popular reality show. It was just a matter of time – and it came during the recent TAR Season 14 where Margie and Luke finished third in the mad dash across nine countries and three continents.

“He is really a big fan of The Amazing Race since Season 1 and he always wanted to go on the show ever since he was a teenager,” the 50-year old mother tells Manila Bulletin in an exclusive interview.
Luke’s condition was not at all a factor and Marge knew very well what her son is capable of doing – and that is a lot!

“The only thing that we had to figure out was the communication when we were driving the car,” she shares.

For Luke, the original goal was make it to the Final Three. Margie would have been contented in not being the first team to get the boot.

Margie may seem fragile but she admits that she could be “controlling and competitive” at times. But these very qualities are probably some of the reasons why she was able to overcome the difficulties of having a child with a disability. After the race, Margie is now back to her old job as a clinical research associate.

Luke, on the other hand, just got a job in upstate New York where he will get to work with college students. His main goal in joining the race was to be a role-model for deaf people everywhere while proving that the “deaf can do just about anything and to never think otherwise.”

The Amazing Race season 14 was aired on Studio 23, which will also air the next season. On this exclusive feature on Students and Campuses Bulletin (SCB), the mother and son tandem from Denver, Colorado share their passion as advocates for deaf people, their experiences in coping with a disability, and how The Amazing Race has changed their lives forever.

LEARNING WITH HER CHILD

SCB: What exactly was the doctor’s diagnosis on Luke? What was the cause of his hearing impairment?

Margie: Luke was diagnosed with a severe hearing loss on his first birthday. He was born with a bilateral ear infection. He also had surgery to put tubes in his ears to help them drain. He did pretty well with the hearing aids and started attending a pre-school for hearing- impaired children but when he was 2 1/2 years old, he had meningitis and lost the little residual hearing he had, He was then diagnosed with profound/total hearing loss.

SCB: How did you feel when you heard about this?

Margie: I knew Luke could not hear from birth. He never looked around when there was a loud noise or looked for me when he heard my voice. Luke has an older sister and so I knew his reaction to sound was different from her reaction to sound as a baby. I went for almost a year telling Luke’s doctor that I thought he could not hear so when we finally had a diagnosis and could take some action I was actually relieved.

SCB: What difficulties did you go through as a mom?

Margie: The hardest thing was to hear other people make fun of him and call him stupid because of how he sounded. I really tried to educate people that just because Luke does not sound or communicate the same way hearing people do, he was stupid because he is not.

SCB: What’s the biggest adjustment that you had to go through?

Margie: Learning sign language and be more patient. When I communicate with sign I have to stop what ever I am doing to sign, I did not have to do that when communicating with my daughter.

SCB: How did you learn sign language?

Margie: I started Luke in a pre-school program when he was just a little older than I and I learned sign right along with him. I also took classes but I learned Signing Exact English (SEE) and later found out that the majority of deaf people communicate with American Sign Language (ASL) so I had to then learn ASL. I actually sign a mix of ASL and SEE with Luke.

SCB: Did Luke try hearing aids or other treatment options so he could hear?

Margie: Luke had hearing aids from one to five years old and then he got a Cochlear implant that allowed him to hear environmental sounds but not really speech. He went to speech therapy at least two days a week until he was 14.

SCB: Did you encounter difficulties in looking for a school for him? How was the set up like?

Margie: Luke’s father was in the army so we moved around a lot when Luke was growing up. Mainstream was always difficult. Luke did well academically but there were always so few deaf kids at his school that he sometimes felt isolated. He went to deaf school in Hawaii when he was eight and did 2 1/2 years there and did great. Then back to mainstream for two years and in 7th grade, he went to Colorado School For the Deaf and Blind and finished High School there.

SCB: What’s the best thing about having a deaf child that many people do not realize?

Margie: Having a deaf child exposed me to a whole new culture and gave me the opportunity to meet some fantastic deaf people that I would have probably not met.

SCB: What advice can you can give to parents who have kids with disabilities?

Margie: Talk to other parents with children that have similar disabilities, see what resources are out there, advocate for you child to get them the best help/education that is available. Allow your child to have language as early as possible, whether it is signing or oral communication, it is so important to communicate with your child.

SCB: What was the reaction of the other teams when they learned that Luke was deaf?

Margie: It was a mixed of reactions. Some teams were excited to have a deaf person on the race. Some teams initially thought that we would be a weak team and eliminated early because of Luke’s deafness. Some teams felt awkward to be around Luke because they were not sure how to communicate with him.”

GLAD TO BE DEAF

SCB: How hard was it growing up knowing that you were different?

Luke: It wasn’t really that hard. I actually like the idea of being different. I love being deaf. Sign language is just so such beautiful and I love every aspect of deaf culture. I’m glad that I’m deaf!

SCB: What were the problems that you encountered especially when you were in school?

Luke: The kids sometime would just bully me because I am just different from them. Just need to teach kids how to treat me like I am normal, not different from others.

SCB: What made you decide to go to college? What was your course and why did you choose to take it?

Luke: I wanted to get a college degree like everyone else. I studied in Criminal Justice, I want to fight for the rights for deaf people. You will be so surprised with how many limited rights there are for deaf people.

SCB: What was your very first ambition?

Luke: To be a honor roll student in school when I was a little kid and I did it!

SCB: What’s the hardest part of being deaf aside from not being to hear?

Luke: A lot of limited job opportunities which a lot of jobs required to be able to hear, so it’s a little hard to overcome that obstacle in job field.

SCB: Any advice to people, especially to kids, who have disabilities?

Luke: Don’t let anybody stop you just only because of your disability. Push yourself forward. Achieve your goals no matter what people say.

SCB: How do you think your participation in TAR changed the public’s perception on people with disabilities in general?

Luke: We hope that people understand deaf culture much better. There is a big misconception that almost every deaf person could talk and read lips really well. But, in our case, that isn’t true. There are actually a lot of deaf people who could not read lips or talk well, like Luke does.


http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/207671/amazing-racers

Thanks for the story. I really enjoyed this!
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Moo on June 22, 2009, 12:45:54 AM
**Finds Manila Bulletin dated June 22, 2009 from our and our relatives' Newspaper archives**  :lol:

This is the first time I saw a Philippine news article published in the newspaper XD

I saw one for Tammy and Victor, but it was just via the internet.

WTG TAR 14 Racers!
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Belle Book on June 22, 2009, 05:44:48 PM
I don't think I ever thought Luke couldn't do anything because he was deaf.  I saw Heather Whitestone become Miss America despite being profoundly deaf, so I knew that deaf people could do a lot.  I'm glad Margie & Luke made it to the Final 3.

So Luke couldn't hear from birth due to an infection?  That's unfortunate.  I'm glad that he's done so well with his life now.

Belle Book
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: RealityFanWA on June 23, 2009, 10:41:34 PM
I don't think I ever thought Luke couldn't do anything because he was deaf.  I saw Heather Whitestone become Miss America despite being profoundly deaf, so I knew that deaf people could do a lot.  I'm glad Margie & Luke made it to the Final 3.

So Luke couldn't hear from birth due to an infection?  That's unfortunate.  I'm glad that he's done so well with his life now.

Belle Book


I have to give it up for Luke (TAR14) because he did not let his disability hinder him in the race. I'm glad that he got as far as he did and I wish him the best.
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: DeafRacer on July 03, 2009, 04:24:07 PM
Just want to drop a line in to say hello to everybody!
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: RealityFreakWill on July 03, 2009, 04:39:27 PM
Just want to drop a line in to say hello to everybody!

Hello back at ya!  :waves:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: georgiapeach on July 03, 2009, 04:43:48 PM
Hi Luke!! Great to see you!! :jumpy:

Have fun this weekend and give Cara and Mark loads of love from us!! :hearts:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: puddin on July 03, 2009, 07:30:16 PM
Hello Luke and hope you have a fabulous weekend and 4th of July  :hearts:

I'd like you to meet RealityFreakWill or "Will" he is not a fan of The Amazing Race but thanks to you he did watch your season because you have things in common such as he is deaf as well and also a heck of a guy  :kuss:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: RealityFreakWill on July 03, 2009, 07:45:00 PM
Hello Luke and hope you have a fabulous weekend and 4th of July  :hearts:

I'd like you to meet RealityFreakWill or "Will" he is not a fan of The Amazing Race but thanks to you he did watch your season because you have things in common such as he is deaf as well and also a heck of a guy  :kuss:

Puddin, he already knows. I sent him a PM a month ago I think or a few weeks ago introducing myself to him and he responded with a very nice message back to me. He told me he is a fan of BB and may pop in here on the BB threads. 
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: puddin on July 03, 2009, 09:02:58 PM
Hello Luke and hope you have a fabulous weekend and 4th of July  :hearts:

I'd like you to meet RealityFreakWill or "Will" he is not a fan of The Amazing Race but thanks to you he did watch your season because you have things in common such as he is deaf as well and also a heck of a guy  :kuss:

Puddin, he already knows. I sent him a PM a month ago I think or a few weeks ago introducing myself to him and he responded with a very nice message back to me. He told me he is a fan of BB and may pop in here on the BB threads. 
nothing to see here :carryon:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Benedicto on July 04, 2009, 06:30:09 AM
they're such good racers and are not bottom feeders.
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: DeafRacer on July 04, 2009, 05:06:16 PM
they're such good racers and are not bottom feeders.

Thank you!!! :-)

Will and I have spoken to each other couple times. It's nice to see there's a deaf poster on RFF! I just want to write a quick hi as my mom and I are getting ready for Cara's big night!! Jaime, Mike, and Victor are here as well (Tammy, you are dearly missed!) They're doing really great!
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: RealityFreakWill on July 04, 2009, 05:45:59 PM
they're such good racers and are not bottom feeders.

Thank you!!! :-)

Will and I have spoken to each other couple times. It's nice to see there's a deaf poster on RFF! I just want to write a quick hi as my mom and I are getting ready for Cara's big night!! Jaime, Mike, and Victor are here as well (Tammy, you are dearly missed!) They're doing really great!

Thank you, Luke!

Hope you hang out with us during BB11 as you told me you are a big fan of BB. We would love your imput of the houseguests.....ya know, love 'em or hate 'em! LOL
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: TARAsia Fan on July 04, 2009, 09:50:48 PM
Say hello to all of the racers for us, Luke! And I hope you're having a very happy 4th of July.  :waves: :waves:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: wazza on July 07, 2009, 09:14:23 AM
I have just started watching this season ( I am from Sydney, Australia, so we are a bit behind) and I love Luke and Margie. They are the best team to date. I am so happy you guys made it so far!!

ps. omg, is this really Luke on the forum? If it is, I'll give a shout out. "Luke, you are super cute!"  :-[
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: puddin on July 07, 2009, 10:09:07 AM
Welcome to the forum wazza!  :jumpy:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: TARAsia Fan on July 07, 2009, 01:29:24 PM
I have just started watching this season ( I am from Sydney, Australia, so we are a bit behind) and I love Luke and Margie. They are the best team to date. I am so happy you guys made it so far!!

ps. omg, is this really Luke on the forum? If it is, I'll give a shout out. "Luke, you are super cute!"  :-[
It is indeed Luke! We love the Luke!!! :jumpy: :jumpy:
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: wazza on July 07, 2009, 10:02:59 PM
Welcome to the forum wazza!  :jumpy:

thanks guys! This is such a cute little forum you guys have going. I feel like such a fanboy signing up just for this thread  :lol:

I just think the communication and dynamics between margie and Luke is amazing. Margie seems like such a great mum. They have such a great bond. I got all teary after the first leg when Luke was saying that he was doing it to prove that the deaf community can achieve just about anything. Luke is just so adorable and so so sweet. He has raised my standards for my future boyfriend  ;)
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: DeafRacer on July 30, 2009, 01:44:35 PM
Hey guys!! Hope all are well with you guys! I see that you guys are having fun trying to spoil new race!

I just saw Neobie's question: Luke, I'm interested too in what happened after the faux-Pit Stop in Beijing! You guys disappeared for six, seven hours there? What're you up to nowadays? Back to school?

Good catch! We didn't search for a gnome right away. We had to stay in some little restaurant place to sleep for few hours. We were told that we had to get up before the dawn breaks so we only slept for like 4 hours? It was SO cold inside! There were no windows at all! Way to suffer! One thing that I was little pissed that we all (teams) were released at same time to look for gnomes. No order at all. That's why Jaime + Cara, Tammy + Victor, and my mom + I were all fired up about Jen and Kisha caught a big break that the leg was TBC and didn't get eliminated for being in last place after swim challenge. We all agreed that whoever gets to U-Turn will u-turn Jen and Kisha right away in order to eliminate them. That's the reason that I was so intense while doing make-up detour task is that I knew there was U-Turn coming up and I knew that Jen and Kisha were going to u-turn my mom and me if nobody else gets there before them - I tried to hurry up and screwed up so bad on the makeup application, haha. I was so relieved when we found U-Turn. We wandered around for two hours then it took Jaime + Cara and Jen + Kisha four hours to find it. I loved how Jaime and Cara went like, "Margie and Luke went down that street and they never came back. I wonder what happened to them." That was hilarious of how we disappeared mysteriously.

Anyway, Im just enjoying the ride and traveling around for a little bit   then hopefully going on one of trips that my mom and I won on the show this fall!!
Title: Re: Margie & Luke Adams - 3rd Place *Come in and say Hello to Luke!*
Post by: Ray! on July 30, 2009, 09:19:54 PM
Hey guys!! Hope all are well with you guys! I see that you guys are having fun trying to spoil new race!

I just saw Neobie's question: Luke, I'm interested too in what happened after the faux-Pit Stop in Beijing! You guys disappeared for six, seven hours there? What're you up to nowadays? Back to school?

Good catch! We didn't search for a gnome right away. We had to stay in some little restaurant place to sleep for few hours. We were told that we had to get up before the dawn breaks so we only slept for like 4 hours? It was SO cold inside! There were no windows at all! Way to suffer! One thing that I was little pissed that we all (teams) were released at same time to look for gnomes. No order at all. That's why Jaime + Cara, Tammy + Victor, and my mom + I were all fired up about Jen and Kisha caught a big break that the leg was TBC and didn't get eliminated for being in last place after swim challenge. We all agreed that whoever gets to U-Turn will u-turn Jen and Kisha right away in order to eliminate them. That's the reason that I was so intense while doing make-up detour task is that I knew there was U-Turn coming up and I knew that Jen and Kisha were going to u-turn my mom and me if nobody else gets there before them - I tried to hurry up and screwed up so bad on the makeup application, haha. I was so relieved when we found U-Turn. We wandered around for two hours then it took Jaime + Cara and Jen + Kisha four hours to find it. I loved how Jaime and Cara went like, "Margie and Luke went down that street and they never came back. I wonder what happened to them." That was hilarious of how we disappeared mysteriously.

Anyway, Im just enjoying the ride and traveling around for a little bit   then hopefully going on one of trips that my mom and I won on the show this fall!!

Thanks for sharing, Luke. :tup: :waves:

Although I still somewhat hate Tammy/Victor for U-Turning 'em. I actually wanted a Christie/Jodi, Kisha/Jen, Mel/Mike F3. :funny: (I liked the earlier part of the boot order though. :funny: Your use of the U-Turn was the first actual U-Turn that was...well, useful. :funny:)