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Title: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Kogs on August 19, 2008, 12:16:18 AM

Names: Toni Imbimbo, Dallas Imbimbo
Ages: 51, 22
Occupations: Accounting consultant, student
Hometown: Woodside, CA
Relationship: Mother and son

Toni and Dallas have always been there for each other and will let nothing come between them. They are hoping the Race will provide them with some quality family time theyíve been missing out on since Dallas has been away at college - and maybe even a million dollars.

As a single mother, Toni sacrificed quite a bit to give Dallas a great childhood. Now Dallas is in college and living on his own.

Dallas can be very persuasive and enjoys getting people to do what he wants. His pet peeve about his Teammate is that she tells very long-winded stories. He describes himself as outgoing, persistent and passionate.

Toni considers herself a leader, but knows that sheíll need to lean on her son a bit more by relying on Dallasís strengths rather than telling him what to do. Her biggest accomplishment has been raising her son. She currently works for herself as a corporate accounting consultant.

With Dallasís constant flirting and sarcasm and Toniís laughter and personality, they are sure to be one of the most entertaining Teams on the Race.
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni & Dallas
Post by: puddin on August 19, 2008, 12:34:32 AM
 :wohoo: :wohoo:
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Post by: Kiwi Jay on August 19, 2008, 12:36:09 AM
I really like them!!
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Post by: Lucky13 on August 19, 2008, 12:40:34 AM
Mama Mia - yeah for single moms!!
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni & Dallas
Post by: georgiapeach on August 19, 2008, 12:45:24 AM
Toni! Dallas! So nice to meet you both finally--we have known you for MONTHS!! :hearts:
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo
Post by: TARAsia Fan on August 19, 2008, 08:58:20 AM
This seems to be a very likable team.
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo
Post by: patlini on August 19, 2008, 09:10:19 AM
finally we see her face
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo
Post by: Lucky13 on August 19, 2008, 01:23:30 PM
And a beautiful face it is - remember guys, she is a SINGLE mother!!! Not all hotties are under 30! Keep an eye on her - remember the reference to the mama bear - they do not let ANYONE mess with their cub!!!
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo
Post by: TARAsia Fan on August 19, 2008, 02:04:47 PM
She loves her son and who could not love a mom like that?
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo
Post by: michael on August 19, 2008, 03:52:09 PM
I like them. Especially because their last name makes me laugh lol
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo
Post by: puddin on August 19, 2008, 03:58:02 PM
He's a God :luvu:
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo
Post by: michael on August 19, 2008, 05:30:55 PM
He's a God :luvu:

Puddin Imbimbo has a nice ring to it   :funny:
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo
Post by: puddin on August 19, 2008, 06:06:11 PM
I'll be Dallas Bimbo...any day  :flirt:
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on August 25, 2008, 03:10:54 AM
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Lucky13 on August 25, 2008, 07:44:37 AM
In the video of the race up the steps at the start of the race, Nick and Dallas seem to be in a dead heat for first - shows who is competitive from the get go!
Title: Re: TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on September 05, 2008, 06:19:43 PM
thanks CBS

Watch CBS Videos Online  
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on September 15, 2008, 05:09:12 PM

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Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on September 25, 2008, 06:38:55 PM
UC Davis student to appear on Amazing Race
Written by JUSTIN T. HO
Published September 25, 2008
For UC Davis student Dallas Imbimbo, driving isn't a problem. No matter where he is, he'll find his way out.

His mother, Toni, will eat anything. "The Amazing Race" was, as his friends call it, a no-brainer.

Imbimbo, a senior communication and psychology double major, competed in the latest season of "The Amazing Race" last spring. The series is set to premiere on Sunday on CBS.

"The Amazing Race" is a reality television show where contestants compete in races in various countries around the globe. Every team is composed of two members, each with some sort of pre-existing bond or relationship. The first-place team is awarded a prize of $1 million, and smaller prizes are awarded along the way.

Dallas' sense of direction has always been one of his prominent strong points, rendering him the full-time driver for the team. According to friend and UCD alumnus Jeff List, Dallas and his friends would often take random off-ramps throughout San Francisco in order to test Dallas' sense of direction. Toni, on the other hand, was designated to take charge of any eating competition, something they decided well before the race began.

"We had kind of that understanding going into it that she wasn't touching the steering wheel," Imbimbo said. "Any time any eating things came up, she was going to be the one doing it. I was like, 'There's no way in hell I'm doing that.'"

Dallas and his mother Toni, who comprise the Bay Area team of the show, were chosen from a group of well over 100 other teams. The qualification process consisted of a written application and a simple introduction, recorded on the spot in a three-minute video. Thousands of teams tried out for the show nationwide.

Filming coincided with the end of winter quarter 2008. Dallas took spring quarter off for the show, conveniently making it back in time for Summer Session I.

"He didn't need much preparation," List said. "He's kind of a character on his own. He'll talk, he'll never miss a beat, so when he's in front of a camera he's perfect for a show like that."

"The Amazing Race" is no walk in the park - the amount of physical exertion and endurance required to complete the race is substantial and was a significant factor in Imbimbo's mental preparation before the race. He said that he did not put himself through any special conditioning before the filming, but after watching previous episodes he understood the importance of being able to carry his partner's weight in addition to his own.

"Based off interviews I've seen in prior seasons, they don't have time to eat too much food - only on planes," Imbimbo said. "I knew I'd be losing a lot of weight, so if I lose it over time I'll still have an advantage on other teams."

However, most important to their team's chemistry was Dallas and Toni's long history together as a family. Toni raised Dallas as a single mother and was often the disciplinary force of the family. Moreover, Dallas' move to college limited their time together, and Dallas often spent his summers in Davis.

"Really, both of them together make a great mother and son kind of relationship," said Ben Wang, a UCD alumnus who roomed with Imbimbo in his freshman year. "He's a cool guy - you can get along with him really easily."

"What was great about the race was that it was the first time we had to spend a lot of time together," Imbimbo said. "It was cool to have a friend in this whole thing."

In addition to the relationship he built with his mother, Dallas views the race as an educational opportunity for him, as the race took him to many third world countries and exposed him to poorer, impoverished cultures.

"You [can] see some pictures on CNN or National Geographic, but you actually don't really know what it's like," Imbimbo said. "[In] going to these places, you see people that have nothing, and they're the happiest people you've seen in your life. These people are so content with life - they can find happiness in anything. It brings you to peace with yourself."


JUSTIN T. HO can be reached at
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: RudyRules on September 29, 2008, 05:31:09 AM
I love this team!  Yes, verrry likeable peeps and I think they'll work together very well...
Good Luck!  :jumpy: :hearts:
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: michael on October 01, 2008, 10:08:10 PM
lol i feel bad for Dallas, the show just started and apparently nude photos of him leaked.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on October 01, 2008, 10:43:59 PM
lol i feel bad for Dallas, the show just started and apparently nude photos of him leaked.
I don't think they are real, his head looks chopped, lol people are sickos!!
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Slowhatch on October 01, 2008, 11:05:49 PM
Would they send lawyers after them if it was fake? (answer: maybe  :duno:)
**Sorry guys, but we received a call this afternoon from someone claiming to be an attorney for Dallas, and the photo above was allegedly taken approximately five years ago when Mr. Imbimbo was only 17 . . . which would make the image child porn.  We aren't sure how legit this claim is, but we don't want to take any chances, so we have removed both the edited and unedited images at least temporarily until we can get to the bottom of this.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on October 01, 2008, 11:12:30 PM
I only saw the image Slowhatch, I didn't research it, lol
I thought his head looked too big..but I guess not and am not even going there.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on October 05, 2008, 10:55:00 PM
Mom and son are a "class act"! I hope they go to the end  :hearts:  :jumpy:
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Lucky13 on October 06, 2008, 06:46:49 AM
Class Act for sure, but will Sarah and Terrance pay them back the favor, or pay it forward before the show is over? We'll have to wait and see!
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on October 13, 2008, 01:24:58 AM
Toni & Dallas work so well as a team, whats not to love?  :jumpy: Yeah baby!!
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on November 30, 2008, 11:03:44 PM
I don't think Dallas and Toni can ever get enough l♥ve :luvya: :ghug:

Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: michael on November 30, 2008, 11:05:39 PM
 :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Kiwi Jay on December 01, 2008, 01:29:24 AM
I just  watched the episode. I have :'(
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: DrRox on December 01, 2008, 03:53:47 AM
Really Classy Toni and Dallas,

Phil was sort of pressing them on losing their passports. He asked them what were they going to do. Toni just smiled and said it was just another roadblock and they would overcome it

Phil really seemed incredulous that they were so calm about it
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Post by: jose on December 01, 2008, 05:16:18 AM
i already miss you guys  :hearts:
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: pitt02 on December 01, 2008, 01:00:02 PM
They knew there was nothing they could do more to get there passports back so why cry over spilled milk she knew as much as she would have fought with him nothing was brining there passports back; thats why they seemed so calm.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: marigold on December 01, 2008, 04:51:22 PM
An interview with Toni and Dallas:

How many things could go wrong in one day?

You started this leg in first place, what went wrong?
Dallas: We were in the lead but everyone caught up at the submarine where we had to get our first clue. And then what killed us was the Roadblock. It took me a long time to find the right statues. Then, of course, I lost our passports and wallet.
Toni: It was all down hill from there.
Dallas: How many things could go wrong in one day?

Was it hard to beg strangers for money in Moscow?
Dallas: The language barrier made it harder. If we'd been in the United States it would have been easier. It was also tough because the Russians looked at us like we were crazy for asking for money when we had a cameraman and sound guy with us. Like, how poor could we really be?
Toni: I would send Dallas out after all the cute, younger girls to ask for money. And they actually were very sweet and helpful. By and large the Russians were really trying to help.

Dallas, are you impressed with your mom's performance?
Dallas: My mom is a rock star.
Toni: And I just love you for saying that.
Dallas: She really did an unbelievable job. I was surprised.

Dallas you and fellow contestant Starr were very flirty. Have you kept in touch?
Dallas: We've been dating for about 6-months and getting into our fair share of adventures since the race. We gave gone skydiving and spelunking. The travel bug has bitten us both.

Would you do it all over again?
Toni: When we were on our way home we said it was the best adventure we'd never do again. But after we were home for 24 hours we started arguing over which one of us would do The Amazing Race: All Stars. We were fighting over if he'd run it with Starr or if he'd let me do it again. But I'd do it again in a heartbeat. It was fantastic.

Who did you choose?
Dallas: I'd have to get my mom in a little bit better shape for the next time around, so I don't have to carry her backpack the entire time. If she's willing to do that, I'll let her be on my team.

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Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Rob on December 01, 2008, 05:06:53 PM
Dallas you and fellow contestant Starr were very flirty. Have you kept in touch?
Dallas: We've been dating for about 6-months and getting into our fair share of adventures since the race. We gave gone skydiving and spelunking. The travel bug has bitten us both.

mmmmmmmm....wonder how they afford to travel so much????
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Coutzy on December 01, 2008, 05:10:26 PM
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Post by: Rob on December 01, 2008, 05:11:03 PM
True!! Star definitely has plenty of them!!
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on December 01, 2008, 05:15:52 PM
Dallas and Starr for All Stars!!
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Coutzy on December 01, 2008, 05:16:00 PM
Yep, and I can't imagine that she'd travel to all those places with Nick.

Maybe take one or two trips together but divvy up the rest and take somebody else.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Coutzy on December 01, 2008, 05:16:19 PM
Dallas and Starr for All Stars!!

I thought we'd all agreed: NO COMPOSITE TEAMS ON ALL STARS!
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on December 01, 2008, 05:17:04 PM
Dallas and Starr for All Stars!!

I thought we'd all agreed: NO COMPOSITE TEAMS ON ALL STARS!

I never agreed to that? lol
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Coutzy on December 01, 2008, 05:18:43 PM
It just seems to be the general feeling.

Of course if that happened, my favorite from season 9 never would have got the mill he deserved.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on December 01, 2008, 05:20:04 PM
I'm an Eric fan as well!
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Coutzy on December 01, 2008, 05:32:01 PM
I didn't like Jeremy that much though.

And I thought Dave and Lori were fun, if a bit geeky in the process.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: marigold on December 01, 2008, 09:35:40 PM
An interview with Toni and Dallas:

Amazing Race: Dallas On Losing Passport, Romance with Starr

Dallas and Toni ó the hunky college student and his doting mother ó made a strong bid for The Amazing Raceís $1 million prize. Unfortunately, leaving their money and Dallasís passport in a Russian taxi was a fatal misstep that cost them their chance at victory. But it wasnít a total loss. Dallas got to know fellow racer Starr, leading to a romance that is going strong. Dallas and Toni spoke with PEOPLE after their elimination episode aired Sunday to discuss the money-and-passport gaffe, how the Race led to romance and what Toni discovered in Cambodia. Ė Nicholas White

How did you feel after the show?
Toni: It was pretty emotional because it had been such a wonderful run and such an incredible experience. The circumstances are what they are, and thatís just life. I donít think that was something that weighed too heavily upon us.
Dallas: Since the show aired, I havenít been back to my college town to the bars for everybody to call me an idiot yet. I should still feel alright for at least another week.

How did manage to lose your money and passport?
Dallas: I hopped out of the cab I was in to get into another cab. We were in that cab for about 20 or 30 minutes. After I went to pay that second cab, I finally realized that [the money and passport] were left in the first cab during the microphone exchange.

Did you think you could get it back?
Dallas: What I did was take that second cab back to a hotel that we stayed at on that last Pit Stop. I used the concierge service to get the taxi that I was going to then take later. I had got the money from some of the other Racers. [The plan was to] get a free taxi for a little bit, and then figure out the passport situation.
Toni: I was just praying on the fact that I hoped somebody in Russia would return that passport and that taxi driver would turn it in knowing that heíd be at that hotel would turn it in there or the embassy. I was kind of banking on that.

How hard was it to beg for rubles?
Dallas: A lot of the younger kids gave us money Ö It was the older people who were stingier.
Toni: One man was actually going to pawn his cell phone to give us money. He was begging taxi drivers to take us and they wouldnít do it. Thatís what I realized, here in America, who would pawn a cell phone to help somebody they didnít know?

Dallas, whatís the connection with Starr?
Dallas: Starr is very adventurous and outgoing. Sheís definitely got a strong personality like me. Thatís kind of where we clash. We butt heads because we both want our way all of the time. As you can see on the show, she gets pretty upset when things donít go her way. I get upset when things donít go my way. We both like to go out and do adventurous things. We both fight for the same stuff. Thatís the level we connect on. She has a real good heart. She works with kids with autism in New York. Thatís another side of her that I really like.

Who was the pursuer?
Dallas: She was the pursuer, for sure. Finally I gave in. I was like, ďI donít want to see this girl work too hard.Ē

Whatís the future look like?
Dallas: Only time will tell. Sheís in New York and Iím in California. Weíll have to see where it goes. Itís positive right now. Weíll take it one day at a time. She came out after the show ended and we went skydiving. On her birthday, we went spelunking, an intense cave dive. Weíve done some amazing adventures. Weíre going to do some bungee jumping as well. Weíll see how that goes.

What did you get her for her birthday?
Dallas: I got her a little mushy sweetheart [present], a picture frame with pictures and some music. We went out to dinner for the night, a fondue restaurant. Solid.

Toni, what was your favorite part of the Race?
Toni: Cambodia, without a doubt Ö The people of Cambodia were the most peaceful, gentle, loving people Iíd seen in my life. It really showed me that we need to refocus our lives. Itís not about the stuff ó itís about the people.

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Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: pitt02 on December 01, 2008, 10:48:30 PM
In my opinion Dallas and Starr would be a dissapointing team; both their partners keep them in line so they dont get so emotional and make irrational decisions.  I think they should keep the same team for the all-stars and bring home the victory.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Rob on December 02, 2008, 08:26:06 AM
RFF Radio Interview with Toni & Dallas
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Post by: marigold on December 02, 2008, 12:51:17 PM
An interview with Toni and Dallas:

The Amazing Raceís Toni & Dallas: Passport To Misadventure

Toni and Dallas won the hearts of The Amazing Race fans with their sweet, supportive relationship and their superior racing skills. Everyone through they were a lock to make the final three. Alas, when Dallas accidentally left his money and passport in the cab the team was doomed. The two of them spoke with fancast about what really happened in that ill-fated cab, Dallasís flirtation with Starr and how they managed to work so effectively together during the race.

Toni, why did you ask Dallas to take the statues roadblock?
Toni: I mentally felt like I wasnít at the top of my game that day. Thatís why I asked Dallas to take it. We had been running for taxis for like an hour in the morning. We couldnít find a taxi to get us to the place where the monuments were. Nobody knew where it was. We were sure that we were way at the back of the pack by the time we got there. I just felt like my mind wasnít going to be totally set on this to be able to do it. We started reading the clue. You only have one line that tells you what to do. When Dallas started reading what it was we had to do I started thinking, ďOh my gosh. I donít know whatís going to happen here.Ē

Dallas, how, exactly, did you end up leaving your money and passports in the cab?
Dallas: What happened was I had to do a microphone battery change. I was in the cab for about an hour. The driver didnít know where he was going. I said, ďI need a new taxi.Ē So, as I was getting out to do the microphone change [the Amazing Race staff] undid my fanny pack with all my stuff in it because they had to get to the microphone. When I got out of the first taxi, it wasnít attached to me anymore. I hopped into a new taxi, took that to where I needed to be and then went to pay. I didnít have any money. Thatís when I realized Iíd left it in the previous taxi.

What did you do, since you had no money to pay the second taxi?
Dallas: I tried to tell him I had nothing. What really happened was I took that second taxi back to a hotel. I then used a concierge service to take a third taxi to get there. When I realized I didnít have any money I was shocked. The second driver was trying to get his fare. I think he could see from the expression on my face that I had lost so much stuff. He finally just let me go, didnít care really. Then I took a third taxi, and I had the concierge service at the hotel tell them that Iíd come back and pay later. I was planning on getting money from other racers to be able to pay. They made it look like the taxi with my pack drove away and I just watched it and waved goodbye. That was far from the case.

Did you ultimately pay the third taxi?
Dallas: He got paid back by production. By that point the race had ended for us. We couldnít do anything about it.
How far behind everyone were you?
Dallas: They said we were about thirty minutes behind Kenny and Tina.
Toni: Maybe an hour. But we hadnít even finished the rest of the leg. Iím sure we would have been hours behind.

Was the decision to take the metro instead of a taxi to the woman with the Shetland pony a misreading of the clue or a strategic decision to save money and take a time penalty?
Toni: It was a strategic move. I said, ďDallas, this is what we need to do.Ē To be fair to the race, we were running rogue. We said we donít care about the rules anymore, let them penalize us. Iíve got a kid without a passport here. Letís just do what we can do and take whatever penalties they throw at us. Thatís really the wrong attitude to have out there. They did then tell us we had to take a taxi. Unfortunately we couldnít take the metro back because we werenít allowed to be on the metro after three oíclock and it was three fifteen. We ended up having to walk for about two hours to get all the way back to where we had started. We were trying to beg for money all the way there so we could have enough money to take the taxi back. We lost a couple hours by making that decision.

What was your reaction when Phil popped up to eliminate you in the middle of your leg?
Dallas: It was bittersweet. It was great that our misery had finally ended. It was so cold, it was so long. But we had the mindset that we wanted to finish the thing. Phil realized we had been going so long with no food and no water.
Toni: And we were begging. They probably had to get the beggars off the street.

Phil seemed sad that he had to let you go. You were consistently one of the top three teams. How do you feel about Dan and Andrew, who were always at the back of the pack, making it to the finals instead of you?
Toni: Thatís the beauty of the race. Anything can happen. In Bolivia we were last and a wonderful taxi driver is what made the difference for us and got us into second place. We donít begrudge them being out there. All of them deserve to be there.

Now that youíve had time to get some perspective, how do you feel about the way things ended?
Toni: Things happened the way they happened for a reason. We spent a lot of time on the street begging for money. We didnít feel real enamored of the Russian people on our first leg. So at first it was a little tough. We thought, ďThese people donít even like us.Ē We really had to work it. We found there were as many people who were helpful to us on the streets as there were who werenít. It gave us the opportunity to see a whole different side of these people of Russia that we would not have had if the experience hadnít been what it was. Iím grateful for the way things turned out because we got to see things that we wouldnít have seen otherwise.

How long did it take you to get new passports? Did you make the finish line?
Dallas: We werenít able to make the finish line. We did get my passport back the next morning. Someone turned it into the embassy. We ended up meeting with the cast at a party they throw for everybody at the end.
Dallas, you and Starr seemed flirtatious on the race. Whatís going on with the two of you?
Dallas: Weíve been dating for a while now, about six months. Weíre taking it one day at a time.

The two of you had such a supportive, positive relationship. How did you stay on an even keel throughout the stresses of the race?
Toni: When it was time to go and run the race, we ran the race. We were focused. We knew there was a goal. We just did it. Once we got to the pit stop and we had some time to relax, we were joking. We were fighting. We were arguing. Dallas would beg me for food. We had that time. We were ourselves. It wasnít that hard to be focused during the race at the race times. Thatís what worked for us.

What inspired the two of you to try out for the race?
Dallas: My Mom was like, ďYouíre coming down this weekend and weíre going to do it.Ē It was my birthday last year, December eighth. Thatís when the open casting call was. It was in San Jose. I was at school at UC David about two hours away. I was out with my friends on Friday night until about four in the morning. I work up at five, drove down pretty much still drunk.
Toni: Not that I approved of that.
Dallas: We were in line with all these people and we just winged it.

How has going on the race changed your lives?
Toni: From a daily perspective, the race has made me look at my life and how I treat others in my life differently. I donít ever want to lose the beauty of what we saw in Cambodia and India, the warm hearts and the gentleness of the people and the peace that they have within themselves. As far as my relationship with my child goes, I think itís obvious. I love him to death. Heís stuck with me now forever.
Dallas: It was a real eye opening experience going to places like Cambodia where people have no money and yet theyíre still so happy. It makes you really want to see the world and get outside of your comfort zone. I canít wait to be able to travel to so many other places.

What advice would you give to future competitors?
Dallas: Put your passport and all your money in a very secure place. Put it in your underwear, wherever you need to.
Toni: Itís all about the taxis.
Dallas: The taxis are what make it or break it.

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Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: marigold on December 02, 2008, 12:59:27 PM
RFF Radio Interview with Toni & Dallas

 :hearts: A great interview thanks for sharing it with us
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: marigold on December 02, 2008, 01:30:47 PM
An interview with Toni and Dallas:

Toni and Dallas Imbimbo dish about their time on 'The Amazing Race'

While other teams around them made costly mistakes as the weeks progressed, the "Mother and Son" team of Toni and Dallas Imbimbo proved to be the model of consistency as they continually placed solidly in each leg of The Amazing Race 13 without garnering much attention.

However, one week after winning their first leg of competition, Toni and Dallas suffered their first significant misstep in the race and lost their money and one of their passports in a taxi, resulting in the team becoming the eighth team to be eliminated from the competition during Sunday night's broadcast on CBS.

On Monday, Toni and Dallas spoke to Reality TV World about what events led up to Dallas losing his bag, why they decided to ignore the rules and take a subway despite knowing they would be penalized for it, and how Dallas' relationship status has changed since appearing on the show.

Reality TV World: So Dallas, just to clarify to start, were you carrying just your own passport or also you mom's also?

Dallas: I was carrying just mine and then the money.

Reality TV World: Last night’s broadcast didn't show much of the lead-up to when you forgot the bag [with all of the money and passport] in the cab. What happened for that to happen, were you just rushed?

Dallas: No, what actually happened was when I got in the cab we actually had to do a microphone change, and the microphone is actually around your waist. So they had to undo the fanny pack that was around my waist to change that microphone out.

So they did that, and the cab driver in the cab I was in at the time I [had been] driving with for about an hour in circles, he didn't know where he was going. So I was like 'Hey, pull me over, I'm gonna take a new cab.' He pulled me over and they did the microphone change and unstrapped that pack and I got out. The [cab driver] did not make me pay because he didn't know where he was going.

So I got out and flagged down a new taxi, got a new taxi and went in there for about 20-30 minutes and finally had them take me to somewhere I knew. When I got there that's when I realized I didn't have the bag with me and my passport and my money was long gone.

They made it look like [the cab] was right there and I could run after it but that's not true. If it was anywhere near there I would've caught up to it, I don't care if it was three miles down the road I woulda ran after it. But I had no chance of finding it.

Reality TV World: You said you didn't [notice the missing bag] for about half an hour?

Dallas: I didn't know until I had hopped in a new cab [and gone] a way further distance than I had even started. And in Moscow cabs can be anything, it's not like an official cab in the United States where it's yellow and it's a cab company. Any random car is a cab so I couldn't even say "Oh well it's this cab company" and try to hunt it down that way.

Reality TV World: So, [even though] you didn't have your passport. you guys decided to continue the leg and [try and] not get eliminated. If you hadn't been eliminated, how [were you planning to] have gotten out of Russia for the next leg of the race?

Dallas: (Jokingly) What I would've done is put all my mom's clothes in my backpack and I woulda hopped in her backpack.

Toni: Actually part of what we were doing as we were running around begging on the street, I was sitting there thinking to myself, Dallas had gone back to a hotel with the second cab driver, and maybe they'll turn his passport in there or something, or maybe they'll turn it in to the embassy.

And along this route I'm just gonna keep begging and doing what we can and I'm gonna see if I can find a way to make a phone call to see if his passport got turned in and see if we can possibly get that passport and still keep going and have it to go with.

So part of our strategy in running the rest of the race was "Can we get the passport back as well?"

Reality TV World: And because you didn't have your passport, did you guys end up getting stuck in Russia after you were eliminated? How long did it take to get your passport back?

Dallas: Well, luckily the next day my bag was... well not my bag, my passport was turned in to the U.S. Embassy, so I was actually [able to] get home. I wasn't able to make it for the finale, but we finally got back later, luckily not too much later than everybody else.

Toni: We knew on my visa that I had a little more time than the production crew had in Russia, so we just stayed back and said we're gonna do what we can. Then the next morning when the embassy finally opened and we called them they told us that somebody had turned in the passport late the night before after the embassy had closed and they had it there.

Reality TV World: When you both decided to go out on the street and search for money to try and continue [in the race], it seemed like you didn't have a lot of trouble getting money from people on the street. Were people really that generous, or did the episode just show the people who were willing to give up money and cut out a whole bunch of people who didn't?

Toni: I think that you saw some of the people who were willing to help. There were probably as many that weren't willing to help us as that were. But, we were pleasantly surprised by the number of people that helped because people had not been that friendly to us and there had been a couple men in one of the squares who had worked their butts off to try to get money for us and they were asking and begging all their friends for money. And their friends were saying things to them like "Why are you helping them? They're American," so we were a little bit discouraged, but they kept pushing on and so we thought "Okay, we're gonna keep going."

At one point the man actually tried to pawn his cell phone to get us enough money for the taxi because they couldn't afford the taxi's themselves out there. That was the point where I said to Dallas "No, we're not gonna take this man's money, we're not gonna let him pawn his cell phone."

Dallas: And the other thing is, it does look like we got a lot of money but Russia's a very, very, very expensive city. So though we may have gotten a lot of money, it cost so much money to get anywhere.

Reality TV World: Did you pursue any other possible courses of action as opposed to just going around and looking for money? Had you thought about waiting for [Andrew Lappitt] to come back to try and get some money from [he and teammate Dan Honig]?

Toni: Well at first we went to Dan and thought we'd get some money from him, but he didn't have the money, we knew Andrew did. And, to be honest, knowing how long it would take Dan and Andrew to complete a task was not something we should sit around and wait for because that could take forever.

So I kinda went rogue and said "Dallas, we just need to try to honor the race as best we can, get what money we can and get this leg done. If it means we don't follow the letter of the rules [than] let's just take the penalties as they come and lets just try to salvage what we can out of it and try to get the passport along the way." Waiting for Dan and Andrew wasn't something that we thought was gonna make sense.

Dallas: (Jokingly) I was thinking of taking nude pictures on the corner and selling them to make money.

Reality TV World: Kind of going off of what you just said about not specifically following the rules to get where you want to get to, when you got on the subway [to get the Detour challenge] that led to a whole thing where you had to go back and take a taxi. Were you thinking -- or hoping I guess -- that you would just be assessed some penalty for doing that?

Toni: Exactly. We'd asked a couple of taxis how much it was gonna cost and it was such a large amount of money that we didn't think there was any way we could get that kind of money. So I said "Let's just take the Metro," everybody on the streets said we were crazy to take a taxi [and to] just take the Metro.

So I said "Let's just take the penalty we're gonna get assessed, at least we'll finish this out, and if we get our passport along the way and get assessed a penalty, Dan and Andrew will probably screw up enough that we'll find a way to make it. So it was interesting for us to watch last night to see that it was [Ken and Tina Greene] who had the biggest mistakes.

Dallas: Yeah, and the way we looked at it was that [Mark Yturralde] and [Bill Hahler] in Bolivia had taken a taxi when they were supposed to walk, [and they got] a 30 minute penalty. So that's what we were banking on.

Then we took the subway, we got to that park, and they said no you have to go back. Now we couldn't take the subway back because the rules for the city of Moscow are that you cannot take those video cameras that they're recording everything on [into] the subway after 3PM and it was about 3:15PM at that time. So now instead of taking the subway back to where we had started we had to walk all the way back, which took us about two hours, and that's what killed us.
Reality TV World: On last night's episode, and unlike [the rest of the season], they didn't show the departure times of each team leaving [the Pit Stop]. Do you have any idea how much of a lead you had at the beginning of the leg and how far apart the teams left from each other throughout the race?

Toni: Well, at the beginning of that leg when we got to the submarine there were probably a number of hours [lead] that we had over [Nick and Starr Spangler]. But what you didn't see last night was when we got there it was one of those [locations] where we had to wait until it opened. So we had to wait outside that submarine for three or four hours in the morning waiting until it opened. It equalized out again because we all had to sit and wait.

The only team that hadn't met up with us yet at that point in time when the place opened was Dan and Andrew. We were all just sitting outside waiting for it to open.
Reality TV World: Were you surprised when [The Amazing Race host] Phil Keoghan met with you guys to tell you that you had been eliminated [before you had completed the leg]?

Toni: Well we were a little surprised because we really didn't think it was a Pit Stop and we didn't really know. At the same token, we had been out there for so many hours and it was getting dark and it was getting cold and we were begging everyone who was around, so they probably didn't want people begging on the streets to the level that we were begging so it sorta made sense.

It didn't surprise me that that's what they did because it made sense in the long run, but it was disheartening not to have finished the leg.

Reality TV World: Do you have any idea how far behind Andrew and Dan you were?

Dallas: Well it was actually Ken and Tina who came in last.

Reality TV World: Oh yeah, sorry...

Dallas: But they said we were only a half-hour behind them, which, that's what kinda ticked us off a little bit is that if it wasn't for that rule of not being able to take the subway back to where we started because of the cameras.... if we took the subway there and screwed up because of that, then we should at least be allowed to take the subway back. We got double penalized, and it was only a half-hour back but that thing took us two hours. We would've easily still came in third without a problem because even Ken and Tina were behind Andrew and Dan, we probably would've finished ahead of them as well.

Toni: But we wouldn't have had a passport and we wouldn't have continued, and we wouldn't have met the people that we met begging on the street, and we probably would have thought that Russian people were horrible and we found out that they weren't. There was a lot of things that we learned by that process so I'm not pissed off by anything. I think everything happened the way it needed to happen and we learned a lot from it.

Reality TV World: Toni, During the Roadblock challenge in the park with the Soviet statues, at different point both of you both seemed to express some doubt in the choice of Dallas to perform the challenge. Is that accurate, and would you have chosen to switch places if you could go back and do it again?

Toni: Well you don't always know what the Roadblock is, you just get this one-liner-zinger that says "to solve a mystery literally" and that's all we knew. Part of me sort of said that "Oh, literally? Is this gonna involve reading? Maybe I should do this one" but it had been such a long morning and we had been driving for hours and I was like "I don't think I'm as sharp today as I should be and so Dallas needs to do it."

Then when Dallas opened it up and started reading all this stuff about Lenin and Stalin I was like "Oh no, this could be a problem."

But I think it's really a toss-up because I might have been a little more diligent about the statues, but then leaving there and having to get around Moscow and figuring out the taxis was really difficult, and Dallas has a great ability to manipulate and work situations. I don't know that I would've been as strong at getting that taxi and ever finding that apartment. I had to get there and I thought I would never find my way there, so it's a toss up.

Reality TV World: Ok, and on to the other big topic -- Dallas, there were clearly sparks between you and Starr. Did you two ever begin dating after the show?

Dallas: (sarcastically) Oh, well I've only heard [this] 800 times.

Reality TV World: I'm sure.

Dallas: Yeah, we've been dating pretty much since the show ended for about six months now.

Reality TV World: Ok, so it's going well?

Dallas: Well, she lives in New York, I live in California, so it's going well. We're just taking it how it is and one day at a time, but it's going well.
Reality TV World: The show didn't really begin hinting at a possible relationship until the show was about halfway over.  Had you two been getting to know each other during the entire duration of the show or did it not develop until midway through?

Dallas: We fell in love on the flight to Kazakhstan. (Toni Laughs) We got a chance to sit next to each other on the flight to Kazakhstan and that's where we really -- I don't know how long that flight was, it was a long, long flight -- but that's where we got to know each other and talk to each other. There had been some playful flirting all the way from the first episode and it wasn't really until being on that plane and sitting next to each other and getting to know each other until we started beginning to like each other.

Reality TV World: We've talked to some former contestants of the show who didn't think too highly of Nick and Starr. Were either of you concerned about being linked with them at all?

Toni: No we actually enjoyed being with them. We found them to be honest people. We were all playing a game, I mean we knew it was a game, and when it was time to go we would go. We didn't have any doubts in our mind that they would do whatever they had to do to win that race, but we felt the same way. We found them to be genuine and very big-hearted throughout the entire race and I was happy to run with them. I'd run with them any day.

Reality TV World: So, they were definitely more aggressive than many of the other teams. You didn't find that to be an issue?

Toni: No, because I think when we were with them we were equally as aggressive and they knew it. I mean, we would've knocked them down running too.
Reality TV World: It seemed like for much of the race, at least the first half, you both were able to fly under the radar and perform consistently without getting too much attention on yourselves. Or at least that's the way the show ended up showing it. Would you agree with that?

Dallas: Well I think that was our goal. I mean obviously I am loud, crazy, have out-of-control hair, and people usually look at that and they have their first opinions. But our main goal was just "Let's fly under the radar," we don't want anyone to really think we're a threat, and no one really did think we were a threat, nobody thought we were anybody until we just consistently performed and that was our goal.

We were going to keep our mouths shut and play our game, we're never gonna get caught up in the drama, we're not gonna be the people who call people names. We're just gonna play our game, we're gonna be ourselves, we're not gonna put our character at risk and whatever is meant to happen will happen.

Toni: And I do think, for us, the benefit was I do think that most teams, in general, liked us. So if they didn't like Nick and Starr it didn't matter, they didn't hold it against us. We didn't feel any animosity towards us at all.

So people kinda looked at me and thought "Oh, well that's mom," and I really don't think that they thought we were any kind of threat to them at all. And I think that even when we would consistently be up in the Top 2 or 3 all the time, it probably wasn't until four or five in [that] they finally kept going "Shoot, they keep coming in up there, what's going on?" They just didn't notice.

Reality TV World: Yeah, I was gonna ask, When did you think that you might have finally started to catch some other [teams'] attention?

Dallas: Well, I don't know if we even ever really caught anyone's attention because even when we got first [in the ninth leg]... I mean I think people always knew that we were really strong but I don't think people ever thought that we were going to be as strong as we were.

They thought that we would've got eliminated much earlier than we did, and I think even until the end people just didn't expect us to do as well as we did, and that's okay with us. We didn't do this for anybody else, we didn't do this to prove anything to anybody. We did it to have fun. That's what we kept in mind the entire time, this is a once in a lifetime experience and we weren't gonna be cutthroat, we were just gonna have fun and go with it.

People that wanted us to have [a different] mentality... I'm guilty, as many other people are, of looking at some of these blogs [that say] "Dallas and Toni, they don't even really try. They don't even put that much effort into it." For us we had fun with it. I'm sorry that I'm not gonna stab somebody in the back or call people names, and if that's what you have to do to win, well then that's not gonna be us and we're never gonna be those people.

Toni: And I do think that we didn't look like we were that much of a threat for... probably the reason is I'm a mom, I'm older. I looked, in the race... most people thought "Oh she's not gonna be able t keep up," and it's because the comparison was I was running with a 22-year-old. It wasn't like Ken and Tina who were both the same age running together and looking like they're keeping up with each other. I was running and keeping up with a 22-year-old, very fit kid. So the fact that I was a little bit winded every once in a while... well, yeah!

Dallas: And that's because -- quote this -- my mom is the ****! (Toni Laughs)

Reality TV World: What was the hardest thing that either of you did while on the race?

Toni: Physically for me, the hardest thing was moving the boats on the beach in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Dallas: Oh yeah! That was so hard.

Toni: That was the most physically challenging I think for us because we had to rely so much on Dallas' strength and as much as I could move what I could move it was still really hard.

Reality TV World: What teams did you get along with the best and worst with? I'm sure Nick and Starr probably rank up there...

Dallas: (sarcastically) [Kelly Crabb] and [Christy Cook] were our favorites! (Toni laughs)

Toni: I actually think we got along with everyone. We really loved being with everyone and we were sorry every time a team got eliminated, with the exception of one. We really did love every one of them. I think it was a heartbreaker for us [because] we knew [Anita and Arthur Jones] would go quickly. We of course didn't want to go before them...

Dallas: (interrupting) Anita and Arthur were the best! They did group hugs and the hokey-pokey!

Toni: We were just loving being with people, [Anthony Marotta] and [Stephanie Kacandes]... they were all just great, great, people to be with. So it was sad to see them go and not being able to spend time with them, and I only hope that we get to continue to spend time with these people because they're all great.

Dallas: Yeah, I would have to say it's a tie on everybody except for one team. There was only one team we didn't like...

Toni: But we learned to like them!

Reality TV World: Can you [say which team]?

Dallas: Well, let's put it this way... We don't like people that are only out for themselves and that talk trash about everybody else, and we don't like people that are ignorant and dumb.

Toni: No, stop.

Dallas: (Laughs) I didn't say any names! I didn't say any names! Leave it up to the masses.

Reality TV World: Okay, I'll let them decide. And, overall what was your favorite experience on The Amazing Race?

Toni: For me, my favorite was Cambodia because it really embodied everything we thought about the race. We were in a place we never would have gone to, we saw things we never would have imagined seeing. The people were phenomenal and incredible. We ran a race very tightly together, and there was great fun in the racing. Every one of the teams were laughing as they were trying to get past each other and just loving the race itself. And then to be ins such an awe-inspiring environment, it was a very emotional leg for me.

Dallas: Yeah, Cambodia was The Amazing Race. That's were you can truly see what The Amazing Race is about, where you see that competition and so many teams so close to each other, as well as a beautiful place where the human spirit really shines through and a culture that was just untouched almost by the outside world.

Reality TV World: What was your least favorite experience?

Toni and Dallas: Russia!!!
Reality TV World: Is there anything that you wanted to make it onto the show that was edited out?
Toni: The first leg of the race Dallas and I were pretty much our normal selves and we were bickering and fighting, and it would've probably been nice to see a little bit of that so most of our family would've believed that the same people they know were on the show

(Dallas laughs)

Because they know we do fight and bicker a lot, and most of our family couldn't believe that we were so well behaved.

Dallas: And I wish they would've put in any time we ran into Anita and Arthur in the first leg we had group hug time, whether it was at the Brazil camp or in the airport. They didn't show any of the group hugs, it was like ten of us all in a hug together. It was awesome.

Reality TV World: Whose idea was it to get on the show, and had you guys applied before?

Toni: We had never applied before. I always thought it would be a fun thing to do, so it was Dallas' birthday, I'd seen an ad on TV saying that there was an open casting call, and I said "You're coming home for your birthday. I want you to come home early, we're gonna go to this."

And he was kind of like "Okay?" and I said "No, no, no, we're really gonna do this." To his credit he didn't argue with me and he just showed up and we went down and did this open casting call and had a great, great time just doing that piece of it.

So it was my idea, and I'm so thankful we did it.

Dallas: I'm glad that she made me come down.

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Post by: marigold on December 02, 2008, 01:55:05 PM
An interview with Toni and Dallas:

Exclusive Interview: Toni and Dallas, from 'The Amazing Race 13'

Toni and Dallas came into The Amazing Race as decisive underdogs.  Multi-generational teams rarely perform well on The Amazing Race, and when there came early discussions of the favorites, Toni and Dallas's names rarely came up.  But, they're steady racing became more and more noticeable as the season progressed, until we all realized that the mother/son duo were legitimate contenders for the million dollars.  Unfortunately, their race came to an end on the penultimate leg, mostly thanks to Dallas's unfortunate loss of the bag containing his passport and all of their team's money.  Earlier this morning, we talked to Toni and Dallas about their time on the race, what really happened with the money and passport, and whether Dallas has kept in touch with his possible showmance, Starr. 

Hi, this is John from BuddyTV and I'm talking to Toni and Dallas from The Amazing Race.  How are you guys?

Toni:  We're doing great.

Dallas: Doing amazing.

I take it you're back in the states, so you must have found your passports.  Did the producers track down the cab?

Toni: In Russia, you can't actually track down cabs. They're not regulated by the government, so anyone who owns a car can be a cab driver, which is what made it incredibly difficult.  We couldn't track the cab driver down, but we actually got very, very lucky in that late that evening, after the embassy had closed, somebody did return his passport to the consulate's office.  We weren't able to get to it or find that out until the next day because the office was closed, but it was there, so we just did our own little road block the next morning, getting ourselves over there and finding that out and we did think we were going to have to get a new passport, and in Russia you have to have visas.  You have entry visas and exit visas.  So, it would have been an incredibly lengthy process had it not been turned in.

What was that like, watching it and having to relive the show?

Dallas: Well, a lot of the episodes were great, especially ones like in Bolivia when I was a Lucidore fighter and when we were in Kazakhstan, but the one in Russia, that was just painful to watch.  They cut it and made it look like I kind of just lost this cab, which was not the case, I took three cabs before I even got to where my mom was there at the end of that road block.  It wasn't until I got out of the second cab that I realized that it had got left in the first cab, due to when they were changing my battery on my microphone, which is underneath my t-shirt, strapped around my chest, so they had to undo the fanny pack that was carrying everything.  They made it look like it was cut real quick, in this one cab and that's that, but it was almost two hours before I even got to my mom at that Road Block.  So, two hours, three cabs later, no passport and money and the day that had looked like another stroll in the park became, "Hey, take my passport.  Thanks, thumbs up, see you later, peace." But, that's not how it went down. 

Before you two were eliminated, you did come in first place in the previous leg -

Toni: That was great.  It was really important.  We had run through the legs and we were hot on people's tails all the time and so when, especially in India, when we knew that the leg was really ours and it had been so close and we were stuck in this crazy traffic jam and knew that things outside of our control were the reasons we were falling into second place, it was really wonderful to actually get that first place.  Dallas wasn't going to let anything get in our way that day.

Dallas:  I was so sick of coming in second so many times.  I think we had to set the record for most second places without getting a first, so we got it and it was just so relieving to come across that mat.  We had worked so hard and it was finally just the biggest relief to hear Phil say you're number one. 

There's always a prize for coming in first, and it's usually some getaway, and it always seems a little romantic, so it's always weird when family members or a mother or son win it.

Dallas: I know where you're going with this, and I'm going to give you an answer. (Toni starts to object) Mom, shh.  We went on The Bonnie Hunt Show yesterday and it airs today.  On the Bonnie Hunt Show, I told Bonnie, "Hey, Bonnie, I need a favor from you.  My mom's a single woman.  Beautiful, intelligent and smart.  I need you to help me find her a guy."  And Bonnie said she was going to do what she can.  She's going to put it up on her website and allow viewers to nominate people and we're going to go back to the show in a few weeks and, you know, find somebody.  Hopefully we get some sparks to happen and we get my mom to go on this romantic getaway with her new spark.

Are you on board with that, Toni? 

Toni:  Well. OK.  In case you haven't noticed, I don't really have a lot of say or control over my child, but that was not my original plan.  I personally was thinking that we would trade one trip for another with Nick and Starr.  They could each take a romantic trip, each one of them and they could trade me one of their unromantic trips and we could work that out, but I don't know (laughs).  Dallas comes up with all kinds of plans.

Have you stayed in contact with a lot of the other teams?

Toni:  Yeah, we're in pretty close contact with all the other teams.  We all really do enjoy each other and we had a great time on the race and there are people we didn't get nearly enough time with.  Anita and Arthur.  Stephanie, Anthony.  They were really great people for the time that we were with them.  It's given us an opportunity to kind of grow in those relationships with those teams we didn't have time with.  We're in email contact with everybody.  We got homemade jam from Anita and Arthur, and it's just wonderful.

And Dallas, have you talked to Starr, how is that going? 

Dallas: That's the million dollar question right there.

Yeah, well, you're the one who's trying to get your mom a date on national television and so it's only fair.

Dallas:  Me and Starr have been dating since the show ended in about May.  So, we've been together - she lives in New York and I'm in California.  Long distance, but we're just taking it one day at a time.

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Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on December 02, 2008, 02:02:43 PM
They are on Bonnie Hunt! Soon!!!
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Post by: marigold on December 02, 2008, 02:04:58 PM

From the Bonnie Hunt Show Site:

Toni & Dallas


If you are interested in dating Toni or would like to nominate someone please send an email to:

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Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: marigold on December 02, 2008, 02:17:43 PM
They are on Bonnie Hunt! Soon!!!

 :'( Oh it already aired here, I missed it  :'( :'(

Any chance if puddin's not to busy to record some it  :kuss:
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on December 02, 2008, 03:03:44 PM
I recorded it but am trying to decorate my tree but will get something up later :)
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Snooky on December 02, 2008, 07:39:30 PM
I really want Toni and Dallas to return to an all-stars. But I don't think that cbs will make another one.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: marigold on December 02, 2008, 07:53:46 PM
I recorded it but am trying to decorate my tree but will get something up later :)

 :thankyou: Puddin's soooo good to us  :hugs: take your time

 Do we get a peek this year, last years x-mas tree was beautiful 
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: tory on December 02, 2008, 08:37:30 PM
ty ty ty for all the interviews, andallso reminding me i dvrd the bonnie hunt show..the tar detetive's r the best...
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on December 02, 2008, 11:03:20 PM
  thanks to traveler224

Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: georgiapeach on December 03, 2008, 12:02:20 AM
Thanks puddin!! Aren't they the cutest ever?? :hearts: who do we know for Toni??  ???
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: michael on December 03, 2008, 12:13:23 AM
Thanks puddin!! Aren't they the cutest ever?? :hearts: who do we know for Toni??  ???

well, you guys can nominate me.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: redwings8831 on December 03, 2008, 12:35:09 AM
haha, he showed up to the open casting call drunk - that must have been interesting
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: michael on December 03, 2008, 12:36:51 AM
haha, he showed up to the open casting call drunk - that must have been interesting

i should try that  :lol:
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on December 03, 2008, 01:09:06 AM
Thanks puddin!! Aren't they the cutest ever?? :hearts: who do we know for Toni??  ???
Rob! our Rob that is ;)
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: Pedaler on December 03, 2008, 08:54:46 PM
RFF Radio Interview with Toni & Dallas

Great job, Rob.  It's been a while since I listened to one of your podcats but I thoroughly enjoyed your interview with Dallas and Toni.  While there was lots of god inside info, I mostly enjoyed their iteraction with you.  I don't know the background of the story, but I got a few chuckles when they started teasing you about something you had said in the past.  They were good sports and so were you.

Thanks again.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: marigold on December 04, 2008, 12:42:37 AM

 :hearts: Love the Bonnie hunt video with Toni and Dallas

I can't wait to see the follow up show
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on December 06, 2008, 09:01:25 PM
So many exit interviews posted by marigold  :cmas16 , is this new?

A million-dollar mistake

By Marlene Benedicto


Toni and Dallas on life after the race, dating a fellow contestant and a multiple-taxi conundrum
TVG: Hey guys, what made you decide to participate in The Amazing Race?
Toni: Well, I always have loved the Race and so Dallas was not really a fan of but the timing just was right. We saw an open casting-call and I said to Dallas, ĎWe have to do this.í Heís just always had a great sense of direction wherever we go. He just came down from school. He had to drive a couple hours on his birthday to join me and do that but we stood at the casting call and it went from there.Ē

TVG: Competing in the Race is obviously physically draining. How did you prepare for it?
Toni: Dallas is pretty physically fit naturally, as you can see, heís pretty young. I, on the other hand, was not that physically fit so once we got [asked], I immediately started going to the gym and working out because I figured the worst that could happen was Iíd get in shape. So I went with a professional trainer three days a week, trying to get my cardio up, but there is no such thing as enough cardio when youíre running that race. 

TVG: The roadblock during this leg of the Race seemed like it took forever, especially since you had to wait ten minutes if you guessed the wrong number of statues. How long did it take before you guessed the right number?
Dallas: The actual statue part didnít take that long. When I got to the bookstore to give them the numbers though, that took a long time. I didnít have ... I might have guessed like five, six, seven times before I actually got it right. I actually went in and guessed the same number I had just guessed ten minutes prior to. What are the chances I say the same number twice like an idiot?

After that, it shows I only take one taxi, I actually took three taxis and it was in the first taxi I lost my passport and didnít even know. They were doing a battery exchange in the microphone and they unclipped the bag that was holding all our passports and money as I was getting out of that first taxi. So, I hopped into the second taxi and he drove me around for about a half an hour. I went to pay for that second taxi and thatís when I realized I no longer had the passports and money.
TVG: Speaking of which, after you lost your money and passports you decided to ask strangers for cash so you could finish this leg of the Race. Were you surprised by their generosity?
Toni: We were pretty surprised because the previous day we had had a really hard time. The taxi drivers didnít particularly like being with us and we didnít find the people to be incredibly friendly. When we knew we were going to have to start begging on the street, we knew it was going to get tough. But immediately, the first couple of kids that Dallas approached, they just started emptying their pockets and handed us what they could and we just said, ĎOK. Weíre just going to go for thisí and there was a man in one of the metro centres that went around and begged every friend he knew and people were saying to him, ĎDonít help them. Theyíre Americansí and he still stuck with it and he actually was going to pawn his cell phone to get us money and I said, Ďyou know, Dallas, we canít let him do this. If he gets that close, weíre going to tell him no because itís a game for us but thatís his life.í

TVG: Did you ever end up finding your passports?
Dallas: Yeah. Luckily, later that night somebody had turned my passport into the U.S. Embassy. So I was able to get it and get home that next day.

TVG: How much travelling had you done together before doing the Race?
Toni: Dallas will tell you that he never wants to travel with me again but we had travelled some. To Mexico and Hawaii, and he played sports so we travelled all around the U.S. About five years before that we travelled through Europe together. Weíve done Italy and Greece Ö thatís probably why I was amazed Dallas would do this with me ó I donít think he was willing to travel after our last European trip.

TVG: Dallas, you and Starr obviously became close during the Race. What is your relationship with her now?
Dallas: Is this the million dollar question? Sheís a great girl. She lives in New York, I live in California. But the show taped in May or April/May so since we got back weíve been dating since then. Weíve been taking it one day at a time, obviously from opposite sides of the country but things are going great.Ē

TVG: With the finale airing this week, who do you think will win the million dollars?
Toni: To be honest, Dallas and I did not go to the finale, we were still stuck in Moscow. So we didnít get to participate and see who won.  :cmaslol

TVG: Is there any additional footage you wish they had aired?
Dallas: Yeah, I mean, they didnít show in the beginning [us with] Anita and Arthur. When we first met Anita and Arthur, their kind of big thing was doing hugs. And anytime we would see them at the airport or see them anywhere, we would just do big group hugs and weíd do the Hokey Pokey with them and it was pretty much the funniest stuff ever and Iím kind of mad that they didnít show it. That was some of my favourite times from the Race.

Kynt and Vyxsinís Question of the Week: At the airport in New Zealand, Dallas was compared to Teen Wolf (by Kelly and Christy) Ė

Toni: Isnít that rotten?

Dallas: OK. Wait, wait, wait. I just got to say that...

Toni: No, wait. We donít have the question. Weíre cutting you off here. Sorry.

Dallas: Iím so cutting off. Kynt and Vyxsin, later in one of their blogs said ĎNo, no, not Teen Wolf - Wolverine. Thatís what they said and then they put a picture of me, next to Hugh Jackman. I just saw a cover of People magazine Ė Hugh Jackman is one there, on the cover - and you know what the headline reads next to it? Have you seen it? It says ďSexiest Man Alive,Ē so Iíll take that any day.Ē [Laughs.]
Toni: Sorry, what was your question?

TVG: What movie or TV character reminds you of yourself?
Dallas: It might not be what I look like, but [the way] Vince Vaughn just goes off at everything, thatís me in a nutshell.

Toni: Actually, in the application for the Race, one of the things it asks you is Ďwho does your team mate most remind you of and I couldnít wait to hear what Dallasí answer was. Part of this process, the fun part of this process, was the application Ė seeing what we thought of each other Ė because, you know, we havenít really thought about a lot of that stuff. But, I have to say, Dallas said that I reminded him of Sally Field but when he was trying to explain to somebody who it was, Iím thinking like ĎNorma Rae, that would be cool,í and he goes Ďyou know, the mom in Forrest Gumpí and Iím like Ďthatís not who I was thinking of.í

Dallas: Well, I was just thinking like she reminds me of Sally Field. Is that a bad answer? I donít think thatís a bad answer. Youíre actually getting an exclusive interview here. I mean, we havenít told these stories to anybody else yet, so youíre getting a first-hand look at how crazy and corky this family is.

Toni: I personally think Dallas reminds me of any one of the Gotti boys. I mean, just look at him. Heíd probably think itís Sylvester Stallone because he likes the muscles and I donít even think of myself that way, so I canít even make this up. I donít have an answer for that one

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Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: marigold on December 07, 2008, 02:55:22 AM
An interview with Toni and Dallas:

Interview with Toni and Dallas of The Amazing Race 13

I spoke with Toni and Dallas on Tuesday morning, a few days after we saw their elimination. I wanted to personally thank them both for taking the time to chat, it was a blast and I think there are big things headed Dallas's way someday.

Q. Mark, It was great watching you two on The Amazing Race. Start by telling us how you ended up deciding to go on the show?

A.  Toni, The Amazing Race 13: I have been a fan for many seasons and loved the premise of the show. I watched it like everyone else and thought, "I could do that." Then one day I saw an ad for an open casting call and Dallas just happened to be in town and we went in and did it.

A. Dallas, The Amazing Race 13: My mom was certain from day one that we would make it on The Amazing Race, I wasn't so certain but we ended up on the show.

Q. Mark, After the open casting call did someone call you two or what happened next?

A. Dallas, The Amazing Race 13: I have a funny story, I never pick up calls from phone numbers I don't recognize. I received a call one day from a number I didn't know and ended up hanging up on the girl who called. I then got a voicemail, checked it, and realized it was the casting director from CBS.

Q. Mark, That's one way to impress someone in casting, Toni did he tell you about this?

A. Toni, The Amazing Race 13: He didn't tell me about it, but it is something he would do.

Q. Mark, I may sound like a broken record, but I know some people will be reading my interview today for the first time but isn't The Amazing Race more about the relationship with your race partner than it is about travel? I am trying to toss out casting tips to would be racers.

A. Toni, The Amazing Race 13: You're right, during the entire process we didn't talk much about travel and the places we stopped. We focused more on our relationship and communication.  As Mom and son we tend to bicker a great deal but viewers at home never saw much of that.

Q. Mark, Why is that?

A. Toni, The Amazing Race 13: We told one another if we wanted to win the race we needed to work together and we also wanted to have fun doing it.

Q. Mark, You both did seem to have fun and get things done at the same time. I think I remember Dallas walking down the street making cow sounds when you had to wear the cow outfit.

A. Dallas, The Amazing Race 13: I went into to it to have fun, I didn't even know there was a million dollar prize at first. There are so many teams who focus on the money only and sacrificed who they are. 

Q. Mark, I have seen that happen for 13 seasons. What was the hardest part about being on The Amazing Race?

A.  Toni, The Amazing Race 13: I think it's a combination of things. I watched the show before I went on it and said I could do it.

Q. Mark, Such as?

A.  Toni, The Amazing Race 13: It was a combination of the fast pace, lack of sleep, lack of food and poor cab drivers.

Q. Mark, Dallas what surprised you the most sitting at home watching the show?

A. Dallas, The Amazing Race 13: One thing that didn't surprise me was watching Kelly and Christy bad mouth everyone. I knew they were going to be ignorant but I didn't think they would actually dig in the sand for clues. 

Q. Mark, Mom what about you, can I call you Mom?

A.  Toni, The Amazing Race 13: I loved to watch Dan march, we knew it was going to happen but didn't know how funny it was going to be.

Q. Mark, I was rolling on the floor, I can't wait to chat with Andrew and Dan. So Dallas, everyone wants to know if you and Starr are seeing one another?

A. Dallas, The Amazing Race 13: I am going to New York Friday, so I will see her then. We have been dating for about 6 months so far.

Q. Mark, Mom, what are your thoughts?

A.  Toni, The Amazing Race 13: I will say this, I love Nick and Star and we had a great time running with them. When I got home I emailed their mom right away since they are so special and I feel blessed having had the chance to meet them both.

Q. Mark, Dallas, did you guys get to go enjoy any of the cities nightlife?

A. Dallas, The Amazing Race 13: I did see a bar in Cambodia near the travel agency but my mom didn't want us to waste our money on drinks.

A.  Toni, The Amazing Race 13: Um, Mark you don't want to ask me about the nightlife?

Q. Mark, Of course I do I am an equal opportunity interviewer and wanted to hop back and forth.

Q. Mark, Mom, tell me about the whole lost passport and money fiasco.

A.  Toni, The Amazing Race 13: At first I saw Nick show up, then Tina and Tina told me Dallas wasn't too far behind. Time passed and I started to worry since I knew there was a huge language barrier and it would be hard for Dallas, I just prayed he would have some patience. When he walked in and said I don't have anything I didn't think that's what he meant, but I saw the look on his face and knew he was telling me the truth.

Q. Mark, There are future racers that may be reading this, what tips would you pass along to them?

A. Dallas, The Amazing Race 13: Always stay calm, I think we did a great job at this part. Make sure you pack properly and take what you really need. Nick and Starr brought these cool little packs that they wore under their shirts that held their money and passports close to them at all time. Finally, make sure you have fun.

A.  Toni, The Amazing Race 13: Many people may not know this but I think 80% of your success on The Amazing Race is up to cab driver. We tried as much as possible to try and control this situation, but it's very hard to control.

Q. Mark, Guys this was a blast and we all enjoyed watching you two. Before we let you go what's next for the two of you?

A.  Toni, The Amazing Race 13: We are going back to our normal life but personally I view things a bit differently and don't take things as seriously. I will also hold images from the race I will have forever. Dallas graduates from school in a couple of weeks and he has whole life ahead of him.Maybe this will bring positive things and people into his life.

A. Dallas, The Amazing Race 13: I am excited to graduate in a couple of weeks. I also started a company called and working on another venture you can find out more about it at

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Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: mswood on December 19, 2008, 09:21:01 PM
Well Buddytv has announced the 50 sexiest men on tv.

And take a look at who's at #19
#19 Dallas, The Amazing Race
A sense of humor really is important, and while Dallas is certainly a sexy young man who loves his mother, that's not the only reason we love him. At first he seemed like a typical empty-headed beefcake, but during the season he made us laugh as a Mexican wrestler covered in Spandex or as a cow mooing his way through the streets.

Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: georgiapeach on December 19, 2008, 09:39:49 PM
I think they are on to something...

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 :-[   :fan:
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: mswood on December 19, 2008, 09:56:35 PM
I think they are on to something...

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 :-[   :fan:
Clearly Dallas is an attractive man.  But watching him on the show (and in interviews has made him far more attractive then just his looks.  He's a keeper.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: georgiapeach on December 19, 2008, 09:59:44 PM
He is adorable in person too, funny, charming, and oh so nice...

But sorry ladies...he is taken!! He and Starr make a really cute couple.
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: TARAsia Fan on December 19, 2008, 10:39:14 PM
Yup. Starr is hot as well.  :cmas16
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: marigold on December 30, 2008, 06:29:40 PM
An interesting article:

Amazing Race Contestants Dallas and Starr to Co-Host The World Series of Beer Pong IV

Chicago, Illinois- December 30, 2008- BPONG.COMô, the official governing body of the popular and ever growing sport of Beer Pong, have announced that Dallas Imbimbo and Starr Spangler of the reality show ďThe Amazing RaceĒ will be the co-hosts of The World Series of Beer Pong IV being held in Las Vegas at the world-renowned Flamingo Hotel and Casino, January 1-5, 2009. The event is the most competitive Beer Pong tournament in the world, with over 400 teams competing for a $50,000 grand prize.

ďDallas and Starr are the ideal co-hosts for this event having shown their love for competition on íThe Amazing Raceí, one of the most competitive reality shows on TV, Ē said Billy Gaines, co-founder of BPONG.COM. ďThe relationship that was formed between Dallas and Starr on the show is similar to that of many of The World Series of Beer Pong participants: competitive and cooperativeĒ

The World Series of Beer Pong IV is the epicenter of the growing Beer Pong community, attracting over a thousand players and spectators devoted to the sport who spend countless hours practicing and playing. The event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at the event. Tickets cost $20 for a single-day pass and $50 for a three-day pass.

For more information about The World Series of Beer Pong please visit: For more information about BPONG.COM and their products please visit:

EDITORíS NOTE: ***Media interested in attending the event should contact Danitra Alomia or cell (209) 768-4455 for a press pass and to schedule interviews. ***


Founded in 2001, BPONG.COM is the official governing body of The World Series of Beer Pong (WSOBP), the largest Beer Pong tournament in the world. BPONG.COMís creators have a deep love and respect for the sport of Beer Pong, and their website is the largest community for Beer Pong players to get together online. BPONG.COM also offers the most Beer Pong gear and equipment of any Beer Pong website in existence. Their goal is to bring together the numerous independent leagues across the country and form a single, unified league for the popular and fast-growing sport. For more information, please visit

The World Series of Beer Pong is the largest, longest-running organized beer pong (AKA Beirut) tournament in the world, created by beer pong players, for beer pong players. The fourth annual WSOBP being held in Las Vegas January 1-5, 2009, offers the largest payout in beer pong history of $50,000. Games are played on 8-foot BPONG tables, and the WSOBP rules govern in all gameplay. For more information about The WSOBP, please visit:

Media Contact:

Danitra Alomia

Reverb Communications, Inc.

(209) 586-1495 x. 115

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Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: georgiapeach on December 30, 2008, 07:48:01 PM
Thanks Marigold!

Dallas just sent us a note:

" Starr and I will be hosting a little shindig in Vegas and was wondering if you could help us
publicize it.

(Info as in the post above)

Thanks and race love,


Amazing Race Contestants Dallas and Starr to Co-Host

So if you are in the Vegas area, check it out!!
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: puddin on December 31, 2008, 09:02:13 PM
Toni and Dallas made the tvguide Jan 5th issue
Title: Re: ♥TAR13 Toni Imbimbo & Dallas Imbimbo *Mother and son*
Post by: georgiapeach on December 30, 2009, 02:31:46 AM
Chateau, Garrett, Jessica, Toni  and I just spent a fabulous evening together talking "RACE"! As always, Toni is a delight, and kept us laughing. Thanks Toni! :hugs: