I have a deep admiration for people who ooze street smarts. It�s one of those skills that can be learned, but requires a great deal of common sense, a wonderful attitude, and a lot of intelligence.
Rob has it. Amber, I�m sure, does too (though she lets Rob do most of the talking). The irony in watching The Amazing Race is that now I finally understand how those two won Survivor. Because they are survivors. Not just pansy island I-have-to-win-a-challenge survivors, but real world, street smart, I-can-go-anywhere-and-do-just-fine survivors.
That is rare to see, and it is very cool. I�m not saying I agree with everything Rob and Amber do, but I admire their skills and intelligence, as well as their teamwork. And frankly, despite some questionable actions, they�ve shown much better sportsmanship than many of their fellow racers, who are so spiteful and insulting that you have to wonder how they can focus on the game long enough to catch a cab.
The novel is coming along fine*, as it should be, since it is due in a week or so.
*fine, in this case, is sarcastic talk for ARRRRRRRGHHHHHH!