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$1,000,000,000 Theatre · While, like many, I’m am­biva­lent about the Olympic­s, I lean to the pos­i­tive side, and was mod­er­ate­ly hap­py when Van­cou­ver scored the 2010 Win­ter Games. Since then, the in­fras­truc­ture prepa­ra­tions have ripped the shit out of our city, the fi­nan­cial ar­range­ments have gone side­ways, and I failed to get any of the tick­ets I signed up for ...
Olympics Out · I sure en­joyed them; ski-ing and bob­sled­ding and, well, any­thing run against the clock gets old pret­ty fast, but the hock­ey and curl­ing and speed-skating are good en­ter­tain­men­t, es­pe­cial­ly that short-track stuff. Our wom­en hock­ey play­ers were hot stuff; there was the cutest pic­ture of big star Hay­ley Wick­en­heis­er with her gold medal looped around the neck of her lit­tle kid; how come you nev­er see pic­tures of the men like that? I thought the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies both made ex­cel­lent TV, even though the over-wrought Re­nais­sance costume-drama bits re­al­ly didn’t do much for me. I thought the short Van­cou­ver seg­ment at the clos­ing hit the spot OK; there are prob­a­bly a hun­dred mil­lion peo­ple now who think Cana­da is na­tive el­der­s, cir­cus ac­ro­bat­s, and Avril Lav­i­gne. You could do worse, I sup­pose. But you have to hand it to Van­cou­ver may­or Sam Sul­li­van, a quadriplegic, who pulled off a nice ex­tend­ed wave of the big Olympic flag with some deft wheelchair ro­ta­tion­s. Watch for me in the crowd in 2010.
Watching the Olympics · The CBC Olympics cov­er­age on its HDTV chan­nel is just out­stand­ing. Good pic­ture, good sched­ule, and good com­men­tary. The NBC feed is is not as egre­gious­ly sugar-coated as pre­vi­ous US of­fer­ings, but the US-centricity re­al­ly gets old fast. The CBC’s video lo­go/­trail­er is an out­stand­ing piece of eye can­dy; is it on­line any­where? There are even oc­ca­sion­al high-def ad­s. One in par­tic­u­lar from Tar­get, rem­i­nis­cent in style of their big Au­gust 2005 New York­er buy, is just a treat to watch.
Athens and Twin Valley · At Lauren’s Mom’s farm in east­ern Saskatchewan, some­one turned on the tube to show the great cap­ture with the new an­ten­na, and there were the Olympic open­ing cer­e­monies. “People Of Earth” be­gan Mr. Rogge, and you know, that’s who he was talk­ing to, more or less, which is worth some­thing. We end­ed up watch­ing quite a bit of Olympic TV then on Au­gust 15th went to the Twin Val­ley Rid­ing Club Rodeo south­west of Ester­hazy, so the farm vis­it was quite sports-intensive. Here­with Olympic re­marks and rodeo pic­s ...
Oz Out · Head­ing home; here­with more il­lus­trat­ed dow­nun­der­notes, plus thoughts on crowd­ed sched­ules and on re­tire­men­t ...
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