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Many technical difficulties. But we fought through it. I'm not sure that it quite reaches the standard of "watchable" but it has some amusing banter for those who like that sort of thing. And yes, I'm so old I feel like Kennewick Man.

Here is Bob's new column in the New York Times.

And here's Bob's virtual aggregator meta-blog, the Progressive Realist.

See also the huge attaboy in Foreign Policy from number-one Bob fan Bill Clinton (may he recover quickly) about Bob's new book The Evolution of God.

Bob is also Number 27 on Foreign Policy's list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. (Man, that's got to create some serious pressure to come up with big ideas.)

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 12, 2010; 7:30 AM ET
 
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i've never been accused of being a great thinker.

Posted by: -jack- | February 12, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm back at work, so I'm going to have to download and watch Blizzardheads some other time. I shoveled snow while listening to a Kurt Andersen divalog (I am spelling that right aren't I?) while snow shoveling and the level of mutual admiration, log-rolling and soporific insiderishness nearly caused me to drop my shovel in somnabuolistic overdose.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

If I were Bob Wright I'd be a little miffed at being placed 14 places behind Dick Cheney.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Soporific insiderishness is BAD??????

Ruh-roh.

Posted by: joelache | February 12, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

JA, we're all on tenterhooks --

Did the Weber survive???

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 12, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Jk -- I misread that as

Sophia's spider is inside a fish.

And JA, to keep spiders inside fishes is a very good strategy especial if we are a wee bit afraid of spiders.

SN - my lil Joe Weber sent up a flare and I responded. He is fine!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I guess by featuring Bob Wright so prominently in your blog, this is your Valentine's Day heart-to-heart to him?

Posted by: laloomis | February 12, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I'd say it's *always* good to have real, old friends to talk with, Valentine's Day or not.

Mudge, don't look now, but K-hammer linked to some of Joel's stuff in his latest anti-Obama screed. I mean really -- don't look. It's one thing to have a legitimate argument about such things, but it looks to me that K-hammer's dredged up facts and information purely to support his ax-grinding. I've never noticed him being interested in space exploration before, though I will admit that I don't read his stuff much. Too angry, negative, and polarized for my taste.

yello, thanks for following up on the Thor/werewolf thing last night, and I can't believe I missed "Sandkings" this morning. Drat. I'm looking at my ancient copy of Martin's original story on my bookshelf as I write this, may have to reread it soon. [I wonder if he'd write a sequel, "Snowkings?"]

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 12, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Just watching the torch relay in Vancouver, Arnooold has just accepted the flame, a little delayed as the crowd is very large - interesting comments shouted out to him by the crowd both positive and negative. He has a very plastic look to his face.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Kennewick Man, the liberal white guy guest columnist from the Midwest, Kevin Huffman, has an op-ed this morning about whether Valentine's Day should become one of those holidays that goes extinct.

I admit that I was up around 4 a.m. with a very stuffy nose--allergies. One poster, a douglaslbarber, posted three hours earlier than I, in response to Huffman:

Nah. Let's keep the day on which we remember that the tired person doing your laundry and cooking your meals was once the object of your lust.

So I decided to have some fun with Mr. Barber by posting, shortly after 4 a.m. my time, this:

Nah. Let's keep the day on which we remember that the tired person cutting your lawn and taking out the trash was once the object of your lust.

And what would future generations think, going through our left-behind garbage middens, when they unearthed hundreds upon hundreds of empty red heart boxes with big red bows, and the remains of thousands upon thousands of teddy bears, of our St. Valentine's Day culture?

Posted by: laloomis | February 12, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the head's up, bc. I will avoid K-hammer with my usual diligence.

FYI to all hands: Soporific insiderishness is available as a Boodle handle, at our special Valentine's Day rates. Sign up a loved one now-- it makes a terrific romantic surprise gift thhat one will remember as long as one is signed in to WaPo. And -- for a limited time only -- you can have this special Boodle handle delivered to your loved one in a lovely periwinkle organza box, for the low, low, low shipping and handling rate of only $12.95. Be sure to order yours now. Supplies are limited.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

bc,
I didn't set the DVR either, but I recall not liking the movie version the time I saw it, so it's no loss. I do have Blazing Saddles set to record on AMC this weekend. It's a major omission on my part that I have never seen it. My lame excuse is that I was too young for the theatrical release, having not entered the Mel Brooks oeuvre until the When Things Were Rotten/Silent Movie stage.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Morning all... off to Chapel Hill this morning to attend the 100 Years of UNC Basketball Alumni Game tonight. We'll try to remember last year's glory, not this year's well... you know.

Frosti... if you could see these plowed piles of snow, you'd realize that we'll be seeing the cherry blossoms AND the snow piles this spring. I predict the end of April before all of this stuff is gone.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 12, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

one of the ledes on the charlotte observer's front page says that "Danica is bigger than Sea World". i always thought NASCAR was about the race.

Posted by: -jack- | February 12, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Last time I was at Sea World, it seemed to be a pretty big place. If Danica is bigger, how does she get her butt in the little tiny F1 car?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

forgot the link:

http://www.thatsracin.com/140/story/27483.html

yello, the Blazing Saddles cut that you need to record would be on the occasion that it airs on IFC. the saltiest parts of the script aren't censored.

Posted by: -jack- | February 12, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

As I am still home today, I have the luxury of watching the Blizzardheads in its entirety. I think I might be one of the few people who think these things are too short. I really enjoy both the great wit and intelligence on display.

First of all, I think if you specify it in your will, we will make sure that there is a Joel Achenbach Diorama at the Smithsonian. I can just imagine it. A skilled taxidermist would capture you sitting with a Carbucks mug typing on your porch. It would be epic, but, let me hasten to add, something far, far off in the future.

Assuming, of course, you stay off the roof.

I also found the family sounds coming through amusing. It was sort of a meta-commentary on that whole "home/work" dichotomy. (Man, I love it when I get to say dichotomy.) I could just imaging you wandering off and saying "Ladies! Could you keep it down? Dad's on the Internet..."

Most of the topics were familiar ones, of course. I think the Road Trip in Space is a reasonable position. I don't think you really need to go anywhere specific, although, if one insists, I think the Moons of Mars would be cool.

I also applaud your rejection, or at least discomfort, with the lifeboat Mars scenario. Your objections to this seem to beautifully recapitulate (another word I like almost as much as dichotomy) your thoughts on the future of America. Once one accepts the premise that demise of anything is inevitable, motivation to preserve and improve drops precipitously.

Besides, if we really want a back-up plan, why go to Mars?? Why not a subterranean city? Or something on the bottom of the sea? Both seem a whole lot more plausible.

I think Bob (I don't know him so I shan't call him Robert) makes an excellent point about Iran. The people of Iran, I assert, are just as concerned about national pride and autonomy as any other population. And, as an aside, right now there is a lot of pro-American feeling there. You wanna destroy that and unite the population against us? Try bombing them.

So another great conversation. I enjoyed it tremendously. You guys have great chemistry.

Which is why, of course, the prospect of poor Mr. Wright becoming nothing but a frozen gnawed-upon corpse is so tragic.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Yes indeed, roof shoveling is a distinct possibility today, once NukeSpouse returns.

I mean, someone's got to be around to call the paramedics, right?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 12, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

jack,
I have a rule about not watching R-rated movies on basic cable. I have no idea how bowdlerized the AMC showing of Blazing Saddles will be, but at least I can check it off my must-see list even if with an asterisk.

I have no idea how I missed Chuckie K's rather disingenuous diatribe (dang these three-page Friday op/ed sections) since I was too distracted with Gerson's apologia for Gitmo complete with the claim that Dubya wanted to shut it down. Is it in the WaPo columnist contract that you have to support torture?

At least Robinson gave a ripping rebuttal to Broder's sloppy wet Palin kiss with real numbers to dispute the assertion that her popularity is climbing.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/11/AR2010021103483.html

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Loyal Boodlers, it is my belief that at the 12:30 mark in the above Bloggingheads schmoozapalooza, Joel gets up for a few seconds, thus giving us a view out his window and showing what I suspect to be the famous, indeed, the legendary Achenbach Porch, about which so much has been written about in song, saga and fable.

Joel, would you confirm? (There appear to be the two Adironack chairs we have seen snow-capped previously from the rear.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to tell a story, one that I've been saving since Nov. 1, the last day of the last Texas Book Festival in Austin, so I've been saving this tale for three and a half months! It will cover both Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day quite nicely. I'm telling it now because I'm not sure what our plans for the two-day weekend are.

My husband and I both decided the last talk we wanted to hear on Sunday (Nov. 1) at the Texas Book Festival was Doug Brinkley's discussion about his biography of Theodore Roosevelt, "The Wilderness Warrior." Except that we hadn't eaten since our early morning breakfast in the Driskill Hotel on 6th Street. And we were starving.

I knew I wanted those pulled pork sandwiches from Ruby's food stand, the delicious fare we'd heard about the day before from San Antonio ABC News affiliate station's former news director and his wife, the ones with whom I chatted while standing in line on Saturday to hear the NYT's Gail Collins. So my husband and wolfed down a hasty picnic lunch of pulled pork sandwiches and a drink on the lawn of Capitol grounds.

We fully understood that we'd be late for Brinkley's talk. I knew it was useless to try to get seats on the Senate floor, far more limited than on the House floor. I knew to make a beeline for the Senate gallery, a U-shaped aerial perch above the desks and seats below. From previous experience, I also knew there was to be no microphone in the gallery, should a listener have a question.

To my great surprise, Evan Smith, formerly the editor of Texas Monthly and who had introduced Brinkley, said, at the end of Brinkley's presentation, that Brinkley would be taking questions both from the mic on the Senate floor and from the gallery. I knew that if I had a question, it would be a matter of being heard. So, I listened as a handful of people below came to the mic and asked their questions, not very good ones, not ones reflecting any knowledge of Brinkley's book or of Teddy Roosevelt.

-more-

Posted by: laloomis | February 12, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee, and OJ on the table.

I'm late to the boodle because I, like RD_P, watched the entire 46:21 bloggingheads video.

*spoiler alert is now in effect*

Interesting mix of mid-life, gainfully employed, white family man whining and insightful insights into some issues of the day. Mr. W's loss of electrical power near the end was one of those perfect moments that could never be scripted. Has he got power back, BTW?

RD_P did a magnificent write-up, as usual. I would add that the proposed JA Diorama will have to be large enough to include the back of the house (with Mr. Derring-Do clearing the roof), the garage, and the Weber. And that there will be no need for any serious planning for at least a few decades.

I was thinking there should be some sort of official gridhead organization. Gridheads or Die (GoD), Gridheads Anonymous Society (GAS), and Federation of Gridheads (FoG) were group names that first came to me. So I decided maybe the group thing needs a little work.

*end spoiler alert*

yello, the 'edited fr TV' version of Blazing Saddles pales in comparison to the original movie. It's almost like the 'edited for TV' version of George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can't Say on TV".

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

That was kind of a voyeuristic thrill, watching other people in conversation. The shocking revelation is how the states on the periphery of the Soviet Union have morphed from communist to benign little socialists. There is no question about who wore the white hats in the Cold War. Comparative body counts by the two sides will quickly establish that fact. As far as our supporting the mujahadeen in Afghanistan, that was a wise decision. The Soviets were a much more formidable, deadly foe. We often get in bed with miscreants in the service of war. After all, we even supported Stalin during the effort against Hitler.

The bloggingheads is interesting and just another example of journalists willingly cutting their own source of sustenance. We really need a new model to pay news gatherers and disseminators in this society since the old one is passing quickly.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 12, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

So, I stood up in the gallery, indicating that I had a question for Brinkley. As a professor of history, Brinkley, I am quite certain, can provide an answer with many details, and can easily fill time. I realized that neither Evan nor Brinkey was looking my way. So, when Brinkley paused, as though he were finishing answering one of the questions asked of him, I shouted out, "Evan and Doug."

Evan heard me, but Brinkley continued answering. I sat down, at which point Evan Smith looked up at me and nodded. I knew then that I would be called on.

I was finally able to ask whether in George Bird Grinnell's relationship with Teddy, if Grinnell acted more as a mentor to Teddy or more as a brother. Included in my question was a mention of the college student Grinnell, motivated to pursue paleontology out West by professor Othniel Marsh of Yale.

What Brinkley said next came as a complete surprise, "Now there's a smart and sophisticated question from an attendee of the Texas Book Festival," and he proceeded to give a great answer, knowing, as he does, his material backwards and forwards.

What was also obvious is that Brinkley didn't recognize me from two years ago, when I approached him at the newstand on Congress Ave. and asked him to sign the small pile of books of his that I was carrying, at a time when he was less busy than in the signing tent. He didn't recognize me as the person to whom he gave a kiss two years ago after his talk about his then-latest book about the Reagan diaries.

I had not identified myself just a year before, when I asked questions of two of the panels in the panel he was moderating--one of author Jane Mayer and another of Clinton's former speechwriter Ted Widmer. James Traub and Fred Burton were also on the panel that Brinkley moderated last year, and my last question of the the three I asked on that early Saturday morning in 2008 was to Doug, simply asking him how his book on Teddy Rooseelt was coming along.

I was up in the gallery last Nov. 1, far away. I had grown out my layered haircut to a shoulder-length bob for my 40th high school reunion in October, but then had decided not to make the trip to Bakersfield. So there was no reason in the world for Doug Brinkley to recognize me.

-more-

Posted by: laloomis | February 12, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Bloody cheaters.
"the Canadian athletes, who will be the only ones at the Games to wear the suits, had been “very, very positive.” "
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/sports/olympics/12speedsuits.html

To say the superheroe suits are body hugging would be a huge understatement. One can spot an appendicectomy scar at 20 pace.
The colours are quite ugly in my eye.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 12, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I stood in line to get my copy of "Wilderness Warrior" autographed by Brinkley in the signing tent after Brinkley's talk. I had sent my husband to get my old paperback copy of "Nickeled and Dimed" signed by Barbara Ehrenreich. Unfortunately, she spoke at the same time as Brinkley, so we missed her popular, well-attended talk in the House chamber.

As I approached the signing table, the attractive young woman seated next to Brinkley complimented me on the great question I'd asked her boss. (I mistakenly thought the woman was Brinkley's wife, because it had been two years since I'd seen Brinkley's wife. It was Brinkley's newest research assistant, and I say newest because the one who had assisted Brinkley on "Warrior" had died in a tragic automobile accident.)

When I understood that the attractive young woman was the research assistant, I tried to explain briefly my interest in George Bird Grinnell, not as a mentor to a young, fellow New Yorker who would become president, but as a sheep ranch partner with Hartford-born, dinsosaur excavator William Harlow Reed. I ever so briefly mentioned to her our trip to Wyoming in June.

Then Brinkley had my copy of his book in his hands and asked for whom should he autograph the book. When I provided my name, Brinkley instantly recognized it. Brinkley also shared that he is very familiar with the history of paleontology because his young son Johnny, who was playing nearby in the tent, wants to become a paleontologist.

While he was autographing my book, I jokingly explained, or reminded him, that two years earlier he had kissed my right cheek, that I hadn't washed it in two years' time, which caused my husband no end of consternation.

Brinkley shot up out of his seat, at exactly the very same time my husband arrived, to stand at my right-hand side, my dear spouse having come from Barbara Ehrenreich's signing table.

-more-

Posted by: laloomis | February 12, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The low point in my viewing history was an edited for television version of Animal House that must have been a good 20 minutes shorter than the theatrical version since entire sub-plot had been excised for content.

There are internet sites dedicated to the truly creative and atrocious overdubs of different vulgar lines.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

MsJS - thanks for the kind compliment!

Speaking of edited for television, have there ever been movies that were actually *improved* by editing for television? I imagine there must have been at least a few since not all potentially offensive material actually improves a film.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

what you said, MsJS.

Posted by: -jack- | February 12, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Yes, RD. MY Cousin Vinnie was improved on TV because of the replacement word "friggin'." there really was nothing lost in the translation. In fact nothing was gained by the use of the original word.

Posting from the car. Lots of snow even as far south as Richmond. Dr G is driving btw.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 12, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Brinkley started to lean toward my face to give me another kiss, and I was leaning toward him, an attraction like two magnets. However, I had hurriedly blurted out that after he had kissed me two years ago, I had come down with a bad case of the flu. Then Brinkley swerved. I swerved. The right side of my eyeglass frames went into the side of his face. We both gave airkisses.

We drew back from each other. Quickly, I blurted out, "May I kiss you?" All this happening as my husband watched. (Yikes!) Brinkley stood still, and I planted a tender kiss on his left cheek, taking my time, planting my lips above his beard line. It was a good kiss (at least, for me). And what a very soft cheek Doug Brinkley has!

It was thrilling to kiss Doug Brinkley, but I realize the kiss is meaningless, as we're both kissing our mutual love of history.

(I have no doubt, too, that Johnny Brinkley will one day grow up to be a fine paleontologist, if that's what Johnny still wants to pursue once he gets out of elementary school. *w*)

And I'm going to turn over the rest of the story, the Presdients' Day portion, to another blogger, Steve Popp, whose write-up of Brinkley and Roosevelt I inadvertently found at 4 am. this morning.

http://culturemap.com/newsdetail/02-08-10-teddy-roosevelt-the-bear-worst-valentines-day-ever/

Popp tells how Brinkley, in his book about Roosevelt, "Wilderness Warrior," provides a fascinating account of the history of the teddy bear (at which op-ed guest Kevin Huffman takes a Valentine's Day swipe).

Popp also shares how Theodore Roosevelt had the worst Valentine's Day. Ever. How young Teddy lost the two most important female figures in his young life on Feb. 14. And how after loss and grieving and healing, Roosevelt gave the nation a Valentine's Day gift that keeps on giving.

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.
Have a "Great Presidents'" Day, too!

Posted by: laloomis | February 12, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

this is cool. a rapid fire laser that targets mosquitoes.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/12/using-lasers-to-zap-mosquitoes/?hp

i'm waiting for the squirrel sized model.

Posted by: -jack- | February 12, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

If you find that squirrel laser Jack let me know, dog is currently trying to claw his way through the class door to get to one, plus the squirrels keep eating all my flowers in the front of the house especially my spring bulbs. One that worked on rabbits (sorry RD and Ivansmom) would be great as well - too many around here.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I understand people do not like the Olympics but the protesters are currently attempting to block the ceremony at the Cenetaph in Vancouver, a ceremony requested by our veterans - unforgivable. Hoping they find a way to do an endrun around the protesters. As is peaceful though just a stand off. Big crowds all along the route today, don't think anyone in Vancouver is working today.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

'round here, they chew on electrical wires, and of course, their nuts.

Posted by: -jack- | February 12, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

it's been so cold here that i recently opened the hood to my car and there was a squirrel pressing his nuts against the radiator to keep them warm.

Posted by: -jack- | February 12, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Roasting chestnuts is was!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Enough about blizzards and sports! Let's try injustice and sad, sad irony today: http://rabbirami.blogspot.com/2010/02/ah-tolerance.html

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 12, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of irony, there is this news story about a firehouse burning down in Baltimore.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bal-firehouse0210,0,1600847.story

And if you like your irony tinged with a sense of deja vu, another one in Sykesville also went ablaze.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/bal-md.ca.sykesville12feb12,0,5146639.story

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

American cities were very prone to obliterate and move graveyards. A recent archaeological dig of a long-disappeared cemetery for blacks in lower Manhattan, for example.

San Francisco exiled its dead to Colma, which now has enough shopping centers to make me wonder how many of the dead might have been dispatched to farther fields.

Philadelphia's Woodland Cemetery, adjacent to the Penn campus and medical center, has been nibbled at.

None of which is necessarily relevant to the situation in Jerusalem.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 12, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

dmd3: The protests--that's what happens in countries that practice free speech.

As distasteful as it seems to you, consider what would have been allowed 18 months ago in Beijing.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens to people who have too much tomb on their hands.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

jack, the mosquito aerial defense system (MADS) is the coolest yet and may the other mosquito abatement systems out of business. Sitting outside in the summertime watching the little pests go down in flames certainly has more appeal than watching the indiscriminate zapping on the electro-grid.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 12, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Heck, here in TWC they want to move buried bodies to expand O'Hare.

My fave local story regarding cemeteries was a scheme to dump 'old' dead bodies into a mass grave and resell the plots. Summarized here, but it ran for weeks on local media as new info was dug up. (pun intended)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/08/nearly-100-bodies-dug-up_n_228181.html

There seem to be many reasons for unearthing cemeteries these days. The one SciTim has generously provided seems to part of a general trend.

I don't have any ideas as to why.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I know MsJS, it is just their timing for the torch run, that bothers me, they held up the torch reaching chidren at the hospital in Toronto and veterans today.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the lineup on the Post's Opinion page today:

Gerson, Mukasey, Samuelson, Krauthammer, Kristol...

And now, apparently, Fred Hiatt has decided that the Post doesn't have enough crazy right wingers on Friday, and has added Marc Thiessen, former Bush speechwriter and one of the loudest voices defending torture as an instrument of U.S. policy.

Posted by: rashomon | February 12, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This has to be one of the worst headlines the WaPo has ever written (and it gets worse when you actually read the story): Rescued man 'did some praying'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/11/AR2010021105046_3.html?hpid=topnews&sid=ST2010021003553

And it took three people to write this story, which is pretty awful. And I lost track of the copy editing errors in it. And apparently somebody at the Post agrees, because they just took took it down. Somebody could try to explain why it held the No. 2 spot on the page, if ever so briefly.

Also, you could try to count all the dumb things this guy did while waiting to be rescued. Such as watching his cellphone battery slowly die while he updated his Facebook page. An excellent use of limited resources during a potential life-or-death emergency.

And, one might note that there are no State Police barracks in Frederick. There is only one, and it is called a barrack. As even the lowliest copy editor and the rawest, greenest police beat reporter ought to know. Sport utility vehicle (SUV) isn't hyphenated. Words and punctuation marks have spaces after them.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Mudge... Lou Rukeyser would have made us hyphenate sport-utlity vehicle, as he did real-estate agent and mutual-fund manager.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 12, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, I fear it will get worse before it gets better. And, "better" may be a shade of the former world of careful clarity and sound content you contributed to.

Simply, the people under 40 do not care too much about this nor does their training help them see the problems....wild overstatement here but more than a particle of it seems true.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Rashomon, I read the Mukasey thing this morning before coming to work, and posted a correction in the comments. He refers to the now-much-referred-to case of the German saboteurs in WWII (Operation Pastorius) in 1942. Mukasey repeats the error others have made, when he said they were "caught by the FBI" and "executed." In point of fact, they weren't caught at all by the FBI. Four came ashore on Long Island, and were spotted by an unarmed Coast Guardsman right away. They actually tried to bribe him, but he wasn't buying. They got away while he ran to find a telephone.

The other four landed unobserved in Florida. One of the eight, George Dasch, got cold feet and turned himself in to the FBI, who didn't even believe him at first until he dumped their operating cash, $84,000, on the desk. So only then did they take it seriously. Dasch told them where to find a guy named Berger, and the FBI followed Berger until he led them to two of the others. So that's four of the eight captured so easily Nancy Drew could have done it. Both Dasch and Berger cooperated and gave up everything they knew, but even so it took six weeks to round up the remaining four.

All eight were convicted and sentenced to death -- but only six were executed, not all eight (as Mukasey states). Dasch and Berger got their sentences commuted because of their cooperation, and because Dasch actually turned himself in. Dasch got 30 years, and Berger got life -- but in 1946 Harry Truman essentially reprieved them on condition they be deported back to Germany, which they were. They expected they'd get pardoned as well, but died before that ever happened (which it probably never would). So no, they weren't "caught" by the FBI, and they weren't "all executed." Turning yourself in isn't "caught." The word "arrested" is at least accurrate -- but it is highly misleading for the same reason. Arresting somebody who's already voluntarily in custody ain't exactly Sherlock Holmes.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

One of the foremost cemetery movers in this country is the US Army Corpse of Engineers. Whenever these guys build a dam and create an impoundment aka "stump lake" they are required to relocate any burials out of the flood zone. Back when we were undergraduates and Dr. K was studying folklore, we researched a local legend in Bosque County, Texas involving relocated graves.

The Chisholm Trail passed through Bosque County and crossed the Brazos River at a place called Kimball's Bend on it's way north to Kansas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjRnp26jGYw

The story revolved around a romance between a cowboy and a local girl. She pledged to wait for him while he went on a cattle drive, but when he returned he discovered that her family had pressured her into an engagement with someone they considered more suitable. She walked out with him one evening and he shot her and then himself and "their blood ran together" as they fell. Her family claimed that it was not a suicide pact, that what happened was plain murder. They refused to allow the cowboy's body to be buried in the same cemetery as their daughter. They made sure that her epitaph included the statement that she was murdered. Her tombstone refused to stay upright and was always falling over, and eventually was struck by lightening and broken into pieces.

In 1951, the Corps built a dam on the Brazos and created Lake Whitney. Several small graveyards were consolidated and it came about that the cowboy and the girl were reunited by the move.

My wife first heard this story as a schoolgirl in the early 60's and ten years later we returned to Bosque County to try to determine the truth of it. We located two people who knew the story as well as the grave sites of the cowboy and the girl. Their death dates were the same. The epitaph on her broken tombstone claimed she was murdered. His stated that he was "where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest." We attempted to talk to descendants of the girl's family but were rebuffed. A 100 year old family scandal was still too fresh to discuss with strangers.

Initially we were put off by the fact that the story did not vary from one recounting to another. However, many of the elements of the story which seemed so fanciful proved to be quite verifiable.


Posted by: kguy1 | February 12, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Now now. To be fair, Perry updated his page to ask for help of friends in the vicinity. I can assure you that lots of my facebook friends would see a post before I'd had a chance to call each of them individually (if I even knew their phone numbers).

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

The trend for cemetery relocation is pretty easy to understand:

(1) People used to keep burials nearby -- a few thousand years ago, they were buried below the floor of one's home: http://www.telesterion.com/catal3.htm

(2) Eventually, people decided upon burying the dead in isolated precincts of their own. To keep it practical, and to facilitate relationships with revered yet non-breathing ancestors, cemeteries were not TOO far from residences and places where one might like to put a residence.

(3) The ability to cover distance has improved over the millennia, making it practical to travel farther than used to be reasonable for a day's activities. This has enabled cemeteries to be on the outskirts of settled areas, but also enabled the growth of settled areas beyond what used to be considered their outer limits.

(4) The number of dead people is not getting any smaller.

(5) The number of living people also is not getting any smaller.

Put these things together, and it's easy to see why there is an increasing need to relocate cemeteries. The African-American cemetery that was located in New York City (not all that recently -- something like 15-20 years ago) did not excite outrage, as it was discovered while demolishing buildings on top of it in order to build a parking garage. The site already had been desecrated by the preceding century of ignorant treatment, so in fact the construction process enabled those bodies to be relocated and buried with honor.

Even given these logical factors, the boneheadedness of relocating a Palestinian Arab cemetery in favor of construction by Israeli Jews of a Museum of Tolerance -- well, honestly, no one would ever write such a thing outside a comic novel. And if you put it in a comic novel, it probably would be derided by critics as too ludicrous to be an acceptable plot point.

I favor the delivery of freeze-dried cadavers and cremains to the Moon. We're not going there, anyway. Landing is not too difficult if you have no interest in lifting-off later. Mausoleums of the Moon. It's the new way of death.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 12, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

His wife could have done that for him, Yoki. He'd just gotten off the phone with her. He needed to conserve his phone. He should have made arrangements with his wife or whoever, that he would turn the phone off and onlu turn it on for five minutes once every hour on the hour, or some such system. You never just sit there with it on and watch it die.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

SciTim: With your putting "Museum of Tolerance" and "comic novel" in the same sentence,I am reminded of the South Park episode featuring the Museum of Tolerance. Not exactly the same as what you're describing, but it popped into my head anyway.
http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/104220

Mudge: As of 3 minutes ago, the article there and still at #2. Want to bet that when they make the Snowmageddon TV movie, this will be a major part of the story line?

Speaking of which, you know there's gonna be one. Mr. A, are you listening? Write something up quick and start shopping it around before the studios get flooded with scripts.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Here is a very pretty picture of Space Shuttle Endeavor: http://twitpic.com/12sx3p

I am guessing it was taken from the ISS.

And, I have finally seen a Facebook group that made me laugh: "Were you dissing Canada? I couldn't hear you over my health-care benefits." But I'm still not going to "Become a Fan."

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 12, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Who is the most famous Canadian?

http://trueslant.com/lorrainemurphy/2010/02/12/2010-olympic-torchbearer/

I have it narrowed down to Gretzky or Shatner.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

All I know about moving cemeteries is that it is important to move the bodies and not just the headstones. Failure to do so may cause annoyed members of the spirit world to emerge from your television.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

You certainly make the case for cremation, SciTim.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

yello: Shatner's no athlete, though.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Can we cremate Shatner? Now? Please?

Posted by: kguy1 | February 12, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

But MsJS, Denny Crane thought he was quite the athlete . . . .

Posted by: -ftb- | February 12, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

And RD wins the Poltergeist reference sweepstakes.

If I were stuck in a snow bank and had called the police on my cell phone, I would keep it on just in case anybody wanted to call back and ask if I was still alive.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 12, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

me!

Posted by: MissToronto | February 12, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

But, you know, he could just turn it on once per hour and check voice-mail. "You alive, dude? Please call back."

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 12, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

ftb: Denny Crane sorta had to though, non?

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Shatner would have to carry the torch in Capt. Pike's mobile chair, methinks...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 12, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Joel, you should have taken the opportunity to cover the Olympics and escape DC!

Posted by: MissToronto | February 12, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Hello everyone. My brother made it to work on Capitol Hill from Burke VA today. He said all middle-age folks are walking zombies from so much shoveling and TV watching.

For the record, I almost never do my husband's laundry and cooking duties are shared. Valentine's Day is overrated but a good excuse for passionate chocolate. I also have to fly to Kansas City on the 14th eve to be ready for an 8 AM 3-day conference. My work is never done. I am turning into a human bird. Which really is okay with me. For now.

Enjoyed the Joel/Bob bantering session. Joel's garage looks like a decorated gingerbread house. Just needs some cherries. Better than Bob's. Sorry Bob.

Posted by: Windy3 | February 12, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a replay of a horric crash in luge training, young Georgian racer faced with life threatening injuries - so very sad.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

dmd: I just saw it too.

The idea of hurling myself down a steep incline in a tiny contraption does not leave me comfortable. TWC is blessedly flat.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Yes, just noticed that reports are now that the luger was killer, this is a very fast track, steep downhill (like the bobsled), safety officials conferring now.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Norman Bethune is the most famous Canadian IIRC.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 12, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I think this is the single most dishonest, reprehensible headline I have ever seen in the Post: "Is there a cure for heart disease?"

This is just shameless, shameless, shameless pandering -- and especially just to get one to read a chat transcript. (In which one of the docs basically says "no." His word was "rare."

Just pathetic. Pathetic.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

MSNBC just reported that they finally took the crash off the jumbotron
Keep driving, don't look.

Posted by: bh72 | February 12, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

In defence of the rescued guy, just how was he supposed to keep his Facebook fish alive and his farm functioning if he didn't log in? Sheesh.

That story reminded me of an exercise I was in in the army. A driver and I were in an APC coming back from a range to the range staff area when we along came a blizzard. At one point I was out in front of the APC on my hands and knees feeling for the little dirt track that we were following through the featureless prairie.

We had a radio, but it would have been better to freeze to death than to ask for a search party.

Posted by: engelmann | February 12, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

My money is on Nancy Green. Gaétan Boucher said yesterday he was not contacted by Vancoc, so I believe Nancy it is. Good choice if you ask me.

Mausoleums of the Moon. Channeling Georges Bernanos there Science Tim?
(Les grands cimetières sous la lune) It's a pamphet against the Franquists written by a far right catholic man. A stunning piece of intellectul honesty. NOT the Krauthammer.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 12, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

APC stands for "à pied colisse"/sh1t on foot again by the way.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 12, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Former Olympic winner, recipient of many awards incl. Canada's Female Athlete of the 20th Century, yep. Nancy Greene is an excellent choice, shriek.

Better'n Shatner, anyway.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Not "automobile pour des Canadiens"?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I can safely say there is NO way it will be Shatner. Not comfortable with Nancy Greene lighting the torch now, since she is a Senator, prefer a non political person, even though for her achievements she deserves it, but has been awarded with her Senate seat and all the perks that go with it.

I am hoping Betty Fox.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

All-purpose Citroen ("Citroen polyvalent")?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

It's also an armored personal/personnel carrier, depending on your relationship with the Queen.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 12, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Armored personnel croissant?

Auxiliary poutine caravanserai?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

A pied collise was always my favorite. We usually translated it as "on foot, dammit"

Posted by: engelmann | February 12, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

More signs of the end-times: the WaPo front-page movie review for "The Wolfman" is from Bloomberg News Service. The quiet little barely-heralded review posted beneath it is by Ann Hornaday of the Post.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 12, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Given the events of the last few hours, having the mother of a dead Canadian athlete light the torch might be considered poor taste.

VANOC chief Furlong is on record as saying a last-minute change isn't out of the question.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Your translation is better Engelmann.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 12, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Would this be the critter? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ef2nV3BrrQ

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Terry Fox was less known as an athlete, than as a person who raised money for Cancer research, his mom has continued that effort, each year the Terry Fox run continues to raise millions for Cancer research. The honour would be for being an extrodinary human, Canadian not so much for being the mom of an athlete.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

SciTim, just noticed my daughter became a fan of the Facebook site "Were you dissing Canada" made me laugh - haven't even talked to her this afternoon as she went right to a friends after school - perhaps she is a secret boodle lurker.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Celine Dion is apparently unavailable as she is trying to conceive a baby, I kid you not (to use the Palinism). So there's a sigh of relief and a little TMI all in the same sentence.

Posted by: engelmann | February 12, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Torrential rain, here. It's believable that all of Capitol Hill, and probably everyone from Washington to NY are zombies today, from all that shoveling. Sorry to hear of the Red Line derailment.

Engelmann's tale of prairie snow reminds me of a moment of carelessness. On an early spring day with a light dusting of new snow, a snowbank along a vehicle path beneath a power line was hidden by the bit of snow everywhere. I plowed into it. Power line blocked out the truck's radion.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 12, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

While I drive home, the Boodle can study up on this clip and be prepared to discuss it after dinner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qqE_WmagjY

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I recognize that, dmd. Just saying that the tragic circumstances of the day may not align well with Terry Fox's story.

The Oly's like alumnae/alumni. I'm awed by what Terry and his mom have accomplished. Many oddsmakers say she's the one. I just think Nancy Greene can be better played before a global Olympo-phile audience.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

But the person who lights the flame, is, while yes good to be known internationally, their primary purpose is to recognize a national hero.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The USA boat beat the Swiss boat in race one of three at the 33rd America's Cup race off of Valencia, Spain. This is more of a technical duel than anything else.

Posted by: russianthistle | February 12, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

That said the last two Olympics we held the flame was lit by unknowns, Calgary 12 year old figure skate, Montreal young boy and female teen. Something similar has also been raised as a possibility.

For decorated Olympians - Cindy Klassen, winner of 5 medals in Torino would be a good choice but she is competing again this time so that might preclude her.

Any of the people mentioned would be great with the exception of Shatner :-).

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The only Olympic flame lighting I remember was the archer shooting the flaming arrow.

Posted by: engelmann | February 12, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

dmd: The last time the flame was lit by someone who was not a current or past Olympic athlete was 1994. That year the honor went to someone whose father and grandfather were past Olympians (and who happened to be the host country's crown prince).

Recent history is not on Betty Fox's side. Not saying it wouldn't happen though.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Klassen is listed on many sites as a strong possibility. Current competitors have gotten the nod before.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Again, if she did not have a political position I would be in favour of Nancy Greene, but she does, if it is to be a former Olympian my personal preference is for someone not involved in politics. Nancy Greene is a great lady though so it would only be a minor grumble.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, looky there. Snow falling outside my window.

Chicken and dumplings for dinner. I credit Cassandra for the inspiration the other day. I was fascinated by this
http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/2009/11/tex-mex-chicken-and-dumplings-recipe.html
but tonight I'm going Southern style. I'll do some cornmeal dumplings and fancy spices next time. Although I'm putting a little masa in tonight's just for curiosity. They'll be mostly flour though.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 12, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

My son is home for a belated birthday celebration, and has raised an interesting question. Given that Canada is officially bilingual, will the countries in the opening ceremony be ordered alphabetically according to their French names or their English names?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

English RD

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind country is officially bilingual, but the provinces are not, the only bilingual province is New Brunswick.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks dmd! The wisdom of the boodle has amazed my son. And thanks for clarifying that bilingual distinction.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

English is also the official language of the IOC; even in China the countries were ordered by their English names.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Getting ready to go do chauffeur duties. I think several Boodlers own a Prius. According to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, might be a good idea not to engage its cruise control for a while:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/11/prius.cruise.control/index.html?hpt=Sbin

Scary.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 12, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I think that might be a more recent policy Yoki, only because I have a clear memory of Canada marching in as Kanada - Yugoslavia perhaps and also didn't the US coverage miss their team in France when they entered as Etas Unis.

As I have mentioned before my brain is full of information that is pretty much useless most of the time, wish I could swap it out for useful stuff, but nope I remember seeing Kanada :-).

Forgot to state this before but the arrow to light the torch is still the coolest thing I remember, and yes that includes the man getting swallowed by the fire/water in Bejing - amazing but a little over the top for my taste.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure you are right, dmd. I do know that the IOC operates in English, but perhaps that doesn't mean the host countries do, too. I had a lot to do with the IOC in one of my incarnations, not so much the games.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually, according to the olympics.org website, English and French are both IOC official languages. Host city bids are supposed to be written in both.

Further, if there is a discrepancy between the French translation and the English on any official IOC document, the French version prevails.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I was just going to check Yoki, perhaps it is a decision of each host country.

Just saw CTV open their show with the crash, can't watch again, puts a definite pall over the events tonight - feel terrible for the young man's family, teamates and his country. Did see a very upset Jacques Rogge and John Furlong in the press conference both trying to hold on to their composure.

An awful reminder of how easy some of these sports can go from exciting to tragic.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

dmd - I vaguely remember that "Etas Unis" confusion as well. But what I remember most about the opening ceremony of the Albertville Winter Olympics were that the signs were carried in by young ladies dressed as snow globes. This, to me, set the bar for opening ceremony weirdness.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

LOL RD I remember that opening well, bizarre comes to mind - odd that the snowglobe fashion trend did not catch on.

MsJS you Rock!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

SD, I know a pied is on foot.

But I can't find a direct translation for colisse. It's a swearword, I take it? Related to e. coli?

A pied colisse, que c'est du merde lisse, non?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Alpha order of the country names in the host country's language dictates the marching order, except for Greece (first) and the host (last).

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Re Mudge's 1:36 PM.

The problem there is SpellCheck and the last election combined.

Barrack= barracks OR Barack.

Alas, my youth and the corruption of the American media makes me sadly insensitive to such plights of pain.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Don't know about that, dmd. In the past, I had need to learn a lot about Olympic tradition and protocol, that's all.

I was a veritable fountain of useless Olympics minutia during TWC's failed attempt to land the 2016 summer games. I find the IOC to be a fascinating organization.

I've been reading that at a speed of 90mph the luge basically becomes inoperable due to human reaction time issues. The luger in the accident today was clocked at a hair over 89.

Posted by: MsJS | February 12, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Permit me to relive my 1968 Winter Olympic moment: neighbor John Misha Petkovich skated in Men's Figures (remember when they were called this? And, the set of mandatory 'figures' to skate? I LOVED those, especially the slow technical carving out of shapes)

Here is his interview with the Harvard Crimson in 1970:
http://www.thecrimson.com/article/1970/3/20/john-petkovich-finishes-second-in-figure-skating/

He skated to On the Waterfront by Bernstein -- an innovation at that time in music choices. I also recall commentary that he was flirting with disaster in his skating. I know that his response to reporters and in my family's living room was: I am having a great time and if I don't land the jump, well trying is the thing. Landing is good but to try!

He was older than I was. Perhaps he was my first crush. I recall that the world was large and amazing: men on the moon and hometown boy does good.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

And he was 21, so his reflexes would be prime.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Can't do the conversion anymore Canadian TV stated 144 km/hr, as I said I saw the video, it was obviously to this amateurs eye that it was almost assuredly a fatality.

They also had a doctor on, who with the help of great animation showed the affects of the G forces on the blood stream and muscles - fascinating. The doctor by the way studies this.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope they don't show that crash again. Once was more than enough.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"young ladies dressed as snow globes" - Did they slosh? If you shook them, did little flakes fall? Did they do cartwheels, or stand on their heads to get the full effect?

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 12, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

What a charming anecdote CP!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, most French Canadian "swear words" are religion-based, so the most popular are the French equivalents of the following: chalice, tabernacle, host, sacrament.

Posted by: engelmann | February 12, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, Ivansmom. The young ladies made rhythmic motions with their hands. Perhaps this will jog your memory. Suppressed though it might be...

http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/89682294.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921CC759DF4EBAC47D09478C7BB6EFC00C248EED2A450E781D1057B90615632B8DB

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Oooh they are showing the Peace Arch. Nice memories.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Nice tribute to us, from NBC - I am all teary eyed.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Good evening, friends. And I know you folks don't want to hear this, but it's snowing to beat the band here. I've just come in from the store, and boy, is it coming down. I'm praying it does not stick, and moves on pretty fast.

What's it doing in your neck of the woods, Slyness? The weather folks say we're going to get a bit more of the white stuff than you folks in Mecklenburg County. I'm eight miles from the state line of SC, and was truly hoping for rain. Oh, well, no one ask me.

Hope all of you folks are finally getting from under the blizzard. It's our turn now.This is turning out to be some winter, don't you think?

I hope everyone gets to do something fun for the weekend, and away from home. I'm going to bed. Love to all. Night, boodle.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 12, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Flying Tomato was just interviewed on Canadian TV.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The tribute was nice. Of course, my great affection for Canada is well known.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Of all the places north of the US, Canada is certainly my top favorite, too, Padouk.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

No love for St. Pierre & Michelon? :-) And yes I know I probably spelt that wrong apologies.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Trying to prep for clothing comment. I want to say that the Roots supplier to the US a few years ago struck gold with the clothing: form and fashion. And, Roots is Canadian? I think so.


Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I remember when the world was large and amazing. Thanks CP.

Take care Cassandra!

Mr. F wings his way home from Qatar around midnight our time. Keep a good thought that delays at Dulles have mostly worked out by tomorrow afternoon.

Off to watch blogging heads and back boodle-then to curl up with a book.
Sweet dreams boodle.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

SeaSea and DR -- Rodarte and some knitted/crochet style ideas for pairs figure skating:

http://www.nitrolicious.com/blog/2010/02/05/rodarte-x-ryan-mcginley-for-the-nyt-winter-olympic-fashion/

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

just got back home from dinner at church. the yards and streets are covered with snow, at least an inch, no more than 2. it's supposed to keep precipitating until just past midnight. the dogs will be totally confused. i'm taking the truck out in a while to do donughts.

Posted by: -jack- | February 12, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I did see the US team in the staging area, they looked warmly dress - hope they are breathable fabrics, they knew it was inside right. Beautiful sweaters though.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The US seems to be wearing the navy/red accented modified puffy waist-hip parka. Remember the Michelin man silhouettes when that style first came out? And, the Nordic style figures in the watch cap: classic.

Apollo has a HUGE soul patch....oh no, I predict a few of those in my classroom within the month.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I liked the stocking caps with the moose.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Killer Tim Horton's commercial on Canadian TV, story of a man bringing his family to the country - welcomes his wife with a coffee. I am such a wuss.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- I will look for sweaters....are they the classic Aran fisherfolk thingie of substance?

Here is the latest fashion alert: Kokubo was barred from attending an arrival ceremony at the Olympic Village. Why? the droopy pants thing: hanging off his trim but should-be-private bottom (covered by briefs, apparently, thank the gods and ancestors).

Hmmm. See the sweater. DR and SeaSea -- why they did not use the better raglan shoulder....too bad. Better for fit and function.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Cool troops in Kandahar painted the Olympic rings in the sky with vapour trails, live report from where the troops are watching the opening.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Beige cable knit turtle necks on the men, not sure about the women.

Not loving the Canadian jackets, like all their other gear (except Moose sweater), prefer the sleek quilted black jackets to the red light parka style coat. Love the retro logos though. We have a supply of Canada gear at home.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh my RD -- will look for a photo but the placement of that moose on the women's zip front sweater is a bit symmetrical and classical and sort alike hands on deck, if you know what I mean -- the antler shape is also hands like.

Reminds me of the bike shop tee-shirt that I politely refused one day, showing the lads that the wheels were placed very, well, strategically in a Freudian cigar way.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

CP - CEO of Vanoc was born in Ireland! He is very sombre today and looks like the weight of the world is on his shoulders, much different than his joyous mood of two days ago.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Watch for -- later in the week -- US snowboarders in distressed fade denim. SIGH. Not the choice that elevates.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Dmd, what we have in common is scratch a Canooki or a USisan and what do you find? Sumbody is a Gael, at least in part. And if not, then they wanna be and we tell them to come on down and sit at the pub and lift a heart or perhaps a glass.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

did i just see queen latifa? not sure about the rapping tho when they first starting singing i got goosebumps.

isn't jennifer hudson absolutely georgeous!!

mo

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Ah, chalice= calisse. Thanks, got it, Engelmann.

I knew that about French-Canadian swearwords, but I don't actually know the actual words.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I deeply admire John Furlong; met him a couple of times and he seems entirely sincere in his 'all of us' view of the games.

And I loved that Timmy's ad!

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

DMD - do not like the US white knit jodpur style pants Why not navy apre ski pants?

Looking into the Canadian fashions....Hudson Bay company, natch.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Have we warned RD, our flag bearer is a red head? And a great person you will not find.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

is it just me or are most of the american female athletes really pretty?

mo

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Not sure CP, here anyways the better clothes are the everyday wear, podium and parade wear i am not as excited about.

HBC had a contract for several Olympics - this time they got it right after several questionable attempts - Beijing - Yuck. The Red Mittens rule.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

uh oh - a red head? we are in trouble now!

mo

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Best part of the winter olympics mo, male and female athletes are great looking (always loved the Iceland athletes).

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

so sad about nodar!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- you mean the Canadain Beijing pajama wear in psychedelic prints...yes. They will do better!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I am getting a bit over-excited here. Breath...

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

And a *canadian* redhead to boot!

CP - are those "grope" sweaters worn by the Americans? I just noticed the moose on the hats.

And the show begins!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Pictures of sunshine in case it doesn't appear over the next two weeks.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- the Icelandic athletes are Nords and Gaels at once...so, those Irish poets mixing with the Nordic pirates -- certainly a strategy.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

yeah dmd - i gotta admit the red tomato and apollo make my heart flutter a smidge!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, there sure is a lot of snow in the opening photos. Not so sure that is fact in Vancouver.

We are flipping between CTV and NBC. Live blogging twice! I'm so excited.

Cool suits CP.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh my....why cannot we just do this Oly stuff instead of the wreck we do to one another? The Olympics however imperfect, do remind us of what we are capable of:

fun, splendor, effort, competition, joy, .....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

man i wish i snowboard like that! heck i wish i could snowboard period!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Aww, baby redhead.

GG is looking stunning.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Michele John (lovely suit, perhaps Shantung silk in a deep winter blue but woven on the woof with ice white)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

A mountie and mountie, be still my heart. BEST UNI ever.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

female mounties? i didn't know there were female mounties where's the read head?

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh Canooki boodlers, I love this knowing we are online together. Thank you for hosting us.

And, your flag is only from the 60s? Perfect flag, too.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

The girl who wil sing the anthem is great.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know that the maple leaf flag only dated from the 1960s. It's nice to learn something new this early in the broadcast.

Posted by: -pj- | February 12, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

The GG's dress is *gorgeous.*

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mudge, just killed two hours getting ready for your discussion. Can't watch just one.

Posted by: bh72 | February 12, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

You guys are missing stuff when NBC goes to commercial, right now native welcome, ice totem poles.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

And we can feel pretty confident that the young lady who just sang was really the one who sang...

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

i see the ice totem poles...

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

What's her name?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

those statues look like they're sculpted from ice. cool.

Posted by: -jack- | February 12, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Some of the first nations are also part of our history.
'Cause the border was a rather EUro thingie.

Yoki, the Piegan and Kootenai people are also Montanans. As you well know, dear one. The Piegan people had a band who lived in my town and went to my school; taught by Quebecois nuns who traveled to keep close to them.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

No nap tonight before work,i am up in time to watch this.This very cool.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 12, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Glad the Inuit were included.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Jingle Dress!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The tribal wear is gorgeous and I am glad it is not color synched or too stylized.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

This First Nations segment is just fabulous!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 12, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

OK, CqP, you got your work cut out for you, describing those First Nation outfits. (I liked the Plains Nation costumes best.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the Peigan and the Blackfoot territories run North-South; no artificial borders there

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I wish "first nations" would gain some traction south of the border. Although my young friends all self refer in txt speak NDN.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

The hands of the ice statues are in a blessing pose....sometimes called the epiclasis which is Greek for invocation...same gesture but that is the TBG-familiar name for the action.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, keep blanking on her name, but here is CTV's song for the Olympics which Niki also sings, and is the most downloaded song on ITunes here this week.

16 years old - Jazz singer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v0o27BPIIk

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Mudge -- they are simply beautiful and singular and meant to be in motion. I am so homesick for this all.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

GO Algeria in that fab limey green!!!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

The Jingle Dress (of the plains and western parts of the eastern forest) is said to have originated near Our Fair City, circa 1900. The original maker saw it in a dream.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Want me one of them Andorran sweaters!

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

don't think there will be a panamanian team

LOL

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I like the cute fur coat on the Armenian flag-bearer.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Agent tines in blue, 'natch. And, the contrast is silver not white.

Aussies...fun and interesting.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

The open hands means all are welcome.

I am going to track all the small nations, the one or two athlete nations. Someone needs to cheer loudly for them too. It may as well be me.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The Austrian tie -- string -- is a Euro classic...the first suit jacket...formal as would one expect from them.

Oh my Peter Max slacks on the next one...FUNNNNYYYY

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Love the Azerbaijan pants.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

SHORTS....Bermuda....cute and classic and why not!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Bermuda shorts!! Yes!

Today, in Annapolis, I saw lots of men wearing shorts, including the Fed Ex man. With 3 feet of snow. Gotta luv'em.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 12, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Brasilia! Lovely green that is nearly spruce like

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. F has been to the old Olympic venues in Sarajevo. Much tragedy and evil there since those winter games.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Caymen wearing Aussie style hats....CayMAN, I guess

Chili -- wouldn't it be great if a Southie American won a medal?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Chile-reminds me, have we heard from Brag lately?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I remember the comments during the Sarajevo games, TV commentors saying how wonderful it was the various nationalities of Yugoslavia co-existed. Appearance can be deceiving.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

HAH "a bunch of gringos"

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Frosti and I always remember John Denver singing to us from those games, with his Slavic looking face and Colorado earnestness.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

First winter games for Colombia! I am gobsmacked.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Yes frosty. It was like that was a light before a long dark night. Sigh.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Did you hear the announcer talk about the Cayman Island competitor? He said that he attends Brown and trains in Aspen. He said, "He has to bear all those deprivations," or words to that effect.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 12, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Funky Czechs

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

These athlelets are all such beautiful people.Happy and smiling,makes you feel so good about the world.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 12, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Czech pants are rather bold and zazzy too.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Fun Finns

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

It is not sah-na, it is SOW-na.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

GO ETHIOPA...

Estonian stylizes snow flake is gorgeous.... ANd the Finns with their textile style....very Marimekko.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Etheopia. This guy is a cross country skier and trains at home. His family runs a little store. I don't know the distance he competes in, but he is my hero.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, the battle to teach everyone how to say sauna correctly is a losing one I fear.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

lots of red this year

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Gonna be very sad in a minute when Georgia comes out.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

And, Macedonia's flag is a bit Japense like ....France France....like the blue -- French blue -- tocques that some sport

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Georgia. Too sad. Standing ovation is so right.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

We are enjoying the opening ceremonies, as well as a beautiful snow. Hopefully the roads will be okay tomorrow, we currently have about three inches on the ground.

Stay warm, Cassandra! I hope you don't get snowed in.

Nice to have snow instead of rain. It's sticking to all the trees, making the yard a wonderland.

Standing ovation for the Georgians. God rest that young man's soul.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh my. He was a warrior for peace. I hope his family takes a bit of comfort of what he loved .....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

ok - i'm tearing up over here...

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The Germans are wearing sherbet.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Germany -- adding the blue and hot pink of CMKY color checking...very odd color combo.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Go Ghana!!!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The competitor from Ghana is a testament to the globalization of the modern world. So many people are on the move.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 12, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

GHana sporting stars...and my goodness, the Brits...wearing the beret...and suit coats...white is an unfortunate choice for the main article of clothing.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

first MAROON in the bunch....a nice color.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Just for the record, let me say that Vancouver is one of the greatest cities on the planet. I love that place.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Tried to get to Hank Stuever and Paul Farhi's live chat - but the link goes to the article about the poor guy from Georgia. Oh, WaPo, I am sad for you...Also hope NBC is getting lots of feedback about tape delaying this in the Pacific time zone - grrr.

Sorry - carry on. (I cast on for my Olympic socks at 6 pm PST, will continue at 7:30 when I can actually see what's going on...or went on. Kind of like the Olympics are on a nearby star.)

Posted by: seasea1 | February 12, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

whoa hong kong! canada, we'll give you our snow - you guys give hong kong some land!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Iceland and India -- I like the hats of the Indian luger and co.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Ireland is standing out - Holy Lime!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Alert RD!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that is lime green on the Irish athletes.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess those Irish pants are meant to be Emerald. As Himself says, "At least they won't get lost in the snow."

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, there's Padouk's redhead.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

liked the india hats

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

The brown --Hershey...odd for Iranians.
Irish -- winter Olys -- try hard...lime/lemon trim....Navy base... Israeli blue is very beautifu;..flags affixed to uni jackets.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Handsome Italian men in beautiful jackets!

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

RD, Did you notice that the Irish contingent included a gorgeous redhead?

SCC: I meant to say 'testimony' instead of 'testement'above.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 12, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Italians with odd and space age metallic stand away collars on classic loden jackets.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

awwwww no cool runnings! i loved that movie!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Those Italian jackets were great. I want one.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Kashaks....BEST HAT EVER!!!!!! on the flag bearer...what a gorgeous blue with the lovely pattern.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

hey - where's borat?

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

You guys are sooo fast! Panting to keep up!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 12, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow on the little L country's rate of metalling as a function of pop.

WOW Lithuania took the emerald isle green....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Lithuania-my other pale, hard drinking, peeps

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

The Lithuanians stole the Irishers jackets :)

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Fur collared Mexican skier older than me. OK. Lets roll with that.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Harlequin red/white on Monocan sweaters/

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

The Mongolian flag-bearer is too beautiful.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

oooooooo monaco - those guys looked great! why are the ppl on the border sometimes dancing and sometimes not - i'd rather they didn't - none of em have any rhythm!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I heart any Olympian older than us CP.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Mongolian skirt in gold lame is fab. Buy me one, OK? Thanks.

And, shout out to Moroccans...would have thought they woudl have green in the mix.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Loved those sweaters.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

No ski runs in Nepal? Wow.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link for the chat...and it really is a chat-like thing:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/olympics/2010/02/live_chat_opening_ceremonies.html?hpid=artslot
If you want to multi-task even more. Half an hour to go.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 12, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

interesting orange choice for the dutch

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Dutch are always in orange...this is a pumpkin spice shade.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Really? I thought the Monaco uniform looked like royal servants' livery.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Norway -- they rule...always in these Winter Olies...

LOVE the feathers on the KiWis

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Peru: retro-Euro ski-chic.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

awwwwww no panamanians! shucks...

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Morti, the Dutch royalty is part of the House of Orange.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 12, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Yay!!! I love it when the whole sane world comes together.

Posted by: Windy3 | February 12, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Poland....silver midriff is a bit odd, actually.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Getting close to the US and Canada.

Love the Russian jackets.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Russkies in red...interesing ethnic pattern on the baseball style jackets....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

what are the russians waving?

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Awww, Senegal (only not really).

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

A friend's 4th grade son just took up ski jumping. For those of you who just saw that commercial on NBC-that is what even the small jump looks like when a 4th grader is on it. He started the week before Christmas and has jumped in two competitions already. Then again our county has more ski jumps than Starbucks.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

was it serbia or slovakia in the red and black - LOVED that - may be my fave

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

OK those Green coats on the Slovenian women - I want one - beautiful.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Three cheers to our Canadian hosts!

Posted by: Windy3 | February 12, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Peter Forsberg - big sigh!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

holy smokes those spaniards were caliente!!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Bold yellow on the Swedes, matching their flag.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Do they allow anyone who is not gorgeous in Sweden, adorable hats too.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Swedish hats are crocheted I think ...big departure....Swissies in red....standard track suits...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Tajik with hair that is one part Bryronic the other part Spockian....and yes RED is the official color of these here Olympics.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

The Ukraine's yellow might be a bit more Mustard thisyear than the electric yellow Swedie color,.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

i wasn't crazy about the swede yellow and blue - too busy

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

US next!

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Ukraine! Cheering is going n in the R house. Honouring recent adventure and family connection to that fair natin.

US!!!!

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Tragically, I missed the Irish delegation.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Classic Ralph Lauren, young and health - perfect.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Is it bugging anyone other than me that Sacha Ovechkin is playing for Russia, not the US?

Don't like the white pants.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Still love the moose caps...

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Did you say Michelin man puffy, CqP? Doesn't look great on TV.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

White US pants --knit jeanS? DO not pass my sructinay... Mainics cheering on the Moosie emblem...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

i like the moose - i think it's cute and funny

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I want a MOOSE hat!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 12, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Why would Ovechkin play for the US?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

And here we are!

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Shaun White, what gorgeous curly red hair!

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

hhhhmmm Us. not US, just us.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Love that shade of red.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

CANADA!!!!!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Love, love, love the plaid scarf on the Canadians.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Go Canooickies....in red, natch...and I like the scarves....BUFFALO PLAID!


Long coats more Anakorak than jacket....hts are like the US people I think. Lots of letters....

I think the pants in black are way better than our white pants...I hope each athlete was issued a stain stick.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

What a lovely happy moment when Canada came in.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Gordon Campbell looks awfully happy!

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Harper looks like he sat on a pickle.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

MITTENS...have the leaf that is amost like a heart. Bullseye great that is.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 12, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

There is a matching plaid hat as well, that is worn slouch style - very nice.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Lots of redheads on the Canadian team.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

That is as warm and happy as Harper ever gets.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Two million pairs of those mittens have been purchased - $10.00 a pair, fleece on the inside, wool outside. Available online.

They expect another 1 mil pairs to be sold, part of proceeds supports amateur athletes.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

off to work,tonight I am Red and White with envy!!!!!

Enjoy the rest of the show.

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 12, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Bryan ******* Adams!

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow nice dress Nelly.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I am seeing the time-delayed version out here on mountain time. Just now beginning to see the outfits.

Posted by: Windy3 | February 12, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I believe the outfits worn by the celebrities for this and the closing were designed by D2 (I hadn't heard of them til recently Canadian fashion icons - twins, design out of Milan).

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

great dress...
awful song...

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I wish the acoustics were better on television.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Mo-I didn't think it was as bad as the usual song for this kind of occasion.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

oooo, is that Donald Sutherland?

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Yes it is!

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Yes Donald, have loved his voice in all the commercials leading up to the games, he asked to be involved.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Love the Aurora

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Me too. Well done,sir.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Now that northern lights thing is awesome.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Now that's a really big bear.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I was just thinking this ceremony needed more bears!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Love the cheesy bear. I thought we'd get some disco, at least.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I really really love the killer whales.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

There be whales!

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

The whales are cool.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

For the weather weenie deep within...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100212/ap_on_re_us/us_united_states_of_snow

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Like these totems more than the giant ice phalluses of earlier.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Totem poles, kewl!

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Love the forest

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

wow. this is amazing.

Posted by: -jack- | February 12, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

That's quite the necklace.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Wonderfully trippy bit leading to Sarah.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

LOVE sarah - didn't know she was a haute mainer!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I think Sarah is a bit petite to pull off such a distinctive piece of jewelry. It would look much better on someone of my size. Just sayin.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

problem yoki is that you look great in everything!

i like the modern dance/lyrical jazz.

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

NBC took an odd time to break away. That is the Alberta ballet Yoki.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Love the fiddle/step energy

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I love the music and dancing, but the giant leaves are freaking me out a little.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you on that, RD_P!

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

The tap dancer reminds me of the logrollers at Grouse Mountain.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

wow riverdance and kilts - are we still in canada?

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Ashley, Ashley. He's such a freak. I adore him.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one thinking shoe bombers?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

that's a lot of tappers - i didn't know there were that many left in the world!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh, that's Ashley, I thought Ashley was buddy w/ the mohawk.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 12, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Saturday night in the Maritimes, mo

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he *is.*

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

That is the cool thing. Yes, yes you are Mortii. We are everyman and woman, and every nation on earth.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually loving the way that this is showing the eclectic nature of Canada. I mean, my son didn't even realize that many people in Canada have roots in Scotland and Ireland.

But he's young.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Himself just asked, "When is the oil sands segment?"

See, there is a reason I have loved this man for 30 years.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Yanno, that is exactly what wheatfield look like in the fall. Lovely. And Joni Mitchell's song. She hails from my territory.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly how ND and Manitoba make me feel. Like you could jump right out of the wheat and into the sky. I will cry.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, now I love him too.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 12, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

*clap clap clap clap*

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure you can see Dog River from there.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 12, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Joni Mitchell! YESSS!!

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Is that a Corner Gas reference?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh look we are holding a blizzard just for you guys in DC. Isn't that nice?

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow, more trippy transitions.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

These red skiers are so cool...

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

I thought that too dr!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

...although I think that's the mountain Richard Dreyfuss built in "Close Encounters."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Well RD there are a lot of mushrooms around Vancouver!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Dog River was that dark spot that flickered for just a moment...

Of course that wasn't nJoni singing. She seldom performs publicly, or so I read.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I love how this whole thing is choreographed. The stadium floor never too full. Gives the impression that Canada is a very big country, with relatively few, but fantastic, people.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Dear God, still nothing here. What time did NBC actually start showing something "live"?

Posted by: seasea1 | February 12, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Slam poetry meets Cirque du Soleil. But I like it.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

The definition of Canada has to include Tim Horton's.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Canada is the what in what's new.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

That's my friend Shane!

I'm out for the fancy pre-Valentine dinner.

Thanks for sharing this with me, dear friends. A good night.

Posted by: Yoki | February 12, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

That was really...wonderful!

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

That last image looked like a Tims and donuts am I wrong.

Loved the poem.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Toodles boodle and sweet dreams. Have fun Yoki!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 12, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I wanna see the torch dang it.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

oh no - did you dc'ers just see that news clip - roads may be WORSE after pres day?? it took me 2 hours and 15 min to get home tonite! 9.29 miles!!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

You know, it would have been easy to feel that they had to 'outdo' the Chinese magic, but it is so right, and I am so pleased that just did Canada. Really quite nice.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

nice tribute to a tragic accident!

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Those drums make a nice rumbling noise, but at first they were hard to interpret. Almost sounded like boos.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I agree dr. It was very welcoming and visually interesting without being overbearing.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

k - i think i'm calling it a nite...

toodles boodle!!

*hugs* mo

Posted by: mortii | February 12, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

kd singing, now I am crying.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Great song to end the ceremony.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't get any more Canadian than this.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

As much as I love this song, and as much as I am in total awe of her performance of it....is this the right venue for it? A song about broken by a love affair?

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Mischa is looking stunning this evening. And as ever, in fine voice.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Now that's a hairdo.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

My husband will be crying big time at seeing his hero Bobby Orr.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Of course Mudge. Canada worked so hard to get the Olympics and she'll get her heart broken over and over by this Games.

It's just Canuck Kismet.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 12, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, Mudge, I was hoping Celine Dion and Anne Murray were going to sing Trooper's "The Boys In The Bright White Sports Car."

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 12, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

snort byoolin

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

wow I missed BFA?

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 12, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Moment of silence and lowering the flag... appropriate and honorable.

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I trust y'all are live-blogging the Games opening. Before I check I'd like to say the Ivansclan agrees that the opera singer did a good job of singing a bad song with a poodle on her head, even though she only got one money note at the very end.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 12, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking about that. In our musical history, these are a missing chapter.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

dr, who is this?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I was just wondering. He is cute though.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Why is NBC skipping the song in French?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Very cute and nice vice. Great coat.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

OK flame. Isn't it your turn yet?

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Rick Hansen made me cry. It is so right that the Paralympians are represented.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 12, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

My son is hoping the final torch bearer is Rush.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 12, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey, they are milking this.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 12, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh no, not a problem now!

Posted by: slyness | February 12, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

"Open the pod bay door, HAL."

"I'm afraid I can't do that, Wayne."

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 12, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh, crap. Major snafu.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 12, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh, crap. Major snafu.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 13, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Oh, crap. Major snafu.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 13, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

How Canadian we can't pick one person but shared!! Love it glitch and all.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

They pulled it off anyway!

Posted by: slyness | February 13, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

You recongnize what that is, don't you.

Campfire! And just like all campfires, sometimes they don't do what you want them to do.

Here is hoping the external cauldron works.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 13, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Excellent Boodle commentary. I just got to the epic fail. Poor torch pillar guys.

Random thoughts: The commercials for this were much much better than the Super Bowl commercials.

The Boy has discovered that the Olympics is full of hot girls.

The First Nations stuff was great.

I always forget how good kd laing is until I hear her.

Time for bed!

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 13, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

So it's a 75 percent solution. But it still looked cool.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 13, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Wayne is in an open vehicle going to the external caldron.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Is it a bright white sports car?

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 13, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Ow! Tried backboodling here, and I think I detatched a retina.

Not sure I was in any postion to take medal in the Olympic TV Watch-a-thon Combined, anyway.

G'night, all.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Oh, thanks, RD for the snow globe girl. I had successfully suppressed the memory. Now I can shudder again!

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 13, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Jacque Villeneuve helped carry the Olympic flag bc, short synopsis for you.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

No pick up truck, it is pouring he is getting soaked huge crown liniing the streets. Some running beside the vehicle.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Ok, here is the list of small teams, in case you feel compelled to cheer for the little places.

Small teams

Andorra
Bermuda
Cayman Islands
Ethiopia
Macedonia
Ghana
Hong Kong
India
Jamaica
Mexico
Morocco
Nepal
Pakistan
Peru
Portugal
Senegal
San Marino
South Africa
Tajikistan

I hope I didn't miss anybody. If you need a national alternative to cheer for, such as when no Canadians or Americans are competing, pick oneof these guys. And if that doesn't work, cheer for the Ukraine, family connection and all.

External flame lit. Verklempt.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 13, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Well, now that Canada's won the Olympics, I can go to bed.

Posted by: byoolin1 | February 13, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Me too, byoolin. G'night all.

Posted by: slyness | February 13, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, ceded the computer to the next gen. DR>BRILL on the campfire call and the reality -- not a glitch, real. So practical and nonplussed with get-it-done subtle derring do.

God bless the Georgians and dear luger man-boy's family. Eventually, the sliver of comfort will come: how many of us die totally, totally, trice absolutely in pursuit of our loves.

A colleague, some years past, laid all his student projects on the table, then took a nap as was his afternoon Italian way. He then died, afterncompleting the semester's teaching. No grading that lucky, plucky Sicilian putti. He loved teaching; grading? Not so much.

G/Nite. Sumbodie? " Stand on guard for (me) Thee!" sung with a poodle on top.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I am off to bed, wishing all the athletes the best and wishes they all remain safe, and heart felt condolences to the family that lost a young athlete.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I am totally cheering for Ghana. I have a little ambivalent thing for West Africa anyway (Ghana in particular [thank you, Lloyd Quashie}), and I loved its athlete's cheery face.

Three good things yesterday (now). The opening ceremonies, reconciled with an always beloved but recently somewhat estranged friend, and a fabulously delicious and romantic but unforced meal with Himself (more reconciliation). How lucky am I? Very. Very.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't think the three pillars were a botch, as Coskes(sp) keep going on about. There are only three downtown. How 'bout Gretszy as the lighter?

Good old NBC caption had 'astronaut' as 'restaurant' twice during the flag ceremony.

Posted by: bh72 | February 13, 2010 3:46 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, Is it on again or off?

Posted by: bh72 | February 13, 2010 3:48 AM | Report abuse

OPPS, There are four outdoor pylons. Must be late and a little too much 'scratch'. Who knew the was a Canadian version of late evening poison'?

Posted by: bh72 | February 13, 2010 3:55 AM | Report abuse

or was it 'screech'?

Posted by: bh72 | February 13, 2010 3:56 AM | Report abuse

Coffee is on in the ready room. Strong, hot and black with a little rich cream and sweet stuff on the side for them what needs it.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 13, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Thanks so much, dr! We will all need it, after such a late night. Mr. T is still abed and I will NOT disturb him.

We have winter wonderland this morning, everything covered in fluffy white stuff and just beautiful. Hopefully it won't last long!

Good morning. Cassandra! You stay in, warm and safe, as long as the snow covers walks and roads.

I believe it will be Belgian pancakes with maple syrup on the ready room table. We need to vary the menu a bit, and celebrate winter and the Olympics.

Posted by: slyness | February 13, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Morning,

Good thing they designed that triple redundancy into the torch pillars, eh? My eldest kept asking where Great Big Sea was. Maybe in the St-John's olympics in 30 years.

Pretty sure it's screech bh72, would have to taste to be sure. White lightning has also been known to be consumed out of sight of prying officials.

Very sad to hear about the luger. I wish they could still report on the story and spare us the images, but sales before dignity I guess.

Posted by: qgaliana | February 13, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

i came across a cache of maple sugar candy molded in the shape of a maple leaf. i think i got it in sudbury, but it was late and the signs on the queens highway were hard to read. left a cooler full of brador next to the tv. breakfast of champions.

Posted by: -jack- | February 13, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

dmd, thanks for the heads up on Jacques Villeneuve's carrying the Olympic torch. Always liked that kid - I met him in the mid-90s, with hair down to his backside and driving Formula Atlantics with considerable brio, just like his Dad (who was the most exciting race car driver I've ever seen). Went on to win the Indy 500 (won $100 for me on a bet for that) and the F1 World Championship, too. Sports Cars and NASCAR ain't workin' out for him, nice to see him front and center for a minute again.

Speaking of NASCAR, Mudge, there's clearly a bit of tongue-in-cheek as with those 'Danica's getting huge' headlines. Got a chance to talk with her in at Mid-Ohio several years ago (when she was still driving for Bobby Rahal) and she's a mere wisp of a person. Strong, and quite good at what she does, but not large. Some larger drivers used to complain that she had an unfair advantage because she weighed so little (yes, they publish driver weights in open-wheel racing), and that a 40 or 100 lb. difference is a big deal in an Indy Car (where the whole car may weigh 1,600 lb.). Ms. Patrick has never driven F1, though she did take that career path for many years and has had some moderate success in the domestic Indy Car series. She's typically at her best on longer oval races (even though her roots are European road racing) like the Indy 500, so if she gives in to the public and private pressures that the NASCAR and their media machines are piling on her (and lord knows they are), she will probably do well in the big events (including the pre-500 Nationwide series race today).

But enow of that for now. Sometimes I'm *way* too long-winded.

Have a good day, all.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I think Great Big Sea is one of the band play at night around either Vancouver or Whistler. They would be fun in the closing which is always more relaxed.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

bc, I saw Jacque run with the torch in Montreal, and he was so excited and trthrilled to be a part of the event, last night looked wonderful in the white suit, as did the other flag bearers.

Julie Payette, the astronaut spoke to the Canadian athletes to motivate them and wish them well.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

A good piece on the loss of the luger by a favorite journalist of mine - not normally a sports reporter.

http://www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=39621.html#ian+brown+a+dark

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I brought a little dry cured, applewood smoked, bacon for everyone. Only break out the good stuff for special occasions, and the opening of the Vancouver Olympics is pretty special.

Today's distasteful task is to go shopping for a new winter coat. They are on clearance hereabouts, with plenty still to choose from, but it's such a commitment to an article of clothing. The one being retired was a gift from Mr. F, Christmas of '04. Alas, it is no longer fit for "in town" wear.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Missed the opening ceremonies last night, had to read about it and catch the boodlestream this morning. Thanks to all who contributed.

Warm muffins, coffee, and OJ on the table.

MrJS did watch a bit of the show. He especially liked the fiddlers. He lived for nearly 4 years in St. John's, Newfoundland in the 1970s and always liked the fiddle music at the local watering holes.

And fiddleheads, too. He was very fond of fiddleheads. Yummage!

Posted by: MsJS | February 13, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Yum, Frosti, and thanks! Good luck with the coat buying. I hope you find one you like as much as the old one.

I swept the front steps and walk. The snow is already melting, and I was covered by what's falling off the trees. With the sun and temps around 40, we'll be fine.

Elderdottir called yesterday afternoon to ask about the weather, just about the time it starting snowing hard. The retail manager in her came out: Is it going to ruin my $30,000 day tomorrow? At this rate, people will be able to get to the mall without any problem after lunch.

Posted by: slyness | February 13, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Many thanks for the Opening Ceremonies coverage, folks -- had to take NukeSpouse to work first thing this morning and just couldn't stay awake.

Saw more than a few road crews hard at pre-dawn snow clearing, but there are plenty of rural roads with very narrow, high-walled passages...

In fact, I checked the local railyard, and even there they had to cut through parking lot plowage and snowdrifts to get the tracks open! :-O

*off-to-bake-NukeSpouse-a-little-Valentine's-Day-surprise Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 13, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Bright and sunny here, perhaps as high as 50 (F) today. Luxury!

My standard winter coat (long, cloth, buttons)I bought in about 1992. For many years I seldom had to wear it. The last couple of years it has begun showing real wear & tear. I acquired a long blanket jacket a couple of years ago which is proving a reliable stand-in.

An Olympics coverage comment: When Bob Costas came on, before it started, I said, "Oh no. It's that guy." I remembered how tremendously annoying he is. By the end of the broadcast Ivansdad was pleading with him to just be quiet. I think the network could make extra cash by offering a premium olympics broadcast with a "Costas filter" - you can hear the music, background noise, event, etc., but not the commentary.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 13, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I-mom: You aren't the only ones who feel that way.

The problem with football/baseball/basketball/sports wrap-up sportscasters is that they are used to filling the airwaves with their voices. They don't know how to let the images do the talking.

I'm guessing that Costas was given a sheet of talking points for every minute of the opening ceremonies and decided (or was encouraged) to use them all.

Glad I missed it.

Posted by: MsJS | February 13, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, thought of you when I saw a beaming Nancy Greene with the torch in her hand.

Trying hard not to comment on the lack of my area from the landscapes of Canada (as pointed out by my daughter) - oops did I say that out loud :-). I mean I know the rest of the country hates us but did it have to be so obvious.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

DMD -- so the red fishies are Pacific salmon? And the fiddlers are for the rough and ready maritimes?

I hear on the anti-East thing.....happens here too

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

DMD -- did they reference the lakes or Niagara? We might not get all the references....I don't recall any...did you see enough East First Nations robes? i know that the plains dance wear is visually magnetic...and the PacNorth totems and headdresses also catch the eye...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I think the Natives of the east included the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario, some of whom would be Mim Mac, Algonquin, Mohawk, Iroquois.

I am also teasing, i consider us in the modern, multicultural tribute done at the end.

Cool, one of those outbreaks of coordinated dance/music just broke out as a CTV reporter was about to give a report outside their studios, Sure it will show up on Youtube somewhere. Could be a rehersal as he reporters audio failed.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

dmd, given the concept of the final four you figure if VANOC reeeeely wanted Terry Fox to participate it would have happened. This may be VANOC's show, but the IOC definitely had a hand in the cauldron-lighter decision.

I can see why she might not have been the 'final one', but for her not to have been in the 'final four' says a lot about whom the IOC likes to honor and why.

Posted by: MsJS | February 13, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I completely agree with you about Costas (and others) Ivansmom. It's not just the "fillers" -- it's also the enormous ethnocentricity. I'm sure it happens in every country, but I'd like to see more competition from and between other countries -- not just Americans. That's also why I tend to watch the events with the sound muted or completely off.

I have other reasons not to like the Olympics very much, as approximately 20 years ago the USOC came after one of my clients in a trademark matter. The organization is (certainly was then, and I can't help but feel it hasn't changed by now) enormously predatory. The athletes themselves are the very *least* the games are about.

*alas*

And, now, let's see what's for lunch.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 13, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

But she did light it MsJS, all four did. Wayne then proceeded to light the external flame solo.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

ftb: I don't know about the USOC, but the IOC goes to great lengths to protect its turf.

Posted by: MsJS | February 13, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

http://books.google.com/books?id=qdVCq3JWTZQC

I just found a curious old book about Plains Indians' sign language there. Downloaded it for closer reading in a while. This was in part to see if I could find an article for my new site More Best of Wikipedia, which I'm mentioning not just to promote it but to mention that I could use some article suggestions, and where better than the Boodle to ask for knowledgeable opinion?
http://morebestofwiki.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 13, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Jumper, this is first-rate, if you like that sort of thing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opera

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

CTV just release last nights ratings for the Opening, 13 Million, 1/3 of the nation - most watched event in Canadian history - Wow. Unlike the US the winter olympics is more popular here.

Jumper like the blog, well done, sorry I do not have any articles for you - like the inclusion of HBC a former employer of both my husband and I.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching the ski jumping, and can you imagine how terrifying the one's first jump must be? Right up there with sky diving.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for watching my back Engelmann.
I should have watched the Opening with the Boodle, it was fun. Our European guest was overwhelmed with the bilingual chatter, as we watched it on CTV (the french channel guys were AWFUL), but this was fun.

I'm watching young men flying through the air right now. Wow.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 13, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking something similar, it suddenly just occurred to me how far 100 metres in the air is. Also noticed despite their various ages, the competitors all have very youthful faces.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I think all that flying qualifies as anti-gravity therapy. No wonder they look young!

I cannot be sorry that the Swiss take gold. Switzerland is my other country.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Shriek, the male singer from Quebec - have you heard of him, he was great (a single name?).

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

That was quite the jump to win.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Ugh! Feh! Can't watch this event, not even the training runs. Good time to buy groceries.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Garou. He's good. His name is an hommage to Robert Charlebois, the original Garou.
Not a bad role model if you think 2 seconds about it. He's well over 60, a millionnaire, long-time married with a beautiful wife and has nice houses both in Canada and France.

I think the original singer who breaked out that song, Ginette Reno, could have been a better choice. Trucking the deuce and a half of her in and out might have been an issue though. Her voice is still good but her mobility is so-so.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 13, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I think I remember studying some of Charlebois' work in high school french. Manicougan? Mon Pays? Song names and writers a little mushed in my brain.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Good interview with Al Michaels and Wayne Gretzky.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Gretzky was very classy. Answered the question about the malfunction with apparent honestly, but didn't dwell on it.

Here's a bit of info. My son was curious how, precisely, the length of a ski jump is measured. This is a question that had never even occurred to me. It turns out that the distance is measured to a point between the skier's feet on landing, which means there is an advantage in hitting the ground with one foot in front of the other.

Isn't learning fun?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 13, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I have been fooled, and in the process, I have spread misinformation (or even disinformation) about the proposed Museum of Tolerance being built in Jerusalem. An opinion piece in the LA Times counters the blog-post to which I linked yesterday, arguing that the Museum is to be built on a former parking structure site NEXT to the former Islamic cemetery, which has reputedly been in disrepair for several decades.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-hier12-2010feb12,0,1420998.story?track=rss

This is why we need real newspapers and real reporters, because even seemingly well-meaning bloggers are persons with an agenda and lack the financial support or inclination to diligently research all aspects of a situation.

Back to your Olympics coverage!

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 13, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

First gold medal goes to a Swisskiterian, Yoki. Simon Ammann.

And did you guys hear about this? Jeez. "Rogue waves at Calif. surfing contest

"At least two dozen people are injured when two huge waves sweep away spectators attending a surfing contest in Northern California."

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 13, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

You like us, you really like us, or at least found us interesting enough to watch the opening. Hope NBC stops whining now.

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/02/13/nbc-ratings-for-2010-vancouver-winter-olympics-opening-ceremony-are-highest-ever-for-non-us-program/

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh dmd -- really enjoying this. The strong X-lines of the Canadian speed skating suit are striking. And, my goodness colossus gracious these men -- and women -- will never need a thighmaster, will they.

Like the shot of the ref...or phtographer... Go CANADA! In third.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The Canadian speedskating suit is a bit like the controversial Speedo....many layers of fabric all laminated into an aerodynamically sound compression suit. Very hard to get into without help...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

The Japanese suit strikes a gold lame look -- not at all a bee effect but a golden silver surfer look. The German is predicatble Teutonci black with flag striping...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Do the shorter legged do better on the stroked turns but loose a bit with that long lopped glide on the straights?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Ok -- the sidelined skakers are coaches....wow; they have access to shout....i wonder if they shout technical infor or just the words of encouragement or even the vaunted jock-threat taunts.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Shani Davis in a a French blue warm up, grooving to his tunes. I think the skater-tard is navy underneath.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

You can see the chamois -- or more techie fabric -- on the inner thighs of the French skater. Must have a slip coating of some kind to reduce friction.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I am costume boodling solo. If a boodler posts in the woods to trees fall?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I can't think of any "short-legged" speed skaters, CquaP. I'm fairly certain longer legs are more efficient for each push-off. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 13, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Think the shorter legged skaters go into short track speed skating :-).

I liked the Canadian outfit as well.

The gold lame not so much.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

SN -- that Japanese skater was way shorter than the german dude.

Dutch up with thei electric orange leggings. The US went with french blue on what might be a navy body...the cross overs are so beautiful

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

OK, coaches do give pace info.....the ankles are not covered...but They are clearly warmed up....the dutch skater wears clear lenses rather than smoked ones.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

The big-wave contest at Half Moon Bay (south of San Francisco) had a messy time, with the founder/director getting fired. He had the place to himself for some 15 years. After he recruited some company, one of the first at the spot (and a later contest competitor) was Dr. Mark Renneker, a San Francisco physician who was famously profiled by William Finnegan in the New Yorker ("Playing Doc's Games") and participated in at least one competion, when he was at least 50 years old. Wikipedia has a history of the spot.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/13/BATA1C1AAA.DTL

I suspect that after today's mess, there might not be more big-wave contests at the site.

Half Moon Bay was the place where, as a little kid, I was introduced to the notion of "going to the beach".

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 13, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The Dutch skater sticks his tongue out when concentrating....neuro overflow move...lots of chapstick I would think... he is getting tired and you see it in how the old their backs.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Really good commentary by Catriona LeMay-Doan on CTV explaining the signs that the Dutch skater was fatiguing over the last laps, yet fought thorugh it.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The Dutch uni looks to have white hearts on the shoulder....fitting as the orange love for skating is unparalleled anywhere else.

Dave, I know that beach well, carnation and statice fields and all.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Pumpkins. Half Moon Bay is where the pumpkins grow.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 13, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, D, pumpkins too. You know, the Great Pumpkin is from there....:)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

de Jong makes me ache with exhaustion just to watch him. Ack!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Haven't seen the coverage, but I'd assume (perhaps wrongly, given my track record) the Japanese skater had somewhat disproportionately long legs. *shrug*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 13, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

This is what I get for being a wise-A55 the other day in my drive-by posting. No shoveling required though.

Shout-out to TBG!

http://www.postandcourier.com/photos/galleries/2010/feb/12/snow-photos-post-and-courier-staff/

Posted by: DLDx | February 13, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Lee's finish is lovely in that strong armed graceful way and such a surprise to all, including him. Love the unpredictable.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

What a skate by the Korean athlete, love stuff like that.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice Russian uniform.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Italian skater in deep blue with a USA/French look...where is the orange and green of Italy?

And the Russian in similar colors....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

RD_Padouk - Your hypothesis that there's an advantage to landing with one foot in front of the other is true only insofar as sticking one foot forward doesn't cause the other one (or the entire body) to go backward by a similar distance. If that's the way they're landing, I'll assume that they've gathered the data necessary to validate the hypothesis.

Ahhh... Bodega Bay -vs- Half Moon Bay. I miss the weekends when I was confronted with such choices.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

You rock CP.

I am ashamed to admit this, but because of the pernicious effects of advertising I must struggle to view the orange uniforms of the Dutch skaters and not think of Rachel Ray Cookware.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 13, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

DR -- note the the unitard arms are attached to the thumb and forefinger -- pointer or index only...functional and recalls the Victorian mitts of lace and etcetera....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, RD, I was feeling a little self conscious there. Am boodlng quickly and sloppily as I am keeping my eyes on the screen mostly...TEeVee that is.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

USA has a stylized star on the hood. Hedrick seems to be wearing more Navy on his suit than Shani Davis...himmm... wish I had insider access to the equipment locker to look.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The Nordie has striped inner thigh chamois patches...cool I think...perhaps functional too. CROSSover is like waltzing!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Bokko! Paging our Bokko....oh wait, my stars.ARE THEY THE SAME?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I do love the Dutch orange. It flatters Kramer as if chosen just for him.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Dutch wearing orange aesics
Nord in Nike


And, the Dutch winner loves his family, hurddling over three gates....good bold boy!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Bia-athletes! CPBro1 is an amateur Master (over 45).

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I think Biathlon is my favourite winter event. It seems, well, eminently *practical.* Real survival skills in a northern clime.

And speaking of northern climes, I just saw the first film I've caught of the snow in the Carolinas and Florida. Wow! Stay safe, local friends. Can be very dangerous when you are not used to it.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Nicely done CP!

The biathalon, I am led to understand, is something that evolved naturally in northern countries. Kinda cool to watch, even for those of us who aren't too keen on firearms.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 13, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Hah! Bread & Butter, RD.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

But, RD -- what will you do when called upon to exercise your "license to kill?" Throw rabbit-doodies at your target until he is totally pooped?

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 13, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'll be back for prime time WInOlys. Form and function and fit and fashion....and FAST.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Hockey Night in Canada or the Olympics? Talk about a tough decision!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I finished all the cherry cobbler for a mid-afternoon snack after a bout of using a fine Canada-made product called a Roof Rake to clear some snow from my roofs. Now, what shall I have for a nice little treat, later? Banana-and-hot-fudge sundae?

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 13, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Yes!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Prime Time for Winter Olympics has started on Canadian TV - an interview with Steve Yzerman to start.

Ment to mention loved the Slovenian uniform in biathalon, that shade of green I adore. As anticipation builds for the first Canadian gold keep wondering who I would like to win that medal - it will be so special first on home soil, Jenn Heil would be wonderful - great role model.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Can you expand on that, dmd? I don't know anything about her, except her name and sport. What makes her a role model?

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

About the foot placement in ski jump: I believe this is required, or at least scored, by the rules - it's not about distance. There are additional points for your landing and a 'clean' landing is done telemark style (one foot in front of the other). My knowledge may be a bit dated though. The v wing flight used to cost you style points last I watched, and everyone does them now.

Posted by: qgaliana | February 13, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Biathalon is one of my favourite events.

Closely related...or not, is an event being held just down the road from me.

I'm voting for this girl as most likely to get to a future Olympics

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Gallery+2010+Birkebeiner/2561791/story.html

and gee whiz.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Gallery+2010+Birkebeiner/2561791/story.html

Posted by: --dr-- | February 13, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

qgaliana: The "v" wing flight stance provides lift to carry the jumper further down the hill.

Scoring could hardly be more complicated. It's a combination of distance, safety and style. This site provides a reasonably clear summary.
http://www.fuzilogik.com/index.php/Sports-Library/Ski-Jumping/Ski-Jumping-Rules.html

Posted by: MsJS | February 13, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Ok, that didn't work. Look for the litte girl with the horns. And the last photo. You have to see the last photo.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 13, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

She is a moguls skier, won the Gold in Torino, thrives on pressure, outgoing personality, McGill student (Economics). First athlete to be a part of the private business iniative to help promote elite athletes to the podium.

And she is from Spruce Grove!

I was selecting only on those first few athletes that have a possibility to medal.

http://www.jenniferheil.com/Flash.html

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

LOL. In Calgary we say she is from Calgary (typical!).

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

That picture is adorable dr.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

And Jenn has worked with Birks to design a line of Olympic jewellery - it is very nice.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, well. Tough break for Danica Patrick. But it's a long season, eh?

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Ooops.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/13/AR2010021302237.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Fun stuff, this:

"49 states dusted with snow; Hawaii's the holdout"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/12/AR2010021203097.html?hpid=sec-nation

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh, the two babbies in horn-helmets! Too sweet.

Surprised not to see my friend A.H. (a leader in the Ukrainian community in the Edmonton area), since he has an impressive mustache that is more than photogenic.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Did the "agony of defeat" guy get any style points?

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 13, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I think the underdog *always* gets style points; perhaps especially when he doesn't triumph.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Bob, we're the holdouts.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | February 13, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Women's moguls!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Be grateful for it, MotP.

We are left with ugly piles in corners and odd places. Though the temps only got to 40 this afternoon, full sun and low humidity ensured that most of the snow went away. There will be ice overnight as the temperature drops to the low 20's and wet spots do what they do.

Mr. T got his pressure washer out and cleaned his garage. A couple of O rings in the sprayer wore out, so he's trying to get the replacements to work. From the noise he's making, it's not going smoothly.

Posted by: slyness | February 13, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I knew the V gave more lift and distance MsJs, just pointing out that last I managed to see some ski jumping they were docking points for using it. They wanted to see parallel skis in the air. Good link, thanks.

Time to collect some vino and settle in for moguls and short track (my fave). Some of my younger beserkers are developing an unhealthy interest in moguls. I may need to keep an eye on this as there is a preety steep hill in my back yard.

Posted by: qgaliana | February 13, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

I like women's moguls. Hills, bumps, mountains, whatever you want to call them. And I'm not against the valleys, lowlands, etc. Anyway...

This is a mildly disturbing extract from the above-mentioned piece about 49-state snow:

"At least in Washington, where snow is now measured by the yardstick, more snow may be coming soon. It looks like a little more snow on Monday and maybe a lot more about a week or so after that."

I'm not sure I'm ready to hear about a lot more just yet.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

I just saw the view looking down the mogul course, my goodness that is steep, you don't noticed it when they film from the bottom of the course.

Let the short track mayhem begin.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I was a little disappointed, until now. Very few skiers heading right down the fall line and pivoting off the very top of the mogul. Looks like now we're getting competitive.

DuFour-LaPointe!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Oops.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Jenn!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh, this might be the one!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I thought the American Roark did fantastic, but don't know enough about how this event is scored. Speed counts the most then technique?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

No. Felt bad for Rourke. She was flashy, but her technique suffered for it. It is 1/3 air, 1/3 turns, 1/3 posture. Rourke's knees wobbled and she had to recover on her landing after the 72.

Wow! Kearney! Perfect!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Mavericks - Last time I actually went to Mavericks in person - 5 or 6 years ago, the hill we all squatted on, sort of collapsed, small injuries, but also was an ecological disaster and from the on the event was available on webcast.

Some great pictures at http://www.sfgate.com/surfing/?tsp=1

Posted by: Pacifica | February 13, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Yes, when I saw the second American I understood, great run.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I am ashamed to be Canadian. The TSN commentator wanted to bring it back to Heil; begrudging of Kearney's and Rourke's accomplishments\. "Remember it is just the qualifying round."

Feh.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Will the Canadian Boodlers and USians be out of sink now?

NBC gearing up, and yes, BCostas is the VOICE of the Olys....and he is moderately irritating....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Roller derby begins. The US outer jacket has a thin fur strip on the collar...looks fake.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The Canadian suit layers are called Ombre technique: blurring, as in tie dye of the three stripes of color...and the simulated shoulder straps...the all wear the same regulation helmut.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I am flipping between Canadian Women's hockey game and the short track, first 2 Canadian competitors through.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

US wearing French blue "vest" and navy bottoms. WHo is wearing the brown/creme get up?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

DMD you get choices?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

CP you do not want to know the choices I have, all events, streamed, at least 10? channels to choose from coverin different events, radio and then also the US feed. A gluttony of Olympics and I am not complaining.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

roller derby? what coverage are you watching? couldn't find any great coverage here - am i looking in the wrong place? watching speed skaking on nbc - i find it wonderful...

who won the biathalon? was it the czeck woman?

oooooooooo apollo is next!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I am frenvious.

I think I see a glimmer of the Ruski suit...which I really like....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Morti RD is ST....AO has his blue bandana on....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

man apollo is soooooo yummy - lovin the soul patch!!!

and guys don't start in on me - don't tell me you watch women's beach volley ball for the sheer love of the sport! :p

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

oh believe me cp - i KNOW which one is apollo! hehehehe

mo

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

OH MY GOD!!! DID YOU GUYS JUST SEE THAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! APOLLO BLEW THEM OUT OF THE WATER!!!!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Morti -- bet you are pleased and such good theater, too.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Latvian in purple/merlot?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

If anyone doesn't want to wait to NBC, here is the schedule and result page from Vancouver 2010, click each link will bring up live results, final results will show on the page, as well as athlete bios etc.

Times given are PST.

http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-schedule-results/

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear. I don't know how to feel about this. The Slovenes are playing a beautifully technical game of hockey, and the Canadians look like brawlers. As though the Slovakian women learned how to play from a book, and the Canadians by playing shinny with the boys on the pond from kindergarten onward. Reminds me of the great Canada-Russia series (*swoon* - Ken Dryden).

Also, not very happy with the reffing. Surely not only the Slovenes deserve penalties? I'm pretty sure that hook wasn't unsolicited.

Oh well. It is awfully exciting!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

oh! seperate coverage on cnbc... does nbc have exclusive american coverage - i went through all my channels, even my pay channels and nothing... canada currently winning women's hockey against SW.

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

dmd, satellite? Yes. Me too, only I cannot watch the hockey. Its 5 zip and it feels un-Canadian. I'm cheering for Slovakia.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 13, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

mortii - Well, actually I don't watch beach volleyball - because I love the the sport of volleyball, and beach volleyball is something else entirely.

Having said that, it's not unheard-of for me to glance at a Sports Illustrated article about up & coming young athletes.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

mrdr is mocking my discomfort over the score.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 13, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I *know* dr! It feels as though we should throw a few in the second period, or have a "everybody who plays is a winner" trophy... like elementary school. It seems overweening, somehow. Shades of the Great Salt Lake. Embarrassing.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

dr, go to ctvolympics.ca all the events are also live streamed - to your phone as well if you wish.

Yoki - Canada is just to overwhelming for the Slovak team. It is the first time the Slovaks have qualified big for them to be there. I will have a soft spot for the Chinese women who I saw when they played here in town - we need to grow this sport beyond just the US and Canada (for Women) it is coming but slowly.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Minnesota student (Canadian citizen)!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

(pst - y'all know that i'm mo right? mortii=mo)

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for our women to meet the US. Now *that* will be a game.

Glad Brian Williams just addressed the mismatch.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Good time for me to mention middle child is away with dmdspouse at a hockey tournament this weekend, so far they are undefeated, dmdspouse is coach. They are having fun, but it is his birthday and our family is apart :-(. Just recreational hockey, big girls hockey tournament of both recreational and rep (top tier) hockey ages 5-18.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

We do know that, mo. And we love you.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

ok - i'm going to have to tivo or go out and buy another tv or sumtin cuz i can multitask like the best of 'em but this is kicking my tuckus!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure that ev'ryone who needs to know, knows.

I, on the other hand, am hoping to keep my identity secret.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Your secret is safe with me Mr. Sewell!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I hope you Canadians get plenty of practice being top dog during this Olympics, apparently you need it. (I don't care how the Slovenes are getting trounced.) Lots of Canadians on the Minnesota Wild NHL team. One player says in his bio for the official program "St. Paul is just like Canada." High praise indeed.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to take a stand and switch to short track speed skating on TSN. Methinks mrdr is just humouring me till hockey comes back on.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 13, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Mortii: Yes, NBC controls Ewe-Ess-Aay access. Viewer-unfriendly contract that severely limits what American viewers can view live, either via TV or Internet.

For example, there's only about 400 live hours available online and I think it's virtually all curling and hockey. Nice if those are the sports you like, not nice otherwise.

And even though the US west coast and Vancouver are in the same time zone(!), NBC is forcing its west coast TV viewers to watch everything on a 3-hour delay.

Go figure.

Posted by: MsJS | February 13, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

bobswell... bobsewell... i just can't place the name or face... hmmmm
*snicker*

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

HOLY SMOKES! the moguls are just blowin me away! i'm always amazed at top atheletes... how do they make their bodies do that??? just amazing!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Am I foolish for having just bought some snowshoes? I figure there's no way we can get a big snow any more, now that I have invested in preparing for it. Of course, they won't arrive for a week, so there's still time for big snow before they get here.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 13, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

*Whomperjawed!*

Really? OMG, I think I need to lie down!

Posted by: MsJS | February 13, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Mogul skiiers wearing white stars on a field of medium blue. Roark is 35; well, good for her, doing the gymnast moves.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

you've just completely jinxed us *tim... thanks a LOT! why is it always about your...???

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Well, I can take a black-diamond run with moguls with the best of them, I just don't do arial ballet in between. That would just be reckless.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

St-Gelais (apropos, don't you think?) did great!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

i had a skiing accident the first time i went skiing - blown acl - makes me cringe everytime i see then doing major anything!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Did you have a TPLO?

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Hannah Kearny sports tiny pig tails pulled through spaces in the crash helmut. Fun!

Yoki - the lime green top of the bib is fabulous. You mentioned this earlier.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

course the irony being that i DO love participating in extreme sports - level v white water... ski diving...

wow! usa just beat canada for moguls!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Jessica Gregg, Canadian shortracker is at the olympics with her brother - long track speed skating - Wow.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Some of the Canadians were a floral treatment on the pants bells...the others may have pulled gaiters over this. OR, they had a choice. FLoral or flames? Sort like a henna design.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

tplo?

scc - sky diving

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

A quick food interjection - A few hours ago, for lack of any better ideas about what to eat, I made up a foil package of chicken parts, scallops, bacon, and an immoderate amount of garlic, and tossed the whole mess into the oven. I just walked downstairs. Wow! I've got no idea whether it's going to be edible, but I sure wish I could save the fragrance.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

i thought the pig tails were cute too...

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes. Kearny pwnd it. And yes, that lime dickey! CP, are we sisters separated in early childhood?

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

These 'lympics are cool, but I have it on good authority that William and Mary just defeated Northeastern. This is, evidently, a pretty big deal.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 13, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

SnowshoeTim. Vr.gd.
BobS. Yum.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Gosh. Feel bad for the lowland ladies.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

ohh bobs.. i'm an expert at foil cooking! LOL... since i can't cook any other way. i usually stick in a bouillon as well...

rd - i went to nyu - i don't think we HAVE a football team...

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Garlic is always best when used immoderately.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 13, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

I've never really understood the cowbells. But then, you can never have too much cowbell.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 13, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Yoki -- we are of the same clan, surely, when Ireland and Scotlland were just a coracle across the strait.


No comes the pink-blonde gal...and oh, we have not yet mentioned the cowbells! Yoki- that started in Switzi, didn't it?

And, I shall drop this name: saw Wayne Wong ski at Sierra Ski Ranch circa 1977...in bright screaming zonkers yellow.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

never

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

usa
canada
usa
canada

in the women's final!!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I keep fearing a catastrophic crash!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

more cowbells that is...

apollo coming up in the semi-finals!

can't wait to see the red tomato! he's apprently gonna just pwn everyone!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

don't wanna jinx him tho....

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Now I am slightly offended.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

that announcer just called us "kids"

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow, just saw that Apolo Ohno prelim. Smoked those other fellers.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 13, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

why yoki?

shashashasha - i'm a getting goosey bumps!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that adjudicator has a gothic face.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Mo-still breathing?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 13, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

he
was
shirtless.......

*gasping*

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

oh jeez - WHAT a cheezy intro!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

are you offended i used pwnd? or cuz that dork called us kids?

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

No no no. Nothing at all that you said, mortii.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

The collar trim IS FAKE. PETA peeps can now watch the Olys without guilt.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Paging TBG and Mudge: experts, shall we send a memo to Mr. Ohno and suggest the Grecian spelling of the god also known as Phoebus?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Just the implication that I am 'not Irish enough.' When all you need to do is take one look at me and see that I am pure Irisher (and, therefore, civilized), my Dad's offspring. I do not hold my mother's Scottish heritage against her, I just repudiate it for myself.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I am too nervous to watch.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I think the brown/buff combination unitard is Japan. Not as visually distinctive as the gold lame treatment for the Japanese speed skaters.

Ohno's gloves: one white one black....gold tips....a bit like the OTHER GLOVED ONE.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

everyone SHUSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

And he was *huge* in Japan.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

can you pass on the inside?????

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh Yoki -- sorry much on that. Tis sticky sometimes, and I like both very right much. The northern corner is both Scots Gael and Irish Gael....scratch us and we are Picti/De Dannan all.
Mo are you breathing?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Ono!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

OH.. he passed on the inside of the marks!

HE MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think my heart stopped for a second!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I love it when a Belgian is in the running.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Is Olivier Jean dreadlocked? he has quite a hair chignon to arrange with the helmut?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Is the Belgian with the lion on his back?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Lion is Great Brit?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I think just curly pony-tailed. And he has those lovely long legs. Don't panic, Olivier!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Belgian in slate with red?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

eep - sorry! no canadians in the final...

ok - not really THAT sorry... sorry, that i'm NOT sorry! teehee

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

My comments are now being held. And had such a trenchant thing to say about that fall.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

i hate it when both channels are on commercials...

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I had that problem last night, understand Olivier Jean may go on to the final?

Yes dreadlocks.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

mo - I was confused about that inside pass by Apolo as well. But I just learned that they can go wherever they want in the straightways, where there are no marks, so long as they get outside the marks in the curves.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 13, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

brokaw is doing a docu on babyboomers...

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Yup, looks like Jean is going on.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Go Latvia -- merlot or shiraz or pinot noir is his color.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I think that lime green as a competition color was taken off the table because, as Yoki tells, is a major design element of Vancover Event.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, you KNOW that you outlanders are limited to just a few mild remarks per day.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Yoki/DMD -- I do think that NBC has focused on this...confirmed? The Samson-locked Canadian goes forth? Who was the foul on?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

DO NOT think....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

two half asians! that's the one think i love the most about americans - we are becoming so diverse, so mixed! i'm bi-racial - i LOVE that it's becoming so common and so encouraged!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

that guys had to have cojones of steel to do that commercial!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

not again... i keep crying everything they play this!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Peview of downhill US AND Canadian teams: garb from Spyder is very high tech. The racers will wear TWO separate layers....undergarment contains the padding. This permits the outer layer to be unmarked by stitching...is spun practically seamless. Some detail here:
http://www.theskichannel.com/news/skinews/20091028/Spyder-to-debut-slippery-suit-for-US-and-Canadian-Olympic-Ski-Teams

Bet Canadians are red and white webbing....and USians in Frenchie blue scheme.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

hmmm.... I think it is now up in the air

Oh carp. Women's hockey. Canada 16, Slovakia 0. That is just wrong.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

In the Dan Balz column for Sunday (did you note how I neatly sidestepped the problem of deciding whether I should use "Balz' column" or "Balz's column"?) he asks the question (referring to Sarah Palin), "Is she presidential timber?"

That's "timbre", right? I understand that folks like to play fast & loose with this stuff, but there is a traditional usage, and I didn't think it referred to wood.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

But she just might be presidential timber. Crash and burn.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

bs - i always thought timbre was sound related...

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Dead wood?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

does it seem fair that they changed the luge track today? i hope everyone had a chance to run it a couple of times...

the other georgian that dropped out was the fallen lugers close friend and next door neighbor since child hood. must have been tragic for him

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

LOL, dmd.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Does it seem fair? Heck yes it is fair. What else could they have done? At least some of the competitors have a chance of surviving. Otherwise they'd had to shut it down altogether.

What did Saakashvili say today? "No sports mistake is supposed to lead to a death."

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I think timbre refers to the quality of voice. Let me look it up...

Posted by: slyness | February 13, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, the Compact OED comes through:

timbre
/tambr/

• noun - the character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity.

— ORIGIN French, from Greek tumpanon ‘drum’.




Posted by: slyness | February 13, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

For the luge, they are starting from the women's start, wall has gone up along final turn, and slight grade changes made.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

They held training runs this morning for all luge competitors, I think two runs each.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

oh - i don't mean it THAT way yoki! i mean they should have moved the event back to give the athletes more time to get used to the new run! luge at any length seems incredibly dangerous to me - and of COURSE it's not supposed to lead to death... unfortunately, it often does... look at highschool football... not even remotely acceptable but happens...

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

A good book review to read during a commercial break.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/11/AR2010021103897.html

My name is MsJS, and I am a gadget.

bobs: Mirriam-Webster says it's timber ("a person or type of person qualified for a particular position or status"). Which begs the point, as this topic has been drooled on to death by the punditry. The very title is a yawn and a half.

Posted by: MsJS | February 13, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

but they also changed the pitch of one of the turns from the women's run. i just thought they shoulda had more time. for mental reasons and to change their game plan/approach. ya know?

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

There is a good article in WaPo on the dangers of sports and it mentions some of the deaths that have occurred in various sports, sadly often the necessary safety precautions result after deaths or serious injuries. Car racing is the best sport I can think of for this but it is not the only one.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow, MsJS

Timber? Seriously? The M-W is clearly corrupt.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

i think that's one of the reasons why i admire elite athletes so much - b/c they really push their bodies to the very edge - the EXTREME edge of possiblity - maybe with fear - well, i don't know WHY they do it, but i have jumped out of a plane and i know that sense of adrenaline rush is amazing... but jumping out of a plane is almost passive... you are falling - these guys are ACTIVELY pushing the very boundaries of danger... we can only hope they do it safely...

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Interesting about "timbre"/"timber". I'm pretty sure that when I've seen it used before, the metaphor in question had to do with quality & rightness of tone. ["She might be a fine wife for someone, but not quite of our family's timbre."] And I'm darned sure that I've usually seen it written that way.

But the metaphor works just as well, although a little more prosaically, if one refers to building materials.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

The Latin and French 'timbre' refers to resonance, not pitch or tone. As of or pertaining to a drum.

Some of us know about resonance, and some of us, clearly, don't.

I still prefer Timber for dead wood.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

woot!!! they already ended the cnbc broadcast for some stoopid reality show!!! ARGHHHHHHHHHH NOT HAPPY!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

altho - guess what just cheered me up!!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Canadians?

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

that canadian is pretty hot too - lovin the dreads!!! how young is the other american? he looks 12!!!

ok - here we go.... GO APPALO!!!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

um... him too yoki! *wink*

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

O
M
G

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 13, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I am appalled. But Apollo? Go dude!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

OMG
OMG
OMG

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

In the whole history of sports, I don't think I've ever seen or even heard of something like that happening.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 13, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Breathe and unclench. And, maybe a down ward dog to take the heart about to stasis.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 13, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

OMG

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Changed channels after the race, assuming all is final silver, bronze US - congrats. You just never know in short track.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

and the thing is the korean did it to his other team mate - apolo wasn't anywhere near him!!! and the kid who won bronze almost bled out on the rink from a collision w/another skater who managed to slice one of his main arteries with his skate? see???????????? these guys are playing russian roulette half the time!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

*watching it again*

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Why are we OMGing? I am editing a paper and listening to music, not watching the Olympics. And backboodling, of course.

It's an Olystorm! 690 comments when I popped in and started to backboodle.

I believe Presidential timber is the correct terminology -- we do not particularly care whether the candidate has the right vocal properties and resonance to sound like a President, we care whether the candidate is made of the right sort of stuff to BE (or to build) a President. Hence, "timber", an example of matter with certain engineering capabilities, rather than "timbre", a particular form of acoustic excitation.

Nevertheless, it is true that "timber" often is used when what the speaker really means is "timbre". Drives me batty.

Back to editing science.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 13, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

You think that's dangerous? Try sperm racing. Lots & lots of entrants in every heat, everybody but the winner ends up dead, and most races have no winner. Rough sport, that one.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Apolo? I won't know for 3 hours.

I'm really missing the Canadian broadcast. So, so much better that NBC. Even NBC scattered over a few channels.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 13, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

SCC - than NBC

Some of us do care about presidential timbre. I much prefer Obama's baritone to Perot's squawk or Palin's nasal sing-song. (heh heh)

Posted by: seasea1 | February 13, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

I hate to see anyone fall, but there did seem to be a suspicion that the Koreans were team-skating, in violation of the rules. If this is true then there is a bit of karmic justice in the crash. But be that as it may, I am sure the Americans are just pleased to end up on the podium.

And did anyone else see the replay where the official moves serenely through the foreground calmly writing on his notepad while the two Koreans are in a tangle against the wall? Surreal.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 13, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I just love Americans! I want to talk to them.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

I've talked to Americans. The novelty wears off quickly.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

yeah - watching it again and again (thank the fsm for dvr!) - watching it closer the second skater physically BUMPED apolo and was wrapped up in a turn with #1 and #3 - only took down himself and #3 but was literally inches from taking down #1... never seen anything like it... they may have been disqualified regardless of losing...

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I love the chairs the top three sit in at the bottom of the moguls run.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

*Snort*

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

those americans are really over rated... always talking about themselves, thinking they run the world... loud, obnoxious... full of themselves... you know the type

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Did Rourke's husband really get banned? Like, tried to get in unaccredited? Jaysus Gawd. Has he not been paying attention for the last 8 years?

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

torn acl!! *cringe*

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes barred from the event and I don't believe he took it well. D'oh.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Regarrding presidential timber (ahem):

from http://blogs.reuters.com/gbu/2009/08/27/presidential-timber/

Presidential timber?
Aug 27, 2009 07:49 EDT
feedback | language

U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy dies at age 77

The sons were expected to mature into presidential timber and were groomed for that starting with the oldest, Joseph Jr., a bomber pilot who died in World War Two.

“The sons were expected to mature into presidential timber….”

Wood that you had chosen the correct spelling of “timbre.”

Jen R.
English Teacher

That’s a clever pun – wood/timber – but I’m not sure what makes you think we used the wrong word. To quote from the dictionary.com definition of timber:

7. personal character or quality: He’s being talked up as presidential timber. GBU Editor

Comments under above posting:

I fear English Teacher is right.
The Oxford dictionary definition of timber can be found here — http://www.askoxford.com/concise_oed/tim ber?view=uk

And what does the Reuters style guide say? Or the AP style guide that Reuters uses in the States?

While some dictionaries do accept timber in this context, it’s always listed as the least used definition (Webster’s places it at the bottom of 5 options — http://www.websters-online-dictionary.or g/definition/timber).

A look at the roots of timber and timber show that timber is simply a lazy modern corruption of timbre.

But, then, I still believe decimate means, as it should, to reduce by one tenth.

Next, we’ll have mute replacing moot (apologies to the My Name is Earl skit).
Posted by Boot
Aug 30, 2009
10:35 pm EDT

Dear Boot,

I should have better things to do on a Sunday, but I guess your clear reference to the Waugh masterpiece “Scoop” gives me some obligation to reply. Heck, I’d probably even know you if I saw you in a pub.

To simplify this one, the question was not which is the better spelling of timber in this context. Ours was accused of being incorrect, which even by your account it was not.

In dictionary.com our version of timber is the only one that applies in this sentence; I see nothing like it under timbre. Nor do I see any reference to timber being a lazy modern corruption.

I don’t see timber or timber in either the Reuters or AP style guides, unless they are tucked in under some other category.

Regarding decimate, I too regret the loss of the original meaning, but languages do evolve, sometimes in ways we don’t like. Looking in the Reuters style guide for the word, I find:

decimate

Literally to reduce by one-tenth, loosely to reduce very heavily. Not, however, to virtually wipe out.

I guess I can live with that definition: GBU Editor

--------------

Further, we have "Presidential timber
a history of nominating conventions, 1868-1960. by Herbert Eaton Published in 1964, Free Press of Glencoe ([New York])

Don Hewitt, the legendary producer of 60 Minutes, had a TV show in 1948 called "Presidential Timber."

more

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 13, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't how they do that under artificial light.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

2

The term goes VERY far back, and it is quite clear both from early contexts as well as the usual, expected jokes and puns, that everybody from Day One has used the word timber to mean wood, trees, logs, and not timbre, tone of voice.

Viz.:

From the foreword to The Pogo Papers, Copyright 1952-53

"The publishers of this book, phrenologists of note, have laid hands upon the author’s head and report the following vibrations:

"Herein can be found that rare native tree, the Presidential Timber, struck down in mid-sprout by the jawbone of a politician. Pogo returns to the swamp from a couple of political conventions to find his unfinished business being rapidly finished, once and for all, by rough and ready hands...."

http://www.igopogo.com/we_have_met.htm

Life Magazine, 1964: "The Great G.O.P. Logjam of Presidential Timber" http://books.google.com/books?id=GFQEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA28&lpg=PA28&dq=%22presidential+timber%22&source=bl&ots=sJMru_kLQ5&sig=4S64ow3ciCrXWd6wTGbpSD7ZuIE&hl=en&ei=7nd3S8brFYzetgPt46G8Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CBUQ6AEwCDhk#v=onepage&q=%22presidential%20timber%22&f=false

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 13, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

i cannot believe roark finished! (i tivo'd back so i'm a little behind) 3 surgeries on each knee!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'm more than willing to say that it is a UK/US/Canuck usage difference. All I know, is, really, that timber would not be accepted in context in Canada.

That doesn't make you wrong. Just different. But you can see why I defended our position.

And now.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Kearny! Awesome.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Kearney beats Heil!!!!!!!

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 13, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

*Much* the best mogul skier on the hill today.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Moguls final was great, two people skiing their best and the best skier on the day one, US, Canada, US, fantastic.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

SCC won, time for bed for me.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 13, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

i know - these oly's go too late... have they always done? can't imagine my mother would let me watch this late when i was young...

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Hannah pwnd it.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Hirsho Ito is presenting the medals!

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes, mo, they always run all nite long. This one isn't too bad, since Whistler is just west coast time zone. But imagine Olympics in Europe or Japan, China, etc. In previous years, we watched events that were often taped and time delayed.

In Barcelona, all the day and evening events were long over and everybody in bed when they began to be shown here in prime time.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 13, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

you gotta admit she rocked it! they must have gluts of rock the way they crouch down the whole way!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I strongly suspect that "timbre" was traditionally used when referring to a person's suitability for some station but, for various U.S./American historical reasons, was long ago replaced by "timber" when referring to political figures, and particularly U.S. presidential figures.

That works for me. It's not as elegant as "timbre", but it works.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 13, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

G'evening, all.

That was a heckuva finish in the Men's short track skating. *That* should make for a quiet team breakfast for those guys tomorrow. Mudge, if you've never seen teammates take each other out trying to get to the finish line, you haven't seen enough auto racing. One of the most infamous -- Japanese F1 GP, '89. That was a doozy.

The women's moguls were pretty cool, too. As mo pointed out, that's some amazing body control.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 13, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

ahem
USA is currently leading in medal count...
just sayin...

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

slap shot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZlBcIKf_-k

part of this was shot at the war memorial in syracuse when i was in high school. a few of my friends were crowd extras. we used to see the blazers play. my lingering memory was of a broome county dusters fan that wouldn't be quiet until a puck came over the glass and hit him right in the mush. it could have been me.

Posted by: -jack- | February 13, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Slyness, I know now why you have a ceramic stovetop. I have hated mine, now I love it. I think it just saved our lives (or at least our house). I am very relieved and penitent that total disaster was averted.

Youngest was making french fries and decided to soak them in sugar water "the way McDonalds does" to make them crispier. I warned her that she would have to get as much moisture off as possible or the oil would sputter a lot. So we drained them in a colander, and shook them, then dumped them in the hot oil. Which immediately boiled up, over and across the cooktop and down the cabinet sides, pooling on the floor. And then caught fire.

Lacking a fire extinguisher (I know, mea culpa) I pulled the overflowing pot of oil to a cool burner, and (I know, I know) threw a towel on the flames. And the towel caught fire. I dragged it off and, luckily for all of us, it died out. Yay, no more fire. Now there's just a godawful mess to clean up, fire extinguisher to buy, etc.

But if that had been a gas stove I'm afraid we'd be standing on our front lawn right now getting blankets from the Red Cross.

I've always thought of myself as fairly intelligent. And yet, everything I knew about what to do flew out of my head and I handled everything poorly. And I'm still shaking.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 13, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

see they just brought up what i was saying about dangerous sports!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

for error, because of the ice string.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDosgkws0-c

Posted by: -jack- | February 13, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

WHEEZY!!!!!! omg!!!!! i would never have known what to do in that position either! i'm SOOOOO glad you are ok!!!! don't scare us like that ok! sheesh!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

oooofff... i'm tivo'd way back now... don't expect me to catch up. i'll check in again tomorrow!

wheezy! be safe pls!!! *freakin out over here*

Posted by: mortii | February 13, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

It's all OK now, Mo, thanks. Youngest is cleaning up the floor and the cabinets while we wait for the stovetop to cool enough to clean up there. One towel shot, that's all.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 13, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Gosh.

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

jack

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:57 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2RNe2jwHE0

Posted by: Yoki | February 13, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

wheezy - couldn't you have used flour or baking soda or sumtin like that? i never remember!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Wheezy - Yowza!! I'm sure glad everything worked out... well, not OK, I guess. How about "untragically"?

Posted by: bobsewell | February 14, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

i'm sorry - but next time let's do microwave kettle korn? at least if you mess up all you have to deal with is burned popcorn smell!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I would have used baking soda or salt (not flour). If I had been thinking.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | February 14, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

first winston under the lights at cms (first turn seats). it was such a hard hit that the ems cut the roof off to get him out. i'd rate this third among the finishes at that event, second was wallace bumping waltrip on the last lap in '89 (saw that one, too), and the best (for this event) was the pass in the grass. listened to that one on the radio.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVmpj-civ3w allison & petty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo4y7MJfeIs cheesy voice over, but showing the PITG.

cms always had their own crew to call events at their track over the rack sound system. amateurs. still are in the broadcast realm, imo. they were always at least two laps behind the action. barney hull, eli gold, dick brooks and the rest of the fellows from that era at MRN did such a good job.

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

This link is better.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIIf6drhCfg&NR=1

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

for all you

http://www.dougsartgallery.com/images/ASCII-rose-flower-pink.gif

Posted by: omnigood | February 14, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

wow, omni, A Rose of Jericho!

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Ah, yes. Happy V.D. to everybody!

(I'm not sure that came out right, but never mind.)

Posted by: bobsewell | February 14, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

this is just how i remember the show, an admirable effort to preserve a piece of history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uJ6W_hVq-E&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Wheezy, glad you're ok! Fires scare the bejeezus out of me - I rarely give candles as gifts because it's so easy to forget they're burning. I bet slyness will lecture us on what to do in this case (I was thinking baking soda, but I would have panicked, probably).

What irritates me about these events running late is that I'm sure the scheduling is done at NBC's request for certain events to be in "prime time". I wouldn't mind so much if they showed them *as they were happening* in this time zone. Having to stay up till midnight when I know what happened is ridiculous. Have I mentioned how much I miss having the sane Canadian coverage?

Posted by: seasea1 | February 14, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I was there. It was more beautiful than the video would have you believe.

But our Error loved Bungle in the Jungle more. Remember his funny Monkey-Man vid? Amazing.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

I love Bouree. As I told Error, I was a fan of the first 3 JT albums...after that, not so much, although I do like Skating Away. And Crest of a Knave.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 14, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

And he understood, seasea.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

passion play was the second or third concert i went to. the first was laura nyro warming up the fifth dimension at blossom music centre, i think the second was john denver at spac, when rmh and the eagle was big (first multi media show), then PP. my parents let me go because they had no idea what went on in concert arenas. this was just before i became a GTP. in my eighteenth year, particularly after my Mom passed, the succeeding decade, plus four, was interesting. glad to be on the other side.

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Ha. My second concert was the ELO & the Edmonton Symphony (great album) because my Mum said to my older brother (14!) "You will surely look after your little sister." And he said yes.

Of course, we ditched each other at the ticket gate. And met up again outside our parents' front door, at about three ay em.

That was fine

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

j, m&j. glad you're ok, wheezy. something happened across the street from our house a couple of weeks ago, and a queen anne about the same age as ours nearly went up. they started to repair the damage to the porch and tore off all of the fretwork around the front door. i went to the pile by the street and salvaged the parts. i knew from an inspection of the damage that the worse those elements had suffered was a charring of the century plus accumulation of paint to the surface of the wood work. i'm going to strip those parts someday, and reinstall them. as it should be.

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

SCC: worst.

wurst.

liverwurst.

bratwurst.

in beer.

a beer, my dear.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sETQvtGStbQ

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

oh. and no mustard. bugs won't eat it, so i won't eat it.

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

hat.

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

holy carp, there are over 750 posts on this boodle. just wanted to say hi. too lazy to backboodle. have caught a cold even though the weather has turned warm out here. seems wrong. glad for the long weekend.

'night, boodle.

*faxing valentine's all around*

Posted by: LALurker | February 14, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlJ0UwHN3gc

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Or it might be this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5QGDzRbQbI

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad you're okay, Wheezy!

And with respect to what mo said about things to maybe throw on a fire: DO. NOT. THROW. FLOUR. ON. A. FIRE! Flour burns, and a cloud of flour will burn potentially explosively. I don't know about baking soda. I suspect you might could do that, but I don't think it would be of much help.

I await slyness' commentary on the subject.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 14, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

more like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYarHymJjL8&feature=related

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

You must remember this
A kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh.
The fundamental things apply
As time goes by.

And when two lovers woo
They still say, "I love you."
On that you can rely
No matter what the future brings
As time goes by.

Moonlight and love songs
Never out of date.
Hearts full of passion

It's still the same old story
A fight for love and glory
A case of do or die.
The world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.

Oh yes, the world will always welcome lovers
As time goes by.

Posted by: omnigood | February 14, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm not that romantic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO9Lj0T93Xk

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Well, if we're doing Country, we'll do Country-Torch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzq5X-p2C0Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG-8uZg2uV0&NR=1

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

The bummer part about being in the last timezone is that we get everything after everybody else (don't get me started on election results). So, I read through the boodle and saw who won all the medals but it really was okay because it helped me to know which sports to watch rather than having to watch through the whole thing tonight. So, thanks everybody! And while it's still 2/13 here I know it's 2/14 up there so Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | February 14, 2010 3:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow that is a lot of comments.

Happy Valentines Day everyone!!!! Spend some time today with someone you LOVE!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 14, 2010 5:05 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone.

I hope everyone today can celebrate loves past, loves present, and loves yet to be.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. Watching the old WinOlys is sport in itself. The kids are watching 4 channels at the same time. Best analyst yet: Jean-Luc Brassard on the moguls. He's calling the points accurately before the judges hand in their cards.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 14, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Morning all, hi Cassandra, happy Valentine's day!

Wow, Wheezy! Yes, a fire will shake you up. I'm glad you got it out without having to call the fire department.

Some quick stats:

93 percent of the hostile fires in the US do not come to the attention of the fire service (i.e., they are small and are contained before getting out of control).

Food on the stove is the most common cause of hostile fires in the US. (Imagine that!)

So you are in good company. Yes, get a fire extinguisher (a UL-rated ABC extinguisher will be best.)

Baking soda works, salt works (I think), flour does not. If you have a lid, put that on the pot.

You actually didn't do too badly, with using the towel. The issue is cutting off the air to the hot oil.

I am extremely grateful you and the child were not burned. That's even worse than the property damage.

If it makes you feel any better, I've done it too - overheated oil in a wok, when I was 38 weeks pregnant with the Geekdottir. I was yelling at the Elderdottir (age 3) to open the door so I could take it out, but she was scared and ran away to hide.

Posted by: slyness | February 14, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I like that phrase, "hostile fires".

Posted by: bobsewell | February 14, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I have not kept my love for my country or the olympics secret, if you have the opportunity watch the salute the fans gave the Slovakian woman's team at the end of the game, An extended ovation, to a team that lost big (18-0), Slovakia is not yet at the elite calibre but the fans showed the admiration for the effort - realy touching. These are the kinds of moments I love, not just the medals but the stories that make the games special. Thanks to the fans they made me so proud and for the Canadian women for leaving the ice to allow the Slovakians to take centre stage at a special moment.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Happy Anna Howard Shaw Day.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, DMD -- your prose means that i "saw" it. And, like you, I like these unscripted moments where fate asserts herself and we respond humanely.

Increasingly I am crabby about the corporate doling out of Costas-cized chunckules of these thar Olympics....I believe they belong to all of us...wish we had more viewing and reviewing options. I have been checking YouTUbe, but if moments are posted, NBC is paying minions to taken 'em down, forthwith.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and this option for Valentine's Day if it is not sold out. You could buy a cert for a future day's experience. Our local ice rink is selling 20 minute DRIVE- a -Zamboni experience. This seems fun and lovely and a Valentine's Day gift for the Winter Fairy who might be strong within. Now, I may be late to the party, here. But, new and charming to me.

And WB or Englesguy or Mudge, you may now begin the doggerel love poem. I give you
Zamboni
macaroni

Thank you.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

The NBC Olympics coverage is so horrid the games are all but unwatchable. Did you know Bob Costas has been wearing his hair in exactly the same fashion for over 30 years? I know because I used to have mine cut just like it. However, I do not color mine to hide the gray as he does and have moved on to something a tad less helmet like.

Further superficial musings and blatant sexism alert- I do believe the medal winners in the 1500meter speed skating represent the finest looking male 1-2-3 finish we're likely to see on the podium in Vancouver. It's unseemly for someone my age to think they are so $%(#@ing hot.

Have the last of this batch of dry cured bacon out for them what wants some. Direct from the artisan who raised the hogs and cut the apple wood.

Happy AHS Day, may we all have someone who cares about us at least a little.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Paging DR and Frostie: Slovakian gal goalie Zuzana Tomcikova played in Regina,SASK for high school and now is at Bemidji State.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I want to drive the Zamboni!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVkJbvv3pHg

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

CP-Here's the hometown paper story on the pride of the Beavers
http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/event/article/id/100015792/

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Frosti, somehow it seems to me that the Lilihammer coverage was good....or do I just really like that entire snow-ice-is-not-Ragnorak-but-actually-Paradise feel of Norway in winter? And, the knitting there and even glimpses of real old style knitted garb on the people in the stands....You know, I lose my objectivity around all things knittical.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

CP, I think Lilihammer is the gold standard for winter olympics, from the hosts, to the landscapes and the snow - no shortage there. Rumours sun may make an appearance in Vancouver today.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Frosti. A song, even. Country-style, natch. The thing about the Zamboni, is that such little oddities of the perfect name for this technology are for me, evidence that God exists and she is really really really funny.

A Zambini also reminds me of classic Star Trek; you know, when we are beyond some of the filthy growth-rules economy and we are on to something more steady that allows for putting our brains to such usefulnesses as building other "zambonis"

Like Santa Clause machines (Shout out to Don/270 who knows about them.)

And, now to knit mobius strip scarves....klein bottle blowing....you know, really special box canyons of joy, technology applications....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Howdy and a happy Valentine's Day to Joel and the Boodlers. Love the live-blogging Olys - this afternoon/evening I'll try to bring the computer in where they're on, so I can watch n read in real time (keeping in mind that time is a construct, etc., as the West Coasters know from Oly coverage).

Yesterday it was bright, sunny and in the 50s. Woke up this morning to snow. Also I have what I strongly suspect to be a head cold. I plan to squeak out what I can in choir this morning then hibernate the rest of the day.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Steaming macaroni,
Cheese thick as zamboni-traps:
Dog romance beckons....

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 14, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

SCC:

Steaming is too long.
Dream, hot, cooked, take your pick,
Then eat it tender.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 14, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

SCC:

Steaming is too long.
Dream, hot, cooked: take your pick,
Then eat it tender.

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 14, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Ain't but a haiku
double-posting all the time
ain't no friend of mine...

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 14, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for the pome invition, CqP, but I don't think any Valentine's Day love poem that uses the phrase "I want to drive your Zamboni" would ever be allowed to be printed in a family newspaper.

I have a fairly busy day, but I shall ponder the use of "macaroni" in a poem suitable for broad family viewing.

In fact, I have an idea already...

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Happy Valentines Day to all my Boodle Valentines!!!!!

Sad news, however -- just read in the Daily Telegraph (UK) that Dick Francis died (at the ripe old age of 89). I've read all of his mystery/detective (sorta) books -- actually as sherbet to cleanse the palate between "real" books. Some of them were really quite good ("Bone Crack" comes to mind). Too bad.

As for the Olympic coverage -- grrrrrrrrrrr. Simply cannot stand it for the reasons I've given before, and for all the same reasons you all have given. Bob Costas is painfully narcissistic (as are all of his ilk). Just awful.

Bleah

So, the real question is -- who shall wear the tiara for picking which Boodler will post the 1,000th boodle-post? And when? Who will win that gold medal, eh?

My dearest African brother turned the ripe old age of 41 today -- and he seems to have recovered well from his latest stint of malaria. So, I sang him birthday greetings in English and in Swedish. I simply must learn it in his local language.

Saw somebody wearing shorts this morning at Trader Joe's. I stayed way clear of her. Didn't want to catch it. . . .

Cya later.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 14, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Uh, wait a minute. Gina Barreca may have already taken care of the macaroni thing, in Weingarten's mag column:

Gina: Valentine's Day cards are inane.

Gene: Okay, what game are you playing?

Gina: No game. They are dumb and formulaic, and we women love them dearly only because our expectations are so low. We know we are not going to get an original sonnet mounted on a collage of snapshots of ourselves secretly taken by you in adoration as we slept. We know we are going to get crap cards from Hallmark, and we will take them and be grateful, just as we were grateful in grade school on Valentine's Day. All the kids had to bring in boxes with slots cut into the top, and the girls' boxes were covered with festive wrapping paper and decorative buttons and pipe-cleaner hearts and macaroni with glued-on glitter, and the boys' boxes all said "Florsheim" on the side. And we girls gouged out chunks of our hearts and stuffed them into the Florsheim boxes, valentines upon which, with terrible vulnerability, we had scribbled in blood the rudiments of our feelings for the boys we really liked, boys whose valentines to us, deposited into our glittered and macaronied slots, said "With best wishes" and were obviously written by their mothers.

Gene: You seem to have some baggage.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/09/AR2010020902214.html?hpid=topnews

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I want to drive your Zamboni
And smooth the ice of your heart
Of scratches made by that pony
Who romps when we are apart


(This is why I don't work for Hallmark)

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

There's nothing like good pony poetry.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 14, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Slouchin' on a pony
Heart pumping out my last blood
You shot me, dear-- why?

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 14, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Good day, y'all.

Message from 'out there'.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28367496@N06/4356913214/

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow -- that was very cool, MsJS!

Posted by: -ftb- | February 14, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Pony poems! Happy Valentines Day!

Oh, Dick Francis. I loved his books for the horse racing insider knowledge, and I could read one in a day. He also came up with some of the most horrible ways for people to die, or nearly so. Which I skipped over to get back to the racing bits.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 14, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for the valentine, MsJS! I loved it!

Back from lunch with my two favorite boyz, their parents, and Mr. T. Wonderful to have time with them, it does a mother's heart good.

Posted by: slyness | February 14, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Happy Valentine's Day, all.

I've been a busy man this weekend, but I'm a happy one.

Hope there's all the love in your life that you can stand.

And then some.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 14, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Loving the Nordic Combined-so friendly to the Finns. If our fair county every produces an individual gold medalist it will be in this sport, or biathlon.

Will tear myself away though to run some errands. Headed to Tampa on Thurs. with too much to do between now and then.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

My son says that 'mericans don't do well in the biathalon because most of the true firearm aficionados live in places where there isn't much snow.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Finn friendly!

And the sprint biathlon is underway.....organized sequential chaos...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I am just watching and hearing that your biathalon team is very strong - good luck.

Note to CP, just saw an interview with our three Canadian moguls skiers from last night, all in their red quilted jackets, cherry red just wonderful - I believe these are the exclusive jackets just for the athletes - a black one is available to purchase and I keep drooling over it - Jenn Heil will probably have it on at the medal ceremony tonight.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Ukraine up -- hi dr...he has a great unitard.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

DMD -- will watch for this. Biathlon reminds us that at the heart of sport is military ability....that, and the taking down of moose, dear, elk and other hooved dinners.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I think I am adopting Slovakia to cheer for love all their uniforms and still want their parade coats, love that green. Well I will cheer when they are not up against Canadians :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh Go Canada!

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

BLue uni tards against the white snow -= nature's perfect combo...really. Finns know this.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm cheering for that Canadian as well!

This biathalon thing is more complicated than I thought, what with the tradeoff between bookin' hard and being calm enough to shoot.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Medicine for Peace Haiti blog update

http://medicineforpeace.blogspot.com/

FYI, some boodlers contributed to this group. Small relief berth, a good companion to "big relief"

(the French Canadian names made me think on this.)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Man, I think it bites that the latter competitors have to deal with worse weather.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

RD -- add the snow! How real life, save for the people sweeping the target "yoga mats."

MSJS -- Thank you dear, so YOU are the Universe. Love you back.

Starlight is blue
Novas are red
Let's make wooo-whoo
Before we are dead

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

CquaP, please don't shoot at the dear elk!

Posted by: nellie4 | February 14, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

NYT author remembering crash blossoms
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/magazine/31FOB-onlanguage-t.html?scp=1&sq=headline&st=cse

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 14, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Nellie -- I blame the soft thinking and indolence of the day.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Commentators were just mentioning that this is a regular occurance for biathalon - the changing weather conditions that is.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Man, this is a tough sport. I feel really bad for the people who started later.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Mother Lise is a lovely woman.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Yoki -- very much like real life, isn't this. Not fair, that fickle finger of fate that Focks in a fickle feckless manner.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Great race by the Canadian, they are speaking to him now, pretty hot!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Loved (and continue to love) speed skating -- both long track and short track (man, was my heart pounding during short track -- what a sport!). Takes a lot of guts. The long track is very cool, as well, but the position the back has to take -- particularly during the long races -- cannot be good for it. Their respective core muscles must be made of steel. I've had to talk ever so softly to my own troubled back to calm it down during these games. The knees have been known to hide their eyes during the moguls. Geez -- these women and men have beaucoup arthritis in their futures.

Also love the ski jumping. I really don't like heights at all, so that's not a sport for me personally. I was at Holmenkollen ski jump outside of Oslo many years ago and I swear -- even though I was on solid ground and was merely peering down from the actual take-off point of the jump -- I almost fainted. Wow!

Since my TV set is in another room a way long way from my 'puter, I suspect I should go back to the other end and take a look at what's going on. With the sound off, of course.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 14, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Biathlon started as a Finnish military sport. So the black disks are standing in for some poor russkies.

That is not funny to try to shoot straight with all that wet mush falling.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

CTV, let me review. JPL is the only Canadian in the 10km sprint, and his sixth place standing is the best ever achieved by a Canadian? Have I got that right?

Those guys must have said this 100 times in the last half-hour.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

If it makes your feel better NBC has repeated the same refrain about the US 9th place finish, both are big accomplishments for the athletes, credit and repetition well deserved.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The women's hockey game between the US and China is fun to watch.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, Dick Bottons, the Kasey Kasem or the Dick Clark of skating.....glad he is still alive, though someday in my universe he will hawk sewing notions on my yet-to-be-sold PBS off-hours show on Cosmo Piecing: The Fabric of the Universe.

Episode 28: Figure Skating Costumes, with special emeritus guest skater Dick Buttons.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, it *was* fun, but now the Americans are leading 5 to 0, at which point it becomes almost painful to watch.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Scratching the surface
Zamboni style did not reach
my love's icy heart;
I'm tying my valentine
to Marconi's dart

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 14, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The RDS biathlon specialist is woman (Martine Albert, she retired after Torino). She's in love with the French guy Vincent Jay who just won the 10km. I wouln't be surprise if she proposes tonight.

The German hads a bad day even though they reportedly spend more on one of their guy than the whole budget of the Canadian federation. Heads may roll if the trend continues. They can't lose to those Franzooz, can't they?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 14, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Why is Joe Biden walking around in a sweat suit? It is as bad as Harper's fishing vest or Cheney's parka.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Not the best look was it.

Saw Harper hug Jenn Heil last night, and all I could think of this from the man who shook hands with his son on the first day of school.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Better him than Cheney in those sweat pants. I've seen the Dark One on one of the talking heads show this morning. The man has no shame. He doesn't understand the concept of going away. Still believes that him and his minion should still be in power, darn the constitution.

Very fine interviews of Jay and Leguellec at RDS. Both came out as pleasant, modest young men very pleased and surprised by their good performance. Very different than the inflated heads we sometimes get in the high-visibility events.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 14, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Great shots on goal by the US women!

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Snowdämmerung?
Sigh.. days late and a dollar short.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 14, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Mudge, this story is for you, enjoy!

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/195/story/1246311.html

Posted by: slyness | February 14, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Color confusion: in the xcountry portion of the Nordic combined, the US wears bright red.....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The skiers in the Combined Nordic have an unnatural look to me. Almost like insects in that great strength is combined with fragile appendages.

And in an unrelated observation, there seems to be a lot of yelling in Germanic languages.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Oooh. Just checked out women's hockey. I feel a bit sorry for the Chinese women because I know they are under such pressure.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Who new Nordic combined could be so exciting.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

RD -- they are small compared to other xcountry dudes because litheness is part of the jump piece. But, you know that being a dude of science, etc.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

What is the score?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

USA 12 Chinese 1. Not as brutal as some victories, but still overwhelming.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Good point CP! Those long shots of all the skiers moving together seemed oddly arthropodic to me.

Assuming arthropodic is a word.

But I agree with the dmd that the ending was very exciting. Even though the French fellow snuck by at the end, still a wonderful conclusion for the 'mericans.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you guys have been busy. comments are at 844. Are we going for a thousand?

Off to catch up.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 14, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

think a thousand comments

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

think a thousand comments

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

would be cool.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Hope Joel likes the Olympics :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

In preparation for the very *minor* snow that we anticipate on Monday night (which nevertheless will be atop the apocalyptic snows of recent vintage), Howard County schools already have been closed for Tuesday.

Unfortunately, I am down to just one snow shovel, of low quality and near-uselessness. My better snow shovel completed fracturing and split in two while I was shoveling off a part of the roof earlier today. Lowe's, Home Depot, and Sears all were out of snow shovels when I checked on Friday night, and when I checked today. Apparently, there was a brief shining moment in which Lowe's had some shovels yesterday, but they were all purchased immediately.

Perhaps tonight, I might watch some of the Olympics.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 14, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

852 comments (including this one). Will we have 148 more today? The evening Olympics coverage seems to inspire a certain amount of commentary. Of course, really, it seems unfair to include comments that are commenting merely upon the state of commentary.

Posted by: ScienceTim | February 14, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I shall try some more gratuitous clothing tech comments...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

blue, French

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Just checking in to see if there's anything but the Olys on the blog.

Thanks for the Charlotte Observer link, slyness. You figure the editor finally said enough already and set a deadline for the article.

CqP, thank you for the reminder of what's still very much a crisis in Haiti.

I now return the A-blog to its Olys programming.

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

CqP seems to be locked out for posting too many times. So here is her next post:

blue, Prussian
red, Scarlet
red, Cherry

yellow, Screaming yellow (jacket) zonkers
green, Limey-beats-Scurvy

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

**faxing SciTim a good sturdy shovel**

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Save it for the figure skating tonight CP!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

What else is on tonight's schedule?

Last night was really cool. Just want you all to know I love the live boodling.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

blue, Prussian

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Article about curling for dr:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/11/AR2010021103900.html?hpid=opinionsbox1&sid=ST2010021204767

And this for ftb and yellojkt:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/11/AR2010021104384.html

Posted by: seasea1 | February 14, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Only have a minute to Boodle, but I see they've stopped the Daytona 500 yet again in order to make track repairs.

Driving over a pothole at 190 mph in a pack of cars that are skittering and porpising all over the track is not a good thing. Driving over it in a pack of 40 cars, nose-to-tail and door-to-door, oy, there's a lot of seat material being clenched right there.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 14, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Beagles in the grass.

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 14, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. I had a nice long nap and feel better. I thought about turning on the afternoon Olys but then fell asleep. I do look forward to this evening.

Our morning snow immediately melted and the sun shone, but the Vicious North Wind (Tm) kicked in to make a nice unpleasant afternoon. Good day for a nap.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Beagles in the grass,
alas. Nose is nose is nose
Then- that rabbit yelp!

-Wilbrodog-

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 14, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The Canadian unitard has a treatment that looks like a plastic opaque layer over the thighs....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

The German uni in black with elements of red and yellow remind me to tell you this: UMCP Terps were originally black and yellow....they became red later one. But, you can sometimes see a nod to the black and yellow, especially in the saw tooth effect on some of the basketball jerseys
How did the red happen: After WWWI, Clark Shaughnessy came to Maryland from Stanford to coach football. He brought a supply of that school's cardinal red uniforms with him. Combining those colors with the old black and gold yields the Maryland flag, which is based on British heraldry for the Calvert family of the Baltimore baroncy.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

The Dutch suit is not fully seal sleek: sports a diamond or triangle texture woven into the polymide fabric.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I read that story, seasea. Söder is a very idiosyncratic part of Sth. I used to live (briefly) down there, and have made my way around it. I will admit that I know other parts of Sth much better, but I do like Söder a lot. Hörnsgatan is the main drag and there's much to see on it and off it. There are some obscure museums around, too. A great tourist attraction is to take Katarinahissen, an outdoor elevator just over Slussen to Söder. From the top (where there's a very nice restaurant inside) the view over Sth is really quite dramatic.

I'm now well into 100 pages of the third book (out of 700-some), and I like it better than the second one. After the first book, a fair amount of predictability comes into play, which put me off the second book. But somehow I can't picture George Clooney playing Mikael Blomqvist. George is much to pretty to play gritty. The Swedish actress (named Noomi Rapace) who played Salander in the Swedish film series of the books was simply brilliant -- just perfect. She's won all sorts of Oscar equivalent prizes over in Sweden.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 14, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

It's pairs figure skating! Or, as my daughter puts it, tricks in sparkly outfits!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 14, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

This should be comment 870...

Wow, I finally caught up! Today was the seventh of the last eight days to feature significant shoveling, so Boodling had to wait for after sunset and dinner.

And speaking of Valentine's Day (weren't we?) I managed to avoid burning down the house yesterday while baking two sets of cookies (one oatmeal, one triple chocolate) for NukeSpouse. Both sets were fairly legible in spelling out the appropriate German phrase for today.

I'm happy to report they were very edible, too. :-)

Managed to catch the recap for women's moguls (WOW!) and short-track skating, as well as the nordic combined -- my heartrate was seriously elevated at the end of the race!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 14, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Tonight, pairs figure skating short program, mens moguls. Currently watching the luge and monitoring skating online.

Saw the speed skating earlier - Yea!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Alas the beagles
squirmed on their backs in the grass
in the summer sun

Posted by: Jumper1 | February 14, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I always respect the figure skaters for their amazing athleticism - but my goodness! That Chinese couple was amazing. Going first is a double-edged sword; one can encourage the later performers to better efforts, or one can strike fear in their hearts. I expect this was the latter.

Watching luge now. More cowbell.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

My TV listings indicate something called the NBA All-Star game is about to start.

Anyone care to bet as to the total points scored? I'm going with 252.

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the first pair was amazing! I think how much my grandmother would have enjoyed seeing their performance. We watched a *lot* of figure skating together.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Love the American flame-skirt.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

boodling from a new laptop... (the massive olys boodling has fried my trusty old dell - not really, it was old...) i got a toshiba with windows 7. not hating it like i hated (HATED) vista but it's still frustrating to hunt for things that i use frequently. not sold yet on internet explorer 8 - seems buggy!

ok - the chinese were sublime! anyone know what that song was they were skating to? americans were good but i hated the song...

happy v day to all! mom and i went to the mall - boy, ppl must have had some serious cabin fever cuz it was PACKED! almost xmas level packed!

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Watching the mogul competition reminds me why I enjoy the winter games so much. Lots of the summer games are basically versions of things people do - run, jump, etc. Many of these winter games competitions are just crazy. Very fit, young crazy people.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere up above I linked to the live results page for the Olympics, it has a function for figure skating that gives you all the points for each element, plus their music etc. Constantly updated.

Just saw Brian Burke on CTV, such a sad looking man now - heart breaking.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

The mogul wear for the US is Under Amour -- UA man grew up in my neighborhood. He invented his gear while playing football at UMCP. He is Terp.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

LOVE underarmour!

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

The blue star-patterned US mogul jackets and pants remind me of pajamas.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The ecru tone of the Aussie mogul guy looks dingy against the white snow....nice patch with the Aussie stars....so much that could have been done with that garb....apply the cowbell rule but modify thusly: MORE pigment into brown even or true cafe-latte but that ecru looks like a laundry disaster

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Poor guy.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Lovely pink shift on the Russian girl. Looks like a sheer crepe.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree IM -- heightened contrast would avoid the faded flannel pj look

Russian tiny doll -- would give her lighter tights...too much contrast with that pale Pavlova pink...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I do wish the men's designers would forget they ever saw Vegas Elvis.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

The Russians were very strong, I thought.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Her hair is without product sleekified uber control...little girl wings at her temples...refreshing actually.....he has applied his own makeup or she did for him...something touching about this...also means that the Russians are out of money...which, can be sad and scary....still, even in these times.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

CP-spot on as usual. Less contrast on the tights would have made a better picture.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Paging TBG, the magenta and blue FOREVER will read to print gals of the old school as the four color process checks....what is this music?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow, you can just see this team gaining confidence, getting stronger instead of tired.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Her magenta -- and darker skin work fine with the darker tight....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Portuguese Love Theme

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, they look so happy and earnest....not the flare of the others but fine, fine, fine.....and pleased as they deserve to be.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

White skates! I love white skates on the girls and black on the boys.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Go Canada in a dark teal.....he is wearing an asymmetrical shirt...and her one shoulder is asymmetrical....nice symmetry

---all safe music choices, nicht war? No punked out ska tonight?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Skating well for a young pair and love the steel blue.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Those Canadians can skate!

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I like her bob and self-braided head band...i agree Frosti, the flesh tights to hide the white skates? Odd...standard but still odd

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Yoki that blue has a metal edge....nice choice, should be on the ice more often...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, YAY!!!!

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

3 doors down? really? cuz they rock so hard! (SCHA!)

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

CMV and counting. XCV to go.

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I loved that Anabelle and Cody looked at each other like that, and hugged so genuinely, even before getting the score. The skate itself seemed really to be their reward.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Gold!!!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully NBC will tell the story of this young man, it will touch your heart.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

hey - i'm stuck on moguls! owwwww last two american's just bit it!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Bilodeau??

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I chose to watch the moguls live, thanks for updating me on Cody and Anabelle, what them, particularly Anabelle for years, glad they did well, now will watch.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Yes Frosti it was awesome

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

i don't mean i'm STUCK on moguls i mean that's the only thing i have an option to watch cept for hockey on cnbc

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

So we get to see the Americans that crash but we only get highlights of the Canadian in first place? That is lame jingoism.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

WOw -- yellow and near-teal....lemon and blueberry skittles and of course this would be a Swede

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps our porous boodle border has skewed my perceptions, but I do believe NBC could focus quite a bit more on Canadians. They wouldn't even have to take time away from US athletes-just get rid of those awkward Costas/Michaels fireside chats.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 14, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

No yello, that's blatant jingoism.

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

yeah whomever is in charge of the american broadcast sux the big one! i seem to remember in previous olys to be able to switch between networks and watch several channels at once. was i dreaming?

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Switch to NBC now mo.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

i AM on nbc - moguls still...

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

That Swiss pair-spin was just plain awesome.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

An interesting side note for NBC to think about, rating came out for Canada for day 2 (yesterday), thorugh all the various ways we can view the Olympics - viewship at 88% of the country 27 million people - mind blowing.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

MAN!!! i can't see what you see!!! yello - can you?? is the tsm against me seeing figure skating? i mean, i know he has meatballs to think about so could he be that cruel?

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why y'll all said Bill-a-doe who really goe(s). OR went...I am confused about live and replay.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm ready to bar the word 'bar' from Olympic coverage.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The French mogul skier is wearing orange crush....and has the fasted time....but not the jumps quite....You Cannockies already know....and we are missing the skating...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

And so Bilodeau makes history!

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, nice resting futon cushie chairs for the post slope skiiers....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

mo,
It's NBC tradition to spread the figure skating out all night to maximize viewership.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

you canadians are CRAZED!!! that crowd - if i had ppl cheering for me like that my head would explode i'd be so full of pride!
canada take the men's moguls on home soil...

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

They take breaks between groups of skaters, can be quite long, with cleaning the ice then a warm up - should start again soon.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I believe the Canadians are watching the far superior Canadian broadcast - which shows events in their entirety, with minimal chatter. Sorry to be so cranky about this, but it's tres annoying.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 14, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

They were the same at long track skating today, made me very proud - who says we are modest ;-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Go Boodle Go!

CMXXXIII and counting.

**waving hands wildly and screaming at computer screen**

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy for Alex, and for Frederic as well! Great story there, too.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I watch the Alex bio on CTV today, the bond between the brothers is special, two wonderful young men.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Bilodeau sports a goatee sans the lip caterpillar...I predict one or two in my classes over the semester...an homage to Canadian coolness....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

another apolo tribute... *sigh*

nbc has just redeemed themselves

(even tho costas took a cheap joke shot at the kiss that the mogul winner got)

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Best line of the night on Canadian TV, next flight of skaters warming up, one team in blue - Commentor says "channelling their avatar", you will understan when you see it.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Second Canadian pair will skate soon, if they can contro their nerves they are enchanting.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

ok - just saw the russian bite it... she looks like she's gonna take his head off...

cpq - burnt umber?

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Avatar!!!!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

NOW i see the electric blue - niiiiiice

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, sad for the Russians...their red/white graphic is so striking on the outerwear....makes the buff/fawn/milky tea colors less meaningful.

DR, we now commence the postlude cheering for the Ukraines....we shall pretend that you do NOT already know the outcome.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I promise there will be a new kit first thing in the morning...

Posted by: joelache | February 14, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Feh.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

CpQ, your "Under Amour" at 8:27 was a perfect bon mot for tonight, thanks.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 14, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

They kinda blend into the boards, except for the fall all else is good.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh my....I do not like the costumes...harsh and blue SevenOfNine effect...and my goodness, am I hearing the bleats of people on that music...you know, bleating people?

I do not like the House of the Rising SUn motif on her back either...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Anybody think this pair and the Russians both picked lame pieces of music? No excitement in either pair.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 14, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

BC -- that was a truffle for you, dear Valentine. But, somebody else will take the lemon/blueberry skittle remark for a treat...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

laaaaaaaammmmme.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

cpq - i had to chuckle at your post - i was like "is someone moaning on their music?" sounded... well, questionable.

i thought SHE looked great - he... courageous to wear a unitard... dat's alllll i'm gonna say

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Go Boodle Go!

CML and counting.

**doing wheelies in anticipation**

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Canadian announcers, highly critical of the music and outfits of the Ukrainians, while praising their talent. Two of the anouncers are Jamie Sale and David Pelletier Gold 2002.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Swan Lake....nice classic costumes for the Russian ethos...I like her headband....the skirt is constructed of tipped lettuce feather overlays....I have made them. Lots of detail work.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

This Russian pair are lovely, but wow is she tiny. Very enjoyable.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

That was wonderful.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Morti -- I was thinking of the major plot elements of that french movie with Marlon Brando and some tiny muffet of a french girl...help, Mudge...OH

Last Tango In Paris...and Morti -- they were, you know, busy with mattress dancing....

Back to the Russian pair -- he is wearing a purpley brown and she is wearing the lighted hue of lavender...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Canadians next.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Beatrice seems to enjoy the figure skating.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Now, are we back to live and are we in synch with Cannoukis...?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

final group warming up, very scary costumes.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

cpq - never saw the movie but yeah, i get the reference and i was right there with ya babe! what the %^&*??? for the OLYMPICS? awful awful choice.

i thought the japanese/russian skater looked sooo lithe and airy. really enjoyed it! i think she could also do well as a solo skater

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Is this the first time for mogol skiing? I don't remember that event in earlier O's.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 14, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Do you think that Bob Costas has a self portrait in his attic, a la Dorian Grey?

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 14, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

NBC is taking an 18th century French approach to coverage. Back then, the King's suppliers of interior decor would take a nice piece of ornamental porcelain and engulf it in gilt metalwork.

A present-day equivalent might be the soundtrack to this bit of alarming outdoor fun:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/02/video-take-a-ride-on-the-death-swing/

Orff's O Fortuna (part of Carmina Burana), with added drumming.

The 30-story condo in West Palm Beach was imploded uneventfully. No reports yet on dust problems in nearby buildings. A lot of taping and plastic-covering was done in advance.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 14, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

*moan*

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

I recall Costas as a Bright Young Thing on radio, talking sports so interestingly that non sports fans like me would listen.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 14, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Not tonight for these Canadians.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Moguls has been in since (guessing) 1992(?)

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Lots or jazz hands, which are not as graceful.......the color is not optic black, which is softer on the skin...but reads with the drama of black...could be darkest brown...like 88 percent bittersweet chocolate...

sad about her throw bobble/fall...that is so hard...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Love me some Pearl Fishers.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Yoki, I guess I haven't been paying attention.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 14, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

GO BOODLE GO!

Sprint down that home stretch!

XXV to go!

**breaking out the party hats, noise makers, and champagne**

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

The Chinese costumer has one schtick...flutter flutter flutter and the peacock approach for both male and female. I think that flutter on the women is best balanced by restrain on the men: the clean line on him lets the flutters be flowers. He should be a branch or stem....and not the blooms.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

lycra

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

spangled

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

moguls is a wfo version of hot dogging. think wayne wong.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1088292/index.htm

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Harlequin and Peirot?,,,not Columbine..,odd as a couple....and bad for those with clown fears

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Blech to the harlequins.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I find the harlequin/pierrot costumes vaguely disturbing. also clowns are scary.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Pagliacci?

Send in the clowns?

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 14, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

The are playing as music box characters...and glad she made her two bobble-prone moves well.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

The Germans - Bravo.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Yoki and Iman -- you are spot on...they mixed up the characters and they really do not fit the music....goes to show us that we don't know our musical theater/opera/commedia del arte history...

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Do I hear CindiLauper in the background?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

wayne, on a pair of K2 four comps. same as the pair i have in the attic, 'cept mine are '95's, all the better for cruising fast.

http://icechewing.huddler.com/imgrepo/thumbs/5/58/Wayne_Wong.jpg/1000x600px-LL-Wayne_Wong.jpg

Bilodeau pulled an awesome Moebius on his qualifying run. if someone pulled a daffy, it would have been really old school.

Posted by: -jack- | February 14, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

My favorites are going to be the Chinese couple that were the opening act and the Russian/Japanese pair. The clowns were frightening. And I find "Send In The Clowns" just a little cloying.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 14, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

How close are we on the comments?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Skating costume abominations slide show:
http://beauty.ivillage.com/slideshow/beauty-style/yuck-on-ice-the-tackiest-figure-skating-costumes/philippe_candeloro.html

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Well, my only criticism of the judging is that the two Canadian pairs should have been switched, with A&C above J&B. Otherwise, spot-on.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

CP, if Bryce and Dube wear the same costume for the final they wore at Canadians I think you will approve, Music 'Way we Were', costumes very simple forties style, classic and stunning when they skate their best.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

DMD - we are just now seeing the women's mogul ceremony....and yes, the Canadian jacket beats the USA--denim fade puffy coat....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

GO BOODLE GO!

7 more!

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Need five more posts after mine!

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

That jacket rocks, the logos, retro chick, nice in black - a stand out in red.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Satellite bumped out, just in time. The rabbit & I must go to our respective beds. It's been a pleasure, y'all.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

This be #998....

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I can take a hint.

Posted by: -pj- | February 14, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

1,000!

Posted by: MsJS | February 14, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

We did it!

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Thank you to NBC for showing Alex and Frederic together - how special was that.

6 more?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 14, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

!!!!!!trhis is the boy final post hell yes
1

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

!!!!!!trhis is the boy final post hell yes
1

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Sorry. The Boy has yet to learn that hitting "submit" twice doesn't make it go faster. Teenagers.

It was for a worthy cause.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 14, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I take it this is a first. Huzzah! Metal ceremony to commence immediately.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Ain't life grand!

Posted by: -pj- | February 14, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

and all on my brand new laptop - thanks guys for breaking it in!

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

catching up a little after running to the market...

can i say i'm not a big fan of the grabbed blade sit spin or death spiral...

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Good night, my work here is done. On to catch that last costume moments of PBS SandS.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 14, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

We are not getting SandS, rather Northhanger. Not that I am complaining.

Posted by: Yoki | February 14, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

snow emergency on effect again for DC!!!

Posted by: mortii | February 14, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

I always sprint the last 1/2 mile to the finish. And here we go...

Going back to the Kit for a second, I finally watched the Bloggingheads Diaflog in its entirety, and had a good laugh about Wright's tongue-in-cheek rationale for endorsing an extra-terrestrial base/colony concept as a "contingency plan" for the human species.

Reminded me of my t-i-c rationale for having children: I like me and I think the world would be a better place if there were more me in it -- so, I am making more me.

Displaying wisdom beyond their years, my children had other ideas. And the world is certainly a better place for it.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 14, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Good Morning everyone and Happy Presidents Day.Did you know William Henry Harrison was only president for 31 days?

Seems like we are setting the Olympic record for most boodle comments.

I was very happy to see the Canadian Skier to win the Gold for his country and his people.I have been enjoying the games whenever possible,but I must say NBC sure has alot of commercials.I wish I had cable so I could just watch the sports.

I don't have anything to say about the "S" word.

Have a great day everyone!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 15, 2010 5:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad someone already mentioned the VERY noticeable (and remarkably unflattering) hair dye job on Costas.

I am so very unimpressed with the NBC Oly coverage, prime-time especially. We're agreed that we'd rather see more of the competition instead of the ridiculously jingoistic approach, yes? The companion Universal Sports channel (not in HD around here, dagnabit) is a little better with their roundup coverage on the off-hours. I do hope we see more of the Beijing approach with additional NBC/Universal channels being brought in.

I'm sure one of the resident Boodle historians knows the record for the Kit with the most comments, but I'm not caffeinated enough to try a guess. We outdid the Rovestorm, nicht war?

*needing-more-caffeine-and-naproxen-prior-to-yet-another-round-of-shoveling Grover waves*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 5:30 AM | Report abuse

I didn't take Wright's colony idea as tongue-in-cheek but as misguided utopianism. And I rather liked Joel's response that failing to take care of Earth is not an option. For anybody that wants the Mars colony/generation ship/deep stasis mission to preserve humanity, I say read Man Plus first.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 6:10 AM | Report abuse

The Russian ice dancers are NOT going to wear their aborigine and eucalyptus bodysuits in their routine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=IIze8qQqzek

Posted by: yellojkt | February 15, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Ya think a totem pole would have fallen on them if they had, yello?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

God loves us so much more than we can imagine through Him that died for all, Jesus Christ.

Good morning, friends. Just wanted to drop in and say hello. One thousands comments and more, too, too, much to read. It would take all day and part of the night!

I'm on my way this morning to the doctor's office for my treatment, at last. My daughter will take me. Hopefully we won't have a problem getting to and from there. The weather is not good, but mostly rain according to the weather person. Just need to rest after the treatment, no heavy lifting and just take it easy. For me, that's going to be like being on a diet. Hard work.

Pray for me. I'm such a chicken when it comes to these medical thingys. And enjoy your day.

Mudge, Scotty, Slyness, Yoki, Martooni, Lindaloo, and all the gang, love to all.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 15, 2010 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Travel safely and I know the treatment will go fine, Cassandra! *HUGSSS* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Goood morning, all! A thousand comments, and I read every one of them! Thanks for the live blogging of the Olympics, I'm always happy to have you folks keep me up on what's happening.

Good luck with your treatment, Cassandra. I hope it goes well and yes, please rest. Do I need to send you a book or two? That always helps when I need to be quiet.

Ah, Presidents Day! I must remember that there's no mail. I am meeting friends for lunch to celebrate a couple of February birthdays.

Have a pleasant day, all. I hope the snow forecast for DC doesn't materialize.

Posted by: slyness | February 15, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. The fashion police is on its way.
The Norway curling team takes a fashion tip from John Daley. CqP, avert your eyes.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jTjQ5XwU_haHzOn1bTYI1cDlI1cQ

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 15, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

New Kit!!! :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 15, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. New kit is up; I recommend we rendezvous over there for breakfast.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | February 15, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

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