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The little tsunami

Here's the story Rob Stein and I wrote today:

Saturday was a tense day in and around the Pacific Ocean. There was a wave on the loose. It was reputed to travel at the speed of a jet airplane. Beyond that, this tsunami was a mystery. No one knew precisely how big it would be when it came ashore. So went a very long day, full of anxious waiting and much staring at a sea that did little to signal its intentions.

The sirens sounded in Hawaii at dawn. Tsunami warnings were posted from Panama to Japan, from Ecuador to New Zealand. Australia made the tsunami-warning list. So did Antarctica.

Authorities told Californians to get out of the water to avoid being swept away by strong currents. The forecasts showed the waves reaching Nome, Alaska, more than 24 hours after the huge earthquake off the coast of Chile.

By Saturday evening, the calamity had not materialized. Although reports were still coming in, it did not appear to have been a killer tsunami like some in the past.

Jenifer Rhoades, tsunami program coordinator for the National Weather Service, said tsunami forecasting remains an imprecise science, and officials would rather err on the side of warning people about the worst-case scenario than play down the risk.

"Forecasting tsunamis is a relatively new science. We learn a lot every time we have an event like this," she said. "In some ways you want to ensure people respond to the event based on the information we have available to us."

The wave when it reached Easter Island on Saturday measured only about a foot above sea level. Ditto on Tahiti. On the Marquesas Islands it reached six feet. Talcahuano, a coastal town in Chile, reported a 7.7-foot wave. There were reports of three people drowned and more missing on the island of Juan Fernandez, off the Chilean coast.

But by the time the tsunami reached Hawaii, the waves measured only about three feet or less. Nathan Becker, an oceanographer at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu, said there were no reports of major flooding or damage.

Soon afterward, warnings were lifted for most of the Pacific.

If nothing else, this was a dramatic test of the Pacific tsunami warning system, which uses buoys sprinkled across the ocean to detect tsunamis in real time. The Indian Ocean lacks such a system, which might have minimized the casualties from the catastrophic tsunami of 2004.

Even with scientific measurements, forecasts, alarms and civil defense measures, Saturday's events showed that tsunamis are unpredictable. And even if a wave is precisely measured in the open sea, its effect can be can be greatly magnified by shallow bays and harbors.

"Harbors are like musical instruments. They have specific pitches, if you wish, specific frequencies," said Emile Okal, a professor of earth and planetary sciences at Northwestern University who has spent his career studying tsunamis. "The structure of a harbor is such that for some of these periods it can amplify the wave."

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By Joel Achenbach  |  February 27, 2010; 9:40 PM ET
 
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I am glad it was a little tsunami. Even a little one is too big.

Thanks for the cartoon, DNA girl!

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 27, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Great article Joel, and a wonderful job all day. (What a way to spend a Saturday.)

I am, of course, delighted that there was no serious damage from the tsunami. Let's just hope that this won't make some choose to ignore future warnings, when the outcome might be far less benign.

Further I am worried that the innate uncertainty in these kinds of predictions might give encouragement to climate change deniers and other skeptics of science.

But those are worries for another day. Right now let's just be graceful that the tsunami gods were merciful.

And not forget that the earthquake gods were not.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 27, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

An Achenbach story of the usual excellence - I didn't know that the 1960 Chilean earthquake was the strongest on record. Wow.

Much to pray about tonight, thanks for the little tsunami that caused no damage, but also for those in need to find help in a timely manner.

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

I heard of "tidal waves" when I was a kid. A nasty one in the local area in 1918 had wreaked destruction and killed people. Much better for Hawaii to have interrupted its usual activities today, than to have risked a needless present-day version of that episode.

I was a little surprised at a news story's mention of a San Diego area surfing contest that went ahead, anyway. Sure enough, the ScienceDude has the scoop and even a video of the tsunami at the Orange County Register:
http://sciencedude.freedomblogging.com/2010/02/27/chile-tsunami-wont-affect-california/90831/

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 27, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Beautifully written, Joel and Rob, and just right.

I think the lesson we should really take from natural occurrences is, none. As I'mom said, it is what it is. No message.

But we can certainly reflect on the implacability of nature. I think Western society too often thinks we control stuff.

We don't. Not nature, not death, not pain.

Unless we are given really good drugs.

Posted by: Yoki | February 27, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Thinking of harbors as musical instruments, "tsunami" of course means "harbor wave". The Japanese appreciated harbors but knew that they were prone to waves that could flood towns, destroy ships, and ruin crops. Local lords were known to assess damage and ask the Shogun's government for tax breaks so the local economy could recover.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 27, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I believe that the tsunami resulting from today's earthquake was destructive in some places, though it appears that what reached Hawaii can be described as a "tsumini."

The tough part about living in a probablistic world (at least, as we humans seem to experience it) is that, doggone it, there's always some probability that what we believe will happen, won't.

I suppose we could ascribe a combination of determinism and ineffability, which for me, would seem to be the same thing. For all my practical an impractical purposes, any way.

We call a type of mathematics "statistics," not "specifics," and well, and a widely accepted interpretation of fundamental physics "the Uncertainty Principle."

One thing that is as certain as anything can be, is that there are a lot of people affected by this morning's earthquake and that they need help. Our help.

I expect the emergency aid organizations will be reaching out to us soon, let's be ready.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 27, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Yoki -- true, you are a poet and a philosopher. We can shape our responses, though, which is the wonder of being human. And, we see evolutionary responses toward this complexity in our animal friends, don't we?

Gandhi said in the face of the atomic bomb, he would have to love more deeply, more thoroughly.

I am amazed at my little dog's quick apprehension of a problem within our little world; she moves quickly and furrily and eagerly -- gently, too, if needed -- to love us.

Nature does. We love(s.)

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 27, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

We do, CollegeQuaParkian, we do. Love is the only thing I know holding up the universe.

And I frequently think, when caring for the shared-custody animals (both dogs and cats, and if there were a goat, it too would be welcome) that we learn best from those who say least.

Posted by: Yoki | February 27, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Imaginary Boodle-friends turn into real friends, and then to better-than-that. I have been blessed by our own dmd. Isn't she something?

Posted by: Yoki | February 27, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Been gone all day, very happy to hear that the tsunami caused much less than expected damage. Hope Brag checks in soon.

We were north of Portland, Maine and there was no snow on the ground at all. We had hoped to go sledding at "S"'s nephews farm but hard to do without snow. We did get to watch the little kids feed the sort of large Percheron (1,700 lbs). A very pretty and friendly animal. When we left it was snowing like crazy, south of Portland it lessened and around Portsmouth, NH it was raining. Thick fog in northern MA and full moon and starry skies by the time we got home. Interesting weather and preferable to quakes and tsunamis for sure.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 27, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Just look at the aftershocks on this map:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/285_-35.php

Posted by: nellie4 | February 27, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Was just gazing at that beautiful moon here badsneaks, we do have snow, but a warm rainy day has made it slushy.

Yoki, shucks

Posted by: dmd3 | February 27, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Broder looks right about health care reform. Dead. Been dead. No resurrection.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 27, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh dear.

Good Night.

Posted by: Yoki | February 28, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

worked all day at the shack running a water line. lucked out and found a fellow that had a small back hoe that enabled us to complete the installation in a fraction of the time it would have taken to complete the job manually. blisters and spasms are the rule.

Posted by: -jack- | February 28, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

it is fortunate that a tsunami didn't accompany the temblor that shook Chile. of equal good fortune is the warning system that exists today. makes me feel a bit safer being inland, although there has been a rash of electrical fires over the past 2 week, two within a stone's throw from us.

Posted by: -jack- | February 28, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

I definitely feel better knowing the system works and what to do should this happen again. If they had done no warning or played down the danger there may have been drownings from people being caught in the surging tides. In the two months I've been living in Hawaii, quite a few tourists have drowned in the ocean, one even in the "calm" waters of Waikiki.

Posted by: zan20 | February 28, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

We kept our weekend date plans, which turned into a very late lunch, the lunch coming before the movie "The Last Station," the film finally arriving here this weekend, on a slow roll, from the East Coast, into theaters in our country's mid-region.

Returning home about 7 p.m., we were relieved to learn that there was no major tsunami that hit the Hawaiian Islands or did much damage to other islands across the Pacific.

With the exception, it seems of the island of Juan Fernandez, perhaps more commonly known as Robinson Crusoe Island, the isolated place where, in 1704, Scots sailor Alexander Selkirk was set ashore by his captain, to live for four lonely years and four lonely months before being returned by another captain to England, where his fate didn't improve by much, he succumbing to yellow fver at sea just 11 years later. I'd love more details about the wave impact and destruction on Juan Fernandez resulting from this morning's Chilean quake.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Selkirk

The NYT reports that the death toll is still low in Chile, but expected to rise, that 1.5 million are estimated to have been displaced, and the Chileans are not yet requesting outside help. So, with the threat of Pacific tsunami now past, the world's attention should return to Chile.

I also read that most of the damage is in the area known, as Isabel Allende defines the four regions, as zona sur, the southern zone. Norte grande, norte chico, and valle central, the latter home to the capital Santiago, were evidently spared the bulk of the damage and disruption.

-more-

Posted by: laloomis | February 28, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Tomorrow, a new day in Chile and tonight a poem by Chile's Pablo Neruda:

http://missionlocal.org/2010/02/to-our-readers-chilean-earthquake/

Things Get Broken
translated by Jodey Bateman

Things get broken
at home
like they were pushed
by an invisible, deliberate smasher.
It’s not my hands
or yours
It wasn’t the girls
with their hard fingernails
or the motion of the planet.
It wasn’t anything or anybody
It wasn’t the wind
It wasn’t the orange-colored noontime
Or night over the earth
It wasn’t even the nose or the elbow
Or the hips getting bigger
or the ankle
or the air.
The plate broke, the lamp fell
All the flower pots tumbled over
one by one. That pot
which overflowed with scarlet
in the middle of October,
it got tired from all the violets
and another empty one
rolled round and round and round
all through winter
until it was only the powder
of a flowerpot,
a broken memory, shining dust.
And that clock
whose sound
was
the voice of our lives,
the secret
thread of our weeks,
which released
one by one, so many hours
for honey and silence
for so many births and jobs,
that clock also
fell
and its delicate blue guts
vibrated
among the broken glass
its wide heart
unsprung.

Life goes on grinding up
glass, wearing out clothes
making fragments
breaking down
forms
and what lasts through time
is like an island on a ship in the sea,
perishable
surrounded by dangerous fragility
by merciless waters and threats.

Let’s put all our treasures together
– the clocks, plates, cups cracked by the cold —
into a sack and carry them
to the sea
and let our possessions sink
into one alarming breaker
that sounds like a river.
May whatever breaks
be reconstructed by the sea
with the long labor of its tides.
So many useless things
which nobody broke
but which got broken anyway.
***

It's late here. My husband toils still for his employer. Buenos noches.

Posted by: laloomis | February 28, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Great kit Joel. I think that this was a fantastic "live" test for us in Hawaii. While we've been preparing for many years it was good to see the safety systems in action. Thank goodness for the buoys they've put out across the Pacific, gave us time to prepare and understand what might come. Technology advances have undoubtedly given us the edge but people actually obeying the directives to evacuate and stay out of flood zones (well, except for the idiot and his friend swimming in Waikiki Beach during the warning period) certainly helped. All in all, I'm proud of our state and the people who live (and visit) here. We done good.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | February 28, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

IF YOU FORGET ME

I want you to know
one thing.

You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats that sail
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.

Well, now,
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.

If suddenly
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.

If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
remember
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.

But,
if each day,
each hour,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.

-Pablo Neruda-
Trans: Donald Walsh & Yoki

Posted by: Yoki | February 28, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Great article, Joel. It’s such a relief that the tsunami didn’t do serious damage anywhere. The thought of having another 2004-like tsunami makes me feel faint.

I wonder why tsunami warning was cancelled for everybody else but not for Russia, Japan and the Philippines. These countries are the furthest away from the epicenter.

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 28, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Yes, MOP, Hawaii did very well. You all should be proud of yourselves.

Beautiful poem, Yoki.

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 28, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

SCC: MotP

very sorry

Posted by: rainforest1 | February 28, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

I think we'll be seeing signs of destructive tsunami along the Chilean coast, plus the consequences of land subsidence, maybe a meter or so. Coasts with subduction earthquakes have cycles of the land rising between quakes, then abruptly sinking during the Big Event. Oregon and Washington still have standing dead Sitka spruce from 1700.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | February 28, 2010 3:11 AM | Report abuse

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

Good morning, friends. Not a great weekend, and today the anniversary of my son's death. Will try to stay calm, and think good thoughts. And still love him, always will.

Lovely poem, Yoki.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 28, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Morning all. Of course you love your son still, Cassandra, death doesn't change love. Loss of a child has to be the worst event a human being ever faces. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today.

Not a lot of new snow here, for which I am thankful. Mr. T has decided we should eat breakfast out, so we'll be on our way shortly.

Posted by: slyness | February 28, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Big hugs out to you Cassandra, I hope the love the boodle has for you is some comfort for you today.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, my thoughts and prayers are with you today. I can only echo dmd in hoping our love and support is some comfort for you.

Now to go dog-proof (ha!) my house.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 28, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm so glad that it turned out small. Its nice to know the system works and that people pay attention to it. The earthquake was enough destruction for one day.

Coincidentally, late,late last night, Discover was playing a program about the Orphan Tsunami and the research along the Cascadia fault.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I have quite the crush on Jeremy Roenick now, always liked his outspoken ways, but he has been interviewed on CTV a few times during the Olympics, funny, brash, honest and well cute.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Cassandra, I think he knows.

A lot of us love you, too, and we'll be thinking of you today.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 28, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Morning all! Cassandra! Yoki! *HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS*

Saw the underwhelming (and maaaaaaaaaybe just a little overcaffeinated) coverage of the tsumini's arrival in Hawaii. As with everyone else, I'm very glad it wasn't more serious.

I have to thank NBC for airing that extended look at Gander's goodness following 9/11. It dawned on me quite early in the piece that yesterday afternoon was the perfect time to air it, given the slowdown in the event schedule. And that tale needs retelling, to remind us that goodness can reverberate far longer than evil, as long as we don't let fear win.

*lining-up-chores-on-a-happy-to-be-home-Sunday Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

bc! *manly HUGS* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Morning all...

When it became clear that the tsunami wasn't going to wreak havoc on Hawaii, Dr G asked, "is there another tsunami on?"

Great coverage, Joel. And the knowledge shared here was amazing, from MotP's firsthand reports of what turned out to be a "live drill," to DotC's translation of tsunami... and all the excellent stuff in between.

Cassandra... my heart is with you today. I talked with Son of G yesterday, but you can bet I'll give him a call today. Like I remind my friends who still have parents to hug and enjoy them while they're still around, I will do the same with my children. We take them for granted, we get mad at them, we find them annoying at times, but we always know that they are the world to us and should always keep that thought front and center.

I'm so deeply sorry that your terrible loss is my reminder today. I love you and send my strongest hugs your way today.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Morning Al!

So glad MotP is fine, and thanks for the Bragsearch, TBG. Was thinking about him yesterday.

Back in November, we booked a cruise going around South America, leaving Santiago March 2. We cancelled in early January for a variety of reasons, none having to do with imminent earthquake. So glad we did!

Wish I'd been on the boodle yesterday for the curling commentary. The Norwegian skip and John Morris gave extra incentive to keep watching.

Am frenvious of the Canadian boodlers who got to watch the entire skating exhibition. NBC showed just a few, including Lysacek.

We were also glued to the screen with Brokaw's report about Gander following 9/11. You're right, dmd--we in the US had heard very little of it. What an amazing bunch of people!

Off to work on income taxes.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 28, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

Warm muffins, coffee and OJ on the table.

Mr. A, I hope you love writing these posts and articles at least as much as I love reading them.

Congrats on Canada's curling victory.

Cassandra, sneaks and anyone else in need of love and support, know you are in my thoughts this day.

Yoki, thank you for your sharing. I am honored to be graced by such warmth and generosity.

dmd, I agree. I've had a soft spot for Jeremy Roenick for about 20 years since his days with TWC Blackhawks. Is he living in Canada now? I know he was born in Bahsten, MA.

Posted by: MsJS | February 28, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

OK.. someone added Brag to the Chile Google Person Finder, but as "Status Unknown."

I added my name to the record, with my email address, and a message to Brag to please check in with his "boodle friends." (I figured with a life like Brag's, no one will bat an eye at that).

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

He is commentating for NBC, judging by the logo on his sweater. There was also a cute segment done earlier in the games when Brian Williams CTV Olympic host met Brian Williams, NBC news they had not met in person before.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I spent time with Allende's "My Invented Country" last night," the book one of the orphans I picked up some time ago but didn't know. It tells the story of Chile with nostalgia and fills in, with an educating, colorful narrative, the questions I asked yesterday with the breaking news of the Chilean temblor.

However, to mention Allende is, for me, to know "Daughter of Fortune," (the one book I have searched for many time in my library, but have come up empty-handed, as I did one more time this morning), a story that involves Oprah, to a degree larger than her program (and, too, the program itself)--as it involves deep yearning for a place lost. It is my greatest misfortune that I hadn't cracked the covers of "My Invented Country" sooner, as it is gold that only increases the value of "Daughter of Fortune," a tale of both Chile and California's Gold Rush.

Allende opens "Country" by talking about her country of Chile's 9/11, and her country of the United States's 9/11. She finishes, with smallpox, Diamond's tale of Chile's Easter Island. She describes the historical ethnic mix of Chile, reminding me in no small measure of ours.

And to speak of Pablo Neruda would mean talking about Mexico's Carlos Fuentes, whose shoulders I draped momentarily with my arm, because of a failed microphone and being terribly ill with bronchitis (the touch a gesture for which I hope I am forgiven). To mention them both would involve Lyndon Baines Johnson and PEN.

But I won't talk of such things in any detail since we finally turned in at 3 a.m. I rose at 8 a.m., but am ready to steal downstairs and crawl back under the sheets to join my husband in slumber. I hear him, in the last minute or two, moving about the kitchen.

Posted by: laloomis | February 28, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Totally random off topic note to all Chrome users and potential Chrome users. I see that there is, in fact, an extension for Chrome that does the "linkification" function. It is called "Clickable Links" and you can find it here:

https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/mblbciejcodpealifnhfjbdlkedplodp


Indeed, there are a whole lot of new extensions that allow Chrome to compete with Firefox in customization.

And now back to your regularly scheduled boodling.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Thoughout the build up to the games, I wondered why Donald Sutherland had such a large role, narrating the athlete profile, voice overs for commercials, carrying the Olympic flag.

He just told a story on the Canadian network, a Cherokee story as an analogy for the Canadian reaction to the games - it was beautiful. Two wolves live inside us one evny, greed (basically ugliness) the other passion, good will, the one that succeeds is the one you feed. A good life lesson.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

RDP -- when you use Chrome and refresh the boodle, do you end up in the string were you were reading? Or, do you end up at the beginning, requiring a scroll down to the end?

I feel so lazy asking about this, but,....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 28, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Erring on the side of caution is a fine idea and everyone is glad that the tsunami did not cause widespread misery. Scientists must however be cautious for fear of getting the "boy who cried wolf" treatment. I think this is what happened in New Orleans despite the Katrina warnings.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 28, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Hiya, Scottynuke.

I'm Italian, it's OK, man.

I know you had a great time with Nukespawn. Glad you're not reporting any sports injuries from having too much fun.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 28, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Good morning everyone
I spent the last 2 hours freeing most of the bushes and trees in the yard from their frozen and icy grip. Is there any way to save various limbs that are split,but still connected? I know the nurseries will be making much moula this spring if everyone's yard is as bad as ours.

I didn't get to see the terps double overtime victory last night,but it seemed to be a great game.Next up is Duke and first place in the ACC. Also nice to see the UM lacrosse win after falling behind by 4 goals to G-town. Still running around in shorts in this weather must be cold.

I have really enjoyed the Olympics and look forward to today's game. Kudos to both the US and Canada for a great medal count for the games.It would be nice to see Canada break the gold medal count today,but at the expense of the US losing the gold. But I think this game means so much more to Canada then the US,I could live with a loss,and knowing that we already beat the Gold medal team. And very high Kudos to Canada for putting on such a great olympics,despite the unfortunate start.

Have a GREAT day everyone!!!!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 28, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"morning all. Good thing the tsunami was just a wee one when it went about the low-lying islands.

The house smells of freshly baked banana bread. I bet Witch no.1 will have that for breakfast/brunch.

I will have a Lebanese lunch later, babaganouj, hommus, tabouli, eggplant salad, taddziki(sp?) and olives with pita bread. Not very Olympian but tasty.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Nope, edbyron. I think Katrina was the equalivent of crying T-Rex and people assuming it was a dog called Rex.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 28, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

gwe, you are so sweet - hoping I can be so generous should Canada lose the game.

I will probably miss the start as I am off to meet a special boodler at the airport - but the game is on the radio so I shall be listening.

Laughed when I heard the plans for the closing which were referred to as more of a kegger than a solemn ceremony. To the US media shocked at the level of drinking in Canada - sorry - TIME I am speaking to you. Hoping the drunken but peaceful trend continues win or lose today.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

The problem in Katrina was that there were many poor people without the means to get out, and the city had no plan to help them. Well, lots of problems in the Katrina situation, but I don't think there had been evacuation warnings for storms that didn't materialize. There was a situation similar to that when I lived in Houston in the 80s - but I can't remember the details now (whether the fear of that actually materialized).

gwe, I've heard of people saving large cracked tree limbs with bolts and such. It's a big process, and you're probably better off cutting off broken branches, unless it's some sort of valuable tree. I have used twine to keep a pyramidal evergreen looking better after a snow had bent it badly.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 28, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could be so gracious as well GWE. We will be at a birthday party but the BD boy is a hockey fan, so I suspect the TV will be on.

If you were wondering, Joannie Rochette skated skated last night to a song 'Vole/Fly', from Céline Dion's 1995 album "D'eux" she did with Jean-Jacques Goldman. I'm not a Dion fan, far from it, but this is a great album. The song was originally written for Céline's 16 years old niece who had died of cystic fibrosis a couple of years earlier.
Joannie's mother, like too many women of her generation, was a finished fan of Céline. So Joannie called Céline to ask the permission to use "Vole" and got it. Céline sent a bouquet with condolences as well. She's got class, I'm always wondering why she stays with her creepy husband.

Off I go. That turkey isn't going to spatchcocked itself.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I was working in Hawaii IIRC 1965, LBJ was on a stopover when we had a tsunami warning. He caused a big hullabloo because he and Ladybird wouldn’t and didn't evacuate from the Royal Hawaiian hotel when the authorities were trying to get everyone else out of Waikiki.

Posted by: bh72 | February 28, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

seasea - You're quite correct about Katrina. There was lots of noise about warning people to leave, but no actual well-publicized plans to tell people (many of whom have few resources to deal with unplanned expenses) where to go, what to take with them, what to expect when they got there. Given that, hunkering down probably seemed like a reasonable alternative.

The local infrastructure was going do be devastated no matter what, but many of the several thousand deaths might well have been avoided. Maybe we/they will do better next time.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

CP - Yeah, I've noticed that too. The behavior seems erratic - sometimes it will find the old scroll position, sometimes not. There is some chatter about this problem, so I think Google is aware of it. One hopes it will be fixed in one of their automatic updates. In the meantime there is this extension:

https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/aifhnlnghddfdaccgbbpbhjfkmncekmn

Although it might be considered overkill.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I find the extension "/aifhnlnghddfdaccgbbpbhjfkmncekmn" to be singularly uninformative!

Posted by: bobsewell | February 28, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

GreenWithEnvy,
Here is Adrian Higgins' article about tree and shrub damage with his advice.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/09/AR2010020903061.html

Cassandra,
Thinking of you today. Much love.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

My recollection is that the 2004 hurricane season had many dire warnings for US residents that mostly turned out to be false alarms. That, IMHO, set the stage for people's tendency to downgrade the official warnings for Katrina.

Of course it is not just the government institutions that are responsible for crying wolf at times, but a news media who takes those warnings and overhypes them in the name of eyeballs to advertisers.

Posted by: edbyronadams | February 28, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Big boodle hugs to you, Cassandra.

Posted by: Raysmom | February 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Add on tons of warm hugs to you from me, Cassandra.

And, of course, to TBG for being in front on trying to find Brag. He, of all people, knows that the boodle can't leave the tarmac without him.

Was just watching cross country skiing during lunch. Wow. It takes a lotta strength (not to mention *youth* {*sigh*}) to ski like that for a couple of hours. I'm pulling for the Swedes, yanno.

Looking forward to the hockey game, although I will admit to a bit of ambivalence as to the victorious team. As long as it's a good game and not a blowout, it's okay.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 28, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

*continued HUGSSSSSSSSSSSSS to Cassandra*

bc, the skiing was remarkably trouble-free, although I should have known better than to try and follow NukeSpawn off a snowboarding feature called a "box." My recovery was nothing short of miraculous.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the advice everyone and thanks for the article Maggie. I may try some twine on some and there is always duct tape lol.

Off to work,I must convince the guests that the hockey game is best for the lobby tv.

Oh and being gracious and sweet,it is the only way to go thru life,make everyone smile and laugh is my prescription every day!

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 28, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The problem specific to New Orleans was (and is) that general hurricane dangers of high wind and localized (& temporary) flooding were conflated with the additional dangers of water-wall failures, as if they were just normal hurricane stuff. But those infrastructure failures were destined to happen. It sucks, but people's memories and imaginations are limited when it comes to sinking vast resources into public works designed to limit damage from not-so-imminent hazards. It's worth bearing in mind that most of the levee & reinforced canal work in the lower Mississippi is in place to serve the needs of shipping & agriculture, not the convenience of residents.

What wasn't inevitable, but happened nonetheless, was that there would be no plan in place to deal with the evacuation of large numbers of relatively cashless residents and the rescue & shelter of those who were castaways in the immediate aftermath.

And I suppose that's only fair, as there hadn't been a catastrophic flood any time recently. It is wasteful spending to prepare for unlikely eventualities, just as it's silly to spend money for health insurance if you don't get sick or injured. My current employer has spent almost twenty thousand dollars insuring me over the past few years, and I haven't used a dime of care. But I'd be willing to bet that darned little of that windfall has been spent building capacity for my (or anyone else's) future needs.

Posted by: bobsewell | February 28, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Anybody reckon lightnin' strikes the same place twice in 8 days?

Posted by: teddymzuri | February 28, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Fast twitch muscle kick took the Norwegians to first in the 50K Xcountry race. AMAZING finish; Sorry for the Swiss skiier whose legs buckled at the end in sight of a medal.....

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 28, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey there, Boodle...

Still kicking here, just been up to my eyeballs in good stuff, bad stuff and just plain ugly stuff.

"Little Tsunami"... sounds like a good alternative name for Little Bean.

Cassandra... my prayers are with you. I've lost more loved ones than I care to count and know how badly each loss hurt, but I can only imagine what it would feel like to lose a child. Just thinking about it compels me to give Little Bean/Tsunami a surprise hug. (she just said "Ewww! Daaad! Whatchoo do that for?!")

Anyway, I'm glad to hear from our friends in the Pacific. I, too, hope Brag checks in soon.

Peace out, my friends...

Posted by: martooni | February 28, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, glad you're busy living, and that you checked back in. Peace out.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 28, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

teddy! So glad you dropped by to watch the game with us!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

'Toon! :-)

*tryin' to watch the game online so NukeSpouse can do some work in the TV room's comfy chair*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

USA will win...silver

Posted by: teddymzuri | February 28, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Whew! Got the live feed! Not quite true HD, but no complaints. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Are we pretty much watching an NHL All-Star game?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

'Afternoon, Boodle. We had houseguests over the weekend, who just left a few minutes ago (just in time for the game, which some announced called the greatest game in history (????) a few minutes ago.

Then he said the U.S. had only beaten Canada once in the last 46 years--and that was a week ago.

Have much food and recipe stuff to discuss...later.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

They throw commericals in oddly, but it's a good re-feed of the live signal. :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the hugs, the well wishes, prayers, the comfort, and oh, always the love. And yes, the boodle is where I come to get kindness, comfort, love, and all the good stuff. Love to all. And TBG, give my best to your son. He's a lovely young man.

And Martooni, it is so good to hear from you. I've been wondering where you were, and when I saw your name, I started calling it. I know my neighbor probably thinks I have a man in here. I hope you are well, and the family.

Posted by: cmyth4u | February 28, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Well, it wasn't going to be a scoreless game...

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

1-0 Canada. I like the younger American team.
I can't believe young Parise is Jean-Paul Parisé's son. JP is a Franco Ontarian who had a decent career for a small-framed guy.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

So, the Canada-US game is being played now? I assume that it won't be on NBC until sometime later tonight, right?

Posted by: bobsewell | February 28, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Can I just say I really like the NBC teams that have covered both men's and women's hockey? Great coverage.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Um... which one is the "skip"?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

That's a problem Mudge. Witch no.2 counted 8 team captains on the Red team.

I don't buy all the hype about that game. The US has come of age, they are in the hockey elite. Both teams will be right there in the leaders' group again in four years. It's the start of a good rivalry, not the greatest game ever.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Back from the airport, saw some despondant looking members of the Russian Olympic team, not sure if they were athletes or officials.

Special boodler welcomed, and hugged from all of you and now with family.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"when I saw your name, I started calling it. I know my neighbor probably thinks I have a man in here. "

Cassandra.. that made ME laugh out loud. Just the idea that if you did have a man with you, that you'd be calling out "Martooni!"

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

They would more likely think she was ordering a drink. Or having a flashback if she was yelling 'danghippie".

Posted by: yellojkt | February 28, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The perils of having a good but not "hot" goalie.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Martooni, good to hear from you!

Having trouble watching the game as the granddog is taking up all my time- worse than an infant in some ways. He's not settled in yet, sure it will take a day or two so I'm trying to give him extra TLC.

I really don't mind if the Canadians win the gold. They're all pro hockey players, right? So it's not like in 1980 when the kids beat the pros.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 28, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Note what they wagered!

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/bureau-blog/harper-obama-wage-friendly-hockey-bet/article1484531/

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I was outside partaking of some really lovely weather. It took a little bit to realize how quiet it was. I live in the country, but there is always a backdrop of sound: kids, cars, dogs, the occasional train, and the usual birds and breeze.

No sounds. Nothing. No cars are moving, no kids are out, and the one plane that did go overhead was high enough that it probably didn't come from here.

This is one of those things where everybody has a vested interest, even the fifteen Canadians who don't like hockey.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Cute, dmd! That article sent me looking for more about Harper's spokesman, Dimitri Soudras. Oh my. Such a nice-looking Greek boy.

Sigh. My daughter's too young, but maybe he has a younger brother or cousin?

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing about that is that the PM, his office and the press don't exactly have a warm and fuzzy relationship - to put it mildly - access heavily controlled.

Lots of traffic around here, as there is always a steady stream but as I was leaving the neighbourhood on my way to the airport to young boys were on the street, with hand made signs, one on each side of the road, one sign said Go Canada Go, the other requesting you honk for Canada - made me smile and give them a honk. So glad there was radio coverage of the game for the 1st period.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

So hoping this doesn't go to a shoot out - can't handle that.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The oldest North American Brewerey v the oldest American brewery. I like it.

Trying to distract myself from the pressure of hockey. I love curling. I like hockey.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Except Molson merged with Coors a few years back, so it's not exclusively Canadian anymore.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 28, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Soudras' role model is Karl Rove. 'nuff said.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

2 goal posts within a minute. That ain't good.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The puck is so hard to follow even in HD. How do people watch hockey in standard def?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 28, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Intently.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I think over time we have developed a genetic mutation that allows us to follow the puck - except for Leaf fans as the level of play never reaches this :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This is just a fantastic game.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh... OK, sd.. thanks for the heads up on Soudras. Yuk.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

This Miller fellow deserves a beer or two.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I ran out of beer last night when I drank my last Sam Adams watching curling last night.

Yuengling is the official beer of the Jkt family since they now brew it in the old Pabst brewery in Florida.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 28, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I've always felt following the puck on TV is much easier if you've seen some high level games in real life. You can see it better if you're looking in the right place.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | February 28, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

That Jack Johnson is one talented fellow. Surfer, singer, film-maker, and Olympic hockey player.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 28, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

They only bought it so they could learn to make proper beer.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Think Luongo is due a few brews as well.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

dmd. We're all having heart attacks. We're not used to this kind of tension. And happiness.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 28, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Mooseheads are going down well - huge crowds in downtown Vancouver.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm knitting really fast. It is amazing what a little stress can do.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I prefer watching hockey live, Yellojkt.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 28, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

All this talk about icing is making me hungry.

I've only seen one hockey game in real life. We got $25 tickets through the Cub Scouts for a Capitols game in the newly opened Verizon (nee MCI) Center.

It was a great game and good experience, but not enough to make me a hockey fan.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 28, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Where's that Patrick Kane coming from? He's been all over the ice all day.
Ah, he's from Buffalo. That's practically Canada.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Hubby just walked in the room, Canada jersey on, with a hockey helmet on his head.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Settle down boys.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Getzlaf goes for the gold.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 28, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Was called away for the 2nd and part of the 3rd period, but WOW whadda game!!! Heckuva finish!

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Crap!

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

WOW!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

The cats have disappeared for the night, I think, after that scream... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, I cannot take another period of this.

We'll just have to settle down and score one more, maybe two.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Ho-leeee [expletive]

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Holy Mary, Mutha a Gawd!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

You have got to be kidding

Posted by: teddymzuri | February 28, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I am blaming dmdspouses hockey helmet, we just scared the crap out of the dog.

What a game!!!!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh. My. god.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if that's a Zamboni or the green machine? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Sudden death 20 minute period correct?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Yep. I think Roenick's gonna have an accident in the very near future... :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Before the final period I will say win or lose, these games have given me so many moments to feel pride in my nation. Nice not to have to rely on the hockey team for that pride, a win would merely be a bonus. Well done Vancouver and the Canadian athletes.

4 on 4 20 minutes sudden death.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Like, wow.

Seriously - ya gotta love this, no matter who wins in the OT.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 28, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

And a shootout if it is still tied after 20 minutes.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Agreed bc, this is why we LOVE hockey.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I wish they'd get on to it, or I'm going to be very late to a birthday party.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Who is the NBC guy who was about to cry? Nice that it's a good game, but the hype is a bit much. Go Canada!

Posted by: seasea1 | February 28, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I've got to walk away. I' going outside again. Please finish before I get back.

dmd said it well. No matter who wins, its been a marvelous game.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

YAY CANADA!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Crosby, of course... *SIGH*

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

YAAAA

Posted by: Boko999 | February 28, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to the Canuckis. Well done.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Canada and to the USA. Great game!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

And this is my first time watching hockey.
Count me in as a life time fan now!!!

Posted by: DNA_Girl | February 28, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Sid scores when it counts most, people hockey does not get any better, well done to both teams. Honour all round.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Congrats, Canada, that was a whale of a finish.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 28, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Poor Ryan Miller. He looks so sad. And still so cute.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Fitting.

Posted by: teddymzuri | February 28, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I turned off the sound and went to get my coat, and then caught the movement on tv. It was red movement, so I turned the sound back on.

I'm sorry.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

US hockey loses but boodle peace and love is gained. And, the invasion will be post-phoned with the drinking and mild form of debauchery that Canadians are known for.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 28, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

And as much as a goalie can be a stud, Ryan Miller sure as heck was for this tournament.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 28, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Watching the replay. Aieeeeeeeeeeee... 5 hole.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Team USA on winning the medal count. Now I'm gonna finish off this Dan Aykroyd.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 28, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

best 2 outta 3 ?
Congrats to my other favourite country eh

Posted by: greenwithenvy | February 28, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

What an exciting game. Although I know those Americans are hurting, they surely earned respect. So congrats to the Canadians. They certainly earned it.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

If I were in that crowd today in Vancouver, even as an American, I would have wanted the Canadians to win just to experience the love-fest.

There's nothing like a happy crowd!

CA-NA-DA!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I think I'll have a beer to celebrate. Let us see what is in the R household fridge.

Hmmmm, Old Milwaukee. Just so you know.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Yes, there is something very fitting in a couple of ways about the home team winning, and winning in "their" sport.

Although I can't figure out why they are holding bouquets of broccoli.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Broccoli with cheese, no less!

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Piling on to the huge CONGRATULATIONS to Canada for that terrific game! And, of course, to my dear Canukistani boodlers!

*hoping that Mike Babcock can now goose the Detroit Red Wings into winning more games this season and even into the playoffs (obtaining Stanley this season is unlikely to happen, sadly)*

Gotta tell ya -- "O Canada" is now ingratiating its way into my brain as the official toon cootie. It is such a lovely national anthem (much easier to sing than ours, and much more peaceful ... whaddya gonna do?)

Woo-hoo to you-hoo!

Posted by: -ftb- | February 28, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

One more thing -- without their helmets, all the players look like they're 12, somehow. Even the ones going bald.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 28, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

What a game! Congrats to Canada and hooray for a so exciting game, Americans. We are fighters. But I'm tired.

Posted by: Windy3 | February 28, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

http://communities.canada.com/vancouversun/blogs/inthegarden/archive/2010/01/09/no-native-b-c-flora-in-olympic-bouquet.aspx

Posted by: seasea1 | February 28, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching last week's Amazing Race and they are in Chile. The countryside is gorgeous but they are at a lake surrounded by volcanoes.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 28, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Any Canadians know the celebration line up? Hoping to catch a glimpse of Natalie Macmaster....is she performing?

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 28, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I know what you mean.

With only the closing ceremonies left to go, I am starting to wonder what the heck I am going to watch on TV now?

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Some of the American news reports are just a tiny bit patronizing. The implication is that it is a good thing the Canadians won because, you know, they're so cute in the way they take this "hockey" thing so seriously.

It's true that this probably means more to the Canadians than it does to the Americans, but the Americans fought very hard, and the grief in their faces at losing is quite real. They wanted this very badly and my heart goes out to them The recognize hat a tremendous accomplishment defeating Canada would have been. And to patronize the sport and what the Canadians have done is to patronize the American athletes as well.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Just seeing pictures of Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, now closed as celebrating fans pack the street to rejoice. Yes we love hockey.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Rumours Neil Young is performing.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Rumours Neil Young is performing.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

But no Rush @ the closing ceremony??? I mean, "Closer to the Heart," c'mon!!! :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Canada and all my Canadian friends on a great Olympics and what I've heard was a great hockey game. I had just gone out the door to walk the dog when the final goal was scored, but I missed most of the game with dog chores and phone calls.

I think it's very fitting that you guys won the gold and I enjoyed seeing and hearing the ceremony with everyone singing along to your anthem. As others have said, it's vastly better than ours! (Why ours isn't America the Beautiful I'll never understand.)

Posted by: badsneakers | February 28, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Also rumours of Rush, Celine, Nickelback, Michael Buble. I am hoping for Great Big Sea to get the place dancing.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

NEILLLLLLLLLLLLL.

Oh my, people are watching! MUST.NOT.REVEAL.BLATANT.NEIL.LOVE.

Rearranging myself with knitting on one side and student papers on the other; adjusting marmish glasses.

OK. All's right with the world.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | February 28, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Hello all!

Just getting to the Boodle. Today is MIL's birthday. We made her brunch and played several cutthroat rounds of gin rummy. :o)

Cassandra, I sending all my hugs to you. For me, the weeks and days leading up to my son's birthday are always the hardest part. You are in my heart always.

To my Canadian friends, congratulations! I didn't get to watch it, but it sounds like it was a terrific game.

MofP, I'm so glad the tsunami was not the catastrophe it was thought to be.

Take care all.

Posted by: Moose13 | February 28, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Why would Limbaugh perform?

Oh, wait...

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Re the closing,

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/02/28/bc-vancouver-olympics-closing-ceremony.html?ref=rss

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I want to like Rush. Goodness knows I do. I hate being considered a philistine who doesn't, ya know, "get" Rush.

But the truth is, to me, Geddy Lee's voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard. I find their music pretentious and annoying.

But my son likes Rush. So there must be something to it.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Alanis and Shania have been spotted in Van.
Pamela Anderson has also been been appearing in and out of a Canadian flag. Bongo accompaniment?

Posted by: Boko999 | February 28, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts eggsaktly, Mudge (re: Limbaugh).

I've been on Yonge Street. It sure didn't look then how it looks like now!

If I'm still awake, I'll be sure to spin off and watch Brothers and Sisters. I just like seeing that Sally Field is as old as I am and still looks good.

Posted by: -ftb- | February 28, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

ftb, I was at the game when the Jays won their second world series, the feeling that night on the streets of Toronto was so much fun, so much celebration, strangers hugging and high fiving, I am sure tonight will top that in not only Toronto but across the country.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Geddy Lee and Neil Young could do the duet "To All the Girl's I've Loved Before." Cats would be committing suicide for blocks around.

Posted by: Boko999 | February 28, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

RD, I'm not a Rush fan either-- either one.

This might come as a shock to you, but I have heard tell that teenagers sometimes delibrately prefer things which they know will drive their parents completely up the wall. Even the good ones... could this be somehow at work in Chez Padouk?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

But what of the instrumentals, RD_P???

Indeed, Boko, indeed.

But Geddy's really been working on those voice lessons. I hear he can get all the way down to soprano now.

:-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Oooh, Diana Krall. Was wondering where lots of these folks were during the opening ceremonies. The closing is usually much more of a party. Woo Hoo! (still tape delayed here, though) Wonder if Gordon will be there. I was wondering about Natalie McMaster too.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 28, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it will just be Neil Peart doing his version of the Hockey night in Canada theme!

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

yellojkt, that's why it's called the Ring of Fire.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 28, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry Scotty, but I must add my voice to RDP and Wilbrod. Why oh why do I feel like a traitor?

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

So RD_P, Wilbrod and dr are all submitting audition tapes to Neil & Alex?

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Bare Naked Ladies have been all over this Olympics I would be surprised if they were not there, would also LOVE to see Colin James perform, local boy and all.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"Bare Naked Ladies"... talk about fraud in advertising.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | February 28, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

It was the best Hockey game, It was the worst Hockey game.

Ever I watched.

I was rootin' for both teams and it was gut wrenching..

Gastroectomy...

Yay Canada. You do own the podium in my book.

Most Gold, and a Bronze in the overall.

O Canada, our lovely neighbor to the North


O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide, O Canada,
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.


Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Posted by: omnigood | February 28, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

It seems there will be moose antlers.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Count me as someone who totally digs Rush, too.

I'm pretty sure I've seen them more than any other arena-type rock band (I dunno, 8-10 times?), and enjoy the heck out of their shows every time. Besides, isn't "The Trees" some sort of Canadian national anthem?

bc

PS. I think "Closer to the Heart" was just behind "Stairway to Heaven" in terms of most frequently played High School guitar tune 30 years ago. Oy vey.

Posted by: -bc- | February 28, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

BNL is not BNL anymore without Steven Page. Sigh.

Posted by: -TBG- | February 28, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I am of mixed feelings regarding the knowledge that there are no known recordings of the BPH renditions of "O Canada" some years ago.

I'm pretty sure Scottynuke and felt we could make up for what we lack in vocal talent with volume.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | February 28, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Agreed TBG.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, have no fear, I'll never tell where you hid the digital recorder at that IBPH...

Oooops.

Posted by: Scottynuke | February 28, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

bc, that is the best way to sing it.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope you guys are seeing this.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Cute - Revenge of the fourth pillar! Better late than never. I love it.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

I find this bit startlingly moving.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

When in doubt laugh at yourself.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone in the audience dressed like they are at the front row of a Gallagher show?

Posted by: yellojkt | February 28, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

NBC is skipping the introduction of the Chiefs of the First Nations.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

That must be the peppiest version of Oh Canada I have ever heard.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I like the retro look of the US outfits. Cool caps.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Does my heart good to see Brian Miller smile.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Rogers lent every one of his sweaters.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Joannie Rochette smile too.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Too many commercials. I mean, I have most of them memorized already anyway.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Why would Limbaugh perform?

Oh, wait...

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I have the good fortune of being able to flip between Canadian and US coverage during commercials - thought US is on a slight delay.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

When in doubt, remember that moose antlers go with everything.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Oops, sorry for the burp.

Meant to say that Boko's 7:33 made me laugh out loud.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Greek anthem

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Russian anthen best nthem ever.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

OK, this guy is no Meat Loaf.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I assume that the flag is really further from the flames than it appears.

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

I don't knowthat I have ever heard the Russian anthem sung by a full choir before.

One of the nicest to listen to anthems. Intimidating, but nice.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

And it's real long.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Russian anthem seems to be the longest one if nothing else.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 28, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Vast Oil Sands is available as a boodle handle.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

These commercials I shall not miss.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow NBC is about 10 minutes behind.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I pity those poor poor people trapped in those bubbles desperately trying to escape.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

All this speechifying is taking the party atmosphere right out of me.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The ballet is just starting now dmd.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The tape delay is in case one of the Russians has a wardrobe malfunction. America is not prepared to accidentally view an exposed Muscovite nipple.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Howdy y'all. Cassandra, my best hugs and wishes to you throughout a hard day.

Martooni!!
Hi teddy!

I'm sorry I missed the hockey; had a special evensong concert to sing. About 3 hours travel time for an hour service, but good.

Intermittently seeing some of the closing ceremony: nice tenor. Excellent choir with the Russian anthem, I had to watch & listen all the way through.

I like the bubble people's light suits. Natty and practical. At first I though they were rolling out some Wayne Coynes (his entrance in a bubble is a Flaming Lips specialty) but he doesn't have a nifty light suit.

The Boy says the crazy opera singer is back. Gotta go see.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 28, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

The guy digging under the fence to get to the Burning Pillars was a nice self-deprecating touch.
His royal highness Jacques Rogge could get lost for all I care. What a bunch of self-important stooges.

What a game. Next time the hot Canadian goalie should be in the goals, he should not be wearing a suit and watch the game from the stands.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

John Furlong whipping the crowd in a frenzy.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

I like the pretty float with the electric horsies.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I am not looking forward so much to the next winter Olympics. The Russians appear to have missed out on the whimsy gene.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 28, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

They cheer for a rather long time about the hockey.

I have decided it is OK if NBC wants to make fun of us about our hockey love. Its quite goofy really.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I believe that this is a warning shot that the Russians intend to embrace Pageantry with great enthusiasm.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I' m back from a long washroom break. That guy still speaking? Where's the gonG?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Anybody got a hook?

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Now that was a Costume. What was she, twenty feet tall with huge wings, wandering around on a giant hamster ball with ghost horses (with nifty light suits) inside.

Anyone have any luck finding Brag yet? I have not but my skills are poor.

Posted by: Ivansmom | February 28, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Never give an Irish man a mike :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

But Furlong does nave a nice purple tie.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

His serenissime highness will speak.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Is "Olympism" even a word?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Guess so.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

For Gawd's sake Jacko, wrap it up.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Neil Young

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Here's Neil.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Please don't let Furlong speak french again.

Now Neil. Perfect.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh good, Neil Young. Interesting hat.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 28, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

That was French? (inquiring furrowed brows)

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

The years haven't much harmed Neil's beautifully rich voice have they?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I had an hour-long interruption. What did I miss?

I'm glad to be back to hear Neill Young! I do love him.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh sure, *now* the columns work.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Shatner

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Captain Kirk!

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | February 28, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh that is just so right. Bill!

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Bill!!! It's Bill!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, you can't beat Shatner, so I'm heading to bed...

Posted by: RD_Padouk | February 28, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

CheeeezeWhiz!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

What? I missed what Shatner said about making love. What did he say? WHAT? WHAT?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Making love in a Canoe

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

'I'll get it bronzed' giggling

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I love a country that can make fun of itself.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

This is really fun! Oh, MJ Fox, great ovation! I'd like to see the Russians be able to do this sort of thing - never happen!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 28, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Did something malfunction after Michael pulled that lever? Was something supposed to be displayed that didn't?

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

table hockey!

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

And now you see how we learned to make love in canoes. Big canoes.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Cute. Shakespeare's Puck.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

The table hockey is fabulous!

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

"They always enjoy a giant inflatable beaver." Thank you, Bob Costas.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Nickelback.

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

Saying in my best Marg Delahunty voice 'We're just goofin around'

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Quite spectacular and fun, bravo Canada!

Posted by: badsneakers | February 28, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

All of America has suddenly experienced whiplash. There won't be an unoccupied neck brace anywhere on this continent.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

So, I'm hearing that NBC has stopped showing the ceremonies, even though they're not over? Great "live" TV, non?

Posted by: seasea1 | February 28, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, NBC just cut it off so they could air the premier of some stupid Seinfeld show. Darn. Ah well, kudos to Canada for a great Olympics and for earning so many medals. Kudos to the US also, I hear that we did much better than expected.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 28, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm just hoping that the world understood that.

If not they will enjoy this part.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Yup, missed Avril, now Alanis.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes, because what could be more important than a marriage reality show starring Alec Baldwin, Kelly Ripka, and Jerry Seinfeld.

National security may be at stake.

Posted by: rickoshea1 | February 28, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope that I can watch Canadian coverage for the next Olympics.

Posted by: seasea1 | February 28, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

You guys are missing some great music. This is the best part.

You guys really ought to complain to NBC. Or maybe the entire country of Canada should.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Now Simple Plan, athletes are all on the floor for this part, mixing and danching.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

A great young band whose name I missed, fom Montreal. Your younguns would know them.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Dmd good catch. These guys are good. Now Hedley from Vancouver.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Hedley, it is like the Juno's broke out at the Olympics. Eldest is very happy now.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, NBC is going to air all the Oly singing/dancing stuff at 11:30 (EST) after the Seinfeld thing and the news. So we won't miss it (unless we go to bed, since we have to go to work tomorrow) here on the East Coast.

But I can't believe I'm watching this Seinfeld thing.

Yanno, I need to go find some food.

Posted by: Curmudgeon5 | February 28, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I like these bands as well :-)

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Fench pop singer from Montreal - Shriek?

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

SCC French, and quite good.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Jacques Rogge is getting his groove on.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I used to be partial to NBC but I'm very angry about this. If they felt they had to air this Seinfeld thing they could have put the ceremony on MSNBC or CNBC. Now I'm grumpy and I'm catching a cold and I don't know whether to try to get the dog to go out again or if he's probably fine as he's passed out here on the sofa. Ah well, goodnight all.

Posted by: badsneakers | February 28, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Very funky dancers and Kos, and now a percussion band, all quite cool but definitely for a younger crowd than I.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

And they are done.

Posted by: dmd3 | February 28, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

A good solid half hour of the best of the best. And a very good best it was.

We take our sport very seriously. We take our music seriously.

Everything in between. Not so much.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

We now return you to your regular programming.

Cue white noise.

Its over. Sigh.

Posted by: --dr-- | February 28, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

finished backskimming. i feel like i was watching the hockey game and a fast forward version of the closing ceremonies. i'll have to look the vid later. spent the day out of the house, and installed a monument. never try to install a cornerstone in a brick wall without an ample supply of tools and about three alternatives when one set of tools fails. a side grinder, an entire set of new masonry bits (hardware store variety; never buy those. ever.) , four grinding wheels and six hours of hard labour, and the monument was installed just as the sun set. home greeted me with six loads of laundry, only half of which is put up. thinking of you, cassandra and Yoki, with the assurance that your faith will see both of you through difficult days. peace be with you both.

Posted by: -jack- | February 28, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk0QzZk5Z5I

Posted by: -jack- | March 1, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

The airing of the ceremony finally got going a while ago here. I couldn't believe NBC spent so much time on prepackaged stuff, some of which I had already seen (and I have not watched closely). I have complained mightily to NBC all along and to anybody else who would listen (as you all know).

Congrats to Canada on an Olympics well done. Always sad when it's over.

Posted by: seasea1 | March 1, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I must say I survived the Olympics without watching any, but I noticed one thing on the web:

BBC lists medals in order by gold: CAN, GER, USA

NYTimes lists in order by total number: USA, GER, CAN

Interesting story on All Things Considered today, that gold and bronze medalists feel much happier than silver medalists.

I wonder why I am supposed to care that someone who happens to be from my country won something. Good for him or her (or the 15 of them) for the incredible achievement, but what does this have to do with me?

LTL-CA

Posted by: Jim19 | March 1, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Congrats to Canada on winning the hockey gold and for putting on a great show with Mounties, beavers, moose and bears. Most importantly, fantastic to see Michael Buble! I heart Buble.

I know it's late and nobody else is probably up but wanted to say my thoughts are with you Cassandra on this most difficult day for you. And, thanks to all of your well wishes on our bullet-dodge of a tsunami. I appreciate your good thoughts! There are some complainers who say that our government cried wolf again with the tsunami but I for one am glad they did. Better to be safe than dead.

My heart goes out to Chile and their great losses. I hope offers of help from other countries with rescue efforts and getting people basic necessities come through. So very, very tragic.

Man, what a weekend.

Posted by: MiddleofthePacific | March 1, 2010 3:24 AM | Report abuse

In a sour grapes way, I'm glad I bailed at 9 and went to bed. I would have been throwing things at the TV when the cut away for The Marriage Ref. I'm not staying up past midnight just to see Avril Lavigne.

Great Olympics, Canuckis. You should be proud of both your performance and your presentation.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Morning all, hi Cassandra!

I loved that they brought back the fourth person to light the pillar that failed to rise at the opening ceremonies. So cool. I enjoyed the music too, am going with friends to see Michael Buble when he comes here in July.

Mr. T has jury duty today, so he was later than usual in rising and later leaving. I hope they have wifi in the room, or he may go crazy. It would be funny (to me) if he got on a jury. What's even funnier is that Geekdottir got a summons the same day he did; she's to go Wednesday.

Okay, oatmeal with all the fixings and a mixed fruit bowl on the ready room table.

Brag, please check in!

Posted by: slyness | March 1, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

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

Morning, friends. It's still cold here, although we're turning into spring. Can't really complain with the sun so bright, there's much to be thankful for.

Just wanted to update the boodle on the situation with my dad. He getting a new place on the old place, and that should happen today. I'm a little worried about him moving back alone, but it's what he wanted. Perhaps some of the sisters are planning on living with him, I don't know, I'm a little out of the loop now.

Time to get out and enjoy some of that sunshine.

Scotty, Yoki, Martooni, Mudge, Lindaloo, and all the gang, have a great day, although I hear some of you are getting more snow? I hope not. Folks have got to be snow weary and just plain tired of the white snuff.

Slyness, you finished the walk yet? I hope your neck of the woods dodge that snow bullet.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 1, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

'morning all. I conked out before the end of the (pretty good) Olympic show. This syndrone is called Accumulated Olympic Fatigue I believe.

That would be Marie-Mai dmd. Not exactly my scene but she is the most successful finalist of Star Academie, the local version of American Idol. She didn't win but she was a finalist in the first or second season. As in the American show the winners of recent seasons are being increasingly irrelevant.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | March 1, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Although after I have seen some of the highlights on the web, I'm a bit disappointed I missed the giant inflatable beaver. That last number struck me as perhaps Springtime For Maple Leafs as choreographed by Monty Python.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

LTL-CA, that is a very small town attitude for someone who comes from a pretty big place.

The relevance is because it happened in the world we share. You can join in or not, but if you don't you miss out in the journey we share on this planet.

Posted by: --dr-- | March 1, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Think you nailed it exactly.

Loved the Shatner part, and I can't believe I am saying that, working at a boat show once had an inquiry wanting to know which canoe was the best to make love in, question from a pretty female to our young male intern - watching him turn purple with embarrassment - priceless.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 1, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Did the Shatner canoe joke have anything to do with Obama losing the beer bet?

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

LTL,
This is what one of my Facebook friends (not a boodler) had to say about that general topic:

"Some people were born within the same geographical borders as we were. Some of them can skate really fast and hit a piece of rubber with a stick and make it go past some guy from another country and into a net. Apparently, if enough of them do that more than those guys from those other countries, this is important. In ...related news, some ducks weigh more than some witches."

In other words, the Olympics just wouldn't be as exciting without the patina of jingoistic nationalism.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

The Olympics were interesting because of the exposure to sports one doesn't usually see on TV around here, like curling and some of the skiing and snowboarding events. And of course the luge, skeleton and bobsled are Olympic staples. I didn't really care who won any particular event, altho' I admit to being pleased when the Russians didn't win the gold in mens skating and ice dancing. But that was related more to their attitude (poor sports) than anything else. I thought it was great to see people excel at their chosen sport and I could admire the years of training it took for them to get that good. None of this has anything to do with what country they came from. I do think there's too much emphasis on how many medals each country earns.

Posted by: badsneakers | March 1, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm back from the walk. It's cold out there, but the intensity of the winter chill is gone. There is hope that spring will come!

Mr. T checked in. There are comfy chairs and wifi and vending machines in the jury assembly room. He will survive the day!

He has decided that the new garage needs power, so he's going to work with a firefighter who is also an electrician to run a line. Therein is one of the great benefits of fire department employment; at least one firefighter works on the side doing everything the rest of us need to have done. I gotta go take photos of our electrical box to send him so he'll know what to buy.

Posted by: slyness | March 1, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

FWIW, I note that President Obama bet for a case of Yuengling - the Official Beer of the BPH.

Before you ask -- I did not have to look up how to spell that, and I will skip right into denial about what that may say about me.

bc

Posted by: -bc- | March 1, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Hallo, Boodlers!
Just a quick hello from Santiago. If anyone wonders. No injuries, no damage in my building. If I can find a place in the library this afternoon, will write details on this great catasrophe, which was 900 times stronger than Haiti cuaque and has caused heavy damage to more than 14 cities.

Posted by: Braguine | March 1, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Brag,
Great to hear from you. We were all worried. Glad you are unharmed and our best hopes and prayers to all the Chileans.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Brag!!! So glad you are well.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 1, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Brag!

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 1, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Glad to hear you're shaken but all right, Brag!

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 1, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

So good to hear from you, Brag! Take care!

Posted by: Moose13 | March 1, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Yay, Brag is ok!

Posted by: badsneakers | March 1, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Brag! Thanks for checking in.

Posted by: Raysmom | March 1, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

BRAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yay -- you're alive and well and we're all thrilled!

*whew*

Posted by: -ftb- | March 1, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

'Morning, Boodle. Don't know if you've been following this story buried low down on the WaPo home page, but the DOT appears to be about to furlough 2,000 gummint employees, especially those who are working on safety programs such as the drunk driving campaigns and seat belt stuff, etc. The "car" programs aren't affected. According to the article at http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2010/03/eye_opener_congressional_delay.html?hpid=news-col-blog this is all the doing of one single senator, Bunning of Kentucky, who has single-handedly held up some appropriations bill.

Nobody seems to know yet how this affects gummint contractors, but we expect to find out today. (My suspicion is that if anybody gets furloughed, it'll only be a day or two.)

Meanwhile, if anybody wants to call Sen. Bunning a bunch of nasty names, be my guest.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 1, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Mudge, isn't Bunning the guy who said "tough sh*t" on Friday (literally) to workers whose unemployment benefits were due to run out yesterday? Consensus seems to be that it will get passed today or tomorrow. The delay means extra processing costs, though, to halt and then reinstate all the unemployment checks.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | March 1, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Good to know "safety" is expendable - Oh My!

Posted by: dmd3 | March 1, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Question for the Canadians. If some reports are true, if the Canadian Hockey team had failed, Canada would have been contracted into a collective fetal position and done nothing but moan quietly to themselves until the Vernal Equinox. Is Hockey *rally* that central to the national character?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 1, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

And to think that Bunning used to pitch (IIRC) for the Detroit Tigers way back in the day. Michigan is well rid of him! What a jerk! I'll come up with more appropriate expletive-laden names for him in a minute, but you all can come up with your own.

Posted by: -ftb- | March 1, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Glad to hear from Brag and to know that he is unharmed. Looking forward to his missives from one of the Santiago libraries (the main one?) because nothing--absolutely nothing--beats first-person accounts, even if Santiago is not the epicenter of the disaster.

Brag is certainly close enough to the towns of damage and misery to his south and southeast and to Chile's media to provide a better understanding or clearer picture of the situations on the ground to all of us.

I read that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will arrive in Chile tomorrow. Interesting that Clinton will not touch down on the ground of Chile's eastern neighbor, Argentina, but will conduct a meeting with Argentina's female president in Uruguay. The end of the NYT article mentions the very recent British troubles in Argentina's Falkland Islands and the spat over oil. Martin Savidge had a 30-second mention of this growing tension during his PBS WorldFocus program on Friday, (perhaps Thursday) of last week.

I bet a Google news search would show that it's British Petroleum that is the entity that wants to drill in the waters near these islands off the coast of Argentina. Note that Allende in her "My Invented Country" mentions the large British popultion and influence in Chile.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/01/world/americas/01clinton.html?hp

More interesting to me is President Clinton's release of important documents related to Chile's history during his tenure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_Chilean_coup_d'%C3%A9tat

Excerpt from Wiki entry:
The U.S. Government’s hostility to the election of Socialist President Salvador Allende government was substantiated in documents declassified during the Clinton administration, involving the CIA, which show that covert operatives were inserted in Chile, in order to prevent a Marxist government from arising and subsequent propagandist operations which were designed to push Chilean president Eduardo Frei to support "a military coup which would prevent Allende from taking office on the 3rd of November."
***

The following two grafs from this section of the entry are worth reading, and it gets even more interesting if one clicks on the Agustin Edwards Eastman link. Notice the family links to the mot influential newspaper(s) of Chile.

Posted by: laloomis | March 1, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I don't think Bunning literally said tough sh*t on the Senate floor.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | March 1, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Bunning is grandstanding. Yes, the deficit must be brought under control. But fixating on this issue is like a father screaming to his family about leaving the kitchen light on while the furnace is being fed with dollar bills.

If Bunning is really serious about the deficit, he should sponsor a bill to cut Defense, Medicare, and Social Security, or raise taxes. Those are the only two meaningful options.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | March 1, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

mudge,
You are just the guying standing in the median during the latest game of Pork Barrel Chicken.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Brag: Cariños y besos. *w*

Posted by: laloomis | March 1, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

RD, I don'think we would have curled into a ball if we had lost, very sad, people questioning our hockey system, second guessing player selection and a big downer, but we have been there before.

Most of our friends love hockey, their children and our play hockey it is important but the games brought so much pride to the people not sure losing a game would have lost that -- but others may see it differently.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 1, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Here is what Bunning said literally:

"Well, we have tried to work this out with the majority, particularly after the pay-go vote last week. When 100 senators are for a bill and we can't find $10 billion to pay for it, there's something the matter, seriously the matter with this body. I've said that last night. I don't want to repeat myself. I have offered several ways to pay for it. If everybody in this chamber -- and there is no senators except me here right now, but there are 100 members of this body -- believes as the senator from Illinois does that this is essential and we should pass it, then we should pay for it. There are going to be other bills brought to this floor that are not going to be paid for, and I'm going to object every time they do it. I don't much agree with the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, but it was striking yesterday when he said if at the present level of debt and the present administration's budget is passed, that the debt of the United States will be unsustainable, unsustainable to me means that there is a chance of one of the rating agencies downgrading the rating on our debt. We cannot allow that to happen. Because I have got too many young grandchildren that want America to be the same America that I grew up in. And I'm worried to death that that's not going to be the case."

I prefer Wheezy's translation.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Yep, Wheezy, that's the guy.

ftb, it's even worse than that. Not only did he pitch for the Tigers, he pitched for a long time with MY PHILLIES!!! He was great! He was a 20-game winner. I used to LOVE Jim Bunning -- before he became a [rectum]. I think I read something a year or two ago about some poll or other that ranked him dead last as the least effective senator, something like that. Even as a highly conserv type, he simply does almost nothing even on behalf of that agenda. (Maybe that's the best thing about him.)

I think on behalf of dbG, omni, and any other past or present Fuldulphians/Pennsylvani-ites, we can effectively disown Bunning from the City of Brotherly Love.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 1, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

It's 1-2-3 Canada, US, and Finland for both women's and men's hockey.

That's freaky. Somebody MUST be in a fetal ball back in Europe.


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | March 1, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

It was my bad luck yesterday to pick up a copy of Texas Monthly after spot-shopping in our neighborrhood HEB supermarket. While my husband was checking out, I thumbed the Texas Monthly cover story of "Bucket List" activities to do in Texas. One of them on the inside pages, with an oversized photo, was to play Chicken Sh!t Bingo in Austin. There were other destinations and activities that placed much higher on my list than:

http://www.heremagazine.com/chicken.html

Since we got up so late, we decided to have a breakfast at a Mexican restarurant only a block or so from our subdivision. Our waitress Teresa, an Anglo, came from California--born in Gardena, raised in Modesto and lived there for some number of years, and relocated to Hayward--before moving here with her Texas husband in 1999. She now calls herself a "Calitonian"--a word derived from "Californian" and "San Antonian." She says she can withstand high summer temperatures in dry heat, but the high humidity Alamo City summers still make her melt--even after a decade.

Posted by: laloomis | March 1, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Jeez... I hope the fact that an email I sent to Mudge this morning was returned "address rejected" doesn't reveal anything about his employment status.

So glad to hear from Brag! The other folks out there looking for him and I have been in touch, so I was happy to notify them that he's OK.

Posted by: -TBG- | March 1, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

TBG (and anybody else): remove the CRT from the middle of my e-mail address. Then it should work. Just first name dot last name.

Yes, very glad to hear our Brag is alive and unhurt.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 1, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Very glad that Brag was able to check in and is fine. I'm looking forward to his account, also.

Hmmm. Today's main task is to make dessert for a women of the church meeting tomorrow. Do I make a red velvet cake, or red velvet cupcakes? Got the mix, have to decide...

Posted by: slyness | March 1, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

RD, in '06, Wayne Gretzky was the guy who put the team together. Canada didn't make it to the medal round.

"It's a hard tournament to win," Gretzky said. "In saying that, it's horrible to lose. We all have a hand in this, we all have a responsibility in this loss. But there's no words to describe how devastating a loss this is."

That was about the nicest thing anyone had to say.

Posted by: byoolin1 | March 1, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Brag,
You've got competition. *l* Note that these posts are all, apparently, coming from Santaigo.

http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/01/latest-updates-on-chiles-earthquake/?hp

Posted by: laloomis | March 1, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

slyness, how big is the group? If it's more than a few, I'd vote for cupcakes. Better not to be dependent on the availability of forks. And cupcakes are fun.

Posted by: -bia- | March 1, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

So, hockey in Canada isn't a matter of life or death. It's much more important than that.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

A little something for the Boodle (NOT a tune cootie; safe for work): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0KcJ9su_z4

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 1, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

W-Gnome, I think that country is Sweden (hockey fetal ball), but they sure did win some of the cross-country skiing medals which seemed to surprise everyone (especially the Swedes).

I've got a friend/colleague in Toronto, and emailed him (and all my friends and clients up in various parts of Canada) after the game yesterday. This guy said that everyone in Toronto was going around saying "Yay, Canada -- sorry." This guy *is* funny generally, but that cracked me up.

A lot of Red Wings (past and present (and perhaps future)) played a part in Canada's win. I think it was Stevie Yzerman who actually picked the players, Mike Babcock coached (the Red Wings are playing the Avalanche tonight, apparently, in Colorado -- at least it's only one time zone of difference), and several of the players were on the team (Brian Rafalski played for the US team).

Hey, Yoki! Does my love of hockey mean that if I move up to Canada, I'll be able to fit in seamlessly? I mean, I can practice being polite. . . . And, I can *snort* as well as the best of them, too.

Posted by: -ftb- | March 1, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Yes, ftb... but how are you at the liberal use of the letter "U" ?

Posted by: -TBG- | March 1, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I think because the chances of a Canadian NHL team winning the Stanley Cup are rare, the international wins mean a lot, I mean really I am never going to see the Leafs win the cup.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 1, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Brag! Truly delighted to hear from you. I am glad you are safe and look forward to your reports.

Ivansdad was pleased that so many young American women enter and do so well in the Dangerous Winter Sports. Not so long ago young women were not encouraged to risk life and limb in pursuit of fun and excellence. Now, it is unremarkable. Well done.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 1, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

From CNN: Bunning led a spirited Senate debate with Democrats over the issue. He said he doesn't oppose extending the programs -- he just doesn't want to add to the deficit. Two Democratic aides on the Senate floor Thursday night said Bunning muttered "tough s---" as Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, criticized Bunning's stance on the package.

/end quote

So apparently the first report I heard was right after all. What a jerk.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | March 1, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

You bet, Ivansmom. I'm ancient enough to remember that "girls" who played basketball were relegated to the half-court game. And basketball isn't that dangerous, unless you're trying to get the rebounds, especially offensively off the boards. Not that *I* would ever do that, what with my knees and back, but still . . . .

TBG, I guess I could, um, swing both ways, but, well, U know ...

Posted by: -ftb- | March 1, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

ftb, have a hard time believing you are not one of us already.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 1, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Brag!!! *somewhat-belated-but-heartfelt Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | March 1, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Same here Ivansmom, in Turin Canadian women won 16 of 24 medals, similar ratio in Vancouver, quite a few articles trying to figure out what it is that makes the women so successful.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 1, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, y'all.

In today's intallment of "What's Baking at The Olys" I'm featuring a scrumptious..

"sound of MrJS' voice from next room*

Really? They are?

*doing my best Emily Litella smile for the boodle*

Never mind.

Posted by: MsJS | March 1, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

In my mind, residents of Minnekota are already honorary Canadians.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Aw, thanks, dmd. Proudly.

As for "what it is that makes the women so successful" -- perhaps it might be that "someone" is paying more attention to the women and the sports in which they choose to engage. At least on the NBC coverage, it must be noted that there were an overwhelming number of camera shots devoted to almost slobbering attention to the highly photogenic Lindsey Vonn. Not so much to the other women athletes.

See, the filter is set at degrees of hotness, apparently, in addition to (and sometimes in place of) ability. In other words, it's what ya look like and not what ya do and/or how you do it.

Posted by: -ftb- | March 1, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Do I seem overly cranky today?

Posted by: -ftb- | March 1, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I did not see enough of the NBC coverage to judge anything, but when I did there did seem to be a lot of Lindsay.

I was glad CTV reached out to all demographics, particularly the young with the inclusion of MuchMusic commentators and entertainment commentators, may not have been exactly what I liked but ensured the games had appeal to young and old.

NBC might take note - from what I saw aimed at boomer and above audience.

Posted by: dmd3 | March 1, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

ftb, it wasn't just NBC that went a bit Vonn-bonkers.

I watched very little of the Olys, so maybe other Murikans can answer this. Judging from the boodle I'd say there were a number of physically attractive athletes of both genders from many countries. Was NBC primarily hooked on attractive Murikan athletes, attractive female Murikan athletes, or some other noticeable pattern?

Every time I tuned in NBC seemed attracted to either their own announcers or to commercials. But I've been known to possess bad timing in these matters.

Brag, good to hear from you. Looking forward to your stories.

Posted by: MsJS | March 1, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, please scold MrJS for me. "What's Baking at the Olys" has been one of my favorite features. I'll be sorry to lose it.

Hmmm. . ."What's Baking in Spring Training?"

I don't know about national distinctions, but the Boy remarked several times that the Olympics was full of hot girls.

Posted by: Ivansmom | March 1, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Lindsey Vonn is in a sport completely off my radar screen so I will take your word on her hawtness (although Facebook friends of Julia Mancuso think her hips are little wide: http://bit.ly/9U3Z59), but the facts I am aware of are:

1. She did win at least one gold medal.
2. She's an American.
3. Her pre-Olympic injury gave her that 'overcoming adversity' storyline that NBC loves.

It's amazing there wasn't more coverage of her.

Complaining of Olympic coverage focusing on Pretty People is a mug's game. Just by being young and fit, Olympic athletes are nearly all in the top decile of attractiveness.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

MsJS, a summary of the Canadian coverage, note they are claiming 99% of Canadians experienced some part of the Olympics via the various ways to watch the games.

Same paper ran articles on hot athletes of the games, both male and female.

http://olympics.thestar.com/2010/article/773106--zelkovich-kudos-to-ctv-rogers-for-an-olympic-job-well-done

Posted by: dmd3 | March 1, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

New kit, fyi...

Posted by: joelache | March 1, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

In 9very mild) defense of NBC, it makes sense that they would tend to favor coverage of either Americans or North Americans, since that is naturally going to be their primary audience. What's the point of focusing a lot of attention on some Slovakian when NBC's viewership over there is going to be in high double digits? So, yes, coverage tends to be skewed toward their primary viewership, and I'm not so sure that's a bad thing.

And yes, they picked out certain people and fawned over the, but I don't see that as anything peculiar to NBC, or to current coverage practices. Even in the good old days of Jim McKay and Wide World of Sports they always focused on certain people. Part of it has to do with trying to figure out beforehand who the likely winner of an event is going to be, and getting a lot of background on that person. This also makes sense. Why focus on somebody seeded 9th?

Then you have the clearly attention-grabbing things, such as the focus on Joannie Rochette, which speaks for itself, Youi just HAVE to cover stuff like that, or your old, curmudgeonly editor somewhere will get all over your case. So it's simply a case of excess, how much is too much. If it was easy, anybody could do it.

Another part of the problem is that the number of events has approximately doubled in the last 25 years. Didn't it go from something like 49 events to 89 events? Think how much harder it is to cram twice as many events into the same 24-hour day. Back in the Jim McKay era, there was only one channel to cover the whole thing. Now, at least, they have multiple channels, though it still might not be enough.

So NBC has a tough problem: do their mad-dash helter-skelter coverage, jumping all over the place (and pissing viewers off), or sticking with one event and ignoring others (and pissing people off). It's lose-lose.

Also, consider the staffing and infrastructure problem of covering twice as many events. Double the staff, double the payroll. especially since the payroll is like to include a disproportionate number of high-salary experts and former greats, as opposed to just adding more cameramen. You've also got to hire Biff and Sally Jean to provide the color commentary, and at least one of them has to be a former champion of some sort.

I'm not sure the question is why did NBC mess up so much. I think it may just be they could have done much, much worse than they did. Me, I want Roone Arledge and Jim McKay back, but that's not in the cards.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | March 1, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

15 minutes. A near-perfect mudging by no less than The Boss hisself.

Posted by: yellojkt | March 1, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Brag, happy that you're okay, stay safe.

Wrote a really long comment, but the comment monster ate it up. Too tired to rewrite. Have a great evening, folks or rather a great night.

Posted by: cmyth4u | March 1, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

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