Saturday, February 13, 2010

What The...???

Is going on around here? This was the scene at my house last night:

And this:

Now, I realize by most standards, this is nothing. But, we haven't had snow in this neck of the woods since 1989. I seriously doubt anyone owns a snow shovel, unless they brought it with them when they moved from the Frozen North to escape this sort of thing and forgot to leave it behind. I am willing to bet my local True Value doesn't even SELL snow shovels (why? Sand shovels, yes, snow shovels, no). So, for US, this is pretty dramatic.

Perhaps it is an homage to the Winter Olympics opening in Vancouver. Yes, I am sure that is it. That is why 49 out of 50 states for the first time in, well, maybe EVER, have snow on the ground. Crazy, crazy weather.

I am glad the Winter Olympics are here. It's the only time I get to see one of my favorite sports. That's right, Curling. I love it. I don't know why we only get to see it every four years, though I imagine the upper states might get to see it more often. We sure don't. Then there's the figure skating - love it, luge, ski jumping, snow boarding, slalom, all of it - I love the Olympics, Winter and Summer.

I cannot mention the Winter Olympics, though, without acknowledging the tragic training accident that took the life of the young luger from the country of Georgia, Nodar Kumaritashvili. So very sad that this 21 year old was taken so suddenly on the eve of this great sporting occasion. My heart goes out to him, his family, and his team. How difficult it must be for them to still go on. But go on, they will, as will the rest of the athletes in Vancouver. May they be safe, and free from injury, during this competition.

I will go on, too, though I can certainly relate to the sorrow. I am thankful that my mother lived a long, full life. But still, as I move through life without her, I am so glad for the pleasant,and often exciting, distraction, that is the Winter Olympics. It couldn't have come at a better time.

Now, what time is Curling on?


Mary Ellen said...

My husband and I watch Curling, too! We love it! I wonder if I should have a "Live Curling Post" going?

I wrote a post today about Huffington Post's horrible coverage of the poor athlete who died. They actually put up close up pics of him as the paramedics were working on him in his last moments. Do they have any clue how horrible it would be for his friends and family to see that plastered all over the Internet? Not to mention, they had the comment section open and you know how juvenile those people are at Huff. Ugh..that was an all time low, IMO.

I'll e-mail you a pic of my daughter's Siberian Husky who was having a ball in the snow...they're in PA and got socked bigtime!

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, ME! YES, you should have a live post abt curling! Did you watch it last Olympics when the two sisters played, one of whom was the captain? They didn't come through as expected, especially given their record, but still - they were fun to watch, and so graceful...

I went to your blog today. That is just horrible. What in the world could they be thinking?? It is a devastating tragedy already, but to include photos of the young man right after the accident? That is in poor taste. Glad you called them on it!!

LOL - oh, that will be great - yes, please do send the photo of the husky! Our dogs (our oldest one, and my mom's) loved the snow we got. Of course, the oldest one, Sasha, is a border collie mix, and she thinks snow is the best thing ever!! :-) Dorothy liked it, too...