February Thoughts

1. This morning I went out into the world and found it a winter wonderland of white, where every twig stood out beautifully coated with snow….all just waiting to plop down on you, except for the places where the snow was already showering down in spots. Beware those who think just because the sun is out means their heads don’t need to be covered! It was quite a thing.

2. My work computer continually informed me that I was creating records at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, 1969. Clearly, I have become a time-traveler and the computer’s slowness is simply a sign it’s compiling energy for our next adventure!

3. I know I’m late to the game on this, but I need people to stop citing the way Plushenko’s coach got cameramen to emphasize Evgeni’s distress and back scars as a reason to think it was all a scheme. Your top and only skater pulls out-in a homeland Olympics-in Russia-of COURSE you immediately do everything in your power to emphasize the reasons why he couldn’t go on and how it’s a real injury. That’s not premeditation, that’s just good sense. Evgeni Plushenko is the Tsar on Ice-you don’t just expect people to watch him retire and not try to explain why as much as you possibly can, even if it’s just for fans, and Evgeni’s got the government to deal with, too.

4. This February seems to be lasting a long time. *eyebrow raise*

In Olympic News:

Irish teen Evan McGuire powers to Olympic record – National News – Independent.ie.

The voice of Brendan in Secret of Kells won the first Olympic 100-meter race!  (“I can’t believe you!  The Olympics are coming and here you are acting, acting, ACTING!!!”)  He set the record at the age of 17.  Now he’s planning to compete in the 2016 Olympics!

This is the reason I love the Olympics.  All these odd things from around the world come out of the woodwork abruptly filled with awesome.   I feel people should know and remember this so we can cheer for Brendan in the next games.  (And look for the inevitable Abbot guy in his team while intoning, “Waaaaaaaaaalls!”)