Hannibal V Constantine (hannibalv) wrote,
Hannibal V Constantine
hannibalv

February 8, 2002

I'm writing this as I watch the rebroadcast of the Winter Olympics opening ceremonies.

I love the Olympics, and I love ceremonies. I'm in heaven.

I mean it. When it comes right down to it, ceremonies are cool-the bigger the better. And the opening ceremonies of the Winter Games are plenty big-there's the opening with the IOC officials, the September 11 flag and then the wonderfully weird artistic portion of the ceremony which involves, in this case, a lot of ice-skating icicles and the Fire Within™, and the Child of Light™ whatever that is.

Random observations on the Parade of Nations™:

I love all the countries that have either A) fewer than ten athletes or 2) absolutely no business competing in winter events (most of which, admittedly, fall into category A as well). I mean, Cameroon, Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Mongolia, Bermuda (!), the Virgin Islands…except for Mongolia, I think there's more snow on my front lawn than those countries see, combined, in a decade.

The guy from Cameroon is actually, apparently, a resident of Milwaukee these days.

SWEDEN! SWEDEN! SWEDEN!

I admit, I'm not the most patriotic guy. The only reason I have an American flag in my room right now is that my dry cleaning is wrapped in one (well, it's on the plastic). But still, I have to admit, I got a literal, perceivable tingle when the American delegation started marching in.

Now they've thrown it back to the artistic folks, and they're doing something recognizing the Native American original residents of Utah. Ute, Shoshone, Navajo and two others whose names I didn't catch. More skating and dancing, this time with Robbie Robertson.

And now the whole thing with the trains and Intercontinental Railroad and the like. The thing they mentioned about the railroad cutting the time from New York to San Francisco from six months to six days blows my damn mind.

Finally, the flame arrives, and they have all the right people (Dick Button, Peggy Fleming, Downers Grove's own Cammi Granato, among others) carrying it, and finally the 1980 Miracle on Ice U.S. hockey team lighting the cauldron. Damn, it's all cool.

Speaking of ceremonies, I just got a CNN Breaking News email telling me the UK's Princess Margaret died. Not that there will necessarily be huge ceremonies about that, but I'm rather desperately awaiting the death of Queen Elizabeth so I can see Prince Charles's ascension and coronation. Now THERE'S a ceremony (so I hear, at least).

I had more to say today, but it's not all that important. Bought comics (woo!), "M*A*S*H*" on DVD, and Jimmy Eat World's self-titled CD.

Scott, I'm sorry. The flesh is weak. I've got a bigger, better idea though, that I'll be able to do after tonight (Saturday).

Today's Link Of The Day is, unsurprisingly, Olympics.com. Results, stories, TV schedules, it's got it all. http://www.olympics.com

JHR
2/9/2002 5:55 AM
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