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Old 02-12-2018, 02:56 PM   #11
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LOL ... I really like the Olympics, especially the Winter Games where you don't even have the NHL pros this time around.

As for the US team ...what?! No favorites?? Vonn and the other skier Julia Mancuso are favorites. Shawn White - recalling him as a 10yr old in Burton videos makes me old - and RED G from Silverthorne (not Ohio!) with the first Gold.

What I like most about Winter is that the US isn't sandbagging every event and has to actually compete. We've done well in the Luge and the figure skating/dancing is always strong (though I don't always watch that).

As for hype...?! Anyone else remember the contrived Dan vs Dave campaign where one of the fools didn't even make the Olympic team?? LOL ....my Dad was invited to tryout for the 1972 swimming team but hated Mark Spitz (who didn't?) so much, that he passed and within a year, arrived yours truly!

Will be heading to Mexico on Weds for Dead shows on the beach with Dr Dave, as it would happen..!

[EDIT] - I went to the 1996 Summer games in ATL and my friend's parents have been to 19 Games over 37yrs ..His dad has a blog below:


Korea is one of the most advanced nations on the globe. 50MM people. Highest cell phones-per-capita in the world. Cutting-edge technology on everything from transportation to toilets (“what are all of those buttons for . . . oops”). A very urban culture. South Koreans are generally friendlier and more accepting than the folks of other Asian nations. They have a good sense of humor and like Americans. This is a very traveler-friendly nation. Seoul is a sophisticated city with lots of English-speakers. However, PyeongChang “County” (where the OL sites are) is much more of a challenge language-wise. Away from Seoul, Koreans learn to read English, but struggle speaking it. Getting an answer to a question is problematic. Learn the words “kamsa-hamnida” (thank you) and “anneyo haseyo” (an all-encompassing phrase that will cover “hello”, “good bye” and “whassup?”), and that can go a long way. We have never had a (real) problem here. And, you will find Koreans to be very polite, but a bit impatient and pushy. You’d like ‘em.

Food can be a challenge for Westerners who have not been to Korea. Koreans like it hot. Chiles and pepper paste with every meal. Most meals revolve around beef (a big industry), pork, chicken and/or seafood. The entree is usually accompanied by “banchan” (side dishes), mostly vegetables, pickled stuff and seaweed. Banchan is usually served in 5, 7 or 9 small bowls (Koreans consider odd numbers lucky). On our first trip to Korea, Linda and I started to refer to various mysterious dishes as either ** “yellow, green, red, or brown biomass”. Typical Korean restaurants are lively, noisy and just darn fun. Koreans are great hosts and we are never surprised to have some local stranger stop over to welcome us, describe the various dishes and even cut up our food for us . . . and all of the time chattering away in Korean.

And, then there is “soju”, essentially a dry, lightly-flavored rice wine available everywhere in several levels of quality and alcoholic content. It seems like the perfect compliment to every dinner. Addictive. And cheap! Middle quality varieties are not much more than a soft drink.

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Old 02-12-2018, 03:23 PM   #12
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I guess I can't relate to any of the winter sports except maybe Hockey. Ice skating, sledding, skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, cross-country skiing while shooting a gun...none of these were sports even at the high school level when growing up in the midwest. The summer games are more relatable due to many of the sports being high school sports growing up (track, swimming, diving, gymnastics, etc).

The snowboarding is somewhat entertaining but it reminds me of the X-games more than an Olympic event. I could get into that cross-country skiing if they would actually shoot at each other, using paintballs of course ;)
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