I had to sit through TV coverage of the opening of the Winter Olympics last night and I really oughta blog it.
I should have live-blogged it. Oh, don't get me wrong, it was a good production with nice effects and choreography and if the music and speeches were a little over-inflated at times, well, that's traditional for these events.
NBC's Tom Brokaw, responding to another reporter's comment that there are more people in California than all of Canada,* sniffed that the Canadian economy was more robust than that of the U.S., too. Hey, if it's all relative, Canadians are even more better off than Russians! (Srsly, Tom, WTF? Could you not just let it be about Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver?)
Reminded once again that Canada is the only European county you can drive to from the U.S. and the only one with a frontier. And it's the nicest European country, too. Sure, not actually on that continent but really, that's a minor thing.
Maybe it was just the U.S.-network coverage, but I did not hear a lot of French in the opening ceremonies; were I a Francophone Canadian, I would have been vexed. OTOH, there was way lots of Donald Sutherland talking and he is one of the men I could sit and listen to for hours. So, win for me; you, not so much if you grew up talkin' French.
A possible glitch at the very end, when it appeared four supports were supposed to rise out of the floor to surround the Olympic cauldron and three did; it was pretty smoothly handled by the "ignore it and keep moving" approach. What else are you going to do?
* I had no idea there was a competition. Is there a prize? Does it not involve fighting over Soylent crumbs?
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