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February 17th, 2006


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03:35 pm - What, there's some sporting event going on?
So, I'm flipping through channels last night, and I find myself disappointed to see that there's a lot of . . . ice-skating-type-things going on. Sure, I'd heard that there were Olympics going on, but somehow I didn't actually believe that there was enough interest in these various cold-weather "Xtreme" sports to warrant anything more than a recap at the end of the night.

I'm still astounded that people watch things like curling and the luge. And skiing? I can understand wanting to do it, but watching it? Unless someone falls off a cliff, all you're doing is watching gravity occur. Weird. At least if they're falling to their death, they're flailing helplessly and going *splat* at the end.

Anything on skates, though, bores me to no end. It's like watching people skid across a slippery surface in a controlled way. Again, sort of like watching intertia occur. It's only fun if someone falls, or if the actual "hockey" is kept to a minimum and the fight rages for most of the game. Blood bounces on ice, you know.

So NBC has apparently decided that these Winter Olympics are more important than new episodes of Will and Grace, I suppose. I've never watched a lot of that show, but I do find it more exciting than people slipping on ice and demonstrating that, indeed, gravity still works.

Winter Olympics? Waste of time, I'm afraid.

I wasn't really aware that they were occurring, though. I knew that they were starting, and I even saw some ice-skater take a nasty fall while sitting in a bar in Atlanta eating dessert with erienc, but for all my knowledge of them, I found myself not interested at all in them, and thus totally oblivious to their occurrence. (In what self-respecting bar does figure skating get shown?)

I wonder if they're still on?

Also missed entirely? Valentine's Day. While I knew it was occurring, I was generally unaware of it going on around me, day of. Kinda nice.
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From:castlerigger
Date:February 20th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I used to sometimes read your lj from time to time if I came across your comments in others, but haven't for ages and ages, and then lo and behold but I see you're on the second page of the Guardian newspaper today. Not everyday you get a mention in the best national newspaper in the UK, eh!?
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 20th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I'm. . . on. . . the second page of the Guardian?

Erm, wow? I don't have any idea what to say, other than are you sure? Because, you know, I'm gullible and likely to believe you.
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From:castlerigger
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Dear Gawds!

I am completely certain! I thought they must e-mail and say hey, we’re going to use what you said…

Page 2 of the main news section always has “blogwatch” or “Today on the web” – where various short comments are collected from blogs and personal websites, sometimes comments on serious news stories and sometimes light-hearted. I bought the paper this morning as I do most days and have it right here in front of me now…The third such example today is:


>>”Skiing? I can understand
wanting to do it, but watching
it? All you’re doing is watching
gravity occur.”
chronarchy.livejournal.com


so there ye go.
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Holy crap :)

I'm checking their site for it, but I can't find it (their search function isn't being helpful). Seriously, can I convince you to scan it for me, or else mail the page to me so I can scan it?

That's like, being famous or something. . .
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From:castlerigger
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
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yea I had a look for it on the site too but couldn't find anything about it. Umm, gimme tomorrow and I'll see if I can scan it some place, although it's like a little bigger than A3 pages so you wouldn't get the full effect. I could scan it and then I'd be happy to mail it also.
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I'd really appreciate it. Is that today's Guardian, as in 2/20/2006? Because I *might* be able to locate a copy here at a bookstore, if I'm really, really lucky. I'll have to call around, but I imagine I need to be sure of the date in order to get an exact answer from the people who answer the phone.
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From:castlerigger
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Yep, Monday 20th Feb., let me know if you can get it there and if not I'll proceed as I mentioned. If you find it and it's not in there, I know they have two versions here - a Manchester and a London edition, so it figures they might have an international one too, which may or may not include that little segment. Anyway, I'll scan it if I can tomorrow, and keep it out of the recycling just in case you want that too.

Cheers to fame!
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From:chronarchy
Date:February 21st, 2006 12:34 am (UTC)
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I found a place that printed a copy off for me, but I would love the original. If you could scan it for me, and/or send it to me, I would really, really appreciate it. That's got some real value: my first quote published overseas! Rock!

I'll reimburse you for the postage, or else look for something really cool to send back to you, though I don't know if I can match in personal/sentimental value what you have to send me.

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