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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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AOL has a Leno-worthy headline, and it's been up all day. I don't know if anyone has bothered telling them that it's a bit of a gutbuster. I'd like to think it's on purpose and is political satire, but I just don't. The article really is about the new hurricane that's forming. But the headline reads:

New Threat Stirs After Hurricane
President Tours Hard-Hit Florida

Okay, maybe it's just me, but it makes me snicker.

I never watch swimming except during the Olympics. And during the Olympics, I watch it pretty much compulsively. It's a good sport, but I think it would never get the kind of popularity in the States that it has elsewhere because there's no chance in the actual playing of the sport to display personality. You can't see people's faces and they have those funny goggles on anyway. Also, little four-minute races mean that if you spend a whole afternoon watching, you have to keep switching who you're rooting for. That's possible in gymnastics or figure skating, because, hey--Michelle Kwan skates very differently from Tara Lipinsky. But there are only so many ways to swim, and it's not pretty.

Except during the Olympics. Then it's bloody fascinating. For hours.

I really must be stopped. I'm watching beach volleyball and synchronized diving, too.

I'm such an Olympics geek. Love them.

And major props to Puerto Rico basketball today.
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atropos87 From: atropos87 Date: August 15th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was glued to the synchronised diving yesterday too. There's something wierdly compelling about an international competition in a sport that I didn't even know existed before I switched on the TV.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know--it's weird. It's like... whoa. What the heck? People have trained all their lives to do this sport, and I had no idea it existed!
kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: August 15th, 2004 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Synchronized DIVING?

This is what happens when I ignore the summer Olympics for a decade.
ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: August 15th, 2004 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, that totally deserves to be a Leno headline. :D That's almost as good as the Yahoo blurb about PoA's box office status back in June that went along the lines of 'Harry Potter as a devout high schooler who becomes pregnant after an unsuccessful attempt to cure her boyfriend of homosexuality'. ;)

I know what you mean about Olympic swimming - I just love it. (Heck, almost any sport seems more interesting during the Olympics.) I don't typically consider myself an Olympic geek, but I'm totally getting into the swimming this time around. Hmm. Maybe because it's the main thing the US is kicking butt at. *g*

And Puerto Rico totally deserved that win - I don't know what the USA was doing out there. Sheesh!
From: lnevans Date: August 16th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
What was that headline? That's absolutely hilarious!
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: August 15th, 2004 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I felt almost wrong for rooting for PR today! Man, Team USA...is not good.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 15th, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
They got complacent. I hope they learned a lesson from it. Glad it wasn't an elimination match. It would be very embarrassing to not qualify in baseball or basketball.
timesink From: timesink Date: August 16th, 2004 03:46 am (UTC) (Link)
We rationalized rooting for Puerto Rico this way:

1. They're Americans, too.
2. The U.S. team sucked.
3. The mother of my son's best friend is Puerto Rican.
4. The U.S. team sucked.

It *was* hard, though, to explain to the Boy -- who understands that PR is part of the US -- why it was *not* okay that PR outplayed the U.S. team.
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: August 16th, 2004 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow; you know, I think that's the same reasons why I rooted for P.R.!
sonetka From: sonetka Date: August 15th, 2004 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm almost sorry that I left PR *just* before that game - in a place where the trade of a PR-born baseball player makes the front page of the paper (I mean, like half the front page, none of this upper-right-hand-corner or sidebar business) the newspaper headlines on The Day After must have something else.
ajaxbreaker From: ajaxbreaker Date: August 16th, 2004 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG you watch figure skating.

That is, like, so cool. ;)

Ajax, obsessed figure skating dork.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 16th, 2004 04:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah! I thought I'd mentioned that at some point before. I guess I'm more in a gymnastics place at the moment, but definitely, figure skating dork checking in. (You, I sort of guessed, the icon being a dead giveaway (though it's too small for me to tell who it is--Torville and Dean maybe? Grinkov and Gordeva?)
ajaxbreaker From: ajaxbreaker Date: August 16th, 2004 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
No, it's Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze (gee, just the fact that I can spell those names shows the extent of my geekiness!)
elucreh From: elucreh Date: August 16th, 2004 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
OML, that headline. You're not making it up?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: August 16th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope. It's gone now, but it was up for a good twelve hours right on the AOL welcome page yesterday.
elucreh From: elucreh Date: August 16th, 2004 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
That's just frightening. *adds post to memories*
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