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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Olympics. We're Really Stoked For It.

Last night we wanted to show our visitor the real gritty heart and soul of Los Angeles so we took him to Chilies. Our goal was to find a place that had the Olympics on TV. Because people care more about the Lakers than the Olympics we had to ask our waitress to turn the channel on the one TV we were watching. Not only did we find out that you must change the channels on half the TVs in Chilies to do this, but 5 minutes later half the bar was forced to watch extended coverage of pairs figure skating. Awk....ward. We thought we were vindicated when they switched sports, but it turned out to be 35 minutes of womens half-pipe snowboarding, which should not be an Olympic sport. It's pretty dumb. I shouldn't feel obligated to get "psyched", let alone "stoked", when someone wins a gold medal for doing a trick even I was busting out in 2001 on the jump they built for Youth Encounter at Prov. 360. Whatever.

The winter Olympics are definitely not as big a deal here as they are in Canada. Aside from the obvious fact that it's colder in Canada (duh) apparently one factor is American media's collective hangover from the Superbowl. I believe it. Electronics stores have huge sales drives to sell plasma TV systems just for "the big game". People bet big money and their "retirement savings" on the Superbowl but still I don't "care" for it unless there's a big party with other people who don't really care about the game either. Thus, we didn't watch it.

Tonight we are going to South Central/Compton/Watts to see what we can see. We're bringing Ryan along so if anything gets heavy, there's a big tall white guy with glasses to take all the violence while we drive away unscathed. If I don't post anything about it tommorrow, I'm either dead or lazy.


  • frontside grab, gold medal. best trick. also i am thinking about getting involved in the skeleton, all i have to do is go head first on a sled. i don't even have to steer.
    if you really want to see something ridiculous check this out, i believe it is two english league hockey teams.**0

    By Anonymous clitke, at February 14, 2006  

  • By two English hockey teams, do you mean The Pirates vs. The Menno-Knights last weekend.

    Gareth, you should have been there.

    By Anonymous Chris, at February 14, 2006  

  • No...wait...we got it all wrong. That guy in the photo in your last post is the HBC Canadian Olympic apparel designer. Damn, the couture was a dead giveaway. His piercing gaze into your fashion soul driving home the single thought ringing through his prophetic mind: “South Carolina will own the HBC”. Say it with him now…

    By Anonymous chancesare, at February 14, 2006  

  • Damn I hate those Mennonknights. Hate is a strong word, but in this case, know...

    By Blogger Gareth, at February 20, 2006  

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