Monday, February 22, 2010

Mitten RAK


That's right. You can own a brand new pair of the Olympic mittens, just add your self as a FOLLOWER, if you are already added, don't worry, you'll be in the draw.
AND leave me a comment telling me your favourite part of the Olympics.
I'll draw a winner on Thursday, Feb. 25th at noon.
Don't forget, it's a 2 part thing, become a FOLLOWER, AND leave a comment!!!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Im not a follower, so I know, my odds of winning are...0?

Anyways, I feel the need to comment both as a geographer and pro humanitarian. I know a fair amount of people read your blog, so I feel that I should take the time to increase of awareness of government supported tags (organizations, events such as the Olympics, and documents).

The Olympics has been proven to have had a dramatic impact on individuals all accross British Columbia. Thousands of single mothers, elderly and low soci-conomic status families and individuals have been forced to leave their home due to the power of gentrification. Daycares, public transit, schools, and affordable housing is what originally drew many of these people to Eastside Vancouver. However, what is termed "Exurbanization" is the fate of many of those who really have no other option. Thousands of homes, appartments and shelters have been torn down and replaced with elite ghettors, or gated communities if you will.

However, despite my "doomster" attitude of the techi-generation, I couldn't help but tune into the TSN to watch the Olympics. How often does a person get to witness a global community? I had absolutly no intention of watching the Olympics, but something caught my attention....

Downhill skiing (perhaps the 3rd day of the Olympics)there was a Swiss lady (a mother of one of the Swiss Olympians) who was cheering for one of the American players? ....2 minutes later she was cheering for one of the Canadians. An American went on to win the Gold. Howver, at the end of the event, the three winners (I dont remember the nationalities) were at the podium being presented with flowers, and the person who was in first reached her hands out and pulled up both the young ladies who were in 2nd and 3rd. Together, all 3 of them stood on the top level of the podium.

I had to turn the TV off. I couldn't watch anymore. I truly felt an emotional pinch. My jaw suddenly became unsually sore, as I tried desperatly to hold back tears. I just couldn't. What an amazing feeling. I wish I could share this with everyone. For that one moment, I felt that our world was finally where it's supose to be: One. We were one community. A commuity where it doesn't matter what colour you are, what you do or do not belive in, what your sexuality is, or which political ideology you favor. For that one moment, I felt weightless, as if everything that had happened in the past no longer mattered. WWI, Korean War, Vietnam war, Persian Gulf, 9/11, Iraq war; none of it made a difference; all that mattered was that we were all together.

Scholars who I idealize never have anything positive to say about out world. I was set up for failure before I was even born. Then, this happens. There isn't even a way to describe this. I watched perhaps a total of 5 minutes of the Olympics. Can you imagine what it would be like to be in Vancouver with all the different people from hudreads of countries for 7 days? All of them together, as one.

I wish education, reality and the emotional reaction I had for the Olympics weren't confounded, because I think I would appreciate the event a lot more....

Kelli said...

I can't be held responsible for what my neighbour posts!

Anonymous said...

My favorite part of the Olympics was the part where the University gave us a full week off to take part in the events. I also love watching TV.

Is that better? haha.

Jenn said...

my favourite part of the Olympics is all of it - I love all the winter events and that Canada is hosting this year. I also like seeing how truly great our athletes are - on and off the podium! GO, Canada, GO!

Terry said...

Well Kelly. does my opinion even matter. I have no choice but to agree with karla. she is my daughter and she will just keep talking about the olympics unless i agree with her. i do like watching the olympics though. its fun.

Amy said...

Those are cute! My favorite part of the Olympics is Apolo Anton Ohno. Im not going to lie! The aerial shots of Vancouver are beautiful too! Makes us want to come visit!

Veronica said...

My favourite part of the Olympics is the hockey games. ...although the new sports of broard cross and ski cross are fun to watch as well.

Sabine said...

Hi kelli - I LOVE the olympics - love everything about it. So much fun to see everyone give their very best. I wish I could be a snowboard cross girl - how much fun would that be???

Angie Tieman said...

I'm catching up, but I have to say I love those mittens!