I ran across an article [Link] this morning on “fan costumes” at the Asian Olympics. I was particularly taken by one,
which is a photography of a woman, (note the use of the proper noun form!) presumably Candanian, wearing a hat emulating a Curling Lith
There is something engaging about the sport of Curling. It seems to inherently be disrespectful of other sports, especially the pornographic ones like football (both types) and basketball and baseball (which is boring as well.) The idea of using a ice field, usually avoided vigorously by other sports, except hockey (violence porn) and figure skating (just plain porn,) coupled with rocks and brooms is definitely disrespectful of megapaid pseudo-celebrities outfitted at the cost in excess of my motorcar when new.
I should mention that I, and a couple of my associates, Magnetic Inductance Force and Dispersion Current Magnetic Field, are members of the Greater Metropolitan Arab Curling Club. As soon as a pond freezes we will have our first practice session. We have been waiting for over ten years. Although one member, Magnetic Inductance Force, has developed a robotic practice device that uses ice cubes for the playing arena. I have trouble with this because I get eye strain rather quickly squinting though the microscope.
And I generally like Candanians. They seem much more like Amerikans were when I was growing up than Amerikans are today. And they seem to still have politicians with integrity.
But I am not a fan of the Olympics. Being that way was probably easier three thousand years ago, when only the competing athletes and a few officials attended. At least the porn quantity was lower. Nowadays it is almost a national pastime. Evidently for a nation to not participate is to not be EXTRO.
The whole thing seems the ultimate in useless competition. One pays great sums to participate and accruces no advantage from winning. Although I have been told that some of the more totalitarian nations have executed athletes who did poorly. I suspect what this illustrates is that organizations can be psychotically insecure. Which is not really surprising but they do try so hard to hide this weakness, even from their members.
I will admit that some of the events are superior in some sense to some Amerikan sports, especially the ones that involve motorcars and chewable tobacco. I also have sympathy for the athletes who are basically devoid of any existence other than the Olympics. I suspect they envy people in comas and with mental deficiency. I have even known a couple such and must note that they seem relatively healthy, at least physically. Mentally is another matter.
It occurred to me that we could improve the quality of our politicians if we made Olympic competition a requirement to hold office, at least at the national level.
It also occurs that the periodicity of the Olympics is beneficial in helping us forget its uselessness in the intervals.