Posting while watching USA/Canada Hockey Game

Watching NASCAR too!
Talk about multi-tasking!!  And this computer is NOT cooperating!!  GRRRR!!!!
Here’s that guy again…
By Chris Erskine

February 28, 2010

An Olympic idea is implanted: It’s time to go home

So I’m at this club with Pamela Anderson. Never in a million years would I think I’d ever write those words. Sure, I’m ashamed, but confession is good for the soul — assuming I still have one.

At the club — "Sanafir," it’s called — they have large booths that are like hard padded beds, no tables or chairs, upon which everyone sits around uncomfortably and tries to eat or drink without spilling. It’s supposed to be novel, I guess, but as with all things that try too hard to be different, it instead turns out silly.

Anyway, I’m at the club with Pamela Anderson, which is probably my cue to flee town. To speed my way through Customs, I’m thinking of hiring one of those seaplane pilots to strap me to a wing and drop me over California. Anywhere would be fine — Redding, Eureka, I don’t care. Seriously, just get me over the state line. I’ll walk the rest of the way.

Because somehow, through some wrong turn in life — bad karma, indifferent study habits — I’ve found myself at a club with Pamela Anderson, a woman with more interior plastic than my Honda.

By the way, it’s a lousy, odd coincidence that Anderson was "discovered" at the very same venue where the Olympic closing ceremony will be held Sunday night. Purportedly, she just stood up in a form-fitting T-shirt at a football game, and by chance the camera crew blasted the bombshell’s image on the big screen.

It was a Lana Turner moment, and popular culture would never be the same. Better? Worse? You be the judge. Anderson is a small woman on a very big stage and I think she has conducted herself exceedingly well — especially once she rid herself of all those pesky small-town Canadian values.

In fact, I’m hoping they’ll pause during Sunday’s ceremony to give her some sort of lifetime achievement award — or perhaps that Order of Canada — then ask her to go away forever. "Be our Garbo, darling," they’ll explain. "Now scoot."

My sources (actually, one liquored-up TV exec) tell me that Sunday’s ceremony will be more playful and comedic than the opening. It will poke fun at the nation’s quirks. These Canadians seem to be the most self-deprecating people ever, but how this will play out in front of 3 billion viewers is unclear. They might be the sort of jokes you can get away with at a family function, but when a bunch of strangers show up, it all gets kind of weird.

This is a city on the verge of a nervous breakdown anyway. You should’ve seen the streets this weekend. In the last couple of days, it is as if the earth burped up every hockey head in the 10 provinces. They strut across downtown drinking and yelling while wearing Canadian flags as capes — and those are just the grandmothers.

Really, it is as if they’ve opened up all the prisons here, though there is no real danger. Imagine a high school pep rally where all the teachers didn’t show up. That’s what downtown Vancouver is like right now. And when the Canadians talk about "shots this period," you never know whether they mean schnapps or Jager bombs.

Remember that former KGB agent the city assigned to follow me around, just in case? Emily is her name, and Friday night the "tourism office" she works for put on this little going-away shindig at Sanafir, presumably for people they’re happy to see go away. As I mentioned, Pamela Anderson and I both showed up, as well as someone from the website Media Kitty, which dubs itself "The Leading Source of Trippy Journalism."

Me, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. I swear, in two hours I was gone.

Meanwhile, over at the figure skating hut, they put on some sort of exhibition Saturday evening.

As you’re already aware, you can’t beat figure skating for sheer entertainment. What I like best is when they almost crash into the boards, but not quite. They usually do this backward, for figure skaters are prone to traveling butt-first wherever they go. It’s just safer that way. Plus, then everybody gets a good look at your butt.

That’s the culture of figure skating. It’s not right. It’s not wrong. It’s just figure skating. If you look at things with a tolerant and open mind, the world just opens up to you.

Needless to say I was mesmerized. I fell asleep just once, and that was only for an hour. I finally awoke after having a bad dream about my attempt to collect quotes from the women medalists two nights earlier.

If you want to be humbled, try making sense of something a 16-year-old from Arcadia just mumbled at a million miles an hour.

Fortunately, I have kids.


Team Canada beat Team USA in Hockey today for the Gold.  Overtime. Angry  USA tied the game up with 25 seconds left.  I’m sad but happy for my Canadian friends.  Much better than losing to Russia or the Czechs!  After all, we are brother countries and share a common border.  GREAT game!!!!  USA goalie was awarded MVP award.  Now they have to race home to continue the NHL season.

Sad to see the Winter Games end but it was a hoot!  I will watch the closing ceremonies tonight and post photos tomorrow.


A few more photos:

Here’s a shiny statistic: America will top the medal count for the first time since 1932. It shows how far the nation has come since its dismal six-medal showing in Calgary in 1988.

The snowboarding veteran gets the best of Austria’s Benjamin Karl — and the elements — under poor conditions at Cypress Mountain. 

Olli Jokinen scores two goals as Slovakia misses chance at its first-ever Olympic medal in any team sport.

USA wins Gold in Bobsled

Again, I hope you enjoyed my Olympic posts.  I’ll be visiting you all and commenting very soon.  This post took me 5 hours to complete.  New computer is coming soon!! Take care and I hope you had a Super weekend.







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3 Responses to Posting while watching USA/Canada Hockey Game

  1. Hey Jude says:

    Woo hoo!!! That was a game. I shoulda stayed at home and chatted with you over the game, like we did when the Ducks and Senators were playing – remember that? hehe:)

  2. Joe says:

    That was a remarkable game but like you I sure wish we would have gotten that last goal in…ah well. It’s been a very memorable olympics this time no doubt about it. Fantastic pictures again Bob. Have a great week buddy!

  3. -Grumps- says:

    Holy Hanna Bob!!! Five hours??? I’d a given up for certain. I’ve enjoyed these reports from Chris Erskine. Granted, I could just as likely google ’em, but has bin more fun finding ’em right here. Great photos as well Bob. USA did indeed get the highest medal count, but sheesh man!! The Gold count for Canada, not only outstanding, but ever so unexpected. Will likely be some long while afore any other country tops that action. *hmmm … * Was it the most ever, or the most for a host country?? Can’t just recall now. Impressive none the less. Won’t be long Bob, ‘n you’ll be able ta deep six that machine with a smile on yer face. Take good care, ‘n will catch ya later.Ciao Fer Now …

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