Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Brain Droppings
The Paralympics features the event of Biathlon, with visually impaired athletes competing. Is it just me, or does blind people firing rifles strike anyone else as an ill-considered idea?
How does one get to be Fight Director for the Stratford Theatre? That just sounds like it would be way too much fun to be considered as a real job.
They should have to mend costumes in their spare time or something, just so they don't feel guilty about getting paid.
I can't stop thinking about Jen beating the crap out of an assailant with a 4L jug of chocolate milk. I realise it didn't actually happen, but I sure wish I'd seen it anyway.
Ralph Klein has promised he will resign as premier of Alberta in October 2007.
I'm starting to stock up on champagne now.

16 comments:

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

Biathlon for the visually impaired? WHAT? This may very well be the only sport where the competitor has to accept on faith alone whether the goal was hit or not. Surely these are some brave and courageous competitors, but…well, c’mon, what could be better than blind folks with guns? Blind folks with guns ON SKIS, of course!!

I can’t wait for next year…I am hoping they will feature Archery for the Cross-Eyed and The High-Dive for Acrophobics.

GOB

Stephanie said...

I don't really like champagne very much, so I'm going to stock up on vodka instead. Then when he resigns in 17 months I'll be ready for all the joy I feel.

Also, blind people shooting does not seem like the most thought out idea to me. Are there spectators around? Hmmmm. Interesting

~Jen~ said...

Gibbled Olympics is as unappealing to me as the supposedly Non-Gibbled Olympics.

lol @ yer chocolate milk/beating boner

Barbara said...

If I did not catch all the clips of the Rick Mercer Report on his website I may not know what you are blogging about today. (did you catch 'the hands in the pocket' spoof? Plus what my buddy George reports about the paralympics. Where else can you catch paralympics highlight?
King Ralph is stepping down? There is an end of an era. Maybe I will stop by Calgary for the party you are throwing...You could invite some of those cowboys!
Shameless of me to invite myself and demand a good looking single guy guest list.

Maureen said...

I'm kind of sad he'll be leaving, he was great entertainment for the rest of us you know, haha.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

GOB, my sweet, how nice to see you! Hope you and Mich et al are all well.
I think that the Paralympics are going to be the next hottest thing on tv. If I were you, I would buy stocks in competitive-quality wheelchairs and such. You're going to be rich, my man.
Okay, to be fair, I've learned that these biathletes actually use sound to locate the target (let's hope they are not also hearing impaired), and that they use laser rifles, not bullets. It kinda ruins the romance a little, but I won't tell anyone if you don't.

Stephanie, I'm not a huge fan of champagne either, but for this occasion, I think we need something really celebratory. Maybe we can mix your vodka with my champagne and make a killer punch. Party at my house!

Jen, you know you're my chocolate-milk beating hero!

Barbara W, you and all the cowboys are invited to a Farewell Ralph party - my place, October 2007.

Maureen, it is a little bittersweet. You can always count on Ralph for a great soundbite. You know who else I miss - Bill Vander Zam, former BC premier. He was a classic, as well. Although BC always manages to get "interesting" politicians, but don't even get me started.

WolfHeart RavenHorse said...

I think the Paralympics are just amazing!! The determination these competitors hold is outstanding! My daughter was considered to train for horse jumping at the summer Paralympics. It's all about the accomplishment....amazing!

WolfHeart

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I didn't know that, Bev. How cool is that! I'm glad they are starting to show more coverage of these games, because there really is some astounding stuff going on. But you cannot deny the comedic possibilities of blind biathletes...

Gru said...

Laser rifles and sound? That takes all the romance out of it as it sounds a little too much like Laser Tag. And isn't Laser Tag going to be an exhibition sport in the Vancouver Olympics?

Personally I'd like to see competitive Musket Dueling. Or Muskrat Dueling for that matter.

GOB

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

GRU? I was WAY too quick on the {enter} button on that. What I meant was "Grumpy Old Bastard", of course.

The GRU was something else all together...although a professor of Russian Studies accused me of being the illegitimate son of Lavrenty Pavlovich Beria - the former head of the KGB.

This is, by the way, a true story. But it has nothing to do with the Special Olympics.

Sorry.

GOB

Barbara Bruederlin said...

GOB, why you are not in charge of determining all Olympic events, I will never know. They are missing out on so many possibilities. I would pay through the nose to see Muskrat Dueling. And of course, who can forget that now-classic sport of Zamboni-jousting which hopefully they will introduce at the next Brier?

You took Russian Studies? Eva will be drooling (always a pretty sight) when she hears about that. She's doing Russian history in school right now and is absolutely enamoured. I will sic her on you.

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

Barbara,

Sadly, I never took Russian Studies in College...but 'chelle and I were both fortunate enough to have shared several hundred-thousand cups of coffee (when I SHOULD have been study-ing) with a couple of Soviet emegrees who taught Russian.

Coolest part was that they LIVED modern Soviet/Russian studies.

GOB

sookie said...

bad tempered hmmm... are you really not as nice as people think? canadians are to polite anyway. drives me crazy. people have to earn niceness from me.

sookie said...

"too polite". i hate poor spellers.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

GOB, I'll bet they had some amazing stories to tell. Isn't it great how there is always somebody or something more interesting to engage us when we should be studying (or cleaning toilets)?

Sookie - hi, welcome! I recognise you from The Hour blog tracker. It's true what I say; everyone thinks that I am so nice for some reason but I am really a snarky bitch. Best of both worlds, actually.
Poor spelling is one of my pet peeves as well.

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