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I shaved the car windows this morning. It looked like ice but it came off in tissue-paper-thin white curled strips just like the skin from a really bad sunburn when it starts peeling. I only got to do 8 windows and then it was gone, and time to drive to work. Sunburn-skin is gross, but you just can't stop yourself. You try to pull off the largest possible piece and you can see the pattern of your skin and the tiny tiny pinprick holes where the hairs poked through.

Every grey february tree had a solitary black bird perched at the top. They graduated in size: crow, raven, rook. They were silent, posed, winter birds. The sky was light, blueing and white, clouds sat ring-around-the-collar on the horizon.

WTF: A TV Hate List
  • Checked the schedule yesterday to make sure what time the ice skating gala exhibition started (7:00 on Eurosport) only to find CURLING on when I sat down and flipped the TV on at the designated time, to the designated channel

  • Rapidly checked the other 2 channels covering the Olympics to find only talking heads and skiing

  • Watched curling for over 35 minutes (Canada was kicking Finland's brush-wielding butt), growing madder and madder, and flipping more and more frantically back and forth

  • Stomped into the computer room to see if the gala had been pre-empted. Not only was it moved to Channel 2 with no explanation, it had started at 7:30

  • Felt blood pressure recede a bit, watched several ice skaters perform. Wondered why all the women are suddenly pussies who can't jump outside of competition.

  • Aggravation returned as broadcast was interrupted IN THE MIDDLE OF A PERFORMANCE to move from Channel 2 to Channel 1

  • Watched a few more skaters. Made fun of costumes. Felt marginally better.

  • Gala reached halfway mark and the ice was cleared for zamboni-ing. Cut to commercial. Return to talking heads talking. And talking. And talking and talking. WTF?! It doesn't take THAT long to zamboni an ice rink. Flip through channels again to discover that gala has resumed apparently 10 minutes ago on Eurosport. No explanation given. Steam leaks from ears.

  • Watch more performances, relaxing fractionally despite the fact that my daughter has apparently been replaced by a demented monkey who cannot SIT STILL. Explain to her for the umpteenth time that she makes a better door than window. Threaten her with bodily harm if she doesn't get out of the way and settle down. Ignore subsequent pouting to watch silver medalists skate.

  • Feel the zen-like peace of watching figure-skating finally descend as the first gold medalists perform. Make fun of their stupid costumes. Feel much better. Boggle in disbelief at the end of the performance as commentators nonchalantly say, "well, we'll see you tomorrow!" and the broadcast fades to talking heads again. WHAT THE FUCK? They had THREE gold medalists left! They split the gala in 2 parts to show THREE performances on Saturday morning?

  • Give up in boiling disgust. Angrily approach computer to vent blog it out even though having an angry post after 3 days of silence is not especially how I wanted things to go this evening.

  • grump
Cracking Me Up: I'm Just Being Nice Is All, Can't I Be Nice?

So Cool! And Now I'm Hungry: Perspectives 1 and Perspectives 2 (thanks for the link reebert!)
mood: grumpy
music: The Sundays—Skin & Bones


I hear you girlfriend! No sense.

Argh! I am sorry for your tv watching frustration. But I wanted to say, we are fair-skinned in my fanily and I know the peeling sunburnt skin effect of which you speak.

family. All these new bells and whistles and they still haven't come out with an edit your comment feature.

So figure skating zones you out as well? Me too! ESPECIALLY true with ice dancing. :) I didn't see nearly as much of it as I'd have liked, but luckily jessie_pup did let me indulge when I did catch it on. :) Even asking questions about it. :) WHEE!

*hughug* *gives you M&Ms*

I didn't see nearly as much of it this time as I would have liked either, which is too bad because I rarely see it otherwise. Swedish channels never show the iceskating tournaments from elsewhere. I missed the men's competition completely and most of the pairs (waah!).

I feel ya!! I tried to watch the ice skating gala as well. Grrr, I'm afraid I gave up much sooner than you. I had no idea what happened when they cut off in the middle of the performance and I was so mad that I didn't even try further. Stupid Swedish tv stations. Grrr.

Well, your experience does make the US experience of coverage heavily biased towards US competitors that's interrupted every 10 minutes so we can see the same 5 commercials once more seem amazingly terrific.

Though bad for you, of course.

Sorry 'bout that :(.

I do not miss commercials one bit, I have to say. Every time we're in the States I boggle at the amount of advertising on television. I can't bear to watch after a few minutes. It's insane!

I think all countries are equally biased about their preferential country-specific coverage though, when it comes to the Olympics. The Swedish channels lean very heavily as well to showing their own athletes. Eurosport is usually a bit better, but we still get the Swedish announcers.

I hear ya, girl! There I was flipping channels last nite and not finding any g&%$$#**&d thing, and when I finally find it, it's the last Russian skater and I've missed the gold-medal performance! ARGH!!!! Then this morning, when the TV schedule said NOTHING remotely ice-skating related would be telecast, I see a repeat telecast of the damned competition. well, at least I got to see the Arakawa performance, albeit a recorded one. Harumph. Local TV and their abominable obsession with skiing and *&^%$$^ curling. ARGH!!!

Arakawa was superb :)


I'm sorry I don't meant to laugh at your pain but that was a hysterical title for this entry. Can you stream any Olympic stuff (although I'm sure you'd rather watch it on TV)?


You know what, I didn't even think about it, and I know Anders has streamed hockey on the computer! DOH. I'll try and remember that for next time, not that there will be a next time because that TV thing? I'm so over it. :P

I hear you completely, especially with SVT and Eurosport. Eurosport is almost never reliable with their TV schedule. (if you want to laugh, look at the Swedish TV guide.

SVT on Thursday said that they would not broadcast any of the exhibition live, but send a summary on Saturday morning. Then yesterday, they did squeeze in a bit of live broadcast anyway, probably due to the icehockey didn't go into overtime and they couldn't rerun the earlier events more than once.

One of the Japanese girls had a ball filled with candy which she tossed handfuls of into the audience. It made me wonder, does it ever happen that a skater brings items into their performance (on exhibition, I know it is not allowed in competition)? Something like artistic gymnastics, but on skates. I suppose throwing a ball in the air, make a double toe-loop or something not too advanced and pick up the ball before landing would be within reach.

In the competition, the judges can make deductions for clothing and prop violation, illegal elements and music violation. I'm not too familiar with figure skating to know if those deductions ever are needed. Maybe on a lower (junior?) level of competition? I have an idea which elements are not allowed, and can imagine unsuitable clothing, but music violation?

By the way, the Canadian stone in the 6th end, knocking away all Finnish stones but keeping three other CAN stones in the house was amazing, and to me well worth the live coverage on its own. If one made a Flash animation of the shot, nobody would believe it is possible.

We saw that curling shot and were amazed as well. :)

I don't know if the judges ever actually deduct for unsuitable clothing, but they surely have had their chances with this competition.

I've seen plenty of performances (not competitions, though) where performers bring props out on the ice. Scott Hamilton (if I remember correctly) did a whole routine with a chair which was marvelous. :)

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