This morning I found myself drawn into the Norway-New Zealand curling game, which was being shown on what I think was Norwegian TV in my dorm room. This is why it was compelling:
1) I know the Kiwi Curlers.
2) Hans again had his hair in a spiky 'do that I believe is in honor of Joel mit der nicknames und other stuff, and at one point the commentators were clearly talking about his hair, although I obviously didn't understand what they were saying. Still, I felt like it was possible that this was my Olympic moment, that Hans might hot have spiked his hair without my blog, and that the Norwegian commentators therefore would have filled those five seconds with analysis of the composition of curling stones instead of analysis of Hans's hair, and that world history would have changed.
3) If you think Joel and Hans have awesome hair, check out Norwegian skip Paal Trulsen, whom NBC calls "one of the comedians of the elite curling circuit." It's like, what's up, Jack Torrance? (Note the use of two Norwegian links in one paragraph.)
4) Not only can you hear Hans telling jokes when you watch the sport on television, but you can see the house (target) a lot more clearly with that fancy overhead view than you can from the rink.
5) It's just fun to listen to people speak Norwegian.
In honor of all those reasons, and the fact that it's been raining and snowing all day and I don't much feel like leaving the office, I'm going to watch all of our various European Olympic television stations and see if anything funny happens.
By the way, is this e-mail from reader Kristin the greatest ever, or what?
i went to spend saturday with my father in annapolis to watch the olympics, etc., and decided that we should do a cheese tasting of our own, in honor of your olympic/cheese spirit. i purchased three cheeses from whole foods in annapolis. they were very much lacking in the pie(d)montese cheeses, so instead i went for the trifecta: goat, sheep and cow. not to put too fine a point on it, but:
your cheeses are decidedly less exciting than those of your partners in livestocking, the goat and the sheep.
Has anyone else mixed cheese tasting and the Olympics yet? Could I get one newspaper to write a trend story about this trend? Three is a trend, I believe. Send any cheese-tasting Olympic-watching stories here.
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