Shame on NBC!

Have you been watching the Olympics? For someone who doesn’t otherwise watch television, it’s always a bit of a culture shock to have it blaring for hours every evening during the Games while I knit frantically on whatever I’m doing for Ravelympics er… the Ravellenic Games. It’s tough not to be moved by so many people who have put so much heart and soul into something they love, and I’m the probably rare American who can root loudly for athletes wearing something other than those weird Ralph Lauren sweaters Team USA was sporting at the opening ceremony. Show heart and have a great back story, and I don’t much care where you were born; I love heart wherever I see it. However, I digress…

What shocked me this past evening was the editorial presented by Bob Costas – that one about the Ukraine. It started out sounding like a good human interest piece, but it disintegrated into a political attack on Russia and Vladimir Putin. No, I’m not wearing blinders regarding the political situation, but there is a time and place for everything, and this was neither. In the opening ceremonies, there was a clear and distinct call from the International Olympic Committee to keep politics out of the Games. For these 16 days and within this venue, the plea was to let the focus be only on the incredible skills of this worldwide gathering of champions.  Much to the shame of Bob Costas, as well as NBC for allowing it, that line was more than crossed, and in prime time programming.

I’m thankful to live in a country that allows freedom of speech, but having that freedom doesn’t negate the need to be honorable. Where is the honor in the primary voice this fortnight of the Olympics in the USA bashing the host country within the confines of the broadcast of the Olympic Games? Would he, being invited into someone’s home for dinner, boldly diss the host during dessert? There are just things honor doesn’t allow, and Friday night, Costas crossed that line. Shame on you, Bob Costas, and shame on NBC!

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Day 1 Ravelympics Results

I can’t claim a jack rabbit start on my WIP Wrestling – unless I can count doing just a bit of rabbit chasing. I discovered just a few little problems, which I think will resolve quite nicely over the next couple of days. One would be that I was ready to bind off a small project that wasn’t part of the wrestling event – and there was no way I could not take out the time to do so, even though it turned out to be a process that took nearly two hours to do the bind off and finish work. Pix will be coming shortly. And my Little Rivers Wrap had 2 nights of knitting plus finish work, so I obviously couldn’t bear to stick it away for 2 and a half weeks either. I put in one of the requisite nights, so it should be finished before the weekend is over – even though it doesn’t count either.

I ended up with one very clear WIP choice to attack first – the much disliked charity blanket, which I can easily work without looking. Considering I can’t do eyes on needlework with my glasses on, and I can’t see the TV without my glasses, and I quickly discovered I didn’t want to miss a single moment of the spectacular opening ceremonies that Beijing presented to the world, that blanket was a shoo-in choice. I finished the second ball of yarn and took measurements, discovering to my dismay that it’s only half long enough, then barely started the third ball. Sure hope I can figure out where ball number four went. I think I must have put on about 15-20 rows, even not knitting during commercials. (That time was reserved for internet work or very quick chores.) While listening to the new Knit Picks podcast, I also got in a little over a half hour toward finishing one of the Bleuette dresses I’d knit last year, but not seamed. No finished project photos yet, but some definite progress, and three items within easy striking distance in the next day or two.

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