Special Olympics – Special Guests

The other day I saw this question posed by KTVB: Why no national coverage of the Special Olympics?  Or as the headline had it – baffling.

Lack of U.S. media attention on Special Olympics games baffling

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When you visit the venues like Qwest Arena, you see media crews from all over the world — reporters and photographers from nearly everywhere, it seems, except the United States….

“We’re making a documentary about the Dutch team participating in the Special Olympics,” said Walter Goverde, Dutch documentary crew. A team of four from Holland, a reporter from ESPN’s Asian network, photographers from Hungary and a crew shooting for the Middle Eastern Broadcast Network — just to name a few of the international outlets here for the World Winter Games.  But what about the American media?

Yes, I know what you’re thinking.  Oh – there are bigger, badder, and more pressing things going on and there is no time to pay attention to a bunch of athletes who face challenges not many of us can comprehend.

The country’s very distracted right now, there’s a lot on people’s minds, there’s a lot of news coming out of Washington and New York and there’s a certain focus on those things.  It’s too bad because I think a lot of people would be delighted to see there’s a message here about what you do in a crisis.  There’s a message here about what a crisis affords you the opportunity to do, to think differently, to change paradigm, to reinvent yourself in some respect.”

There it is – see it?  This…

…. I think a lot of people would be delighted to see there’s a message here about what you do in a crisis.  There’s a message here about what a crisis affords you the opportunity to do, to think differently, to change paradigm, to reinvent yourself in some respect…

Change your paradigm, reinvent yourself, think differently, seeing things in a different light through a different prism.  Trust me – these are the guys to do it.

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Oh yeah – and did I mention Vice-President Joe is flying in this afternoon will be here soon….he’s a tad late, but he’ll be here.

 

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Family Stuff

Maybe someone has noted a reduction in posting – and then, again – maybe not.

The family is sick.  Everyone from my daughter and granddaughter to sister and one of the nephews.  Nothing I want either, the vomiting and stuff – stuff.   So while the son-in-law is at work, I’m out doing things like buying some kind of ‘Upper 10’ type beverage, chicken soup, and Saltines, running the one nephew who isn’t sick to the dentist and eye appointments.  Thankfully, he takes the bus to school. And somewhere amongst all that, I’m supposed to cuddle with the kitties, and work.

Yesterday, I went to Lowell Scott Middle School to pick up my nephew.  I damn near didn’t get him because I couldn’t remember which grade he was in.  I tossed out all kinds of information about him: his birth date, his blood type, his age, his favorite color – nope, didn’t matter.  He wasn’t in the school office yet, and the school secretary just didn’t seem to believe me.  Four times that secretary asked me, “who are you to Tyson?”  Next up was to call my sister, but of course I couldn’t remember her cell number because it’s programmed into my cell phone, which I might add was out in the car. They’d just moved (we helped), and the house phone won’t be ‘hooked up’ until Friday.  And it didn’t help that I was in mismatched, even clashing   sweats – but at least my socks matched.

Ty got there; we called his mom.  She said it was OK to take him.  The school secretary gave us a ‘new’ next-of-kin/emergency card to fill out.  And now I know he’s in the 7th grade.   Somebody remember that so I’ll have a back-up to call.