Friday, April 11, 2008


  • Spero optimum, so... Here's the Official Site of the 2008 Olympics. Here's to "Citius, Altius, Fortius" and the hope that countries and athletes and spectators can all show some integrity and spirit that is "Faster, Higher, Stronger."(And, yes, that's the translation of the Latin slogan for the Greek games, but, well..)
  • At least there's not some cutesy mascot.Oh wait... It's Fuwa, a team of cute cartoon animals that carry "a message of friendship and peace -- and good wishes from China -- to children all over the world." Weren't they carrying something else? On children's toys?

  • Luckily "Team Welcome To Beijing" will have none of that kind of talk. In fact, they're into babytalk. They're named so that when you say the greeting, "Beijing huanying ni," you're saying their names. But Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, and Nini are their names, so if you say their names together, you more than welcome people to Beijing: "Beibeijingjing huanhuanyingying nini!"
  • You welcome them and you provide your own cool Monster Truck ad reverb effect.
  • And, yes, that Yingying I represent the carefree gamboling of an endangered species in an oppressed occupied land. Have a Coke!is instantly recognizable as the familiar Tibetan Antelope. not gamboling
  • Tibetan antelopes are prized for their shatoosh, or fleece, which makes lovely expensive shawls.Except that they've been poached to near-extinction. It's against the law to make or sell shatoosh shawls. Since they've been protected, the antelope are making a comeback. But we all know how that's working out for gray wolves.
  • Some years back, I invited a certain redhead to join me at the Irish Immigrant Pub in New Bedford. Or maybe she invited me. It doesn't matter, since we're still together and The 'Grint is not.
  • But those Kirby Boys have taken over the property and the place looks like ... a bar. They've reopened, with a smidgen of that green derby ersatz "Irish" ballyhoo I always get offended at. At least that's what you'd think if you read this S-T report. Nothing personal.

  • Tuesdays are Sinn Fein Night But, I mean, look. Their sign appears to have been fashioned after those painted walls from Belfast that were so popular in the Seventies.
  • I'm not 100% with the "Irish pub" stylings of this. Miller's an Irish name, right? But I'll get over it.

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