Start of the Winter Olympics

[fiddler competing with shadow]

I spent last night watching the Olympics opening ceremony on
NBC. Then I spent 15 minutes over coffee this morning reading
what the New York Times had to say about the death
of the Georgian luger
and the opening
ceremony.

If I hadn’t watched the show, I wouldn’t have seen the music
and the dancing, but otherwise, I would have been at least as
well-informed about what had actually happened.

In fact, NBC apparently decided for reasons of taste or
something to not keep showing the video of the luge crash.
They spent 10 minutes at the beginning of their show, which I
missed because I was still eating dinner. But I watched it this
morning from the NY
Times link
, and I’m just as glad I didn’t have to see it 6
times the way you always do when a football player gets
injured.

The NBC report did mention that the track was very fast and
other people have crashed. They didn’t mention that it had
already been controversial as too difficult for the
less-experienced lugers who can be expected at the Olympics, or
that the Canadians had been criticized for trying to up their
medal count by providing less access to the course for training
than has been traditional.

So I might go on watching coverage when I have the time, but if
I miss it because of another commitment, I won’t feel bad if I
have to watch the videos on my computer instead of seeing things
live.

The Addams Family (original series)

I’ve had this
series
on my Neflix Watch Now Queue for a while, but I
noticed it’s going away this week, so I started watching it
yesterday.

It holds up pretty well for something almost half a century
old. It’s amusing to note that the “normal” people brought in
as foils for the wierdness of the Addamses seem almost stranger
than the regulars.

For instance, the truant officer who comes to tell the Addams’s
that they have to send their children to school, holds his Fedora
hat in his hand the whole time he’s inside, and fiddles with it
when things get tense. The school principal, on the other hand,
ghoulishly participates in Morticia and Gomes’ game of inventing
tortures for the Superintendant.

Thing is as good as ever, and the harpsichord playing seems
really good, although of course the instrument isn’t in a class
with the best modern examples. One assumes they had heard the “skeletons copulating on a tin roof” description of the sound before they used it.

If you have Watch Now, and want to see if you’d enjoy the old
series, you should check it out before it goes away on January 7.

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