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Episode 126: Lost & Delirious [Feb. 26th, 2006|10:48 pm]
Ben
[mood |melancholymelancholy]
[music |Don't Panic by Coldplay]

Someone once told me that if you start off the new year with a messy room, then for the rest of the year, your surroundings will be messy.  If that philosophy were true, then many of us would spend most of 2006 drunk.  But I can't help but wonder if that philosophy has some element of truth to it.  I started January 1st, 2006 by losing my debit card at a TGI Fridays.  I eventually found it, but by then, I had already cancelled the card to prevent fraudulent use.  I ended up having to wait over a week for my bank to reissue a new card for me.  

And then came Friday, February 24th.  After a long week of intense working and teaching, I was going to start off the well-deserved weekend with a night at Disneyland.  My friend Dave and I had dinner and then headed to the park to tour the Ferris Wheel, ride Mullholland Madness, and see Fantasmic.  But somewhere in between, my car keys which are attached to my car alarm beeper, fell out of my pocket.  In short, I had lost my car keys.  I panicked.  I could not enjoy Fantasmic.  The rest of the evening was spent in freezing lines at the Lost & Found and then in the parking lot waiting for my dad to come with the spare key & alarm.  Thank goodness for spare keys!   I'm thankful to have gotten home safe, but the rest of my weekend was tainted with repercussions to Friday night.  I was not even in the mood to go to West Hollywood to celebrate Paula's 26th.  As a precaution, I bought The Club for my car as an extra anti-theft device in case (I know the chances are slim) the person who found the key and alarm beeper somehow finds my car on his/her lucky day.  

Just like the debit card was found, I'm holding out for wishful thinking that the keys and alarm beeper will be found as well.

Tonight was a bittersweet ending to the 20th Winter Olympic Games in Torino.  Only 1,466 days (according to the news) until the 21st Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver!  I want to go!  I should go!  I've been wanting to visit Vancouver for years.  What better way than the Olympics?  My cousin and I can tour all the figure skating events!!!   And I get free room and bunk!  The closing ceremonies just ended.  Here are some of my favorite highlights from this games:


I was sad that Michelle Kwan withdrew due to a groin injury, but she did it with such elegance and grace.  She is awesome!

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Jeffrey Buttle of Canada wins the Bronze in Men's Figure Skating.  He is so cute!  I'm all into him now like a giggly school girl.  I LOVE his smile!

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Apollo Anton Ohno skates so fast in Speed Skating!  He wins several medals, including the gold! 

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Shizuka Arakawa wins Japan's first gold medal in figure skating, and gets a hug from Sasha Cohen, the silver medalist.  This is what it's all about!


Joey Cheek wins medals in Speed Skating, and then donates his money winnings to a charity that helps youth who have little opportunities to train for the Olympics!  He got cuter when he did that! 



Colorful Closing and Opening Ceremonies!

I like the Unity in these games.  And although figure skating is my favorite one to watch, I will still enjoy watching the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.  It should be a nice experience to witness these games being played in the country of my native culture.

Not many people know this, but I got into figure skating because my mom and I always watched it on TV as I was growing up.  I think I remember seeing some of the Sarajevo Winter Olympics of 1984 when I was only 5 years old.  I think had my family had the money to hire a coach and buy skates, I would have been training to be a figure skater.  My mom and dad really wanted me to get healthy and active, and they knew I was all about figure skating.  Well, that never happened.  Yet, it's still interesting to wonder what would have been had we had the luxuary of those resources. Would I have gone to Lillehammer, Norway; Nagano Japan; Salt Lake City, USA; or Torino Italy? And what about all those annual World Championships?   I guess that's why I was really touched when Joey Cheek donated his earnings to that charity to help young Olympians achieve their dreams!  The Olympics will not happen for me, but I can still learn to ice skate.

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