Who’s ready for a good Spring?
As we move towards Spring let’s hope we return to more normal weather patterns. But then again, what is “normal” these days?
Scientists will tell you all about climate change but many politicians don’t want to listen or give too much credibility to the “green” or environmental movement.
But it is obvious from recent strange weather patterns across North America, never mind other parts of the world, that elements of the various global warning theories do have some substance. The major snow and ice storms in the southern U.S., Japan and even the Middle East make one wonder what the future might bring. The message is to always be prepared.
But as the days start to get longer and we move the clocks ahead to enjoy more daylight hours, we shall soon forget the perils of winter and start to smell the flowers and get back on the golf courses. Good weather can’t come soon enough!
Did you enjoy the Winter Olympics from Russia coming at you all hours of the day. The most expensive games on snow and ice could be better renamed the “media” games as it seemed all outlets were trying to outdo the coverage by the host networks CBC and NBC.
And so many commentators trying to become the next “Grapes”. Yes, this is probably the last time Don Cherry will be covering Olympic hockey and you could tell he knows it. He was pretty subdued with his comments. Maybe he didn’t want to be sent to Siberia along with most of the Russian hockey players, who were duds on home ice!
It seemed the most compelling story that came out of Sochi was that American sports broadcasting icon Bob Costas developed “pink eye” – and in both eyes. Imagine, a condition that many people suffer every day received such wide spread attention. Maybe a better cure will be found because of all the attention he received.
While congratulations goes out to all the athletes who did so well, some of the coverage really went over the top with hyperbole. These are only games, and medal winners will soon be forgotten. The real world problems in the nearby Ukraine showed how fortunate we are to be living in North America.
It is easy to start picking these games apart as they generate so much controversy. They have become big, big business and professionals are involved instead of amateur athletes.
You can enjoy them more by looking at the scenic coverage of parts of the world you may never get to visit. The area of Sochi and the cultural tourism features of Russia showed a country filled with historic landmarks and an area that is sure attractive. It will be interesting to see what is done with all those expensive new buildings and facilities – and if there is any future economic impact.
The popularity of curling continues to grow and the unique team sport was given great coverage at the Olympics, especially with Canada winning two Golds. Even movie star Will Smith was talking about it as a game he would like to try. Smith was one of the first guests on the new Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and it was surprising he even mentioned it.
If you have never tried it, the place to go at the end of the month is the Langley Curling Centre. The club is holding an open house at the end of the month as it tries to recruit curlers of all ages for next season.
The Langley and Cloverdale clubs will then play host to the Optimist International U-18 Championships featuring youthful curlers from various nations. Volunteers are needed to help put on the event over the first weekend in April.
March 20 is the United Nation’s official International Day to recognize the Elimination of Racism. Look for events or activities in your community to mark this annual day.