What Do the Olympics Mean to You?


As we speak, the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea, have been underway for a couple of days. Are you watching? I certainly have been!

The Olympics – whether they’re of the summer or winter variety – mean something different to everyone. Some don’t care for them at all, but for others they’re everything. For many they’re a mild diversion, while others become obsessed with them while they’re happening.

Myself, I’m somewhere in the middle, leaning a little closer to the “obsessed” side. I’ve personally always enjoyed the Olympics ever since I was a small child, specifically the winter ones, which I’ve always felt have more interesting events. I’ve always found it a bit funny, actually, because I’ve never been athletic in the slightest, and at points between Olympic events I have little to no interest in spectating sports either. I watch NHL hockey when the Leafs are playing, and on rare occasion I’ll be in the mood to watch the Superbowl or some highly-anticipated world event, but that’s the extent of my desire to shit and watch sports. However, the Winter Olympics? Sign me the hell up! I love watching the skaters, the skiers, and the bobsleighers. I get ridiculously riled up while watching Canada’s men’s and women’s hockey teams, and I get almost disturbingly invested in curling. Though I may not be as obsessed as some other spectators, I spend each Winter Olympics doing my best to catch as many events as possible, marveling at the acts of athleticism that I could never fathom accomplishing myself.

Oddly enough, I’m not a particularly patriotic person – I believe Canada is a wonderful place to live, but I wouldn’t consider myself to have an invested level of intense pride, or anything. However, during these events I get so worked up, wanting to see Canadian athletes take as many medals as possible. My eyes end up glued to the TV or computer screen as I struggle to recall the rules and intricacies of events I only ever watch twice a decade. I cheer like a maniac when Canada wins a medal, and I feel genuine, empathetic upset whenever an athlete – any athlete – makes a mistake and realizes they’ve lost their chance to bring honor back to their country.

There’s just something about these sports, at this time of year, being watched by the entire world, that is so exciting, so emotional, so connected, and so awe-inspiring. Perhaps even a little humbling, as I realize that some of these athletes who have just been declared the best in the world have only been alive half as long as I have. That is pure insanity to me,and yeah, okay, maybe I am a little proud, because even if I don’t know them personally, some of these amazing people come from my neck of the woods, and you can’t help but feel that that makes it more special and amazing, somehow.

So for the next 15 days or so I’ll be sticking pretty close to my laptop, watching live when I can and catching up on results when I can’t, celebrating and commiserating with my country as required, and crossing my fingers just a little that we take home more medals than the US. ^_~

Are you watching the 2018 Winter Olympics? Why or why not? What are your favorite sports? How is your country doing so far? Feel free to share!


What I Am Currently Reading/Watching/Playing…


I recently started a new job, and if you didn’t know, the nature of my work requires me to fly to another province and live there for 2-3 weeks, working daily 12-hour shifts the entire time I’m there. As you can imagine, this schedule doesn’t leave a lot of room for free time, but during the time that I do have I squeeze in as much as I can to keep myself sane. So I thought I’d share what I’m currently…

First off, I wanted to mention that I recently finished reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and I absolutely loved it. I don’t know what I was expecting from the book, but it actually surprised me in a big way. I loved the story, the characters, the crazy semi-dystopian future that Cline created, and the non-stop pop culture references and throwbacks to geek and gamer culture and history. It’s definitely worth a read – especially if you grew up through the 80’s, and I’m totally stoked for the upcoming movie now.

But to be more true to the word “currently”. I’m actually reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone again for the Basement Geeks Book Club. I’m only on Chapter 3 as of the writing of this post, but I’m enjoying it so much. It’s been quite a while since I’ve read any of the series and I’d forgotten a lot of the smaller moments in the narrative that make up the greater whole.

I’ll also shortly be starting another book with the same book club called Family Don’t End With Blood, and I’m very excited about this one. It’s basically a compilation of stores about people whose lives have been affected by the show Supernatural. Since I absolutely love that show to death, and the book has chapters and inserts from the stars of the show, I can’t wait to delve into that one.

I decided to use the time I’m stuck out here alone to watch some things that Jason doesn’t want to, and I’ve started with Death Note. I started the anime series about a teen who gains the power to kill by writing a person’s name in a notebook a while ago, but at the time I only got a few episodes in because I was distracted by other things. I enjoyed rewatching the episodes I’d already seen, but now I’m into the episodes I hadn’t yet gotten to, and I’m really into it. I can’t wait to see where the story goes by the end. Plus I just love the shinigami character, Ryuk. He’s too awesome.

Once I’ve finished Death Note, I’ll probably move on to Supernatural and Doctor Who, because it’s sick that I’m an entire season behind on both of them.

This will be the most boring entry in this post because, to be perfectly honest, I haven’t really had the time to be playing anything lately, especially now that I’m working again. Between 12-hour days, catching up on my social media and channel-related stuff daily, and the aforementioned reading and watching, there’s not enough time left in the day to really get into a video game. I’ve been wanting to get back into Borderlands 2 on my Vita, after watching Jason playing a bit of it on the PS4, but there’s really no sense in getting into a game like that unless you’re willing to sit down and dedicate at least an hour into it at a time. That said, I’ll admit that I’ve been playing two phone games during breaks at work while I’m eating. One is Magikarp Jump, which is a fun little game that’s strangely addictive, but also doesn’t involve any real skill at all. It’s the type of game where you just poke the buttons and watch what happens, and it can only really be played for five minutes or so at a time. The more involved one I’ve been playing is Sailor Drops, which is basically a Candy Crush clone, but with the storylines of Sailor Moon attached to it. I’m highly addicted, if only because they keep having special events in which you can unlock more and more characters and I desperately want to get them all.

So that’s what I’ve been consuming recently. What about you? Any new, fun stuff on your list? Anything you recommend? Anything you vehemently DON’T recommend? Please feel free to share!