Probably the most inspirational, innocent gathering of humanity has occurred in the Olympic Games. It’s the one time everyone joins and celebrates our youth, vigor and competitive spirit. Of course, the doping, violence and small scandals have cast a pall over the games at times, but mostly we’ve joined together with the world in a happy dance.
Now we come to Rio. Have you seen pictures of the disgusting human sewerage being pumped out of the city into the waterways that are supposed to provide venues for the water sports? Rio is unprepared, financially unable to provide all the services necessary, such as transportation and lodging. I’m wondering about their commitment to security.
As if we needed another reminder of the need for strict self-monitoring, the International Olympic Committee has provided an effective mirror. Wasn’t there some sort of time table for getting this process under way? Was there a Plan B if the host city screws up?
Knowing the conditions down there, “Did anyone get the big payoff for awarding Rio the honor of hosting the Olympic Games?” Cynical me.
If all the water sports are performed with nose plugs and hazmat suits, I will completely understand. Sigh…
My father was an artist and didn’t realize he was funny.He had the ironic type of humor that let him laugh at life and even at death.
I think I’ve shared the story of his battle with cancer… My friend Mary had paid him a visit and knocked on the door.He asked “Who is it?”Mary isn’t to be denied her own sense of humor and said, “It’s Dr. Kvorkian.”My father answered, “What the hell took you so long!?”
Of all the gifts my father gave me, and there were many, the ability to find humor in the moment is the best and most enduring. As a practicing psychologist (where humor was at a premium) and in the classrooms of life, injecting irony and a sharing of how ridiculous some moments are has been salvation.
When I was in third grade, my classmate Joel Baskin and I were in trouble for laughing at the words to a song as we were singing.I remember it vividly… “Nymphs and Mermaids gather flowers, underneath the sea…”Really?Say the word nymph.Better yet, look in the mirror as you say it.Then pictu…