2010 Winter Olympics Games

Like i mentioed before, I have really enjoyed the 2010 Winter Olympics Games. And I was thinking what were my favorite highlights from the Winter Olympics Games. Here are five of my favorite highlights:

Amanda Bird – February 27, 2010 The Night Train team was welcomed to the finish by train whistles and chants as the U.S. crew added Olympic Champion to their World Championship and World Cup titles.

US Ends 62-Year Bobsled Drought

WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — Steve Holcomb never flinched.

Not when tasked with ending a 62-year drought for the United States in sliding’s marquee race.

Not when trying to navigate the world’s most treacherous track.

And not when Germany’s Andre Lange valiantly tried to hang on to his Olympic title.

Holcomb handled it all Saturday, driving USA-1 to the gold medal in four-man bobsledding, the first American pilot to do so since Francis Tyler at St. Moritz in 1948. By winning, he cemented the status of his famed “Night Train” sled and push team of Justin Olsen, Steve Mesler and Curt Tomasevicz as sliding’s best.

USA Men’s Hockey Team

The opening faceoff of the gold medal game between Team USA and Canada.

Even though The U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team fell 3-2 in overtime to rival Canada, Team USA brings home a silver medal in the men’s ice hockey events.

Nordic Combined: America’s Bill Demong wins Nordic Combined gold
Feb 25, 2010

Whistler (AFP) – Olympic veteran Bill Demong capped the United States’ impressive Nordic Combined campaign at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games by winning the large hill gold medal on Thursday.

Fellow American Johnny Spillane took silver, his third of the Games, with Austria’s Bernhard Gruber claiming bronze.

Vancouver, British Columbia

I had the chance to visit Vancouver in 2007. What a beautiful city it is. I would love to have another chance to go visit there.

Side Note:

I liked this commerical that played during the 2010 Winter Olympics Games: P&G commercial dedicated to all moms for everything they do.

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What I’ve been listing to on my iPod…

You can tell I am a child that was raised on watching TV. I see something on there and it catches my attention and I have to get it.

Well, that’s what the T-Mobile commercial featuring Eric Clapton and his song “I’ve Got A Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart” (1983) did to me. Right after I heard the song, I had to see if I have it on my iPod. And guess what?? I didn’t have it – how could that be??  So that night, I found it and got it on my iPod. That was about three weeks ago and right now the play count on that song is 55 times played.

I just can’t help myself. Once I get a song in my head, I like to hear over and over again. And when I’m taking a road trip, I can listen to one song over and over for hours. Once I listened to Garth Brook as Chris Gaines singing “Lost in You” all through the State of Ohio (about six hours).

So here is my new favorite song (till the next one!)

I get off on 57 Chevys;

I get off on screaming guitar.

Like the way it gets me every time it hits me.

I’ve got a rock and roll, I’ve got a rock and roll heart.

Check this site out…

I love getting my updates from All My Faves. Check this one out — Gross Out – Yukky Can Be a Good Thing… I was playing with it for a few minutes and I was having fun making all different kinds of pictures.

Gross Out – Yukky Can Be a Good Thing…

by Shachar Pessis

grossout Gross Out – The about us of this site explains it all: “Gross Out is the ultimate tool in barf educing photo enhancement. We’ve all drawn a mustache or an eyepatch on a photo before for a giggle. Well, Gross Out takes that concept, multiplies it times INFINITY, and covers it in eyeballs, zits, slime and tons other gross crap that we’ve compiled for your amusement. Upload a photo to see what we mean!” If you still don’t understand what the site is all about, look at the pictures below.

grossout1 Gross Out 2

I can’t wait to find some more pictures to “gross out”.

I tell you what, there is something for everyone on the Internet! I’m glad that All My Faves makes it easier for me to find those fun sites.

Iwo Jima Flag-Raising

While I was surfing the Internet at work this morning… I mean working hard at my desk!! I fonud this about the Iwo Jima Flag-Raising. This has got to be one of my all-time favorite pictures.

It’s been 65 years since the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Thousands of soldiers on both sides lost their lives, and the effort to raise an American flag captured the world’s attention.

The battle: The 36-day siege was part of an operation to take over Iwo Jima.

The significance: The capture of the island’s airfields was important because of their proximity to mainland Japan.

The flag: The photo captured the raising of the second flag on the fifth day of the battle on top of Mount Suribachi.

The flag raisers: Only three of the six soldiers made it out of the battle alive. (This movie told their story.)

The photographer: Joe Rosenthal worked for the Associated Press during the war.

After the war: Rosenthal won the Pulitzer Prize for his iconic photo and worked for the San Francisco Chronicle until he retired. He died in 2006

Forever remembered: This Washington memorial depicts the flag-raising.

Here are some more links to learn more about the Iwo Jima Flag-Raising:

Got to love Curling

I have been watching the 2010 Winter Olympics and it seems ever time I do, Curling is on. I don’t know why I sit and watch this sport,  I have no idea how the game is played. I Googled it and I got more confused trying to read the explanation of it on Wikipedia.

Curling is a team Olympic sport in which stones are slid across a sheet of carefully prepared ice towards a target area. It is related to bowls, boule and shuffleboard.

Two teams of four players take turns sliding heavy, polished blue hone granite stones across the ice towards the house (a circular target marked on the ice). The purpose is to complete each end (delivery of eight or ten stones [depending on recreational or competitive play] for each team) with the team’s stones closer to the centre of the house than the other team’s stones. Two sweepers with brooms or brushes accompany each stone and use stopwatches and their best judgment, along with direction from their teammates, to help direct the stones to their resting place, but without touching the stones.

I have always been fascinated with the game of Curling. I thought it would be fun to throw those stones down the ice and hit the other stones that are in the way. (Not sure if that is the object of the game or not). And I thought it would be fun to be one of those people who sweep the ice with those brooms.

I did find a site that has the Glossary Of Curling Terms, which helped me out a little. There were a lot of terms… I need the Curling for Dummies book!

Fun facts about Curling:

  • Curling began in Scotland in the 1500’s.
  • The oldest know curling stone bears the date 1511.
  • The first club in Canada was the Royal Montreal Curling Club, Montreal Quebec, founded in 1807.
  • The first club in The United States was the Orchard Lake Curling Club, Orchard Lake Michigan, founded in 1832.
  • The first Canadian National Championship was held in 1927.
  • The first US Championship was held in 1957.
  • The first World Championship was held in 1958.
  • A curling sheet is 146 feet or 44.5 meters from board to board.
  • The maximum weight of a curling stone is 44 pounds or 20 kilograms.
  • Curling ice is pebbled, not smooth like skating ice.  The pebbling is what allows a stone to curl.
  • Curling is also called “The Roaring Game” for the sound the stones make moving over the ice.
  • Curling became an official Olympic sport at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan.

Another site to learn more about curling:

Curling Facts, History and How to Play

So regardless if I ever learn how the game of Curling is played. I will enjoy watching it these next couple of days and watching the gold medal round!

Lasagna Roll-Ups

Seems like the only time that I can cook is on the weekends. So I am trying to find some easy and good recipes of things I can make a lot of and have some during the week for lunch. I hate how much money I spend during the week lunch to work.

Here is one that I got and it looks pretty good. So I will create my shopping list so I can make these.

Lasagna Roll-Ups

Ingredients:

8 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and dried
2 tablespoons minced green onion
1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 (21 ounce) jar Alfredo sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lasagna and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Rinse in cold water and drain well. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan over medium heat add oil and cook broccoli or spinach and green onions until tender, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat and stir in ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and egg. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place noodles in a single layer on a sheet of waxed paper. Evenly spread some of the cheese mixture on each noodle. Roll up each noodle from the short end, jelly-roll style. In a 8×12 inch baking dish, spoon about 3/4 of the Alfredo sauce on the bottom and spread evenly. Arrange the rolled noodles, seam side down, in the dish. Top with mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce. Cover loosely with foil and bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or unil hot and bubbly and the cheese is melted. Serve.

Yield: 4-6 Servings
http://www.thedailyrecipe.com

What I have been listening this week…

Whoa!! The songs from 1968 were really… unique! One of my playlists on my iPod is Billboard Hits. I just happened to pick the playlist from 1968.

Here are a few of the songs from that year:

  • “Classical Gas” — Mason Williams
  • “The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo)” — Manfred Mann
  • “Honey” — Bobby Goldsboro
  • “Sunshine of Your Love” — Cream
  • “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy” — Ohio Express
  • “Spooky” — Classics IV
  • “MacArthur Park”  — Richard Harris
  • “Harper Valley PTA” — Jeannie C. Riley
  • “Bottle Of Wine” —  Fireballs
  • “Abraham, Martin and John” — Dion
  • “Slip Away” — Clarence Carter
  • “Hush” — Deep Purple

The top song of 1968 was “Hey Jude” – The Beatles.

I would love to talk with someone who went to high school during this time. I wonder what kind of record collection they had. How they danced to these songs at school dances or at the prom? I wonder if they sang in a hair brush in front of the mirror singing these songs. At least that’s what I heard some people do, I would never do anything like that… I used a Tickle deodorant bottle, thank you!

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