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Back to the grind (and the Winter Olympics)

Since it’s been almost a year since I finished grad school, relocated to New England, and started a new job, I figured it’s past time I started writing again. Life has gotten a little slower since school ended, and since I no longer have to dedicate each free moment to finding that elusive post-MBA job, I’ve found that I need to fill my nights and weekends with something other than Netflix and browsing trashy pop culture gossip websites.

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Typical productive Saturday morning

I’m strongly considering making the jump to a self-hosted domain, so I figure I’d better ease back into writing before I start shelling out the cash. And what better occasion to help get me back on the blogging train than the Winter Olympics?

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How about those drones!

I’ve blogged about the Olympics in the past, so this is a good re-starting point. Although I do feel like the Games have lost a little of their magic over the years. Whether that’s from all the doping issues, the massive costs that sends host countries into debt, or just from growing up in general, it seems as though the enthusiasm has dwindled a bit from when I was a kid. But I still love watching athletes from all over the world coming together to compete in sports most of us would never hear about otherwise.

Anyway, on to the good stuff!

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Admit it, you only clicked on a blog post about the Olympics just to see the shirtless dude from Tonga. I do hope for his sake that the oil was self-heating!

So I have a soft spot for South Korea since I’d been there several times during my time in the Navy, so I really wish I could have gone to these Olympics in person. I have no doubt that they’ll be great hosts, even with all the drama with their neighbor to the north. But alas, I had to make do with watching on Hulu + Live TV, which may not have been a good decision. I’m still in my 7-days-free trial period, but all this skipping, buffering, and sound issues are making me wonder if I need to explore other options. However, I’m not sure what those would be, since I cut the cord on cable sometime in 2014 and never looked back.

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Hulu’s IT support, probably.

A browse on Hulu’s forums confirms that I’m not alone in experiencing issues. I hope they’ll get fixed over the next few days, but I’m not holding my breath. For now, I’ll have to settle for alternating between the TV and the iPad (it seems to run a little better on the latter; the Roku lags behind and skips more for some reason.)

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Bonus: I got to see the wonderful Yuna Kim light the cauldron twice.

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I also got to watch those poor ladies climb that LONG flight of stadium stairs twice!

I’ve been bingeing all morning on ski jumping, snowboarding, and luge, and will probably continue to do so until the figure skating tonight. Apparently this particular luge track is really difficult? I feel like I’ve seen a lot of people hitting the walls during their runs. And I’ve found my new hero: Japanese ski jumper Noriaki Kasai, competing in his 8th Olympics at age 45 (!) and honored with a Polish rap song and at least two rock songs in Finland written about him. (My Finnish friend currently working in Helsinki confirms that Kasai is a legend over there.) I’ve been feeling old since my birthday a couple of weeks ago, so this gives me hope that I can still make it to the Olympics! I just have to learn how to ski jump, fear of heights be damned.

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I’ll settle for being cool enough for a Finnish garage band to write a punk song about me. We should all aspire to be this awesome.

 

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