Sochi 2014

SochiTransformerThe first Olympics I can remember was 1968 in Mexico City.  Remember sitting there every night watching my Dad.  While watching platform diving, I  noticed an Italian diver  with red hair and the first name “Klaus”.  I asked my dad what’s an Italian doing with a first name like Klaus.  “The German army spent a lot of time in Italy”, he replied.  And thus was born a family tradition in our house of watching the Olympics every four years.

As  a teenager I wondered if I could if I could compete in the Olympics. Maybe a gymnast or a skier?  A wrestler or maybe something on the track?  But in 1978 it became serious. My college counselor said I had to add a sport to my transcript.  I added not one two, joining the soccer team and taking a fencing class.  I took to fencing like a duck to water and soon found myself a member of the local fencing club. My coach had coached the team at West Point and noticed I had a talent for it.

I was soon fencing all over California and by 1979 had won a silver medal for Northern California.  I was training for a shot at the Olympic team going to Moscow in 1980.  Then the Russians invaded Afghanistan and Pres. Jimmy Carter decided not to send the US to Moscow.  That was my one big shot and I missed it.

As a Dad, I tried to carry on the family tradition of having my kids watch the Olympics with me and that  ended with mixed results.  It seems I’.m only one in the family interested in Curling.

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My dream since 1980 is been at least to go to the Olympics.  I was too early in Korea for Seoul.  It was too late for Barcelona. I couldn’t scrape up the cash for Los Angeles or Salt Lake City. But my dream is still alive and maybe I’ll attend one.Maybe the kids will come along too.

But this year the Olympics are in Russia and I’ll be blogging all about it.  The good the bad and the funny.  So stay tuned Loyal Readers.  If you could compete in the Olympics what sport would be?

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The Power of the Internet

With stories of viruses, malware and security breaches the news is filled with stories about how bad the Internet can be. But every now and then a story emerges that demonstrates how the Power of the Internet can truly be a force for good.

In 1996, woman lies of dying of a fast-moving cancer. In the last two weeks of her life she loses the ability to speak and furiously starts jotting down what appears to be random letters on a bunch of index cards.

At the time, doctors took this is as a sign of dementia. That the cards held no true meaning and the old woman had lost her mind. For 18 years these cards laid discarded kitchen drawers and file cabinets until a grandchild took this puzzle to the Internet.  On the website Ask Meta Filter readers took up the task of deciphering this private code.  The granddaughter who posted the code was amazed that in 15 minutes, answers started coming back.Not only was an amazing code revealed.  But also the amazing woman who authored the cards, her Tour de  Force to overcome this crippling disease and the beautiful messages she left behind.

With the code broken, family members are scrambling to try to find the remaining cards, a total of about 20 to see what they say as well.Click the link above to read the original post and how many people contributed to crack the code and bring this beautiful story to light.

 

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Reads:

Our Father Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name Thy kingdom come Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom the Power and the Glory forever.

Amen.

I found this story on The Blaze and it can be found all over the Internets.  I humbly added my site to the list and implore you to spread it’s up lifting story.