#37 Dogs Of Sochi

By: GardenGrrl , 2:22 PM GMT on February 20, 2014

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United States vs Canada Hockey; loser has to keep Justin Beiber.

Well, no one has an Olympic Blog up yet so why not? The weather in Sochi is definitely something that affords watching during the Games.

The Athletes, well, every one of them deserves respect and recognition for all their hard work and sacrifice. While I am partial to the US, all countries are welcome here to cheer on their athletes.

Olympic Couch Potatoes; What are your favorite Olympic snack foods? Recipes?

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47. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
6:44 PM GMT on February 26, 2014
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46. BriarCraft
10:43 PM GMT on February 25, 2014
Wait! The Olympics aren't over quite yet. The Paralympics starts March 7. They even have Wheelchair Curling! Too bad it doesn't get much publicity. There's a lot going on that could be inspiring to recovering Vets and others.

Back when I operated my own bookkeeping and income tax business, I had the good luck to have an inspiring woman as a client. You wouldn't think a one-legged black single woman with a young daughter would have much going for her, but she did. At the time I met her, she was just getting started as keynote speaker. And she knew all about being a winner, having competed in the Paralympics.

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45. GardenGrrl
11:20 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
Good Morning, Good Morning, we have...mist. lol. I will take any moisture save ice.

Hi Mike, I agree that Bieber is probably a better persons than Russia's rulers.

Hi Skye, it's interesting in countries where the populous does not have much of a voice that the Powers decide "renovation" should take place by paving over the poor.

Hi Ylee, yes thank goodness the terrorists lost out on that opportunity. Basically those people are evil tyrants with a small budget. On the other hand, have a nice suit and money, other peoples blood and suffering becomes legitimate. Hmmm.

Hi WTS, back in the early 90's a street gang called the Bloods hired a PR company to facilitate their entrenchment into Minneapolis as a social club for underprivileged youths that need guidance. PR works.

Hi Calpoppy,there are people who will always take what is good and noble then try to squeeze a buck out of it. (religion maybe) It does say a lot about an administrations character. All these athletes want to do is to be the best of what a human being can do. So is the irony of it all. The best and the worst. Guess as far as douch bags go hosting the games, this guy gets a 9.

Hi Sandi, what a difference a free society makes. I'm sure there were people who toyed with the idea of removing some poor people to make an area shiny and profitable. In a society where people have rights, that idea was not often followed through with. It speaks volumns for Great Britain.


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44. WatchinTheSky
4:27 AM GMT on February 25, 2014
That's the way it ought to be, sandi. A PR event can be positive, even in the background, clearly not always though.
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43. sandiquiz
8:51 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
I would like to point put we didn't displace anyone in 2012....

"The site was previously a mixture of greenfield and brownfield land, including parts of Hackney Marshes."

Greenfield means it was fields and brownfield means old, derelict industrial wasteland.

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42. calpoppy
6:36 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
I thought that Putin looked like he was going to lay an egg in the opening ceremonies, he was just a little uptight!!! I would have given him a few shots of vodka just to loosen the guy up a little, LOL!

I did not see where the 50 billion dollars went except maybe in the pockets of government officials. We can see that in the Ukraine right now with the ousted presidential palace.

As for Rio, the ones that have no voices (the poor) will be displaced, trodden on and virtually thrown away so they can look like a wonderful country to the world. Maybe a reason I don't look at the Olympics that often.



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41. WatchinTheSky
6:11 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
There's no denying the Olympics are a big PR event for whoever puts them on. But you would think with a 50 BILLION dollar budget they could have treated the transplants a little more humane ;) Putin put on a show, but of course - it was just a show.
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40. Ylee
5:32 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
Best I can say about the Games is that we didn't have a repeat of Munich! Highlighting the greatness of his country? I think Putin did a pretty good job! (sarcasm flag off)
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39. Skyepony (Mod)
5:27 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
The evictions for the Olympics & World Cup in Rio are well under way..

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38. clearlakemike
5:09 PM GMT on February 24, 2014
Quoting 37. GardenGrrl:
Well played Russia. You are a very good Olympics host.
The closing ceremony was beautiful, amazing.

When your dancers formed an Olympic ring on the floor of the stadium deliberately keeping one small as a nod to the opening ceremony glitch, I admit you had me. That was a fun gesture. You seemed human. I clapped. Well played Russia.

But what about the dogs? All those strays roaming the streets? How did they get there? Oh that's right, you also treat your people like stray dogs. Hundreds of people were evicted from their homes to make way for Putins Olympics. They could not bring their pets. The only option hundreds of people had was to let them loose to fend for themselves.

They had to choose between one more mouth to feed or not eating or having a place to stay. Russia is not like America where pet abandonment is only done by low lifes. During hurricanes we set up organizations for people to find their pets. For people to find a way to keep them when they are displaced.

In Russia, a mass eviction of people means being homeless if you have no family or friends to take you. To the credit of the evicted Russians who had no homes and food would be a problem, they freed their pets instead of eating them. To the evicted families, I wish you well. I mean that. Most people do not abandon pets by easy choice. You gave your dogs the best chance you could give them. Well played Mr. Putin, Well played.



Oh, I thought this was going to be a comment about Putin and his goons...;-)

Beiber is too good for Russia.
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37. GardenGrrl
11:13 AM GMT on February 24, 2014
Well played Russia. You are a very good Olympics host.
The closing ceremony was beautiful, amazing.

When your dancers formed an Olympic ring on the floor of the stadium deliberately keeping one small as a nod to the opening ceremony glitch, I admit you had me. That was a fun gesture. You seemed human. I clapped. Well played Russia.

But what about the dogs? All those strays roaming the streets? How did they get there? Oh that's right, you also treat your people like stray dogs. Hundreds of people were evicted from their homes to make way for Putins Olympics. They could not bring their pets. The only option hundreds of people had was to let them loose to fend for themselves.

They had to choose between one more mouth to feed or not eating or having a place to stay. Russia is not like America where pet abandonment is only done by low lifes. During hurricanes we set up organizations for people to find their pets. For people to find a way to keep them when they are displaced.

In Russia, a mass eviction of people means being homeless if you have no family or friends to take you. To the credit of the evicted Russians who had no homes and food would be a problem, they freed their pets instead of eating them. To the evicted families, I wish you well. I mean that. Most people do not abandon pets by easy choice. You gave your dogs the best chance you could give them. Well played Mr. Putin, Well played.

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36. plapman
3:35 AM GMT on February 24, 2014
Good evening GardenGirrl.
I guess you get to keep Justin.:)
The daughter was over at the end of the ladies hockey.
When Canada scored the winning goal I thought she would jump to the ceiling. Just a bouncing she was.
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35. palmettobug53
5:13 PM GMT on February 23, 2014
OMIGOD.... I've been laughing my butt off, reading all the posts!

Yeah, maybe the Russians will take Bieber off our hands. Stupid twit. I didn't like him from the start but that's probably just my age showing. His behavior since then? Ick.

I think I'd have to say that curling is fun to watch. Not a whole lot of excitement but it is soothing.

And I ALWAYS root for the Jamaican bobsled team! Gotta love 'em, bless their hearts.

As for my fave Olympic munchies? I've been trying to swear off the mindless, indiscriminate munching this past couple of weeks. I'm about to pop out of me knickers and I REFUSE to go buy the next larger size. If I keep doing that, before long, I'll be able to run 'em up the mast of a sailboat and offer harbor tours.

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34. GardenGrrl
10:57 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Hi WTS, your right, I did walk the dog for walk your dog day. Remembered after going to Bugs blog. Read it out loud and after Roxie heard that said, there was no backing out.

Hi Ylee, yes Hoodie Hoo! Be gone polar vortex.
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33. Ylee
2:57 AM GMT on February 23, 2014
Hoodie Hoo! Hoodie Hoo! Hoodie Hoo!
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32. WatchinTheSky
11:58 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Actually, I thought you might be Walking A Dog!
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31. GardenGrrl
5:27 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
OH FOR Petes Sake! Finland handed our hockey puck to US.

Hi Shirly, will also be glad to get back on my schedule. Can you imagine how wore out the athletes have to be by the end of the Olympics?

Hi Ylee, guess we should have told Finland that winner gets the Beeb.

Hi Sandi, even knowing the earlier outcome we were still cheering for GB. No worries though, we are stuck with him. lol.

Pros, Calpoppy, Everyone,
Lets chase that Polar Vortex Away. All together now:

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30. sandiquiz
2:08 PM GMT on February 22, 2014
Quoting 28. Ylee:
We lost to Canada, again! They must really not want the Beeb, lolol!

Maybe we can trade him to Finland?

We lost to Canada as well:( In the gent's curling final.
Never mind, we don't want the spoilt little rich kid, either!!
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29. WatchinTheSky
3:55 AM GMT on February 22, 2014
Trade for what? A reindeer? 'Course, there is another Vortex coming....
I guess I know what GG, Pros, calpoppy will be doing tomorrow ;)
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28. Ylee
3:00 AM GMT on February 22, 2014
We lost to Canada, again! They must really not want the Beeb, lolol!

Maybe we can trade him to Finland?
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27. WeatherWise
2:58 AM GMT on February 22, 2014
Hi GardenGrrl, Have been staying up way too late here watching the Olympics, too. Been sleeping in too late as a result. I have got to readjust my time clock after the Olympics are all over. Will still he hearing the scraping and crunching in my dreams. Great blog topic and quite timely. Enjoyed everyone's comments.
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26. GardenGrrl
4:47 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
Say what you want if it's funny, I won't block you but admin might. Or your blog might get deported to Tennessee.

Can't decide if those gals are brave, crazy or what but God Bless 'em and keep them safe.
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25. WatchinTheSky
4:42 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
Simmer down Ylee, or you and Beebs will be in trouble ;)
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24. calpoppy
3:19 PM GMT on February 21, 2014
Quoting 23. Ylee:
I could get in so juch trouble with #21.... :' )



LOL!
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23. Ylee
5:14 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
I could get in so juch trouble with #21.... :' )
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22. WatchinTheSky
4:14 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
Better make that trade fast! The girls keep getting beat up by big tough security guards at the Olympics :(
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21. GardenGrrl
3:52 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
Good Point Ylee, perhaps a diplomatic trade for some of their activists.

Hey Russia, we will trade you Justin Beiber for Pussy Riot.


(Note Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist group that just got out of prison) I think it's a good trade. Even better would be having the anchorperson on Fox say that news with a straight face.

Hi Briar, could not stop laughing at extreme curling. Perhaps another use for the Beib.

Hi Prose, the skaters are all so talented,it really gets hard to choose a winner. What did you think of the performance by Mao Asada? I was really moved by it.
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20. Ylee
3:31 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
Maybe we can ship Bieber to Russia? Public drunkeness and rude behavior is generally more accepted over there, right? :' )
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19. BriarCraft
1:57 AM GMT on February 21, 2014
For those that don't "get" curling...


ADD: Okay, let's try something else...
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18. Proserpina
10:59 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Hi GG, I would have preferred Gold or Wagner from the USA to win. Carolina earned her spot and I am glad for her. At least we have gold in the ice dancing. I have followed this couple for many years and they too deserve the medal, they earned it with lots and lots of work.

I watched the last few minutes of the Hockey game and the overtime. My throat is hurting from all of the yelling I did, but my exhortations were not heeded!
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17. GardenGrrl
8:36 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Wow. That was seriously good hockey. Wish we could have taken it this year. Four years is a long time to wait for "next time".

Still though, women's hockey is worth watching now. Maybe they will allow checking soon. Uh-Rah!

Hi Briar, good catch and recovery. Yeah we like the underdogs too...once the US isn't in the running. I tend to root for Brazilians cause all the ones I have met have put on the best house parties ever :D

Hi Prose, glad Carolina made it. For you I'm happy to see the Italians do well. When my friends win, I win.

Hi Skye, the Onion link is a hoot. I think spouses boss said okay go home because of the late nights someone here has been staying up to watch.

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16. BriarCraft
8:21 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Hah! I'm smarter than an internet connection! It was taking forever for my comment to post, so I highlighted it and did a Ctrl-C just before an error message told me about a time out just before the Internet light on my DSL modem changed from green to red.

So, Ctrl-V, and Ta-Daaaahh! I don't have to remember and retype what I said five minutes ago. I am smarter than an internet connection!!!!

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Curling is actually one of the sports that makes me sit down, eat chips and watch. Really don't know what is so fascinating but it holds my attention.

Ah! The truth will out! It is a meditation similar to watching your toenails grow or contemplating the lint in your navel. Very soothing, even hypnotic -- the slow motion, gentle release of that stone with the convenient hangle followed by frantic ice sweeping just ahead of the slow-moving stone. I watch it, too.

Personally, I'm rooting for the Cool Runnings Jamaican bobsled team. Yah mon! And also the slalom skier from Zimbabwe and the crosscountry skier from Togo are on my watch list -- firsts for both countries.

Do we really have to keep the Bieb? Do you suppose he might like older women? I'm thinking maybe Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton.
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15. GardenGrrl
8:05 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Sorry Folks, He's Ours Now.

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14. Proserpina
8:00 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Skye, that's a joke right?
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13. Proserpina
7:57 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
As to the ice skaters, USA came 4th. Next time Ms Gold! Carolina stayed in third position, bronze. Good for her.
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12. Skyepony (Mod)
7:57 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Begging off work to watch the games.. That's the spirit.. I've been staying up til 2am & have grown pretty useless.. Onion did a good one on the games.
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11. Proserpina
7:56 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Darn!
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10. GardenGrrl
7:31 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
OVERTIME!
(yikes)
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9. GardenGrrl
6:42 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
3rd Quarter, always a brand new game. Come on USA, Win this one!

Hi Prose, we will cheer for your skaters!

Hi Calpoppy, smoked salmon and cream cheese sounds good :)

The spouse begged off work today to watch the game and came home with breakfast burritos.
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8. Proserpina
6:26 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
I am hoping that Ashley Wagner from Alexandria, Va, will place in the top three after the long program. If that fails, I am hoping Carolina Kostner from Italy will keep her place in the top three. And if none of this happens, best luck to whoever makes it! And thank you for those who tried.

Hockey? USA all the way!
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7. calpoppy
6:22 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
We haven't been able to watch much of the Olympics at all! NBC has been a no show on our antenna for a few days now, and on and off before that. Oh well, life with old school stuff, LOL! We do get to see highlights on the national news though!

If I could watch it though I would have some of the smoked salmon that Nate sent down, with cream cheese and crackers :)
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6. GardenGrrl
6:17 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
*****SCORE*****

Meghan Duggan!
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5. GardenGrrl
3:18 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Hi Skyepony, the down hill snowboard competitions have been WOW. Just WOW. Way better than half pipe. I'm sure a lot of snowboarders surf, but they seem a lot more fun than the surfing crowd. Why was that not around when I was young and lived up north.

Hi ricderr, lol, yeah I think a lot of us feel that way. Talent squandered. Then one looks at the ice skaters. These are people who have trained, practiced, sacrificed, to dance on the ice for the world. The Olympics is watching dreams come true.
I was part of a road crew (long time ago) for an ice show and have nothing but respect for skaters.

Hi Sandi, I currently have some brie cheese and a limited supply of crackers. Am really craving a fruit bowl. May have to go outside and breath the pollen so I can re-supply the goodies.

Okay, who thinks Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are the cutest non-couple ever? I love how he dresses her so their outfits match everyday. They are also two of the best skating commentators on TV.
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4. sandiquiz
3:01 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Snack foods for the Olympics.... well, usually for the summer Olympics it is a dish of my favourite ice cream.

For the winter Olympics it might even be hot buttered toast or crumpets!

I suppose the reason I like curling over all the other sports is that it is a game requiring strategy and precision rather than physical effort or artistic ability.

I am all for strategy....!
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3. ricderr
2:57 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
The Athletes, well, every one of them deserves respect and recognition for all their hard work and sacrifice. While I am partial to the US, all countries are welcome here to cheer on their athletes.



i agree....yesterday i watched the women's figure skating short program and the athletes were the ones that likely would not make the top twenty....they may not have been as skilled as the worlds best...but they still gave their all...


as for justin....can't they just use him as the puck and then run the zamboni over him a time or two rather than some country have to take him?
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2. Skyepony (Mod)
2:50 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
Been sewing alot watching the Olympics. Anything extreme is on my fav list. Been some great skiing & snowboarding. May have blacked out for most of the curling..lol. Skating has been good too.

My fav olympic snack has been some choc covered pecans someone gave me for Christmas that I'd forgot about.
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1. GardenGrrl
2:25 PM GMT on February 20, 2014
From the previous blog;

Hi Sandi, curling is actually one of the sports that makes me sit down, eat chips and watch. Really don't know what is so fascinating but it holds my attention.

Hi Ylee, we actually have a good electrician. He's a nice guy too. Think we should clone him?
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