Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 30 July 2012

Boo ya, the Brits get it right for once and make this blogger proud.

This weeks weekend relevant prompts for Monday Haiku are:

  1. Olympic Opening ceremony – Presumably you are aware by now that the Olympics have started, that they are taking place in Britain (mostly London), and that there was a fabulous opening ceremony (more on that below). You are? Well there is the prompt then.
  2. Family Reunion part 2 – This weekend we headed up north, not far from Santa Barbara, to Lake Cachuma for a family reunion on my wife’s father’s side of the family. More on that below.
  3. Infant cold – I had the symptoms of a brief cold, Thursday, Friday, but it didn’t turn into anything much for me and went away. Unfortunately my son got it and now has a cold and cough. Hopefully it won’t turn to Bronchitis again.

So here we go:

Open Ceremony

A great tour of British past

Proud to be a Brit

Which I was, more on that below.

To Lake Cachuma

the family delight awaits

warm, loving, party

Which it was, more on, oh you know…

Stuffy little boy

daddy gave the gift of cold

you give gift of snot

Bonus Haiku is having the week off as I have neither the time nor inspiration. Sorry my time is asleep. No, my brain is asleep, too much travelling, well not too much, but also not much sleep with the toddler cold mentioned above. Snoooooooze – Oh I noticed after typing this, that Carrie Rubin (often a source for the bonus haiku) is having some blog time off. This is not related to that. Jump between the lines or over:


“I politely suggest you move on to the next section”



Things I learned this weekend:

  • The Brits can do a fabulous opening ceremony to the olympics. I was somewhat cynical going in, but I thought a tremendous job was done. Highlights for me were the forging of the rings, the slightly cheesy boy meets girl, but fun music and image montage, and the rising of the olympic flames. I actually felt proud to be British, was doesn’t happen too often.
  • The Olympics is still fab for a bunch of sports I would not normally watch. Why give a s**t? Well for the majority of the sports it is the biggest prize to compete for, therefore the highest pressure situation, usually with the very best individuals or teams from the sport competing. World records might be broken, dreams will be achieved or shattered. What is not to like about that?
  • The family reunion was nice. I’m never sure what to expect of these things, but it was good to see everyone. Everyone was nice, the weather was not too hot, there was some decent bbq. For our small corner there was five generations including my son. Him, his mother, one of his grandmas, his great grandma, and his great, great, grandma. You don’t get that very often.
  • Having a towel, and a son facing away from me, is useful when he sick up. Sorry Mrs Brainsplats, that ones on you. Literally.
  • Given the major sporting tournament mentioned above, I have a relevant poll. Please vote, then enjoy the rest of your week.

Lexicon word of the day: Indenture.


13 comments on “Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 30 July 2012

  1. Totally agree…..I was feeling very proud watching that ceremony. Shame old Queenie looked a bit disinterested lol


  2. Smaktakula says:

    Lake Cachuma–that’s not too far from my neck of the woods. And closer still to Neverland Ranch, Reagan’s Ranch and all the locations from the movie Sideways.

    Sorry about the gift of snot. Thanks to a Wiggles Show/Chuck E. Cheese visit last week, we had a visit from Mr. Influenza. On the plus side, not a lot of snot.

    I’m glad to see people getting charged up for the Olympics, which I haven’t really seen in ages. The Olympics are such an awesome idea, but I think that globalization (particularly in regard to media and transportation) has taken some of the luster (or lustre, if you prefer) from the games in that there are already a lot of opportunities to see the best in the world (e.g., the World Cup).

    Thinking about it, I think the staggering of the Winter/Summer Olympic years is probably when my enthusiasm waned. I’ve never cared for that innovation.

    On the other hand, many athletes in sports which don’t receive a lot of airplay get to have a well-deserved moment in the sun. Like I said, I think they’re a wonderful thing, and it does make me glad that people are enthused.

    • Elliot says:

      That venue was chosen because the oldest relative is in Santa Barbara and a few off the other oldest not too far away. I want to get up there and see some of the wineries at some point.

      Te gift of snot seems to have waned but it might have developed into the gift of bronchitis again (for my son) but we should find out in a couple of hours. Not great but at least we know how to deal with it now. Flu is no fun either – yuk.

      When I was growing up, athletics seemed to be on British tv more often. So on the olympics, I think that is my favourite area. The 100m is pretty much the main event for me. That said I do like watching a lot of the other sports, even some of the gymnastics. Ironically for someone who loves his football (soccer), I have next to no interest in that for the olympics. The world cup or European championships, or even club level competitions like the champions league, make that a non-event.

  3. paulaacton says:

    I am having lots of fun watching the olympics with my four year old as he is seeing lots of sports for the first time, he got really into tennis watching wimbledon and so far his olympics favourite is swimming closely followed by rowing he wasn’t as excited by the cycling as i thought he would be

    • Elliot says:

      It sounds like he likes the more pacey looking events. The cycling doesn’t look too quick on those long distance events. My son is a little young for it yet (19 months), but he likes pointing out the things he knows and can identify e.g. “bike”, “water”.

      Thanks for dropping by.

  4. 5 generations! You absolutely don’t see that very often, nice that your son will have some photos of that since he’s too young to grasp the import of that at the moment.

    I agree with Smak, I lost a lot of interest when they started staggering the games. I liked the 4-year respite. Now it seems like no sooner do we finish the winter games when they start gearing up for summer. I also wish that the American networks would show more of the obscure stuff. I don’t care about the basketball or the soccer. I want to see the wacky sports.

    • Elliot says:

      And it likely won’t be seen for much longer given ages and so on. As you point out, he won’t get the significance of it until it is gone.

      I wish on the west coast that you could see the live coverage as well as the delayed coverage. There are some things around but it would be nice to see more of it as it happens even if some of it is on very early.

  5. jmmcdowell says:

    I liked the Olympics better when they belonged to true amateur athletes. When they opened up to pros, I didn’t like them so much. The worst to me? Men’s Basketball. Maybe players from smaller countries enjoy the chance to play against American superstars, even if it means a blow-out defeat. But I see no sport in that. And I have no use for the prima dona personalities of the pros, either.

    • Elliot says:

      I think that is daft also, especially whee basketball is concerned. On the other hand, for the athletics, they do not have much other large events, club level is nothing for the top athletes, they have to go up against the best in the world. This is their main event.

      The boxing is another odd one. The Cubans have in recent times had some of the best in the world, but living in Cuba they cannot go pro and face the best in the world that way. They then have a career facing the best amateurs in the olympics who are often good but not quite that good, as the really good ones turn pro and cannot compete. Actually I don’t know if pro boxers can compete, I shall have to look that up, but if they could I suspect they won’t for fear of being embarrassed.

      I still enjoy a lot of the events though. That US female swimmer who won gold and broke the world record yesterday, the amount of training over the years that got her to that moment, and it came together – special.

  6. robincoyle says:

    Oh my gosh! I had to do a double-take. Growing up, I spent many a weekend camping and fishing at Lake Cachuma. I wish there was a way to attach a photo to a comment. I have one of me sitting in a tree right at the water’s edge. I am probably 8 or 9.

    • Elliot says:

      That must have been great. I had never been there before and we did not get to camp this time, but I thought it was v nice. Small world huh?

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