Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 06 Aug 2012

Jessica Ennis celebrating a dominant Gold medal performance in the Heptathlon.

This weeks weekend relevant prompts for Monday Haiku are:

  1. Olympic Medals – Pah, you American and Chinese, fighting for the top of the medal table. That is nothing. Monday Haiku wants a country with a rubbish infrastructure on many sports, to do well. Who might that be? Well team Great Britain of course. Having won no Golds prior to wednesday, team GB went on a surge, winning cycling events, rowing, the mens tennis, and even an athletic event or two (three out of three on saturday). Get in. What’s that got to do with the weekend? Everything Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis, on the track, just some examples. They all made us proud.
  2. TV Vegetable – Cannot say I did a lot outside this weekend. Sat by the google box and watched Olympics, and UFC on Fox. Oh no hang on, I did go out saturday night, but this is my Haiku and I’m going to conveniently forget that point.
  3. Babies R us – Um yes, see above. We also made a quick trip to Babies R us. You know the one, plenty of babies and childrens clobber, toys and what not. Often seems ever so slightly dirty, and picked over. Often doesn’t have the one thing you are looking for. We hadn’t been in there for a few months. I was surprised how much our son could point out and name.

So here we go:

Olympic medals

Athletic dreams do come true

Proud to be a Brit

Yes I know, same last line for two weeks running. The Brits seem to be doing a good job running the olympics and a decent shot competing in it.

Bum cheeks on the couch

to enjoy the summer air?

TV Vegetable

Hey I live in Southern California, I don’t need it to be summer to go outside. Or stay inside.

To Babies R us

grubby gifts of plastic gold

buy a little truck

Well it is not so bad…

Bam! Bonus Haiku returns with a naughty wink, and an old tale.  Definitely not olympic related this part, so be warned. Jump between the lines for bonus fun or over to give it a miss:


Take a trip of dread

gynaecology visit

stuck in waiting room

part 2:

Respond, don’t worry,

there’ll be an opening soon

nothing more to add 


Things I learned this weekend:

  • The Brits can not only do a fabulous Olympic opening ceremony but we can compete in some events too. I was almost leaping out of my seat when Mo Farah won the 10,000 meters and it was impressive for his training partner (Team USA) to get the silver just behind him. The first Gold ever for Britain in this event, and only the third medal in the last 100 years for the US in this event.
  • Demonstrating how useless GB can be, saturday with six Gold medals was our best haul in one day since 1908.
  • Free Vodka and Cranberry juice can a drunk Elliot make.
  • Some Olympic sports just seem to be slightly odd to me. Which job in the poll below do you think is the worst / oddest?

Lexicon word of the day: Translucent.


17 comments on “Monday Haiku and what I learned this weekend – 06 Aug 2012

  1. I like when people other than Americans win medals. Competitions where it’s just the US, Russia, China, etc, winning is really not very interesting. I like having more international winners. So yay GB!

    And yay Shogun and Lyoto Machida!

    • La La says:

      I completely agree with Weebs!

      Also, diving is funny to me. It’s just falling in a special way.

    • Elliot says:

      Well the Brits don’t win as many medals so we need to take the chance to shout about it when we do.

      That was a good UFC show on saturday. Ryan Bader could not have mistimed that attempt to get in close any better. I would like to see the Dragon agains Jon Jones.

      • Oooh, that would be a great matchup, Machida vs Jones. Dana White and Joe Silva need to make that happen. And you’re right, Bader practically walked into that slam to the chin.

      • Elliot says:

        I think that is the match that is going to happen, assuming that Jones gets through his next fight ok.

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    Seems like a worthy way to spend the weekend. Unfortunately, I’ve been away and have missed everything Olympic related thus far. Bummer. But I have been to Babies R Us in the past, and I agree with your assessment. I also think the store holds many items that parents are led to believe they need for their child, but they really don’t. Sadly, I often learned that too late…

    As always, great Haiku! Enjoyed them. 🙂

    • Elliot says:

      I love watching the olympics. There are always special moments, incredible achievements, new athletes seemingly appearing from nowhere, and there has been all of those things so far, and more.

      I remember the first time we went to Babies R us when we were first expecting child. That was intimidating. Then after a few visits we worked out what we needed to get to begin with. We still bought some unnecessary stuff. Nice padded decoration thing for the crib, check. Is it any use once you hear the SIDS advice – nope, immediately store on shelf and rarely look at again, check.

  3. jmmcdowell says:

    What, no mention in the poll of that gymnastics ribbon dance thing? I would’ve voted for that hands down. 😉

    I love to see other countries besides “The Big Three” win medals. Maybe Serbia will take the gold in water polo….

    • Elliot says:

      Yeah, I didn’t think of that one.

      I must say there is more bias in the coverage over here towards US competitors. Obviously covering your own athletes is good, but in the UK they will do that, but also cover events (especially track and field) regardless of who is in them. They won’t just leave them for 11pm highlights. Then you get to see more stories when someone from a smaller country in competitive terms wins.

  4. rtd14 says:

    I listened to a radio program last week that discussed the funniest and weird Olympic events. One of those events was firefighting as in which country firefighting team could put out the fire of a sample building the fastest. Which team could pull a truck across the field?

    I have not kept up with the Olympics mainly because everything is so busy right now with a new job. I like the last line in the Haiku about the toy truck!

    • Elliot says:

      We watch a lot of the olympics in the evening and at the moment, what we can during the day. Water polo is beginning to get on my nerves. It seems to be never ending.

  5. Dan says:

    I totally went with the trampoline option. Not every “sport” is medal-worthy. 😉

    I have actually not watched any of the Olympics this year. I just don’t get the fuss. Not that I begrudge anyone else liking them.

    • Elliot says:

      The trampoline always amuses me, it looks ridiculous. The other day I was watching a few minutes and the poor chap could not get going / up in the air properly thus “expending useful energy he might need later”, according to the commentator. Yes they have their own commentators.

      I love it though. Those little moments where people have to be really on their game, and dreams are met or crushed. There are always some good stories.

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