Sunday, March 14, 2010

Monday Mingle! AND Memoir Monday!

It's that time again kids! Time for Monday Mingle, brought to you by Jen @ EightyMPHmom. Also, this weeks questions were submitted by Greg @ Telling Dad, and if you haven't gone to visit him yet, please do so. He's a fabulously funny guy. Password for the video is, as usual: misadventure. Enjoy!
Untitled from Lauren on Vimeo.

In addition to doing my Mingle this week, I am unusually on top of my game and am going to participate in Memoir Monday, which is hosted by Travis @ I Like to Fish. And without further ado, I bring to you...

Olympic Escapades: Vancouver Time! The Hockey Game.

Oh. My. Goodness. You know, it's been almost a month and I still can't believe I was actually there? It was all very surreal to me. And I know I'm never going to be able to remember everything for this one post, it would be forever long. So, for this post I'll just cover the hockey game.
First of all, Vancouver is GORGEOUS. I want to live there. And the people were so nice. What a great place to attend my first Olympics. (Yes, I say first, because I hope to go to more in the future. :D ) The events we had tickets for were a women's hockey game and a women's curling match.
The hockey game was between China and Russia. We wound up getting there right after the first period ended just due to the transportation. Oh, and by the way, the public transportation was amazing. They did a phenomenal job shuffling around so many people. It was actually really incredibly efficient, we were just the ones that were running a little late. Anybus, we get there and get in our seats to settle in for some hockey action. It was a really good game, which ended with a score of 2 to 1, Russia. Two Chinese girls got thrown down, one limped off the ice and the other had to be half carried....she hit the wall pretty hard. That said, checking is not allowed in women's hockey, news to me. (Checking = throwing yourself into your opponent, basically.) The Russian's weren't messing around though! Also noteworthy at the game, when they had the clock stopped and played music, at one point they played Lady Gaga, which made me totally happy. BUT the best part ever, when they played the YMCA at the break between the second and third period. The volunteers that were helping seat people were down in front of the stands demonstrating to those who might not understand what the heck was going on. It was...truly a hilarious and awesome time. So I got to do the YMCA with thousands of my closest friends. :D There were also some China fans who were chanting "CHINA!" to the tune of the Imperial Death March from Star Wars, which I of course thought was hilarious as well. In case you're unfamiliar, here is a little sound bite for you:

imperial death march sound bite

It went something like "Chi-chi-chi-chi...chi-chi-chi-chi-chi-NA!" Yeah, just imagine that if you can, lol.
Oh, and also, after the game when we were walking back to the bus, we were behind a Chinese mother and her little boy, probably about 6 or 7. The little boy was singing what I imagine to be some traditional Chinese song, it sounded very lullaby-esque. Whatever it was, it was SO cute. He was just singing quietly the entire time we were walking back, and I just had to smile.
I realize that I didn't say much about the actual game, but it was the whole experience that was great. I don't know a ton about hockey, just that it's fun to watch. The crowd was great and really supportive of both teams. And I think another cool thing too was actually being back at home and watching the USA/Canada game and going "I was RIGHT THERE a week ago! Wow..." Crazy. Just crazy I tell you.
Stay tuned for the curling match recap coming soon! (and by soon I mean this week...and not, you know, sometime in the indefinite future. Heh.)

Me at the arena after the game. You can see the flags they had hanging up showing the teams and the rings on the railing I'm standing by. :) Woot!


Daffy said...

I think its just so cool that you were at the Olympics! So fun of you to share about the hockey game. I love hockey!

I won't be able to watch the mingle video but I shall return.....

Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." said...

rock climbing is a good choice. it would be a challenge for me but probably a fun challenge.

lol...I tend to be aggressive-ish too. You gotta do what you gotta do. ;)
whoa! you saw a wolf? very cool...and scary.

i like the transport wish. that's very unique.

I love the relay for life. my husband, father-in-law, and grandma are survivors. Good luck!

Barb said...

I'm stopping by via Travis. I would have loved to have been there! We take our kids to hockey games relatively often. In fact, we have 2 games this week. A couple of our players (St. Louis Blues) were on the olympic team. Happy Monday

One Cluttered Brain said...

Defensive driving--and aggressive? i think a good mix is a MUST today.
A WOLF? That's crazy!
It's good to be safe.

I LOVE Greg's mingles too! He is hilarious.

Your wish? transport request just by thinking about it--AWESOME. That would be SWEEET.

Relay for life? That is AWESOME.
I wish you luck!

LindsayDianne said...

Great mingle! Loved watching it.
Are you from Vancouver, or did you travel here? That's awesome that you got to go to the game.

Mrs. Fish aka Two Fish said...

AWESOME dood on the Olympics!! You are freaking awesome!! SUPER DOOPER! Okay I am done. You should totally go rock climbing I could see you doing that jamming to your iPod with cool skull candy! People everywhere drive like totally whackadoodles! OY

YAY for relay for life. WOOT

Mellisa Rock said...

You saw a wolf on the way home? That is both scary and exciting - we don't have wolves here...but I have seen a bob cat while driving once!

Very cool wish!

I have done the Relay for Life several times...always a good cause to support!

Have a great week!

Travis said...

Canada, eh?

Where 90's TV stars go to die.


Too soon?