Tonight marks the last time President Obama will go before the American people to report on all the accomplishments of his final year in office. I reckon it will be a short speech! Ahem. Just kidding. I am sure Obama will claim “accomplishments” that many of us see just a tad differently, and which we are not quite so quick to embrace.
As for this being the last time we will have to listen to President Obama ramble on on this level, all I can say is:
I assume I am not alone in that sentiment, am I?
And really, in all honesty, I won’t be watching President Obama. Nope. I can barely stand the clips I have to see of him on the news. I am sure I will see enough of his speech that way again, but thankfully, there are ways to read what he said without having to watch him. Whew!
That said, my Governor, Nikki Haley, will be giving the SOTU Rebuttal. If I don’t catch it live, I fully intend to watch Gov. Haley to see what she has to say. And I sure as hell hope Haley will be the exception to the “Rebuttal Curse” Rule.
I have another outstanding reason for not watching Obama’s swan song. And that is this: Vegas, Baby!! Yes, I am in Las Vegas for a week as of today (Tuesday). It is my first time in Las Vegas (Suzy has been here many times for work – or so she avers! Ahaha…), so I get to check another state off the list of remaining states to visit.
But that’s not why I am going, at least not at this particular time, ESPECIALLY since, as it turns out, I will miss attending the Republican debates being held in Charleston on Thursday (and I will get a post up for that and any discussion you may want to have). The reason why is that it is time for the Continental Curling Cup!
Yes, Curling, the sport most Americans only get to see during the Winter Olympics. I know it is funny for a Southerner who has never witnessed a match in person to want to go to a Curling Competition, but that is EXACTLY why I want to go! I love Curling, and am fascinated by it. As far as I can tell, it is like Chess on ice.
I know people make fun of Curling, but that is because they do not understand how incredibly difficult it is. Even the people gliding across the ice make it look simple. It is anything but, as Bog Steve from England discovers:
See? Not so easy as it looks! Check out Conan O’Brien’s sidekick, Andy Richter, out on the ice:
At least by the end of it all, Richter stayed on his feet.
So bear those two videos in mind when you watch these amazing Curling shots, beginning with this shooter delivering the rock:
WOW, right?? Not only was it lots of fun to watch, but it was a great shot!
Speaking of great shots, here are a couple that were mighty impressive:
And then there is this one:
Holy smokes, am I right? And they make it look SO effortless.
I hope that I get to see some shots like that during the tournament. Wouldn’t that be fantastic?
And to make this trip even BETTER is that our dear friend, Gina, will be joining us for most of it. WOOHOO!!! We are so excited to spend some time with her, and to be able to watch the Republican Debate with her. True enough that we’ll be missing some of the Curling as a result. But hey – again, Southerner here, so you can’t expect me to sit in a cold arena ALL day long, can you? Heck, I have a hard enough time making it through a hockey match without being frozen by the end of it (the artificial joints and arthritis are negatively affected by cold weather, as many of you experience yourselves).
We also intend to miss some of the Continental Curling Cup to go see the Cirque de Soleil performance of Mystere. I have never seen any Cirque performances in person, so I am excited about that.
And we will go see “13 Hours,” too:
As you know, I have been following this story, as many of you have, from the very beginning. I am so glad that Michael Bay has taken the incredible story of bravery and courage in the face of not just an attack, but (seeming) abandonment by our Government, and put it on the Big Screen. Good on him for doing so, and thank heavens for those brave men who fought as hard as they did to try and save others. They are, without a doubt, heroes.
All of that is to say, I don’t know what I’ll be doing in Sin City tonight while Obama is giving his Last (yippee!!!!) State of the Union Address. It could be unpacking, eating dinner, or watching Suzy play some Blackjack (neither one of us drinks so it can’t be THAT sinful), but one thing I do know, I will not be watching President Obama.
How about you? What are your plans for tonight? If you DO plan to watch, please do feel free to let us in on what Obama is saying, and your thoughts on the subject. If you watch Gov. Haley’s rebuttal, I’d love to hear what you have to say about that as well.
Otherwise, this is an Open Thread. Not sure if I will get one up for Wednesday, but I will for Thursday and the debates. So have at it, friends!