NOTE: The goodness of retirement is the joy of being able to do nothing. But the nothing we do is really the something that is our lives. This blog is an attempt to comment on that nothing that is something. And by reading it, I hope you too will think a bit about that something.
The Winter Olympics are in full swing. Thet games are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, which is a 17-hour time difference between where I live and where the athlete’s all compete. That means if it is 9:30 p.m. today where I live, it is 2:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon where they are competing.
Which means that if I watch the Olympics on television it is literally impossible to figure out when what I am watching is happening or has happened.
Here’s an example.
I’m sitting in my living room at 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. (Remember, I’m retired, so my afternoons are work-free.) I turn on the Olympics. Bobsledding is on. Now here’s the dilemma. At 1 p.m.Thursday afternoon where I live it is 6 a.m. on Friday morning in South Korea. It is remotely possible that bobsledding is indeed on live. Hey, maybe they get up really early there. But maybe, and more likely, bobsledding occurred Thursday in their time which would have been Wednesday my time. So I am watching it today, and actually in South Korea it is tomorrow. But maybe it occurred two days ago in South Korea, which means it really did occur today in my time zone. Now if you can follow that you’re a more intelligent person than I am. And I just wrote it.
Now if you can follow that you’re a more intelligent person than I am. And I just wrote it.
I have also learned that in outdoor events, watching whether it is day or night helps not at all in determining whether an event is live or not. And looking at charts of medal counts only spoils the whole thing a tiny bit since it’s hard to know if you watched something live or not, or maybe even whether or not it even happened yet. (Teasing a little.)
The other night my wife and I watched an event. It purported to be live, because there was the word “LIVE” in the upper right corner of the screen. Which means it could have been live there, but not live here. And sure, maybe that same athlete did win two gold medals in the same event because I saw him win twice…once live, and once not live.
Now at this point in this post you just think I’m messing with your brain. But let me finish with this.
If an Olympic athlete is eating breakfast in South Korea at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, that means it is 2 p.m. on Tuesday in my part of the planet. I have just had lunch. The athlete could go out and compete in her event and I could watch her compete live on Wednesday while I eat dinner on Tuesday. But then while I am eating dinner at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, it is 11 a.m. on Thursday in South Korea. So that same athlete could have competed in a whole new set of events without my even knowing or being able to watch it.
Figure that one out.
Enjoy the Olympics. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.