Sunday night was the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics, which, with some persuasion, Nate, Ruth and I gathered to watch. By the end, it was EPIC, and totally worth watching.
Evidently, there had been trouble lighting the torch at the opening ceremonies, so they made fun of themselves by having a mime with a giant tool belt come out and fix the broken arm of the display, miming pulling it up out of the floor.
But really, it started out with typically Canadian knitted sweaters depicting reindeer heads on the Canadian olympic team. When combined with the American team’s Ralph Lauren cardigans, it definitely looked like there was an ugly sweater contest happening.
And I still don’t understand why the German uniforms were yellow and blue – they just looked like another variation of Sweden’s gear.
Anyway, after all the teams came out and whatnot, WILLIAM SHATNER spoke. I guess he is Canadian after all. His description of Canada reminded me strongly of his reading of Sarah Palin’s poetry/resignation speech. And he couldn’t resist dropping the Canada is the “final frontier” line, could he?
Then… then there was the actual dancing and music part at the end. Some guy dressed as one of Canada’s mounted policemen came out and started singing, and then a bunch of women dressed as “sexy mounties” with short skirts came out and ripped off his uniform to reveal a white tuxedo. Sexy mounties: wtf? Giant maple leaf-wrapped women and pairs of people dancing while carrying birch canoes around. Huge inflatable mounties. Every minute, the routine got weirder and weirder. Nate pointed out that Canadians can’t pass up a chance to make fun of themselves. I see what he means… Huge cardboard cutouts of hockey players and a little boy in a hockey puck costume came out and wheeled around. And then… and then the “always enjoyable giant inflatable beavers” came out, as the commentator described them, followed by giant inflatable moose. I was disappointed when NBC cut to some stupid tv show at the height of the epicness.
By the end, my head was about to explode. Sexy mounties dancing and singing on a giant stetson hat, while surrounded by huge inflatable beavers, enormous hockey players, flying maple leaves, all to honor (among others) a team dressed in what were apparently the kind of home-made reindeer sweaters that you are only allowed to wear to Christmas family parties because all your aunts are wearing them too.
Oh and I forgot to mention: Uni High School now has a silver medalist to add to its list of three Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer Prize winner!