Mountain Musings


Another One Bites the Dust


With the Winter Olympic Games in full swing, I have a few complaints, mainly that I can’t watch Saturday Night Live either at 8:30 p.m., 10 p.m. or at 11:30 p.m. Nor can I watch Jimmy Fallon at 11:35 p.m. or Seth Meyers at 12:35 p.m. on weeknights. It seems like they should be able to interrupt the Olympics for a few hours on these nights, since the games will be telecast all day long, anyway.


OK, so I’ve been enjoying watching the Winter Olympics in the morning, afternoon and early evening. However, I was saddened to see two-time gold medal snowboarding champion Jamie Anderson bite the dust last Saturday.


“Are you ready, hey, are you ready for this? Are you hanging onto your seat? Out of the doorway, the bullets rip to the sound of the beat, yeah! Another one bites the dust, another one bites the dust and another one gone and another one gone, another one bites the dust” (“Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen – 1980)


As you may recall, back in the early 90s, Lake Arrowhead figure skater Michelle Kwan – a five-time world figure-skating champion – who used to train at the Ice Castle Olympic Training Center in Blue Jay, captured a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics and bronze in 2002. Michelle, who attended MPH Intermediate School in the early 90s, at the same time that I was teaching eighth-grade Language Arts, used to get credit for her PE class when she left school early to practice at the Ice Castle. One time, I was able to take my class on field trip to the Ice Castle, where we watched her train and, afterwards, we got to chat with her and had a group picture taken with her. What a thrill that was for all of us!


Well, back to this year’s Winter Olympics. Hey, how about having a little fun? Okay, here we go: Why does a figure skating rink get warm after a competition? Okay, you with your hand raised… “Uh, is it because that’s when they serve hot chocolate?” Nice try kiddo… It’s because all the fans have left. Let’s try another one… Why do figure skaters work in bakeries? Okay, you, go ahead. “Uh, is it because you can get ice cream with your cake?” Not bad, you’re pretty close, but the correct answer is because they are good at icing the cake. Ha, ha, ha, he, he, he, guffaw, that’s hilarious! Please excuse me for laughing at my own jokes.


I enjoy watching the Winter Olympics, but those same commercials playing every hour are a darn nuisance, except for the ones for the Shriners Hospital with those cute kids in the wheelchairs that ask me to contribute to the Shriners Hospital. And, if I send a donation right now, I can get one of those adorable blankets for my kitties to take a catnap.


Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll see you again next week, same time, same station.


Keep it flyin’, Adorable Uncle Mott