"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The Sochi Olympics: Comedy of errors.

People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It's this. Without question ... it's ... THIS.

How refreshing!

The Russian Olympics are so far turning out to be better than any screwball comedy ever.  It is a welcome break from all the nasty news in the world, in the Church, online and on TV - and on the street.  (A guy from the half way house a few blocks away walked by my house this morning, all alone, yelling and cursing and screaming.  It reminded me of Simei yelling at King David.)

Sochi taxi driver.

Random stories:

Richard Engel reported last night on NBC that all visitors to the Sochi Olympics are getting hacked as soon as their electronic devices connect to any Russian network.
"As tourists and families of athletes arrive in Sochi, if they haven't been warned, and if they fire up their phones at baggage claim, it's probably too late to save the integrity of their electronics and everything inside them. Visitors to Russia can expect to be hacked. And as Richard Engel found out upon his arrival there, it's not a matter of if, but when," reports NBC's Brian Williams. - NBC
Water restored, sorta. On the bright side, 
I now know what very dangerous face water looks like.

Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics, which begins Thursday, reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief. Some journalists arriving in Sochi are describing appalling conditions in the housing there, where only six of nine media hotels are ready for guests. Hotels are still under construction. Water, if it’s running, isn’t drinkable. One German photographer told the AP over the weekend that his hotel still had stray dogs and construction workers wandering in and out of rooms. - More here.

Sochi plumber.


  1. +JMJ+

    Um . . . that toilet paper "policy" is pretty common here, too. I think it has more to do with the water pressure than with the culture. But if you do want culture, many places (including my office) will make sure the bathrooms have little "buckets" which users can fill up with water that they then bring into the stall for . . .

    Okay, what do you think I'm going to say next? That the water in the buckets is used to help flush the toilet so that all the toilet paper goes down? LOL! Wouldn't that be nice? Actually, the water is for . . .

    . . . washing your privates so that any you-know-what goes into the toilet anyway and the toilet paper you do use for patting yourself dry doesn't stink up the bin.

    If this is too disgusting for your combox, Terry, please accept my apologies while you delete the post.

    1. That's interesting. I didn't know that. We Americans are wastrels.

  2. They're also slaughtering dogs in Sochi. "Biological garbage," they are calling them.

    Not to mention the human rights issues regarding LGBT people.

    1. Poor doggies. I bet they eat them.

  3. Soviet soldiers were given the option of serving 2 years in Afghanistan or 2 hours at Chernobyl. The soldiers who chose Chernobyl were called Biobots (biological robots).

  4. +JMJ+

    The reactions to Sochi are starting to remind me of the reactions to Pope Francis. People will complain about anything, won't they?

    "Everything's awesome . . . and nobody's happy." -- Louis C.K.

    1. So true. I think we should get pet detective on it - send him over to investigate.


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