Feb 9, 2018

Friday in Brief

Today is Friday February 9th, 2018.  Fridays are wonderful even in retirement, when everyday can be like a Friday.  


Today is the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. 

Facts about the Olympics this year: 92 countries are participating, 100 medal events, the cost for the host country estimated at $13 Billion. You can fly direct from Atlanta to Seoul in South Korea, a 15 hour flight, $3000 for coach. Six new countries to the Winter Olympics will participate: Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and Singapore. 

I saw the photo below in my news feed on CNN.com on my phone earlier today and smiled, I recognized the colors immediately and Ghana and snow don't go together. 

The story of this sole competitor in the Olympics from Ghana is interesting and heartwarming.  Link here to read.  One of the sports I like to watch is the different versions of the bobsled events and the skeleton, which Akwasi Frimpong will compete in is this coming week, Feb 15 - 17.  

I read they slide on the snow track or tube, at average speeds of 75MPH to 80MPH on the sleds, named Skeletons, because the first ones used way back in the early 1920 were shaped like the human skeleton.   

Today I started a new book, A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. Finally ! I'd been waiting to read this book for months. I was on the list at the library, I started at position 84 with the hold reservations. My friend Maggie, finally sent me her copy in the mail. Thanks Maggie ! Review coming soon. 

Today the low tide schedules started to be in the day part of the 24 hour cycle. 

Tomorrow low tide is at 10:38AM so I get to ride at the beach, on the beach. The days are getting longer and warmer, almost perfect Florida weather. Maddie and Morgan are very happy, longer walks ! 


For reasons I can never figure out the blog template is fighting with me today. It is randomly placing the photographs or screen shots. Sorry for the "all over" the page placements.