I’ve had a bad case of blogger’s block lately, brought on by a double whammy of: 1) the worst cold I’ve had in years (which is also my third cold in 2011, ugh), and 2) News Paralysis – the state whereby anything I might hope to write or do seems inconsequential and indeed pointless compared to the events unfolding on my TV screen and on the news websites I seem to keep obsessively refreshing. I’ve had a couple of posts brewing in my mental drafts folder, but musings on the Harper Government’s slow but steady erosion of Canadian democracy, my liking for post-apocalyptic science fiction, and humorous lists of my latest pet peeves, all seem horribly insignificant and/or inappropriate right now.
There are two possible ways to deal with this situation. The first is to write something incredibly deep, meaningful, and significant, to prove that I still can. The second is to post a video that’s about as trivial, inconsequential, and insignificant as it gets – but also 100% AWESOME. Guess which one I’m going for?
After watching the Vancouver Whitecaps’ fantastic MLS debut on Saturday, we stayed tuned as the network switched to coverage of the Crashed Ice final in Quebec City. Crashed Ice is like a cross between ski cross, speed skating, and the luge – competitors strap on skates and some padding and hurl themselves down an icy track with jumps, bumps, hairpin turns, and 45o slopes – all with the gorgeous old city in the background. It’s sponsored by Red Bull, and one participant stated “my favourite food is meat” – it’s that kind of event.
Here are the 2010 highlights:
The 2011 highlights aren’t on YouTube yet, but the official video is available here.
As AWESOME as the real event is, I think my favourite part was when four ex-pro hockey players took on the slope – and proceeded to skate almost as badly as I skate on regular, smooth, flat ice. It really brought it home what a tough event this is – I just hope it makes it into the Olympics!
Right, hopefully that’s broken my blogger’s block. Off to try and think of new post ideas!