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Writing Versus World Cup: Easy Victory

It seems like most people here in Japan are going crazy about the World Cup.  They’re proud of their men in blue and have high hopes that they can advance out of their group.  They have to contend with Colombia, Greece, and Cote d’Ivoire.  I hear Kagawa this and Honda that.  There’s blue everywhere.  Seiyu (Japanese Wal-Mart) has displays up, Family Mart employees are wearing the Japanese team’s uniforms, and even McDonald’s has themed food based on various participating countries.  It’s crazy here.  But you know what?  It doesn’t affect me.

I’ve never been a big fan of soccer.  Canada hasn’t had a team in the World Cup in a very long time.  It doesn’t distract me at all.  For me, my focus is on continuing to write, read, and blog.  I am a sports fan, but my favourite sport is virtually inaccessible in Japan.  The Stanley Cup playoffs are going on now, and it looks almost certain that the Los Angeles Kings will win.  But my favourite team wasn’t in the playoffs this year.  It’s not distracting me at all.

Writing has won.  Reading has won.  I will probably keep track of who’s doing what, but I won’t be watching.  How about you?

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Canada’s Early Olympic Domination

What is going on?  Ever since I was a kid, I watched the Olympics and saw Canada either perform poorly or somewhat mediocre.  Well, things sure did change in 2010.  The Vancouver Olympics gave Canada a huge boost in performance and they won more gold medals than any other country.  Now, only four days into the Sochi Olympics, Canada leads the world in both gold and total medals, with 4 and 9 respectively.  It just seems that Canada has gone from an underachiever to a powerhouse.  Incredible.

You know what?  Although I love watching the Olympics, and I’m really cheering for Canada, I haven’t watched any of it.  Ever since I got married and had a kid, I haven’t watched the Olympics at all.  The London Olympics were in the background all the time, just not on my TV.  The Sochi Olympics should be something I want to watch, and I do want to watch it, but with my family sleeping in the next room, I’m reluctant to turn on the TV.

But you know what?  I think I will watch it for a while, just with the sound turned down.

Olympics loyalty

The London Olympics have finally started, and while I missed the opening ceremonies, I’ll try catch as much of the event as I can over the next two weeks.  I’ve always been a big fan of the Olympics.  I know it’s ridiculously expensive to host.  I know a lot of people dislike the Olympics.  But I enjoy seeing if my home country can do well.

However, I no longer live in my home country, Canada. I live in Japan, my wife is Japanese, and my daughter was born in Japan.  So, who do I cheer for?  Of course, I want Canada to do very well, but I also want Japan to do well.  I cheer for both countries.  Ever since I’ve come to Japan 7 years ago, I have cheered for Japan, as well as Canada.  I want my adopted country to do well.

Where do you live?  Who do you cheer for if you watch the Olympics?