I prounounce "blech" to rhyme with "check", btw. Good morning.
Pardon my language but in the wake of yesterdays NFL conference championship games, particularly the AFC game: !@#$%^&*( )*)& $#&@!&)@! $@#.... Patriots.... #$@()#$_*$# again $@#U()$#*@)*#$)*#@$)*
Just. Once. For. Pity's. Sake. Can. I. Have. A NFL Season that doesn't end with the world having a brain-gasm over Tom-frigging-Brady?!?! Like, hello, there are other quarterbacks in the league, and they *don't* get away with deflating balls, soooooo..... (BTW< yes, I believe he did get away with it, b/c *I* can tell if a ball i sNFL-regulation inflation or not.... And I don't even play pro ball. Any ref, coach or player can tell you if it's within parameters by *touch*. But no, the Patriots are unttouchable. They make money for the league. Let them do whatever they want, beyond even the "normal" cheating/rule-skirting. I tell you, there *will* be a scandal --- Belichick sold his soul to Satan or Brady has doped, something --- but not till the Pats start *losing* big games.)
Rant omre or less over.
For Patriots fans, and of course, Eagles fans, congratulations! For Jax and Vikes fans... I feel your pain. I'm a Steelers fan. I feel it. So. Close. *sigh*
I love sports. I try to be polite and not bore everyone. Sorry.
WINTER OLYMPICS IN SOUTH KOREA in a few weeks! SOmething that's not football!
There is a new curling event! Curling is the weird Scottish-origin game of sliding rocks on ice, and using brooms (friction) to help direct or "curl" the stone around opponent's stones to hit a target. Like Shuffleboard, with rocks and ice and brooms. OK, not like shuffleboard. But tihs year, the Olympics have the usual team event, *and* a co-ed curling *pairs* event.
Another notably boring-to-watch-for-most-people game of Scots origin? Golf. WTF? Was it that boring between highland clan wars or what? (I jest, btw.) The Scots gave us good whiskey, aggreavating sports, and haggis. Fortunately, also Sean Connery. OK, I forgive them for the haggis and the golf. Oh, right, and my hubby. He's 1/4 Scot, has his clan kilt and all. I gotta remember that, too!
Where in the world is Pyong Chang, other than South Korea? It's about nine hours by public transit, east of Seoul, near the coast, according to Google maps, which helpfully has it all in *Korean* b/c hey, I'll figure *that* out. ?!?!
To the north lies Odaesan National Park, and by what I could figure out, it's gorgeously mountainous and so forth. Also explains why war was hell on the Korean peninsula. Vertical terrain. Sucks for soliders. And yet, we always end up fighting on it. Why? B/c someone has the high ground (literally).
The US Civil War is a rarity in that the 'high' ground was often none too high. Where people held heights, however, such as what we know now as West VIrginia? Yeah, good freaking luck. You ain't budging them. To quote from the movie Gettysburg, "They can roll rocks down on us!" (and probably did, it's just hnot in the reports....)
The city slogan in Pyeongchang? "Happy 700!" What's taht about? The city's average elevation about sea level is 700 meters, or about half a mile (around 2300 feet). Now, just for comparison, Denver in th eUSA really is about a mile high, but the surrounding terrain isn't as rugged by far. A better comparison would be... absolutely nowhere most of you would have heard of in the APpalachians, so I'll move on.
The Taebaek Mountains form the eastern chunk of th eKorean peninsula. Literally. It's like the western section is a nice happy place, and then you get the eastern, and it's "och-aye!" mountain range. It's kinda cool to look at on an elevation map, since the mountains are *right* on the coast.
Of course, there are high peaks running down the middle of the Korean peninsula, in the Sobaek range, with some peaks among the highest on the Korean peninsula. Quite honestly, with that many mountains, and th efact they're mined, I'd probably feel right at home. Vertical is good!
Yes, the Sobaek range is "part" of the Taebaek. They sorta branch apart, with the Sobaek running south-southwest off the Taebaek, and an area between with big cities like Busan. And, of course, the big river Nakdong, which originates in the Taebaek mountains.
And, of course, as with any mnountainous regions? Korea has a bucket load of dialect "regions", and subdialects.
I got here from ranting about Tom Brady. Brady to Busan. Hmm. This is Monday morning in my brain. Be afraid.
OK, off to ... uh.... whatever...
Blessings on your day!
July 4th picnic. They were old friends and loved to tease one another. "This baked ham is really good,” said the priest. “You really ought to break down and try some.” "I will, I will,” replied the rabbi, smiling, “at your wedding.”
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