In Focus: All those Olympic events have planted me on the couch
By Kristina Serafini
Published: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
I could blame the weather for my laziness this February.
No one would even bat an eyelash if I used that excuse as to why I haven't been doing much of anything except being a couch potato lately.
It's true, I am tired of the snow and the cold and the ice, but my do-nothingness is solely the result of the Olympics.
As I write this column on Monday, I've just come off of a weekend full of sitting and watching intently as one amazing 15-year-old Russian stunned in figure skating, the United States grabbed the gold in men's and women's slopestyle, and a favorite to win men's downhill instead took a disappointing eighth place.
I even watched events I normally would pass over, such as the biathlon and ski jumping.
Because of the time difference between here and Sochi, I've tried to limit my time on Twitter so that I don't spoil the outcomes of the events I'd like to see for myself.
It's not working, so far, because I just can't seem to stay away.
Social media platforms such as Twitter have done a great job in taking us behind the scenes of the games, giving us access to things we might not otherwise see; things sometimes equally as entertaining as the games themselves.
Dual toilets. Unfinished hotels and yellow tap water. A bobsledder busting through a bathroom door like the Kool-Aid Man after getting himself locked inside. A stray dog barking at cross country skiers, which, to me, brings visions of the classic Nintendo game “Paperboy.”
And it's only week one.
I've always thought it would be cool to go to the Olympics. I think the Vancouver games especially would've been a ton of fun. But having constant access to the games right at my fingertips and watching the events from the comfort of my own couch isn't so bad.
If you need me, you know where to find me for the next 10 days.
Kristina Serafini is a photographer and writer for the Sewickley Herald. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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