"Even the patience of the brothers was being tested by our slow Internet."
~~Father Daniel Van Santvoort, Cistercian monk, on his Welsh monastery's decision to get broadband access
Apparently a slow connection maddens monks as much as any of the rest of us! Who knew?
My poor Dad...they live in a remote enough location that they can't get a high speed connection, so he's still on dial-up. I hope a company can get a line out to them soon, because I know he really enjoys getting emails, but who knows. Dad can still get emails, but the connection is so slow that he only checks every couple of days. I sent some hummingbird pictures to him a while back, and he was able to get all of those okay. He could get satellite, and although they could probably afford it, they're still on a fixed income and Dad can't justify the cost.
We can't get DSL at our place, but we were able to get cable. I don't think I could handle dial-up now. My head would probably explode! I know how I react when something locks up, or I get frustrated by the computer. A few choice words start flying, believe me! It's funny to imagine how a monk might react. "Curse thee, Vista!" Ha!
A new Olympic sport in Beijing is BMX racing. I have to say...I love it! Motocross is big around here, which I think uses a similar track, but motorbikes instead. I think BMX is probably another southern California thing. I was captivated as I watched these riders soaring over these hills and taking the curves high-up on the track. It became apparent very quickly that the first curve was a killer, and people were wiping out all over the place. When one guy wiped out, he usually took 2 or 3 others with him, and in one race, I think there were only 3 people that crossed the finish line out of 8 or so starters! No one seemed to be seriously hurt, though.
Ken thinks it won't last as an Olympic event, because there were just too many injuries, whether serious or not. He could be right, but I hope they give it a chance again. I thought it was fun to watch. Ken thought it was the equivalent of snowboarding in the winter Olympics, and I think he's right! We enjoyed watching that a lot a couple of years ago. These are certainly non-traditional sports, but they can be quite entertaining, and while the athletes also might be non-traditional, they're definitely athletes. I like bike-riding, but you'll never see me riding hell bent for leather like these guys do! Considering my general klutziness, I'd probably take out every single rider in the race! "Ohhhh! Look at that, Bob, Beth R.--they call her Extra Arm, you know--has wiped out yet again, and in the process, she's caused a massive wipe out...and it looks like it involves every rider in this race! Looks like no one is going to be crossing the finish line in this one, Bob. Oh, and by the way, hi Skippy." [You can find that reference here.]
Yeah, that would be about the way it would go for me.