As the weekend of the big move nears and I have attempted to stop pulling my hair out for a couple minutes, I have come to appreciate the Internet a little more.
As we removed our satellite television service several months ago and switched to an antenna, we sometimes have issues with signals for various channels. We've scanned for channels on several occasions to be sure we have the largest range we can possibly have, and we do get some good programing, but the one channel I wish we could pick up right now stubbornly remains out of reach.
I don't know what Channel 4 has against our antenna, but I wish they could resolve their differences so I could watch the Winter Olympics. This is one of my favorite things to watch on TV, and we only get this opportunity every four years.
So, I have taken to the web to get my Olympic fix. Several times a day you can find me clicking through NBC's website for replays of the popular events and to see the medal count. I know, that is probably excessive, but hey, I have pride in my country and I want to see how well we are doing in Russia.
It gets even more interesting to tune in when you hear about the unfortunate yet funny incidents like members of Team USA getting stuck in elevators or even their bathrooms. I think that particular incident will be one that gets plenty of chatter for the next few weeks. Who wouldn't laugh at the fact an Olympic athlete was stuck in their bathroom and had to kick down the door?
And in Sochi, it's not all about the medals. Just as in previous Olympics, all of the countries are searching for their share of Olympic gold, silver and bronze, but the spirit of friendly competition and sportsmanship is also very apparent.
I remember watching the Olympics as a kid and wishing I could do that one day. I think that aspect is just as important as the competitions themselves. These athletes are inspirations to hundreds of thousands of young people who see themselves competing on behalf of their country one day. It gives kids a goal to shoot for.
Even though I will never grace an Olympic podium, I can still proudly cheer on my fellow Americans who do. And that in itself is a victory if you ask me.