It’s semaphoric for euphoric?

February 12, 2010

chemmy thumb 220Blog Guy, I enjoyed your item about British skier Chemmy Alcott a few days ago, and I wondered if you heard back from her about it.

Yes, indirectly.

What the hell does that mean?

Well, when she arrived in Vancouver she gave a big thumbs-up, which I presume meant she liked the blog item.

Plus, in the snow,ย  she broke into the elaborate International Ski Semaphore language to convey the message, “Everybody should read Bob’s fantastic blog!”

chemmy snow combo 300That’s what it says, huh? Blog Guy, what color is the sky in your little world?

Hey, back off, Slick! It’s not my fault if you can’t read International Ski Semaphore!

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British skier Chemmy Alcott gestures upon her arrival at Vancouver’s airport ahead of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, February 8, 2010. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Chemmy Alcott stretches at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta, February 7, 2010.ย ย  REUTERS/Todd Korol

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Posted by egeria | Report as abusive

For a moment I thought she was doing Tai-chi… I mean, I dont know tai-chi.. but sure looks like Tai- chi…
am I even getting the name right?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

She totally stole my signature dance-moves. If she is famous for any reason at all, it’s the fact that she’s trying to be me.

Posted by sarabelle | Report as abusive

Wow, Sarabelle, and people think I’M nuts….

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

“Blog Guy, what color is the sky in your little world?”

I like to ask people “So, what color is your world?” as a conversation opener at cocktail parties. It’s quite an attention getter! I think it’s lightyears ahead of the conversation openers I often hear: “Did you go to school?” “Obviously, you’re capable of climbing high walls.” “Who ARE you?” “How did YOU get in here?” “SECURITY!!!!” and “You write on the Oddly Enough Blog, don’t you?”

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Ah, Fantasyland. So glad you could join me BG.

Posted by T54 | Report as abusive

I am quite sure you get the “Security” opener quite often, Dr.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

My thoughts:

She is trying out for the latest version of “The Karate Kid”.

To bad she isn’t in Brazil.

To bad it’s too cold there to pretend she is in Brazil.

Her teeth are abnormally white.

Red stilletos.


Planes, trains, and automobiles.

There ya go. Welcome to my world. The sky is blue, the sun is yellow, and somewhere over the rainbow I would be pretty damn wicked too if I couldn’t shower.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I can’t help that my moves are killer :)

BG, if I happen to see you busting out these same moves next time you’re at the club, we’re going to have a serious talk!

Posted by sarabelle | Report as abusive

You mean your supposed to talk to people at cocktail parties? Maybe that’s what I am doing wrong.

Posted by IamNotSomebody | Report as abusive

Nice karate instructor.. I’d like a lesson in ‘close encounters’ please. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Boy, this all sure sounds familiar. How many times at cocktail parties have I been approached with the same line: “Buddy, we can do this the easy way or the hard way, it’s up to you….”

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

I certainly hope that you choose the hard way. After all if it were easy, anyone could do it – and THEN were would we be?

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

Ifly, blue sky and yellow sun are perfectly normal, so that’s fine . . . . if you want to settle for normal.

Trivia question: In what 1940s movie was “Somewhere over the Rainbow” played as instrumental theme music?

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Answer: creaming

I showed this film in a class on noir detective fiction I taught once. We also read the novel by Steve Fisher. We had a blast!

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Hey Doc, that’s awfully close to “learning” Shra is reaching for her taser…

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

You didn’t give me a chance to answer the question! I was totally gonna say “I Wake Up Screaming” too.

Really I was.

I don’t mind a perfectly normal yellow sun. If it were not yellow Super-man would not have his super powers. Then General Zod would have no reason to come to Earth and demand Super-man kneel before him, which as far as line delivery goes ranks on the top ten of best lines in a movie ever.

And I like blue, so it’s ok that the sky is that color.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

dnd, I was hoping for a liquorice whip.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Careful, I may have to revoke your comment rights here, Unca. A plastic smile is still a smile.

Posted by rbasler | Report as abusive

Hey now, I like Pez! And I would not object to Chemmy Alcott dispensing any from….well and part of her body really.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Well yeah, if she is a Pez dispenser of course it’s a fake smile. Doesn’t mean Pez isn’t yummy.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I zap, Dave, not tase….
and Mr.Pilot… Unca is right you know… (arms folded, tapping my right Mary Janes slowly..)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Oooh! PilotGuy, you better get your act together really pronto! Otherwise, you might find yourself having to swim the bloody 3000 miles and walk the 500 miles in a very, VERY quick and painful manner.

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

Why all the hostility against Pez? Didn’t anyone see “Stand By Me”? Pez is a legitemate dessert island treat!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

May the Lord have mercy on my soul then cause all I really got out of that was you want someone to wear a naughty school girl outfit with Mary Janes.

Who is Pezzy lady? Just to be clear, I was talking about Pez..the candy…..

Shra, what is it I have done?

Wow, suddenly I feel as if I should be raising my right hand swearig to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help me OE blog.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I, for one, would cut Ms. Alcott some slack. It isn’t easy smiling for cameras when you’re putting on your game face, and knowing that lots of people will see the picture. I don’t know her, of course, but I suspect she is a lot like I was: a serious, quiet, reserved (and yes, shy) person who loves playing a sport and would gladly forego the media attention.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

ha ha ha ha…. Unca!!! MJ fetish, eh??
Mr.Pilot, what the guys are trying to say is you should be hurrying here instead of lounging on your island, which is a long one….
and which I still see you are not!
For which, you need to make up….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Shra, you can go ahead and zap the Pilot… now he’s just acting innocent, as if all his dirty thoughts had been exposed unbeknownst to him!!

And this right after we all had it figured he and you were a match made in heaven!!

tsk tsk tsk! Not nice!

Robert, could you tase him just a bit, please? I mean, does your new gadget have a setting like Mild Punch, a little below Stun but above Gentle Massage?

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

Ok I have a confession to make…I can not swim 3000 miles. I once swam a half mile when I was lot younger just on a whim to see if I could do it. 3000 miles though…I believe that would be just out of reach.

I live on Long Island, or as I affectionatly call it, the dingleberry of the state of New York. Shra, you live… somewhere in GMT… I haven’t been able to pinpoint where. A request of “come over here soon!” while enticing because you definitely have my interest is not a request that can be granted impulsively. I wish things were different.

So with the threats of zapping and Unca sniping I bear the truth.

M, it’s good of you to look out in Shra’s best interest.

Judge me as you will.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I stay in Edinburgh, Mr.Pilot… there, you can pinpoint all you want now….
And I am willing to overlook that swim bit… say, you do know airplanes existed, dont you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Well, the secret’s out now. I guess the Scottish name should have been a tip-off.

Posted by rbasler | Report as abusive

Unca, having gone through three treatments of chemo during my early and mid twenties I can tell you it was nothing like that. Fake smile or not. Much less Pez, which would have been nice.

And imagine my surprise when I found out nurses don’t actually wear the very short skirts with thigh highs and shirts with over-exposed cleavage. Man did those movies ever get that wrong!

With that I say a farewell to Ms. Alcott and her insanely bleached white teeth. I have caused enough trouble as it is.

I am keeping the Pez though.

Yes Shra, I am familiar with airplanes more or less. Time will tell though my dear, time will tell. I can only offer you that.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

No minis, no push ups, no short skirts, and worst of all no thigh highs! (nothin like a nice pair a’legs in thigh highs)

No Mary Janes either!!

Yeah it would seem that they wear these unflattering outfits called “scrubs”. They have butterflies and ponies and Spongebob and lots of bright colors on them.

I almost decided to let the cancer win.

But they were all really great people who were there to help me and I figured what the hell, for once in my life I should look past the boobies and concentrate on my health. It was tough but in the end I pulled through.

I just feel bad for all the women on Halloween who think they are dressing up as nurses. They must have seen the same movies I did.

I have never been to Scotland…obviously. But umm.. as far as I know it’s the men that wear the kilts. To each their own I guess.

For you Unca, our love child will be named Rastus. Rastus Farian.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

What? Your first child won’t be Todd Lee? Todd Lee E. Knuff?

Posted by rbasler | Report as abusive

Man…. this blog makes me laugh….. soooooooooo much….
Unca, I stay in Scotland… but I am not Scottish… :)
And I like that name, Basler… know whatcha getting at… ๐Ÿ˜›

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Shra, now I feel bad… here I complain about the weather, and you are a bit south of the pole, but north of Iceland and Greenland!!

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

Well, M… I learnt one thing from my sweet little mamma… complain only when you know that something can be done about it…
Nagging is something I learnt from my friends…
Strange, innit?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

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Posted by An Olympic sport I could do myselfโ€ฆ. « Read NEWS | Report as abusive

Hell I would be good with just the stockings and garter. Nuthin sexier to me than some nice legs in stockings and garter.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Aha…. I seee…. ๐Ÿ˜€

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Do ya? Am I sensing an addition to the stilettos? ;P

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Maybe! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Hmmm… now there is something for the imagination. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

he he he…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

And no, I am not thinking of t-shirts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

You know, Pilot, maybe we should spare these guys some obvious blushes and take this elsewhere… say, u on FB? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive