Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Maybe Norway might just think about showing up, too


Welcome, my Hong Kong Friends, to the Budding Ventriloquist Winter Olympic Coverage.

The best Hong Kong has done in the Winter Games is 18th place by short track speed skater Han Yue-Shuang in Torino in 2006.  But look out, she's baaaaaack! And determined. And in that sport, the difference between first and 18th might just be staying out of the giant crash that ultimately always happens. It's sort of like NASCAR that way, except it involves real athletes.

Hong Kong is a crowded island city, and it's where The Norwegian Yiddish Hong Kong Ventriloquist Society is headquartered.

 And Ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner has a plan.

"This group is for everyone who believes that a) Norwegian Yiddish culture represents the epitome of both Norwegian culture and Yiddish culture, and b) the world's finest ventriloquists tend to be fluent in either Norwegian or Yiddish or both. You must believe both points a and b in order to join, though you need not be a Norwegian Yiddish ventriloquist. Hong Kong is the epicenter and hotbed of activity for this group, though we boast members worldwide."
His plan for his movie is inspired. Of course, if you remember my suggestions for TV Series - Ventt and Dumpster, DPV - I think the world is waiting for a good crimefighting ventriloquist team, too.  Maybe a little Yiddish would help?

Another facet of the BVWOC(TM) is the education that can be brought front and center.

For instance, before the German count here rose to three, and then to five, you didn't realize that Germany wasn't always one country, did you? But sure enough, North Germany  followed East Germany and West Germany, you knew South Germany and WaySouth Germany wouldn't be far behind.

It took some scholarly research to find the maps that showed the totally no-so-unified Germany that made my junior high geography tests hard the way students today struggle with all the countries of former USSR and Yugoslavia.

Upnort Germany and Central Germany came calling because they never miss a party.

To complete the representation from my ancestral homeland, we heard from the island of Rugen - just off the north coast of Germany in the Baltic Sea.

For 99 episodes from 1964 to 1967, it was known to the world as Gilligan's Germany.

Permanent Population: 7.

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