Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Thai one on

ยินดีต้อนรับสู่ประเทศไทยและเพื่อนของผมเพื่อการแข่งขันกีฬาโอลิมปิกฤดูหนาวนักแปลงเสียงรุ่นกระเตาะ สุขภาพ .

Welcome, my Thai friends, to the Budding Ventriloquist Winter Olympic Coverage.

The enchanted land of Thailand appears to be totally bereft of ventriloquists. Absolutely, positively, bereft.

My buddies, Merriam and Webster, define bereft as:
  1. Deprived of something, or
  2. Lacking something needed or expected.
Deprived of ventriloquism, which is something needed or expected. This sounds like somethng the Red Cross or the Peace Corps should be getting right on, don't you think?

But Thailand is not bereft of Winter Olympians. Prawat Nagvajara was Thailand's lone competitor in two winter games. Prewat is associate professor from Drexel University in electrical and computer engineering.

In 2002 he did not finish in the Men's 30 km, and in the 1.5 km sprint, he finished 68th out of 71. Buoyed by not finishing last in 2002, he returned to Winter Olympic in 2006.  He did not buoy quite as well that time, finishing  last in the Men's 15 km classical, 29 minutes behind the winner.

But for all that, he's a olympic record holder. He's the oldest Olympian to compete in an endurance sport.

I say that makes him a Thai national treasure.

Imagine if he learned ventriloquism too. Wow, huh?
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Still no word from my nephew in Thailand about joining the coverage team. Maybe I need to explain it to him better. An opportunity like this takes a bit to digest.

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