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That Statue in Rio

Dear Kid,

Rio Summer 2016 Olympics. DearKidLoveMom.comHave you noticed that the summer Olympics are coming up? And that they’re going to be in Rio?

Yeah, you probably knew that. Which means that it is time to learn a little bit about Rio de Janeiro. Specifically, the big statue that photo-bombs every picture of the city.

The statue in question is called Christ the Redeemer. At least in English. It’s called Cristo Redentor in Portuguese which you don’t speak.

The statue is 98 feet tall, has a wingspan of 92 feet, and stands (literally) at the top of Corcovado Mountain (which is 2,300 feet high). This is why you look up to see it.

That people can look up to see it without throwing their entire spinal cord out of alignment is one of the reasons it’s considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Stick with me here for a minute. The statue is in Brazil, was create by a Polish-French sculptor, the face was made by a Romanian artist, and it’s named in Portuguese (because that’s what they speak in Brazil). His outstretched arms are a symbol of peace.

Maybe it is the perfect piece of art for the Olympics.

Love, Mom

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The Olympics Are…Wait, What?

Dear Kid,

We’re headed toward the Olympics and Rio isn’t Ready.

Haven’t we been here before? Russia wasn’t ready and yet somehow pulled it off.

But Rio has some issues Russia never even thought of.

Like the Zika virus.

So far several athletes (and by “several athletes” I mean several athletes that you’ve heard of) have decided not to attend the Olympics.

Interestingly, they are all male and none of them are pregnant. (Rory McIlryoy, Tejay van Garderern, and Greg Rutherford are the athletes in question. OK, maybe you haven’t heard of them. You’re not likely to hear about them any time soon because they won’t be winning in Rio since they won’t be there.)

Brazilian officials are responding by saying the athletes in question are just big babies and teaching mosquitoes a synchronized dance for the opening ceremonies.

The other big scandal (in case you haven’t been keeping up with these things) is that the Rio de Janeiro anti-doping lab has been suspended for “wrongly interpreting” test results. Meaning they “oopsed” a few times too many and “produced false positives.”

This of course led to a whole lot of he said/they said and tastes-great-less-filling controversies which are never good for smooth Olympics. It is unclear if the lab will be, um, fixed in time for the games which are—wait for it—only 6 weeks away.

Bottom line? Who the heck knows, but it will be interesting.

Love, Mom

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Merry Christmas to Those Celebrating

Dear Kid,

Do I still get presents? DearKidLoveMom.comTo all those who are celebrating, Merry Christmas.

To those celebrating the holiday of I Ate Too Much Chinese Food last night, happy that too.

To those traveling, travel safe.

To those at home, enjoy.

To those seeing family, enjoy.

To those seeing friends, enjoy.

To those taking care of other people’s puppies, thank you.

To those working today, thank you for taking care of the rest of us.

To those not working today, enjoy your day.


To those being dragged places by their parents, thank you for your patience and your good attitude.

To those doing the dragging, thank you for your patience and your good attitude.

To those being separated from their electronic devices for some or all of the day, you’ll survive–I promise.

To those doing the separating, excellent!

To those who let me sleep slightly later today, thank you.

To those playing Boggle today, good luck.

To those playing Boggle against me, bring it.

And to everyone, happy today.

Love, Mom


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Words on Tour is More Addicting Than Word Crack?

Dear Kid,

It’s my friend Toby’s fault.

Toby and I haven’t seen each other in some number many a lot of years. But My Friend The Internet helped us re-friend. Ain’t Facebook wonderful?

A few weeks ago, Toby and I played a couple of rounds of Word Crack. Due to my superior Boggle skills, I had a wonderful time playing and winning (also I had practiced).

Last night, this supposed “friend” of mine invited me to play Words on Tour on Facebook.

wordsontourBeing an articulate sort, I instant messaged her “Huh?” followed by “How do you play?”

“It’s like Boggle, but with extra challenges.”

Word Crack rounds last two minutes. So even if you (and by “you” I mean me) play one or two (or five) extra rounds, I can generally escape without losing an entire day.

Not so with Words on Tour. Some of the “How to Play” instructions are clear; some less so (that’s why Toby is winning—and that’s the story I’m sticking with).

Sixteen hours later, I realized my earlobes were cramping up and I hadn’t written One. Single. Word for today’s blog.

I suggested Toby write the blog.

She didn’t answer.

Always said she was smart.

Gotta go now. I ran out of lives on Level 32, but I should be good to go by now.

Love, Mom

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