Now I had never heard of the Deaflympics, but I have had a few reactions and ponderings as a result of coexisting in this huge hotel with this huge event and its participants:
- How cool and humbling to be surrounded by people who are defining themselves by what extraordinary things they can do while not pretending that what they can’t do (or can’t do well) is not real or doesn’t exist.
- This must be one of the dividends Salt Lake City can reap from its investment in the infrastructure required for the winter Olympics. I wonder how much that investment does pay back over time. I found this, which is an interesting angle, but it doesn’t really get at what I’m talking about. This one is closer, but it only goes so far as to acknowledge the use of infrastructure for future functions, not quantify it.
- It feels almost like being in another country, being surrounded by people “speaking” a language I don’t understand. Which is kind of a cool feeling to experience without actually leaving the country.
- Holy cheese, there’s a lot of hot athletes here! It’s major eye candy everywhere I look!
So yeah, call me shallow, but I tell ya, I ain’t lyin’. Hubba.