What in inauspicious start to the games. The opening ceremonies are barely underway and I have to think that things are going rather shitty so far. First the Luger from Georgia dies on a practice run today. Next the "head of state" section is missing people because the invited Aboriginal Chiefs can't bother to show up on time for the ceremony. Then, an indulgent version of the Canadian national athem is twisted into some sort of a lame pop song while people stand at attention and tolerate it. Next the aboriginals get on and beat their drums for what feels like an hour. The olympics blow so far, but hopefully lots of great performances to come on what counts - the athletic stage.