CALGARY -- The flotsam of the XV Winter Olympics can be found on the bulletin board. Two ice dancers are looking for friends, some West German ski jumpers just want to say hi. There are pleas for tickets and lost items, invitations for cocktails.
Organizers of the Games have set up an electronic message system available to the public, press and athletes. This technological system, however, is no different from any other common, everyday international bulletin board shared by 57 countries.
For parties, the Silver Dollar Action Center invites all comers to hear Nik and the Nice Guys play. A local Hungarian cultural group offers a gathering for all interested in a 17-foot video screen and margarita races.
Tickets are the most popular subject of discussion, particularly for curling, which was the first sport sold out. Said one seeker: "I would like beg, buy, acquire or find some . . ."
One poor soul has been searching for figure skating tickets. "My Mom would really like to see it."
Trades are one of the chief activities at any Olympics. Pins go for hats, hats go for gloves, sweaters go for jackets. But this hopeful writes: "I have a large umbrella. What do you have?"
Rodney Clarke and Monica MacDonald sent a call to all those interested in talking to Australian ice dancers: "We're the only ones." The German ski jumpers just hope we're all having a good time.
Some are looking for advice, others to inform. One message inquired how to dye clothes in a washing machine. "I don't want to dye them in my sink." This prideful group from Almonte, Ontario, say they "are sworn to spread the word" to all Americans that James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was born and raised in their little town just 30 miles west of Ottawa. One wonders in that case why Canadians don't win more basketball games.
And this enigmatic message: "Humbertus Von Hohenholen. Call Gonzalez."