What Ukraine Means to Me

Just a few years ago, before Donald Trump asked Ukrainian President Zelenskyy for an infamous favor and brought the spotlight on Ukraine, this is how I viewed the country.

  • It was The Ukraine. I’m not sure why, since it makes no sense. It’s not The Greece or The Canada. Why The Ukraine? No idea, but it sounded correct.
  • The capital city was two-syllable Kiev.
  • Ukrainians elected a comedian as president. How could they be taken seriously? Yes, a similar argument can be made about the USA in 2016, but that’s a blog post for another day that has already been written by many and read by millions.
  • Ukrainian national clothing was colorful.
  • The Ukraine was part of the former USSR, so could they really be trusted? Aren’t they likely in cahoots with Russia?
  • We have a Ukrainian Village neighborhood in Chicago, so maybe that means they’re okay and can be trusted after all.
  • I had no idea why The Ukraine was important economically.

Things have changed for me.

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Bonus Olympic Coverage

I really wish NBC would cover the Olympics better for the USA. Sure, we get plenty of opportunities to watch sports in which Americans compete for medals like Snowboard and Figure Skating. But I also want to see some of the other sports that are not as popular in the USA. For example, the Swiss dominate the Doubles Pallet Jack, and it’s kind of fun to watch their dominance.

Swiss Pallet

And in Singles Escalator Hanging, the Swiss also excel …

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