Firefighters: Start Your Engines

If you are going to be in Hong Kong this week, head for the Tamar site and Victoria Park for the “9th World Firefighters Games and Conference.” 35 nations and 3300 individuals are participating in 60 contests ranging from a marathon to a cook-off. If there is one competition I’m going to make an effort to attend, it’s the one that involves driving a fire engine blindfolded through an obstacle course guided only by the directions of the co-pilot. Think fog and trust.

Whatever they do, it’s got to be more interesting than the Winter Olympics being shown on local cable. I was particularly taken by the hours of coverage given to the “Curling” competition. It put me in mind of one of my favorite summer sports when I was a youngster: sitting in the park watching grass grow.