On our 3-day North Dakota getaway this week, we were fascinated to see the vast difference between Canada and the USA in awareness of the Winter Olympics.
Granted, they are happening on Canadian soil, not American.
But the US is doing so well in so many events. And it's the Olympics. And there are several Dakotans competing. And North Dakota is not exactly winter-free...
In Canada, one sport or another is on just about every minute of the day. In the US, it seemed to only show up in the evening prime-time spots, usually as something taped earlier in the day.
In Canada, the broadcasts are filled with interruptions, where event A is suddenly cut into by an important live moment in event B. During our watching in the US, such live updates were absent in the extreme (maybe because of the tape-delay).
So after weeks of Olympic saturation in Canada, we were stunned by its almost-complete absence for our 3 days in the US. We had to hunt out the broadcasts and the special newspaper coverage. HAD to, because we couldn't quit, 'cold-turkey' ...
Fascinating to hear the NBC announcer react with, "Nice shot!" while at the same time Ms. Jones is saying 'Oooooo....' - and not a good, admiring OOO!, but with an 'Oh, what a shame!' tone. She would then explain why and how the shot went wrong.
Fascinating cross-cultural couple days!