Right. So now that the euphoria of Iceland’s near-Olympic gold win has worn off, I have to say I’m a tad put off by our president’s gleeful decision to award the Order of the Falcon to the entire handball team, plus the coach and the chairman of the handball association. [The last two get the Grand Cross, while the others just get the Regular Old Cross. Go figure.]
I’ve never been partial to this order business because it seems they’re usually just handed out to people who are good at their jobs and who are in the spotlight for some reason. Meaning that a violinist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra who is particularly adept at stroking them strings may get awarded the Order of the Falcon, but not, say, the woman who cleans the president’s office, even though she may be just as good at her job. Personally I think these kinds of Orders should be reserved for people who do something exceptional that isn’t just in their job description – say, if someone performed some daring feat to save someone’s life, or found a way to bring back blue Opal.*
Be that as it may, our prez has been over in Bejing cheering on our boys for the past couple of weeks [in between meeting the Chinese president for tea and cakes – and lunch] and I think he just wants to prolong the party. Normally there’s a committee that *snore* goes over who should be awarded the Orders of the Falcon at a special ceremony on June 17 – but in exceptional cases the Grand Master of the Order [i.e. the prez] can hand out orders willy-nilly at his discretion at other times, which apparently he intends to do here.
Meanwhile, our First Lady Dorrit Mouissaieff, who everybody just adores, has been winning fans bigtime in Bejing – pulling little stunts like spontaneously Shanghaiing a passing reporter from the Washington Post to come do an interview with the Icelandic team when they were in a restricted area by announcing “it’s OK, I’m the wife of the president,” and suchlike. She’s been married to Óli for about five years … his first wife died tragically of leukemia about a year after he took office and the nation was not especially keen on Dorrit to begin with, but it’s safe to say she’s won the nation’s heart with her boundless enthusiasm for all things Icelandic, relentless promotion of the country and its people abroad [she’s got some friends in high places] and her single-minded effort to learn Icelandic – which, as anyone who has tried can tell you, is a little like climbing Mt. Everest backwards with a mouthful of marbles.
A few days ago, just after the Icelandic team had won the semi-finals and everybody was jumping around in joyful delirium, some reporter had just finished getting a comment from Ólafur when Dorrit spontaneously cried into the mic: Ísland er stórasta land í heimi! – a slight mistake in grammar which roughly translates as “Iceland is the biggestest country in the world!” It was just hilarious and now this tiny faux pas is on everyone’s lips as a perpetual joke … everybody goes on about Ísland being the stórasta land í heimi, and it’s pretty funny and everything, but I’m starting to worry that Dorrit is going to take it the wrong way and stop being spontaneous and speaking Icelandic when she does interviews and stuff, which ABSOLUTELY IS NOT ALLOWED TO HAPPEN. In fact I think Óli should award HER the Order of the Falcon. Like, immediately. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I realize that Dorrit is the one true candidate for the Order of the Falcon. Forget the handball dudes – give them to Dorrit. Seriously!
OK, now that I’ve imposed my opin told you what I think, let’s hear your opinion. Should the Icelandic handball team be awarded the Order of the Falcon? Should the president’s cleaning lady be awarded it? Should Dorrit? Cast your votes below.
Whell, there’s no denying it any more … fall is in the air. It’s getting cooler and more rainy and windy and blustery and the osteoarthritis in my neck is acting up because of the damp weather [kids: don’t ever let anyone rear-end your car. Trust me]. It started out rainy this morning but turned to showers and then stopped entirely, enough for YT to take a long refreshing walk out by the lighthouse, replete with whitecapped waves and gusts of wind. Right now we have 9°C [48F] and sunrise was at 5:50 am, sunset at 9:07 pm.
*Opal is the name of pastilles that are popular here, and the blue variety was discontinued a couple of years ago after years of production because it contained chloroform. It was the best kind, though, and now a group has been formed on Facebonk to bring back blue Opal.