Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Speed(o) Reading

Photo tweeted by Johnny 
on the husbands' last full day in Aruba: 
"Goodnight from Aruba! 
@ The Westin Resort & Casino"

I realize that no matter what else I do with this post today, you're only going to be half-reading it, because your eyes are going to keep drifting back up to the top of the blog, and then you'll suddenly snap to, and you'll scroll a little farther down and try valiantly to pay. attention. to. the. words., and then you'll find yourself scrollllllling back up again... 

...and then.... oh yes, scrolling down and... reading! Yes, reading this post!... 

...although for some reason every other word looks like "Speedo"... scrollllllllllll....

So here, let me help you. Here he is again. You don't even have to scroll.

We'll just keep sprinkling him in here at random intervals so you can continue happily reading, knowing that at any moment he and his Speedo will pop up again into your field of vision... Not that that makes it any easier to concentrate on the silly words cluttering up the space between the photos, but it does make it more fun to skim through them, like fast-forwarding through the Super Bowl to get to the commercials.

Anyway, the husbands are home from Aruba, but the Happy Island followed them, in the form of this initially delightfully incomprehensible article that popped up yesterday via @24oranews, the main online news for Aruba and Antilles. Of course fans immediately leapt onto it and just as quickly leapt off again and began casting about frantically for a translator, a requirement that became even more urgent when the go-to translator workhorse, Google Translate, dutifully chewed up the article first as Spanish and then as Portuguese, and spat out LOLWUT both times. We soon realized that we were desperately in need of....

...and also some grasp of what language this thing was actually written in, which turned out to be the distinctive and fascinating dialect known as Papiamento, an official language of Aruba that is a unique mix of Spanish, Portuguese, various African and Native American languages, plus English and Dutch and maybe some Italian and Indonesian thrown in because hey, why limit yourself to a dozen languages when all of them will do? It was quickly apparent that "Papiamento" itself roughly translates to, "Good luck finding an online translator that can handle THIS."

Fortunately Johnny's fanbase is made up of amazingly talented people, and so my lovely friend Elena Demaria, who speaks IDEK how many languages, immediately recognized the text as Papiamento, and though it's not as familiar to her, she volunteered to take a crack at translating the gist of the article to give us something more than the baffling though highly entertaining "in future maybe uno even, because; also interesting..." phrasings we were getting. And so here you go.

Oh, and here's the rough translation. We think it's close-ish, anyway.

Aruban Olympic Committee Meets With 
World Champion and Olympic Figure Skater 
Johnny Weir

(OK, Imma stop you right there. Let's all spend a moment savoring "World Champion" whilst said champion is still within view there. Cuz yes he is. In our hearts, always.)

(OK. Moving on.)

The encounter will be beneficial in the future and also interesting for the Aruban Olympic Committee (AOC) and for Aruba in general. On Thursday night, during the meeting with Johnny Weir, Señora Miriam Baiz, a member of the directors of the AOC, gave an AOC pin to Señor Weir, who was very pleased with this kind gesture. Also present for the occasion were the director of the Aruban Tourism Authority, Señora Ronella Tjin-Asjoe-Croes, along with Señora Sjeidi Feliciano.

Meeting at the request of Johnny Weir, the AOC accepted his invitation to have a conversation to get to know each other and to work together. In the meeting with Señor Weir, which was very friendly, he stated that he'd like to work in cooperation with the AOC to support the athletes of Aruba and to help the AOC and its athletes learn more about the world of figure skating. The proposal includes a demonstration of the sport of figure skating in Aruba in cooperation with the ATA, since this would also help promote Aruba as a tourist destination. [Note: IDK if they have ice rinks there, but there are plans to build one in Oranjestad.] On behalf of the AOC, Señora Miriam Baiz was grateful for the invitation. As a representative of the sport capable of promoting a message around the world, Señor Weir offers his expertise and experience in marketing to both the Committee and its athletes. The AOC will contact him in the future as needed.

And also there were photos accompanying the article!

No, I mean these:

Left to right: Sjeidi Feliciano, the husbands 
(looking considerably less sunburned than we feared), 
Ronella Tjin-Asjoe-Croes, and Miriam Baiz.

Miriam Baiz gives Johnny an AOC pin.

Johnny and Miriam.

Sjeidi, Johnny, Miriam, and Victor.

So excited to see this wonderful partnership between the husbands and Aruba continue to develop! I can't think of anyone better-suited to be worldwide ambassadors than Johnny and Victor. Congratulations!

From Our 
"But Wait, There's More" Dept.:
New Products from Team Weir-Voronov!

By popular demand, these items are now available in the Team Weir-Voronov fan store!

Johnny buttons!! 
Click this link to buy yours now!
Japanese fans: Please use this link.

Johnny keychains!! 
Click this link to add some sparkle to your keys!
Japanese fans: Please use this link.

All proceeds from the fan store are donated to Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund, administered by the lovely Patti Weir.

NYFW is upon us! Johnny's opening event will be tonight's fashion presentation hosted by Depesha Magazine, which promises to be over-the-top Russian glam (is there any other kind?). From their website:

DEPESHA and Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York present Russian Fashion Industry Presentation and Reception, featuring original works by established and emerging Russian fashion designers, photographers and stylists, on February 6th, 2013, inside Consulate General of the Russian Federation — formerly John Henry Hammond Mansion — on the Upper East Side in New York City.

Russian Fashion Industry Reception will showcase pieces from a canon of modern Russian designers: Irina Shaposhnikova, Aleksandr Khrisanfov, Serguei Teplov, Dmitry Loginov ARSENICUM, Tegin, BEssARION, Pirosmani by Jenya Malygina, Sergey Polyakov, Viva Vox. A renowned Moscow fashion stylist, Natalia Sych curated universal all-black pieces from each designer to unify the fashion presentation.

Read more about the show in this brief blurb from Women's Wear Daily. Fingers crossed that Getty or some other non-watermark-crazed service is covering this...

Bonus pics!! Fabulous fan art 
once again from @ayukovon! 
Absolutely love this.

OK, OK, one more.

Very special thanks to 
Elena Demaria (@blacklace28)
for her invaluable translation work!

ICYMI: Skaterpalooza! 40+ exclusive pics 
of Johnny with figure skaters Max Aaron, 
Ross Miner, Zach Donohue, and more!

Auction update: This gorgeous leather jacket
by Ralph Lauren, seen here on Johnny 
at the annual Figure Skating in Harlem
benefit in 2007, is available!

A number of Johnny's auction items have been relisted
which means if you missed out the first time around, 
you're in luck: It's not too late to own a piece of Weir Gear! 
Go check it out and see what treasures you could take home!

MORE from the Team Weir-Voronov fan store!! 
"A Mighty Dream" calendars for 2013, 
in both 12-month and 18-month designs! 
Order yours today! All proceeds donated to 
administered by the lovely Patti Weir.

Patti has posted a new message 
on Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund website, 
with her thoughts on 2012 
and what lies ahead. 
Please go read it now!

Johnny's a regular columnist now  
for the Falls Church News-Press!
His columns are published every Thursday 
in the "National Commentary
section—don't miss a single one! 

Please alert absolutely everyone you've ever met 
to "like" and follow the new 
on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr
Because he should be on all the things. 
With or without ice. 
But definitely with Viacheslav.

Yep, I'm still promoting this silly poll
in which you can vote at least once a day. 
Please vote for Johnny!!

Need to see Season 2 all over again? 
Watch episodes online anytime on Logo!
Please be sure to check in with GetGlue
anytime you're watching the show... 
or thinking about watching the show.... 
or wishing you were watching the show....

Landing quads and kicking ass!
Read his comeback statement 
and the update on his website!

Yes, YOU can be a part of Johnny's comeback!  
Please visit Johnny's Comeback Gift Fund today 
and chip in as little as $1 via PayPal. 
Our small gifts can help make his dream of competing 
in his third Olympic Games come true!
And now you can leave a message 
of support for Johnny, too!

Please click to vote for Johnny 
once a day as "Best Sportsman"
Because he retweeted Luisa Lotka to tell us 
he wants us to! (Note: With his "58.132" rating, 
he is currently in 1st place in both 
Figure Skating AND across all sports!)

Q and A! Go read it now!

Yes! Johnny's dresses are now available
for purchase only on!

At last: Pop Star On Ice is now available on DVD!
Order yours today from the Pop Star On Ice website!

Johnny tweeted:
"Buy my single,'Dirty Love' via iTunes.
Tell all your friends to as well. The more copies sold
takes me one step closer to making a video! №1!"

You know what to do.
Please buy the song from Johnny's website,
or just click the "Buy" button on the player
at the top of the blog!

Hey, Welcome to My World also is available
as an eBook! More info on Johnny's website!

copyright 2013 / Binky and the Misfit Mimes / Lynn V. Ingogly / all rights reserved

1 comment:

Nancy Knisley said...

Seems to me that it would be easier for Aruba to send figure skaters to the Olympics than it was for Jamaica to send a bobsled team. Go Aruban Figure Skating Team!

While the Papiamento translation web site may perhaps need just a wee bit more tweaking, it did get "in," "future," and "also interesting" right.