There was a time, not too long ago, when the blue and white scarves, signature souvenirs of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, were flowing into the local Special Olympics office at a crazy pace, threatening to bury everyone in a sea of blue (and white).
A call for 5,000 scarves was answered with about 60,000 scarves, made by knitters all over the world. There were so many scarves, that Special Olympics organizers started farming them out to local businesses, and making them available to the public for a donation. Staffers and volunteers took on the role of "scarf pushers." As a reporter, you were lucky to be able to escape an interview without taking one — or a few of them — home.
I even remember seeing a whole shopping cart teeming with scarves, kind of off in a corner, when I interviewed a former Special Olympian at his job at Wal-Mart.
But by the beginning of the games this week, the blue and white scarves had somehow become as scarce as an Inverted Jenny. You know, that incredibly rare stamp with the upsidedown bi-plane. Special Olympics organizers, the Statesman all received calls from people in desperate search of scarves.
As it happens, we do have a few of the blue and white treasures floating around in the newsroom. They came as part of our press packets for the games, and we would like nothing better than to find good homes for them — and, let our readers share their memories of the games in the process.
So, if you would like to write a paragraph about the best things you've seen and experienced during the games, the best competitions, the most interesting people you've met, the most surprising things you've learned, the favorite memory you'll take home with you, and email it to me, we will put your memories online as part of our Special Olympics coverage. And if you'd like to be in a drawing to get one of these newsroom scarves, say so.
Email your thoughts to Anna Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, address and phone number.