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If you're anything like me - and you should be happy you're not - you've probably had a hard time keeping track of the news. Post Olympic Reality Displacement Disorder is a well-documented affliction that tends to leave its suffererss with an overwhelming sense of malaise and disconnectedness from the "real" world. Symptoms include marked mood swings, a pronounced tendency to look inward, a loss of interest in world events and an overblown sense of accomplishment and importance leading to an irresistible urge to celebrate seemingly insignificant things.

And while many of us with extended health plans were disappointed when the American Psychiatric Association recently announced PORDD was eliminated from consideration in the upcoming, fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), we can at least take some solace in the APA's reasoning. Pointing specifically to Whistler's recent Olympic experience, Dr. Sloof Lirpa, M.D., Ph.D., D.S.W., LMNOP, head of the Clinical Psychiatric Research Centre at North Dakota University, writes in an upcoming monograph to be published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology , "Viewing the behaviour and connectedness of Whistler's population pre and post Olympics, researchers were unable to discern any measurable difference in overall cognition of world events."

Psychiatry once again falls prey to its own inadequate measurement tools.

Here's some other news you may have missed but I didn't, thanks to Google alerts.

(Lausanne, Switzerland) Responding to a February 28 th New York Times op-ed piece by Charles Banks-Altekruse, a consultant and former Olympic rower, the governing board of the International Olympic Committee has announced they are considering changes to upcoming Olympics.

Citing "... financial problems plaguing the Games - corruption, recurring cost overruns, decaying former venues and excessively costly bid campaigns..." Mr. Banks-Altekruse called for an end to the politically disruptive and financially ruinous practice of awarding the Games to new venues every four years and said it was time to "... create a permanent home for them."

Jacques Rogge apparently agrees. "We had such a wonderful time in Vancouver this spring, er, winter, that I would consider it perfect for consideration as a permanent Winter Olympics host city." He went on to say there would be two requirements in order for this to happen. The freestyle and snowboard events held in February at Cypress Bowl would have to be moved to Whistler in order to ensure snow and John Furlong would have to agree to speak at future opening and closing ceremonies. "I felt so much more comfortable sharing the stage with another dynamic speaker," said Mr. Rogge.

Asked for comment, Whistler's Administrator and CAO, Bill Barratt said, "I like the sound of that. That is, of course, as long as we can dispense with incidental distractions, like council meetings, and focus on delivering a truly great Games experience."