Changes

Yep, I think the coding bug is hitting me again. So I think I will re-make this site & use my own design this time. Easier to change & no worries about updates, lol. So stay tuned & I will come up with a new design.

USOC & Ravelry

It is 11:10PM on June 20, 2012. I am currently lying in my bed typing this up on my tablet instead of reading so I can go to sleep.  I read an interesting Tweet from my Twitter feed.  “USOC slams Ravelry’s Ravlympics” I, honestly, thought “What?” Then I follow the link and read the following:

Dear Mr. Forbes,

In March 14, 2011, my colleague, Carol Gross, corresponded with your attorney, Craig Selmach [sic], in regard to a pin listed as the “2010 Ravelympic Badge of Glory.” At that time, she explained that the use of RAVELYMPIC infringed upon the USOC’s intellectual property rights, and you kindly removed the pin from the website. I was hoping to close our file on this matter, but upon further review of your website, I found more infringing content.

By way of review, the USOC is a non-profit corporation chartered by Congress to coordinate, promote and govern all international amateur athletic activities in the United States. The USOC therefore is responsible for training, entering and underwriting U.S. Teams in the Olympic Games. Unlike the National Olympic Committees of many other countries, the USOC does not rely on federal funding to support all of its efforts. Therefore, in order to fulfill our responsibilities without the need for federal funding, Congress granted the USOC the exclusive right to use and control the commercial use of the word OLYMPIC a and any simulation or combination thereof in the United States, as well as the OLYMPIC SYMBOL. See the Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, 36 U.S.C. §220501 et seq. (the “Act”). (A copy of the relevant portion of the Act is enclosed for your convenience.) The Act prohibits the unauthorized use of the Olympic Symbol or the mark OLYMPIC and derivations thereof for any commercial purpose or for any competition, such as the one organized through your website. See 36 U.S.C. §220506(c). The USOC primarily relies on legitimate sponsorship fees and licensing revenues to support U.S. Olympic athletes and finance this country’s participation in the Olympic Games. Other companies, like Nike and Ralph Lauren, have paid substantial sums for the right to use Olympic-related marks, and through their sponsorships support the U.S. Olympic Team. Therefore, it is important that we restrict the use of Olympic marks and protect the rights of companies who financially support Team USA.

In addition to the protections of the Act discussed above, the USOC also owns numerous trademark registration that include the mark OLYMPIC. These marks therefore are protected under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §1051 et seq. Thus, Ravelry.com’s unauthorized use of the mark OLYMPIC or derivations thereof, such as RAVELYMPICS, may constitute trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution of our famous trademarks.

The USOC would like to settle this matter on an amicable basis. However, we must request the following actions be taken.

1. Changing the name of the event, the “Ravelympics.”; The athletes of Team USA have usually spent the better part of their entire lives training for the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games and represent their country in a sport that means everything to them. For many, the Olympics represent the pinnacle of their sporting career. Over more than a century, the Olympic Games have brought athletes around the world together to compete in an event that has come to mean much more than just a competition between the world’s best athletes. The Olympic Games represent ideals that go beyond sport to encompass culture and education, tolerance and respect, world peace and harmony.

The USOC is responsible for preserving the Olympic Movement and its ideals within the United States. Part of that responsibility is to ensure that Olympic trademarks, imagery and terminology are protected and given the appropriate respect. We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.

It looks as if this is the third time that the Ravelympics have been organized, each coinciding with an Olympic year (2008, 2010, and 2012). The name Ravelympics is clearly derived from the terms “Ravelry” (the name of your website) and OLYMPICS, making RAVELYMPICS a simulation of the mark OLYMPIC tending to falsely suggest a connection to the Olympic Movement. Thus, the use of RAVELYMPICS is prohibited by the Act. Knowing this, we are sure that you can appreciate the need for you to re-name the event, to something like the Ravelry Games.

1. Removal of Olympic Symbols in patterns, projects, etc. As stated before, the USOC receives no funding from the government to support this country’s Olympic athletes. The USOC relies upon official licensing and sponsorship fees to raise the funds necessary to fulfill its mission. Therefore, the USOC reserves use of Olympic terminology and trademarks to our official sponsors, suppliers and licensees. The patterns and projects featuring the Olympic Symbol on Ravelry.com’s website are not licensed and therefore unauthorized. The USOC respectfully asks that all such patterns and projects be removed from your site.

For your convenience, we have listed some of the patterns featuring Olympic trademarks. However, this list should be viewed as illustrative rather than exhaustive. The USOC requests that all patterns involving Olympic trademarks be removed from the website. We further request that you rename various patterns that may not feature Olympic trademarks in the design but improperly use Olympic in the pattern name.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/olympics-rings-af…\

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vancouver-2010-ol…

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/2010-olympics-inu…

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/olympic-swimmer-d…

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/2008-olympic-ring…

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/olympic-rings-nec…

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bode-miller-hat-2…

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/usa-olympic-hat

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/belgianwaffleknit/usa-oly…

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. We would appreciate a written reply to this letter by no later than June 19, 2012. If you would like to discuss this matter directly, please feel free to contact me at the number above, or you may reach my colleague, Carol Gross.

Kindest Regards,

Brett Hirsch

Law Clerk

Office of the General Counsel

United States Olympic Committee

1 Olympic Plaza

Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Hmmmm……see the following.

By way of review, the USOC is a non-profit corporation chartered by Congress to coordinate, promote and govern all international amateur athletic activities in the United States. The USOC therefore is responsible for training, entering and underwriting U.S. Teams in the Olympic Games. Unlike the National Olympic Committees of many other countries, the USOC does not rely on federal funding to support all of its efforts. Therefore, in order to fulfill our responsibilities without the need for federal funding, Congress granted the USOC the exclusive right to use and control the commercial use of the word OLYMPIC a and any simulation or combination thereof in the United States, as well as the OLYMPIC SYMBOL. See the Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, 36 U.S.C. §220501 et seq. (the “Act”). (A copy of the relevant portion of the Act is enclosed for your convenience.) The Act prohibits the unauthorized use of the Olympic Symbol or the mark OLYMPIC and derivations thereof for any commercial purpose or for any competition, such as the one organized through your website. See 36 U.S.C. §220506(c).

What I don’t get is the simple reason that Olympic has been a word & event since before the United States were even known about. Unless my history is terribly wrong, the Ancient Greeks competed in the Olympics. Umm…the US wasn’t even thought of during that time. Maybe the USOC needs to review their history again. To my understanding the word “Olympic” is a word, nothing more.

The USOC primarily relies on legitimate sponsorship fees and licensing revenues to support U.S. Olympic athletes and finance this country’s participation in the Olympic Games. Other companies, like Nike and Ralph Lauren, have paid substantial sums for the right to use Olympic-related marks, and through their sponsorships support the U.S. Olympic Team. Therefore, it is important that we restrict the use of Olympic marks and protect the rights of companies who financially support Team USA.

To me this is just screaming , “THROW US MULTI-MILLIONS & WE WON’T CARE? GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE?” I highly doubt that the sponsors will be happy with a 2 million person boycott of their products.

The athletes of Team USA have usually spent the better part of their entire lives training for the opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games and represent their country in a sport that means everything to them. For many, the Olympics represent the pinnacle of their sporting career. Over more than a century, the Olympic Games have brought athletes around the world together to compete in an event that has come to mean much more than just a competition between the world’s best athletes. The Olympic Games represent ideals that go beyond sport to encompass culture and education, tolerance and respect, world peace and harmony.

“The Olympic Games represent ideals that go beyond sport to encompass culture and education, tolerance and respect, world peace and harmony.”  Hmmm…this doesn’t do that. All this letter did was create over two million people to be upset with you. Don’t think that worked out the way you want it.

The USOC is responsible for preserving the Olympic Movement and its ideals within the United States. Part of that responsibility is to ensure that Olympic trademarks, imagery and terminology are protected and given the appropriate respect. We believe using the name “Ravelympics” for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work.

I disagree, I want to see some of these “athletes” complete a sweater, cables, etc. Yes, I know some do knit or crochet, but I do not understand how Ravelympics is being disrespectful. Crafters put in time & energy to complete their craft, just like these “athletes”.

In my opinion, the “Olympics” are just looking for someone to pick on & their blatant way of stating that they want money for anything relating to the word “Olympic” is simply ridiculous.

As for the statement that “it is disrespectful to our country’s finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work”. Umm…do they know what work goes into knitting? I doubt it. Knitters & crocheters do not insult anyone with their work. I have never met an unfriendly crafter. I can’t say that about “athletes” most of the ones I have met are stuck up & think that they are the best that can be. Hmmm….I will let you draw your own conclusions to that one.

I am thinking that I may have to stop purchasing any of these brands:
2012 Olympic Game Sponsors
Which is quite bad cause I know I use a lot of those brands & now I doubt that I will.

Reese

Just to make sure you realize that I am heterosexual, I just rarely find men that don’t irritate the living hell out of me. I have no problem with homosexuals & I do have quite a few offline & online friends that are homosexuals. I call them hetro or homo with no insult intended as I do not know what more polite way to differentiate them.

I haven’t forgotten that I was going to tell you about this date. No, I don’t date often & I normally don’t find men that I want to. When I do take the time to go out on a date I normally will just meet the guy where we are going to be at, for example the movie theater, so that way if things go downhill I have a way back to my car without having to call a friend. So when Reese asked me out I figured that I might as well go out. Boy, I should have known better.

I don’t have sex with anyone. I have no interest or desire to do so. This also makes dating a little awkward.

Anyhoo, so the date started out ok. We met at Starbucks in Springfield. Reese was very polite & nice. Then everything went downhill. He asked me, after about 30 minutes of talking at Starbucks, if I wanted to go out to see a movie. Sure & so we headed to Campbell 16 theater & decided to watch The Avengers (not a problem to me, even if I had seen it twice before) *hulk smashes Loki*. So everything is going ok, then the next thing I know I have hands groping & touching things that I never was ok with. I told Reese to keep his hands to himself & was promptly informed that making out was the only reason to see movies. Suure, NOT! Anyway he kept his hands to himself for a few minutes & then started again. I informed him that if he did it again, I was leaving. He actually told me that I wasn’t allowed to leave until the movie ended. That was it, I got up & left him there. He even yelled at me that I was being a frigid bitch.

This is why I don’t date. It is all well & good.

Psychologist

I have to go to a psychologist & psychiatrist as per my primary care doctor. I see the psychologist every week & the shrink every month. Ok, I can understand the shrink (even though I do not like it) so I can get refills on my medications. But the psychologist is about to get told where to go. If she doesn’t stop hounding me about my life, my choices, & the way I handle my life.

Back Story

Ok, I lived a living hell for the 13 years I was in public school (kindergarten through high school). I developed in the 3rd grade & was the only female that had boobs & such. So I was bullied horribly. I would come home with bruises from being grabbed & pinched. When I or my parents informed the teachers, principal, or superintendent, we were informed that unless the teachers saw it happening there was nothing that could be done. Fine, so I dealt with it to the best of my ability. Yes, we did talk to the police & they just sent us back to the school. So as I got older the bullying got worst & I got more depressed. The bullies are the reason I don’t like people & am very un-trusting. But put yourself in my shoes before you start in on me. Know you have to go to school everyday where people treat you like shit & don’t give a damn about your feeling. I never went a day without being bullied. Honestly, if I hadn’t had the support & love of my parents & family, I probably wouldn’t be here today. I would have given up long time. After high school my college days were totally different, but the damage was already done. According to Jock (my best offline friend) I have a wonderful “F*ck off” attitude until I know that the person is going to bully me.

I know that this is my reason for not trusting people. I learned the hard way that in order to get people to leave me alone, I just avoid them. I was never good in crowds or with loud noises, but the bullies started it all. Do I want to start trusting people? No, I have yet to meet anyone in person (not online) that has proved to me that they are trust-worthy. Geesh, Jock & I have been friends for over 10 years & I still don’t trust him like I do my family. He knows this & is just fine with it. The psychologist is not happy with this & wants me to start more relationships with people & learn how to deal with them. I can deal with people for as long as I need to. That is the key word. DEAL Otherwise I am quite content to talk with my friends online & not deal with anyone else. But she is not happy about it & keeps pushing me to create more offline relationships & isn’t listening to me when I say it it isn’t gonna happen. Aargh!

I have lived by the saying of “I Survive” for most of my life or at least since 1991 when my grandmother died (she was my entire world besides my parents). The psychologist isn’t happy with me about that & refuses to understand that it isn’t going to change. She even went so far as to tell me that I had already given up on life & am just waiting for it to end.

Back Story

For about the last five years, I have lived in constant pain level of 7 to 8 (1=mild & 10=severe). My doctor agrees that it is probably fibro but refuses to make the diagnoses. Hmm…let me tell you that if you live in constant pain you learn that fussing & crying doesn’t do a damn thing to help it, so why brother with it. I don’t. No one believes me when I tell them not to touch me or that I am irritable because of pain cause I don’t “show” it. What am I supposed to do, cry & whine all the time. What good would that do? Not a bloody thing. That along with my bloody anxiety & seizures, does not make my life the most enjoyable.

She has informed me that I have given up on my life. WTH? I am still alive, still kicking & being as sassy as I can. Where have I given up? I haven’t slit my wrists or sit at home & do nothing. I still go outside the house whether it takes me five minutes or thirty minutes to walk out the door. So I am not happy with her at all. It seems that all she wants to do is skip over my issues & continue with her opinions. About ready to quit it all together & let her know that it isn’t working. But my father wants me to continue going, so I will probably continue no mater how pissed it makes me.