Saturday, August 09, 2008

I've caught it

Alright, I admit it. I am afflicted. I have Olympic fever.

The opening ceremonies were AWESOME. I am excited about the U.S. medal sweep in women's fencing. I cannot wait for Michael Phelps to swim again.

You have to understand: this hasn't happened to me since the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games. I remember watching part of the '84 games in L.A. I can't even remember where they WERE since then. Atlanta, right? Seoul. Athens. Sydney. I still thinking I'm missing one, and don't you dare ask me to put them in correct order. Point being, I haven't given a crap about international sports competition in my entire adult life. After all, the Olympics are mostly boutique events like badminton instead of football.

So why now? Because it's China? (The goose-stepping soldiers unfurling the flags at the opening ceremony brought to mind another historic totalitarian showpiece Olympics - the 1936 games in Berlin.) Because we got into badminton at the Outgames in Montreal? (And it now looks like we probably won't be going to next summer's games in Copenhagen.) Because I'm in the middle of a three-day weekend and the games are more interesting than "Saved by the Bell"? Who knows.

In other news, I have bronchitis. I'm taking some medicine which is not supposed to be taken with antacids. So, I am off my normal regimen of Nexium in the morning and Zantac at night. I haven't had heartburn in so long I'd forgotten what it feels like. I guess my GI tract hasn't been magically fixed.

I'm pretty much packed for Vegas, even though we don't leave 'til Thursday morning. So far, the digital camera is working (knock on wood), but I'm not sure if I'll take it or not. We've got Le Reve tickets for Friday, Mystere on Saturday, and of course Cher on Sunday. Plus, our friends from down south are meeting us again. Should be fun!

Dang, the Latvians are leading in men's beach volleyball!


Blogger Grant said...

Go Latvia!! Generally, I'm rooting for the Dutch because they have the best outfits.

9:35 AM  

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