August 7, 2012
Before the Olympics wind down I have a few (probably dumb) questions: What was that opening ceremony all about? Critics called it "very British" because they didn't want to express negative reactions, I presume. Some of it reminded me of outdoor historical dramas"The Lost Colony" and "Unto These Hills." Why do beach volleyball players wear bikinis? Surely they can't be as comfortable as something with less wardrobe malfunction potential. Who picked up the tab for athletes' parents? What was the cutoff for subsidies-- siblings, grandparents? Did all the mummys stay together? How could NBC think everybody didn't know the results by 8 p.m., when daily coverage started? Events were televised live and recorded on five channels, throughout the day. Is it my imagination, or did Coach K look a bit superflous amidst the luminaries on the U.S. basketball team? He hardly even scowled. Did you see Kate's (the Duchess of Cambridge) belly button when she lifted her arms in applause? Did the attendees know how lucky they were to be watching outdoor events in sweaters? What are the medals made of? Maybe bronze but surely not gold and silver. Are they manufactured in China, like every other souvenir? Why did the Queen leave for Balmoral when she could have had box seats for every event? Personally, I think Mitt Romney should have stayed away, despite his emeritus status. Poor taste to run political ads mentioning how he "rescued" the Salt Lake City olympics during this outing. Oh well, London 2012 is still a great show...but I hope the closing ceremonies are a bit more snazzy.