In honor of the London Games starting tonight - USA time - I will devote this post to the Olympics and dedicate it to the athletes from around the world who are gathering to compete and bring honor to their countries.
The Olympics have always thrilled me. I love everything about the opening and closing ceremonies, the games, the individual events, and I even watch things I normally would not, like basketball. The only events I don't watch are the boxing matches. Never could get my mind around two people punching each other and calling it sport.
A long time ago I wrote a column about how the Olympics brings the world together in a special way that the idealist in me wishes could happen all the time. Why are so many countries "friends" every four years, then enemies the rest of the time?
No matter your thoughts about that, or your take on boxing, I know that many other people share my excitement about the Summer Games starting and will be watching as much as possible. If you would like to follow the games online, here is a link to the official London Games site.
I like the fact that I can go online and follow the equestrian events. They do not get much prime time coverage as more people are interested in the gymnastics, swimming, track and field, and diving. But I am a real horse-lover, and even though I have never done show jumping or dressage, I love to watch it. I found this cute graphic on the London Games site.
Since I often close my Friday posts with a joke, I thought I would share this Peanuts strip I saw in yesterday's newspaper. I thought it quite fitting for today. In the first panel Charlie Brown and Snoopy are looking out the front door. Charlie Brown says, "If it doesn't stop raining, I won't be able to go out and get your dog dish."
In the second panel, Snoopy is giving Charlie Brown that look that pets can do so well. Charlie Brown says, "So, I'll make the supreme sacrifice... I'll put on my rain outfit and brave the elements."
In the final panel, Snoopy is watching Charlie Brown walk out into the rain. Snoopy says, "Afterwards we can have the awarding of medals."
Will you be watching all the events? Which ones are your favorites?