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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Olympics

When I was younger, I loved watching the Olympics. I especially remember the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. That year we were at the beach, and I spent more time watching various sporting events than I did working on my tan. My freshman year of college various friends came over to my apartment nightly to revel in the spirit of friendly competition. The last Olympics occurred again during a beach trip, and I remember postponing dinner to watch the stadium jumping event.

So imagine my surprise when during visiting teaching last week, Linda mentioned that she had been able to watch some of the Olympics.

'Olympics?!?' I asked, confused. 'The Olympics are being held right now? Where? Which ones?' I mentioned this conversation to Brandon, and dubious, he replied that surely the Olympics weren't this year, weren't they supposed to be in 2012?

Welcome to Cairo, the land where you have to run the air conditioning in February, the view from your window never changes, and evidently the rest of the world ceases to exist once you get here.

7 comments:

Sarah Flib said...

That's how I felt during the last winter Olympics. I had been on my mission for about a year, and I seriously had NO CLUE the Olympics were about to start until the Chinese speedskating team started walking around the city center. Apparently they were there to practice before the games began.

UnkaDave said...

Isn't there some catchy tune about "Egypt, they gotta bobsled team.." Oops, wrong movie.

UnkaDave said...

Isn't there some catchy tune about "Egypt, they gotta bobsled team.." Oops, wrong movie.

PaulaJean said...

Umm, I wasn't aware they were happening to about a week before. More importantly, UNC is 3-8 in the ACC and Duke is 10-2.

Lindsay Edward said...

If it makes you feel any better, I forgot they were happening and I live in the US...in Utah...where clearly winter prelims are a big deal!

Latter-Day Guy said...

Hehehe. Some bits of the Opening Ceremonies were pretty darn cool, but I haven't seen too many of the events themselves... I mean, apart from curling, which is a religious observance. Everyone has to watch curling. You have been watching the curling, right?

UnkaDave said...

OOOPS! Make that UNC is now 2 and 9 in the ACC!!