Did you miss what happened with the 4×100 Men’s Swimming Relay last night? Miss what happened with the American team? Miss the hype surrounding the opposing French team?
I don’t have words. Watch it.
Politics aside, 08-08-08 was quite a remarkable night. About the population in China, I just have to say: they are a determined people. It’s mentioned that the Games bring people together, aside from the obvious reality of it, it really does. Just thinking about the fact that the largest number of attending heads of state convened under one room. In China. The initial number I heard on NBC, something like 48? No. Over 100. In China. No consider that fact only thirty years ago.
Can you remember thinking through the opening ceremony, “Oh, sweet hydraulic system.” Because that’s probably when they all popped up from the tops and waved at you right? I’ll assume you understood that if you watched it.
One part did bring a tear to my eye. The 56 children representing their specific ethnic subgroups of China carrying in their national flag. boy, they are adorable before age 10.
Then there was the Tai Chi section they exhibited within the opening ceremony. They’re good. They are good. It’s great to see a nation and a people yearning to become more hopeful than has been seen in the last century. To see an exhibition of artful, spectacular display of pride in the human potential.
Oh, and here’s to seeing another ridiculous commercial involving a stampede of sumos conglomerating into a fleshy flight vessel or dragon-breath-induced-heated-water-pipes-for-your-outdoor-hot-tub-in-China.