Tuesday, August 31, 2004
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Teen Girl Squad
Saturday, August 28, 2004
Adjust Your Thinking
I followed the trackback instructions from Haloscan and it said "NO, you suck" (well, not exactly, but I couldn't get it to work ... not in the mood this morning)
My edit pencil has disappeared from my blog, which isn't the biggest deal, except that I have it turned on.
In the grand scheme of things, I just blame Microsoft. It's easier that way.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Comments in the right place!
Body for Life
Buy Nothing Day
Buy Nothing Day poster by Karine Himbeault
This poster is from the Adbusters website. They have designated the day after Thanksgiving as Buy Nothing Day, a day to go 24 hours without spending money "as a symbolic protest ... you refuse to participate in the consumer frenzy that has become everyday life."
David And Michelle
I stumbled across this blog using the "next blog" button, and am trying out the "blog this" button now. Interesting blog about a couple of missionaries in Senegal.
Thursday, August 26, 2004
I know ... more NPR!
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Endless loop of the internet
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Monday, August 23, 2004
Sunday, August 22, 2004
The swimming is over....
Just a couple of high points, at least for me--
1. Gary Hall, Jr winning the Men's 50m freestyle -- they said he was too old, we all know he isn't.
2. Michael Phelps -- no explanation needed.
3. Jenny Thompson -- I know some will say she didn't deserve to be in the 4x100m Medley, I totally disagree. She went out and fought the good fight...Good job Jenny.
4. Klete Keller going stroke for stroke with the Ian Thorpe - WOW!
5. Natalie Coughlin and Amanda Beard -- I can't wait to see them in four years.
6. Last but not least...Lenny Krazelburg swimming in the prelims of the 4x200m Medley---I can't say it enough, he is a class act. So many fans will miss him in Beijing......
Saturday, August 21, 2004
A caching we will go...
Friday, August 20, 2004
NCAA Football 2004
Dedication to the cause
Speaking of Olympics, .blue has been doing Olympics themed comics the last two weeks... very funny stuff.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
One more swimmer
Hop in the roller coaster car and let's go on the ride... Paul executed his first three apparatuses beautifully (chug, chug, up the hill), then he came to the vault. On his landing he fell, and by fell I mean he fell on his butt, off the mat, and a judge had to put his hand out so Paul would not fall off the platform. (and zoom down the hill - like when your stomach feels like it is in your mouth where you think you are going to be sick) I had tears running down my face when I saw this happen. It pains me to see an athlete work their whole life for this one moment in time, and then to have a fluke happen like this.....I just couldn't imagine what was going through his head. (So here we are back at the bottom of the hill) Paul not only has to get passed his score that he just received, he has to get this out of his head (chug, chug, chug up the hill). He had the parallel bars and the high bar left. He needed to be near perfect and for the people ahead of him to make some mistakes. He executed the two routines perfectly, and the people ahead of him did make some mistakes. And after he finished his high bar routine, he had a smile on his face like he knew he had done something big tonight. He actually didn't know how big. He thought maybe the bronze, but no way the gold. When his score came up he still didn't know that he would be standing on top of the podium, wearing his olive branch wreath upon his head, and wearing Olympic gold around his neck ( you're at the top of hill, knowing that you have to come down, but how will it be?). His coach said "It's gold. You are the all around champion." All he could say was "NO, No, no, really?" (And weeeeeeeeeeeee down the hill again, but this time with your hands up in air, screaming, and you can't wait to do it again). It was truly an amazing night!
Now in the world of Women's swimming - The American women were golden the 4x200m free relay. They shattered the record, which was set exactly 17 years ago (the oldest swimming record). Natalie Coughlin is a force to be wreckened with and Kaitlin Sandeno is only getting better. For Pete sake, Kaitlin had already swam in a final earlier in the evening, and still had enough to steam to anchor this relay team to a victory. It was a beautiful race to watch!
In the world of singles tennis, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams were both defeated. That just doesn't happen.
I really didn't get a chance to talk about one of my favorite female athletes, Jenny Thompson. Unfortunately, she just slipped in and out of these Olympics. She is a talented swimmer and a gracious person. Jenny retired from swimming, and was going to medical school when she got the itch, as she says. So after being out of the sport of two years, she came back and at the age of 31 she qualified for her fourth and probably her final Olympics. She is the most decorated American female in history. She currently has 10 metals (8 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze) and the possiblity for 2 more which would make her the most decortated American athlete in the Olympics. I know I will miss seeing Jenny in the pool at the next Olympics, but what a ride she has had!! She is an inspiration!
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Babies All Around
The other couple have only been married eight months, and they are young -- both are just 23 yoa. They know they want a big family...Jen wants 9 kids, Joseph wants 3. I'm guessing they are going to have to compromise somewhere in between. Joseph comes from a family of 8 -- 7 boys and 1 girl (Snow White and the seven dwarfs -- the girl is the oldest) Jen is the oldest of three. They come from two of the best families I have ever been around. We went to their wedding and we were welcomed with open arms by both families. There is so much love to give that this child will be so blessed to have such good parents and grandparents.
Can you tell I'm excited? I guess I will be making a trip to Iowa and Wisconsin in January. Those are words I never thought I would say again.
As it has been mentioned before I am an Olympics freak. I try and watch all the events. I have my DVR and VCR recording constantly. During the winter Olympics, I had stacks of tapes to watch. It took me some time to watch all of them, but I did it. I have been trying to watch as much of these Olympics as it airs, but sometimes you have to sleep.
I know everyone has been talking about Michael Phelps, but who can blame them. Michael Phelps is a phenomenal athlete and an impressive young man. To only be 19 year old and to have such a work ethic and concept of success, is truly incredible. If you didn't get a chance to watch the men's 4x200m relay tonight, you missed one of the best swimming competitions ever. Michael is sitting pretty with 3 golds and 2 bronzes. I can't to wait watch him in four years -- He's only going to get better. WOW! (For his bio and event results)
However, one of favorite Olympian is Lenny Krayzelburg. My admiration for him start back at the 2000 Olympics where he won 3 gold metals. It wasn't the point that he won 3 gold metals, it was that he was gracious when he won. And when received his metals and stood on the podium, I cried because you could just see how proud he was to win and to represent America. When he qualified at the Olympic trials, I was so excited that he was going to represent the USA again. He has overcome some much to be back at the Olympics -- 2 shoulder surgeries and 1 knee surgery. He is a true Olympian to me.
There are more athletes that I want to talk about, but that will have to be tomorrow.