August 26th, 2004

chair, apartment


This evening, my adventures in partially olympic inspired swimming continued -- this time with much less exhaustion, but still with the unshakable smell of chlorine. At this point, it's probably more of an olfactory hallucination than reality.

I picked up some dinner on the way home, arriving at the grocery store a few minutes before they closed, and ate later than I'd prefer had I not been too hungry to just skip eating. But, luckily there were Olympic games to marginally keep me occupied. I watched for a while, but have no recollection about what happened. Other than Marion Jones qualifying and a Greek person winning an event. Ed Gillespie was on the Daily Show.

The major reason that I stopped paying attention to the olympics was that I read evan's post about a (really excellent) paragraph toward the end of Infinite Jest that compelled me to re-read1 some of the final Hal sections (out of sequence) until I decided that it might be better to eventually go to sleep rather than being awake for the entire MSNBC triathalon coverage. Presently, people are biking. My level of obsession does not include overnight watching. And, like I mentioned, I wasn't really watching anyway. [ it's a half hour later -- still awake. I just checked and, yes. they are now in the final miles of the cycling portion, if this is actually live. I can't believe that people have the endurance to watch, let alone compete. ]

Earlier, at "work" I had some meetings and re-purposed some of my previously written statistical "programs" to make new tables for a sort-of new project. Unfortunately, the results are less than compelling and I'm not sure what the implications of this uneventful analysis will mean to my future workload.

I am giving serious consideration to closing my bedroom window.

(1) it is worth noting that the experience of re-reading with handy access to an online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is rather rewarding.

where are all the field events?

So, the women's gold medal today is a great achievement for U.S. soccer, and a nice sentimental sendoff for the "fab five". I'm sorry to have missed the game. I did, however, see the medals ceremony and while their proud singing of the national anthem is commendable and refreshing and just a nice demonstration of pride and joy, it does provide an explanation of why many competitors may have been reluctant to be vocal on the medals stand.

Without criticizing their singing ability -- because who cares, really? they're elated and want to sing, etc. -- it highlights what I suspect are some issues with timing and the speed of sound that seem to be an issue in large stadiums without microphones.


Have the crowds been especially rowdy at these games? Delaying the 200m and booing the gymnastics judges -- at last, a little of that anti-Americanism that we were told to expect!


Compared to swimming, the track competitors seem to be a little more faith-based and the qualifying rounds seem to stretch on forever. Maybe there are more contestants?