I think the NBC coverage is a scandal. The live streaming doesn't work. BBC is blocked. This is supposed to be an event for the people, not for NBC and its sponsors. We should boycott NBC and all the products advertised.
And where is the thrill if everything is on delayed broadcast? Really if you have never seen live coverage of the Olympics you have been robbed. It's qualitatively completely different. This is what they are getting in other countries. We get censorship.
But even at that, the whole event is a dud, with quarrels, accusations of doping, empty seats that they have to fill up with all those military people they called up to provide security.
It's such a mess. But it will all blow over, I'm sure. Remember that Colorado shooting? Oh, yes, when was that?
Hmm. I seem to be angry about this. How unladylike of me. I'll try to be daintier. After all, aren't those bikini-clad volleyball players something? All that bouncing? And those gymnastic girls. Those contortions. Woo woo.
Anyway, have fun. It's off to bed for me. I'm still tired from being around the younguns, those little powerhouses.
Oh, the tweets are good, though. Traister: "Dressage is mini-golf with horses."
Laurie Penny on beach volleyball. Do you even have to ask? Sex sells. They have to compete with the porn industry for male eyeballs. And they have no trouble filling seats for this event! Heh. I'm too old to care about all this crap any more. If people want to go to hell it's their business.
It's a completely different media experience in other countries. Our coverage is the worst. I know this, because I saw part of the 1984 L.A. Olympics on TV in Europe, which was fascinating, even without the Soviet athletes, and then went to the U.S. and saw it on American TV, where it was all bits of this and that with fatuous commentary, commercials and jingoism. I couldn't believe the way Terry's aunt and uncle were willing to sit and watch this visual garbage and think they were getting any kind of experience from it, even a vicarious one. And I don't have to look at the events on NBC to believe the media situation is even worse now than it was then.
We're being robbed, because even with the many negatives around the Olympics in London, it is exciting and maybe even worth it to the public, but not if it is so badly covered as it is in the U.S.
One of the many benefits of living here is cheap resort vacations on the Kona side of the island. We seldom go over there unless we have visitors, because we get into our rut, but it's a mistake that we are not going to make any more. When we have this kind of luxury within easy reach, we're foolish not to take advantage of it. The big cost, after all, is the plane fare over here. Our room, with kingsize bed, balcony, and all the other amenities you'd expect and no extra fees and a free and excellent breakfast buffet thrown in was, with tax, $130.00. The whole place was tasteful and understated, restful as long as we did not turn on the tv, which we didn't. It took a little bargain hunting online to find this deal, but the Sheraton Keauhou Bay wants to get the rooms occupied. They even had a Jehovah's Witnesses Convention of 150 people there, but they were seldom seen and when seen they were (the men) wearing suits and looking tense and important, rather like missionaries among the savages. The women seemed friendly and nice, but they did not mingle. None of the people poolside looked like Witnesses. They stayed well away from our ungodly pursuits.
Can you believe I went down this? Once was enough! It brought on a dizzy spell I'm still getting over.
The kids loved it and went down numerous times. We forget the demon energy and endurance of the young! Especially ours. Their mother was so energetic I waited six years before having a second kid. I'm not that high energy kind of person--she gets that from the Scheffer side--and I could hardly keep up with her. Her own kids take after their mom. Luckily, she can deal with that aspect of her young better than I could. From dawn to bedtime they were on the go. They eat enormous amounts of food and yet are always hungry, whereas I eat not very much and can't control my weight.
One huge thrill for them was that the restaurant (quite reasonable in its prices) was poolside, so they didn't even have to get out of their suits to eat their chicken and fries. They loved all this spoiling, because they have to toe the line at home so much, in school and pre-school. Sun, water, favorite foods: such a treat for them and us.
On the second day we rented a cabana, a cheap luxury at $15.00, and lounged around in it. Even their mom got a few blissful moments to herself while we entertained the kids or they entertained themselves, needing only a watchful eye on them as they spent hours and hours in the pool, not being bored for a second.
And the cheeky sparrows like it there too. (I think they are sparrows, but I am no bird expert).
Our American Field Service exchange student who spent her junior year of high school with us participated in the industrial revolution event at the Olympics and was thrilled by the experience. I thought the opening ceremonies, what I saw in abbreviated form, were odd in that I did not know what the target audience was or what the symbols meant. (Addition: What do these symbols mean when they are so wrenched out of context?)
We went to the Panaewa Zoo in Hilo (admission free) and saw their tiger Namaste. He is 17 years old and came to them as a cub. I think in spite of his age that he is quite handsome still.
Here are some other sights at this pretty zoo. They don't have a lot of animals, but the grounds are lovely and beautifully kept.
And the girls watched our favorite British import, Shaun the Sheep, while I fixed dinner.
Now it is quiet and I finally get a chance to post this.
Tomorrow we are headed over to Kona side for a mini-vacation at the Sheraton. They do have TVs in the rooms and I might watch some of the Olympics. But I suspect I'll be too busy doing other things over there.