That's me 3rd from the left in the shiny swimming cap...Wasn't I SPEC.TAC.U.LAR?!!
Okay, so may be not 100% true...I never made it to the Olympics nor have I ever participated in synchronized swimming, HOWEVER, I have been in a pool and worn a swim cap (not a shiny, sequiney one though)So a layman's, just general run-of-the-mill, plain-Jane, American perspective...
I love the opening ceremonies...I'm always excited about the parade of athletes and the pride for my country that it brings me. I usually forget there is some kind of show prior to the parade, but it's initially a welcome surprise. Then I start reacting like I do when I see a fireworks show...Love Them...for about 10 minutes, then I'm done.
So....finally after 2 1/2 hours of watching (really reading, snacking, commenting...) the parade of athletes begin...My favorite part! I quickly realize I do not know where 1/2 of these countries are!!! Elementary & High School geography just didn't cover where Nauru is or what I call people from Myanmar . So then I start to feel stupid and depressed because Bob Costas just has to share all the downer information he can come up on these countries!Even with all my faults and irritations, I do enjoy the grandeur and pride of the Olympic games. I am attempting to share the concept and trying to build that pride in my children about what these other Americans have accomplished. I look forward to watching my favorite sport...Swimming. Winning gold at McDonald's (they better be running that contest again; I've been playing since I was 12. You can not beat the pride you get when an American athlete has won gold and you get a free Big Mac!) And in 17 days, I will be glued to the screen for the 15 hour closing ceremonies!
Funniest comment of the night comes from my husband...after the 15th fireworks display, my up-to-then silent husband says straight faced, "Okay, we get it, you invented fireworks..." I hope this translates...I thought it was comical, but then again I am pretty sleep deprived.