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remembering 1984

Sunday,  08/02/09  09:35 AM

Twenty-five years ago!  Wow, guess what, that's when the Los Angeles Olympics took place.  I remember it like it was yesterday, the sense of excitement and pride.  Watching so many events, live! on TV.  Driving around and seeing the banners.  Knowing that my city was showing the world how it should be done.  So what if the Eastern Bloc boycotted?  Their loss.  We did get China instead (as a result of a deal to name Tawain as Chinese Taipei), their first Olympics since 1952, a good trade.

1984 Olympic rowing venue at Lake CasitasMy strongest memory remains watching the rowing events on Lake Casitas.  Every time I ride by that lake - which is pretty often, because it is right alongside route 150 between Ojai and Carpinteria - I think back to those magical days.  I also remember watching Olympic baseball at Dodger Stadium.  Although when I watch the Dodgers today, that seems like a million years ago, at the far edge of my memory.

Time man of the year: Peter UeberrothStars of 1984:  Carl Lewis!  Edwin Moses!  Joan Benoit!  Mary Lou Retton!  Connie Carpenter!  (women's cycling...)  Michael Jordan! (yeah, professionals were allowed in...)  and... Peter Ueberroth!  Seriously he was a star of those Olympics, as was President and ex-governor of California Ronald Reagan...  what's interesting about seeing him now on the cover of Time Magazine as man of the year is remembering how important Time was back then :)  Ah, those pre-internet days... when print mattered.

This was [I think] the first Olympics which was thoroughly televised; I remember filling VCR tape after tape, and watching snippets of all the weird events you'd heard about but had never seen.  Diving.  Weightlifting.  All the track and field events; had you seen hammers thrown or a steeplechase before that?

1984 Olympic torchThis was [I think] also the first Olympics where such a big deal was made of the torch relay; it started in New York and was continuously carried by runners to Los Angeles.  Remember O.J.Simpson carrying the torch up the California Incline in Santa Monica?  And Rafer Johnson running it into the Collesium?  And the incredible spectacle and ceremony of the opening - not quite on technical par with China's last summer, but more amazing because it was all new back then; we had never seen such a thing before.  All those athletes from all those countries, filing into the stadium in their national costumes.

Twenty-five years ago.  Wow.

 

Sunday,  08/02/09  09:42 AM

Back in the chair, back blogging...  a little overcastey this morning but promise of a nice day.  I did not end up riding yesterday, didn't do much of anything actually (although the brunch was great :)  How's that for boring, someone blogging about doing nothing!

Speaking of blogging, I've noticed a real decrease in the amount of new referrals.  Used to be you'd post something semi-interesting, another blogger would find it, and they'd create a link.  Now people seem to find stuff via search engines and social networks.  My traffic is up but my links are down.  I miss the old blogosphere!

Love, Actually - a great romantic feel-good comedyShirley and I [re]watched Love, Actually last night.  A great movie, on many levels.  Recommended.

AppleTV - the perfect movie-watching deviceI must tell you, more and more we are loving and using our AppleTV.  Not too many people have them - when I mention it to friends and colleagues, there is little awareness - but it's a great solution.  As cheap as any other way to rent/buy movies, excellent quality, and fully integrated into the family room system; you just point and click and poof! watch.  On my network the average delay between ordering and watching is about 5 minutes.

TechCrunch: Why the FCC wants to smash open the iPhone.  "Today there are two different sets of rules for applications and devices on the Internet. On the wired Internet, we can connect any type of PC or other computing device and use any applications we want on those devices. On the wireless Internet controlled by cellular carriers like AT&T, we can only use the phones they allow on their networks and can only use the applications they approve."  It is probably giving Google too much credit to think they bought Grand Central so they could have Google Voice for the iPhone so Apple would reject it so this would happen, but they have to be happy about this result.  Remember they bid on the 700MHz wireless spectrum?  Nobody could figure that out at the time, but you can see where this is going now...

Sounds-like-The-Onion headline of the day: grad sues college because she can't find a job.  This is the logical result of all that political correctness; people are coddled and coddled and when real life hits they can't handle it.

church sign: time to go sailing!Time to go sailing!  The Tillerman notes a church sign on a Sunday, and so concludes...  That's certainly a good option for today.

the beach! - why aren't more people going there?Why aren't more people going to the beachGood question, come on in, the water's fine (and the sand is too!)  Some combination of cooler weather and too many indoor entertainment options are keeping people away, I guess.  That's certainly another good option for today.

A beautiful day (the overcastey-ness is already gone); what will I do with it?  What are you going to do today?

 
 

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