Sunday, July 29, 2012
Summer Olympics: Opening Ceremony
here and wikipedia page here (unfortunately, Tuvalu is one of those South Pacific island nations that's in danger of being under water one day due to climate change). Just before getting to the Zs, Bob Costas summed up how I feel about the Parade of Nations at the Olympics: "Regardless of the political tensions and differences-- the world hot spots-- the smiles on the faces of these Olympians are so genuine. They're all, each in their own way, so happy to be here." I must say that during the speeches by the officials, the clunky term "your Royal Highnessess" sure sounded like "your Royal Highn-asses" to me. As always, the lighting of the Olympic cauldron was a natural high point, with the numerous torches coming together this time to create it a novel approach. Paul McCartney delivered a nice finale, and was the perfect choice. All in all, enough "spectacle" and water cooler-talk worthy highlights to say the '12 opening ceremonies succeeded, but they probably won't go down as one of the better ones.