A quiet morning spent reading the paper, and petting Sheeba who seemed determined to sit on my lap until my legs turned numb. (He succeeded.) Ken is now doing some "work" work, and waiting to see if it will clear up enough to mow. It's been sunny for a while now, so it's looking likely.
There was a good story on CNN this morning about how the U.S. Olympic Committee is giving the Olympic athletes Chinese etiquette lessons. (For example, it's considered very impolite to touch a stranger.) I think that's a great idea, because they are ambassadors to China, and I think it's always important to respect different cultures. Ken and I have talked about how we always try to be good "visitors" and good representatives of Indiana and the U.S. I hope that when we leave a place, people say, "Those Indiana people are really nice!" Ha!
It made me wonder about what's going on with Chicago's Olympic bid, so I found their web site. I was a little disappointed to see that they changed their logo. It went from the cool torch that portrayed the Sears Tower and Chicago skyline reflected in the waters of Lake Michigan to a white star with the same color scheme. Upon further reading, the star represents the Chicago Star, part of the city flag, and the six points each represent something, although I can't recall what. Faith, Hope, Pursuit of Cubs tickets...something like that. What a shame, because I thought the torch design was perfect. Ah well, not my decision.
Ken and I love the Olympics, and are supporters. I oppose using the Olympics as a political tool, because I believe that sullies the purity of the Olympic spirit, which is all about the best athletes in the world in competition against each other. We were thrilled to hear that Chicago is on the short list for the 2016 bid, because as a nearby city with several athletic facilities (a world-class kayak run, Notre Dame stadium, etc.), we could very well host practices and trials, although actual events are a remote possibility. We would certainly go to any trials held here, and we'd definitely try to get tickets to actual events in Chicago.
Chicago is up against places like Madrid, Prague, and Tokyo, so it could be rough, but it sounds like Chicago has a pretty good chance. C'mon, Chi-town, we're pulling for you!