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( Aug. 2nd, 2012 08:59 am)
I really thought I'd watch much less of the games this year. But I have to say I think NBC's coverage has actually improved this year. At least during the day, they show events that Americans aren't even competing in, and while almost everyone knows the results here before the evening broadcasts they are showing the premiere events mostly before witching hour (11:00 pm, Eastern time, 10:00 elsewhere). So I can watch and still go to sleep at a decent hour. The amount of commercials has been distressingly high. (I wasn't sure that the beginning of the Queen's fabled trip to the opening ceremony wasn't another commercial.) But the choice of what to show over the air seems pretty reasonable, since other events are available on-line as well as on cable.

Clones - It dawned on me a day or two ago I was having trouble distinguishing between two American swimmers, Missy Franklin and Allison Schmidt. Indeed, the two of them look like sisters. At the introductions yesterday for a relay race I was trying to pay attention to what made them different. (The older Allison is more tan and has a more toothy smile). Then I noticed something very odd. On most of the 8 country teams in the race, there were girls that looked very much like each other. But all similar girls looked distinctly different from the girls on each of the other teams!

Woe is us - I wasn't watching, but my favorite beach volleyball team, Kerri Walsh-Jennings and Misty May-Treanor lost a set in their match yesterday, the first set they've lost in umpty Olympic matches over three Olympics. It just made them mad, I guess. They came back and wiped out their opponents in the last two sets. At the last Olympics they both were still sexy-hot looking. This time Kerri looks like somebody's mom (and she is now) and Misty looks a bit out of shape (she decided late that she wanted to play in these games). But they are both still amazing volleyball players.
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( Aug. 2nd, 2012 01:45 pm)
Five jobs I'd have really been bad at.

1. Sales Representative (My voice says 'Sure, ours is the best!" My face says, 'Don't hit me when you realize how bad ours is!")
2. Motivational speaker ('Of course, all that only works if you're not a total loser, like most of you here today.')
3. Restaurant critic (The food was great, but then my dog isn't picky.)
4. Clinical psychologist ('Oh, just shut up, and suck it up!')
5. Spy (I go to some stores once every six months where there are hundreds of people in and out every day and everyone says, 'Oh, I remember you!')

I like to watch TV cooking shows, but...
Five things that dismay me on cooking shows.

1. Simple dishes for home cooking that take a food processor, three mixing bowls, five cooking pans, two ovens, a stove top and a backyard grill.
2. Chefs automatically adding black pepper to dishes with hot chillies in them.
3. Taste tests with brands not found beyond 100 miles from the city of origin of the show.
4. Using a presentation plate that's too big for the dish and squirting designs in sauce directly on the plate.
5. Ethnic food chefs whose accent in their tongue of ethnic origin is unbearably American.
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