At the end of the latest beach volleyball match played by Misty May-Kreanor and Kelli Walsh (did I get the names right?), I saw something that really impressed me: Kelli Walsh went around to each and every official/volunteer/judge/whatever from the host nation who was on the floor, shook their hand and thanked them very graciously and warmly. It was good to see somebody - especially somebody American - show that kind of kindness and graciousness. My respect for her, already very high for her athletic skills, really rose.
I got a great opportunity today to do something real and concrete to help others - and get paid for it! My company let us choose to help out in an organized day of volunteering, if we chose to. About 300 of us went to a school in one of the more disadvantaged area neighborhoods and painted the classrooms. It was fun, I got to do it with some great people, and we did a really good job; our classroom looked professionally painted. I'm really glad my company does this, and that what we did really accomplished something and wasn't just a feel-good activity.
But boy are my legs tired!
ETA: Great Olympics cartoon by Dork Tower today - *G*: http://syndicated.livejournal.com/dorktowerfeed/164849.html?view=3640561#t3640561
ETA yet again: Can somebody please explain what this "Podium Training" is that all the commentators keep mentioning? As in "Earlier today, in podium training, such-and-such happened". They... train to get on the podium for their awards? Or is this some gymnastics piece of equipment?
ETA ETA ETA: omg, these are TOO CUTE! All you Dr. Horrible fans (that's YOU, anonypooh!) and My Little Pony fans (psyknife, you know who you are) must go forthwith to see MY DR. HORRIBLE LITTLE PONIES! (thanks to green_queen for the info): http://www.requiemart.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_view=core.ShowItem&g2_itemId=6124