Monday, August 16, 2004

"Suddenly it seems like the whole world is at peace"

I checked the statistics for my site this morning, and was completely blown away by my results. I was expecting the usual number, but instead I saw the beautiful number of 68 (that is visitors not hits). Thanks to all of my visitors for coming over to see whats new, and for spreading the word about my little site, an especially big thank you to "Times and Seasons" for the mention today, you guys are the reason for the recent raise in numbers. Now I only hope to continue to make my posts interesting enough that they are worth coming back too.

I have never really been interested in the Olympics before, but yesterday at work I started to watch them and realized that I was actually enjoying them. I was sad to turn them off and leave at the end of my shift. It is so awe-inspiring to sit and watch people realize their dreams. I think the other reason that I enjoy it is that it is so universal, you can talk to anyone about it, and sit down with anyone from anywhere, not say a word, but both still enjoy the time spent. Today Frances came over to get some stuff that she forgot, and she sat down to watch the Olympics with me. I found out that she was the German Rhythmic Gymnast National Champion for 4 years in a row. She lived away from home from ages 9-14 to study Gymnastics. I also found out the other day that her first boyfriend is ranked as one of the top 200 Tennis players in the world. Americans are sometimes so ignorant about the rest of the world, but the olympics gives us a chance to learn about other countries, and the people that live within those countries. No matter how old you are, where in the world you live, everyone understands the dream of winning Olympic Gold. I usually have to watch them by myself because I get so emotional hearing all of the stories of triumph, I think that people would laugh to see me get teary eyed about Thailands first gold medal, ever. On a lighter note, how do the Women's Beach Volleyball players keep their bottoms from riding up? Why isnt all underwear made like that?

Favorite quote from the Olympics "Suddenly it seems like the whole world is at peace." What a beautiful idea.

I would also like to note that I think that the commercials during the Olympics are greatly improved over the usual drivel that we are all subjected to.

By the end of the week our entire apartment will be together. I think I will probably have to do a little bit of cleaning up before Linds and Heather get here, because right now this apartment is a mess. I am sure that the only reason that Megan can stand it is because she is never home. The reason that our apartment is such a mess, I gave in to my love of all things second-hand and went through the DI trailer parked outside our apartment. For those of you unfamiliar with DI, its official name is Deseret Industries, and it is the LDS equivalent of Goodwill in other places. In fact, Goodwill doesnt even exist anywhere here as far as I know. All across Provo and Orem contracts are ending, which means that people are moving home and having to sort through their things and get rid of what they don't need or can't fit on their way home. To make it easier for all of us, Deseret Industries distributes trailers to apartment complexes so that we can easily haul our junk out. The first day I saw that trailer, I knew I would want to take a look inside, and Saturday I finally gave in and took a look inside. I ended up meeting the man and woman doing cleaning checks, gave the cleaning check man a vaccum I found, which enabled me to automatically pass my cleaning checks. Nice. What follows is the long and wonderful list that I now own from the DI trailer. It is true, one man's junk is another mans treasure.
1-Television, old, but works with my XBOX and gets enough cable channels to supply me with my daily dose of olympics.
2-A bike, might be a little too tall, but with 12 girls living next to each other, I am sure that someone will use it every once in awhile.
3-2 beanbags
4-An awesome poster from Abercrombie and Fitch. It could be considered semi-porn by conservative standards, but I am sure that we can do something about that.
5-A roxy reversible vest
6-A beautiful cream wool coat
7-A square ottoman pillow things, couldnt find an example of it online.
8-An odd but fun assortment of kitchen supplies, pots and pans, etc.
9-A glass cutting board that I really like
10-This awesome chair for in our room, covered with that ugly orange 70's color that fills many LDS chapels. I dont know if I will be able to keep this one though because it takes up so much room in our already small room, and I dont think that Megan really likes that.

I dont think the comment function on blogger is working right now, did anyone else have a hard time today? There were several sites that I wanted to comment on tonight, but the page would never load. Guess I will have to try again tommorow. I love my Haloscan.

Both the site and blog of the day are going to be Olympic related.

Website of the Day-NBC Olympics. I know that many people already know about this but it is the best way to find out anything and everything you ever wanted to know about the olympics.

Blog of the Day-Goldblatt
Run by-Scott Goldblatt
Subject-An inside look at the Olympics from a Swimmer's view.
Why should you visit? Because how often do you get to hear about the little things that go on in the olympics (such as the American flag missing from the swimming stadium)


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