Friday, August 08, 2008

Olympic Fever

Here I sit, watching the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games. We used to really watch a lot of the Olympics when they were on every four years, and coverage was just in the evenings. However, like everything else these days, the Olympics have grown bigger and more extravagant every year, as well as being on every two years, alternating winter and summer games. Terry always likes to watch the pageantry of the opening ceremonies, but at the moment he is watching them through his eyelids, and I am only watching them with one jaded eye. While it's visually fantastic, it's in a language I can't understand, and the sheer amount of people involved boggles the mind. The cost of such pageantry must be staggering, and yet so many of the Chinese people are poor and politically repressed. While I don't usually spend a lot of time worrying about such things, the juxtaposition of this humongous and decadent performance with the pictures you see of poor people toiling away in the fields is incongruous, at best. It makes you wonder if the money for these ever more extravagant opening ceremonies could not be better spent on pollution control (in this case) and better lifestyles for more of the people who live in the country hosting the event. I think the opening ceremonies would be more interesting and impressive if they just did the parade of the teams and the presentation of the Olympic torch. Instead, each time there is an Olympics, the host country tries to outspend and outperform the countries who preceded it. Very wasteful...

Now for the next sixteen days, we will have endless coverage of events large and small on the several networks owned by NBC. And not only will we see the sport performances, we will be "treated" to heartwarming and heartrending backstories of the athletes and more about China than you may ever want to know. I root for the American athletes, but I must admit that all the hoopla becomes tiresome in short order. There are lots of other things to watch on television. For example, I am missing new episodes of two of my favorite shows, "Monk" and "psych," tonight. However, the old guy in this house likes the Olympics (even through his eyelids!), so I am glad we have DVR on our cable. I can watch my favorite programs at our convenience. Life is good...

Oh, and the picture above has nothing to do with the title, as you can tell, but I painted it this week, and it's rapidly becoming one of my favorite paintings.


6 comments:

Judy said...

I agree with you totally about the Olympics. I missed last night. I could not keep my eyelids open. I will watch some of it but not every time it is on. Nancy, I must say this painting I love the very best of them all. The minute I clicked on your site, I thought how beautiful the picture was and had no idea at that time it was one of your paintings. I think you get better each time you paint. I like them all but this one is definitely my favorite.

alissasanderson said...

Hey, you didn't say "Life is good..."

:-)

I LOVE the sun rays in that painting. Are you switching one of the fair entries for that one?

We didn't even watch the opening ceremonies. I didn't see the point-- mostly for the reasons you listed. Great minds think alike, I guess.

alissasanderson said...

oh, wait...you did. just not at the end like usual. way to trip me up there, mom!

Kate said...

Hi again Nancy, I just realized I had posted my comment on the Oahu dream picture in early July, I got so caught up in admiring it, Cheers again from Scotland. Kate x.
Just realized too that as well as art/drawing etc we both have husbands who miss getting our attention. (with me it's 'that ruddy machine' meaning the PC. hehe) Bye for now, K.

me the first said...

I didn't know you had a blog...I saw the link on Peg's when I was checking out her latest photos...nice paintings!....I note that you are considerably more verbose than me....We haven't watched any of the Olympics....I haven't really liked it since it went "pro". Besides, I'm not really into beach volleyball, boxing and water polo....I'm sort of waiting for the sack races!....at any rate, I will check in from time to time to see what you are up to....Hi to everyone....

Anil P said...

Those fronds that hang over the water must lie stilled by the beauteous before them.

It's a nice painting to look at, it makes the finite look infinite.