|Mmmm, tasty. It's menu item #34 on the Leaping Peacock's menu|
Thought #2: "Walking it back" - this has to be one of the lamest phrases I've heard. The person said it. So either (a) they made a mistake and should admit it plainly and clear, (b) they just didn't think before they spoke and don't realize it or (c) they meant it at the time and then realize later that it doesn't mesh with the popular thought amongst their constituency. This is what politics has evolved (devolved?) into? I wonder, at times, whether a plain, average guy or girl could jump into the political fray and how well that would go. Just stand up and say, "Hey, I'm a regular working schmoe and I'm not perfect, but I know how to lead people, listen and evaluate, answer a question, say what I mean and do I think is right, so vote for me." Have we really overcomplicated matters that much?
Thought #3: If my hometown metropolitan area ever seriously considers putting in a bid to host the Olympics, I'm moving. I was very tangentially part of the early stages of Atlanta's Olympic bid and preparation process. I saw and heard from friends in the city as the Olympics approached and took place some of the stories. Since then we've heard of a number of disastrous stories about how the cities and countries have fared with hosting the Olympics. Yes, it is quite an honor but I heard this morning that London is a mess: 3,000-5,000 security staff short (quite public, it explains the trending twitter tag #G4S), several venues not complete at 10 days out, two venues flooded with the rain, the weather isn't helping (cool and rainy) to the point that they are considering a similar approach that the Chinese took of seeding the clouds to alter the rain, a Charlie-Foxtrot of a situation with traffic where Olympic buses with dedicated lanes are taking hours to travel along routes that should take 45 minutes possibly complicated with pissed-off taxi drivers who now can't use the same restricted lanes as they once could. Economically, there isn't a lot of positives for the host city in the long term. Short-term economic boosts occur and many Olympic organizing committees will report breaking even but the longer term public debt for the metropolitan area is usually negative.
That's it for now, I might go join 'Puter and the Czar at the Leaping Peacock for a bit of breakfast.