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where are the pick-up trucks?

Friday, 8 August 2008

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2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony by cavenli2008.
i love the olympics, and have ever since the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo. i was nine, and sick at home, and my parents put a 2-inch portable black and white tv in my room, and i watched the games just about 24 hours a day.

but the olympic moment i remember the most? it was the summer of 1996, and i was in moscow for a summer abroad program.

it was horrifying.

i missed much of the games, but happened to check into a moscow hotel during the opening ceremonies. we walked into the lobby, where a handful of russians were gathered around a tiny black and white green television.

suddenly, on the tv a fleet of pickup trucks roared into Atlanta’s Olympic Stadium, with their truck beds filled with scantily clad cheerleaders. the russian men started howling, and we were looking for any rock, log, or carpet to crawl under.

not an olympic ceremony goes by that i don’t marvel at how little culture our young nation actually has.