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It's long overdue for me to mow the lawn. So yeah, I plan to mow the lawn before it gets too hot outside. But first, I need to eat breakfast. Yeah, I didn't do that yet. But I do intend to eat breakfast soon. Incumbent Republican Senator Rob Portman is being challenged by Democrat Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. It's hard to know who to root for because both politicians are saying the same exact thing the same exact way with no deviation. Yeah, I know that Republicans are pro-Corporations, Pro-National Rifle Association and Pro-Christian Fundamentalism and Democrats are into Pro-Racial Equality, Pro-Gender Equality and pro Labor Unions. However, such differences is hard to see because Republican Senator Rob Portman is trying to be more of a Democrat than Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. So who do you vote for if both politicians are exactly the same? I do what I've always done in the past. When in doubt, vote for the Democrats.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
It's fun to mow the lawn
Current Music:
Goodbye to You by Scandal
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Well, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games is over. The Olympic Village is in the process of being emptied out. All who were spectators are heading back to their respective countries. Now comes the hard part. What will become of the Olympic Village now that the 2016 Summer Olympic Games is no longer in the present, but now has become a past event? I guess that's the job of a South American Brazilian Politician to try to figure out. I'm sure the Politicians of Brazil will find a proper and adequate job of repurposing all of the Olympic Village venues for other purposes. We now turn our attention to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan before the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. It should be fun to watch all three slowly start to fall into place.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
accomplished
Current Music:
Goodbye to You by Scandal
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The closing ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games didn't feature any expensive big name rock stars, but instead featured the vocal talents of Julia Michaels---Not of Brazilian origin, but a Caucasian American from Davenport, Iowa (where she was born) and later from Santa Clarita, California (Where she lives now). Julia Michaels wrote songs for artists as diverse as Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Little Mix, Rita Ora, Gwen Stefani and Nicole Scherzinger. This time, Julia Michaels got to sing her own material before the world. And thus brings the close to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in pomp and circumstance. It was great to see the Nations of the World to come together in peaceful athletic competition instead of in war, rage and paranoia. We don't need walls to keep out those who are different from us. We need to engage in peaceful conversation with those who are different from us in hopes of building bridges of peace and of hope.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
Feeling the Olympic Spirit
Current Music:
Party Train by the Gap Band
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For those who are keeping up with the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, it's hard to ignore what an oversized spectacle it is. Almost every celebrity who was born Brazilian has shown up either as a spectator or as a participant in the opening ceremony. We're not only talking about celebrities that folks from the United States of America knows about. We're talking about celebrities who are famous in Brazil that folk in the United States has no knowledge of. Of course, there are Brazilians who appears to have not shown up at all such as actress Morena Baccarin (She's probably filming scenes from the television series Gotham at the time). It's too late now because the 2016 Summer Olympic Games is almost nearly over. Yeah, it's expensive to have all those athletic stadiums running almost twenty-four seven. Yeah, it's expensive having all those expensive celebrities and expensive celebrity athletes show up. Yeah, the opening ceremony was expensive enough to nearly bankrupt a country and lead to the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff causing Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer to take over the nation of Brazil a Acting President. And yeah, it probably will take decades if not centuries for Brazil to finally pay for this 2016 Summer Olympic Games party which they have thrown. And perhaps Morena Baccarin never showed up because the nation of Brazil ran out of money to pay for her arrival. Still, all that aside, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is still the best show in town. See you all at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Get the Korean food dinners ready.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
Feeling the Olympic Spirit
Current Music:
Cali Summers by Christopher Massey
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And so continues the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. And though I can't afford to travel down to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I'm able to see the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on television. And what a fantastic television show the 2016 Summer Olympic Games has turned out to be. And it's good to know that the United States is leading in the medal count. It fills me with patriotic joy to see it happen. It's hard to know which Summer Olympic event to start with first. There is so much going on. Right now it's mostly men and women track and field that's being broadcast on television, but previously has been men and women swimming, diving and gymnastics as well. Certainly a good place to start off with. Let the games continue.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
Feeling the Olympic spirit
Current Music:
Peaceful by Helen Reddy
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Ryan Lochte was a huge presence in the United States of America Men's National Swimming Team. He won medals in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England as well as the 2016 Summer Olympic Game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that got Ryan Lochte in trouble. No, his medals wasn't taken away. It was a different sort of matter. Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen along with Ryan Lochte first appeared on the Today Show with former Access Hollywood host turned Today Show employee Billy Bush (A relative of former President of the United States George H.W. Bush and former President of the United States George W. Bush) that the four of them were ordered out of the taxi while out of the Olympic Village and rubbed at gun point. The next day, the story changed to criminals dressed as cops driving stolen police cars did the gunpoint robbing. It wasn't until Ryan Lochte was already in the United States facing extradition while Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger was arrested on the airplane seconds before it was about to take off to the United States with their passports seized that the real truth came out. It turns out that Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen along with Ryan Lochte had the taxi cab pull over at a gas station so that they could use the rest room. Instead of using the rest room, the four men had the Brazilian gas station vandalized before filing a false robbery accusation against criminals who never existed. The four men are now facing criminal charges as well as filing false police reports. Saying that boys will be boys while poor Gabrielle Douglas was merelessly pounded for not having her hand on her heart during the national anthem while getting her medal and not standing at the right time during the competition I kind of hypocritical. Plus, Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen along with Ryan Lochte were acting like Ugly Americans in the host nation of Brazil sends the wrong message about how the United States wants to represent itself. Plus, they need to pay for the damage they have done to the gas station because the gas station may not be able to pay for the damage on it's own. If your going to hold Gabrielle Douglas to a certain kind of standards, then you need to do the same to Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger and Jimmy Feigen along with Ryan Lochte. Just because one was an African-American female while the other four are Caucasian men makes no difference. Human Beings Representing the United States in Brazil are still Human Beings Representing the United States in Brazil.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
Feeling the Olympic spirit
Current Music:
Season Suite: Spring by John Denver
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It's the battle for the Bronze medal for Beach Vollyball in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross of the United States verses Larissa Franca and Talita Antunes of Brazil. The United States lost the first set 17 to 21. The United States won the second set 20 to 17. After a rough beach volleyball game, Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross are having a much better day. Now it's time for the third set. The United States is losing 4 to 3. Now the next volley. Now the United States and Brazil are tied 4 to 4. Now they are tied 5 to 5. Now they are tied 6 to 6. Now the United States leads 11 to 8. Make it the United States leading 12 to 9. The United States won the bronze 15 to 9. Tonight was a good night for beach volleyball for the United States.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
Feeling the Olympic spirit
Current Music:
Season Suite: Fall, Season Suite: Winter and Season Suite: Late Winter, Early Spring (When Everybody Goes To Mexico) by John Denver
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It's important to note that Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is exactly one hour ahead of us. So what I've been saying is already news to the Brazilians for the past hour and nineteen minutes. The Brazilians pulled an upset. Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross of the United States verses Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil went down like this. Brazil won by only two points and plays Germany for the Gold in Women's Beach Volleyball. The United States plays an unknown opponent for the Bronze. I don't know how the Silver is figured out. I guess the Silver is either Brazil or Germany. Which means that if the United States loses the next Women's Beach Volleyball match, that it's down to fourth place for some unlucky soul. Let's hope the United States isn't that unlucky soul.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
Feeling the Olympic Spirit
Current Music:
Season Suite: Summer by John Denver
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The NBC coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games began with track and field, continues with Men's Gymnastics Parallel bars before witching to Women's Gymnastic Floor routine. Now there is an interview between Bob Costas, Simone Biles and Alexandra Raisman. I think there is Women's Beach Vollyball to close out the evening. The 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is fun to view on television. Hold on, track and field again? No. It's just a commercial. Now it's Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross of the United States verses Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil. The Beach Vollyball game has just started and it's looking like it will be a close competition.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
Feeling the Olympic Spirit
Current Music:
I Honestly Love You by Olivia Newton-John
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It's always fascinating to find out what happens to the Olympic Village when the original two week use has been used up. Some of the former Olympic Villages fall into disrepair and you're left to wonder where in all the decay the greatness has occurred. Other times, the Olympic Village is entirely dismantled as if it never existed in the first place. Some Olympic Villages are repurposed for other uses. I can't imagine how an Olympic height high dive could be repurposed for the conventional public. I would imagine that uses for Olympic height high dive pools won't have much uses beyond Olympic caliber training courses. I guess the swimming pool could still be used if the high dive was removed and normal diving board were installed, but now you have all those seats with nobody to fill them with. Come on, how can you tear down the Aquatic Center where Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps won gold medals? Still, it's not my problem and I wish the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil luck in finding new uses for the Olympic Village when the games is done. That's a concern for somebody else to worry about. Still, it's the Olympic and we're still technically just starting the second of the two week sporting competition festival. Let's not put the cart before the horse. Instead, let the games begin. It's time to enjoy the show.
Current Location:
Columbus, Ohio
Current Mood:
Feeling the Olympic Spirit
Current Music:
Summer in the City by the Lovin' Spoonful
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