August 2016

Seen today

A man riding a horse down the sidewalk next to La Cañada this morning.  (Note: the tilde does not show on the street sign or maps, so the voice for google maps, not knowing it’s a Spanish word, pronounces it like the country to our north.)  Just now (4:40), two coyotes trotting down the road that rings my subdivision.

Rio Olympics

katie-ledecky-swimmingAren’t the Olympics great?  Something to hear about on the news other than the Election!  Here’s just USA golds, so far…

Swimmers: Michael Phelps with his four gold metals, Katie Ledecky with three golds and a silver (great article on her in the Sunday NY Times Magazine two weeks ago, before the Olympics had even started1– check out this photo of her – she’s been compared to SecretariatSecretariat), Ryan Murphy (Backstroke) with two golds, and Simone Manuel (Freestyle) and Lilly King (Breaststroke) with a gold each.  Plus Michael Phelps, Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian with two golds in Freestyle Relay and Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith, Maya DiRado and Katie Ledecky with one gold for Freestyle Relay.

Simone BilesThen there’s our Women’s Gymnastics team (Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman) with its all-around gold and Simone Biles (who the Times calls perhaps the best female gymnast in history – her vault was awesome to watch) with two golds. (Photographs by Jeremy White; composite image by Sergio Peçanha and Jon Huang, seen in the NY Times.)

The U.S. men's and women's basketball teams will reportedly stay on the Silver Cloud cruise ship rather than the Athletes' Village during the Olympic Games that start in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. The cruise ship is shown here on Monday at Rio's Maua PierContinue with Kayla Harrison (Judo), Kristin Armstrong (Cycling) and Virginia Thrasher (Air Rifle) with one gold each.  Let’s hear it for the women of the USA!

Will Team USA, the men’s and women’s basketball teams (housed on a cruise ship!) earn their golds?  Keep watching…

1http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/31/magazine/rio-olympics-issue.html#/katie-ledecky-olympics-rio-the-phenom

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