The Opening Ceremony was awesome - at least until the parade of athletes started - that was pretty damn boring and it took freaking forever - like 2 1/2 hours!!! ack The ceremony started at 8 and ended at 12:30. Thank God freaking McDonald's was still open because I was about to die of starvation. My big mac and fries were soooo good.
Everyone said that this was the most they have ever sweated, yeah I know, gross, but it was like a freaking sauna in there. We were seated in front of these large spot lights which had fans that blew super-hot air directly into our faces, so that didn't help either. Eric Seals from the Detroit Free Press said he drank seven bottles of water in like 6 hours and never had to go to the bathroom. Our bodies do amazing things.
Got there like 4 hours ahead of time. Sat in my seat 3:30 hours ahead of time. In Greece I showed up an hour before the start - now I know why every looked at me with contempt - cause they had already been sitting on their butts for several house!
It's 4 am right now and I just finished - sent, get this, 86 images (!!!) (Geri is building a sequence thingymabobber so I need to send a bunch of pattern-type images), 2 360 panoramas and one short video (bad - as in bad not good) done with an intervalometer of the US team entering the stadium. Took me 3 hours to do all that... I guess that's not too bad. Gotta get up at 7:00-7:30 tomorrow, oh boy!!! Get to see the Great Wall - I hope... cycling is out there but I've heard a couple of different versions of how it will work tomorrow - some said that you had to sign up for some "photo van" other said it doesn't matter... so well see, I'm sure it doesn't matter... Just have to get out there...