The Beijing Games aren’t your run-of-the-mill Summer Olympics. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the excitement of the Games. I love the opening ceremonies, the stories, the underdogs… but watching this year will be different. So much has been said about China’s record on human rights, and whether the country should even be hosting the games. There are calls for athletes to speak out, calls for them to stay quiet, even some calls for a boycott.
There is no easy answer. The Olympic Games are supposed to transcend the political turmoil of this world. They are supposed to unite us. They are supposed to give us hope. They are supposed to give thousands of athletes who have given their lives for this moment, a chance to bask in the glory of their success.
But there will be none of that for the Iraqi Olympic team, and no rallying for their countrymen who could have used the distraction. Today, The International Olympic Committee banned Iraq from the Games because of the government’s political interference in sports. This wasn’t the ban most people expected.
Ahhh… airline miles. They sound like such a great perk! Until a few years ago, they generally were. For a long time, redeeming my miles was painless – even pleasant! But lately, it almost seems like a better deal to buy a ticket rather than trying to make sense of the rules, restrictions and fees. But not everyone’s going down without a fight.
I have never been the most coordinated girl… and while I wasn’t always picked last in gym class, I was never picked first for a team. I didn’t have a lot to offer, but I still have found memories of (most) gym classes and of recess. I’m not alone. If boot camp isn’t your style, how about some old school PE to get the blood flowing? Before you grab that dodge ball, a warning: chances are, you’re not in the same shape you were in 4th grade, so you may want to ease into this workout.
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