National Obsession...And it is a Marathon!

Last week I wrote about the Olympics and the way it brings our family--and our nation--together ( 

It has been 9 days since we watched that amazing opening ceremony. So much has happened: we learned that the little girl singing in the ceremony was not actually the little girl singing, Michael Phelps has proven himself to be the most elite of elite athletes, Dara Torres has given the 'over 40' crowd a little extra inspiration and countless athletes have proven that all of their hard work was worth it! We celebrate them all...but I am exhausted!

I am not a late night person and I have not gotten to bed before 11:30 pm since this started and I have still missed some of the great moments.  Last night we were at a wonderful dinner party. At 10:18 we all got up from the table and left the deck to go in and watch Michael Phelps swim ...and then we kept watching (I confess to watching the tv through the window when Dara Torres was swimming for her silver medal).

I bring this up because I would really love to go to bed early tonight  with a good book, or even catch up on some of my television shows. But I cannot.  We are all in this marathon together and we must cheer for the team!


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Comment balloon 8 commentsHolly Weatherwax • August 17 2008 05:35PM


I was watching Michael and Dara swim with my mother, over the phone!  She's in Michigan and I'm in Illinois.  It's addictive but there's just something about it!

Posted by Barb Van Stensel about 10 years ago

I agree, I am exhausted because I don't want to miss anything spectacular.  I was disappointed for Dara Torres that she just barely lost her race but I am tremendously impressed by her.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 10 years ago

This is TOO funny!  I am cruisin' around on AR tonight because!  I'm dying here!  And I blame the Olympics..LOL...more women's gymnastics tonight but I really, really, really want to get back to the book I started reading before this madness began.  But I know tonight will end like every other night...after 1:00 a.m., with me too keyed up to think about sleeping...arrrgghh!  I'm glad to know I am not alone.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) about 10 years ago

Holly -

I think what Phelps has done is absolutely incredible - but I, as well, are on Olympics Overload.  Can't get any sleep due to the time change, looking for live coverage.

(It still amazes me that any civilized country on the planet can get by without 162 games of baseball each year, though!)

We also watch for local faves - Christina Loukas, for example, on the high dive, and others.

BTW - when you get tired of watching the Olympics, check out our other national obsession - The Chicago Cubs!

If anyone knows a great place where I can buy Mylanta by the bucketful, let me know!


Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) about 10 years ago

I have to say I have had fun watching some of the events, but what is really funny is how many people are getting excited about sports that at any other time couldn't fill a dining room table with fans... like handball. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 10 years ago

Holly, I am going to bed early tonight!  It's been hard to turn off the TV this week!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago

I am glad I a not the only one!  We did not watch (too much) of the Olympics on Sunday and it was a bit of a relief.  Last night, it was back on, however. My whole family is now regularly going to bed at 11:30. I need it to stop...I walk around like I am in a daze. Today I am particularly exhausted, although we are getting in to the homestretch.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) about 10 years ago

 I couldn't do it.  Thank goodness for DVR!!  Those nights were too late for me.  I just couldn't hang but didn't want to miss my favorite events either.


Posted by Renae Bolton, I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA! (Marketing 4 Realtors) about 10 years ago

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