"At the 1980 Olympics, Brezhnev begins his speech: "O!"-applause. "O!"-more applause. "O!"-yet more applause. "O!"-an ovation. "O!!!"-the whole audience stands up and applauds. An aide comes running to the podium and whispers, "Leonid Ilyich, those are the Olympic logo rings, you don't need to read them!"
- from terrorist threats (there will be 100,000 security personnel) to
- the estimated cost up to $67 billion (which could build 45 Burj Khalifas, the tallest skyscraper in the world--the recent London Summer Olympics had a bill of $14.5 billion) to
- human--and more specifically, gay--rights to
- an unfinished Olympic village (Can you believe a sign that says DON'T flush the toilet paper?), and
- even stray dogs.
There will be 650 hours of HD, culminating with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, February 23, the day, also, of the Men's gold medal ice hockey match. For most, this all begins tomorrow with the Opening Ceremonies. Synchronize your watches, for when it is 3PM in Sochi, it is 8PM in Tokyo, 6AM in New York City and 1AM in Honolulu. NBC will save viewers the trouble of channel jumping during the wee small hours through their evening summary.
Tomorrow: what to watch on TV, a few more Russian jokes, an expose about stray dogs and an inside story about the three Sochi mascots (How many remember Wenlock and Mandeville from London?).