Friday, July 27, 2012

SmartGirl Blogs the Opening Ceremony

In addition to whatever comments Eric or others may wish to add, Smart Girl will be blogging on NBC's coverage of the Opening Ceremony for the London Olympics. Here she is:

Hi everybody! I'm just sitting here, waiting for the Olympic coverage to start. I'll be sharing my thoughts on everything in the Opening Ceremonies. Right now I'm watching the opening montage, in which Number 1 Son says that Britain is apparently claiming credit for every single great event in human history. Also, I'm confused as to why a giant ship just went down the river.

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  1. The Red Arrows, sort of like the Blue Angels but British, just flew by. I've got to say, they looked awesome.

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  2. We're listening to children all over Britain sing their respective rugby hymns. Then a man in a Victorian suit comes out and tells us that "the island is full of noises." Lovely.

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  3. Now there are drummers who have made a tree rise up and people come out of it. We're not sure if the Victorians pouring out of the tree are good or bad. The Victorians are now making everything steampunk, which shows they can't be all bad.

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  4. The Victorians are forging the ring, which Go Heath thinks is where the Olympics are being held. I have to say, this is pretty awesome, seeing as the rings are floating in the air and raining fire.

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  5. Now we have transitioned to a James Bond movie. Joy. Bond is taking the Queen to the Olympics because apparently her normal bodyguards aren't good enough. Also the statue of Winston Churchill is now alive.

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  6. James Bond and the Queen (who isn't really the Queen) just parachuted into the stadium. Wow. Didn't expect that.

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  7. We're watching kids who are supposed to be sick dancing with all their doctors and nurses.

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  8. J.K. Rowling just read some of Peter Pan to us and then all sorts of nasties showed up. So of course to get rid of them, we get an army of Mary Poppinses.

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    1. LOVE the army of Mary Poppinses (and nice job on the plural, Smart Girl). I saw that movie for the first time just three or four years ago. Five stars, highly recommended!

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  9. We end off that section with putting a giant, creepy baby to bed.

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  10. Rowan Atkinson just played in the main music from "Chariots of Fire." Now after the children's nightmare, we have a parent's nightmare. In which they show the Cosby Show. Which is NOT British.
    I have just realized that they may play music by One Direction. My current LEAST favorite band. No offense to anyone who likes them.

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  11. We got a peek of the Americans from the Parade of Nations. I'll comment on their outfits later, but the Parade is starting soon, so I'll comment on everybody's outfits then.

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  12. The Greeks are wearing a blazer shirt combo, very nice.
    Algeria going with the track and field look.
    American Samoa, which I didn't know was a country, doing a brown floral outfit.

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  13. Aruba reminding me of an American looking outfit.
    Australia looking classy in their colors of green and gold.
    Belgium rocking the red vest. Very snazzy.

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  14. Bolivia in a simple outfit of brown pants, navy blazers and gold ties.
    Brazil not looking fantastic in green and yellow pants or miniskirts, the first we've seen.
    Cameroon looking interesting in large brightly colored robes.

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  15. This goes back about 15 years before your time, Smart Girl, so I'll go ahead and report for you that "West End Girls" by the Pet Shop Boys is playing in the stadium. I'm sure your parents danced to this at some Vanderbilt sock hop.

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  16. The Chile flag bearer looking pretty sweet in a long skirt and black hat.
    Cuba wearing yellow jackets and ties.
    The Czech Republic wearing rain boots and brought umbrellas. I guess they heard about the worrying weather.

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  17. Hip, hip, hooray for the Olympics!

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  18. Denmark doing red and navy for the women and grey and white for the men.
    Egypt following the trend where the men have fabulous jackets and ties and the girls have to wear a tank top underneath the blazer.
    Fiji's flag bearer going with the bare chest and grass skirt look.

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  19. Georgia's women wearing a lovely minidresses.
    Germany looking good in pastels and sweet hats.
    Hong Kong sporting white jackets and straw hats.

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  20. Finland's athletes all seemed to be excited to come out to "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees. Indeed, the song was a huge hit in Finland, reaching No. 2, higher than even in the UK.

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  21. The "Independent Olympic Athletes" going nuts.
    Kudos to India for going with the saris. Thumbs up.
    Ireland going green this year! (Hee hee hee.)

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    1. The Independent Olympic Athletes were awesome.

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  22. OH, MY LORD! The Japanese flagbearer is ASIAN SMART MOM!!!

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    1. Smart Girl, you've got to just blow up over this.

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  23. The Israel flag bearer was doing it one handed, and the women got nice polos instead of tank tops.
    Italy looking very chic, not surprisingly.
    Jamaica's flag bearer is some guy named Usain Bolt. Wonder who he is.

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  24. Did you see the Japanese flag-bearer?!?

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  25. Jordan looking gorgeous in black dresses with beautiful embroidery.
    I've just been told to inform y'all that there are girls wearing dresses with faces all over them, and that there are girls wearing Greek style dresses.
    Liechtenstein was wearing jeans. That's right, jeans. As in denim. In the Parade of Nations.
    Malta wearing wonderful outfits and just thought I'd mention they all sound like James Bond villains.

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  26. This just in ... the "Marshall" Islands haven't anything to do with the Marshall Plan.

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  27. The Netherlands sporting orange and blue trenchcoats with tulips. More subtle than Czech Republic.
    New Zealand in black and one lucky guy (the flag bearer) got to wear a feathered cape.
    Portugal reminding us that they are Portugal and they are a country. Thanks for that tip.

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  28. Rwanda wearing white leopard print, pretty awesome.
    San Marino looks like they're "going to a restaurant." Thanks Go Heath.
    Singapore looking good with the scarves and ties.
    Slovakia has feathers in their hats. I wonder what they did.

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    1. Was it Slovenia in the gray jackets and sky-blue shirts? Whoever it was, they looked fantastic.

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  29. South Africa trying to be more flag-crazy than the U.S. How rude.
    One of the Spaniards was wearing a pink wig. Also the girls have shiny skirts.
    Go Heath and Smart Mom have informed me that Irish and Australian music have been played and they think this shouldn't count.
    Sweden wore rugby shirts in yellow and blue.

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  30. Togo is still in the 70's. Lovely.
    Trinidad and Tobago looking great for guys and girls. Amazing because their flag-dresses look like normal dresses.
    Turkministan has adorable little hats.

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  31. Smart Mom says "UKRAINE NOT WEAK!"

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  32. America looks AWESOME!!!!!!!! Also, we have a fencer carrying our flag!! The only problem with our outfits is the berets. Why can't we have cowboy hats?!?! Well, i guess they just didn't want to overuse them. I say, "WHO CARES?!?!" Smart Mom and Go Heath want fedoras. I'm okay with that too.

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    1. The berets are a disaster. Whoopwhoop for Anthony Davis, however!

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    2. Go Heath says the berets look good on the women. He also pointed out Anthony Davis.

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  33. Britain doing it one-handed. No.1 Son complaining that it's too casual. I think it's a little silly, personally.

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    1. By "doing it one-handed" I meant carrying the flag one-handed. Sorry if you were confused.

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    2. Also No. 1 Son said the outfit was too casual, not the flag.

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  34. Let's be glad they released paper and not doves.

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  35. I spoke too soon. They've released "doves of peace" a phrase which here means people on bikes with wings attached to them.
    Now one of them is doing E.T.

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  36. What everyone is looking for at the end of a four-hour stage show and parade are a couple of speeches.

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  37. The Olympic Torch is going to be lit, but first, a commercial break.

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  38. Seven kids. I'm not kidding. They let seven 16-19 year olds light the Olympic Cauldron. That is probably the biggest event of their lives. I am shocked.

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  39. Paul McCartney ends the Opening Ceremony. Unless they ring the bell again. Speaking of which, does the bell thing remind anyone else of "1776?"

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  40. Maybe Paul McCartney will play "Jet" after this.

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  41. That was fun, Smart Girl. Thanks for doing it.

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  42. I'm really excited about the Olympics this year, I hope you guys are too.
    This is Smart Girl signing off.

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