Time outside the stadium reaps friendly rewards.

Posted: Friday, September 15, 2000

G'day mates,

Hey, if Juan Antonio Samaranch can try to sound Australian, so can I. Hearing him say G'day with his thick Spanish accent was one of the funnier moments of Opening Ceremonies.

There were plenty of other funny moments, inside and outside the Olympic Stadium. I overheard one woman complaining that her friend "don't know didley from squat." I don't need an Australian dictionary to translate that one.

And we didn't wait in lines to buy food, we waited in queues.

Then there were the group of friends from Sydney who did a little artwork on their T-shirts to spell out "welcome" on the front and "to Sydney" on the back. The problem was the "S" person had a backpack over the S and had to keep taking it off so people could take pictures. At least they stayed in order as they walked seven abreast through the crowded Olympic Park.

Starting today I'll be flat out like a lizard drinking (busy), because now all the competition begins. I can't wait.

Til tomorrow,


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