2. Watching Michael Phelps break his previous World Record (by 1.41 seconds) and win his first gold medal in the 400m Individual Medley last night was exciting ... and seeing 41 year old Dara Torres, swim the final leg of the 4 by 100m freestyle relay for the US warmed my heart as well. With 10 career Olympic medals to her credit before the start of the Beijing Olympics (won from the age of 17 through 37 between 1984-2004), this mom (with a toddler) is the first swimmer to compete in five consecutive summer Olympics. What an inspiration!
3. Here in Los Angeles, Andy Roddick won his 'semi-final match' at the Countrywide Classic Olympus tennis tournament yesterday and will play the 'final' against Juan Del Potro of Argentina this afternoon. After an excellent start to the 2008 season, Andy's experienced a series of physical issues that caused him to withdraw from several scheduled tournaments. He opted to skip the Olympics this year to concentrate on being healthy for the US Open Series because he believes the fast surface in New York is is best chance to win another 'major' ...
3. I've enjoyed using my newly acquired Photoshop skills to create collages like the one above, one I made and shared this morning with photos of Michael Phelps, and another shared yesterday (with photos of Roddick's quarter-final match against Marc Gicquel) in my Smiley Saturday post ... both at Small Reflections.
4. My sister and her husband have returned to the USA after spending the last couple of months traveling in eastern Canada, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia. They're in Maine currently ... enjoying the sights along the East coast ... savoring delicious Maine lobster, visiting the place where Ben & Jerry's ice cream is made, and this morning they called to let me know they've purchased a new HP Laptop with camera ... so once we both figure out how to use this feature and Skype, we should be able to communicate via our computers in addition to using our cellphones.
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Thought for Today
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Harold Whitman