Friday, August 22, 2008


This is a kind of art.

I know I'm a little late. But I've mentioned the Chinese in two separate posts already, thought I should balance it out a little. It kinda goes without saying that I was actually rooting for Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson, and I'm glad they won what they did. Nastia is probably the most graceful gymnast I've ever seen. And she's got a great name. In 20 years we'll all still be talking about Nastia just because it's fun to say "Nastia".

I'm gonna miss the Olympics when they're done this weekend - it's the one time every four years when I actually want to watch stuff like gymnastics and softball and badminton. I had tons of fun watching the team table tennis finals. I never knew there was such a thing as "team table tennis". This event needs to be on in prime time!

A few more of the (ahem) athletes I've enjoyed watching:

Sylwia Gruchala - Polish fencer and spokesmodel for K-Swiss.

Alicia Sacramone - yeah, I know, she didn't do too well. Give her a break.

Caitlin Lowe - she actually looks even cuter in her oversized batting helmet.

Too bad her team only won silver after dominating the rest of the field for the last 8 years.

The beach volleyball cheerleaders.

I was gonna try to make this a little more gender-neutral by asking my wife for some guys she liked, but the only one she could come up with was some Bulgarian gymnast whose name neither of us knew. Oh well. Feel free to suggest!

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This is increasingly not a blog about Alphabet City, New York. I used to live in the East Village and work on Avenue B, but I no longer do. Why don't I change the name if I'm writing about Japan and video games and guitars? Because New Yorkers are well-rounded people with varied interests, and mine have gone increasingly off the rails over the years. And I don't feel like changing the name. I do still write about New York City sometimes.


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