Everyone Is Getting Into The Olympics

It seems that everyone is getting into the Olympic spirit and acting out their favorite sport. Wrestling is an obvious favorite for canine couch potatoes given such moves as “Keep You Heel to Your Butt” and “Backdoor” manuevers.

We are still in Chicago and enjoying my home city. We went to the Sears Tower yesterday and stood on the clear observation ledge 103 stories above Wacker Drive.

We also did our traditional trip to Ed Debevics for burgers and milk shakes.

We made it back to watch the wonderful win of our women in gymnastics and of course Phelps’ historic races. Very cool.

By the way, I have to join the large number of Londoners who intensely dislike the ArcelorMittal Orbit. The 377 ft sculpture and observation tower by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond will be a permanent addition to London and I don’t view it as a particularly good addition. What do you think?

24 thoughts on “Everyone Is Getting Into The Olympics”

  1. Nick,
    Not surprised. That friend is still with them.
    I don’t think there is enough bran in the world to get that thing moving!

  2. David & Gene,

    As the great detective said, “Alimentary, my dear Watson.”

  3. I see a symbol reeking or leaking the spirit of standing strong in foul times.
    It is a testament to “INTESTINAL FORTITUDE”

    Surely you can plainly see the fort that the large intestine is wrapped around.

  4. Onlooker from Troy 1, August 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

    That’s an ugly monstrosity. Looks like a tower being strangled by some weird snake/worm. Yuck
    That is the burden of art … to show people what they need to see.

    They do not see it because their amygdala intervenes and sends out a dopamine stream that has painted over the hurtful extremes, presenting instead a “nothing to see here” novel to replace the non-fiction.

    Like I once said “It isn’t art if everyone likes it”.

  5. E. Nowak, are you saying the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the Eiffel tower, Taj Mahal and the Statue of Liberty are “…a paean to authoritarianism and conformity…?” Then there is the Sydney Opera House and another London landmark, Big Ben.

    I will take the grace and swoop of the mathematical elegance of a catenary curve to chaos any day.

  6. Hey, I’d rather look at the ugly results of individualism and free expression, than look at a paean to authoritarianism and conformity, like China’s beautiful and elegant bird-nest Olympic stadium. A stadium, by the way, that was designed by Ai Weiwei, who the Chinese government is now persecuting because he has the temerity to demand that he be allowed to express himself freely.

  7. I assume from the name, that it is a comment on Romney’s steadfast adherence to his principles.

  8. That’s an ugly monstrosity. Looks like a tower being strangled by some weird snake/worm. Yuck

  9. rafflaw, “Small world, but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it” [Steven Wright]. I worked for them during that time period. They would have worked you to the bone. I’m sure your friend can tell you stories. My fellow investigator and I shared an office and you won’t be shocked to learn it didn’t have a window.

  10. nick,
    I interviewed with Clausen Miller in 1982 or 83 and I have a friend who is a partner with them. I remember those offices. Great view.
    Professor, Welcome home.

  11. Maybe it will grow on us. If it doesn’t, we can take comfort in the knowledge that claims of “permanence” by politicians are usually temporary.

  12. I worked as an in-house investigator for Clausen Miller when they were on the 54th and 55th floor of the Sears Tower back in the 80’s. Cheap tourists would ride the office elevators for free and just get off and look out a window. I’m heartened to see you paid the tab for the top floor!

  13. Send that tower of babel back to India and keep the dogs out of the same story.

  14. When looking at that “sculpture” by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, I am reminded of the story published here some time back about the spiders on acid, caffeine and the like. The artists should have taken a step back until they sobered up, and the committee that approved it need to take a long vacation at the rest home for the blind.

    By comparison, take a look at the Eiffel Tower, St. Louis Arch, Seattle Space Needle and Toronto’s CN tower, to name just a few. Graceful, elegant and pleasing to the eye.

    They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This beholder feels like washing his eyes out with bleach after having a picture of that monstrosity thrust on them unexpectedly before I had a chance to finish my first cup of coffee.

  15. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder….. But that is the ugliest sculpture I think I’ve ever seen….. Good doggys……

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