I am supposed to be working....like sending people, including the US Navy, bills for work we already did.......but we take our inspirations where we find them.
Dara Torres is 41. This would be her seventh Olympics, if she hadn't taken off a couple to have kids and all that mundane stuff. She missed '96 and 2004. Once to have the horrible ugly child pictured above.
Just now she was in a semi-final qualifying race for the gold medal race tomorrow.
At the start of the race a few minutes ago, she stopped the entire procedure being watched by a couple of billion humans. It seems that the Swedish swimmer's thousand dollar skin tight swim suit had ripped.
Ignoring the many ignoble thoughts that might spring to male minds about the Swedish swimmer's swimsuit (say THAT three times real fast!) ripping.....
Our Dara instituted a mini-rebellion. You could read her lips: "None of us are swimming without her."
So....at a quarter million dollars for each 15 second section of time on NBC.....and at who knows what cost to her own carefully prepared pre-race mental state......our Dara got in the face of the race official and delayed the start of her race until the Swedish girl could get into a new suit.
Stop it, boys! I mean it........
Swede mounts the block (stop it, dammit!) along with the other eight women.
Bang....off we go.
Dara wins. Swede finishes sixth....out of the running, but swimsuit intact (dammit!).
The sixteen year old in the lane next to Dara (conceived during Dara's third Olympics) finished second.
When asked about her pre-race actions, Dara said: "Well, first and foremost.....we are all friends. We take care of each other. Then we compete....but we are still friends."
Memo to God:
Next time around, can your religions have the women be in charge?
Oh.....and Dara Torres is competing tomorrow for her 11th medal....and her first individual medal. How come all I here is Michael Phelps?
Oh......by the way. A Romanian gymnast.....a woman......retired in the mid sixties with 16 gold medals, accrued over several Olympics. I ran across this item the other day, and now I can no longer find it.
Thank God this is not real journalism......
But just remember in all the Michael Phelps hype that even after his eight, if he gets them.....he will only have 14 medals.
His Romanian grandmother still kicks his ass.
And Dara is just three behind........