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1
Before I go any further, I would just like to thank Michael Phelps for being the lean, clean, swimming machine that he is … all sculpted and intense and mantastic and beautiful and meriting a lot of Internet research in my spare time.





2
I officially hate Kenley. How mean to laugh at Daniel while he was being eviscerated by the judges! Whatever you think about his taste, or lack thereof, she didn’t need to kick him when he was down.


3
My baby niece is adorable, and divides her time between eating, sleeping, and studying faces with almost unnerving calm. She tried to tell me things about her land, but I don’t speak New-on-Earth, so her secrets must remain with her. And like all babies, by the time she speaks our language, she will have forgotten the secrets.


4
My toddler nephew is golden and smart and certain. He likes “deez daysa-deeyas” (cheese quesadillas) and “yuv-yee nacks” (lovely snacks). We went to the San Francisco Zoo, just the two of us, and had a terrific time. The “deem enden” (steam engine) was his favorite part of the experience … bubbles came out near the end of the ride. It was Big Righty’s first time in a pair of tennis shoes in three weeks. He did okay, but he was happy to get home and go commando.


5
This is for my land-locked friends.

This was the section of beach outside my window while I visited my sister. They’re renting a beach house for the last few months before they move to South Dakota, which made my visit that much more awesome. I filmed a couple minutes of pure ocean to last me awhile, because who knows when I will get back to Half Moon Bay?

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lisa_schroeder
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Wow, I didn't know you were right on the beach. How awesome! And your golden nephew just sounds soooooooooo cute! :)

What am I doing up past 10:00? Watching Michael Phelps of course!!!
lkmadigan
Aug. 15th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
I got to hear the ocean all day and all night ... which is extra good because I never stepped foot on the sand. Too busy, and Big Righty was a little leery.
literaticat
Aug. 15th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
I don't think she was laughing to be mean, I think she was laughing because she was nervous, and because she is a child.

Also, I think Michael Phelps has monkey-ears.

Also also, did you see that weird graphic where they said he had "the legs of a man 6'0, and the torso of a man 6'8"? WTF does that mean? And how tall is he really?

Edited at 2008-08-15 08:59 am (UTC)
lkmadigan
Aug. 15th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
No, I think she's an evil strategist who deliberately underscored Daniel's comment about impeccable taste by laughing, as if to say, "Isn't he ridiculous? See, I get it. Because I'm so much better than he is."
jenlibrarian
Aug. 15th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
that was really weird. computer graphics-tools gone wrong, like,* way* too much information -- are we going to start looking at people we meet with a little tool that scans them into torso/leg components?
juliakarr
Aug. 15th, 2008 10:32 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you for that bit of ocean! (don't get much more land-locked than Indiana!)
lkmadigan
Aug. 15th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Sigh.

I miss it.


jbknowles
Aug. 15th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
Thanks for the beach!
:-)
lkmadigan
Aug. 15th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
My pleasure.

Will you have time to explore while you're in SF? Half Moon Bay is just 30 miles south.


jenlibrarian
Aug. 15th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
the language of new-on-earth and the importance of lovely snacks --
well, you've hit on some of life's biggies right there!

good luck to Big Righty. It's a tough road back to shoeville.
lkmadigan
Aug. 15th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

:-)
kellyrfineman
Aug. 15th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Your reference to your niece reminds me of Wordsworth's Ode (Intimations of Immortality) where the newborn child comes "streaming clouds of glory". I posted that part of it once upon a time.
lkmadigan
Aug. 16th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Why, yes.

That was exactly my intent.


robinellen
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
That ocean vid actually brought tears to my eyes -- thank you! :)
lkmadigan
Aug. 16th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Aw. You're welcome.

Someone else emailed me to tell me it made her get teary.
sarahmaclean
Aug. 15th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
did you see the little piece they did on michael phelps' body? he's got a wingspan 3 inches longer than his body, the legs of a 6 foot man, the torso of a 6-8 man, and hands and feet that are bigger than normal. oh, and, his heart pumps 2x as much blood as a normal person?

he and his genes are going to take over the world.

not that i won't go willingly...
lkmadigan
Aug. 16th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Getting excited for tonight's swimming!!
neeshadm
Aug. 15th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
That is an AWESOME picture of Phelps. Thanks for that ;).
lkmadigan
Aug. 16th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
My pleasure!! Not much longer to wait for tonight's swimming!
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