Saturday, April 14, 2007

Oh come on

Chicago beat Los Angeles for the US 2016 Olympic bid??? Are you frakking kidding me???

Don't get me wrong -- I love Chicago. I loved living there, I love the city, I love visiting whenever I get the chance. But it's a terrible choice for the summer Olympics. Especially when Los Angeles was in the running.

Seriously, people. Such a bad decision. Chicago is miserable and muggy and gross and disgusting in the summer. I remember how horrible it was just walking a block to the grocery store -- the humidity would bloat me so much I could barely fit into my clothes some days. It was so humid and miserable on my graduation day it nearly killed me.

They actually think athletes are going to perform at the top of their game in that kind of weather? Come on. Those people will melt in the sun. It will be the most boring Olympics ever. Here in Los Angeles, we have those awesome Santa Ana winds to cool you off, not to mention our dry, deserty lack of moisture. A much better choice for summer Olympics.

Sorry, Chicago. You're right in so many other ways, but you and the Olympics were not meant to be together.



At April 14, 2007 at 7:38 PM, Blogger heartinsanfrancisco said...

Los Angeles si, Chicago, no.

Hell, no, we won't go.

That's insane. Anywhere in the Midwest is insane for a summertime athletic event.

At April 14, 2007 at 11:45 PM, Blogger Bianca Reagan said...

I really liked your comment about the Duke rape case on Feministing on Thursday. I linked to it on my blog ( It should be up in a moment

At April 15, 2007 at 12:32 AM, Blogger Gino said...

i'm not sure, but i think most places in the world are closer weatherwise to chicago in the summertime than los angeles.

atlanta gets very muggy, and buggie, and things seemed to go ok.

i'm suprised LA didnt get the bid, but am happy chicago did. i dont much like LA, and chicago is sooo heritage for me.

At April 15, 2007 at 1:29 AM, Blogger Roonie said...

I'm in total agreement with you. Especially since they're going to have to practically construct a brand new city in order for them to host it. What a waste of resources and advantageous weather.

At April 15, 2007 at 8:17 PM, Blogger DarthImmortal said...

They probably made their decision based on the city which gave them the most money and not the weather. I agree with you.

At April 16, 2007 at 11:38 AM, Blogger Gino said...

LF: have you checked yer email?

At April 17, 2007 at 7:47 PM, Anonymous prairielily said...

LA isn't humid? I would have thought that it was, because it's near the coast. Interesting.

I read your post on your graduation, and when I got to the part about bagpipes being related to money, I giggled. My very public, not wealthy at all high school had a Scottish theme going on (named after a Scottish man) and we had bagpipes at EVERY assembly.

At April 17, 2007 at 10:54 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

heart, precisely.

bianca, thanks for the visit!

gino, not sure about most places in the world. I'll take your word for it for now. Again, I love Chicago as a city. But come on. As much as there may be to complain about LA -- there's simply no argument that our weather is better than Chicago. I mean, surely you must agree with that statement.

I've checked my mail -- been CRAZY busy lately but I'll try to write back soon.

roonie, SERIOUSLY. On the plus side, my aunt and uncle could probably rent out their house for a small fortune while the thing's going on. If they wanted to. Go them!

darth, do the cities pay to host the Olympics? I have no idea how these things work. I just think it's a stupid decision.

prairie, nope, not humid. I mean, humid compared to Colorado, okay. But Colorado is a desert. Humid compared to pretty much anywhere in the midwest? No WAY.

As to the bagpipes, too funny! I guess in my mind I associate them with sophistication and the Mother Country and stuff like that. It just feels expensive to me. But who knows, I could be wrong :)

Tangentially related to the post: our across-the-street neighbor used to work for one of the Olympic Committees (I think the USOC; MAYBE IOC but I think USOC) and got implicated in some kind of scandal like, I dunno, ten years ago. Wish I could remember what it was about. Anyway, it was funny to live across the street from a (for a short time) minor celebrity criminal-type person.

At April 18, 2007 at 12:53 AM, Blogger Gino said...

i think that scandel involved bidding for the salt lake games.
something like... the salt lake usoc provided parties, and girls, for the members of the ioc who decided what city got awarded the games.

basically, this is largely how the games are awarded.

and explains why chitown got the games: when it comes to bribery and graft, who can beat chicago?

At May 8, 2007 at 11:24 AM, Anonymous roonie said...

Couldn't agree with you more. They're going to waste a lot of existing resources in Los Angeles by building them all in Chicago. Now how's THAT for the economy?

At May 8, 2007 at 11:25 AM, Anonymous roonie said...

Oops, I didn't realize I had already commented. Now I have gone ahead and compounded the problem. HA!


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