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July 30, 2021


As if to be second or third best in your field In The World makes you some kinda also-ran.

For many small countries far from the center of power and influence a silver or bronze medal in the Olympics makes one of their competitors a national hero.

She's right. But I'd go even further. Just to be in the Olympics is worthy of high recognition.

I totally agree with Ms. King and hate the idea of "going for gold" and "settling for silver" as if the latter were a consolation prize. Another thing the announcers can do to improve their presentation is to shut up -- to allow some silence rather than talking all the time. Also, to honor the athletes who finished two seconds slower than the top three.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
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