Pamelia got up at 4:30 a.m. for her flight from London back to the U.S., so my Olympic day began early too. Or too early. To give myself a boost (on four hours' sleep), I augmented my morning coffee with a half-hour walk through the sunshine of the Olympic Park. Spectators were pouring in for men's field hockey matches and swimming preliminaries. Children were jumping from colored dot to colored dot on a rubberized surface that covers the ground near the Olympic Stadium. The smell of Cornish pasties (filled meat or vegetable pastries) from a concessions stand wafted through the air. Pop music blared from loudspeakers. Many fans had Union Jacks painted on their cheeks or draped around their shoulders like blankets. Everyone looked happy.
Hope you're all enjoying the Games. So far they're a big success.