Saturday, August 23, 2008

Wrap up




well, a couple of nights off and we are getting ready to come home. We finished the Games with another typhoon! Bigger than the first one! Level 9, with wind up to 90mph and heavy rain...we were secluded in the hotel for a day and night,,,,,and the poor people who were supposed to go home on Friday, had to wait a full day, depending on where they were headed. Most of them got out today (Sat) and I will be coming home on Monday, after one more day of sightseeing..I booked a few extra days, in case we couldn't do anything during the competition. Turns out we were able to do a lot during the days, since we worked at night. I am off for my final day (Sun) to see the Buddah on Lantau island...appropriate for a Sunday, I would think. The whole area is cleaning up after the storm..trees down, power lines too, and lots of debris everywhere. The poor people who went to the airport on Friday morning, had to stay there after the typhoon hit, because all public transportation shut down....they take these things very seriously, as they should, and do not come out. Luckily, at the stables, the horses are all tucked up inside safe and sound, and things were A-OK for them. Some horses got out on the early am flights, but many did not even go to the airport once the flights were shut down. Even the incoming flights were cancelled...imagine that mess. When I came over we had to wait 4 hrs to take off, since the storm was arriving in HK when we were in the air....it is just like shutting down O'Hare, or Dulles, or Denver, during a winter storm....the whole world is affected!

I will be sending a final blog probably when I get home, so look for it in the next few days.. My Olympic announcing debut was a great success, I am very proud to have done a great job, had a lot of fun, and even made an appearance or two on world wide television. Yeah home team!! I hope I get the chance again, and many of the new friends hope so too. Dear Great Britain...experienced USA Olympic announcer would love to come over and help out.....

See you back Stateside.....Brian

4 Comments:

At Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 6:16:00 PM EDT , Blogger fran said...

Gosh I hope the english contigent in Hong Kong recognised your expertise and are longing to have you over here. they wouldn't even have to pay for a hotel, any number of people would accommodate you. Lets hope..........
Life is not going to be the same without the daily (or actually nightly) read of what Brian has to say today. Erudite, entertaining, informed and most of all letting us feel the atmosphere of the Olympics. You will be sorely missed. Can't wait for next July to see all the pics and hear the unprintable bits. Thank you so much.

 
At Saturday, August 23, 2008 at 10:24:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it on to NEDA Fall now? See you there...

 
At Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:08:00 AM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian:
So enjoyed your inside look at the Olympics! I hope you keep blogging wherever you are in the horse world.

 
At Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 11:12:00 AM EDT , Blogger Flowerpetal said...

Best Olympic blog -- and kept up- to-date as well. Please keep writing. (and how about another season of "Inside Eventing."??

 

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