Athens, days 11, 12 & 13: What day is it?

Somewhere along the line I stopped keeping track of the date and time The only reason I still wear my watch is to cover up the insane watch tan on my wrist. Also, there’s no way I could ever cheat on my wife by hiding my wedding ring, as I think you can see my ringContinue reading “Athens, days 11, 12 & 13: What day is it?”

Athens, Day 8: Ventured to another venue: Hellinikon

Today’s “General Protest” has public transportation closed throughout the city. The Metro (subway) did remain open for the sake of the Games, but they were extremely busy as they covered the lack of buses running through the streets. Thankfully, taxis were still running (and making major money in doing so). Even more thankfully, the SpecialContinue reading “Athens, Day 8: Ventured to another venue: Hellinikon”

Athens, Day 7: what is the Greek tradition for birthday?

I’m not sure, but mine was spent touring some of the sport venues at OAKA (site of athletics, aquatics, basketball, tennis, powerlifting and volleyball). It was another fun day where I had the opportunity to see our athletes in action. There’s something really cool about watching the 800M race (athletics), with each of the eight lanes filledContinue reading “Athens, Day 7: what is the Greek tradition for birthday?”

Athens, Day 6: The newbie sat in the wrong chair!

It’s pretty crazy when I realize that I’ve been here for a week. It’s even crazier when I realize that I have another week to go. The world of Special Olympics centers upon the “hurry up and wait” lifestyle. There are days that fly by, and days that drag on and on. And within each of thoseContinue reading “Athens, Day 6: The newbie sat in the wrong chair!”

Days 4 & 5: Whirlwind and getting out more

I didn’t post last night because, well, I was too tired. By the time I got back, up to my room, it was well into the early hours of the morning, and I had an early wake up call time. Day 4 (Friday): Stuck in Games HQ all day. Nothing too exciting to report (or,Continue reading “Days 4 & 5: Whirlwind and getting out more”

Athens, Day 3: The first day of the rest of our time in Greece

I’m not entirely sure how long, or interesting, this post is going to be. Why? Well, 1) it’s been a long day and it’s really late right now, and 2) it was fairly uneventful. We spent eleven hours in our Games Headquarters room (pictures of our room are above), troubleshooting GMS v6.0 bugs and familiarizing ourselvesContinue reading “Athens, Day 3: The first day of the rest of our time in Greece”

Athens, Day 2: All about the Acropolis

First, I am sorry that I don’t have my “big camera” (dSLR) with me, but I am extremely happy that I’m not carrying all that equipment around. It’s hot here, and with each step, anything you carry gains another pound. So, traveling light (which I love to do in the first place) is key inContinue reading “Athens, Day 2: All about the Acropolis”

Athens, Day 1: Waiting for the rest of the committee to arrive

Today, the other eleven members of our GMS GOC committee arrived (there are thirteen of us). While I know two of them already, this is my first time meeting the others. I am the new guy on this committee, but I already feel like I’ve been working with all of them for years. They areContinue reading “Athens, Day 1: Waiting for the rest of the committee to arrive”

Athens, Day 0 (Travel day)

Traveling to Europe always confuses me (he writes, as if traveling to Europe was a common occurrence for him. This trip makes for a total of… two times). My mind and body have no idea what time it is, though the watch and the clock on my mobile phone scream “It’s 20:13, 20/7/2011!” I’m ten hours intoContinue reading “Athens, Day 0 (Travel day)”

Athens, T-minus 1 (day)

I’m sitting in a hotel room, near LAX, waiting for my early morning flight. I’m anxious. Nervous. Excited.  From 6/25 thru 7/4, the 2011 Special Olympics World Games are taking place in Athens, Greece. This is the world stage; it’s much bigger than the Summer Games we (in Southern California) put on at Cal StateContinue reading “Athens, T-minus 1 (day)”