Well, first off; thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes, they were mucho appreciated! Needless to say I had an awesome time on Friday. It was just a small gathering at a friends house, who also bought me a birthday cake and set the place up with balloons, which I wasn’t expecting. Had a quick BBQ and watched some of the Olympics.
I’ll be honest, apart from the Team GB football matches I hadn’t watched any of the Olympics until that day, shocking I know but since then I’ve been hooked and have a feeling of pride for my country. It goes to show that we don’t suck at every sport we partake in.
Friday a friend of mine was trying to find tickets to attend the Olympics on Saturday just gone, hoping to go and see the athletics but he unfortunately left it too late. Plus trying to buy tickets on that website is like getting blood from a stone, imagine 4 tickets being released to be sold and thousands of people trying to buy them all at the same time. We didn’t have a hope in hell.
Then we decided that we’d try and buy something for this coming weekend, if not then just go to London anyway as the atmosphere is going to be electric and maybe just go to Hyde park and watch the events on the big screens.
But my mate never fails to get tickets, he’s the one that always gets us awesome tickets to go and see live bands so I had faith in him, he managed to purchase four tickets for the mens Football (soccer) Gold Medal final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday! I never even contemplated going to London, let alone see an Olympic event until this weekend and I’m finding myself becoming extremely excited.
Sure it’d be great to see Team GB in the final playing for gold but as we proved with the Euro’s and every major tournament before that, we suck at our national sport. My experience with seeing football live is limited to say the least, I’ve been to two Chesterfield FC matches, one at home, one at Blackpool and most recently a Sheffield United match; which I spent sat in our box watching wrestling, sipping champagne and eating chicken.
Football is just a small part of it, I get to see an Olympic event, something I probably won’t get to see again in our lifetime, then soak in the atmosphere in London, the place is going to be PACKED. Plus I’ve never been to Wembley Stadium before, the second largest stadium in Europe, then there’s the night out afterwards.
I so wish I had gotten to see an event this past weekend, Zachary Levi of Chuck fame has been there all week tweeting photo’s, I’d have loved to have met him, I’m currently on a Chuck binge right now so it’d have been the icing on the cake.
I just need to find an appropriate patriotic t-shirt to buy and wear on the day, if you have any suggestions point them my way!
I’m hoping the US manages to get themselves back in the lead of the Medal table, they were doing well but recently let China pass them by. It’s so close though, it can be done. Reading up on the history of the Olympics the United States are the most accomplished country in the Olympics of all time, they’ve won the most medals and usually come in the top 3 every time. Behind the two giant countries of China and the US is little old United Kingdom.
I think taking 3rd place in this instance is just fine and watching Jessica Ennis who lives 15 minutes away from me, getting her Gold medal is a sight to be seen and there’s been a lot of love for her in her home city.
August is going to be so busy for me, after the Olympics, I then have Leeds Festival on the 23rd, then as soon as I come back from that I’ll be going to Scotland to see family and ending that week seeing another cousin get married. Then in September I should hopefully be starting my new job.
Which is good because I’ll no doubt be extremely broke by then.
So many photo’s to be taken!