Just watched the Olympics opening ceremony at Hong’s neighbor’s house, and got two words to describe it. Freaking awesome. The compliment goes to the performances, the spirit, and the neighbor’s gigantic HDTV.
It was truly fantastic. Not sure whether the powerful choreography, the flashy technology, or the enormous budget was more impressive, but I was amazed by the huge number of performers involved. At first I thought they just went on the Tiananmen Square, grabbed a few thousand volunteers and trained them for a couple of weeks. But when the martial arts group did 2008 synchronized flying twist kicks, I realized that these weren’t just random average people… but then again, it’s China, aren’t we all kung fu masters? 😉
Those on the luckier side of Earth got to watch it on TV real time. The rest of us watched the “replay” 12 hours later. Everyone that I knew had religiously watched the whole thing and engaged themselves in the passion. I had never cared about any of the Olympics games; but now I’m a fan.