Sunday, August 24, 2008
So tomorrow marks the closing ceremony of these Summer Olympics. Well, I know this says I'm posting on "Sunday" but here in the States it's still "Saturday". Although with the time zones, does that mean the closing ceremony is "Monday" for me?

Gah, I'm so bad at all of this time travel.

Anyway, here are two stories about the Olympics that tie to us. First up is the crazily-titled AFP story run in the Khaleej Times:

UAE shaikha kicked in her face in Olympic taekwondo debut

And that's bad ... right?

Sorry, I don't know much about taekwondo.

I do know one thing - the article mislabels Shaikha Maitha as "a member of the Gulf country's ruling royal family".

Technically wouldn't you say that she's "a member of one of the Gulf country's ruling royal families"? Her father is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

(Sorry to do his whole title, but I won't have many more chances to do that here!)

So she's a Maktoum - but they're hardly the only ruling family. You also got the Nahyans, the Nuaimis, the Sharqis, the Qasimis, the other Qasimis and the Mu`allas.

Anyway, she has some great quotes in the whole "it's an honor to be nominated" vein. The South Korean kicker has some nice quotes, too.

Wow. Taekwondo appears to be very civilized. I mean, especially for a sport that literally translates to: "the way of the fist and foot".

Anyway, in other Olympic-related-to-Josh-and-Liz-news, the tiny island nation of Mauritius earned their first Olympic medal ever.

You might remember Mauritius from our honeymoon.

We got back to Dubai from that trip two years ago yesterday.

Well, two years ago yesterday when I'm writing this, which is Friday.

I mean, I'm writing this on Saturday but ... aw, forget it.
posted by Josh at 6:28 AM |