I have to give the Olympics some props.
After two consecutive yawners in Sydney and Athens, I was ready to write the Olympic games off. To me, it had become overly self-important and it's social relevance had taken a slip-and-slide-style nose dive. Forgive me, but it's just hard to get jacked up for a Tae Kwon Doe match. The fact that the stars and stripes swept the sabre fighting event? Next. Synchronized diving? What, there was no thumb wrestling tournament to televise? The Scrabble World Championships get the cold shoulder while rhythmic gymnastics takes center stage? The only shining light at the end of the games was that baseball pennat races and football would be coming up next. Oh, and that NBC might televise some more episodes of The Office instead of giving me highlights and results that I was already aware of thanks to the internet.
That being said, I have to show love to Beijing. I told myself, along with everybody I told that I was an Olympics detractor, to give the Olympics another shot. "You have to love swimming!" Why? Swimming is boring. But at least it's short. Down and back. I can handle that. Beach Volleyball? I've played my share of bar-league sand volleyball so I can appreciate that. "The Re-Deem Team"? You're telling me that D-Wade comes off the bench? I've gotta see that starting five. I even got into the US Water Polo team. Apparently we took down mighty Turkey? Awesome. Count me back on the bandwagon.
China represented and the companies that sponsored the games found all kinds of ways to slap their product in front of the world. One of the more creative ways came from one of my favorite companies, Mini. If you've never done it, there's few options for transportation that are more fun than rickshaw. Coincidentally, there are few cars that are more fun to drive than a Mini Cooper. During the games, Mini tricked out some bicycle rickshaws to resemble the back end of the traditional Coop. This photo caught my eye for more than just the obvious reasons. I love the look on the other rickshaw guy's face as he looks at the Mini driver. Comedy. He's either jealous of his now outdated traditional rickshaw or he feels sorry that the other guy has to pull a rickshaw that weighs 5 times more than normal.