Chaos Chronicles


Random Thoughts London 2012 #12: Allyson Felix, SuperCool Hurdlers and Bruce Jenner

Random Thoughts London 2012 #12: Allyson Felix, SuperCool Hurdlers and Bruce Jenner

Great night of track & field last night. No judges, no costumes, no music — just a clock and measuring stick.  Ah, relief. I’m so happy for Allyson Felix who finally won her gold in the 200 meters. I love watching her run. Oh, the water polo is too painful. I can’t watch. The women’s [...]

Random Thoughts London 2012 #11: US Women Rule!

Random Thoughts London 2012 #11: US Women Rule!

Watching the Olympics without access to a DVR is like riding in a road race. At first, I could keep up with the Olympic lead group, squeezing in viewing in the morning, at lunch and staying up until midnight to watch the 100 meters. I worked with my team, to gather results and fill in [...]

Random Thoughts London 2012 #10: It’s all about the Landings

Random Thoughts London 2012 #10: It’s all about the Landings

A theme commentary today in honor of Mars Rover Curiosity and the millions of Olympic-inspired headlines this morning. Congratulations to the Mars team there in Pasadena and La Canada.  You make us all proud with your vision and focus. And frankly, just how well you all seem to be able to do math. Now, who [...]

Random Thoughts London 2012 #9: Micheal Phelps, Michael Phelps, MIcheal Phleps

Random Thoughts London 2012 #9: Micheal Phelps, Michael Phelps, MIcheal Phleps

We are kickin’ it Old Skool here in Mammoth Lakes, California with a large square TV and no DVR, no HD. But the couch is plentiful and the remote has new batteries, so let the viewing continue. Plus, Mammoth Lakes is the high-altitude home of many Olympians- marathoner like Meb Keflezighi- so we practicall feel [...]

Random Thoughts London 2012 #8: Missy, Mike and The Myth of the Magnificent 7

Random Thoughts London 2012 #8: Missy, Mike and The Myth of the Magnificent 7

Good news/bad news. My son Colin, who has been down with mono for 6 weeks, finally felt like going to see The Dark Knight today so THAT really cut into my daytime viewing.  Plus, my sister Julie and my mother can out to Pasadena today and that required chicken salad and chitchat, again, another timesuck. [...]

Random Thoughts London 2012 #7: Judo Nation, Golden Gabby and More Today Show Questions

Random Thoughts London 2012 #7: Judo Nation, Golden Gabby and More Today Show Questions

I know that Gabby is the Golden Girl and Phelps made a statement, but the highlight of the day for me was Kayla Harrison, the American who won the gold in Judo. I sat down at 4:30 for a 10 minute break from my own personal Cleaning Olympiad.  Forty minutes later, I was a sobbing [...]

Random Thoughts on London 2012 #6: Fab Five, Matt Lauer’s Skinny jeans and Women’s Weightlifting

Random Thoughts on London 2012 #6: Fab Five, Matt Lauer’s Skinny jeans and Women’s Weightlifting

Today, I actually had to get some work done so THAT really cut into my viewing time. Plus, I’m exhausted from staying up until midnight to watch that relay. But I was able to use multiple sources  -sons, Facebook posts, internet– and reduced viewing to put together today’s Random Thoughts… Saw the Fab Five on [...]

Random Thoughts on London 2012 #5: Zara Phillips, Women’s Gymnastics and Camilla

Random Thoughts on London 2012 #5: Zara Phillips, Women’s Gymnastics and Camilla

Day 5  and my No Internet discipline breaks down. Phelps. Gymnastics. Volleyball. I had to look… but first… Hat’s off to Zara Phillips, a Royal who can actually do something! Now that the dressage is over, I can actually enjoy the equestrian events without the mocking comments from the men in my house. My man [...]

Random Thoughts on London 2012 #4: Missy Franklin, Tom Daley and a suggestion for NBC

Random Thoughts on London 2012 #4: Missy Franklin, Tom Daley and a suggestion for NBC

London 2012. Day #4. MISSY!!!! I’m officially lost in the Olympic Time/Space continuum. Is this live, previously recorded, just “recorded” or a promotion for The Today Show? Tell me if this sounds familiar: Son: Is this the final? Me: No, it’s the semi-final. But the final is happening now. Son: Where? Me: In London or [...]

Random Thoughts #3 London 2012: Fab Five, Brendan Hansen and My Dream Team

Random Thoughts  #3 London 2012: Fab Five, Brendan Hansen and My Dream Team

Oh, Boys of Water. That was a tough race. You needed to get your Lezak on, Ryan Lochte. As they say in the  Sports Cliches Hall of Fame : That’s why they play the game. The last two nights of swimming reinforce what a  special occurrence the Micheal Phelps performance in 2008 was. Chris  Collingsworth is [...]