New York is one of two finalists for the US bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics. (San Francisco is the other. As if…) The city fathers are apparently spending the weekend filming a video to send to the Proper Authorities to show how wonderful a host Fun City can be.
To make the point, a faux torch run was staged today at three points in Manhattan, and full-dress ticker-tape parade is slated for tomorrow through the lower Broadway Canyon of Heroes. (What would they have done if the Yankees had prevailed, rather than engaging in an unlikely fold south of LA? Had two parades within a month?)
And tonight, without any advance publicity, there were fireworks in the East River. Big fireworks. Noisy fireworks. LOUD fireworks. Drew a lot of people, not all of them entirely sure when the barrage started that this was all for Entertainment Purposes Only. <sarcasm> After all, it’s not like there is any stock footage anywhere of fireworks going off over lower Manhattan. </sarcasm>
I think it’s a fine idea to have the Olympics here in 2012, and I’m looking forward to major fireworks off Lower Manhattan every day during the Games. Maybe by then my blood pressure will have returned to normal.