I wasn't that excited about the Olympics but now that I'm watching them, I have to admit I've been sucked in. I'm one of those intensely patriotic types of liberals (
(the kind people like Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter say don't exist) and I got all teary watching Michael Phelps listening to the national anthem after he won the swimming gold.

Of course, as a horsey person, it's the equestrian events I'm most excited about. One of the horses competing with the U.S. team this year was purchased for only $2500 a few years ago by his current rider (a firefighter near Seattle). The horse was formerly an unsuccessful racehorse and a pack horse.

These are the kinds of stories those of us without unlimited horse budgets like to hear ;-)