The Olympic Spirit in SF

Boy was the spirit of the Olympics ever-present at the Torch run protests today! Everyone showed strong team participation and competitiveness. Check it:

Team China:
Team China

Team Tibet:
Team Tibet

Team Burma:
Team Burma

Team Darfur (represented by the green balloons):
Team Darfur

Team Vietnamese Fisherman:
Team Vietnamese Fisherman

Team Friendlies (yes, that’s what the Mascots are called):
Team Friendlies

Team Lion Dancing:
Team Lion Dancing

Team Fudan (represented by the blue flag-i have to give a shoutout to the university where I was last summer):
Team Fudan

and my favorite, Team Athletes:
Team Athletes

Where did all these people come from? How did they start “cheering” on their respective teams? Where were they before all this? Are they JUST starting to protest now? I felt a little left out, like I should have been holding a sign or something.

Here’s my chat with Melissa after we left:

Me: I just bought sek lau jup (guava juice from a store in chinatown)
Melissa: I just bought a mocha
Me: guess that means I’m pro-China and you’re pro-America.

Can I just be pro-people?

Side notes: My pictures are pretty horrible here. For better pictures, see Scott Beale’s post and Rockbandit’s flickr set.

This was also the first event that I used Twitter. With the torch route so unpredictable, it was awesome to get real time info/updates from folks all around the city, especially @laughingsquid.

Family overseas, but I gotta stay and do my civic duties.

My parents are over in China somewhere climbing the mountains…well, most likely just watching other people climb the mountains. And Chris and Melissa are on a flight to Singapore right now where they’ll be transferring to a plane that’ll take them to Burma. Fun. I seriously gotta get away. But then again, I’ve been saying that all year. Well, I’ll be going down to visit OJ next month to see her all BIG! It’s a boy. I’ve been asked to come up with some boy names. I need ideas. Anyhoo, pray for safety for my family. Me and Anthony will be hanging out here in the Bay Area.

Good thing I’m not going anywhere. Next month, I gotta vote and got called in for jury duty.