Last night, I had an odd occurrence, I butt dialed my friend Big Al while entering my car after my pre-work supermarket trip... gotta stock up on milk for the office coffee service! After dealing with the vagaries of a failed Facetime connection (more like butt time in this instance, but that sounds like a Chuck Tingle opus), I was able to hang up and send a quick text message to Al explaining the mixup.
Al replied that he's in Brazil to watch the Olympics. He was born and raised in Brazil, and returns to visit family on a regular basis. He was able to combine familial obligations with a love of sport (he's a judo player as well, I know him through the dojo) on this year's trip. Big Al is also an avid photographer/videographer, so he's sure to get a plethora of pictures of the various events he attends.
Saturdays are my super busy days, so I haven't been able to watch any of the judo matches yet, but there will be time in the quiet, wee hours of the morning. Day 6 is when things really heat up, especially with the women's 78 kilogram division... I imagine Kayla Harrison is going to get a lot of coverage because of her skill and remarkable personal history. Marti Malloy is another favorite, I had the pleasure to see her compete at this year's New York Open Judo Championship.
I can't say that I am jealous of Big Al, he's just too nice of a man to be envious of- he's one of those genuinely kind-hearted, good-spirited people who just happens to enjoy fighting other people for fun. Weird how common the type seems to be.