Friday, October 02, 2009

Today's the Day

Today it will be decided where the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will be held. Rio is one of four bidding cities.

Work today in the city is "optional" for all workers. Why this annoys me so much I'm not sure, but it does. Public schools are closed, so I've got my maid's two kids here today for a "visit" which always makes my day a little more...high strung. A half a million people are expected on Copacabana Beach for the announcement this afternoon.

What do I think? It's a beautiful city and I think it would put on a great show, what with all of the Carnaval experience, but I think they'd be crazy to award Rio the Olympics. The main reason?


It's awful here-and it only gets worse during peak tourist times so I can only imagine what it would be like with such an influx of people. I don't ever blog about the crime we see here because 1) you'd all think we were insane for living here, and 2) I don't want to jinx myself, we've been pretty lucky so far. But I know, personally, many people who have had bad stuff happen to them. Fun stuff like armed robbery, car-jackings, attempted kidnappings. And those are just to people I know-there are worse things that happen in our area that I hear about, but don't actually know the people.

And we live in a "good" part of town!

So, we'll see. Today at 1:00 our time. I imagine if they win the entire next week will be an "optional" work week.


Ballerina Girl said...

I completely agree wholeheartedly!!


Abby said...

I think I'd opt to give the maid the day off rather than have her two kids around--you are very kid tolerant.

(That kind of makes me sound like I dislike kids. Not true, promise).

Anyway, enjoy the madness! Are you guys going to brave the beach today?

Head Nurse or Patient- you be the judge said...

I agree with the Maid day off- paying her to stay home is cheaper with all things considered than dealing with her kids and paying her to be way less efficient. My son doesn't talk much about the rime either- although I think he was in a better place that way. Obviously, any big city has a crime problem- Salt Lake might have been on the extreme lower end of the scale.

Head Nurse or Patient- you be the judge said...

Goodness- Looks like you better prepare for that optional work week-

Stephanie said...

You know, last night we were talking about how fun it would be to go to Rio for the Olympics and how amazing it would be. And then of course I started to think more, like how I worry about us going in any normal time of the year, I cant IMAGINE how absolutely insane it would be during the olympics. Ridiculous. Let's hope along with transit, roads, stadiums, hotels, they develop a plan for crime prevention. Ugh.