An Olympic Size Crowd

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I love watching the Olympics.  I wish I had more time in my life right now to watch more of the competitions than I do.  I try to catch what I can, whenever I can.  I woke Briefcase up the other night with all my screaming and hollering when the Americans won the men's 400 meter swimming relay.  He was already snoozing, but I couldn't go to sleep until the coverage was over for the night.  Wasn't that just the most amazing, exciting event to watch?!  Wow!  I love the Olympics! 

All the hype and constant exposure made me a little curious about China.  I have some readers in China, but I haven't ever been there.  I started wondering what the beaches in China are like.    

So now you're laughing at me.  What?  You haven't been wondering what the beaches are like in China?  I'm a beach freak, you should expect this out of me by now.  I googled Chinese beaches and this is what I found.

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Wow!  Look at all those color-coordinated umbrellas.  Look at all those people!  Look at the pollution in the air.  During the Olympic coverage they keep discussing how difficult it is for the athletes to compete with the poor air quality. 

Here's another photo I found.

Chinabeach

Seeing these photos made me think those beaches must get pretty dirty with so many people on them.  What do you think the water is like? 

I worry about kids peeing in our pool whenever we have a pool party.  We have a salt water pool.  I've told all the neighborhood kids that salt water pools are "special".  I explained if you pee in a salt water pool the water surrounding you will turn into a big purple cloud AND EVERYONE WILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID!  Not only that, but the purple water will stain your bathing suit and even make your hair turn purple.  Of course, I can't be one hundred percent sure, but I think my lies imaginative story has been a strong deterrent.  However, there was one little boy who got out of our pool one day to ask me if his hair was now purple ….   

I'm thinking I might not swim if I ever end up at the beach shown in these photos.

I decided to find a crowded beach in the OC last weekend for comparison.  It was over ninety degrees here.  I drove along the coast and all the beaches were more crowded than usual.  This picture is of Corona del Mar (main beach) on the most crowded day I've seen.  In fact, this is way too crowded for me.  I headed off to a different beach for the afternoon.  Crowded here is nothing, however, compared to China.

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I think I'll stay put right here in Orange County.  I have never once come out of the ocean with purple hair. 

45 Responses to “An Olympic Size Crowd”

  1. missy

    I’ve been staying up till 12:30 every night watching the Olympics too. It’s way to late for me but I just can’t help myself!

  2. missy

    I’ve been staying up till 12:30 every night watching the Olympics too. It’s way to late for me but I just can’t help myself!

  3. missy

    I’ve been staying up till 12:30 every night watching the Olympics too. It’s way to late for me but I just can’t help myself!

  4. Janie

    I’ve never had any desire to travel to China and now I sure don’t! Our pool is salt water too so I’m going to start using the purple water story and then sit back and watch their reactions. Ha!

  5. Janie

    I’ve never had any desire to travel to China and now I sure don’t! Our pool is salt water too so I’m going to start using the purple water story and then sit back and watch their reactions. Ha!

  6. Janie

    I’ve never had any desire to travel to China and now I sure don’t! Our pool is salt water too so I’m going to start using the purple water story and then sit back and watch their reactions. Ha!

  7. Janie

    I’ve never had any desire to travel to China and now I sure don’t! Our pool is salt water too so I’m going to start using the purple water story and then sit back and watch their reactions. Ha!

  8. Janie

    I’ve never had any desire to travel to China and now I sure don’t! Our pool is salt water too so I’m going to start using the purple water story and then sit back and watch their reactions. Ha!

  9. Janie

    I’ve never had any desire to travel to China and now I sure don’t! Our pool is salt water too so I’m going to start using the purple water story and then sit back and watch their reactions. Ha!

  10. Maya

    On the beach in China…, wow, the word insane comes to mind and how do you ever (ever) find your spot again after a dip?

  11. Maya

    On the beach in China…, wow, the word insane comes to mind and how do you ever (ever) find your spot again after a dip?

  12. Maya

    On the beach in China…, wow, the word insane comes to mind and how do you ever (ever) find your spot again after a dip?

  13. Maya

    On the beach in China…, wow, the word insane comes to mind and how do you ever (ever) find your spot again after a dip?

  14. Maya

    On the beach in China…, wow, the word insane comes to mind and how do you ever (ever) find your spot again after a dip?

  15. Maya

    On the beach in China…, wow, the word insane comes to mind and how do you ever (ever) find your spot again after a dip?

  16. Miss Britt

    Off topic kind of – but:
    we’re looking into a salt water pool. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the salt cells (?) not lasting?

  17. Miss Britt

    Off topic kind of – but:
    we’re looking into a salt water pool. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the salt cells (?) not lasting?

  18. Miss Britt

    Off topic kind of – but:
    we’re looking into a salt water pool. I’ve heard mixed reviews about the salt cells (?) not lasting?

  19. Ry

    Wow, salt water pool and beaches so close…when can I move in?
    I miss the beach soooooo much. I haven’t seen it once this summer. *sigh* No wonder I’m starting to prefer winter.

  20. Ry

    Wow, salt water pool and beaches so close…when can I move in?
    I miss the beach soooooo much. I haven’t seen it once this summer. *sigh* No wonder I’m starting to prefer winter.

  21. Ry

    Wow, salt water pool and beaches so close…when can I move in?
    I miss the beach soooooo much. I haven’t seen it once this summer. *sigh* No wonder I’m starting to prefer winter.

  22. Lynn K.

    OMG, that is way too many people. It’s just gross thinking about what could be going on in the water.

  23. Lynn K.

    OMG, that is way too many people. It’s just gross thinking about what could be going on in the water.

  24. Lynn K.

    OMG, that is way too many people. It’s just gross thinking about what could be going on in the water.

  25. Tricia

    When I was a kid, the swimming instructor told a similar story about peeing in the pool, except her little tale included bright green indicators. I was completely freaked out and didn’t DARE to pee in the pool.

  26. Tricia

    When I was a kid, the swimming instructor told a similar story about peeing in the pool, except her little tale included bright green indicators. I was completely freaked out and didn’t DARE to pee in the pool.

  27. Tricia

    When I was a kid, the swimming instructor told a similar story about peeing in the pool, except her little tale included bright green indicators. I was completely freaked out and didn’t DARE to pee in the pool.

  28. Tricia

    When I was a kid, the swimming instructor told a similar story about peeing in the pool, except her little tale included bright green indicators. I was completely freaked out and didn’t DARE to pee in the pool.

  29. Tricia

    When I was a kid, the swimming instructor told a similar story about peeing in the pool, except her little tale included bright green indicators. I was completely freaked out and didn’t DARE to pee in the pool.

  30. Tricia

    When I was a kid, the swimming instructor told a similar story about peeing in the pool, except her little tale included bright green indicators. I was completely freaked out and didn’t DARE to pee in the pool.

  31. Margaret

    My God, that’s just insane. I wonder if you can even hear the ocean over all the people talking and kids screaming. And good luck setting up a volleyball court I guess.

  32. Margaret

    My God, that’s just insane. I wonder if you can even hear the ocean over all the people talking and kids screaming. And good luck setting up a volleyball court I guess.

  33. Margaret

    My God, that’s just insane. I wonder if you can even hear the ocean over all the people talking and kids screaming. And good luck setting up a volleyball court I guess.

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