I’ve just been to the dentist aka “There is no way to escape the Olympics”

You may have gathered that I’ve just been to the dentist.  Which I have.  And got a filling.  Which is by itself not newsworthy (although those dear readers who have been keeping up with this blog will know all about my wisdom teeth drama almost exactly a year ago, which is why it is most definitely not on my list of favourite things to do).

But no, that is not really the main subject of this post.  Although it is the catalyst that caused this post to be written.  And the event that caused this post to be written was the realization that right now, there is no way to escape the Olympics.  Not for me, at least.

I get in the car – and am regaled by commentary of (I think) the Women’s Water Polo match on the radio.  I go to the dentist – the Women’s Gymnastics are on the television in the waiting area.  I get into the chair and am almost grateful that I’m there, because it means I don’t have to hear or see anything remotely to do with Medal Tallies or how our swimmers are doing in the pool or hear rude remarks about Togo winning a Bronze medal and “does anyone even know where that country is?” (It’s in Africa, you smarmy, condescending idiots!) or inane comments about how all our gold medallists are such “normal girls/boys from ‘insert name of any small Australian town here'” and how great it is that they’re setting such an inspirational example for the youth of our nation.  (Yeah, they are, but they’re not normal – not just anyone becomes an Olympian – it takes years of hard work and commitment to get there in the first place – and that goes for ANY Olympian, not just the medallists).

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