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We were pretty excited driving down.  We pulled the whole trip together in about two days.  We rented a minivan for the long trip, and on Friday morning, the day of the opening ceremonies, we headed off to Hot-Lanta. Until we ran out of gas - Pat aparently thinks it's my fault.
We had no clue what we were doing or where we were going.  Notice the maps we have out.  On the left was Sarah and Michelle, co-workers of mine at AA, and then Pat and I on the right. But we just looked for the 30 foot high olympics emblem.  And then managed to find some scalpers willing to sell us tickets - at face value!
So we saw some of the men's gymnastics competition.  It was kind of hard to tell what was going on, but you could drink beer in the stands so we were happy. It was hot, I mean really hot.  Here's Pat X cooling off in the Olympic fountain.  You can't tell from the picture, but the fountain comes out of the ground and had jets which made the shape of the olympic rings.
We went out at night at whooped it up a little.  I'm not sure why were all wearing straw hats, but it seemed like the thing to do. Here's Pat with some random swedish guy she picked up.
We got tickets to boxing for less than face value and got to see 13 matches.  It was pretty cool. Here's the ladies standing outside of the Atlanta Superdome.  It was now time to see . . . . 
Volleyball! We got to see the US Men's team defeat Poland.  When you blow this picture up you can see us hitting a back row into a triple block! (we won the point).
The we got to see #1 ranked Brazil (blue) play Columbia (yellow).  The Brazilian's jump served almost as hard as Barrett hits, it was amazing.  The Columbia fans were going wild, and Columbia eventually pulled out the upset in 4 games. During the match we met some folks.  On the left is the Canadian Women's teams coaches.  On the right is the honorable Richard M. Daley.  It only took Pat and I about 12 beers before we had enough guts to go up and talk to the Mayor of Chicago.  By the way, he was actually really cool, and looks much younger in person.

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