I didn't think I cared that much about whether Chicago got the 2016 Olympics, although I thought it would be cool. I think it's a great city and would make an awesome backdrop to the Games. But I was actually depressed this morning when I learned that the city didn't get the Games. Maybe it's partly because some loud, misinformed people were complaining about how much money people were wasting on the Games that would lose money anyway. The other day I read up a little bit, and the consensus among financial experts was that Chicago resembled host cities Atlanta and Los Angeles, which both made a profit on their games because they already had the necessary infrastructure and did not plan ostentatious, unnecessary additions to what was there. Also, if you just look at the official planning committee website, they will show that the only money they were "wasting" was private donations:
Chicago 2016 is a privately financed, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to seek the privilege of hosting the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Its committee consists of over 400 leaders from the region’s business, civic, sport and nonprofit communities. No taxpayer money has been used to support Chicago 2016. If Chicago becomes the 2016 Host City, the planning and operations of the Games will be financed entirely through private sources.
Mkay? Do your homework before you bitch. Bitches.
site of big Olympic bash;
lots of work ahead.
lies in looking at his life
and finding humor.