Friday night, I caught the end of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. The special effects were fantastic. At one point, the floor appeared to turn into water, with whales pushing through it, spraying out of their blow holes.
Until 1992, the Winter and Summer Olympics were held in the same years. (I did not remember this, or perhaps I never noticed.) At that time, timing was changed so that each appears in alternating even years.
I found this postcard I sent to myself from Atlanta in late 1995 when I went to surprise my sister for her 40th birthday. The Atlanta Summer Olympics had not yet occurred but they were already being marketed heavily. It felt to me that the Atlanta Games had just happened, but in fact there have been three other summer Olympics since that time: Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. I watched pieces of all of them, but it seems impossible that that much time has passed.