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I won! I won the Olympics!

That’s right! I got me a free Co’Cola, suckas!

The bus behind the Coke bus was a Lloyd’s Bank bus, but sadly they were not giving out free money samples. I did ask.

There was a great rolling parade of corporate sponsors driving slowly ahead of the torch making a helluva racket. Dozens of coppers on motorbikes rolling around sealing off roads as the procession lumbered down the A259. I had a tame bobby with an earbutton radio next to me, so I knew what was coming.

The torch bearer himself was toward the end, a chubby gentleman of mature years. Bit of an anticlimax. Then they relit a lantern from the flame, blew out the torch, trundled the lantern onto a bus and off to the next town.

Not exactly a day at the circus, but above average for a Wednesday morning. Plus, free Coke!


Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: July 18, 2012, 10:11 pm

Dang! That is one helluva bus, free Co’Colas or not…

You suppose they’ve got enough lights on the front of that puppy?

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: July 18, 2012, 10:18 pm

Gosh, I had no idea you were that pretty! You have excellent taste Cousin Badger!

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 18, 2012, 10:26 pm

The ice cream man is comiiiiiin!…oh…

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 18, 2012, 11:12 pm

In my experience, only the first sample of coke is free… just sayin’

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 18, 2012, 11:16 pm

Good lord no, Scott — that’s the lady giving out the free samples.

Comment from Redd
Time: July 18, 2012, 11:21 pm

Was the Coke chilled to your liking?

Comment from Redd
Time: July 18, 2012, 11:24 pm

If they really wanted to make this shindig special, they needed a Budweiser beer truck pulled by Clydesdales with Dalmatians riding shotgun.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 19, 2012, 12:42 am

…don’t forget the Budweiser chicks:


Comment from Tim
Time: July 19, 2012, 12:47 am

What will they do with the bus when the Olympics are over. Maybe you could buy it and have a way cool car.

Comment from Deborah
Time: July 19, 2012, 3:46 am

Nice that she had two eyes, instead of just one 😉

Comment from Nina
Time: July 19, 2012, 10:47 am

Rats, I want a free coke! And so close, too.

I’m supposed to be in Oslo, but my daughter had a flat that we could not get AA out in time to fix. No train or bus could get me to Manchester on time. Couldn’t get another flight until tomorrow night. So now I get to help them pack up and move when I could be lazing about my son’s flat in Oslo.

God works in mysterious ways.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 19, 2012, 10:50 am

Oh, and she had to get a new tire, which could not be done until this morning.


Not that I’m pissy or anything, of course. :p

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 19, 2012, 1:12 pm

Sigh – my brain isn’t working this morning despite the coffee.
Although I’m a Yank, I’ve read enough Agatha Christie to know that a flat is an apartment (vs. a puncture) but I am still ignorant enough to read ‘AA’ as ‘Alcoholics Annon’ so let’s just say that:

Nina I read your post 4 times trying to figure out what had happened at your daughter’s apartment and what kind of professional intervention was required. Seriously, I’m a moron.

I thought i could speak English like good. Now excuse me I have to go knock someone up and borrow a rubber.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 19, 2012, 1:22 pm

Okay, Some Veg. Keep your pecker up!

Comment from redd
Time: July 19, 2012, 5:26 pm

There was an acquittal in the Tomilinson trial. Have to say that I agree. What I don’t understand is why the family cares so much now that he is dead? He was a drunk all his life and lived like one. None of them took him in to live with them. Not sure why his wife had 9 kids with him, too. Anyway, he was in such an advance state of alcoholism, he was going to die soon no matter what.

Comment from p2
Time: July 20, 2012, 2:19 am

LOL, Some Veg…. I lived there close to 9 years and still have a hard time with the King’s…. AA in this case is the Automobile Association…as opposed to their somewhat more efficient brethren, the RAC (not Rent-a Center, but the logo’s close). First flat refers to a puncture, second flat refers to an apartment… Prob’ly should have been tyre as well to complete the trifecta. As SW says… Ppppppick up a penguin….

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: July 20, 2012, 4:44 pm

They did’t come round our way.

The only sign of Olympic corporate sponsorship I’ve seen is the UPS van that comes to my work. The guy who delivers the packages has a tattoo of a Swastika on his hand. I don’t think he’s a Hindu.

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