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Anatomy of Melancholy?
I don't know what it is about these Olympics, but I'm paying way more attention to physical appearance than I ever did before. Musculature has becoming fascinating to me. I love watching the swimmers stretch before they get on the blocks. Like that Alain Bernard guy, whose facial expression epitomizes "asshole," but who has incredible shoulders. Or Natalie Coughlin, whose seeming sweetness does not hide her muscles. And I'm almost as intrigued by the rituals of the gymnasts, like when they powder their hands for a better grip. Maybe it's just that I'm displacing my desire for the body I long for onto the television screen. For once, I mean. I know there are many people who make that their regular practice. But I have historically been far removed from spectacles of carnality. I should get a medal for "Most Improved Devotion to the Flesh."

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elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: August 15th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh my god! I was mesmerized by his shoulders, the way the cords of fibers of the muscles were so defined and visible. Bodies are So. Fucking. Cool!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 15th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Indeed. He sure is a strapping fellow. And I kind of like the extreme Frenchinosity of his hauteur. I mean, I want to slap that grin off his face. I was screaming with delight when the American 4 X 100 relay team beat the French on Jason Leszak's come-from-behind swim to catch Bernard. But I like having him to look at. Plus, he's a pretty great swimmer.
elf_owl From: elf_owl Date: August 15th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, slap the grin off his face, then think about all the facial muscles that make the grin and the following indignant I-just-got-slapped look, then look at his shoulders. He's a hell of a better swimmer than I am. No matter how low in the ranks they are, any Olympic athlete can thwart me in their sport. I didn't get to watch much tonight, but I enjoyed what I saw and I may have to actually plan to watch some at home tomorrow evening.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: August 15th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
when the American 4 X 100 relay team beat the French on Jason Leszak's come-from-behind swim to catch Bernard

This was awesome. A truly breathtaking athletic feat by Leszak and then the stupefied look on Bernard's face. I almost felt badly for him!
masoo From: masoo Date: August 15th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think you are now ready for Christina Hendricks.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 15th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Shot, please.
masoo From: masoo Date: August 15th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Here is my autographed glossy:

http://begonias.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/01/25/christina_hendricks.jpg

Here she is on Mad Men:

http://blogs.amctv.com/mad_men_photo_gallery/Ep10_08_MG_1230.jpg

And here's why Steven loves her:

http://www.nathanbranch.com/ChristinaHendricks.jpg

She's getting a lot of press since Mad Men began, for bringing actual non-stick-figure flesh to the TV screen.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 15th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, then. I can hop on that bandwagon with aplomb. . .

;-)
ankh156 From: ankh156 Date: August 15th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

I don't have a TV (I 'aged out' of hard drugs long ago)

So I'm happy to relate that I've managed to remain blissfully ignorant to most of what's happening in Peking so far.

Long may this continue.

I may wake up when they send the Red Guard and the tanks into the stadium.

Here's hoping...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 15th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: I don't have a TV (I 'aged out' of hard drugs long ago)

Ha! I haven't watched the last few Olympics, really. But this time I was sucked in. It's like a mini-series. Once you start watching, it's harder to stop with each passing hour.
From: babyiwasshot Date: August 15th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
whose facial expression epitomizes "asshole"

hahahah. The French have mastered that expression.

I've noticed the same things. To watch Shawn Johnson walk evokes thoughts of the hulk.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 15th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes!!! She only needs to be green.

I do love Bernard's expressions.
From: e4q Date: August 17th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

longing

mmm. i think i am doing that.

but what about the turtle lady women's swimming outfits!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 17th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: longing

Right. The Australian ones are particularly turtle-ish. I'm OK with some of the American ones, which show more of the arms.
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