This has been quite the week for the All American frat boy Ryan Lochte. He started the week describing his home country as “Lochte Nation”. He had to endure the media created Lochte-Phelps rivalry. His mother got a little TMI with the revelation that her son only has time for one night stands. In this montage of classic Lochte interviews, it appears that he’s taken a thousand times more hits than teammate Michael Phelps. I hope it wasn’t laced with Chik Fil A sauce…. Clearly, though it was a big week for Lochte, winning five medals out of six events. If this is his last games, he ends his career with 11, the second most of any American male Olympian. Sadly, though, when he returns home, he’ll find out that we really weren’t paying attention. We’ve been quite busy fighting the 60′s culture wars by eating or boycotting chicken sandwiches. Too bad some haven’t evolved, as time would have been better spent on…Lochte.
It was a disappointing day for the U.S. Men’s gymnastics team and for Great Britain diver Tom Daley. They’re young, they may get over it. For Daley, there’s another day and another chance. Regardless, they will be remembered for their pre-Olympic buzz as exemplified in the following videos. The U.S. Men’s gymnastics team are “Chalking It Up”, while (from a post in February) the GB divers lip synch LMFAO.
I smiled a little this morning when a friend posted this old promo video from my years as Boy Scout Summer Camp Director (2002-2004). It was produced by an Eagle Scout. The only direction I gave him was that I wanted to see a fast paced video showing as many of the activities possible. I’m fairly sure that I recommended using Blur’s “Song 2″; the song’s intensity and length makes it a perfect soundtrack for any promotional effort. Remember, it’s 2003-2004; the quality is not the same as today.
This was only part of the many initiatives put forward by hundreds of amazing volunteers that turned this program from an attendance low of 298 Scouts in 2002 (and a huge revenue loser) to a very profitable 671 Scouts in 2004. It was also a great tool in recruiting hundreds of youths to join Scouting that fall.
Our brave fighting soldiers are under the most intense conditions imaginable. I’m impressed with how they manage to let off some steam and unleash some creativity as well. I believe that this millennial generation, who are generally positive about our country’s future, and embrace diversity, tolerance and openness, will be the generation that will save this country from the mess we’re in. They are the next “greatest generation”.