True story: I had my hotel do some laundry for me because I was running out of clothes. I wasn't sure where to pick it up or if they dropped it back off in the room. Two days came and went. No laundry. Finally, I returned at 1 a.m. after a late night covering track.
At 1:45 a.m., the phone rings. I answer. There is shallow breathing on the other line.
I hang up. Unplug the phone. Ten minutes later, it somehow rings again. There turns out to be a phone in the bathroom I never noticed.
I stumble in there. Answer it. A pause. Then, from a soft female voice: “Excuse me, sir. I wonder when it is convenient to receive your laundry?”
Well, as you can imagine, it wasn't convenient right then.
It is the second week of the Olympics, and some of the foreign journalists are getting a little ripe. I know China has signs everywhere preaching water conservation, but some of these guys are taking it a little too seriously.
Don't take this the wrong way, but I'm tired of Michael Phelps and I'm glad the swimming portion of the Olympics is over. Phelps was absolutely unbelievable here, but he's made a big enough splash. It's time for a few other Olympic athletes to have their own moment in the spotlight.
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