The 100 Words readership spans the globe, from Harvey Illinois to Terre Haute. So, many of you not in Chicago are no doubt wondering: does Chicago have Olympic Fever?
We talk about the Bears, the weather, the Kardashian sisters. Nobody is talking about the Olympics. There is zero buzz.
One, the city is broke as a joke. Having to go to an ATM to feed a parking meter is of greater concern than the Games.
Two, the bid is a fabrication of government and big business. There was no citizen groundswell to bring in the Games. The ‘enthusiasm’ is wholly manufactured.
Third, the ad campaign for the bid is cold, arty and distant, conveying none of the joy and pure fun having the games would bring.
I am ambivalent about the Olympics. Just like the city.