American pie

The irony of tonight caught me off guard. I watched the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony over the Internet live from London via some web trickery, then I set out at 8pm here in Texas to deliver neighborhood association newsletters.

After about 50 of my 134 houses I realised as I sweated in the 95f temps that the iconic Don MacLean song had finally come home,

Back in 1972, age 14, in the UK,  I had a paper round, I had one odd those cassette players with the piano style keys, I had a rack on the back of my bike I Used to strap it to and play the music.

And here I am, 40 years later delivering the news, “I can still remember how that music used to make me smile”.

In 40 years time I wonder how many of today’s generation either watching at home, or at the Olympic stadium will be inspired by tonight?

Maybe they’d be happy for a while,
But February made me shiver with every paper I’d deliver.

Author: Mark Cathcart

Formerly an Executive Director of Systems Engineering and a Senior Distinguished Engineer at Dell. Prior to that, an IBM Distinguished Engineer working for the Systems Group in NY and Austin. I'm currently "retired until further notice".

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