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Shooting an arrow through a second Olympic ticket — Curt Yeomans

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.

I am now officially going to see TWO sports during the London Olympics this summer.

I was already going to see tennis at Wimbledon, during the Olympics. Now, I’m going to also see archery, at the Lord’s Cricket Grounds (a couple of blocks away from the Beatles’ Abbey Road Studios), while I’m in England.

The company I bought my original Olympics tickets from contacted me last week to tell me additional tickets had become available for U.S. residents, so I jumped on the opportunity to see what they had.

What I found was a ticket to the opening round of men’s archery, in very good seats (like almost-sitting-in-the-Queen’s-lap-kind-of-good seating) for the day before the tennis matches I was set to attend.

And, it only cost $98 for the ticket.

So, now I’m going to see archery on the first day after the opening ceremonies, and tennis the day after that. I have to say that this is going to shape up to be a very nice trip to Europe, albeit a brief one.

Some people think I’m crazy for throwing down that kind of dough on another ticket, but I don’t care. It’s the Olympics — in London! How many chances am I going to get to see something like that happen, especially since I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to see some Olympic events in Atlanta 15-and-a-half years ago?

So, for that reason I stick my tongue out at my critics, and say: “Naaaaaaaaaaa!”

The thing is, with these good tickets to see tennis and archery, I am going to need some nice clothes to wear while watching these events. If I’m going to be sitting in the second-nicest seating area, I’m going to be surrounded by people who are dressed up to see, and be seen.

I have to dress sharply for that.

I’ll have to dress to impress, so can we say “Shopping Spree!”

Look, I need this opportunity to enjoy myself in London, since I will come back to the U.S. late on the evening of July 30, and have to be at work the next day to cover the local primary elections.

I think I am entitled to have some fun before the arrival of that long night of watching election returns come in.

Curt Yeomans covers government and politics for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.