Inside the Athletes Village Internet Cafe
During my trip to the Athletes Village, I stopped in at the village's Internet Cafe to see exactly what sites were and were not being censored.
Free Tibet: Not Ok.
With Leather: Ok.
(And with top-notch reporting on Olympic condoms, to boot.)
The Big Lead: Ok.
Team Darfur: Ok.
Tibet Online: Not Ok.
Various sexy sites: My computer stopped working before I could figure that one out.
Elsewhere in the International Zone of the Athletes Village, one can find the Chinese Traditional Arts & Crafts Show, the Florist, the Pin Trading Center, the Chinese Learning Area, the Newsstand, the Chinese Tea House, the Beijing 2008 Venue Store, the Toilet, the Photo Store, the Environmental Information Center and the Hair Salon, where I saw two USA softball coaches considering a trim.
"I'm scared," strength and conditioning coach Brandon Marcello said.
"Go for it Brandon," assistant coach John Rittman said. "We've got a half-hour."
Brandon eventually went for it, while I posed with the giant inflatable Olympic mascots, seen above. I also bought a Jingjing the Panda mascot bobblehead. Not to mix the serious with the trivial here. For the record, I've never been in such close proximity to actual government censorship before. I didn't like it too much. Makes you feel a little bit funny when you then hear the Mayor on Duty of the Village tell you that the Olympics bring "understanding and friendship" and "peace and solidarity" to the world.
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