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August 3, 2008 9:11 AM

Olympics: Smog and Blog.

Posted by Rod Mar

Arrived in Beijing tonight, and went straight to the hotel to rest. Tried hard to combat jet-lag by not sleeping too much on the flight and working out when I got here. Went to bed at about 11pm local time, which I thought would help my body clock reset.

Yeah, right. The only benefit to my strategy is that now I'm not sure if the extreme fatigue I'm feeling is jet-lag or just pure lack of sleep.

That's not complaining, but yet another example of me out-smarting (or, is it "out-dumbing"?) myself yet again.

Spent the day working on an assignment, and can't share any photos yet, since the story hasn't run.

The weather was smoggy today, which apparently followed three glorious days of sunshine that left with my arrival.

Obviously, the blog is a bit slow getting off-the-ground, but I still don't have internet access (you mean we could have planned for that?), and I'm only able to file now because I'm poaching off of someone else's unprotected signal in the media village.

With the high cost of internet at these Olympics, either someone is being very kind with a wireless signal (in which case I give it 48 hours to be shut down), or there's a business without a protected router.

I have assignments to day in the morning and afternoon, but my goal is to provide you a quick tour of the Main Press Center, the Media Village (where we live) and more specifically, our little home here in Beijing.

Thanks for your patience -- things will pick up soon.

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