While the Ebaby! team was in China for the Olympics, Willamette Week, the leading newsweekly in Portland, Oregon, published several behind-the-scenes reports about the trip.
Opening Ceremony: "Everything is closed off for miles around the stadium. So we got as close as we could in a huge group of people up against a barricade in a park. It reminded me a scene in a zombie movie."
Photo Ops: "I didn't really know what was going on when the first person asked to take a photo with me—I thought vainly that I had been recognized from the website—but when a crowd gathered and we had to flee, I realized there had been a mistake."
Ping Pong: "After being thwarted several times by the ubiquitous Olympic volunteers, we managed to reach the front row. There we discovered that we were sitting among the tennis coaching squad, who explained how the game works."
Scalping: "He told me he'd rather just eat the ticket than give me a deal like that because it drives up the prices. He also wouldn't let me film him. I wonder what the penalty for scalping in China is."
Behind the Balls: "I talked to Superman of the Metal Balls and found out that he doesn't even take tips—this is just his way of being a part of the Olympic spirit. It's his dream to challenge an official Olympic athlete. The gold we awarded him was his first."
Closing Thoughts: "I felt much more comfortable filming impromptu sports and interviews in Beijing than I do in Portland. Many people in the US seem to have a strange bias against cameras. They see a video camera and assume you're doing something sinister. In Beijing, people pretty much always had a positive reaction to seeing a camera in a restaurant or on the street or in a market."
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