As Ben watched The Teams enter The Stadium over yonder, I watched this clip from Santa Fe Folk Art Festival several times. On the telly there were disappointingly few teams wearing national costumes. I know there is a worldwide recession going on, but still disappointing to someone who looks forward to that part every four years. (I also discovered some teams have the competitors walk in front of the officials, others, the opposite; was this always the case? I don't watch a lot of Olympics, and very seldom the ceremonies, though I try not to miss the men's marathon.)
As regards Santa Fe, at first I thought if ever I'm there, I'd like to join the New Zealand team, but I wasn't sure what New Zealand's national costume would be unless one is of Maori descent. Then I remembered there was a discussion on national costume, perhaps on the national guild online "list", several years ago, where I think the majority liked the natural (light brown-ish) colored, (unevenly) hand-spun, hand-knit vest with a V-neck. Or I imagined it while reading folks' opinions.
But I look Japanese, (but will never march in a kimono; have you ever tried the footwear??) and I sound Minnesotan, (Dakota Sioux may disagree,) plus my body size/shape is irregular, so I don't fit anywhere. I will have to cheer from the sidewalk.
Now that me feel a little bit sad.
Never mind. I think I'm on a Pillars high; that I still haven't come up with a reason to totally dislike it is a great sigh, I think.