TOURBUS: Thursday, August 1, 1996
DRIVER: Patrick Crispin

Howdy, y'all! Seeing as how our little, 50,000 passenger bus of Internet happiness recently celebrated its first birthday ("happy birthday to us ..."), I guess now would be as good a time as any to remind you of where you can find the wonderful TOURBUS archives. If you have lost any of the TOURBUS posts that Bob and I have written during the past twelve months, or if you just recently joined us and want to find a guide to a whole bunch of neat Internet sites, pop on over to the TOURBUS archives at

And, while your at it, you might also want to say hello to the folks who are making today's TOURBUS possible (I wonder if they have any gourmet ramen noodles?) ...

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One of the things that Bob and I try to do every now and then is give you a sneak peek at some really cool Internet sites before they become popular. Today's TOURBUS stops are perfect examples of this.

If you are going to miss the Olympics when they end this weekend, just remember that there are only 555 days until the opening ceremonies of 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan; only 1506 days to the start of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia; and only 2018 days until the start of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now, doesn't that make you feel better? :P

Before I get flooded with mail from TOURBUS riders begging me to "get a life," I have to tell you that I did not actually figure out the "days remaining" numbers myself. They came from the International Olympic Committee's homepage at

At the bottom of the IOC's page are "counters" which count down the number of days before each city's games. The counters are also links to pages with more information about each upcoming Olympic game. For example, if you click on the "Sydney 2000" counter, you will be taken to a page that gives you some more information about the Sydney games.

By the way, if you want to visit the "official" homepages for each of the upcoming Olympic games, here are the addresses that you need to check out:

Nagano 1998

(I think this is official -- it *looks* official -- but I am not sure)

Sydney 2000

(Did you know that Sydney's Games will be from *SEPTEMBER* 15 to October 1? I think that's cool!)

Salt Lake City 2002

Most of these homepages are still in the larval stage -- all of the folks associated with these games are still partying in Atlanta -- but you might want to pay another visit to these sites in a few months just to see what changes have been made.

The kind folks at Yahoo! have also set up a special page for all of the upcoming Olympic Games at

This page is also in the larval stage -- there are 299 links on the page for Atlanta 96 but only 3 for Sydney 2000 -- but there is still some really cool information on this page. For example, this page has links to Cape Town's and Rio de Janeiro's bids for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games as well as a link to Pittsburgh's bid for the 2012 Summer Games (YEA PITTSBURGH! Although, to be honest, don't you think that the lines at Eat-N-Park are long enough already?).

That's about it for this week. Thank you for joining me on this tour, and I will see you next week! :)


LESSON - conjunction.
USAGE: "Ah'm gonna be dead tarred tomorrow lesson I get me some sleep."
(A special thanks goes out to Var Spicer for today's Southern Word)

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