“Good morning, everyone! It’s another beautiful day here at the Moms’ Summer Olympics, where we’re entering our 10th day of competition! School let out for the summer two short weeks ago and our mom athletes have had their hands full training for these events while they try to keep their bored kids busy, entertained and well-sunscreened. I’m your host Joe Handsome ...”

“Good morning, everyone! It’s another beautiful day here at the Moms’ Summer Olympics, where we’re entering our 10th day of competition! School let out for the summer two short weeks ago and our mom athletes have had their hands full training for these events while they try to keep their bored kids busy, entertained and well-sunscreened. I’m your host Joe Handsome ...”

 “And I’m Jane Lovely. Today our leading competitor, Tracy Beckerman, is starting to show some signs of exhaustion as we look at another day of record-breaking temperatures. Beckerman is nearing the end of the ‘Getting the Kids on the Camp Bus’ marathon. She just finished the ‘Applying the Suntan Lotion to the Struggling Kids’ part of the competition and is preparing for the ‘Mounting of the Backpacks and Ushering the Kids onto the Camp Bus’ segment. They’re heading down the driveway and, oh no, one of the kids has decided she wants to change shirts. That’s going to cost Beckerman some time.”

“Too bad!”

“Well, she still has five minutes before the next event, Joe.”

“What’s that?”

“Any minute they’ll be releasing the dog from the house, and with any luck, he’ll head straight for the brook, ignore Beckerman’s calls, and romp through the muddy waters.”

“Yesterday, I believe, he actually made it all the way to the pile of mulch before she was able to grab him, hose him down and get him back inside.”

“Yes, Joe. That was certainly an exciting event.”

 “But today certainly looks promising. There will be workmen at the house painting the deck and fence. Beckerman will have a challenge keeping the dog away from the men and the paint.”

“Yes, remember during the winter games when the dog ran through the wet concrete subfloor Beckerman was laying down during the ‘Kitchen Renovation’ competition?”

“Yup, that was something. Oh, here comes the dog! He’s in the brook. Beckerman is throwing doggie treats at him, but he’s not responding and … whoa! The workmen just pulled up! The dog is out of the brook; he’s running toward the workmen, and, oh no! He just jumped up on a workman with muddy paws!”

“She’s going to lose points for that.”

“Here comes Beckerman with the hose. She’s got the dog by the collar, and she sprays!  That may be record time for her. She’s toweling off the dog and… he’s in the house. THE DOG IS IN THE HOUSE, FOLKS! A beautiful grab, spray and drag the dog performed by Beckerman.”

 “OK, here come the numbers. 9.8, 9.7, 9.8, 9.9! 9.8. She pulled it off! Beckerman is still in the lead!”

“Wow, a very thrilling start to today’s competition! We’re going to break now for a commercial while Beckerman heads over to Dunkin’ Donuts for a medium iced hazelnut coffee, and then it’s the ‘Slip N’ Slide Mold Scrubbing’ competition when we return.  You’re watching the Moms’ Summer Olympics.”

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