Disclaimer, I totally stole the idea for this post from David Churbuck, our fearless leader on the ground here from Lenovo. I too came to Beijing totally poo-pooing the Olympic pin collecting craze. I mean, yes I once collected miniature spoons from all the states but I was like 7 years old. I just didn't see the intrigue to all this, and told Rohit before I we left I was not interested in the least.
Then of course, I started to get pins. At first they kind of lay around - Lenovo pins at iLounges, exclusive USA pins at the USA House - then you realize you have something people want. People are JAZZED about your Lenovo sponsor pin! They want to give you something else for it, and you have like three more in your bag! All of a sudden I was cooking with gas. Then, through the kindness of two of our Lenovo Voices of the Olympic Games bloggers (Mannie Heymans and Josiah Ng) I was in possession of two highly coveted delegation pins from Namibia and Malaysia. Then Harry, who helped me escape across the boarder from Mexico get across the Olympic Green without a ticket, traded me his volunteer pin. And now I have a ton of pins, and am into the trade. I don't think I'll end up like this lady - but it's a fun thing to do while you're here and I look forward to trading at more Olympics to come.