Arrived to find warm and sunny weather. AND my opening ceremony ticket was mailed to Talia's house: a nes (miracle)! The opening ceremony is tomorrow at ~6:30 pm Tel Aviv time. I've got my ticket and even an official seat number. Whew! At the Continental gate in Newark airport, I found out that a number of other parents were heading to Israel to see their sons/daughters play in the games: 2 have sons on the basketball team, one set of parents a son on the soccer team, and one on the gymnastics squad.
As Ami mentioned in his comment, the beach volleyball games (July 13, 14, 15) are in Netanya, so I'll either be driving Talia's car or taking the train. Driving in Tel Aviv is a whole other kind of game, but one I'm familiar with, one that takes a lot of mental koach...but no problem.
Correction: Ami's teammate is Elon and he goes to New York University. That's all for now.