Believe it or not, it was back in November 2007 that we heard The Commonwealth Games Federation announce Glasgow as the selected host city for 2014. It seems a very long time ago!
The very first British Empire Games, which then grew into the Commonwealth Games later, were held in our sister city, Hamilton, Ontario, in 1930. And as the athletes arrived here in Scotland some 84 years later, I had the privilege of hosting the Indian team as they joined together with the Association of Indian Organisations in Scotland.
On 14 October 2010, Delhi handed over the Commonwealth Games flag and the fever of organisation began for real. A lot of money is being spent – the budget is around £570 million altogether – jobs are being created, regeneration efforts are in place, and the major building and updating of facilities will give us all access to.
And what a huge organisational task the whole thing must be! Infrastructure, ticketing (one million tickets), 261 medals to produce, accommodation, technology, parking, crowd management, security, drivers, cleaners, food, drinks, roads management and that's only a handful of the components without even mentioning the athletes themselves, all 4,500 of them from 71 competing Commonwealth nations and territories.
Writing now, I don't know just what's going to happen even at the Opening Ceremony, then there's the big marathon through the city. That's the trouble with newspapers! They have deadlines and publishing dates and I can't quite see into the future but I'm confident. I think there's a great buzz around the city with a sense of people really jumping into it all and wanting to be part of it.
David Grevemberg, games organiser, says: "The city is coming alive, people are just being a part of this and it's fantastic."
In the last few days, we've been welcoming all these athletes, officials and support staff. We're doing it in Scottish style, with our customary hospitality and goodwill. I'm seriously proud of that, proud to be a part of it.
Of course there are some frustrations. Some people living in Glasgow are having to put up with the annoyances of not being able to park in their normal spaces and feeling a bit hemmed in by it all perhaps, but come on, it's only a couple of weeks altogether and the advantages, economic and in terms of available facilities, will be good for all of us. So try and be tolerant and patient!
And it all has its personal aspects. A pal who lives in South Glasgow told me about how one of the Games chauffeurs, occupying the flat underneath hers, offered to fix the broken headlight on her Polo. Now, he didn't need to do that. That's nice. Thanks Danny!
That highlights the fact that the Games are a two-way street – forgive the bad analogy – we offer our friendliness, our hospitality, our facilities, but people coming in respond to that on a huge scale. We are promoting not just Glasgow but Scotland as a whole because we have the opportunity to say to visitors: See what we're like, come and look at our scenery, our cities, our people. You will want to return.
I'll leave it to the First Minister to sign off: "The eyes of the world will be on Scotland and we are ready to shine! With over a million tickets sold and 15,000 Clyde-sider volunteers starting to play their part in making the Games a great success, the city is abuzz with anticipation."
When you read this, just as the Games will be closing, I know Scotland, and Glasgow in particular, will have shown the Commonwealth just what we're capable of.