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Snippets of my Vancouver Olympic Experience

Susie and I decided to watch the first 3/4 of the opening ceremonies on TV and then go down to Science World to see the fireworks.

When the Canadian team came into the arena, the camera zoomed in on them and we could see them smile and wave at the camera and scream "woo!"
Susie: It's our national greeting: Wooo!
Me: It's because we have to communicate over vast expanses of tundra, we need something that projects well.

We jumped on the ski train and headed down to Science world. Their were some news crews set up there doing little location reports, but other than that it was pretty empty. We saw the little fireworks that they set off around the stadium. Then we figured it was over, so we hoped on the sky train and went home...when we got off the sky train, we realized that there were MORE FIREWORKS! So we quickly jumped back on the sky train...turned out that the other fireworks were at Canada Place, and the best place to see them from was the skytrain! So that worked out.

Then we came home and watched the news for things that we missed.

*Peter Mansbridge is giving a solumn interview with someone about the poor Georgian kid that died. Interview concludes*
Peter Mansbridge: And of course my thanks to Dick Pound for the interview
Susie and I: pffft! Hahahahaah
Susie: That's his NAME?!?!
Me: I really think he should consider going by Richard.

*We see a recap of Gretzsky lighting the torch and then watching the fireworks*
Susie: Wow, Gretzsky had a great view of the fireworks!
Me: Yeah....he also got to light the torch.
Susie: Right, also he's the "Great One"
Me: But yeah, nice view of the fireworks.

Some fun things:
There are people from Utah giving away free hot-chocolate at Science World station. They'll be there everyday for the next two weeks until midnight. We had this conversation:
Utah guys: Where are you from?
Me: Here. How about you?
Utah guys: Utah
Me: And you came here to give us free hot chocolate?
Utah guys: Well...yeah.
Me: Huh. Well, thanks!

We tried to give some directions to some people from New Hampshire. Their daughter is competing in moguls. I'm worried they got lost though, they didn't have a very good sense of how to read directional signs.

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mara_snh
Feb. 13th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
So...Mormon missionaries handing out free hot cocoa in Vancouver? Hmm. Ya'll better keep a sharp eye on your gay rights.

Sorry. Don't mean to offend any members of the LDS Church who might be reading this. It's possible they were just trying to be nice, and I'm being a crude cynic, reflecting on California's Prop 8 and the powerful degree to which nice Mormons contributed to its passage, denying the state's citizens the right to same-sex marriage. Today hot cocoa, tomorrow the world.

It's pretty amazing to think that with all this going on in Vancouver, our Supernatural boys 'n' girls are plowing through Season 5, business as usual. Too bad. I imagine a lot of them would really have loved the opportunity to take in some of the events.

It was fun to read of your experiences. I hope you'll post more as the games unfold.
hells_half_acre
Feb. 13th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
Haha, I think we are more likely to convert them than them us! Arguing against gay rights in Vancouver would be like going to Feminist convention and arguing that women were inferior. I mean, know your audience!

The hot chocolate came in cups that said Salvation Army on them...and I think said something like "Other People" or "Other" something anyway. I also only associate Utah with crazy mormons though, and I also figure anyone giving something away for free has ulterior motives unless they are a hippie.

All my experiences will most likely be of the "watching TV" variety like the rest of the world. I can't afford tickets to the olympic events. Susie and I might venture into the city one night just to see how crazy it is...maybe go stand behind some newsmen and wave at the camera like dorks.

We are looking into buying tickets for the paralympic downhill (sitting and visually impaired), the tickets for those events are way more affordable, and I've always been of the opinion that the paralympics don't get enough love.
mara_snh
Feb. 13th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
The Paralympics sounds like a fun and worthy thing to do. So glad Vancouver is iron-clad in its progressiveness. I also used to think that about California, though, which shows you how much I was paying attention.
hells_half_acre
Feb. 13th, 2010 09:30 am (UTC)
Yeah, but the states is f*cked up. Sorry...outsider opinion here. I like individual Americans and my sister lives in America...and you make entertaining TV shows...but I wouldn't want to live there.

Besides, in Canada gay rights are affirmed federally and agreed upon by the Supreme Court who confirmed that anything less than equal rights was unconstitutional. So, yeah, individual provinces don't have a choice in the matter, even those people who don't agree (we have them to) don't have a leg to stand on, because it's not something that can be put to a vote.

In terms of Canadian cities though, Vancouver is the most progressive there is.

Edited at 2010-02-13 09:31 am (UTC)
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