When I was a kid, we had the Calgary ’88 Olympics glasses from Petro-Canada. I’d be willing to bet that most Canadians remember these glasses – everyone I’ve mentioned them to recently has said, “The ones with the gold that flaked off?” Yup, those would be the ones. They looked like this1:
In the process of moving, it struck me that I only have three glasses2. I had an unholy number of mugs – in fact, I donated about half of them to the thrift store – but not so much on the glasses front. So, I decided that buying the Vancouver 2010 Olympics glasses from Petro-Canada would solve both my lack-of-glasses problem and my desire-for-keepsakes problem3. Plus, proceeds from the glasses help support our wonderful Canadian athletes!
I tried to take some photos of my lovely new glasses, but my stupid camera thinks that my memory card is full, despite the fact that I deleted all sorts of photos of them, and it’s stubbornly refusing to take any photos. I took some photos with my iPhone, but the ones of the glasses on their own didn’t turn out very well. So instead, I’ll share these photos of the glasses in their boxes instead:
The glasses each have the inukshuk4, that’s an important characteristic in a glass. Also, they don’t have any gold on them, so, unlike the Calgary ones, they won’t be remembered as “those glasses where the gold flaked off.”
- FSM bless the magic of Flickr and generosity of those who post with Creative Commons licenses for that photo! [↩]
- two of which have Canucks logos on them, for the record [↩]
- yes, I realize these are not actually problems, but leave me to my rationalizations, k? [↩]
- interestingly, the Firefox spell checker knows “Inuktitut” (the name of some Inuit languages), but not “inukshuk”) logo on one side, but they each have a different design on the other side. Which isn’t shown on the boxes and won’t show up in the subpar photos produced by my iPhone’s camera. Perhaps when my regular camera stops being such a bee-yotch, I’ll get some photos that do the glasses justice.
On a more practical note, the glasses are pretty sturdy – one of the people at the Petro-Can where I bought them said, “Oh yeah, I’ve dropped mine a couple of times and it hasn’t broken yet.” And given that I’m a DOATV ((Dropper of All Things Valuable [↩]