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Olympics Memorabilia

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.”

Image Credits: Photo of Calgary Olympics glass posted by vivianh on Flickr. The rest of the photos are mine!

  1. FSM bless the magic of Flickr and generosity of those who post with Creative Commons licenses for that photo! []
  2. two of which have Canucks logos on them, for the record []
  3. yes, I realize these are not actually problems, but leave me to my rationalizations, k? []
  4. 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 []

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Gold Canada Gold!

You could not have written a better script if you tried. Canada loses to the USA in the preliminary round – needs to avenge this defeat. Beloved hometown goalie in net. The Americans tie up the game with only 30 seconds left to go in regulation!  And then young superstar Crosby, who hadn’t done much during the tournament, scores right when we most need it! And the crowd goes WILD!!!!!!!

And go wild they did!  I was watching the game with some friends at The Vogue Theatre on Granville and let me tell you, the crowd went crazy!

Everyone was yelling and jumping and hugging random strangers and we all poured out on Granville Street after we watched the medals being given out and I’ve never seen so many people in my life as were on Granville Street today!  Pictures don’t really do it justice, but this is sort of what it looked like:

People as far as you could see in every direction.  There were quite a few cops out, but they looked a bit at a loss – I mean, there were thousands of people in the streets, but no one was doing anything wrong!  We were yelling and cheering and chanting “Crosby! Crosby!” and singing “O Canada” and playing music and dancing and high fiving anyone and everyone – including the cops! – and when we got to the corner of Granville and Robson it was an absolutely crush of people – like the biggest mosh pit ever.  People were crowd surfing in the street!  There were people climbing light poles:

We enjoyed the crowd for a while and then grabbed some food and then headed back to the Vogue to watch the Closing Ceremonies. And when I left near the end, the street were still full of happy, happy celebrating Canadians1!

I can honestly say that this is an experience that I won’t soon forget!

Also I have to say congratulations to all our amazing Canadian athletes2!  The most gold medals by a country in an Olympic games – that’s pretty freaking amazing!  As Chris put it in her blog posting, we own part of the podium – the gold part!!!

  1. And, in a typical Vancouver scene, I saw cops dumping out some guy’s beer, while not batting an eyelash at the fact that the entire downtown core smelled like pot! []
  2. What? They could be reading this.  You don’t know that they aren’t []

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Go Canada Go!

Ok, so that was a close hockey game! Canada had a nice, comfortable 3-0 lead and then the Slovaks scored two and I nearly died of five heart attacks1 . But thanks to Roberto Luuuuuuuongo2 and his awesome goaltending3, we are going to the gold medal game!

Here’s a photo of me watching the game at Robson Square:

Props to the nice volunteers who were handing out the plastic ponchos!  It kept me from being entirely soaked – I was just nearly entirely soaked.

  1. I totally stole this line from @enniscath.  Because it perfectly sums it up []
  2. as an aside, I love watching hockey games where Roberto Luongo is playing with someone who has never seen him play before. Whenever he makes a save, the entire crowd stays yelling “Loooooooou!” and the new person gets very confused, “Why is everyone booing him?” []
  3. I just typed that as “goldtending” at first. Freudian slip! []

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The Internets! It’s ALIVE!

The internets gods have finally deemed me worthy enough to have my very own internets connection in my very own home.  And what a great night for that to happen.  Canada – and Canadian women in particular – kicked some ass at the Olympics tonight and I got to watch it all via the Internet streamed broadcast!  My Internet hookup came just in time to watch the Canadian men kicked some Russian ass at hockey – you know, *Canada’s* sport.  Then I saw the double medals – gold and silver – in women’s bobsleigh and the silver in women’s short track speed skating (3000 m relay). Combine those with Ashleigh McIvor’s gold medal in women’s ski crossClara Hughes’ bronze medal in speed skating in the afternoon and that’s a pretty good haul for the day!

Is 33 too old to take up bobsleigh?

Go Canada Go!

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Congratulations Virtue & Moir!

I don’t know much about figure skating, but I had heard that Canada’s Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir were going into the last part of the ice dance competition, which was held tonight, in first place and so I watched because I wanted to see if they could pull off the gold.  And pull it off they did – they were amazing!!  No one was questioning the judging on this one – they were gold all the way! w00t!

On a related note, does anyone know why at some events they do the medal ceremony right away, whereas for other events they have to wait until the following day’s “Victory Ceremony”?

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Canada 18, Slovakia 0

What an amazing freakin’ game!   The crowd at “Canada Hockey Place”1 was electric tonight.  Honestly, it was like watching the team that was on the power play for 60 minutes straight.  Even when Slovakia was on the power play, it looked like Canada was the one with man advantage2.

Usually when a game is a blowout like this, the crowd starts to lose it’s excitement… but not this crowd.  We cheered as loud for the 18th goal as we did for the first. At pretty much every Canucks game I’ve ever been to I’ve seen people leave early, even if the game is close, because they don’t want to have to get caught in crowd leaving.  But not tonight. It didn’t matter that we’d scored the most goals in Olympic history – everyone stayed right to the end!

Apparently Slovakia has only had women’s hockey for 10 years, so you have to give them props for coming out.  Their goalie actually did a pretty good job – the shots were 67-9!

  1. i.e., “GM Place” except for these 17 days in February 2010 []
  2. the “woman advantage”? []

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My Olympic ‘Do

While seeing so many people all clad in red walking to watch the Olympic torchbearer run by yesterday, I had an epiphany.  I decided that I needed to do this:

Happy Olympics!

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Olympic Torch

Honestly, this city is transformed.  There’s an electricity in the air. People are smiling and laughing and *talking to strangers*!  Vancouver is not generally a city where people talk to strangers.  Vancouver is a fairly social place, but people tend to socialize with those people they know and not so much with the talking to people they don’t know.  But in the past few days, I’ve noticed a lot of total strangers around the city talking to each other.  “Are you going to any events?” “Where are you from?” and “OMG, where did you get that hat!!  It’s SO AWESOME!!”1.  We’ve heard a lot about people who are anti-Olympics in the time leading up to these Olympics2 and not much in the way of support. But now that the Opening Ceremonies are just a day away, the supporters are coming out in droves.

This was Cambie Street today at about 2 p.m.:

And this is about 40 minutes BEFORE the flame is scheduled to arrive.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much red and so many maple leaves in such a small area as I did today!

And here’s the big moment!

I made this video clip for my niece – seeing all the kids so excited about the torch going by made me really wish she were here3.

For the record, here’s a video of the Olympic flame for Vancouver 2010 being lit in Greece back on October 22, 2009:

Pretty amazing to think of the amount of time this flame has been burning and all the distance that it’s covered!

  1. That last one may have been me when I saw five people with hats shaped like maple leaves today []
  2. and I’m not discounting them.  There are a lot of good reasons to be ticked off – e.g., cost overruns,people being told they have to take signs down from their own windows []
  3. even more than my usual “I wish she were here!” []

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Olympic Tickets!

I picked up my Olympic tickets today!

Women’s hockey and men’s sledge hockey.  Stoked!

I had to go downtown to pick them up and downtown is really looking spiffy these days.  My personal fav is this building with the giant Canadian flag on it:

Also, I saw these dudes from Russia walking down Granville:

Oh yeah, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here, but I also have a ticket to go see a dress rehearsal of the Opening Ceremonies on Monday!  I’m probably more excited about that than anything!  My friend Kim’s husband is in the show and everyone in the show got tickets to the dress rehearsals for their family/friends.  So Kim and I are going to see what people are paying thousands of dollars to see, but we get to see it for free and four days earlier!

Let the games begin!