Today’s Opening Ceremonies marks a long almost 8 year journey in which we as British Columbians have gone thru more ups and downs than a proverbial toilet seat. We cheered when it was announced that we won the privelage of hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, and watched as mountains were moved (literally) on the Sea-to-Sky highway (if you haven’t been on this stunning drive in awhile, do it, albeit after the games, (Pat & I haden’t been to Whistler for over 15 years when we drove up last Feb) the road is a engineering marvel! We cringed when it was announced how much this party was going to cost, and sighed in resignation when the now infamous “cost overuns” started filtering down. Cries of wasting money, poor priorities, missed opportunities, have been ringing out for the last 4 years, and yet, here we are, showcasing our beautiful province and waving the Canadian Flag for the whole world to see. I know the naysayers are still pissed, and the protesters are going to be out in force (notice that the protesters are always out regardless of the day of the week, I guess “average” people have jobs and responsibiliies that we can’t neglect, protesters?..not much, but I digress)
Weather has become the hot button topic as we enjoy another typical West Coast winter. (to the many thousands coming for the games, it doesn’t always rain this much in Vancouver, although it’s official city flower is mildew) Truckloads of snow are saving the day, and the countless thousands of Volunteers are putting their collective “best foot forward” and doing what they do best, which is… making us Lotuslanders proud. For us on this side of the straits, unless you were fortunate to score tickets, will be watching events unfold on the big screen, in Pubs and homes, and hoping the “Own The Podium” mantra is not just just somes catchy slogan. Myself, I’ll be wearing my red mittens and cheering on our athletes, (not dwelling on the negative like alot of gloomy gusses) Why? It’s simple really, after having gone thru this back in 76′ in Montreal where I’m from, the camaraderie, sense of communty, and overall pride, made it an event to remember, and this time around our athletes are better trained and more prepared than any Olympics in history! Also, my philosphy is, if we’re going to have a economic hangover (not the 30 year hangover Montreal coped with) we may as well “giv’er” and enjoy the moment. So my friends, I encourage you to break out the flags, sing loud and proud our national anthem, and pray to the Hockey Gods that our Women make it three in a row, and our men’s team kick butt and take names. GO CANADA GO!!!