The Downtown Vancouver Experience…
I was in Downtown Vancouver this afternoon.
I haven’t spent any time walking around downtown for years, but drive through every few months.
I was quite literally stunned by the overwhelming quantity of people with “ASK ME” buttons, Olympic officials, and Downtown Ambassadors.
Very different from what I was expecting… What the Media had led me to expect through their coverage.
For me, the Olympics had lost some of their luster, under the immense burden of Negativity… Too many security cameras… What about the homeless… What about the Athletes Village… Why do we have a Battleship in the harbour…
Today, I embraced the Vancouver that I love… with people who are positive, excited, and ready to have a FANTASTIC Olympic Games.
I cannot wait for the next time I go Downtown, when I will spend more time, and take a better camera.
More than ever, I am looking forward to the Events I have bought tickets for.
I’ve bought my Team Canada jersey, to go with my red scarf and mitts. Canadian Flags are proudly displayed on my car and my House.
As I experience the joys of the coming weeks, I’m SO looking forward to sharing them with you, and sharing a wonderful sense of pride at the Games that are going on in OUR City !!!
Let’s GO !!!
This is the fine print, and what FINE print, it is.
I am a big Fan of the Olympics.
I am a bigger Fan of the city of Vancouver.
I’m just a big ol’ capital ‘F’ Fan !!!
I was hugely excited when it was announced that we got the Olympics.
We got them, and, after that, some bad stuff happened.
The Olympics are upon us. They are OUR Olympics. They are happening in OUR town. We can have a blast, or we can pout.
I am NOT going to let a bunch of nay-sayers convince me that my glass is anything but brimming !!!
Your “Downtown Vancouver Experience” woke me up. I have been rather lacking in the joyful spirit. I also love Vancouver and your words and photos totally reminded me to get on board. It is so easy to not feel part of it outside the downtown area. I look forward to more. Thanks so much!!!
Thanks for your kind comments. I think the media coverage has given Vancouverites a very “Glass half full” perspective. I was somewhat ambivalent, until I got downtown, and saw the joy and happiness that people were taking from experiencing Vancouver in Bloom. It was a revelatin to me, and I hope people experience the games for what they are… and don’t avoid them, because of what they AREN’T !!! My cup runneth over, and the Games haven’t even STARTED yet !!! See you there !!!
I particularly like the way that the leaky-condo owners have gotten in the spirit as well. They have removed their blase blue tarps and wrapped their buildings in Canadian flags. That’s the way to show the spirit!
But seriously, I love the energy that the Olympics are bringing to Vancouver; let’s celebrate this event!!
Thank you for posting this blog, Bob. (And thanks to Suzanne Bell for pointing me in it’s direction!). I’ve a friend in her 90s who’s going to the opening ceremonies, and she’s been a bit nervous about the trip from Victoria to Vancouver, and what Vancouver will be like. Your blog has changed that for her and now she’s just looking forward to it! It’s been a gift for her. Thanks again.
Wish I was going.
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