Things I learned from the 2010 winter Olympics happening in Vancouver 2


I really love driving my car

With all the crazy crowds everywhere and parking restrictions, I have been using buses to get around town lately. It takes forever to get anywhere by bus. A trip that would take me 10 minutes takes an hour by bus. You have to walk to the bus station, then wait, the bus moves slowly and then you have walk some more to your destination. Although Vancouver bus riders are far more polite than bus riders in other countries I have lived in and Vancouver bus drivers are double far nicer than bus drivers in those other said countries, I have gained a new appreciation for my car. Anyway, I have to do my part to contribute to global warming so that we have more sunny weather in Vancouver.

I really love wearing high heals

With all that bus riding and walking by foot, I had to sacrifice wearing high heels for sensible shoes, even when going out in the evening. I own a large collection of beautiful shoes that I enjoy wearing and lately all my best shoes had to sit neglected on the shelf. That brown dress just doesn’t look the same without the spike orange shoes. Oh well! One more weak and I will go back to torturing my feet for the sake of fashion.

I have a severe aversion to standing in a line-up

The cultural Olympiads has offered a myriad of free cultural events mostly around the downtown area. I went to check out the happenings twice – Saturday evenings and during the day on a Wednesday. Both times I ended up walking aimlessly around downtown because anything I attempted to do had a large line-up and I decided to pass. I don’t care how free it is, I am not standing in a line-up for two hours to see a free concert. Walking aimlessly around Robson street and Granville street in the middle of a sea of people is kinda fun, but I think I had my fill.

I am glad I don’t own a TV set

If I owned a TV, I would probably waste my time watching all the figure skating ,downhill skiing events and the opening ceremonies. Instead I spend 10 minutes reading the highlights in the news and focus on my work.

I don’t understand Sports

In the last few days I have seen my fellow Vancouverites exhibit passion which I have rarely seen before. There is a real buzz in the air in the city of Vancouver. It is nice to see Canadians exhibit passion – something that doesn’t happen often. Even nationalism can be gleaned on the streets of Vancouver lately. All this is great, even fun. I just don’t understand what is it about sports that gets people in touch with that side of themselves. How come people don’t exhibit the same passion about arts, business or themselves? What special magic does sport hold over people? It is a bit of a mystery to me. Perhaps somebody will explain it to me one day.

I voted no to the Vancouver Olympics a few years ago, because I believe that spending billions to hold a special event while cutting budgets for education, healthcare and social housing is simply wrong. However, now that the Olympics are here I decided to enjoy them as best as I can. I am happy for all the athletes who won a medals, I am sure that every single one of them worked hard to deserve it. I am happy to witness the excitement in my fellow Vancouverites. I am grateful for my valuable lessons. However if I had to go back in time, I would still vote no again.

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2 thoughts on “Things I learned from the 2010 winter Olympics happening in Vancouver

  • AngloGermanicAmerican

    I have a number of questions, but I am going to excercise restraint and only ask one of them. What does it mean to "waste time?"

    I have been struggling with that question for some time now (among other questions like, "Am I too fat?" and "It's almost March, so what happened to the New Years' resolution?"). For example, am I wasting time reading this blog? What about my steadfast diligence in checking Ishtarria, who just can't seem to say it for God's sake (Yes, Liana, I am talkin 'bout you). Is it all just a big waste of time?

    Here is what I find most interesting. You write (from atop your high horse) about your smug satisfaction that you don't own a tv set and proceed to suggest, no, expressly state that instead of wasting time watching the Olympics on tv, you "spend ten minutes reading the highlights in the news and focus on my work."

    What? Your work? What about my work? Or the work of everyone who is distracted by reading your blog? What about them, poor devils wasting their time when they could have been working or . . . watching tv?

    So, the question is (and I really should be working in all seriousness), what is not a "waste of time" given our universal human condition?

  • ihath

    Dear AngloGermanicAmerican,
    You ask a difficult question, but I shall attempt to answer it.

    With all the Olympic fever in Vancouver, I have seen Canadians display passion like I have never seen them before. Some of my friends were depressed for days because Canada lost a hockey match. Why don't these same people show the same passion in their own personal lives. I call it passion-light. Passion through somebody else. What those athletes do is truly amazing. Getting excited through them is easy. If the hockey fan had to get passionate about himself the way he gets all excited about his favorite hockey player, it would be hard work. It also involves loads of risks and potential for heart ache. Passion-light is a safer and low risk endeavour. However it doesn't mean that all is lost. I am hoping that all this passion-light, I am seeing around me, will spark something more, at least in a few hearts.

    Why doesn’t Liana just look up the guy and give him a phone call and tell him “Hey you! Yes you! …. I have something to tell you”? ….. how else would she discover that she is a writer?