Half Way Point…
February 21, 2010 24 Comments
The O-spirit has been all consuming these past few weeks. I am sure that will all change very shortly as I re-enter the job market and focus my energies elsewhere. But in the meantime, the time spent with VANOC has been very surreal. Challenging – and yes, I considered more than once telling a few people to shove this job where the sun don’t shine … and quit. But I didn’t. I’m still here. And wow. What a HERE it is!
So, my besties that I have affectionately dubbed “The Janets” arrived in town by way of Detroit yesterday. They are here in town to take in the O-spirit and a few events for the week. I took them downtown Vancouver yesterday, after briefly stopping by BC Place to see the Stereophonics put on a great show. And they were speechless! Walking around bouche bée, sometimes had me worried… but it turned out it was all very good. My poor besties, suffering from jet lag, managed to stay up a little over 24 hrs straight on sheer adrenaline… and were up and at ‘er fairly early this morning. As I sit here at work (because yes, I am at HQ on a Sunday), they are sitting in the Irish House with many a hottie waiting for the Canada vs. US showdown before heading to their event (curling event, I think). Yes. I am very jealous. I do wish I was there with them.
The thing is, while it’s totally awesomesauce that I work for VANOC, the downside of it is that I don’t actually get to see many events. In fact, I feel very much like most Canadians and the rest of the world – I watch ‘em from a TV screen. *Sigh* Still – the claim to fame is that I HAVE worked for an OCOG at least once in my life… and that is pretty awesome in itself.
I am utterly. And completely. EXHAUSTED. Sleep is never enough, nor long enough. But I have one more week… and then, a whole new gammit of stresses, excitement and opportunities. That will most probably mean a few more sleepless nights but hey, who’s counting?
So – very soon, I will post a series of pictures I’ve taken during my Olympic time. I just don’t have that kind of time to do it properly. I am a shutter bug and will have MANY to go thru to put together a slide show for y’all. But I promise I will and will share.
So here’s a few things that I’ve found incredibly funny and sometimes, frustrating:
The Norwegians believed our First Nations shaman’s cursed them… resulting in poor medal counts. Incredulous or what??? As if!! But it is pretty funny though. It really made me laugh. How powerful we must truly be!!!
I don’t get. I just don’t get this sport. Who came up with it, I would have to question their reasons or motives. But come on… double luge? What? Why? Very odd. Very odd. This sport opens up a whole other gammit of questions that I don’t honestly know, I want to delve into.
So there have been a few bloopers along the way, especially when it comes to the cauldron. But, perhaps this is the one that takes the cake for me thus far: Renée Smith-Valade, a committee spokeswoman, said, “Perhaps we did underestimate the degree to which people would want to get close to it.” What? Seriously? Come on now!!! That’s just plain stupid AND embarrassing! So the solution was to build a viewing platform so people can get pictures of the cauldron without chain link fence in the way. Was it ill-thought-out? Absolutely. Poorly executed too… because we shouldn’t have had to come up with a half-assed solution to such a simple thing. I dunno. Maybe its just me… but this has been a less than stellar moment for VANOC… with an idiotic response to go along with it.
Again… I just didn’t get that one… really, honestly don’t. Underestimated? HA!
But what I do get is how the Olympic spirit is felt world wide, and even our troops got into the spirit and action of it. Is this an indication of what is to come in an hour or less? Canada handed the US a can of whoop ass in Kandahar… can we do it here on home ice? Let’s just say that the rivalry is alive and well… so much so that even the word “HATE” has made an appearance or two by the US Team when discussing Team Canada. Yeah. We’ll see what’s what soon enough. Because there is no other country that Canada takes great pride in defeating on the ice… than the USA. The best of neighbours and friends can also be the best of foes… especially on ice. And at this rate, perhaps there will be no Canada vs. Russia games afterall.
So… on day 11, Vancouver is still beautiful, vibrant and alive. The rest of VANOC… weeeellll, not so much. Including myself. I am sporting a lovely shade of dark circles under my eyes that complement by beautiful red eyes. Curly hair looking more like a rats nest in a bun/pony tail and loosing more weight than anything (if you had to eat what they are feeding us, you’d be loosing weight too… this isn’t what the athletes are getting either. I shouldn’t complain though, ‘cause seriously, at least we ARE being fed!!! I think my stomach would rather them not though…). Yes. We are running on fumes, many of us are running ragged. But adrenaline keeps us going, until there will be nothing left to go too.
It’s my last week as being part of a very surreal journey. I am loosing steam. And very much looking forward to chilling with Old Iron on the Floridian beaches in a few weeks time. And yet, my heart gets sad a little with the fact that I know… this will soon be over. At least I can say with great pride, dignity and kinda, sorta, gracefully – we did good. Almost. Kinda sorta.
No, but seriously: I am soo proud of our Team Canada athletes! I’ve seen kids put down their gaming controls and put on skates. Little boys and little girls across the country are dreaming bigger than ever. And what better legacy to leave behind than a bunch of medals that won’t have an impact on the community you’ve just come from. So with the most heartfelt and appreciative warrior cry I can exhaustively muster: GO CANADA GO!!! █ ♥ █
Editors note: so… Canada lost 5-3 to the USA. It was a crazy stressful Game. We did outshot the US by a margin of 2:1 easily… but it just means that we will now have to play one extra game to remain in medals contention. Its been a crazy emotional day for Canadians and competition. I am drained. Truly exhausted. To the point of idiocy. Gonna need some downtime, me thinks. Oh. But hey… it ain’t over til its over… or at least til the fat lady sings. And I haven’t sung yet.. so we still in da game. At least, until we’re not.
… in the midst of all the Olympic spirit, I just wanted to take a moment to send my prayers and heart felt condolences to all the Doey Family for the loss of their nephew/cousin/son/grandson Michael… a distant cousin of mine. Although I didn’t know him personally, the tragedy that is still ongoing is felt and not …forgotten. RIP Michael. Please send prayers out to his wife Bre who is fighting for her life… while they leave behind a very young baby, who was unscathed in the head-on collision.