Half Way Point…

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!!!

Double LugeI 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.

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About ~KC~
Strong but open minded, opinionated, sensitive, vivacious, outgoing, caring, compassionate, spiritual, habitual, mutable, at times controversial, sometimes superficial, perceived as egotistical and knowledgeable but mostly loveable... all things Sagittarius.

24 Responses to Half Way Point…

  1. Buck says:

    Ah, you’ve had an extraordinary opportunity here, KC, no doubt. And now we’re about five minutes or so from puck drop. USA! USA! USA! 🙂

  2. Fay says:

    Great post ~KC~

    Even though we lost the hockey game…

    Double Luge…hmmm…. West End boys?

  3. Fay says:

    Question…

    What clock is this blog on???

    • Old Iron says:

      Fay, just a quick note. The reason that some of the times, especially mine, look odd is because I am posting from West Africa and am potentially a day ahead of you all.

  4. Old Iron says:

    KC, out of all of the gayest pictures (outside of pics of two dudes shagging) you had to put one up of double luge. Doe the announcers talk in a lisp as they are charting the course?

  5. Fay says:

    Old Iron obviously didn’t see Johnny Weir the skater.

    Google is your friend…

    Or not.

  6. lady red says:

    Wonderful post, ~KC~. I’m so looking forward to seeing your photos!

  7. Aridog says:

    Subject: Ice Hockey…whoopsie.

    Local Detroit fav Babcock needs to get his Team Canada together…and I mean together. Right now, against the Swiss and the Yanks there were mostly 5 individual stars on ice at any given time. Mighty Sidney cannot win it alone…not can any goalie when the shots on goal are accurate and his defense is MIA at critical times. Relying on volume of shots is like playing the slots…waiting on luck.

    • ~KC~ says:

      We needed Luongo in nets. Why he wasn’t is beyond me.
      And yes, stop dickin’ around – and come together dammit! If we want gold … we have to gel together, and pronto!

      • Aridog says:

        The elimination rounds start now. Team Canada already has two strikes against them, in baseball terms…better not try for 3 if playing the Russians….and IIRC they do play the Russians in their set.

        The best talented team needs to be a TEAM. Now. If not, I am going to avoid Canadians for a while just to be on the safe side :-))

      • ~KC~ says:

        Oh I can’t give up that easily on Team Canada!! We’ve come from behind before and we took Gold so… I am hopeful!

  8. Aridog says:

    Subject: Luge

    One guy lying on his back looking over his belly button at 90 mph is nuts, two is, well, as you say ~KC~ :-)) ….never mind that the guy in contact with the sled and doing what steering is possible can’t see diddly. At least in Skeleton Sled you can see clearly when doom is approaching.

    Nope…I prefer skis…just as fast, but you do have some real control…e.g., you can stop if the sphincter factor gets to high….or just bail in to the netting if you’re lucky.

    • ~KC~ says:

      Either sport can lead to death. One is just doubly so.

      • Aridog says:

        Which is why I prefer ski racing. More control…but you can still get dead, and some have, others crippled or impaired for life. It is a risk a racer takes. Always tragic, it is none the less a facet of personal speed sports.

        I watched the new event “Ski Cross”…kind of sad, really. For reasons I’ll not illuminate just now. All I will say is it resembles what we used to get suspended from a team for doing during free ski time….and the contrived “obstacles” and “terrain” are ridiculous. What? Moguls made by snow bunnies skidding their turns and trees in the glades weren’t enough? Not enough “air?” Sigh.

        One “game” we used to play during free time, members from sevral teams at a time usually, was “tag”….20 odd skiers start with one guy/girl “it”…ends when the last one is “tagged” by the other 19….as fast as possible anywhere and everywhere. Got some pine splinters in my backside sitting out more than once for that…made the coaches beserk. Which of course was the purpose I guess.

  9. Aridog says:

    Subject: Figure Skating-Men’s Singles.

    If Old Iron missed Mr. Weir, he is lucky….I watched him, and I’m still looking for my chlorine eye drops. I also loved the Ruskie complaining that a quad jump is what should win…never mind the 4 minutes and 18 seconds of other work.

    • ~KC~ says:

      Oh now now!!! He’s not a bad skater! He’s predictable in his femininity but unpredictable in his skating. He’s not THAT terrible to watch!

      • Aridog says:

        True, his skating is not that bad, nor is it that good. But the arming waving and flutter (no relation to the skates) has reached epic proporitons now, and Mr. Weir is the waviest. (Is that even a word?)

  10. Aridog says:

    Subject: Classy Comment by a competitor.

    Ivica Kostelic, on camera and mic, to Bode Miler after he won gold in the Combined ski race, pushing Kostelic down to silver…he said: “Welcome back” as he shook Millr’s hand at the winners area.

    His reference was to Miller’s all time record as a top racer, somewhat dampened last year and this one, as well as in 2006 Olympics.

  11. Gordon says:

    What would you like more at the end of this? A blowout party, or a weekend at a spa? As if they’ll give you either….

    • ~KC~ says:

      A week at the Spa hands down!!! LOL… and you are correct. I will not see that by them – it will have to be on my dime. Therefore, I am jumping on a plane to visit Old Iron at the end of it all for one week… and will unwind (hopefully) on a Floridian beach somewhere, drinking copious amount of Bombay Sapphire, when I’m awake that is!

    • ~KC~ says:

      Yeah…. heard it over and over and over again and again and again… nothing new. I even linked an article that said something very similar last week. There will always be naysayers.

      • Buck says:

        Ummm… KC. Did you read it? It’s humor, girl.

      • ~KC~ says:

        Hehehe… yes hon.. I did read it more thoroughly after responding… and it did have me laughing and giggling quite a bit – while reading portions of it to the girls! Thanks for that one Buck!

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