It is really hard to imagine what Vancouver is going to be like when everything is said and done. Canadians are so proud to be who they are, and I really hope everyone in this country maintains that sense of pride in some sort of way. In my lifetime, it’s only been times of crisis or war that I’ve seen a country come together the same way these Olympics has. It’s simply amazing.
But, on the other side of seeing the unexpected with these games, it’s the pin collecting.
Even Dick Chaney is getting in on the pin alley action?
I really had no idea about the whole pin collecting thing before the games started. And now on the lanyard that I wear around my neck on a near daily basis, I have nine pinned onto it. I probably have more at home, and now I pick up ones I already have to stock myself up for a potential trade situation. This is a serious addiction that can and most likely will affect you at whatever Olympics you can find yourself at.
Quite often I showcase the pictures of downtown at night and all of the craziness ensuing then, but these pictures help show that it’s really an all day long thing. Robson Square is always buzzing, even during the morning hours when I’m going right through this on my morning work commute.
On this night, Rebecca and I ventured back, probably for our last time, to the House of Switzerland for a private dinner for just the two of us. In fact, this was our fourth wedding anniversary, and we had probably one of the best times in all of the Olympics. We had great food, a great table, an amazing view, and even a TV so we could watch the women figure skating come to a close.
I know it was our anniversary, but we’ve accepted that it fell right in the middle of this once in a lifetime event. We have plans to really celebrate this together later on, especially when we have no commitments, some sleep, and a chance to settle down from all of this excitement.
A water taxi across False Creek, we walked around the Vectorial Elevation to snap some photos and marvel in its beauty because we’re not sure how much longer this will be around. Sure, it has an end date, but a lot of people would like to see it stay around.
That remains to be seen, but the realization is setting in pretty hard that the games are almost over. Vancouver has been waiting for this for seven years. We all keep talking with our friends about what comes after the games are completely gone. I guess we’ll have to just wait and see.
You can see all of my pictures from this day in this flickr set, Vancouver 2010: Day 14.