Mar 15th, 2010
I must admit to being underwhelmed by the Paralympic opening ceremonies. I mean, the children were cute and the military bands were rousing, but the whole affair had a sense of being, excuse the expression, ramped down from the “real” Olympics. It all had a comparatively low-budget pall over it and interest in it is markedly lower. Nobody wants to say the word, “lame” out of good taste, but let’s face it, well, what else can one call it?
Personally, 2009 wasn’t a good year and from what I can tell, it wasn’t good for a lot of other people as they lost their jobs, homes, loved ones and sometimes their hopes to this “global economic downtown” (when can we call it a depression?) and other calamities.
Feb 10th, 2010
The #Unlympics: Tweet the world, meet your neighbours.
No, it’s not a typo. I first thought of the idea of celebrating the Unlympics a couple of weeks ago as I cycled downtown by the Olympic Village only to find the seawall—My Seawall—closed! It got me thinking how much worse travel around the city would be once the Olympics really got going? I know many people are going to be out of work, or school or unable to get around the city during the Olympics and I started to imagine a scene reminiscent of winter storms in the East where everything gets shut down and people wait out the storm at home.