Turns out I’m going to be in Vancouver during the men’s gold-medal hockey game between Canada and the U.S. this weekend. Do I care much about hockey? No. Am I excited anyway? Yes! I’m excited to wander around downtown through the masses of hopeful fans and soak up the anticipation. I usually hate fighting crowds, but this crowd is going to be a whole different animal. It’ll be the kind of crowd you just have to give yourself over to; don’t fight, don’t flee, just hang on and let it carry you where it may.
I, typically, don’t know what to think of the controversy surrounding the Olympics here. On the one hand, I certainly agree that more money and effort needs to be put towards housing and social programs. On the other, if we took all the money that was allotted for culture and entertainment – not just sports, but music, art, theatre, etc. – and funneled it into more important pursuits, what would that do to our cities? Would they be places anyone would want to live anymore? Can quality of life be measured by the quantity of money thrown at it?
I like to ask questions and not answer them – have you noticed?