Monday, March 1, 2010

Olympic Finale: A Mob of Maple Leafers with Digital Cameras

I was in the crowd on Granville St. last night, the last night of the Olympics. Every few seconds, somebody would cheer in celebration of Canada's hockey win. I pointed out to my buddy that by the looks on the faces of many people walking by me, many weren't having that a great time. "Yeah," he said, "It's forced."

There really wasn't much to do, other than wander up and down Granville St. looking at people wearing maple leaf capes or waving maple leaf flags. I pointed out to my buddy that in some countries, like Mexico, people would be dancing in the street.

Those who seemed to be thrilled by the mob of Maple Leafers were small children. A little boy walking through the mob, holding his father's hand, was looking up with a smile. A little girl being pushed in a stroller was looking up with a genuine look of amazement on her face.

It was one big photo op. Digital cameras were as ubiquitous as Maple Leafs. That was the part I found most interesting, because you wouldn't have seen it ten years ago: every body with a camera either snapping or posing. Nobody worrying about the cost of developing film. Everybody a journalist of some sort.


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Anonymous said...

Went down to the Owelympics a few times.
All it is is either mindless wandering of the streets in large crowds, or lining up for hours for a sliver of cheese!

YEs, a sliver of cheese. I walked over to a nearby store and told everyone that they could buy a whole block of cheese for $5 instead of lining up for 3 hours to get a free "sliver" of cheese.

God, people are stupid.

Downtown was alive and crowded, but BORING!

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My email:

reliable sources said...


I assume you read the post on this blog about Telus resolving an internet billing dispute after management was contacted.

You would probably be better off emailing Telus management directly. Their email addresses have been posted, but I don't have them in front of me.

DaZhong said...

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if you don't mind, do you recall which post that contains the Telus management's email address?

Thank you

reliable sources said...


Here's the link:

The email for Mr. Wheeler is in the comments section.

DaZhong said...

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