On the ‘Opening Ceremonies’:
Well..having missed the start of the program due to dinner plans, we’ll say we began watching approximately an hour into the program. We saw a huge bear, some ice a melting, a few forest dancers, a child frolocking the fields up and down…(we were waiting fairly desperately for that segment to come to a close, really). Oh, right. Did we mention this was suppose to representative of the entire Canadian population—or perhaps we took a step back in time when Natives use to rule the land or a slight glimpse of the perpetual peasant life experienced by Saskatchewan-iens, Albertans, Manitoban-ites.
Coupled with pretty good contemporary dancers, seemingly getting in touch with the myriad of trees in BC forests OH and lets not forget “GOD?!”
As quoting one of the staffers, who eloquently put forth….[is the presentation going to be}] ” 1 hour Settlement, 1 hour Colonization,and 1 hour on Immigration?”
Let’s see…from the perspective of THE REST OF THE WORLD but CDNS– we are: Frolicking scottish fiddling tap dancers, who spend time dancing through our natural resources (shocking—no OIL CRANES scattered across the stage??), oh and our favourite game–you be the bear, i’ll be the eagle–and our common fear of avoiding ice sheets going to work-oh right, we don’t live in the North Pole!! Just because 60% of the event was covered with maple leafs, doesn’t make it canadian.
The high points: the speech, the lighting of the cauldron( minus the glitch….poor Catrina Le May Doan), the illuminated rollerbladers( is this a page out of the Beijing playbook?) , the ENTRANCE OF TEAM CANADA ••woot woot•• , and Shamu’s possy of course.
I would say overall it was a pretty proud moment for each and every Canadian. We rarely get much attn from the world so the fact that now, we are the subject of spotlight. So lets recap the days events so far…
WE WON SILVER
Jenn Heil congrats! (you totally deserved gold)
nous sommes très fiers
WE WON GOLD
Alexandre Bilodeau congrats
WE WON BRONZE
Kristina Groves congrats
aucune surprise pour nous
So proud of all the athletes so far, much more to look forward to!
What we’re anticipating…
Womens Hockey (18-0 Canada vs. Slovakia–ouch!)
Mens figure skating ( Patrick! Patrick!! ** Dazed & confused expression**[think opening ceremony])
GOLD CANADA GOLD