~Sundays In My City~

I would like to preface by saying that while the Olympics are on, i will, most likely...actually, certainly, neglect my blog. I could happily watch 16 days of competition in my pj's and forget about every other facet of my life... how often do we get thrown such an array of events?

Since Calgary (1988) was our last host city for the Olympic games, when the torch made its way through Cowtown, they stopped along the way to light all previous game sites. At the ski hill where we ski, there is a small cauldron...



And well, since we have ski jump, bobsled, skeleton and luge tracks at our disposal, perhaps we'll be seeing one of our kiddos at the 2022 games?
Start them early!!


I have been asked by a few fellow bloggers what I actually thought about our opening ceremonies. I guess i would happily assume that you all saw the same splendid displays that i watched; however i know that is not true. Rita @ One2Try, has a hubby who was a cameraman for the event. He told her things to watch for, on the week leading up to the ceremony. Did she see any of that?? NO. Apparently, the opening ceremony was terribly chopped and edited for you fellow Americans. While you may have seen totems, did you actually see them come out of the floor??
Our visuals (think whales and salmon swimming across the floor) and our music (think Ashley MacIssac and our tatted fiddlers) were stunning and unique. I *think* we gave the world a pretty good glimpse into Canadian culture. Our First Nations have been given all controlling rights for these games, a first ever in history. After all, they were here first. We are a truly multicultural country- proud and strong. Not too many out there quite like us! I will say though, i am a little miffed at where we left our French connections this ceremony? (aside from the language) But ah--that's just one more 'healthy' thing for us to argue about for the next few decades.

Did YOU like our opening ceremony?

Were you happy with how we decided to light our Olympic cauldron? And yes, we know that the hydraulics on the 4th arm of the cauldron did not come up. BUT, we did have fun making fun of ourselves A LOT the next day! (btw, Canucks make fun of ourselves better than any other country could!)

Games on!...Good Luck to All of your respective countries!

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Unknown Mami




Comments

Julie said…
I did not watch the ceremony, live or otherwise, just seeing the bits on the news. I liked what I saw, but am not into the big cermony thing.

It is interesting to me to read some of the generalisations you make about Canadians. YOu note some of the same characteristics I would claim for Australians, especially the self-deprecating humour.

Thank you for this post. I enjoyed reading your take on the games and on your society.
SamiJoe said…
Yes, well actually, Aussie's in our country love it here...for those same reasons! And we seem to have a strong fancy for those Aussie's as well!
Joanna Jenkins said…
Yep, I watched the opening ceremonies and my first thought was that NBC had "peeked" too much of that gorgeous opening downhill snowboarding video. It didn't feel fresh to me--- BUT, then the native indian parts came on and I loved the way the camera angle shot straight down and you could see the "drum" beat/pulse on the various tribe symbols.

I'll be glued tot he tv watching for the next 2 weeks too.

Have a great week.
jj
Nancy C said…
I loved the opening ceremonies---I actually wrote about it today. I wish I could have seen the rising totems, though.

Oh my gosh, a bobsledding track. Do they have a "tame" one?
Tara said…
I really enjoyed it (and let Andrew stay up until 10:30 to watch Team Canada march into the stadium). I had quite a few teary moments, including Rick Hansen's entrance, the flags being raised, then lowered to half staff, KD Lang singing, seeing Betty Fox carrying the flag, seeing Donald Sutherland looking actually kinda teary over carrying the flag, and, of course, the Gov. General proclaiming the games "Open".
SamiJoe said…
A pro bobsled driver will take you down for runs...about $165.00 per person.

http://www.winsportcanada.ca/cop/activities/bobsleigh_rides.cfm
I am just so excited you get to experience this first hand! How wonderful for your country : )
Lee Ann said…
Murray and kirsten watched the ceremony the next morning and both talked about how spectacular it was. Unfortunately I was snoring it up in my bed, but I have been watching some of the events! Although we have to rely mostly o. Highlights because of the time difference.

Love love love your pics , they are very special! I can't get over the one of Avery in the bobsleigh! x
Prairiemaid said…
I'm thinking the First Nation stuff was awesome, but it was all good.

Wonderful post.
D'Anna said…
I LOVED the opening ceremonies! Thank you, CANADA! We didn't watch it live - it came on here about 3 am or something . . . but our first channel showed it the next day - 2 times! : )
I loved everything - and cried thru most of it - such beautiful moments when the "whole world" comes together to PARTY and CELEBRATE! Amazing, really . . .
A few of my favorite moments:
- the snowboarding at the beginning - WOW'zer! People REALLY do that off the side of MOUNTAINS? Was that for real?!
- the WHALES "swimming" - good night! all those spec effects were amazing!
- the totem poles coming up - we saw it all!
- kd lang singing Hallelujah! - what an amazing song and voice!

The only minus for me - the opera singer's song - I couldn't understand ONE WORD!!! We were trying to guess what lang she was singing in! HA!

What a great evening!
THANK you!
Shelle said…
no tv here so i didn't see them...but i'd go for a bob sled ride anyday!
Sonya said…
I actualyl did not see it! I watch everynight to see how the dutch speed skaters are doing but thats about it. Im such a bad olympic follower!
SamiJoe said…
The Opera singer was singing in Greek....i believe. I think that is a traditional Greek poem read at every Olympic games.
Don't quote me on that, but i'm pretty sure.
starnes family said…
I was thinking about you and all my Canadian blogging peeps while watching. Happy Canada is doing well with a Gold!
I have a beautiful blogger award for you over on my site
http://momvstheboys.blogspot.com/2010/02/beautiful-blogger-award.html

and Go Canada Go!!
Unknown Mami said…
Your enthusiasm and pride are contagious!

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