What a difference a year makes.
I can only watch from afar, the devastation greater than I can fathom.
Using numbers doesn’t help me understand the magnitude when it’s ten and one hundred times bigger than my closest reference. And even that I cannot comprehend.

Olympic Celebration or Olympic Cynicism?

With all the comments floating around about the Olympics, including the tweets criticizing the Canadian athletes for the way they handled Putin’s visit to Canada house, I thought I’d bring back this post I wrote in early 2010, as I watched the Olympic circus arrive in Vancouver. I’m sure I’ll have more to say later, but for now, please have a read, and let me know what you think.

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I suppose this post is long over due, since most people who know me also know that I’m an Olympics junkie.  I am that person who will sit glued to the tv as much as I can to watch the Olympics, despite work.  I even took my thesis home for the duration of Torino Olympics in order to watch, and even narrated the opening ceremonies to my housemates who really could have cared less.  So I suppose being in the city, walking by some of the events, it was only a matter of time before I would share my thoughts about the Vancouver Olympics.  And they are many.

The most interesting things I’ve seen lately have been the ways you notice the Olympics that have nothing to do with what the public and tourists will notice.  Buildings have once again been spray-washed to gleaming perfection (even in the rain as…

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