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There was so much negativity whirling around the whole idea of the Olympics here in Vancouver, that as it approached most people took on a typical “what will be, will be” attitude. Now that it’s finished, I can say with pride that Vancouver did a really fantastic job as a host city! Everything about our fine city was just…. well…. better, during the games. Traffic flowed quite well as did the beer and the people that filled the streets and venues. Wonderful art exhibits and performers were all over the place and the atmosphere was electric. But, what really clenched the games for me was the closing day. Imagine me, the hockey antagonist, getting up early on Sunday morning in order to claim my stool at the local pub! It just doesn’t get stranger than that!  And I had fun…. I even followed the game… took the utmost in concentration after the 3 pints, or was it 4?, but, I did it….. It was a great game and something to be proud of as a Canadian. It was really cool after the final goal when the whole pub broke into singing “Oh Canada”…. brought tears to my eyes.  And 14 Gold Medals! Wow…. Good going Canada! …now…. you deserve to be able to show off those giant beavers and moose!

I’m really looking forward to the Paralympic Winter Games! March 12-21  2010         Maybe I’ll even try to catch a sledge hockey game! Wheelchair Curling sounds amazing too.

I’ve been at least a month, maybe even two without pain. It’s funny how you lose track of time when you’re pain-free, but when your in pain, every minute seems to double. I did notice I was without pain and was feeling really good about it. All that ended at about 2am this morning when I was rolling over in bed and realized that, not only was my leg not responding, but the pain was challenging me big time. This morning I couldn’t walk and needed help and my cane…damn! I had plans to do all kinds of things today and now I’m a prisoner in my apartment, wrapped in a blanket, bottle of Advil and cup of tea at my side. Time usually makes the difference, so I guess I’ll just have to resign myself to the idea of “couch begging” Emma to get me stuff and help me. Hopefully I’ll be able to support some weight tomorrow. What happened? oh yeah…. the Olympics are here in Vancouver and Emma, Kai, (our friend) and I went down town. We started in False Creek, walked up through YaleTown, headed down Robson, then down to see the flame at Canada Place. We were just about to head over to the Londsdale Quay, when we heard the announcer say that the wait to get back from the other side on the Sea Bus was 2 hours. We decided to get on the train and go to Granville Island. Had a bite to eat on the Island and then headed home. Our feet were sore from walking all day and we were tired, so it felt great to get home and relax. I knew I had over-done it, but didn’t know to what degree until this morning.

Here’s an x-ray of my left leg.  Two plates and 22 screws. The pain is in my knee area, probably related to the ligament and tendon damage. This happened in 2002. I’ll tell you more about the incident in another post.

my left leg

Last night a couple of my friends treated me to a night out in Ontario and Saskatchewan! Those are the two pavilions we went to at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. They are free pavilions set up in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and each one features bands from its province. We lined up in front of the Ontario pavilion at 8pm and I think we made it in by 9pm. It was clear and cold last night, so great for standing in line…. great, as opposed to the other Vancouver weather option…. which is water falling on you. It was worth the wait. The pavilion was warm, the beer was cold and the performer was Jully Black. Good, high energy performance and the band was great. The crowd was really getting into it. I’ve never been anywhere where so many people were wearing red and white, not even on Valentines Day. somebody even asked me if I was from Sweden…. maybe I should have worn red too…

We moved on to the Saskatchewan pavilion where we heard another good band by the name of the Ultimate Power Duo, (3 members) and ate perogies.

We then took to the streets where we wandered, just taking in the crowds and the festive atmosphere of the Olympics… tons of Canadian flags everywhere, including this one! A true sign that you are in super natural British Columbia. Too funny….

For those of you who don’t know, Sueltas is a type of Cuban Salsa.  I made my way downtown tonight after working my 10 hour day, sewing multiples of a coat for a TV show filmed here in Vancouver. First I had to drive from NorthVancouver, where I was working to one of the Burnaby skytrain stations. I headed for the one at the mall that was fairly close to the grocery store, parked and jumped on the train. My dance class is downtown, and because this is the opening week of the 2010 Olympics here, there is no point in driving downtown…. there’s no where to park and many of the main arteries into the city are closed to us locals. Got off the train at Granville and walked the 6 blocks to class. The city has a real Carnival air to it and it was really fun seeing how busy it was down there for a Tuesday night. Lots of improvements to the Granville St. Mall and many art instalments as well. Sueltas was even better than usual as many people didn’t make the trek down there, so the people that showed up got extra attention in class. We were working on shoulder shakes will walking. Much more difficult than it sounds, especially for anyone with coordination issues….. lets just say…. if you can’t pat your stomach while you’re rubbing your head…. well, you would then be in the same boat as I am! My teacher Chen Lizra made it look sooooo easy!!!

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