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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….

Can’t believe I just woke up. It’s 10am…. I never sleep this late! Last night my daughter and I jumped on a bus and headed down to Gastown for  my friend Rina’s opening “weRwatching2010” liddlethought.blogspot.com/. My daughter, Emma had submitted about 8 minutes of the torch relay  shot in Burnaby with her friends from school. She was excited about seeing it up on the side of a building. The Jeffery Boone Gallery is at 1 East Cordova St. and we only had to walk a block in the pouring Vancouver rain. The gallery itself is quite small and on one wall there was a live feed to the street right outside. We could see people walking along and stopping and looking up at the outside of the building where the Torch Relay Footage was being projected. Emma and I went out to have a look at the wall too, and as I opened my umbrella, the handle popped off, it flew out of my hands and across the sidewalk. I figured that would have added some comic relief for the people watching inside the gallery. The show was cool…. a really great idea. Rina is full of great ideas, so nothing surprised me. Turned out that there were many other projects in the neighbourhood, all part of “Public Art Vancouver” and “Bright Light”….see bright-light.ca

Rina Liddle "This is Public Art" 2006

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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On the morning that the Buggy Bag® Site Launched, I was honored by an invitation to come and show the new Lap Blanket at a ConnecTra Workshop at the Vancouver Public Library. As it turned out it was also the ConnecTra Societys 10th birthday. The event was fairly well attended despite the rainy Vancouver day and the “HandyDart” http://bit.ly/wTjCO strike. I had the opportunity to speak with most of the people in wheelchairs as I went around the room getting everybody to fill out the entry form for the draw. The winner of the draw for the free Buggy Bag® Lap Blanket was a woman by the name of Violeta.

Happy Birthday ConnecTra http://www.connectra.org/… and thanks for having me come and show the Lap Blanket!

On the trail with the BC Mobility Opportunity Society's Trailrider

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ConnecTra is a connecting agency, linking people with disabilities to activities and programs that will, over time, allow them to gain confidence and become more active and involved in community life (it also includes self-employment group Abilities Business Co-op). ConnecTra is one of the six affiliated societies that make up the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation

Did you know?….. Sam Sullivan served a term as Vancouver City Mayor.

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