Thursday, 18 February 2010
Down Town Arts and Line-ups
Folks are walking around down-town Vancouver with their camera's wide open, staring into their screens or else texting while walking. There is a lot to see and talk about. I even saw Johnny Depp pulling a sulkie offering free rides!
Granville Street promenade is full of sculpture of all kinds, from early years student's art on paper cups to amazing found media art to bronze castings.
The YaleTown stroll was a bit different. They have fair smells all along the lower ridge of the streets. Candy floss, smokies, and even barker-style games with barkers pulling in happy passers-by with calls like, "Manitoba! Do we have anyone from Manitoba here? Step right up!" I was almost lured in, but with my blue "smurf" outfit, I am mistaken for a local and constantly asked for directions. I do my best, but really have a hard time orienting myself. Even when I'm walking along False Creek, I could swear that Pacific Boulevard runs East West and then, I doubt. I guess it doesn't matter.
The evening was pleasantly cool. The locals like to remind the Easterners that their cold is really much harder to bear than the Manitoba kind of cold weather. It is so damp! For crying in the sink. It is clear and plus 5 at 11pm and I do not find that hard to bear. But burr, for the locals. Yes. Our cold is dryer and not so bad as this. And oh yah, don't wear capri pants and flip flops when it is only plus five, that also can make the damp cold a bit more difficult.
I'm leaving the sports journalists to give you pictures of the curlers, but maybe I'll get some fan shots and behind-the scene venue shots. The photos today, are mostly cropped small thumbnails, but the Robson Square shot is a large image. I think if you click on it you can zoom in and analyze some detail. Try that. See you tomorrow.
Go Canada! Yes yes yes on the Short Track silver. Lots of people are talking figure skating around me. I don't really get it, but okay, Jump High, Spin Fast, Look Good. Go team go.