Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The 2010 Olympics — Proudly Hosted by “My” Canada

One of the first things that caught my eye in the lead-up to The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver is the vista from the harbour that you see here on the right. And, of course, now that we've all spent 2 weeks watching the Winter Games, mostly this is not the view that we've gotten used to because most of the games were up in the mountains. But I still really like the picture (especially if you click thru for the full sized image).

I also really like these stunning pictures that highlight the last days of the Olympic Torch Relay, mostly as it passes thru various cities in Canada. And iff you have PowerPointthese action shots or these from the Opening Ceremonies (with music!) are incredible and amazing. I sure wish I had been there!

And speaking of Canada… check out my sister, Nanci Phelan's blog article, “2010 Olympic Rings”, where she writes about the stained glass memory piece she created to honor The 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Click thru / see the thumbnail on the left.

Likewise Canadian… the real reason I decided to write this article was so that I could host this link to where “Tom Brokaw Explains The Relationship Between Canada and The United States” — ostensibly to Americans but I suspect a lot of this might be news to many Canadians — in a pre-recorded short film that aired on NBC prior to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. As I sat and watched the video I found myself feeling very moved — proudly in awe, in fact — because both of these countries are very near and dear to my heart. I hope you are able to see that video (see below).

So enjoy that footage while it's available. Between the time when I first decided to write this article… and now, some YouTube versions of it have been cut off — “ blocked in your country on copyright grounds ” — whatever that means and whereever that applies. So by the time you read this, you might get something similiar.

If you have anything to say about our great countries — Canada and/or the USA — feel free to “Post a Comment” on this blog using the link, below.
Taken from the video… I especially liked JFK's quote to the Canadian Parliament,
May 17th, 1961 :
“  Geography has made us neighbours,
   History has made us friends,
   Economics has made us partners,
   and Necessity has made us alleys.”