The 2010 Olympic torch passed by this morning. I saw the twinkling lights of the support vehicles through tree tops, heard the reverberation of the bass of the music, heard the shouts.
We had hoped to join in the celebration in town last night but my Mr. was suffering a cold and so we did the right thing and stayed indoors.
I have mixed feelings about our Olympics. I feel it's turned into such a huge commercial machine. I'd like to see it being more about the athletes and their accomplishments - and see them promoted and supported more. And I have to agree with a sentiment a friend voiced to me - that they should be held in only ONE place, ever. The reason being the expense, each country trying to outdo each other with their venues. If it were in only one place then the existing infrastructure could simply be upgraded now and again. Also firm plans could be made for travel, accommodation, security etc. Its simply hard to justify money being tossed about like this when there are so many worthy needs in our province.
This said - I would have liked to have watched the torch being relayed - one of the torch bearers was Tony, a man who works at Home Hardware. Tony has Down's Syndrome and he is a sweetheart of our town. He's always got a cheerful word for everyone and is a hard worker. He's dear to each of us. Another torch bearer was a student of my Mr.'s so we would have liked to see him too.
You can view an interactive map of the Olympic Torch route - see photos etc by clicking the graphic below (we are at Osoyoos)
How do YOU feel about the Olympics?