So, if you live in Vancouver, you may have noticed that there is this sporting event in town that is closing roads, creating line-ups the like of which haven't been seen since Soviet Russia and bringing some of the best musical acts in Canada to town.
I have been meaning to write about a variety of Olympic-related topics, so here you go ... my first Olympic Hodgepodge!
Get in the Olympic Spirit
While I haven't been wearing red everyday, I have followed one of the suggestions in the Paint the Town Red guidebook: hang red and white xmas lights. I've hung them on the balcony and they seem quite fetching. I do think the people across the street who have hung their multi-coloured xmas lights from December back up are kind of missing the point. But I only mock them a little, because showing your spirit is a good thing, right?
But don't confine showing your spirit to your physical surroundings! You'll want to dress up your digital digs as well. I made these patriotic avatars using Team Canada's "It Takes a Nation" app.
Now, if you're looking to dress the part of Olympic fan/fanboy/nerd, you will definitely want to check out the Vancouver 2010 store. Now, I'm not generally a proponent of rampant consumerism, but, two things here: 1) the Vancouver 2010 store is powered by the very awesome (and homegrown! Go, Vancouver!) e-commerce software and company Elastic Path; and 2) I really like the pins.
You've probably heard about the 2 hour lines at the official HBC store - well shopping online eliminates those lines! And (AND) Elastic Path has partnered with VANOC to offer local residents free shipping and overnight delivery. Sweet! So if you need that cowbell for your day at the bobsleigh track or the big plush Mukuk for cuddling at home, you can get it delivered NEXT DAY!
When the good folks over at Elastic Path told me about their great shipping deal for Vancouverites (heck, actually all Lower Mainland folks), they also sent over a few sample items. No giant Mukmuk, but they did send pins! And I want to give a couple away to YOU - whether you live in Vangroovy or not! Details below. At the end. Keep reading ...