While, like many, I’m ambivalent about the Olympics, I lean to the positive side, and was moderately happy when Vancouver scored the 2010 Winter Games. Since then, the infrastructure preparations have ripped the shit out of our city, the financial arrangements have gone sideways, and I failed to get any of the tickets I signed up for.
Worst of all, it seems that the security costs have ballooned, up towards a billion dollars. We’re not that big a city and that’s way too much “security”. I just know it’s going to be lame-brained persnickety abusive intrusive pervasive bullshit; a thousand officious minor officials drunk with their pathetic petty power, imposing massive inconvenience embodied in rules designed to prevent the last five terrorist ploys and cover officials’ asses. And we live in among the venues. The idea of just getting out of town for the duration is looking better and better and better.