Protesters and Winers
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February 13th, 2010 – by: bcbusdriver
I turned on the TV and checked the internet to see what was happening. As you might already know some protesters had got way out of control and had damaged a local bank and department store.
Today I did not start work until quite late so I went exploring for a while. First I decided to check out the epicenter of the mornings protests and while I did some broken windows things were back to normal for both businesses. I walked the length of Robson Street which has a bunch of events each day but they seem to start much later then the afternoon so really all I saw was a lot of people shopping and checking out the city.
I did spend some time around the Vancouver Art Gallery. For many months there has been an Olympic clock counting down the days and hours until the Vancouver Olympics. I have seen this clock so many times and even saw a very similar one in Hong Kong before the Beijing Olympics. These clocks are sponsored and supplied by the Swiss clock company Omega. This is the same company that is my main client so I spend a lot of time around Omega customers and employees. As part of the Olympics Omega has taken over the plaza in front of the gallery and they have what looks like a bit of a history of their involvement with the Olympics.
I had a different client today then my normal one. This company was a local wine distillery and they wanted to show off their product to their clients. This company has some sort of pub located in what is called the O Zone, located near the Olympic speed skating oval. These folks had spent the day up in Whistler but due to delays caused by weather they were late getting to me. We should have gotten to the venue 2 hours before we did so these folks had less then 30 minutes to enjoy the O Zone. For me this meant I had just enough time to find a place to park my bus and walk to the gate before it closed and I had to return to the bus. So I did not get to see anything but it does look cool and I will have to go during the Olympics. Maybe not at this time of night though as there did seem to be more then enough drunk teenagers hanging around.
The next day is a day off so I will just wander around the Olympic sights in downtown Vancouver.
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