I frigging hate mornings and sort of meeting American politicians
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February 15th, 2010 – by: bcbusdriver
Most of my job for the Olympics was working for a Swiss watch company called Omega. They had me a few other drivers transport their VIPs and corporate execs from venue to venue. To be honest most of time was spent waiting in parking lots waiting for something to happen.
On this day it was simple pick up the people early in the morning and take them to Whistler for some skiing events. Normally at 3am Vancouver is dead dead dead. It is also impossible to get to work by city transit as it does not start for a few more hours, so to get to work I need to take a taxi (I gave up my car a year ago). Normally if I need a taxi I don't bother to call the company I just walk out onto Robson and wave one down or walk to the taxi stand in front of a nearby hotel.
The best part was after I went and got my boss and drove to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, I found out I would not be needed for three hours. The problem was my clients could not get out of the hotel as a much more important VIP was checking out. The American Vice President Joe Biden was checking out and that meant the lobby of the hotel was completely locked down, nothing was moving in or around the hotel until he left.
So what to do in Vancouver at 430am, not much. I parked across the street and went a walk took some early morning photos. Sorry for quality, I have a cheap camera and it really was not so good at taking photos with such inconsistent light. The good news was I had the Omega display almost all to myself as everyone else in Vancouver was asleep or trying to get to sleep. I even killed some time talking ot bored security guards and police officers. After a while the Vice Pres was gone and here came my clients. Off to Whistler we went.
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