Thursday, March 4, 2010

Vancouver Live Event Center

At the Vancouver Live Event Center, one could have their photo made holding a replica of an official Olympic Torch. I stood in a long line to get this opportunity, and to pass the time, I just kept singing the song from my childhood vacation Bible school memories: "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!"

The Coke pavilion was definitely the most popular at this particular Vancouver Live venue. They were the ones taking photos of people with the Olympic torch, photos with the white polar bear often seen in their advertisements, giving you 8 ounces of Coke (regular or calorie-free, in a souvenir Olympics Coke bottle), and displaying evidence of their corporate participation in the Olympics for decades.

The top two photos in this collage were taken at the Samsung corporate pavilion. The hockey player on the left entertained while people stood in line, and the singer on the right performed for you once you got inside. The two photos on the bottom were taken inside the "all-blue-lights" Acer pavilion. It was mostly interactive games on the computers that they sell. I didn't spend long in that pavilion, thinking that I could play computer games at home!

The top three photos of this collage reference the tight security to get into the area where the corporate pavilions/live stage & jumbotrons were located. This security was fine with me, because it was a similar area at the Atlanta Olympic summer games where the bombing occurred. My husband and I had been at the Atlanta location earlier in the day, and knew exactly where the newscasters were saying the bomb went off. For the Atlanta games, there was no screening to get into the pavilion/stage area, and hence the bomber was able to casually place a bomb (hidden inside a backpack) near the stage. Another security measure in Vancouver was that the long blue fence surrounding the area (shown in upper right photo) was "wired", so that if someone tried to go over the fence to avoid security screening, alarms would go off alerting officials to the security breach. The rock band that was performing when I was there was called "Eagle & Hawk" and had a great sound. Their performance included a representative of the aboriginal culture, who did the traditional "rings dance".
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