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  1. Same here. I don't think in the 4 years I was in HS I ever did No. 2 in the Boys Rooms. Part of the reason of course was that there were no doors on the stalls. Back to the matter at hand. The IOC immediatly needs to address these Toilet Troubles that have plagued what is now 2 Olympics! A standardization of types of toilets allowed as well as allowing people to be able to flush their used tp should be mandatory!
  2. I agree. Take come Kaopectate just in case. Public restrooms are gross! Urinals I have no problem with, although I don't care for the old troughs found in many stadiums. Too many peekers. I'm trying to figure out which is the biggest Olympic toilet debacle. Bejings squatters or Athens tradition of throwing used tp in a bin instead of flushing it.
  3. Wow - first GM Place and now (Ford) Thunderbird Sports Centre. It's turning into an American car sort of Olympics. j/k
  4. Yea - that sounds about like what happened during SLC.
  5. :lol: Those Canadian geese can drop major bombs, so to speak Is security going to be a Canadian/US joint venture? If I recall correctly, Canada helped us out during Salt Lake.
  6. Meh. Well I guess we all have our versions of the cause of the war. O.K. - you can have them. But we also want BC and Saskatchewan. Why you want Wisconsin and Minnesota I don't know but - go for it. You can't have Alaska. We bought that fair and square. Oh, and we also want Quebec. Only because it would piss them off.
  7. Meh. The War of 1812 also had to do with forcing U.S. sailors into the British navy, being pissed at British restraints on trade, anger at British military support for Indians defending lands from American settlers - as well as territorial expansion desires on our part. However, almost 200 years later it doesn't really make much difference with regards to the current system. Yes, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. have a special relationship and a lot of history. But Canada has been pretty independent, especially since the days of Trudeau. Guess I don't understand why a Republic of Canada - for that matter a Republic of Australia, etc. hasn't occurred before now. The days of the British Empire are long over. But - none of my business really. However, we would be happy to take Alberta and the Northwest Territories off your hands if you like. You can have Michigan and then you'd get Detroit back
  8. So Liz decided to open Montreal but declined to open Melbourne, Calgary and Sydney? Maybe she was afraid her corgis would be exhausted by the trips These are Canada's Games and a Canadian should open them IMHO. P.S. - I remember the poor Governor General who opened Calgary. I felt so bad for her - she was so flustered!
  9. :lol: I love it! Another pair I might throw into the mix is Barbara Wagoner and Robert Paul, who in 1960 became the last non-Russian Pairs to win until Sale/Pelltier
  10. The "Crazy Canucks" need to be in it (even though Ken Read brought the torch in at Calgary). Nancy Greene definitely. Chandra Crawford possibly only because of her awesome national anthem rendition on the YouTube video. Even tho they didn't win gold, Brian Orser and Liz Manley were inspirational. Sale/Pelltier may be too hot a potato for the IOC to approve. Although by rights that should be a no-brainer. Tracy Wilson (in memory of Rob McCall) is another that comes to mind. No gold but a great story. Gretzky - I dunno. He's sort of like Celine now. Can't decide if he is Canadian or American.
  11. I didn't vote in this since I am not Canadian. But I would like to see Barbara Ann Scott at least part of the final torchbearers.
  12. Definitely Montreal. I have sketchy memories of Munich but Montreal was great. That stadium was quite exciting and considered out of this world at the time. And there was a lot of press coverage as to whether it would get done. I also remember Leroy Neiman painting an abstract during the games - commissioned by ABC. And of course Nadia, Bruce Jenner, the East Germany Women Swimmers scandal, Liz opening the games, a Quebecois and Ontarian lighting the flame. All good stuff. Despite their problems, Canada put on a pretty good SOG in spite of it all.
  13. From what I know, Los Angeles and Seoul would be the first choices in a situation such as this and Seoul probably getting the nod. They are as ready as LA and being in Asia definitely helps.
  14. I've pretty much decided that I am going to stay in Bellingham, WA for the duration of Vancouver since my contact at the Four Seasons/Vancouver pretty much reneged on getting me a discount rate during the Olympics Anyone heard if the U.S. and Canada are going to have some sort of program in place so that it will be easier crossing customs during that time period? I'd think something would be worked out as a lot of people are going to be doing the same as I plan to.
  15. I'm going but I am staying in Seattle, depending on what the Canadian dollar does. I called my contact at the Four Seasons in Vancouver/Whistler and he laughed at me when I asked, after the tens of thousands of dollars my law firm has given them, if he could give me a good rate during the Olympics! My plan is to drive up to Seattle - go to the opening - drive back for some of the figure skating/hockey, etc. I'm not even going to try and get up to Whistler.
  16. Everything. I've found out from experience lately with the uproar over my universities mascot that even if a majority of Indian nations support something, all it takes is one to raise a fuss and totally throw a wrench into the works. Obviously this one nation wants something. And I seriously doubt it has to do with housing the poor. Do you have Indian Gaming in BC? If so, that is my first thought - that they want to put a casino somewhere nearby and make a killing off of 2010. At least that is how it always seems to work in California.
  17. O.K. - just what I thought. (BTW - nice to see Amik make an appearance again ) O.K. - going off here - WTF???? Vancouver has been sitting there for hundreds of years. And the grounds in question have been there as long. But where were the first naions when it was filled with the poor? Nowhere. But now that they have been awarded with the Olympics, Vancouver's "Natives" are suddenly coming out of the closet and saying, "Well, that ground is actually ours because of what the White Men did!" Please.
  18. O.K. - so excuse my ignorance on this issue but what - the "First Nations Group' want to go in and build a casino and VANOC is shutting them out? See my avatar as to why I have very little patience for this type of thing. I am just assuming, of course, but the land in question has been sitting there what - forever - housing lower income people. And now that the Olympics are coming to town all the sudden it is important to the "First Nations?" Trying to understand this.
  19. Stolen Land? If they want to see what "stolen land" is they need to take a look at Bejing. Last I checked Canada is a free and capitalist society. If someone has property in an area that a developer wants to go into and can get a good price for it why shouldn't he/she have the freedom to sell? I am so tired with this sense of entitlement.
  20. I understand that sometimes people can become homeless - for a short time. But these bums that live year after year on the streets have made a choice. They made a choice to become an alcoholic or a drug addict or a degenerate. And we should not have to pay for their choice! Both the United States and Canada have a society of entitlement. A lot of the poor would rather sit around and wait for a government handout then actually do something. New Orleans is in the middle of being rebuilt and who is doing the labor? Not the people who are still sitting in their FEMA trailers - they are too busy bellyaching that the government hasn't built them new housing yet. No, it's the Mexicans coming over the border who are doing the labor! In San Francisco for the longest time the city was paying the homeless something like $500 a month! And guess what - the homeless population skyrocketed! Then Gavin Newsome gets into the mayors office and created the "Care Not Cash" program, i/e offering the homeless housing instead of a handout and the advocates were up in arms! The result however is that there has been a noticeable decline and the latest count of 333 homeless is the lowest in years. We now have a situation over in the Sunset District where the homeless were living out of their cars along the Great Highway. The Board of Supervisors outlawed that and once again the homeless advocates are up in arms. Never mind that the homeowners and taxpayers in that district were tired of feces, trash and drug dealing going on in their neighborhood. "Car Campers" No Longer Allowed Now when I lived in Chicago the police enforced the loitering laws and would either haul any homeless person who was publically intoxicated or higher than a kite to jail or if they weren't, over to the homeless shelters. When they rebuilt Lower Wacker Drive, where the homeless used to live they built fences so they could no longer have access. Perhaps this tatic should be taken by the Vancouver authorities before the Olympics arrive. *steps off soapbox*
  21. Are these groups in any way associated with "Bread Not Circuses," (I think that was their name) that was causing such a fuss during Toronto's 2008 bid? Anyhow these organizations piss me off. Which is one reason why I was concerned about San Francisco getting the 2016 bid as there is a huge homeless advocacy group here as well. They think that by disruption their cause will be furthered when in fact all it ends up doing is alienating people and causing backlash to their organization.
  22. This isn't a big deal, although the patch is UGLY. However, VANOC will make it pretty before 2010. The Metrodome deflated, fixed and reinflated years ago and it has held. Granted the technology is kind of iffy at best but it seems to work. So I don't view this as any huge blow to 2010. As long as it doesn't deflate during the opening and cause Baron, Kendegra and I to spill our beers that is!
  23. I must admit I have not been following the progress of the new Wembley that much. Were there labor strikes, shortage of materials or redesigns that have caused this long amount of time to complete it? I can't say much about the pace. I live in San Francisco. The place that will finally be done replacing the Bay Bridge that collapsed in 1989 in 2013!
  24. Not really a big deal. I think the Metrodome (built by the same company that built BC Place) in Minnesota has deflated a few times over the years and was fixed. However, that too was also to heavy snowfall if I recall correctly. I will be really annoyed if the roof falls in on me at the Opening Ceremonies.
  25. Yep. Is this also going to be the pace in which the Olympic venues are going to be built?
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