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  1. I must say, those beautiful blue skys in all these pictures of the stadium just help make it look like such a welcoming place Obviously Bejing has nipped that air quality problem in the bud! Now to the big question: With all these pictures of the stadium why hasn't anyone gone into the restrooms to find out if the squatter toilet problem has been fixed and taken pictures?
  2. I could look this up but I am too lazy. What will GM PLace becalled during the Olympics?
  3. Surprising choice but a good one I think. Bombardier is known for their engineering.
  4. I guess it is a qualifying match but my sissy is singing The National Anthem Saturday on ESPN for one of the U.S. Ladies pre-matches prior to Bejing from Bloomington, Il. She finally did what I always hoped to when I decided not to pursue playing in the Olympic Marching band in 84.
  5. Well, you confirmed what I suspected that the roof would be cleaned. Has nothing to do with Vancouver's upkeep of it. Any stadium with a fabric roof is going to collect more noticeable dirt - especially if it is white. As for the cauldron, it is such a non issue. I suspect Vancouver will do something like Calgary did when they had a flame atop Calgary tower - the one that was seen featured on tv during the games as opposed to the official one at McMahon Stadium.
  6. Oh Gawd. THIS IS CANADA we are talking about. Not some third world country that eats grasshoppers. BC Stadium is no more filthy than any other stadium in the world. Have you ever seen pictures of Barcelona's stadium prior to it being spit polished and cleaned? So they had a deflation much as the Metrodome (or was it the Silverdome - I forget) did awhile back. As for the flame - Canada has faced things much more adverse in the past than worrying about how a flame is going to burn in an enclosed stadium. What it is, I don't know but after their successes in Montreal and Calgary, I have no doubt it will be spectacular. Vancouver will take the place of the best Winter Olympics since Salt Lake City. Go to the bank on that one. P.S. - I will agree that the filth on the roof is disgusting.
  7. Hmmmmm - I have heard this before. Where??????? Oh yea - in 1976, prior to the Expos moving into Olympic Stadium. Is Vancouver planning on having a lone crane as the centerpiece of their opening as well?
  8. Yo, dude. My problem is that this is Montreal rejoué! Canada is so much better than this. Everything else in in place and then this - which should have been thought out in 2003! My hopes are that this is better than Calgary and Salt Lake.
  9. This is one of the most fuc*****d up things I have seen since the last XXI Olympiad/Olympic Games. You are starting to make Athens look relevant. C'mon - your Canada. Things like this should not be an issue at this point!
  10. Oh whatever. Bring the torch in, they can light something ala Los Angeles/Torino and the flame can travel outside through emergency exits or something and *poof* a glorious lighting in an astonishingly beautiful cauldron outside of BC Place ala Salt Lake City. There - I have solved the problem. Next?
  11. Oh I know that. Montreal was never about the roof - just the incompletion of everything that supported the roof. And they are both a XXI Olympiad/Olympic Games and it is all about the roof. O.K. - I am trying Baron's numerological theory here . . .
  12. Just perform in a few vids. That's all you need to figure out the industry.
  13. Not only do I watch porn but I download it regularly and have a large backup hard drive to save it as well. Plus I have a friend whose partner is in the porn industry (not an actor) who I can get an unlimited number of dvd's from if I choose (although I am not a huge fan of Falcon so . . . ) Next question?
  14. Hmmmm - Montreal - Games of the XXI Olympiad - roof issues. Vancouver - the XXI Winter Olympic Games - roof issues. Freaky!
  15. Another day - another shortened torch run. Jarkata has shortened their run to 5 times around the stadium.
  16. Where did I ever say I didn't approve of protesting the atrocities in Tibet? I'm all for peaceful protest. Especially with people like Richard Gere who has made it a cause for years and Desmond Tutu who jointly held a rally prior to the running in San Francisco. They and the San Francisco group who strive for Tibetan freedom (I forget their name right now) have made it their cause for a long period of time. What I am not for are individuals who have done zilch up until now who all the sudden come out of the woodwork whose usual tactic is to take a peaceful protest and cause problems. Usually they are bored students from Berkeley who are the children of hippies or people who spend their lives in a rent controlled apartment inhaling the bong all day. I don't know about London and Paris but here in San Francisco, outside of the mini fire bombing attempt two weeks prior to the torch run at the Chinese Embassy there has never been any large scale protest about what is going on in Tibet or Darfur. There have been protests continually about the war - what is perceived as lack of care for the homeless - abortion - bicyclist rights - the Blue Angels - but never anything about Tibet. So for 10,000 people to show up to watch the torch run - of which you have to figure 4-5000 were protestors - where were they prior to that day? Yep - I knew this was going to happen as soon as I heard the vote in 2001. My, how things would be different now had Toronto gotten them as they should have.
  17. Thank you for your honest response SJD. While I don't agree with some of your causes I do nevertheless respect them and it appears that you are dedicated to them so I applaud you. What I don't applaud are those individuals who cannot even point out Tibet on a map who suddenly show up for a protest. I do not approve of the Chinese Government, I abhors what they are doing to the Chinese people as well as those in Tibet - but at some point the line between honest, real protesters and attention whores becomes very thin and I believe that is what we saw in Paris, London and San Francisco. Do you know how many protests have occurred in front of San Francisco's Chinese Embassy since the torch came through? 0.
  18. So SJD- outside of any Olympic protest when is the last time you protested for Tibet independence?
  19. Thank you. You just said what the crux of this whole thing is. The protesters are attention whores. They don't care about Tibet - if they did they would be demonstrating at every Chinese Consulate in Europe and North America on a daily basis! They were just hoping to get their faces on the news for their 15 minutes of fame. Richard Gere I have the up most respect for because Tibet has been his cause for a long time. It's the trendy protest of the moment - while they all wear their Chinese made garments. This is nothing more than a watered down version of Moscow '80 and L.A. '84.
  20. There actually was an article in the San Francisco Chronicle last week about all the CO2 the torch route and then ultimately the fire in the cauldron during the Olympics would produce. Al Gore worshipers, of course, are all upset.
  21. Bravo! Athens was totally appropriate, done very well and had a meaning to it, stopping at the homes of previous Olympics. Bejing hoped to use it as a political tool. Vancouver should only go through Canada - I've always thought that. The only exception is that it might be cool if they did as Athens did and stop at the former sites of the Winter Games in North America. But that is selfish reasoning on my part. I remember the Calgary torch relay and it was wonderful, traveling throughout Canada. I hope the same for Vancouver. P.S. - Barbara Ann Scott has to be in there somewhere significant.
  22. Thank you, once again you have verbalized what I was unable to express and maybe I am missing where Arwebb is going with this. You make a lovely spokes model! That is what this torch run has come down to thus far. A lighting of the torch that apparently nobody took seriously the fervor over Tibet. Relays that involve either a bunch of hooligans, the extinguishing of the torch and no alternative routes planned and a relay where the torch is hid, a safe alternate route executed but the true Olympic fans deprived and a pathetic downsizing of the route. I really really hope that Buenos Aires makes us look like idiots, I really do.
  23. I'm not getting into this argument. London and Paris did what they thought was right - San Francisco what they deemed was appropriate. Some think one was right - others disagree and vice versa. Period. End of story. CAF, re: the pig with lipstick is a great analogy, not offensive and on the mark.
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