This was pretty fun. In fact, I’d love it if they’d shut down Water Street every day. There were musicians on every block all the way though Gastown. The band stationed outside our office was a head banging band – there was lots and lots of long hair being whipped around and then a few blocks down was this young man playing a steel guitar.
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Yesterday after all the fun at Maker Faire, Mike wanted to check out the finished broadcasters’ booth at the Olympic Cauldron. He’d been watching it being built for the last few weeks out the lunchroom window. This is the view from the lunchroom (with a pretty long lens). Not too shabby.
I had seen it in progress, too, a couple of weeks ago, but this really looks great all complete. Really cool. And I like how they reused the banners from the Olympics. That brought back fun memories. We headed down there to see all the people.
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I thought/had quietly planned to myself that I wasn’t going to do much today except for the usual Faturday morning IHOP visit. Mike, however, had other plans and we went all over town. We went from the Maker Faire at the PNE and then over to the Olympic Cauldron. And you know what? He was right. We had a great time. As one friend told me, “You can sleep when you’re dead!”. Okay. And he would know. He’s, well, no longer with us. But he would laugh if he read this. He really would! He had a great sense of humour and, apparently now, getting all the sleep he could ever want and/or need.
Anyway, after breakfast, we visited Maker Faire. It’s a grassroots movement of people making their own robots and science things and LEGO machines and 3D printers and even quilts. YES! The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild was there. Here is our morning broken down in 3 main themes:
1) LEGO – see the Zeus? ALL LEGO! And the top left photo is what was built inside the LEGO Zeus. Dancing mermaids and a clamshell that opened up with Spongebob Squarepants in the centre. Also, Zeus’ eyebrows moved. There was a motor in there. IN.CRED.I.BLE.
2) Quilts – the man on the far right is a quilt. Seriously. He’s the light haired, handsome dude on Mike’s favourite Man Soap Opera, Supernatural. Heh. I so busted him watching that show on his days off. I watched a few episodes and it’s 100% soap opera WITH humour (they make fun of themselves). Well done Stacey M (AKA @hushrules). Your work is incredible!
3) John Biehler. He’s the man on the bottom left and he’s a 3D WIZ. He knows everything about 3D printing and he’s setting off on an amazing art adventure with Douglas Coupland. Yay! John!
That was just the morning. Then we headed over to the Olympic Cauldron to see the new Fifa Women’s Soccer broadcasting booth/house/awesome interview area.
I’ll show you that tomorrow!
SPOILER ALERT: They lit the cauldron up! Right while we were standing there!
My buddies at work (AKA as my Sister Wives) organized a farewell dinner for me tonight. We went to The Italian Kitchen for dinner and guess who joined us? Vancouver Fashion Designer, Jason Matlo. SQUEEE! It was a lovely visit and it turns out his studio is right next door to where my new office will be. Hooray! I will be in his Gastown neighbourhood – which is only a few blocks from VCAD. I learned tonight there are a bunch of cool restaurants in that area and I will be visiting several of them in the near future. I really am on a new adventure! How an area only 5 or 6 blocks away from where I have been working for the last 3 years can be filled with such mysteries is beyond me. I will uncover them all.
It really was a fun night and I’m going to miss my old work pals.
Really miss them.
Tomorrow I will be resting and with any luck, seeing Mad Max again. So much WAR Boys! I’ve also got a full weekend of telethoning and a visit to a cheese place out in Maple Ridge. Speaking of cheese, I tasted some of the finest cheese in the world tonight. It’s called Burrata. It is the most beautiful cheese I have ever tasted – a mixture of mozzarella and whipping cream. If they sell it there, I will be buying it to eat with some sliced tomatoes.