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.
I'm going to come back another day with an even longer lens to see if I can get some nice portraits. The lady in the green pants did most of the talking (that we could hear) and she had a lovely British accent.
And the flames turned on the cauldron! Hooray!
I guess it was for the opening of the Fifa Women's World Cup
. And it looks like the games will be in town next week, so I'll be keeping an eye out for athletes downtown. ON MY LUNCH HOUR (I get an hour now. So happy about that.). ANYWAY, I didn't see any athletes down there yesterday (other than some of the sportscasters), but I did see these people:
A wedding party!
I have to say, good colours in this wedding party. Lavender and grey? So nice together.
These people were wearing traditional cedar
hats and had instruments. I'm sure they were on their way to be a part of some kind of musical performance.
And I'm not sure if this lady was part of the opening ceremonies or not, but she was looking amazing with her floppy hat and bouquet of flowers.
She was my favourite photo of the day. A lucky find in the crowd.
Come on, graffiti artist! You can do better than this. I think it's a photo or a picture torn from a magazine and a crappy tag at the bottom. Actually, that hand writing is pretty great. This makes me think this street artist should try a little bit harder.
Rather than just stay on the street, I ventured out to a Gastown alley yesterday - the one behind the building where I work. I was hoping to see something interesting. I didn't, really. Just the weird photo thing with a half-hearted tag on it and a lock on the fence that separates the alley from the train tracks.
I'm not sure what I was hoping for, but this alley was a bit bland. I think the rest of the week I will take photos on the street out front. Definitely more action there. And many men with beards. So much beard action in Gastown.
I know it's only Wednesday, but I'm already thinking about the weekend because our backyard needs a good weeding and some attention. The roses are still going strong and the only thing stronger are the weeks and the mint plant. I will be able to get a good harvest of mint and us it for this Mint and Tuna Salad
recipe or maybe some Lemon Mint Cookies
I know Mike would NOT eat the tuna salad ever, but he may eat the cookies on a Faturday.
This is another photo from the 3 hour tour of a photo walk from Saturday. I'm not sure why I like this photo. There's garbage in it! I think it's just the colours - red & green. You don't see that too often in a dreary old alley way. For some reason, I also like the barbed wire. WEIRD. I like how it looks. I don't want to decorate our house with it or anything. I just like it. I don't understand that at all.
ANYWAY, I had the nicest surprise for dinner tonight. I stayed downtown to meet some friends. Mike had the day off and took some photos in Steveston AND picked up some delicious meat at place called, The Hog Shack.
That was the tastiest meat I've ever eaten. I had some pulled pork with a little sauce. I'm not much for any kind of sauce on meat - BBQ sauce? Blech. Teriyaki sauce? GROSS. Just plain old meat with some salt, pepper and spices? Yes!
I am going to be dreaming about that dinner tonight.
Other things I'll be dreaming about? Being the instagram photographer at the Oscars. Instead, look at these beautiful portraits
by Mark Selinger of well dressed famous people. The portraits are awesome.
Was it Thursday or Friday? Wait. Yesterday was Friday, so it must have been Thursday when we discovered our true love of of Vegas was OLD Vegas, not fancy pants, The Strip. While The Strip did offer beautiful and lovely things to see, like The Venetian and Tori Spelling
, Old Vegas has awesome signage, history, a shark tank and crappy old souvenir stores where we bought ALL your presents. HA! Just kidding. Well, actually, not really. Who could turn down a $4 Vegas back scratcher?
I have LOTS of photos to share of all the neon signage and somehow I will be incorporating those photos into the yearly Advent Calendar. No idea how that's going to work yet, but I'll play that by ear (as per usual).
One of my favourite signs was the Slots A Fun sign we passed by several times on our bus journeys to The Golden Nugget. This casino was right next to Circus Circus and we WILL be frequenting that casino and hotel the next time we go back. We'll be going back, alright. And I will be sitting front and centre at Slots A Fun, I can tell you that.
That's me on the upper deck of The Deuce. While it's the slowest way around Vegas - talk about the milk run - it was an excellent way to get around.
Now that we're home (and it's snowing. What? How Canadian was that? Come home to Vegas to snow?) I have to say that I am sad about a couple of things:
1) I did not see a single newly married couple coming out of the assorted wedding chapels. We did see 1 bride running through a casino - I think it was at Caesar's Palace - but I don't think that was AFTER her wedding. I think she was probably running late to her own wedding. And trust me, I know all about that.
2) I did not see a SINGLE Elvis impersonator. A travesty for sure. And to make matters worse, Jason's dad (also staying at Treasure Island at the same time as we were) saw no fewer than 4 fake Elvises. What the?
Just for that reason alone, we have to go back. HAVE TO.
And stay at The Golden Nugget.