Not quite night shots

My lunch time adventure today consisted of hopping on the Canada Line to make a quick trip into the official Coke Pin Trading Centre at the airport. It was a short and sweet trip. If you put a pin on their map, you get a coke pin made of recycled material. Very cool. The big pin map will be sent to a pin museum in the States and put on display there. I’m sure my Albertan Christian College pin will enjoy itself in the United States.

I had plans to take all night shots today, but I had a photo gig for DOXA tonight and it really wasn’t that dark when I walked across the Burrard Street Bridge, so you couldn’t see the light display below at all. That’s okay, because tomorrow we’re going to a tweet-up downtown, so I’ll get a chance to catch more of the night life. But here’s what I did see along the way…

In the last two days, I’ve had two marching bands go past me on the street. I guess you know it’s the Olympics when you are constantly being followed by high school marching bands. This is the band that I passed yesterday.

I didn’t get today’s band in focus, unfortunately. But that’s okay. I did get to see two huge lit up planter lanterns with the Russian design and their mascot, the Blue Cheburashka again. I just have to tell you, I keep getting hits on the post I did about that blue fuzzy guy a couple of weeks ago. He really is THAT popular. My friend, Vera, loaned me her two brown Cheburashkas so I can take their photos, but I need to somehow incorporate his theme song. It plays it when you press his hand. The music is very cute.

Across the street from the Burrard Street Bridge, I spotted the Olympic Rings and a flag way up there…

And here’s one more display of Canadian spirit I found over near Commercial Drive the other day.

I love all these outbursts of Canadian spirit. We realized something this week downtown. Anytime a Canadian athlete won a medal, the “noon horn” would go off. The “noon horn” sounds like fog horn and plays the first line of “Oh Canada”. Yesterday it went off around 2:30 and tonight around 5:45, it went off again for the women’s hockey gold medal win. I love all the details they’ve added for the games. It’s like discovering treasure on a treasure map.

9 comments

  1. Leah says:

    What a wild thing! My Olympic Knitting will be done on time, but I sure have sacrificed stupid stuff like shopping, cleaning and ironing. ; ) I am glad you are doing the out-and-about part. I get overwhelmed by that stuff.

    I imagine a group of people out at 1 am, kneeling on the road, colouring with chalk.

  2. Chris says:

    The good ol’ heritage horns that used to be on top of the Hydro building but now reside at Canada Place – by working at Shaw Tower, I get to hear ’em on a regular basis.

  3. Carol Browne says:

    Spray chalk? I had no idea there was such a thing. Wouldn’t that be a great thing to do on the side of a house?

    Nice! I beat Global News. Hahaha!

    Is that where they are now, Chris? I thought they were in Stanley Park some where. Well now I know!

    I’m not sure if this is the band that plays AC/DC, they weren’t playing, but I think they were on their way to GM Place. Wait! I mean Canada Hockey House.

  4. Denise says:

    Oh I miss that horn from when I worked downtown – that’s so cool that they’re using it to mark our medals and I’m glad we’re showing our pride, I hope it doesn’t end when the games do.

  5. Chris says:

    I’d like to claim that I know everything worth knowing, but half of what I know I learn from others. Rebecca (Miss604) actually wrote a post about them so she’s the source of that particular tidbit.

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