Olympocalypse! The dampening!

I got to check out the Panasonic Pavilion today at LiveCity (aka David Lam Park) and see their exciting 3D technology in action (did you see the Beijing opening ceremonies in 3D – no you did not. But I did) – I’ll have more on this tomorrow, but in the meantime I have to mention something important.

Leave your umbrellas at home!

Not all the time, but LiveCity (and I’m assuming any other outdoor venues that have security gates the public has to pass through to enter) will be searching bags and umbrellas are a no-go. You can’t take them in. They were kind enough to offer to hold mine, but I was there with maybe 100 people, and there were only a couple of temporarily liberated umbrellas – it was easy to retrieve later. I’m not so confident this will happen – or work if it does – during full events.

So, think water proof shells and plastic ponchos.

A couple of things to add to the Olympocalypse post today;

– Twitter hashtags are ramping up. Keep your eye on #Van2010 and #Olympics

– Things just barely started and we’ve had one bomb scare (it wasn’t) at Lonsdale Quay – keep an eye on your stuff. Absentmindedness will get your backpack mangled by a robot! Or blowed up real good!

– An update to yesterday’s post. TravelSmart.ca (which you should all check out – lots of good info) says stopping or driving in the “Olympic” lanes (excepting when you move in just before a right turn) will get you a $100 fine. So, I think the $1000 fine might be something specific to business vehicles – still anecdotal, but fair warning.

– Getting a jump on all the protests that are expected tomorrow, InSite got in the Prime Minister’s face (figuratively) today. Message sent (keep safe injection sits open) and nobody hurt – let’s file that under win-win, and see if we can’t keep it that way for the next few weeks.

– A new Fat Burger has opened on Broadways. This has nothing to do with the Olympics, it’s just really close and tempting…

1 Comment so far

  1. amyyyyy (unregistered) on February 12th, 2010 @ 2:20 am

    I was at the panasonic pavillion today as well.. LOVED the whole livecity scene, had an awesome time and was asked to answer a few questions by one of BBN3’s correspondents.. was wondering when that video will be up on your website or a website.. would love to see how stupid I looked LOL.

    Anyways, keep us updated on all the happenings of the Olympics!!!

    Cheers :)



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