Except for both opening and closing renditions of our national anthem - neither of which I appreciated, I thoroughly enjoyed both presentations.
I especially got a kick out of the theme of the closing ceremonies - making fun of ourselves. Yeah some of us really do think the moose should be a national symbol of Canada, right alongside the Beav. Some of us also like the fact that no nation on earth has such snazzy police uniforms, nor the legend and history they speak to. Heck, there are even some of us who got teary-eyed as the building erupted in a sustained ovation following John Furlongs' thank you to the athletes of the world. Hearing the opening bars of The Maple Leaf Forever almost instantly took some of us back to grade school when we sang it every day, as we now sang it with Michael.
Mike, Bill and Catherine were perfect in their monologues highlighting the funniest things about us, I laughed along with them and felt good about my countrymen for being able to do so in such a public manner.
Neil's voice hasn't improved over the years but his lyrics ring as true today as they did when I was younger. I liked both Avril and Alanis' choice of songs and drooled as usual over Michael.
Enjoyed John Furlong's remarks and his thanking of the volunteers especially - they are really the unsung heros of these games and deserved the loud applause they received.
In saying goodbye to the world we weren't pompous, or arrogant, or conceited. We were our usual Canadian selves when it came to lording it over another - we didn't. From the beginning of the games, we reached out our hand in friendship and kept it there locked hand in hand with nations around the world. We celebrated our victories and those of other nations. The camaraderie between our Canadian athletes and those of other countries was in evidence in competition after competition. In record numbers people took to the streets of Vancouver and Whistler, day after day and night after night and in all that time there were less than 500 arrests for all games related disturbances, most of the them pretty minor. Vancouver Police were photographed high-fiving people on the street after we our team won the game. We showed pride in our country by being civil and friendly and welcoming and very polite, in other words as true Canadians. We said goodbye with flair, humor, and style.
Yep, all in all, I would say it was a jim dandy send-off. Thank you, VANOC. Thank you, Mr. Furlong.
But then, that's just my opinion.
Last edited by Mowich; Mar 2nd, 2010 at 08:38 PM..