Sunday, January 3, 2010

A ton of updates, Olympic- wise, and Me- wise

Where has Stergios gone too?

Hello everyone!
I'm sure you have noticed my absence from Students Live, and the Web in general. Pretty much, in the middle of the first week of break, My computer/ Laptop went crazy. Computer caught a virus, transferred through to my laptop, it all just went wack. All my emails, my parents emails got deleted. I've been able to access the web very few times during the break. I have gotten my comp to somewhat work, so i'm hoping it doesn't crash while I type all this up.

Fortunately, I have all my research/interview done, it's just all in paper...So now I just need to transfer it over to the web. This should be interesting.

Some Interesting Thoughts on the Olympics...

The Red Mittens
See how I wrote this in Green? and not Red? Ohhh how clever I am. Okay, the Red Mittens...Hmm...They're pretty? and I would get them, except...Stergios' Money --> Parents---> Anti-Olympics- "Stergios, you already have like 5 pairs of mittens, Remember the ones grandma knitted for you? Why do you need Olympic ones? Waste of money".

Oh Goodness.

But in all seriousness, The red mittens are great. I mean attending the games is great and all, But i feel like the red mittens really connect attendees/Olympic supporters to the games, athletes, and celebrations. They are a tangible memory of the Olympic games, and they're just awesome in general.

Not just that, but the mittens Are ONLY 10 DOLLARS. Totally worth it people. Come on!

Anti-Olympic Feelings! What?

There's an actual website called, "No 2010", and there slogan is "No Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on Stolen Native Land". Taken directly from the website, The 2010 resistance has this to say:

"Although it can be said that all of the Americas is land stolen from Indigenous peoples, 'British Columbia' is unique in Canada in that virtually no treaties were made in the process of colonization & settlement. Treaties were required under British, and later Canadian, law prior to any trade or settlement (i.e., the 1763 Royal Proclamation). Although today the government seeks 'modern-day treaties' with its Indian Act band councils, the fact is in 'BC' the land is clearly occupied by an illegal colonial system. The slogan 'No Olympics on Stolen Native Land' is a way to raise anti-colonial consciousness about the true history of 'BC'. "

I have mixed feelings towards this; Everyone should watch their "2010 Resistance video", which focuses a lot on the Olympics of the past, from Hitler's influence on the Olympics in the 1930's, to the Bloody Massacre in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico, the video seems to focus a lot on what's happened in the past; However, I feel like our society has evolved since those incidents, and the Olympics has become a fair, successful celebration. However, The website does bring up a few good points on the damages done to the environment, Homelessness, and some of the negative impacts on the society in Vancouver and other places in the lower mainland.

What are everyone's thoughts on these issues?


  1. I wish I had a pair of the Olympics Mittens!!!

  2. Wow. I didn't realize this was all one post. I got my red mittens completely by chance. It was a present from a family friend, and it was before the red mitten craze. Looking at them now, I'm so glad I have them! My friends have been going crazy trying to buy them, they're always out of stock. He got the double-priced green ones instead. :P

  3. I love my red mittens! So cozy.
    The comments about anti-Olympic activitsts are really interesting too. I completely agree about times changing. Why dwell on the past when we have the opportunity to improve our future?

  4. "Anti-Olympic Feelings! What?" is my favourite line from all of these Students Live blogs thus far.