Friday, February 17, 2006

Susan and Mike's Olympic Adventure

CTV Vancouver 5 o'clock Director and Olympic Curling Font Extraordinaire Susan Young stopped by at the IBC today. It was her day off and she wanted to see Canada House and explore Downtown a little. With my mastery of the Turin public transit system, I got us downtown by Porta Nuova, the main train station and we walked from there.

In our effort to get to Canada House, we accidentally overshot it by 4 blocks and ended up at Piazza San Carlo. It's a gigantic square surrounded by old churches and shops. In a corner of the square a crowd had formed.

Upon closer inspection we realized we had discovered the stage where NBC was on the air with The Today Show. It was about 2pm and that translates to 8am Eastern Time.

I rushed over and managed to snap a shot of Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and Al Roker with the Stanley Cup. The crowd was mostly Americans obviously. The Italians could care less.

We left that square and started backtracking eventually making it to Canada House. Just as we arrived, Wayne Gretzky was leaving. Susan tried to get me to go up to him and ask for a photo, but I didn't want to bug him too much. I'm regretting that now.

Once inside, we traipsed up the stairs and were sent to a desk where they checked to see if we were on "the list." Obviously, we weren't. The main part of Canada House is reserved for athletes and their families but were "welcome to go into the visitors centre and HBC store." So we checked it out and it wasn't that exciting. Just a bunch of photos on the wall and the store was closed. A disappointment. I grabbed a couple paper Canadian flags and we were off.

Trekking three blocks east down Via Cavour at Piazza Valdo Fusi is the huge log cabin known as BC House. I was there earlier this week visiting Mike, Murray and Brent.

Outside, there was a street hockey game between what seemed to be a team of Canadians versus a bunch of Italian kids. Outside the log cabin was a lineup. So we didn't attempt to try to get in. Later we learned that Tom Green was inside doing some kind of show. It's okay. I would have passed on that anyway.

We moved on making our next destination the Olympic Store. All we knew is it's on Via Po. Where on Via Po, we didn't know. (Hey that rhymes)

We walked several blocks north and wandered into Piazza Carlo Emmanuele II. We thought this would be a good place to try to get a shot of the two of us in Torino to prove that we had actually been here. I tried taking the shot by just holding the camera myself. But it was quite the struggle. Two other people from Vancouver were nearby and saw me trying to take the picture and offered to take the photo for us.
Our trek to the Olympic Store continued. Once we got to Via Po we got directions from some Americans carrying Olympic Store bags as to the location of the afformentioned store. A few blocks away at Piazza Vittorio Veneto we saw the big red monstrosity that is the Olympic Store. Inside it was insanity. Hundreds of people jammed in trying to get sweaters that cost €125.00 and hats for €10.00. (Yes Cuccaro I got you your pin) I grabbed about €83.00 worth of merchandise and Susan bought a poster. Luckily there was no lineup at the till. We payed and got the hell out of there.

By that point it was 4:30pm and I had to get back to the IBC. Susan had to get to an office to pick up some tickets to an event she's going to see next week. We jammed onto a packed #61 bus and parted ways at Porta Nuova.

All in all not a bad day. My shift tomorrow has been changed to evenings. Finally I'll get to sleep in for one day!


Blogger Doug said...

No posts... hmmm... someone must be working!

2/20/2006 5:08 AM  
Blogger Murman said...

Hi Mike
GFlad to see you and Susan had a great day.
I really appreaciate you taking the tme with us the other night. Soryy my head was elsewhere.
The time at the restaurant was the high light of the day.
The machine is fixed and the other one is being fixed at sony.
Someday this war is gonna end.
World Wide Murman

2/20/2006 10:52 AM  

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