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Sigh...well, my disappointment at not winning the cup was quickly shadowed by my disappointment in my fellow man. Just like I feared, the downtown core broke out in riots after the game. It's always just a small group of crazy people who are able to ruin something for everyone. 

Don't worry about me though - my neighbourhood is thankfully made up of peace-lovin' hippes, Italians, Portuguese, and lesbians (It's a really great neighbourhood, you guys!). So, we went up on a local roof and watched the sunset through the smoke plumes from downtown, while in our immediate area it was all "bicycles, puppies, and children at play" as one of our group said. The most "rioting" we heard was a man who walked by cheering "Go Canucks 2012!" (which is a sentiment that I can get behind).

Also, there's good news because two members of the Boston Bruins are local BC boys! So, congrats to them! And my goodness, but Tim Thomas really deserved the Conn Smythe trophy. He did an amazing job...I think he may have replaced Antti Neimi as my favourite NHL goalie.
Picture taken by my sister on her iPod at sunset. There is a lot more smoke now. Police have released tear-gas and started making arrests. I know it's part of the national stereotype, but honestly, I don't know what the deal is with Canadians and hockey - it just makes people insane for some reason. It's a dangerous sport whether you play it or not.

ETA: Someone on my facebook just said: "Send in Tim Thomas, he can stop anything!" Hahaha

Date: 2011-06-16 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ria-oaks.livejournal.com
I'm so ashamed of my city right now... sigh. Glad that we both live outside of downtown. I know a few people who were downtown tonight, so am hoping they're okay. Absolutely crazy and so disappointing on every level. Tonight was supposed to be such a historic and wonderful party night. :( Not so much...

Date: 2011-06-16 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Yeah, not good. Kathleen was downtown tonight for a reason other than the game - so I'm wondering how she's doing or where she is now.

Ridiculous. Sometimes I don't think Canadians should be allowed hockey teams if this is what happens when we lose fair-and-square.

Date: 2011-06-16 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ria-oaks.livejournal.com
Oh geez. Hope she's ok. I'm not sure why anyone would go downtown tonight (even for the game, frankly) unless they really had to for some reason. I high-tailed it out right after work. Hopefully she was able to get out fairly early.

It makes us look so bad. :( Tonight was supposed to be a happy night! And instead... this.

Date: 2011-06-16 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Exactly. Small group of people bring disgrace to everyone...it's horrible.

Date: 2011-06-16 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ria-oaks.livejournal.com
Yeah. It's what we all feared. I can't believe we lost, even, and then this all happened. We were all so excited, and it would have meant so much to the city and fans if we had won. :( And to lose 4-0, geez. And now everything feels overshadowed by the freaking riots. Stay classy, Vancouver!

Date: 2011-06-17 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaybee751.livejournal.com
I'm OK, folks! They kept us in the Queen E. Theatre after the show until transit was running again & some of the roads were open. Guess I picked the wrong night to get tickets to "Wicked" - but in my defense, I bought the tickets months ago, and tried to trade them in for a different night but TicketMaster wouldn't let me :(

We saw the police cars getting trashed & set on fire, but hubby & his Mom weren't overly phased as they'd lived through far worse in their home country - sad, but true.

Date: 2011-06-17 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ria-oaks.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you're ok. :) Too bad you couldn't exchange your tickets... sucky timing indeed. How late did they keep you there?

(and I totally didn't realize that you had an LJ too. Cool.)

Date: 2011-06-17 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
(and I totally didn't realize that you had an LJ too. Cool.)

I made her get one for the soul purpose of commenting on mine, mhahahaa (joking)

Date: 2011-06-16 07:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordelia-gray.livejournal.com
Ugh, so disappointing.

I've been following updates from my friend who was at Wicked tonight, but I think she made it home OK. And I have another friend who's working 911 dispatch tonight, she's not having a good time :(

Date: 2011-06-16 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Oh man, I had a friend at Wicked tonight too. Do we know the same person or is this coincidence?

Your poor friend working dispatch. She deserves cookies or something.

It's horrible. Way to make a bad situation ten billion times worse, stupid people.

Date: 2011-06-16 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordelia-gray.livejournal.com
My friends are both quite tall, one of them is pregnant, and their initials are S & D - yours?

My dispatcher friend's last update was about 8:00 am, she said she was going home to cry :( But at least none of her people (or dogs!) was hurt. And lots of people turned out this morning to clean up the streets, so yay! for them.

I have to say, I don't think this was really about hockey or hockey fans. It was mostly people who wanted an excuse for mayhem and a chance to get free stuff. I don't think it was coincidence that the Coach store at the Bay was the first thing to get broken into.

Date: 2011-06-16 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hells-half-acre.livejournal.com
Coincidence then. My friends are Married No Kids, K & S.

I'm happy with the volunteerism that's on display today.

And yes, it really wasn' about hockey or hockey fans - it was people taking advantage. I mean, really, some of the crowd had balaclavas...who brings balaclavas to watch a hockey game in June?


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