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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Beautiful Aftermath

Just so I can get the bad stuff out of the way first:

I said in the previous post that I don't want to get into the politics of things, but I will say this: it's been determined some people went downtown with the intention of starting a riot, regardless of the results of the game. Some of the original rioters caught on film sported the same black bandannas as the protesters from the Olympics, and are connected with an anarchist group.

That's what got it started, anyway. The rest of the rioters were mostly a lot of young males (late teens, early twenties; our age of majority here in BC is 19). They were severely intoxicated; although they're responsible for what they did regardless of their level of inebriation, they were ripe to be pushed over the line from drunken kids to brainless minions.

Okay, I am done with the negativity. The world is focusing on the bad stuff. (But as my husband, who studied journalism in college, likes to say: "If it bleeds, it leads.") I'm not going to link to some of the things I've read because I don't like to propagate negativity, though I will say I'm frustrated how many are jumping to these dark conclusions and assuming that this was all about hockey.

What needs more attention is all of the amazing good things that came out of this.
  • Finally, slightly off topic, but have you seen this kiss? So sweet and romantic (and undeniably hot), especially when you read the story behind it.
So in the end, while I'm grateful I wasn't anywhere near the violence, I do love my city, and I'm proud to hail from Greater Vancouver, even if I just live in one of the surrounding suburbs. ♥


  1. Thanks for this, Laura. You're right, too often we concentrate on the negative.

  2. Thank you, Laura! It *has* been heartening to see all of the positive things that have come from this.