Andrea, aka 2010VanFan, embodies the local passion for the Games
Just when you think everybody out there is a big downer when it comes to the 2010 Games, someone comes along to surprise you. You wouldn't think that there are some of us who are excited about the 2010 Olympics if, for example, you picked up the Vancouver Courier and read their "letter of the week":
...I hope the Games are a dismal failure. Because unless someone can figure out a way to take the greed, profiteering and infringement on personal freedoms out of the Games, we're better off without them.
Gosh, you get the feeling the folks around the Courier's offices must taser each other for fun.
Then there was the prediction by poverty activists that Olympics evictions would skyrocket, and that Vancouver's homeless would be shipped against their will to a camp in the Fraser Valley. In fact, a study reported in the left-leaning Georgia Straight newspaper proves this hasn't has happened, and the Games have had no negative impact on local tenants. Even Vancouver's #1 Games detractor Chris Shaw was derided by Straight readers for his overflowing cynicism.
No, the fact is the nattering nabobs of negativism are in the minority. But what is really rare is someone whose embrace of the 2010 Games is so joyous that it completely sets them apart from everyone else. That "super fan" of the Games is a blogger named Andrea (I don't know her last name), also known as 2010vanfan.
My name is Andrea. I am a BC (British Columbian) girl by birth and more recently a Vancouver girl. I love this city. We’ve got the ocean, lots of trees, a beautiful city and soaring mountains. I can’t imagine needing anything else. Except perhaps the Olympics!
We've been building our list of 2010 Free Events here at CityCaucus.com for the last 6 weeks or so, but 2010vanfan has been counting down for the Games for months. In fact, we cannot find anyone else who has more exhaustively covered the milestones leading up to the 2010 Games than Andrea has.
Her photos published just the other day of the Salt Building at the Olympic Athlete's Village are some of the best we've seen yet. Andrea's Google Map created of all the Games' venues, both for the Olympics and the cultural events, plus transportation links, is exhaustive. It clearly took hours to create. We now link to it on our page, and highly recommend that you check it out.
Andrea's image on her bio page shows her wearing 2010 Olympics pins galore. She's wearing her 2010 fleece jacket, which I gather she got either as a volunteer or from her job working at the Bay's 2010 merchandise store.
Andrea took the time to get accredited for the Media Centre at Robson Square so she can keep reporting on all the activities surrounding 2010 on her blog.
If you're excited about the Games, then we strongly recommend that you follow 2010vanfan.ca. It really embodies the positive spirit of our city, which I realize is sometimes masked by a grimace, but thankfully people like Andrea show us all how it's done.
- post by Mike