Today I had an amazing visit from a former co-teacher of mine, Mimi. Mimi still works for our school, but for this first semester she is doing an English intensive training course up the coast in Yang Yang. She was possibly my favourite co teacher from last year, even though we only taught one class together. She’s a bit older, but one of the sweetest ladies you will meet.
She came to visit to pick up a few documents from school, and to tell me she was going to be continuing her course in Vancouver. I was instantly jealous and very happy for her. Then, another teacher in the office decided to pipe up and said “Vancouver? Oh”, and continued on in Korean for a bit.
Then my co-teacher looked at me and said “Vancouver is a dangerous city? There was violence there? Because of hockey?”
If you haven’t read about it, you can read about it here.
It took me a couple seconds to kind of figure out how I felt about this, and then, I got a little embarrassed.
“Yes, Vancouver lost in ice hockey”
I had to explain to her why this happened, and I really didn’t give her a good answer. She asked if it is a dangerous city, and I assured her it wasn’t at all. My perception of Vancouver has always been that it’s more or less the nicest big city in Canada (I’ve never been).
I’m not down with the “a few people made everyone in Vancouver look bad” notion many people are saying. If you look at the video and the photos, even though it may have been a few people doing the actual rioting, the thousands of other people just standing around were not helping – if anything, it would have been encouraging. Get certain people infront of a crowd, and they will do senseless, stupid things.
The Canucks lost this series. If they’d have won, they would have deserved it. They lost though, and close doesn’t count. That is sport, and that is hockey. This rioting? It’s not hockey. It’s not sport.
As a Canuck living abroad, like countless others, I am embarrassed.