I am grumpy. Guess what I did today. I filed out paperwork at the bank because some scumbag somehow got a hold of my bank card number as well as my PIN and stole my money. $880 to be exact. The good news is that the bank got suspicious and cut off access to my bank account and they were not able to access my VISA card and take money from there. I have no idea how it happened as my card was not stolen and I never divulge my PIN number. But there is some serious organized crime in Vancouver and I have heard stories where thieves attach little computer number gatherers onto the modems that send swiped info to the banks for authorization when you make a purchase. They put cameras in the ceiling to get your PIN number. The weird thing is that I don’t use my card a lot. My purchases are always made at very reputable large chain stores. Places where this kind of activity is next to impossible. I am very puzzled. Fortunately everything is covered and my rent will be paid on time. It is all good but I hate the thought of this happening. I hate thieves.
Something else has been bothering me lately and it all just came to an ugly head today. Many of you might know that my city will be hosting the next Winter Olympics in 2010. This might seem very exciting to a lot of you and it is on the surface but every single freaking day there is some news story about some political hijinx or some budget over run or some environmental issue relating to the Olympics. Has been for months. And nothing has started being built yet. They bitch and moan! Or spout some sort of propaganda bottom line about how great this is going to be for our city. Then the Turino games happened and it was Olympic Everything on TV, not just on the news. Everywhere. You know what I mean.
Today the official Olympic flag was raised outside of City Hall by our quadriplegic mayor who is a new international sweetheart after accepting this flag at the closing ceremonies. I have to admit that this is a nice thing. Even a sport curmudgeon like me got all warm and fuzzy. What is icing on the cake? Adding insult to injury? Now the news stations have a little logo that plays in the corner of the TV screen whenever they talk about anything Olympic related (which is practically EVERYTHING) which says:
Countdown to 2010
1444 days to go!
FUUUUCCCKKK! Does this mean they are on the official countdown now and every freaking day I will be forced to watch some stupid day counter when I get my local news? That is 1444 days, people. That is 4 FREAKING YEARS of daily countdown!!!!
I am already totally puking sick and tired of The Olympics Games. I am going to murder somebody if I have to see that bloody countdown thing for the next four years. And I think that I would get off due to justifiable insanity. Nobody should be subjected to that kind of extended thematic examination. If you ask, “How much can they possibly talk about the Olympics?” So far a lot! I will surely be able to tell you EXACTLY how much in vivid detail soon enough. You guys can forget all about anything Olympic for years to come but not me. I will be eating, breathing and shitting Olympics for the next four years. Everyday. Every single day. Think about it….