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Our discussions about the Olympics were mooted by events, but in case you are still dreaming about what might-have-been I quote below part of an email I received today from a former student who know lives in Canada (by “former student” don’t imagine a kid. He is as old as most of the people in this group.)“Party here is over. I did not participate or even go downtown, even tho I am 15 mins away from it. We will be paying for it for a good few decades no matter what anyone says. Ans it was just announced that we will also have to pay for the security, a bill which is the highest ever in Canada, and the highest ever for an Olympic event. The Feds said they would pay for it, but alas now that the budget has come down from on high, we are left holding that stinking bag. Almost a Billion$$.“I wouldn’t wish the Olympics on my worst enemy, and happy that Chicago didn’t win. The 8 years it took to build it up saw many businesses go under (because of the road construction). But I did watch a few things, and yes the skating was terrific and of course that last hockey game was a nail biter. I was teaching when that game was on and the class was very edgy. For the most part, they were adult students, so a bit of decorum was followed.”
We hope that some day we can have a discussion of the bid process and why No Games took the positions it did.