The Olympic Torch came to my hometown of Terrace, BC, today. I did not get a chance to really experience it, but from my brief exposure I wish I had had the chance to better witness it. It reminded me a whole lot of Hockeyville. The town came alive on an otherwise dreary winter day. People were happy, the young people were proud. The whole town seemed extra-patriotic today. The Olympic fever has definitely caught on in Northern British Columbia.
There is a lot of bellyaching about the cost of the Torch Relay, the longest in Games history. I do not know the exact cost, although a quick web search suggests the RCMP are spending $4M for security. I suspect the total cost is probably about double that. But when I see my little town come alive with hope and excitement, and multiply that by 100s of little towns and big cities across the country, I can't help but think it is totally worth it!