Sadly my birthday ended on a more depressing note last night. Not because the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup, but because of a select group of immature, drunk assholes decided it would be great to trash the city. If you don't know what's going on there's news about the riots everywhere.
We are deeply passionate about hockey, not just here in Vancouver, but across our country. We use it as a way to get together, celebrate and have fun, but sadly this was not the case last night. These riots weren't solely about the Canucks losing; there were just idiots out there wanting to do this and planned to do this regardless of the outcome. Part of the down town core got absolutely trashed; windows broken, stores looted, cars turned over and burned, people stabbed and just anarchy all around. This is not the Vancouver that most people believe and live in. For that I am sorry. I know that people around the world will look at this and just assume that all Vancouvrites are sore losers and just can't celebrate a great hockey season, it's just the way it is, but 99.9% of us are not like that at all. So many people here are deeply ashamed, disgusted and want to make this right. It is said that over 17,000 people have come down town today to help clean up and help with repairing things. That is my Vancouver.
One thing I am deeply grateful for was that it was my dads day off. He's a bus driver and his route would have taken him right in the middle of everything. I don't know what I would do or think if he had to work that night.
As for the Canucks? You know what, they worked their damn asses off and they made it to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. That's pretty damn good. Boston deserved to win it, they worked hard and played good games. Win our lose I am very proud at how our team did this year. You try playing almost every other day for two months straight and win that cup.
I feel as if I have to apologize for my city and so do a lot of people. We're a great city with great people, I just hope that the disgusting acts of the small group of 'people' will not ruin it for the rest of us.
Also big props to the VPD/RCMP, VFD and other city workers who were in the thick of it last night and tried to control everything.