First week completed and they have not fired me yet!
I was lucky on the flight out - got upgraded to business class which was a nice bonus.
My first shift as a "Ceremonies Volunteer" was Wednesday (December 16) and one of the coordinators had Graham nailed in 10 minutes! - He is going to be trouble! Did any anyone from Ottawa warn them in advance?
Once again we were told to keep things confidential and they even warn against blogging. I checked and as long as all is very general it is OK.
My first week involved three shifts - all at the "Compound" across from BC Stadium. At present the major functions are to ensure all performers for the session get checked-in, they get what they need, and all items are collected at the end. The rest of the shift involves running around for the rehearsal and getting ready for the next practice session.
All is very well organized and gradually one is getting an idea of how the ceremonies are coming together. From what I have seen they have some unique concepts. Should be a great Opening Ceremony - in spite of Graham!
Until mid-January, all shifts will be at the Compound and then we move into BC Stadium with every shift "locked-down". They are not joking about confidentiality and security.
The practice sessions appear to be going well as they have cancelled some sessions for the coming week. I think they are taking it easy with the holidays fast approaching. My next shift is December 29th.
Stay tuned for "Vancouver - Take 2" and enjoy the holidays.