Q: How you you get a boat full of tourists to avoid noticing that the engine has stopped working and the boat is adrift?
A: Have an Olympic medalist on board.
Larry and I went down to Granville Island, which is south of downtown, to grab some atmosphere shots, and when we boarded the little ferry boat back to town, I spied a familiar face – Erin Pac, the US women’s bobsledder who won the bronze medal.
The ferries are run by a private company so we paid the $4. (Accredited folks get free bus and Sky Train rides.) Apparently there’s a friendly exemption for medalists. That’s fair, I’d say.
For the duration of the ride, including the 5 minutes or so the outboard stopped working, riders crowded around, congratulated her and peered at the medal.
I have to say some years, the medals look kind of funky. Seems like they nailed them this year. They’re gorgeous, and the native carvings are unique on each one.