The most important thing is not to see the flame, but to take part!

– Pierre de Coubertin, slightly modified

We would have had a better view from in front of our TV rather than the outskirts of the 1000+–no, make that 20,000+ according to newspapers the next day–throng packing the Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary tonight, but it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as exciting!

Here’s the best shot we got of the torch on camera:

But we had a nice view of the flame on the top of the Calgary tower, with a sickle moon just below it–a good omen for Canadian athletes!–and Shana and Kenan got to hold their own torch:

We were all surprised by the fireworks to end the evening.

Go Canada Go!