Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot.
But the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did not!
The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.
We all know the story. The Grinch sneaks into Whoville on Christmas Eve after the Whos are asleep and steals all the Christmas presents. On Christmas morning the Whos awake and gather to celebrate their good fortune, even though they dont have any Christmas presents. The Grinch hears the presentless Whos singing and his heart grows.
The Olympics arent quite the same thing as Christmas, but in the weeks before Christmas the Vancouver/Whistler bid for the 2010 Games has turned into something as amusing and bizarre as a Dr. Seuss book. Just look at the characters.
Premier Gordon Campbell is already the Grinch in many peoples eyes. And after witnessing his cost-cutting measures, some have questioned whether he has any heart at all. But Gordon Campbell doesnt hate the Olympics; in fact he loves the Olympics, so maybe he cant play the Grinch.
Larry Campbell, the new mayor of Vancouver, is a candidate to play the Grinch, at least among Olympic supporters who fear Da Mayors determination to hold a plebiscite on the Olympics could kill the whole thing.
But Larry Campbell says he too is a big fan of the Olympic bid and holding the plebiscite is just keeping a campaign promise. So hes not the Grinch, hes more like Horton the elephant "I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephants faithful 100 per cent." Heres hoping Larry doesnt lay an egg with his plebiscite.
OK, there is no perfect candidate to play the Grinch, but theres no shortage of Whos in Whoville, or rather Whatville as in whats in it for us? Whistler has been at the front of the line for a long time in terms of what we want: a land bank and new "financial tools" for starters. Indemnification and a lot more cash for facilities are expected if we actually win the right to host the Games.
The Squamish Nation and Lilwat Nation apparently have a hotel and golf course planned for the Callaghan Valley as part of the compensation they will receive.
Now, as the rhetoric and campaigning for the Feb. 22 plebiscite begin, every What in Whatville is asking for his share. Its Christmas, you know.
Theres Jim Green Eggs & Ham saying he might support the Olympic bid if the province turns the old Woodwards building into social housing (now that moneys been found to house the protestors who occupied the building until after the IOC delegation visits Vancouver in March).
Theres Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan wondering what Burnaby has to do to get some money for dredging Burnaby Lake.
Theres the Impact of Olympics on the Community Coalition asking what money from the Olympics will go toward training and creating jobs for the poor, and other social programs.
Theres the Hospital Employees Union with a survey of 400 people who say they would prefer money be spent on health care and education, rather than the Olympics. What about that?
None of these people are opposed to the Olympic bid, they say, they just want to know what they are going to get before they support it. Perhaps thats fair. Perhaps their shoes are too tight.
In Dr. Seusss story all the Whos rose on Christmas morning and celebrated, even though they didnt have any presents. In Whatville we all have our hands out, in the spirit of the season.
But the real morning of discovery may be of Feb. 23, when we rise and find the whole Olympic idea encased in a thick layer of Oobleck.