I must admit, the highlight for me was following all the comments (sort of mini-live-blogging) by my friends on Facebook during the opening ceremonies.
Interestingly, we all started out somewhat underwhelmed. But then at some point after the athletes were introduced, most of us started saying some positive things along the lines of "aesthetically pleasing", "I wish I had been able to work on the lights for this!" "I'm beginning to like this", etc. I thought Canada's native heritage was over-emphasized but at the same time didn't mind it.
I quite enjoyed the opening of the fiddling, but the conclusion of that section was too jumbled to be really pleasant. And for some bizarre reason I also really liked the lighting effects and transitions as the roller bladers performed.
I wasn't at all keen on what one FB friend referred to as the Peter Pan effects. They were hokey and unco-ordinated.
The full minute of silence was both moving and appropriate.
Too much solo singing and, although I understand why, too many and too-long speeches. Thank goodness there weren't any more than there were.
Truly unfortunate conclusion with the fourth arm not working, the complete confusion that ensued, and the anti-climactic ride through the rain by Gretzky. But the FB postings at that stage became especially funny, as you might well imagine.