By Ted Schredd
I love going to new
different events and learning about the different
ways of the world.
of weeks ago I was lucky enough to see my first
bike road race at Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC.
Road Bike Racing is a pretty darn interesting
situation. There were two things that I loved
about this bike racing event.
The first thing is that bike racing is about more
than people tightening their butts and slicing
through the air. There is a lot of strategy, teamwork
and good old sweat. The winner isn’t necessarily
the fastest biker but the cyclist who has the finished
first on the most “point laps”. If
you ever get the chance to see a bike race (especially
the Stanley Park Bike Fest) – it is a great
The other thing I learned is that no matter how
important you are, or how important you think your
job is, there is still room to have fun. There
were numerous bike activities at the Stanley Park
Bike Fest including a commuter race. Participants
had to deal with an obstacle course which included;
loading up on groceries, dodging pylons and getting
in and out of rain gear. One city councilor and
three parks board members made up a team that finished
first. They seemed more focused on giggling and
laughing then winning. When you see their photo
you will know what I mean.
So many of our politicians have a difficult time
showing the playful side of their personality.
I guess their theory is that the more serious you
are the more you will be respected. But you could
also say that the more serious you are, the less
you will be liked. Everybody loves to see that
human side of your personality.
Discover fun tips our hat of happiness to (From
Left to right in photo) Raymond Louie – Vancouver
City Councilor, Lyndsay Poaps – Parks Board
Commissioner, Eva Riccius – Parks Board Commissioner,
Heather Deal - Chairperson Vancouver Parks Board.
Can you imagine George Bush in a boa? It wouldn’t
happen because being playful and being President
can never be together. It’s too bad that
people repress themselves in this way by shutting
down that sense of fun. Fun people are more balanced.
I would prefer to have more balanced politicians
leading us than stiff goats.