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VCB eNews, Vol 12, #8 - Try Something New !

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In this Edition

-  Editorial: Try Something New

-  Thank You

-  Letters to the Editor

-  Loose Chain Links

-  About That Funny


"A journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step"
— Chinese Proverb





Everybody needs a friend like Jacques Cote. A friend who tells you, "Sure you can!" when you say you can't possibly do something. Like write an editorial every week for a newsletter, and then work to a deadline for a real newspaper. Or ride your bicycle for 30 consecutive minutes, 52 weeks of the year. Seven years in a row. First thing you know, you are flying off to Winnipeg in February to a Winter Cycling Congress!


Everybody needs that friend -- the one who puts that little germ of an idea in your head, that maybe you could do that. Soon it will be 2015, a brand new year. Let me be that friend, the one that says, "You can do it. You can try something new, something you never thought you could or would do". Like ride around the Cabot Trail in four days, or ride Across the Highlands with 99 of your closest cycling friends, or ride a lobster -- OK, more like ride for lobster, because lobster rolls are waiting for the finishers. 


If you haven't already done so, you can renew your Velo Cape Breton membership here:


Already a member? Why not try the 52 Week Bike Challenge? Only one 30 minute ride per week. C'mon, you can do it. I know you can. 


(Sign up for the 52 Week Bike Challenge by emailing



The Editor starting off on her first 52 Week Bike Challenge ride ever, a number of years ago.



Merry Christmas to All, and to all a Good Night!






Dear Santa:


I hacked into your email and found the letter little Shelley Porter sent you. I am pretty sure it was indeed her riding the wrong way on the sidewalk on a couple of occasions. In her defense, she is a very busy lady usually found early morning rushing around to ensure everyone on her route gets the paper early. As for her wish list, I believe she may have a fetish for bikes and spare parts.... a bit over the top if you ask me. Maybe a great gift may be a GPS (did I spell that correctly?) . This device would enable her to plan the best routes to follow on her newspaper route along with the planning of her many recreational rides throughout the year.
PS: You may want to check on your little friend Jacques over here in Westmount. I am not sure if he is on your naughty or your nice list. Be sure to check your list twice.

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Dear Santa:


On your usual round through Westmount this year, may I suggest to give Shelley Porter all she'd put on her list.  Despite what people are saying about her riding on sidewalks, which I think is an aberration caused by the failure of vision of these observers that early in the morning.  She's been an exemplary cyclist whose presence on the busy roads of our municipality as well as her weekly column in the local Community Post distributed to all households and religiously read by thousands has contributed immensely to the advancement of cycling.  Shelley is very conscious of the detrimental effects of motorized transportation on global warming and the disappearance of snow during our winters;  dry ground, as we know, will force you again this year to fit the elves with iron shoes and install wheels on your sleigh.  This is very sad.


Please Santa, you can skip my home, as I failed in my attempt to ride the 52-WBC for the first year.  Give Shelley the presents you had for me.  









Love bicycles? Love music? Here you go:


A place to ride:


My children are ¼ Norwegian -- why can't I get them to do this?








Cup of Tea:

One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me.

I was maybe 2 1/2 years old and had just recovered from an accident. 

Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a get-well gift and it was one of my favourite toys.

Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news,

 when I brought Daddy a little cup of 'tea', which was just water.  

After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home.

My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup of tea,

because it was 'just the cutest thing!'  My Mom waited, and sure enough, here I come down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watches him drink it up.

Then she says, (as only a mother would know... :)

'Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?' 







Regular articles, including Loose Chain Links:

Word document or compatible, 12 pt Times New Roman. Please have submissions for the current edition submitted by the Monday prior.


Ads for Bike Buy & Sell: Word document or compatible, 12 pt, Times New Roman, submitted by the Monday prior. Ads will run for 3 weeks. Please inform the editor if the item is sold before that term is up. If the item doesn't sell, you may re-submit your ad.  


Photos: high resolution (photos taken with a phone are usually too low, but there may be exceptions); please name all the people in the photo, and give the event, date, and location.







Shelley Porter,  

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

December 25th, 2014

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