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VCB eNews, Volume 13, #13 - Planning, Planning and Planning




Volume 13, #13  -  Planning, Planning and Planning




Editorial: Planning, Planning and Planning

Winter Potluck This Saturday

Winter Cycling Question

Loose Chain Links

About That Funny


“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any others.” 

~ Abraham Lincoln





Today, we are already in the second week of 2016.  New Year's resolutions usually start to wane at about this time.  How are your resolution(s) holding so far?  How do you find motivation, encouragement and support to keep these firm resolutions alive till the end of the year?  How do you resist the temptation to skip a day?  How to resist the temptation to fall back in old habits?  Do you have a solution for these demons?  

First, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail".  Failing to make a plan is the main reason why that New Year resolutions are so often abandoned?

Perhaps some goals are just too lofty. Others are not realistic. Sometimes we just don't want it bad enough. However most of the time it is because the goal does not have an ACTION PLAN.

For instance, if one of your goals is to lose weight this year- just saying you want to do it will probably not work. You need to have an action plan.   Honestly you know what is a right diet.  In this case, you could resolve that for the first 3 months you will not eat anything between meals, drink pop, eat slowly and stop eating when the appetite is gone.

If you do just this one thing you've selected for short periods at a time, you will lose weight. Guaranteed!   If you keep this resolve for 3 months, the new regimen will become a habit and you will be building on small successes.  There is no need to commit yourself for a whole year at the beginning…  it would seem overwhelming and without support, you’ll get discouraged and quit.

Eat right. Get organized. Exercise more.  That sounds good on paper, but those vague New Year's resolutions won't happen. Instead, listen to ageless wisdom: To make changes, make an Action Plan consisting of several baby steps.

This way, you will consistently move forward and see the progress.  You will keep your New Year's Resolutions.

Here’s a little story for you.

Once upon a time there was a bunch of tiny frogs who arranged a running competition.   The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower.   A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.... 


The race began.... 


Honestly:  No one in crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of the tower. 


You heard statements such as:   "Oh, WAY too difficult!!"   "They will NEVER make it to the top." or:    "Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!" 


The tiny frogs began collapsing. One by one....  Except for those, who in a fresh tempo, were climbing higher and higher....  The crowd continued to yell,  "It is too difficult!!! No one will make it!" 


More tiny frogs got tired and gave up....   But ONE continued higher and higher and higher....   This one wouldn't give up! 


At the end everyone else had given up climbing the tower. Except for the one tiny frog who, after a big effort, was the only one who reached the top! 


THEN all of the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it? 


A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal? 


It turned out....   That the winner was STONE DEAF!!!! 



Stick to your plan.  Be determined and focus. Build on small victories.







    Sydney Curling Club, 619 George St. in Sydney.



    Besides being the best meetings of the year, a bountiful table of deliciousness is set.  There is the unveiling of this year’s awardees and an outline of this year’s Schedule of rides and event among other interesting stuff.  


What should you bring?

     Family Names starting with letter  A to Z (except M)   -   bring main their yummiest main-course type delicacy that could feed 5 - 6 persons.        M -  bring desserts 

Remember, what we bring is what we eat . . . and we have all heard the joke: "Thursday night-Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow." 


And a GOOD MOVE would be for everyone to bring its own plate and utensils to reduce the amount of not recyclable garbage we reject in our own backyard.  



Who can come to the Potluck?

    The Winter Potluck is open to all the current and past membership of Velo Cape Breton, their friends, YOU reading this and all future members desiring to enjoy a friendly get-together with enthusiastic people.  The more the merrier!



How long will this last?

    It is not the intention of anyone to keep people in detention at the Potluck.   Anyone will be allowed to leave at anytime s/he wants.  

5:30  Meet & Greet.  

6:30 Food Service

7:30'ish Awards followed by special announcements.





Audrey Murphy writes:

Since I joined Velo a few years back I've learned a lot about cycling safely and cycling in winter, etc. but, I have to say, flat tires still are not fun!!!  Velo is a great club for all levels of bikers and a good thing to do for a new adventure, anytime of year.


Thank you for writing your concern.  You have a point Audrey, a flat at any time of the year is no fun.  A flat in winter in “no fun x 100”.  You can put chances on your side though.  

  1. There are tires better than others, some are especially designed to resist punctures.  
  2. There are very thick tubes that can be purchased that will resist/delay punctures.  
  3. There's also a compound that one can inject in the tube that will block the puncture;  a sort of "self-repair" tube.  It’s messy and I don't knowhow this will work in cold temperatures.  
  4. True "flat-free" tires are airless tires made of solid rubber on the outside and foamy type of rubber on the inside, no tube.  


I found this link for you:






Protected bike lanes in New York City have reduced pedestrian and bicycle crashes and reduced travel times for motor vehicles.


Here's an intriguing look at flashing vs. constant front headlights on bicycles.


Las Vegas police frequently use "decoy" pedestrians to enforce crosswalk laws. Now they are doing the same for bicycles, using a "decoy" bicyclist to enforce bicycle laws.


Oslo announced a new plan to remove all cars from the central part of the city within four years.




THE WINTER BOOTS (Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this)


Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her reception class pupils put on his boots?


He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.


She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they're on he wrong feet.'

She looked, and sure enough, they were.  It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on.


She managed to keep her cool as, together, they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the correct feet.  He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.' She bit her tongue, rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so? '  like she wanted to.


Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they got the boots off when he said, 'They're my brother's boots.My Mum made me wear 'em.'


Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.


Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your mittens?'  He said, 'I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.'  


She will be eligible for parole in three years.





January 14,  2016



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