... where I saw the constellations reveal themselves one star at a time...
Gord Downie, Tragically Hip, Bobcaygeon (Phantom Power, 1998)
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|Photo credit, Chris Wattie, Globe and Mail/Reuters December 7, 2016|
The memory of Jo lingers. I am at loss. I remember her blog... Run to Eat All the Time..it's how we met. We talked blogs and one conversation led to another and another...I see Jo whenever I run. I see her spirit and she laughs. I see her enormity and I am in awe. I see her loveliness and I am gratified.
Soon we ran, her to eat all the time, me to revel in the experience of Jo. She a youngster, me an old man. She didn't see my age. She challenged me to run faster, to be strong, to suck it up buttercup, to be the finest I can be. That was Jo, tough as nails and a smart ass like nobody's business.
We laughed and cussed and told off colour jokes. That was Jo, all off colour and irreverent. She just didn't give a damn what people thought of her... she just did while I squirmed and considered consequences, and worried, and hemmed and hawed.
I learned from Jo. She taught me to be myself and be happy with that, for that's all I have to offer, myself. Be happy.
Jo loved my blog sign off, it's a good day to be alive. She liked that and that makes me happy, even now.
I remember the chatter, the endless chatter, and the smile, and the cutting wit. I remember the running, miles upon miles of running through trails, cold streets, happy times. I remember her laughter, her irreverence, her toughness. I remember her smile.
And the stories, I remember the stories. Oh my goodness, the stories, the endles stories!
And she laughs.
I miss Jo.
It's a good day to be alive.
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|Garbage Hill unsightly trails.|
|Start at south gate.|
|Round corner facing east.|
|Up the straight, due north.|
|Round the cul de sac at the top and return to gate.|
The Loop is virtually inaccessible to pedestrian traffic in winter months because it remains unplowed for months on end. It's especially treacherous in the spring season with the the endless freeze-thaw cycle rendering the hill dangerous let alone inaccessible. This is unfortunate because many outdoor enthusiasts train year round for spring running and walking events including our very own Manitoba Marathon, Winnipeg Police Services half-marathon, and the Spruce Woods Ultra-marathon. Many others just like to meet up with friends to "pound a few hills" before meeting for a beverage and bite at a local establishment.
Westview Park straddles the boundaries of Daniel McIntyre Ward and St. James Brooklands Ward. As councillors with shared responsibility of Westview Park you are in a position to improve the quality of life for many.
This blogger respectfully asks you to consider plowing the Loop portion of Westview Park with a sidewalk plow with the same frequency to plow other sidewalks in the vicinity. This would make the Loop accessible year round and would greatly speed up the spring melt along the entire roadway.
Winnipeg is a winter city. Our citizens are hearty and we embrace the cold. Plowing a 0.8 km strip of Garbage Hill is a small price when compared to the health benefits and the sheer enjoyment of citizens who access the hill year round. Garbage Hill is Winnipeg's Kilimanjaro, our little bump in the middle of the finest city in Canada.
Please reply at your convenience. Your letter(s) will be published on See Mike Run as a follow up to this post.
|Photo Credit Heidi Hunter of Runs With Scissors|
|Andrea Richardson Lipon|
|Running happy at mile 7-ish with Jeannine.|
Photo credit Fern Berard
|Two of my favourite runners, Connie and Darcie (aka Death Star).|
Photo credit Facebook image
|Junel Malapad and See Mike Run|
photos credit Junel selfie
|See Mike Run|
Beaudry Park, Lemming Loop Ultra-marathon
photo credit Maria Purificacion
|Jo at TRL circa 2013. me clapping way in the background.|
|Ted's Run for Literacy Water Station|
|...absolute descent into madness...|
photo credit Max Bennett
|"Go outside and get it"|
photo credit Jennifer Kirkwood
|Jo at Ted's Run for Literacy|
(photo credit Fern Berard)
|500 buttons of love|
|Melissa Budd Canadian Death Race 2016|
|Bert Blackbird, Melissa Budd and ?|
|Bert Blackbird, David Fielder, Melissa Budd|