Storytelling Interlude

We have been overwhelmed by the response to Peter and his Race Across America. Many of you sent in your own lyrics, some quotations and some jokes. We have tried to read them all out to Peter in addition to the heartwarming and supportive comments for Peter and the crew.

For your reading pleasure, as you sit in front of your computer watching his dot go across your screen, here are your thoughts, (I apologize if I missed one of your songs, jokes or quotes) captured without attribution.

Some of your favourite adapted lyrics:

1) Follow the yellow brick road. Follow the yellow brick road. Follow follow follow follow Follow the yellow brick road. Follow the rainbow over the stream. Follow your dream. Follow, follow, follow, follow Follow the road to Annapolis.

We’re off to see the Wizard. The wonderful world of Oz. We hear he is a whiz of a wiz. If ever a wiz there was. If ever, oh ever a wiz there was. The Wizard of Oz is one because Because, because, because, because, because. Because of the wonderful things he does.

We’re off to see the Wizard The wonderful wizard of Oz. We’re off to see the Wizard. The wonderful Wizard of Oz. We hear he is a whiz of a wiz. If ever a wiz there was. If ever, oh, ever a wiz there was. The Wizard of Oz is one because Because, because, because, because, because. Because of the wonderful things he does. We’re off to see the Wizard The wonderful wizard of Oz.

2) Heh Peter, I’m inspired by your crew and their inspirational song quotes.  I’ve thought about a few more, songs most definitely not Rush in nature, that might give you

First off, I’m Not Ready to Play Nice, the Dixie Chicks.  You are not out here just pedalling.  Nope – you are an inspiration to all those talkers out there.  You are doing. You are making things happen.   So then we can ease into just a “O What A Night”, who cares if its late December 1963.  Its 2019 and from what I understand its hot as hades out there.  Just pretend its December.     I think now we’ve definitely got to pay homage to the great Toronto Raptors.  That requires Queen.  Obviously  a We Are the Champions moment, but right now certainly calls out for a Don’t Stop Me Now interlude because “I’m burnin’ through the sky, yeah two hundred degrees, that’s why they call me Mister Fahrenheit. I’m traveling at the speed of light, I wanna make a supersonic man out of you… Now I’m going to bring it out from anthem rock to a decidedly more pop, more girl music really, with Wilson Phillips.  They really had a very nice song with Hold On.  This will remind you:  Don’t you know things can change, Things’ll go your way, If you hold on for one more day, Can you hold on for one more day, Things’ll go your way.Hold on for one more day… Ok.  Pretty bubblegum.  I’ll give you that.  So throw some Doobie Brothers in there.  Taking it to the Street.  Or even Taking Care of Business, with BTO.  I could go on, with like Peter Gabriel and his Solsbury Hill, even Alive and Kicking by Simple Minds, but maybe now you’re just thinking Just Stop!!  

“Fly by night, away from here

Change my life again

Fly by night, good night my dear (original lyric is goodbye my dear – all others are original)

Start a new chapter

Find what I’m after

It’s changing every day

Quiet and pensive

My thoughts apprehensive

The hours drift away

Leaving my homeland

Playing a lone hand

My life begins today”

3) Adaptation from the Wheels on the Bus:

The Wheels on the bike go round and round

Round and round

Round and round

The wheels on the bike go round and round

All down the road.

The lights on the bike go blink, blink, blink

blink, blink, blink

blink, blink, blink

the lights on the bike go blink, blink, blink

all down the road.

The crew on the board goes clap, clap, clap

clap, clap, clap

clap, clap, clap

The crew on the board goes clap, clap, clap

all down the road.

The pedals on the bike go faster, faster, faster

faster, faster, faster

faster, faster, faster

the pedals on the bike go faster, faster, faster

all down the road.

Something slightly different:

Peter, you’re looking good!  Here’s a limerick to keep you going:

In Oceanside there we did find Pete,

Saying RAAM I know I can beat,

His mind he did set,

He spun that cassette,

To Maryland again-what a feat!

Jokes

Peter seems to love getting bad jokes read to him, so here goes some of your contributions:

1) No doubt your great crew is taking good care of you. Here’s todays joke titled “Bad Date”.

“Hi Sarah, listen, I only have a minute. I’m about to get picked up for a blind date. Can you call me in a half hour just in case its going bad?  Great, thanks.”

Raquel gave herself a quick spray of perfume, checked herself one more time in the mirror, and headed outside to wait for the guy.

Sure enough after 20 min, Raquel was discreetly checking her watch. After 10 more long minutes, her phone finally buzzed.

Raquel listened for a few seconds, grimly pursed her lips, and turned to her date.  “I feel terrible but my Grandmother is terribly sick, and I must go home now.”

“No problem!”. Said her date with a big grin, “in a few more minutes, my dog was going to get run over!”

2) A priest, a minister and rabbi decide to have a friendly competition to see who is best at their job. To make things interesting, they agree to see who is best at converting the bears in the local woods. A week passes and they get together to compare notes.

The priest says, “I was walking thru the woods and came upon a patch of berries where there was a bear, gathering berries. I walked up to the bear and gave him Holy Communion, and thus converted the bear”.

The minister goes, “I too was walking thru the woods, and came across a stream.  There was a bear in the stream catching fish.  So I waded out to him and baptized the bear right there, and so converting him”.

The priest and the minister look over to the rabbi, and this guy is in rough shape. He’s in total traction with a full body cast, cuts and scraps on his face and hands.

“Oy vey”, the rabbi says. “In retrospect, I shouldn’t have led with the circumcision”.

3) golden retriever light in colour is sitting at his desk wearing black glasses which are falling slightly onto his nose.

The desk light is on and he has a cup of coffee next to him.

He has his paw on the papers on the desk and is looking the papers over.

He finally saids.   “I did the math and we just cannot afford the cat

4) A golden retriever wearing a hunting cap is sitting at a table with it’s paws on the table with a Budweiser between it’s paws and a rifle in front of the Budweiser.   And says, “Damn Chihuahuas, they took our jobs”.

5) A man walks into a bar holding a piece of asphalt.

The man says, “A beer please, and one for the road!”

6) What’s the difference between a dog and cat?

Dogs come when called, cats just take a message and get back to you when they are ready.

7) Q:How do you know you’ve married a cycling addict?

A: Your laundry has more bike jerseys than clothes

Q: Why is sex like riding a bike?

A: You can do it by yourself but its usually not as much fun    

Q: Do you know what is the hardest part about learning to ride a bike?

A: The pavement

Q: What do you call a professional cyclist who just broke up with his girlfriend?

A: Homeless

Favourite inspirational quotations:

1) Thoughts are vital, living things, little bundles of energy, if you will. Most people don’t stop to consider the nature of their thoughts and yet the quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life. Your thoughts form your world. And what you focus on shapes your destiny.

2) Never give up when a trial presents itself on the path. And many trials will present themselves along the way. Yes, before your greatest victory you will certainly face your greatest challenge. With an awareness that this is all part of the route that you must travel to return home to your authentic self, it will be easier for you: you will be prepared.

3) Balance success with significance. What is the point of achieving great things without having a great impact? At the end of our lives, what will be most important is who we have become – and the difference we have made.

4) Just keep going. No feeling is final.

Focus on your goal. Don’t look in any direction but ahead.

I didn’t come this far to only come this far.

If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. – Samuel Johnson

Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway

5) you have the courage to respect your body – the temple that houses the person that you are – personal mastery will not be far away. Each time you get into the gym for a workout on a day you just don’t feel like exercising, you grow a little stronger as a human being. Each time you go out for a run on a cold winter’s day when the covers feels like the best place to be, you actualize your humanity just a little more. Working on improving your physical condition is a great way to improve your character and enrich the quality of your life. Good health is true wealth.

6) Courage allows you to run your own race. Courage allows you to do whatever you want to do because you know that it is right. Courage gives you the self-control to persist where others have failed. Ultimately, the degree of courage you live with determines the amount of fulfillment you receive.

7) The more disciplined you are with yourself, the easier life will be on you. The stricter you are with yourself, the gentler life will be on you. When you get stronger with yourself and rein in all those weaker impulses and have the self-discipline to do what’s right – every time – your life is certain to turn out great!

8) ‘Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.” Mark Twain

9) When you do your best and dedicate yourself to excellence, life supports you and puts wind beneath your wings. It sees a human being who is reaching for his ideals and trying to become what he was meant to be. The kind of effort never goes unnoticed by the eyes that watch over the world.

10) All things of value come with a cost

And this cost, it’s essential because without it there is no triumph, there’s no victory

It’s what separates out those who really want something; the determined

11) [Athletes] endure a lot of rough situations, a lot of painful training because of a tiny light at the end of the tunnel

That light is how you build upon you self-worth, it’s how you define what you’re capable of

and Success cannot come to be without adversity

How you handle yourself in those adverse situations….that is what defines a person. That is how you build your legacy

12) There will come a time when it hurts

When you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it, and consciously avoid quitting and turning to an easier approach

Remember, anyone can run downhill, not many people can run up

13) Pain is temporary, but quitting is forever

14) The pain in your body during the final stretch of your race

All that dissipates – That becomes pretty meaningless looking back

It’s the result that matters – It’s the result you remember

Because when the hurt is over and the struggle is gone, you either did something great or you didn’t

15) Rise above what is uncomfortable and see the big picture

16) Ride it out

17) Because when all is said and done, the guy who gives more when it hurts, gets more when it’s over

18)Truly successful people never seek to be like others. Rather, they seek to be superior to their former selves. Don’t race against others. Race against yourself. Just resolve to be better than who were yesterday and extraordinary things will unfold for you.

19) Success lies in a masterful consistency around the fundamentals. The best get better by staying wildly focused on the simple principles of excellence, principles such as treating people well, working hard, refusing to give up, seeing opportunity where others see failure and staying true to you.

20) Never give up when a trial presents itself on the path. And many trials will present themselves along the way. Yes, before your greatest victory you will certainly face your greatest challenge. With an awareness that this is all part of the route that you must travel to return home to your authentic self, it will be easier for you: you will be prepared.

21) Just keep going. No feeling is final.

Focus on your goal. Don’t look in any direction but ahead.

I didn’t come this far to only come this far.

If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Winston Churchill

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. – Samuel Johnson

Strength grows in the moments when you think you can’t go on but you keep going anyway.

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