Sunday, 22 July 2012

Bathtub Races

Yesterday marked the 46th annual Bathtub Race in my new hometown Nanaimo.  It started as a novelty event featuring all kinds of bathtubs with all sorts of propulsion.  Today the “tubs” are made of fiberglass with fast hulls and 9.9hp outboard motors.

My lovely wife Jana works for Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty, who have a long history of support for the bathtub race and the Nanaimo Marine Festival.  This year they weren’t able to enter a boat in the race, prompting Jana to comment that she might try her hand next year in order to keep the history alive.  Jana made it clear that it was more important to participate than to be “competitive.”  Even though she has never piloted such a craft, I don’t doubt that she will do it to show her passion for the town where she grew-up.

No matter what the theme, every community has something that they’re known for.  These celebrations put the “unity” in community, and give businesses like you the chance to demonstrate your esprit des corps.  I’ve always said that promoting yourself has more to do with effort and enthusiasm than with slick marketing.  By showing active involvement in community events, you are sewing generosity into your community. 

What goes around, comes around.

By the way, does anyone have a serviceable 9.9hp outboard they’d like to donate?

Have a festive summer!

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