April 5, 2018
                          No. 214
4 For the Price of 1
Well, after keeping us guessing for months, the Sedins have finally announced their retirement from the Canucks. They were a story from the day they were drafted, and have been an integral part of Vancouver for eighteen years.

Now, hockey fan or not, everyone has some memories of the Sedins. Three, particularly, stick in my mind:

– the slick tic-tac-toe passing between the two of them. They always seemed to know exactly where the other brother was. Maybe, being identical twins, they simply had some special communicative powers that the rest of us don’t have. But it was a delight to watch.

– June 13, 2011, the year of the disappointing Stanley Cup loss to Boston. Game six in Boston, and the twins were being hacked to death with the referees turning a blind eye. The shameful treatment they got from the refs probably cost them their only chance to have a Stanley Cup on their resumes.

– total class, all the time. They were almost too nice. 

Vancouver is better for it, and will be for years to come, as they intend to live permanently in the City.
There should be more people like them!
Did you get fooled on April 1? It sort of caught many of us by surprise, I think, coming on Easter Sunday, when many of us had other things on our minds.
When I did get around to it, I noticed an email in my Inbox about a new trip being offered by one of the world’s major small group travel companies.

The subject line was: A new trip to Machu Poochu. 

It started with a brief description of their new trip to Machu Picchu, where you could bring along your dog; in fact, you could stay home yourself and they would walk your dog for you to the famous ruins. Where it said “Read more” I didn’t bother to click. I knew what the click would say.

Did you succumb to any tricks? I’d be interested to hear your story.

This is no April Fool’s joke, though. Most of you are aware that I own a small group adventure travel company, myself: West Adventures. 

Travel is now among the most popular graduation gifts. What graduate wouldn’t want a chance to travel as a reward for their accomplishments?

So, why not? We decided to offer Graduation gift certificates, a perfect gift for that son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece or nephew. We’re offering Graduation gift certificates at a 10% discount right now for that special graduate. You can learn more about them here at www.westadventures.com.

And finally, what should you read? Stuff you agree with or stuff you disagree with?

I’d say both. Besides travelling, broad-based reading is, in my view, one of the best ways to become a well-rounded, accepting, and non-judgemental person. In fact, I think it is a failure to read, or listen to, more than one viewpoint that causes much of the division and hostility in the world.

So it is, that I just finished reading a book that totally contradicts with the beliefs I was brought up with. But it makes me a better person, I think, because I now have a broader perspective, understand better those with contrasting viewpoints, and am challenged to reconsider, perhaps even modify, my own views.

If we all did that from time to time, the world would be a better place.

At least, that’s how I see it . . .

Award-winning* Fraser Valley Rent 2 Own is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Rent to Own Professionals (www.CAROP.ca)
* winner of all-star awards, 2012, 2014, 2015 at the Rent 2 Own Summit.

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