Thursday, March 31, 2016

skateboarding really is a viable mode of transportation

Rain or shine, Eric (@silverlongboarder) can be found pushing and carving his way to the office. 

Community Transit (the county's public transportation) has community programs and one of them is called Curb the Congestion.   It's a program designed to reduce traffic and encourage healthy travel options like biking, and walking.  You basically log your hours (required 8 hours per month of alternative commuting) after three consecutive months you receive a $50 reward.  Nice incentive right?  

Eric has been participating in this for quite some time so he was qualified for  the "Curb the Congestion Champion for the 4th quarter of 2015." because he is a stellar commuter! (insert A-OK emoji here.)

"Apparently, it's big deal".  (As quoted from Gru of Despicable Me)
They invited him and a guest to a fancy awards luncheon.

There were four nominees for this category.  The fact that Eric longboards for his alternative form of transportation... well they were intrigued and impressed.  :-)

He thought he was being awarded just for the 4th quarter, but he actually won the 
"Curb the Congestion Champion of the Year" award!

After the awards presentation they featured Helen Thayer as the keynote speaker.
She was honored by the White House and named "One of the Great Explorers of the 20th Century by National Geographic.

She has some pretty amazing accomplishments to her name - but probably her best known is that at age 50 she became the first woman to travel solo to the magnetic North Pole, pulling her own sled without resupply

She has a slight accent, having been born and raised in New Zealand.  Listening to her 
retell of her dangerous adventure was riveting and fascinating!

We felt so privileged to hear her speak and then to meet her afterwards. This woman's life 
story is incredible.  Her motto, "A goal without a plan is only a dream."
She was a delight to talk with, and we discovered that she is a Christian too.

  2015 Curb the Congestion Champion.

wheels: seismic 
helmet:  sector 9

It was a fun afternoon.  I'm proud of him.  :-)

- Carol


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