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Blog posts April 2020


WHY IS “2 PADS” BETTER THAN 5G FOR CONNECTING COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBOURHOODS?    Because 2 pads (of sidewalk) has nothing to do with technology and can be done in every neighbourhood right now.   

SAFE DISTANCING STILL CONNECTING   The idea is simple.      Go out in front of your house and draw a circle or a square or an oval about 3 feet by 6 feet on the street.   You can use sidewalk chalk.  It should go from the curb 6 feet out and then 3-4 feet across and back to the curb.  Then start another safe zone at least 6 feet along the curb from the first one.  The simple way is to look at the sidewalk that is divided by crosslines.   Each “pad” is 4-5 feet long.  If you have 2 pads between each safe zone then you are more than 6 feet apart and yet can talk easily to someone else.

If the neighbour across the street does the same on their side then you can connect while maintaining a safe distance.    Most streets are wider than 18 feet.   If people are going by on the sidewalk (and there are no cars coming) then go to your “outer dimension” (towards the middle of the road) while they pass by.

How many things can you do in your circle, rectangle, square, or oval?   Meet a neighbour for at a specified time, (note in mailboxes, emails, phone calls) with you each in your own spot.  

Okay! How creative can you be?  Coffee and stretches, yoga, sing along?  Any musicians on the block?  Any good jokes?   Anyone need help with something?    How are the seniors on your block?  

You can do at least 3 or 4 safe zones in the width of the average yard.  Then a friend passing by (or a neighbour you haven’t met yet) can join the conversation.

What about apartment buildings and condos?  You can figure it out for each location but a simple guideline is 1 parking spot between people side by side and a car length between you and the person opposite you.   Bring a chair and enjoy.  If you have to get up and down for the occasional car moving, just count it as part of your exercise.

Stay safe and connected.

Brian Gray, Originator Play Beyond Expectations   

A Esquimalt Recreation Centre gym-based program for Young Adults to learn basic sports skills and prove, or improve, their functional capabilities in other areas.   We will re-start when the Centre re-opens.  Check our website for updates.

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Brian Gray   Helping People with Disabilities Make Life Better   [email protected]

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Blowing out the virus germs at home

In my experience, 42 years here in Victoria, BC.,  68 degrees in fresh air feels warmer than 72 degrees in stale air.  Fresh air has more oxygen and moisture and less of everyone’s breath.  Even when the kids were young I would get up before the rest of the family, start the furnace, put on my parka, open the doors and windows, and let the winter wind blow through.  Then I would close everything up and when the rest of the family got up, the air had a warm, fresh quality to it.  Then I would turn the furnace off.  The rooms would remain comfortable for 3-4 hours.   Is this more expensive? No.  An expensive way to heat is to leave it on all the time, coming on every time the room temperature drops a degree (and redistributing germs to every room).   My heating costs have always been much less than the projected costs for a house my size.   

For years, no one in our house would have a cold for more than a day or so, partly because we were all physically very active, but also because by letting the fresh air in, we flushed the germs out.  Unfortunately, I am now less active, and more lazy.  But I still let the fresh air in sometimes.  If I’m tired, depressed or just a little down, refreshing my space helps.

Let me give you the story behind the story.   My grandfather had a gas station in Wilkie, Saskatchewan.   In the morning, he would open up the big bay doors, front and back – all 5 of them.  He would start his oil heater on the office.   Then he would start to close the doors and soon the whole garage would be warm.  It worked even when it was -40 degrees outside.   The little heater kept the place warm all day.

This works well in any situation, whether it is single family, group home, or seniors residence.   The usual problem with bed-ridden people is that they don’t get enough fresh air.   I’ve worked in all forms of care and yes, it is much easier to bring the fresh air in than take all the residents out.

I work with a lot of young adults with disabilities in a gym-based program (Play Beyond Expectations).This is written out of concern for them, and for anyone who may be suddenly house bound more than usual.

So try exchanging some old stale air (with germs?) for some fresh air, without the germs.You will feel better.You have the freedom to keep doing this after the coronavirus is gone.

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