11th June, 2003--Lights, camera, ACTION!!!!!! We set off in the weeee hours
of the morning - Sebastian, JJ, Roger, Nathan and myself - to a wonderful
town called Maplewood, New Jersey. Today, the boys have to do some cameo
star-studded public speaking to some of the students at Our Lady of Sorrows
As the kids roll into the auditorium you could see their little faces light
up with anticipation and a huge question mark above their heads.........WHO were
these guys in TIGHTS!!!! I watch as the girls giggle, hands over their
mouths......WOW.....And the young lads stroll in with this inquisitive twinkle
in their eyes .....the boys stare as they make their way up into the
grandstand......all bunched together like one big midget peloton.
John Profaci (Mr. Guru himself) stands before all the lil' adults and begins
the spiel of BIKE SAFETY, ROAD AWARENESS and becoming a safe bike rider. As
interested as they looked, I think they just wanted to ask their own questions
.......Like WHY do you shave your legs? Ah, kids. Ha ha!
Everyone was captivated by Nathan's Aussie accent, he played it up to the
boys and girls...YES, Steve Irwin the crocodile hunter was talked about a
bit...... And a big "G,day" was said by all.
Juan Jose got on the rollers, while Nathan chatted about the bike, the gears,
the special shoes (that make you go faster) plus wearing your helmet........The
kids asked questions about doing WHEELIES....and going ROOL fast down hills....Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
Hands up everywhere like one big Mexican wave, more questions, and the boys had
an answer for nearly everyone.....LIKE, how long does it take to become a PRO
cyclist?? A few chuckles and grins from Sebastian and Nathan. Either way, the
kids really enjoyed being in the company of the Colavita Bolla team....
The team handed out to each class...little goodies of Colavita pasta,
olive oil, over mittens and most importantly the rules, road safety brochures to
help them understand to ride safer throughout the summer break.
The morning was full of laughs, bucket loads of questions and the word "phoar"!
It was a treat for the young kids but I think more of a treat for the bigger
boys of Colavita Bolla.
Until next time - stay safe.