PENINSULA ZOOMERS: Forum spawns new ideas

PAN columnist April Lewis expands her horizons at the recent IdeaCity conference in Toronto.

This is not a column about sex.

My insightful editor says my Zoomer readers are not ready for a column about sex.

So I shall write instead about my recent experience attending IdeaCity in Toronto.

Ideas in cognitive conjugal bliss.

Or as Moses Znaimer, the creator of IdeaCity, phrases it so eloquently… ideas having sex.

Three stimulating days, fifty captivating presenters, three legendary parties and a ton of inspiration and integrative thinking.

David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber, urged us to stop complaining. As Canadians, we have so much to be grateful for. Oh yes, and pay yourself first.

I hung out with Jodie Emery, wife of the imprisoned Prince of Pot. She asked me to smoke a joint with her, but I respectfully declined..

I was moved by executive director of Dying with Dignity Canada Wanda Morris’ passion as she spoke about the “right to die” charter challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court. The day after her talk, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled in their favour.

They are making meat in a laboratory in Holland.

There are 3D printers coming out of the States.

Preston Manning told us you need 30 hours of training to be a barista at Starbucks but none to be a lawmaker in Canada.

See, I told you. This is not a column about sex.

I was asked to dance by David Jay, the asexual advocate.

Canada’s top dominatrix, Terri-Jean Bedford, who was one of the plaintiffs in the landmark Supreme Court Constitutional challenge to three of Canada’s prostitution laws, gave me her autographed book.  She said I would make a great dominatrix. I said it sounded like too much work.

And then there were the two sex statisticians – scientists who spent thousands of hours analyzing our desires by documenting what humans of all sexual stripes download on the Internet. Their shocking findings overturn conventional wisdom and scientific theory.

Oops, how did all that sneak in there? This is not a column about sex.

The “King of Infidelity”, who is happily married, runs the fastest-growing married dating website in the world. He has published a book entitled Cheaters Prosper: How Infidelity Will Save the Modern Marriage.

The “Bellydancing Bombshell”, Shivaun Corry, gyrated for us. The sensual dancer was immediately attracted to bellydance’s defiance of patriarchal categorization. It is a blend of the spiritual and the sexual.

OK, so this is a column about sex.

Brent Petkau, the Oyster Man, spoke of his passion for the little mollusk that he sees a sensual pleasure and compared it to a certain part of the female anatomy. In talking about oysters, the man was transported to another realm.

His explicit descriptions made me blush.

Even though I am from the West Coast, I had never tried an oyster, so I jumped in and under his watchful tutelage, ate one.

It was a good idea at the time but it was not the sensual, experience he alluded to.

At this juncture of my life, I would say that oysters are like marriage and marathons.

Once is enough.

April Lewis is the local communications director for CARP, a national group committed to a ‘New Vision of Aging for Canada.’ She writes monthly.

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