October 2019 – Making Waves

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64 BCBUSINESS OCTOBER 2019 Vancouver coop, the man sticks to the early morn- ing routine and now has a long list of counterparts to battle at Jericho Tennis Club. "I've got a pretty big crew that I hit with. People go away, go on holidays, get injured," he says. "You have to have a set of probably about seven that basically rotate. A couple are more regular in terms of playing once a week. But you can never have enough tennis part- ners; that's just the nature of the game." Like Vilas, Wachell is something of a baseliner, a player who mostly oper- ates from the back of the court and hits powerful groundstrokes. But he's also apparently taken some lessons from how the former pro handled himself off the court. Vilas was famously composed (he wrote poetry and was a heavy reader) in an era known for prickly competitors like Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. For his part, Wachell puts a strong emphasis on the concept of flow. "One of the things that's really important for happiness is having flow," he says. "My wife said to me the other day, 'You've got a lot of flow in your life.' Tennis gives you flow, in terms of your mind focusing on some- thing and being in that space. It's really a form of meditation, I think." Wachell also derives flow from another weekend activity that he's picked up in the past cou- ple of years: maintaining the creek bed, or riparian zone, that runs through his West Van property. "I go down there and three hours will have gone by; it's just sort of a Zen thing," he says of garden- ing and preserving the area. "You get the oxygen coming off the creek; it's really special. I'll go down there tired after tennis, and after half an hour I'm invigorated." Wachell hopes to play in some tennis tourna- ments in the future but doesn't appear to be in a rush to change his cur- rent routine. "I'm lucky that I have two things that really help me with flow in my life, and make for spending more time outside versus sitting on the couch watching TV. I think it's going to help me live a lot longer. "Like Clint Eastwood says: I don't let the old man in." • ( quality time ) Wunderbar! Billed as Canada's largest harvest festival, Harvestland brings activities for all ages to the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver this month. Look for the family-friendly Bavarian Village (axe-throwing, pumpkin catapult, swordplay), Kinder Farm (pumpkin carving stations, tractor rides), Woodland Labyrinth, and amuse- ment rides and games. Those over 19 can enjoy Harvest Haus's Lippensynchron Battle, Stein Games and Sweethart Night, plus traditional German food and beer. October 11-14 and 16-20; adults $14.99, seniors and children $9.99, family pass (two adults, up to three kids) $44.99 Talking Plants The information in Eat More Plants: Over 100 Anti-Inflammatory, Plant-Based Recipes for Vibrant Living is as straightforward as the title. Desiree Nielsen, a Vancouver-based registered dietician and host of Gusto TV show The Urban Vegetarian, explains how switching to a diet focused more, or exclusively, on plants increases energy, protects the gut, helps support a healthy weight and treads more lightly on the planet. To benefit the most people possible, the recipes are vegan, gluten-free and can generally be prepared in less than an hour. Penguin Canada 256 pages, paperback, $32 • A F T E R HO U R S JOIN US AT THE 19 TH ANNUAL 65 ROSES GALA In Support of Event Branding and Design by There is no cure, but there is hope Please register online for our silent auction at 65RosesGala.com. Bidding opens on October 19. Featuıng live and silent auctions, live entertainment and more! A magical night of dining, dancing, and entertainment at our Paısian inspired 19th annual chaıty gala, raising funds for life-saving Cystic Fibrosis research, patient care and advocacy. RECEPTION 5:00 PM DINNER 6:00 PM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 ND 2019 FAIRMONT WATERFRONT HOTEL To purchase tickets please visit 65RosesGala.com or call 604-436-1158. Ticket price is $300 per person, $3,000 for a table of ten. Tax receipts will be issued for the charitable portion of each ticket.

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