With the weather we have been experiencing over the past few days, I am beginning to believe that we cannot put our trust in groundhogs. This year neither Wiarton Willie nor his American cousin Punxsutawney Phil saw their shadows this year, meaning that spring weather was to come sooner.

According to legend of Groundhog Day, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2nd and does not see it’s Shadow, than we are in for an early spring. If the groundhog sees its shadow it will retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

For the past few years I have used the Toronto International Bicycle Show as my barometer to the fact that spring is right around the corner. It is not the size of the crowds that I use to measure how close spring is (the Bicycle Show always gets great crowds), but instead I count the number of people who arrive on their bikes and park them out front of the Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place. If the bike racks are full, spring is only days away. If they are not too full, then spring is a few more weeks away.

The Toronto International Bicycle Show’s Toronto executive offices are located just down the hall from my Toronto office space. I have often seen the show manager Carl booking a boardroom in the weeks that lead up to the bike show. On Friday, I saw Carl in the kitchen of my office space Toronto getting a coffee and we had a short chat. As we were talking, he offered me a few complimentary passes to attend the show. I was thankful and told him that I would take some photos for him and would be happy to send him copies.

The greatest part of having my downtown Toronto office space at Telsec has been the networking opportunities that have come my way when meeting other office space clients.