ONE: I lost my friend and companion, Rosco. Hard, hard, hard to come to grips with that. What has helped is having so many people to give me a word of encouragement or a pat on the back. My family loved him, too, and they have reminded me of the wonderful life Rosco shared with us. Sometimes my insanity causes me to think he's still around, and I'm not kidding when I think he's just in the other room, snoring or tearing something up. That's what 14 years of love will do to a guy.
TWO: My beautiful wife came to work with us at Big Shark. There are so many things that have to be done in a growing small business like Big Shark, and to be able to do what we do best (servicing the cycling community) we have to have our time freed up from some of those other things. That's what she does and I'm grateful for that.
THREE: My three lovely children grew another year older. I can't explain it, but before my eyes they change and morph into more and more complete people. I don't remember being so interesting when I was six. Or ten. Or twenty five.
FOUR: It costs a lot to be sick or need medical care in America. Insurance is insanely expensive..but you know what? That's because health care itself is insanely expensive. And we have had no hospital stays this year. My advice? Don't get sick in America...it's a killer.
FIVE: Once again, I raced my bike this year. That makes 34 straight years. I did Tuesday night criterium races, a few mountain bike races, and a bunch of cyclocross races. It was not a bad year. Next year will be better. I bought a BMX bike, although I'm not sure why. I may race it if I don't hurt myself riding it around the neighborhood.
SIX: I met up with an old friend of mine from 20 years ago. We used to do a lot of things together, a lot of riding included. We started riding some old familiar routes this Fall and it's really got me thinking about how much fun it can be to hang with friends. That's something I have forgotten and rediscovered over and over again. And, grumble about Facebook as we may, it has kept me connected with some great longtime friends from the BMX racing days. Those were some awesome people, and now I get to see how their lives have changed, which is fitting since many of them changed mine.
SEVEN: We had an amazing family vacation this year, visiting with friends in Colorado. It was nothing like Chevy Chase's adventures, which is absolutely fine with me. We did get better gas mileage than he did. And we had much better accommodations.
EIGHT: We have a new dog. His name is Rex. He is a large, galloping, floppy, stinky (the gas, my God, the gas!!) puppy. Rosco didn't like him very much. Lucky for Rex, I like him. I lot.
NINE: I traded my convertible for a boring family sedan. With a four cylinder. Yes, I groaned like that, too. And I rolled my eyes. And fell to my knees and cried out "WHY ME? WHY ME??" several times. When I arose, I realized that gas mileage and lower ownership costs were just what I needed. 15 years (or longer) ago, I called my friend Todd's Cavalier "SS", short for Sensible Shoes. It was half joke, half serious. Turns out that he was years ahead in his thinking, and I just now caught on.
TEN: I have a great family, both inside my own home and beyond. No, I don't do much to keep in touch with most of them. But I never have to wonder if I am loved. I am. For whatever reason.
Happy New year. Onward and upward.