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Merry Christmas, Friends… What I’m Grateful For.

Merry Christmas my friends, and a Happy New Year to you and yours from me and mine. May we forever remain grateful so the misery of the mistakes in our past remain ugly rather than begin to look attractive again (the recovering drunks in the crowd will know exactly what I’m talking about).

One of the most enjoyable keys to happiness is to remain grateful. I maintain a veritable grocery list of things I’m grateful for, however in this season there are a few special items I’d like to share…

I’m grateful for my wife, and for Bill Thompson who taught us how to (and that we could) be happy together.

I’m grateful for my kids, they are the best thing I’ve ever done or had happen since choosing to get sober and my wife.

I’m grateful for my sobriety and that God saved me from the Hell I created.

I’m grateful for Christmas Eve at my mom’s house, for seeing my sister (home from LA for a few days), my other sister and her family and for my brothers and their families…

I’m grateful for my friends. Sober and otherwise.

I’m grateful for 24 Hrs of A Christmas Story and for finally buying a copy of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.

I’m grateful for cycling. For Matt Assenmacher, Mike, Phil, Brad and Chuck. I’m grateful for my wife’s enthusiasm for getting into triathlon (and for my daughter being old enough to babysit this year so neither one of us will have to miss a ride for the other’s plans).

Finally, I’m grateful for prosperity and for being able to afford this, for my wife, because every triathlon chick should have her a tri bike:

It’s a Specialized Alias Sport Tri 54 cm frame and out of the box it’s less than 19 pounds as shown.

I’ll be sure to put up a review later but I’m here to tell you… It’s an AMAZINGLY beautiful bike. The attention to detail is astounding.

One final item… I’m grateful that giving is more enjoyable than getting.