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


December 2014

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.



  1. You and your family have a great Christmas! May you have a few spots of nice weather to get a ride in. Every day above ground is a great day so keep on spinning and keep all your troubles in your rear view mirror.. not that they could catch you any more. πŸ™‚ Stay safe!

  2. Kecia says:

    Merry Christmas!! I hope you have a Christmas full of everything you enjoy!! That is a sweet bike…your wife is a very lucky lady, but you already knew that πŸ˜‰ N+1

  3. Sheree says:

    Now that’s what I call a Xmas present!

  4. cyardin says:

    Your missus is one lucky girl. Merry Christmas!

  5. JustI says:

    Merry Christmas! Nice bike; your wife must have been thrilled πŸ™‚

  6. Sandra says:

    I have been dying to ask!!!!! Did she love that bike or what?!!



  7. Sue Slaght says:

    Love this post and what a lovely gift for your wife!!

  8. Mrs. Bgddy says:

    Nice gratitude list babe! I love you and thank God for your (and our blessings). oxo

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