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Fit Recovery:  The Real Neat Blog Award

Gary at PedalWorks bestowed upon my humble blog, the Real Neat Blog Award:

I am flattered, of course but I do have a tough time with the awards.  I never know how to achieve the proper (false) level of funny/cocky while being myself (trying to assess how that could possibly be – especially when the really good bloggers send them my way).  With my posts that comes pretty easy – or at least I hope it does.  With awards, there’s always that little voice in the back row of the Melon Committee bleachers that says, “Hey, don’t be that jackass who toots his trumpet from atop a folding chair.  The chair always beaks and you end up on Ridiculousness”.  That’s the one voice in the committee I don’t respond with an explicative to.  In any event, I’m deeply honored.

Here are the rules:

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the person/people who nominated you.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
  5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog).

So here are Gary’s Questions:

How many states are there in Canada?

Ten, but they’re Provinces, not States.  I’m guessing this is a trick question.

If you could invite any 3 people to dinner, who would you invite?

Oh, without a doubt, Jesus (could you imagine a Q&A with Him?), George Washington and Chris Cudworth (just so I could watch George school him).

If you were an actor, who would you be?

Me.  But really, really wealthy.

If you could take a month long holiday anywhere in the world, where would you go and, who would you most like to go with?

South of France with my wife during the Tour de France and we’d rent ridiculously expensive race bikes, ride for a couple of hours every day, then hang out on the beaches (yes indeed) the rest of the day, then have a ridiculously awesome dinner every night.

What is the capital of Vancouver?

This one has to be a trick question.  Vancouver is the most populous city of British Columbia, Canada and home of the Vancouver Canucks.  Maybe I’m missing something.  I tried to cheat on Wikipedia but there’s nothing on a capital city of a city in British Columbia named Vancouver.

If there was one thing you could change about the way you look, what would that be?

I’d probably have my gut lipo’d…  But then I’d end up eating it back, so I figure it might be better to pay someone to do crunches for me.  That’d work just as well.  The truth is, I’m just being funny here.  I don’t have much of a gut at all (maybe 1/4″ to 1/2″)…just enough so the six pack is more of a four pack.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  I’m happy with who I am and how I look.

What is the most imminent problem facing mankind today? And, what would you do to fix it?

Politicians.  You thought whoring was the oldest profession?  Bullshit.  Politicians were the original whores.  What would I do to fix it?  Pass a law against political lying and manipulation (manipulation would be defined as artfully leaving out the pertinent half of the information that shows your stance to be a stupid power-grab).  Also, I would make power-grabbing freedom illegal, World Wide.  The current US President would be doing 25 to life, as would 3/4’s of Congress. 

Finally, and pay attention here, Michigan is home to one of the largest Arab and Jewish populations outside of the Middle East and Israel.  There are no bombings here.  There are no clashes, no mass shootings, no warring between the two populations, no demilitarized zone, no border controls, no checkpoints and there is only one reason for this:  Freedom.  Those two populations are less than 20 miles apart.  Dearborn and West Bloomfield:
Detroit, MIFreedom is not rocket science.  It’s awesome.  Those who would take away the freedom of the people of the world are mankind’s greatest threat and problem.

Now, this being the day before the day before tax day in the US, I have to get my taxes done today…  This post will have to be a two parter.  I’ll think up my own questions and list my nominees in the coming days.


I can remember when 100 miles in a week was a big deal…

I can remember the feeling of awesomeness at having ridden 100 miles in a week.  This was fairly early on mind you, but it was a big deal nonetheless.  Today I feel cheated if I don’t break 100 – last week was 189 and I missed two days for nasty weather:



That second photo says it all.  The weather has been beautiful (with the exception of those two days) though unseasonably chilly at times but I’m feeling fantastic.  The minor pains are in the rear view and more importantly, with all of those miles comes a reinvigorated spirit and the desire to be the best me I can be.

This morning was an exception to the chilly weather, I was able to ride in just my jersey, the vest, knee warmers, shorts and socks.  It was a little more than liberating.  

Ride hard my friends.  Try it just once and notice afterward, you really have to pay attention, that feeling of “I did something” will be replaced with “I did my best” or even better, “I did better than my best and all is well.  I can do anything I set my mind to”.  Try it, you’ll like it.