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Tuesday Night Club Ride: Some Things Are More Important than a Bike Ride Edition

October 2015

I skipped the Tuesday Night Club Ride Tuesday, thus no post about it yesterday…  That was the first one I’ve missed this year, if memory serves.  I had something far more important to tend to.

My daughter is smart.  Like, “How did my DNA produce a kid that well put together” smart.  I’m no dummy, but she’s next-level, crazy smart.

My daughter is like me in that she’s got a bit of an awkward childhood going on though.  When I was a kid, I thought I was skinny and ugly…  I didn’t find out that I was wrong, that i saw myself in the mirror differently than others, until my senior year of high school.  Unfortunate that.  I missed our on a lot of good times because I thought, incorrectly, that I was “less than” others. My girl is wrong too, of course, but there’s no telling her how truly beautiful she is…

See, here’s the problem… my Bella has a little sister who is stunningly beautiful.  I mean, I’m glad I own firearms, pretty.  The younger is more of a social butterfly and is wildly popular.

One day she came home in tears over their difference and it really broke my heart.  I mean deep down, dad hurt.  One of those where I wished I could take that pain and carry it for my girl so she’d never have to feel it again…  See, my first daughter is living, breathing proof that I recovered from being a drunk, that kid is very, very special to me.  She’s starting to hit her stride though.  She advanced in swimming because she’s absolutely killing it, she’s starting to grow into herself, she’s well on her way to becoming a fine, beautiful, young woman.

Then, a few weeks ago, she was asked to be a part of the National Junior Honor Society.  Last week, she received a letter from Northwestern University (THE Northwestern! Watch out Christopher, I may be sending her your way…) asking her to consider taking the SAT to possibly start classes early.

My daughter is twelve years old.  Twelve.

Well, Tuesday night was my baby’s big night.








This was one thing vastly more important than a club ride.  One of the proudest days of my life, next to the day I decided to sober up, the day I married my best friend in the whole world, the day my daughters were born…

A very big deal was made of this night.  It was as it should have been.  My baby is brilliant, and thank God when it came to brains, she got more of her mom’s DNA than her pops.  I wouldn’t have missed that one for anything.

Bella, I am so very proud of you, of the effort you’ve put in to excelling at everything you put your mind to. You are truly awesome, kiddo. Congratulations tough girl. Keep it up.

Yep, some things are more important than a bike ride.

***A special tip for new dads: When your baby is born, while you’re giving your wife a break and when your baby is quiet or sleeping, lay down with your baby facing you and let your baby breathe on your face. Then let this roll around in your melon for a minute: You made that.

It changed my outlook on life.


  1. OmniRunner says:

    That is awesome. Congrats to all of you. Raising children is no easy task.

  2. Definitely better than a bike ride!!

  3. Sue Slaght says:

    So fantastic!!! Congrats to Bella and besides being so incredibly smart she is amazingly beautiful.

  4. bribikes says:

    Go Bella, that is awesome!

    It always makes me smile to see dads supporting their daughters. My dad has hit a few rough patches when he became so focused on himself that he had no support to offer us kids. But now, having his support and seeing his pride in me, it means soooo much. Keep up the great work! Your family is beautiful inside and out.

  5. So... says:

    How awesome! Lovely post straight from the heart. God bless you and your beautiful family.

  6. wanderwolf says:

    There’s so much pride in this post! But it’s a good pride. Bella sounds like a great girl, and you sound like a great Dad 🙂

  7. isaac976 says:

    Awww… i love the picture of you and your family, she looks so shy with you guys so close to her, I will heed your advice and someday I hope to be a dad.

  8. I like the confident looking walk – great!

    • bgddyjim says:

      First thing I noticed in the photos of her walking up to get her certificate, head high, long strides… Took me years to build the confidence to walk like that.

  9. Leslie says:

    Congrats Jim. That must feel fantastic.

  10. Daughters are the best and you are double blessed. I love that last picture!

    So, when you visit your daughter at Northwestern, you have a place (with bikes) to stay in the western suburbs….

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