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Mystery Blogger Award – Thanks to the Cheeky Cyclist


To be fair, I get blog awards fairly often but I rarely “accept” them by writing a post about them. It’s not that I’m not grateful, I just have a tendency to get busy – I usually have so many ideas for posts floating around in my head and so many posts half-written, I don’t make time to sort out an acceptance post. Before long I forget, and it’s all over. So, if you are reading this and nominated me for an award that I didn’t write a post about, thank you – I apologize for not writing a post about the award. I didn’t because I got super busy.

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So, I’m supposed to display the logo, but let’s just say their logo “isn’t me”, so I made my own.

I’m also supposed to list the rules (oh, and ask me why I don’t like these awards… rules?):

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

In all seriousness, I would like to thank the Cheeky Cyclist for nominating me.

So, three things about me….

  1. While I do write a lot about cycling, because I absolutely freaking dig it, cycling takes a distant back seat, call it the third row in a seven-seat SUV, to recovery. Without recovery there is no cycling. Without cycling there is recovery – it simply wouldn’t be as fun.
  2. I have a friend who is surprisingly pissed off that I’m so happy with my life. It’s so bad I have to stretch the truth when sharing at meetings and put in little “oh, but my life isn’t perfect” disclaimers to keep him from droning on about how I can’t possibly be that happy. My life ain’t easy but it beats my misery as a drunk (and it’s not life as a drunk that’s technically the alternative, it’s six feet under because my liver can’t take the amount of liquor my stomach can). I know it’s on him, but I stick with him because I’m hopeful some of my happy will rub off on him… Some day.
  3. The greatest, life-changing thing I learned in recovery is that not every thought that enters my melon has validity. Many people spend time contemplating stupid thoughts. From a recovery standpoint, I may have the thought “geez, a beer would sure be tasty right now”. I can simply discard that into a trash heap in my melon rather than give the thought weight, taking the time to contemplate it. I would never consider myself “f***in’ crazy”, but a few different life lessons not taken to heart, who knows. I’ve had some thoughts pop into the gray matter that turned my hair white…. I just know how to pitch them in the garbage where they belong.

Now for the questions….

  1. Do you have a goal in mind for your blog? I don’t, so much. Writing my blog is therapeutic and as long as it helps others in the process, I’m in good shape.
  2. Why do you blog? Blogging is an outlet for me. Also, I don’t consider myself a very good sponsor. Perhaps I’m being a little too hard on myself, but whatever… In writing posts I’ve found a way to help other recovering people (and those who are hoping to recover and their family members).
  3. What hobbies do you do outside of blogging? Well, that’s interesting… I never thought of blogging as a hobby. Anyway, obviously cycling. I don’t do much else as hobbies go, though I imagine I might pick up golfing again in the future. I stopped golfing when I couldn’t take my dad out anymore. We went out every Friday for years before Alzheimer’s had him teeing up and hitting golf balls at me. I really had to be on my toes, let me tell you! He almost got me the first time it happened. Anyway, it broke my heart that he couldn’t make it around a course anymore so I hung up my clubs.
  4. If you could stock up one thing for a lifetime supply what would that be? Bike parts!
  5. What is a dessert that everyone has to try? My eldest daughter’s carrot cake. From the frosting to the perfectly moist cake, my kid can make high-end steakhouse restaurant quality carrot cake. It really is something special. The younger is a French toast aficionado. We’re into this brown sugar trick lately, where you sprinkle brown sugar over the toast at a specific point in the cooking process to caramelize the sugar and create a crust on the toast… it’s freaking ridiculously good – and next up we’re working out a cream cheese frosting/syrup to take that French toast over the top… It’s really awesome.

So, that’s my stuff. My “nominees” – and don’t for a minute think you have to go to all of the trouble I did in accepting this, writing one of these posts out is a lot of work. Just know I think highly of you.

Biking to Work

Manu Stanley

Jolie’s Attic

Paula at Never a Dull Bling

Gail at Capable Fitness (Gail would have to be considered my “sister from another mister”, no doubt about it)

Tempo Cyclist

Bike Racing for Beginners

My questions for you would be the same as the one’s for me above…

This Award was made by Okoto Enigma.


  1. Sheree says:

    Love the sound of the carrot cake and French toast desserts.

  2. Gail says:

    Why, why…thank you…you like me…you really like me…

    Seriously, thank you bro.

  3. Congrats! Enjoyed learning more about you.

  4. Paula says:

    I enjoy when people get up close and personal! And thank you! 😀

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