You’re addicted to thrills? What an empty life!
The pursuit of pleasure is never satisfied.
Without even noticing it, I recently passed the 1 year anniversary of having been hit by a car. Remember that experience? Here’s my blog post describing that crash, and my update a day later. A week after that, I rode Charlotte to Bike Expo 2010 and spent 15 hours straight standing up, manning the Bicycle Alliance booth. By the end I was exhausted, in pain, and virtually hoarse — and the Bicycle Alliance booth had won the People’s Choice award. I lived through being hit squarely by a car, and I’m here to tell about it.
Last year this time, I hurt everywhere. My beloved Artemis had a tacoed front wheel and totaled front fork and handlebars (I still miss those handlebars; they were so nice). My only other bike was Charlotte. My only goal was to keep commuting to the Bicycle Alliance, a goal I achieved, and now regret achieving so comprehensively. Even though I made it to Bike Expo both days, I felt bone-tired and ready to throw in the towel. This March I am grateful to be whole, stronger and faster than ever, and healthier than I’ve been in many years. I am grateful to have the Red Bike and Lucy. I am grateful to have the goal of riding RAMROD in July, and keeping up with Team Earthdream in general, with the expectation that I’ll be able to physically make it happen. Amazing the changes one year can bring. More thoughts on this later.
I bring this up because today I am, once again, manning the Bicycle Alliance booth at the Seattle Bicycle Expo. I’m there from 9 am to 12 pm, and I plan on staying a bit longer to see Bike Snob and generally check things out. Come by and see me if you’re there. I’ll give you free wildflower seeds and get you to sign a petition.