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Treading water

You notice my lack of updates?? I guess I am going to have to issue a standing apology as it's been psychotic these days....or rather I've been psychotic these days. I'm not going to piss and moan in this space as I hear from you my friends that M & C is for your I try to keep it light and make sure you leave here with a smile. So let's try and balance some piss and some moans while keeping it light, shall we? I needs me to vent, and I needs you to laugh. I'll break it down this way:

  • Re-entry from Za Trip was....and still is....nothing short of insane. I come home and it's as if the conspire-ers at work had it all queued up for me. "Ah, Greg, you're back from you wittle boys bikey ride. Hope you enjoyed it. Cause that's the last you'll see of your bike...oh! and your family for, hmm, the next 3 months." Followed by a boo-wah-ha-ha-ha-ish evil cartoon character laugh. The onslaught of workload was slid across the proverbial table to me and the writing is indelibly on the wall: Get on it or get the f-bomb out of the way.
  • We got a dog. And we get this creature like 2 days after I get back from Za Trip and have the aforementioned work implosion. I love animals, dogs in particular, but we've just essentially adopted our third kid. She is a crapping machine who is teething and likes to chew everything, including our cat. Oh yes, we have a cat. Oh, and a 5 and 3 year old boy. Circus is the adjective for our house these days.
  • I'm old. I can't tell if I've been going so hard for so many months that my body has collapsed or if I suddenly am feeling ancient. Shit, I am getting back pains, kidney pains, toe pains....I told my wife last night I thought I was having a heart attack because my chest felt like some linebacker punched me dead on right in the middle of my sternum. I told her to donate my bikes to charity should I shit the bed in my sleep.
So all this adds up to one thing. I am a galactically large wussy who's head needs to be examined as it absolutely positively feels like I am milliseconds away from this:

So if you see me show up to cross next season 46 pounds overweight with a crazy look in my eye, it's likely because I need to ramp up the alcohol consumption and meds to keep me on the trajectory I am required to be on these days. Just humor me and help me pretend that I am still young and sort of fast.

So during the pinnacle yesterday's work mele, my wife brings in the mail and hands me my pile. I need to take a break before I put my fist through my new Lenovo StinkPad (Work stress + Windows Vista constantly blowing up = sphincter quivering drama) and I see that my ProCycling mag for the month is here. I flip through it quickly while taking an 'I'm on the can so you can't bother me' break (my only solace) and get the biggest shit eating grin:

I wrote this letter to the editor a couple of weeks ago about their exceptional 'cross coverage. Truly, I expected nothing...and in fact heard nothing....but saw that I wn their Letter of the month. Friggin RAD! Ha! So I guess the Universe is not all conspiring to get me.

So there you have it folks. Will you still hang on and read my dribble? Can you hang with me while I get my proverbial poop in order in my semi-charmed life these days? You know what. Don't answer that...

'Cross on.

Reader Comments (10)

Would it brighten your littel day if I told you I had a line on Tongerlo?


February 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

This just goes to show that us crossers really do need a year-round season to keep us sane. Maybe a break in July would be good to avoid the heat....

February 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterWes at East Coasters

Dude. I will glue your tubulars this year if you will tell me where I can score Tongerlo. OK, you really do not want me gluing your tubulars, so figure out something to take in trade and get me that contact!

Man, yeah I guess a year round thing would be killer, but crap I just need a 25th hour in a day at this point...or even get out for a 1/2 hour spin!

February 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

(in the voice of homer simpson)


February 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhixson

I'm still waiting for AC to ante up and direct me to the brown gold.

February 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

(All good, except for the little out of stock notice.)

Man, I read your line on a regular basis. I'm in a gimp year with some bulging disks and your site has been about the best vicarious living possible. Thanks.

Back to the beer: you're jiggy with Affligem, no? Also, get after some Cheeky Monkey by Victory -- like Duvel without the hungover cortex-slap before you finish. My bad, if it's all elementary.


February 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous


Beer will make this discs pop back in. It's been proven by at least 3 out of 10 dentists when surveyed. I mean doctors.

Dude, that link RULES. And no, those are great suggestions! I lay no claim to being a beer expert. I do lay claim to being on the varsity beer sipping team however.

Keep crossing on my brother from another mother. God know I'm trying to. I'm trying to re-charge, change things, and get writing again.

February 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreg


Unfortunately you are demonstrating the symtpons of someone heading into their 40s. I would rather light a candle than curse your darkness so I am going to make a bold recommendation that will change your life and improve your cycling: yoga. You are about to reach the age when your warranties start to expire and stuff starts falling apart. Give it a try, you won't be sorry.


February 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbocomike


(** Feel free to replace OLD with FAT, SLOW, PSYCHOTIC, _____, <-- Adjective of user's choice)

HA! Mike, you're spot on. This is sincerely me being a little beeatch. Indeed Yoga would be a treat, "if I could find the time." Having done it a bit in my past, i need patience to somehow think about doing yoga to fine patience.

There's plenty of illogic in there.

February 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I'm feelin ya on the circus house thing. 3 kids, 3 dogs and a cat. Fun. Oh, and a wife too.

February 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShane"CRASH"Jones

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