Thursday, May 28, 2009

One Of Our Submarines

Today was a pretty cool day. My sons band played at the school talent show. I finally got to see Lil W.B. lay down some sick beats. He has barred me from all the previous performances based on a nervous disorder he claims I cause in him. He needed me and I could help him, which is all a Father wants. The guys played great and didn't win, continuing a family tradition for another generation. My first band lost under similar circumstances almost exactly thirty years prior. I explained to him that the Irish were put on earth to suffer, and this did not help.

The crew made a huge bid for me to attend this weekends festivities at Bump and Grind in Birmingham. They mixed just the right amount of humor, abuse, and crew love, but sadly I have to (for the first time ever) err on the discretion side of valor. Once again beer will be the spackle that hides the rough spots. I plan to stay in various states of inebriation (like sleeping on a long car trip) in the hopes of getting to Monday with a minimum of wailing and gnashing of teeth.
I rode with the boys tonight, so they knew I wished them well, and that I hope to keep my seat in the back of the Bike Chain bus. Kick ass boys! Bring me back the heads of our enemies and the gold of a battle well fought and won.
Slade, if you are not top five, we will never speak your name aloud again.
Silk,...dear God! Win for the love of ALLA!
Worm, this is your race. Please run tubes and try not to throw up, crash, or break a chain.
Frog Legs, don't leave nothing on the table, forget the Garmin and go all Wakulla on those mofo's.
Berg, (Yawn) will win, and act like he had a tough time....ya right.
Derwood, will be on a fixed gear recumbent and will kill (even though he hardly rides) in retribution, the crew will hardly acknowledge his existence, and deny him the praise he so desperately wants. The universe will remain in balance for another race.
Lil Ball, please finish and finish well. If you falter again and D.N.F., I fear Big Ball may never drive you to another race.
Red Dragon, you need to at least not be in a skirt, and if you can, seriously take it to 007.
007, if you let your Bro pass you it is your duty to commit harry carry. That's right! I spelled it wrong, because that's how it sounds and that's good enough for anybody from "will kill ya".
Mingo, please catch Dragon, your status is already in jeopardy because I passed you Monday, and no one cares about the time you kicked ass in clogs and a flannel shirt (back in the day). Its the end of the movie and we all need the slow clap. Don't let us, or your son down.
Shanks, just do what you do man. The quiet guy on the box. Ho Hum another race another medal. That's what we dig about you man.
Spanish Mackerel, this is your time Bro. I would have probably done the race if I didn't fear you so much. I am going to bide my time until you are in a relationship, pasty and rotund, before I launch my sneak attack.
If I forgot anyone, please forgive me, the drinking has started and you are probably not important enough for me to recognize. Dude chill, it's the Corona talking. All the best. BCFL!!!

I am already having a tough time with this. I will miss you guys this weekend!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Shadows In The Rain

I pried myself from the tentacles of my recliner and the siren song of the idiot box. I crawled onto my bike and slowly slipped away from the comfort of my suburban cocoon. I knew she was waiting. I could feel her heart the closer I got to her. I was an addict on my way to score. I have been weakened to be sure, but with every speed bump and bike icon in the lane, I was getting closer.

Nearing the tracks and finally hidden in the trees, the old feelings began to surface. Echoes of the last words the doctor said were repeated in my mind:
"Don't do anything that hurts."
Life hurts. What am I to do? Live a miserable, safe existence? My neck feels great, but I am unhappy. She alone has the answer. It took me days to recover from my last visit. The better I feel, the more I want. The more I take, the longer the recovery, and the greater the regret. I am powerless, the lure twitches and I move forward, mouth agape. Even the ghosts of what once was great and now lies in ruin, cannot breath reason into my aching lungs. I am in the grip. I am lost. The warnings mean nothing.

I pass people walking, they are clueless to the magic next to them, they don't see it. I take the left and leave the park. I cross the bridge and into the wilderness. I read the signs, I know I should resist but I turn anyway and forget logic. I am back in her arms, the primordial smell of the wet leaves and the closed canopy, are all I feel. I am a man again. Reason is gone.
I remember every part of her, every curve. I know from experience not to get comfortable, not to ignore her, she has punished me before without mercy. It is a delicate dance, and the beauty is in the details, not the destination.
I reach the intersection. The choice is brutal. Go forward and get the immediate gratification, only to suffer for days, or be sensible and head back. I have to ride less, to ride more. I have to be smart and go slow. I have to fight every instinct of what I want. The visceral and cerebral wrestle for supremacy. I take the path of reason, and turn my back on the best of her, laid out before me like a dream. Her skies go grey and heavy. The tears fall gently at first, and then heave in waves of sadness. I retreat back to my world. I can't be with her now, and if I am ever with her again, it may never be the same. I have to live with my inadequacies and face the changes that are coming with or without my consent. I have to lay down with my flaws like an enemy. I have to befriend it and learn to exist in its shadow. I will never be the same again. The adjustments never end. Move forward.
Lightning flashes and the thunderous roar envelopes the air for miles. I am unafraid. To die in a beam of light would be glorious, but I have a new burden to endure and I know I will not be taken. The rain buffets me in sheets and flows by the curb like a river. My sins wash off and float away to the pipes and the ditches, dispersing into distant lakes. I am reborn. I will never take her for granted again, but first there must be pain.


Saturday, May 9, 2009


He has rolled back the stone . Behold, he has risen.


Thursday, May 7, 2009

Good is Good and Bad is Bad

It was time to get off the bench. I decided to do the warm up lap with the Joe's Ride Crew.

It is good to be safe among your own. Smiling faces, and nice easy paces.

Climbing my way back into the fold. But I had to cut out and ride home alone.

A slow day on a bike with the crew, is WAAAY better than seventeen days off the bike.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009


I don't need surgery. That's is the good news. The bad news is they don't know what is causing the pain. After scaring the shit out me last week, my doctor says the scans all look really good and that nothing is getting pinched. They think the nerve that was pinched before the surgery (two years ago) may be flaring up (which is fairly common, and painful) so, more meds, physical therapy for a few weeks and possibly some epidural cortisone shots. I plan on medicating with Corona, Pacifico, and Mexican food as well.

I am allowed to start riding, on pavement and some light off road, in a week or two provided it doesn't hurt. He advised I build up slow, and go from there. Huge relief!

Man I am tired. Thanks for all the well wishing. I can not thank you all enough for all the good wishes. Sorry for the fuss. Please feel free to beat the shit out me in the comments, now that we know I am not going to die!


Sunday, May 3, 2009

You Can't Always Get What You Want

I had the M.R.I. this morning, with a side order of eminent reality. I tore my drums down and set up my stationary trainer. I am ready for the news...... good or bad.

Let the rehab begin!



Friday, May 1, 2009

Secret World

I have been spending a lot of time on Facebook lately. People fall out of worm holes, into my friends list and certain themes keep coming up. We who participate in the grand social experiment, get in the habit of summarising our lives into neat little paragraphs. The pictures all support the axiom that we are together, happy, and successful.

*See, here I am with my kids. See here I am in front of my Harley. This is my perfect wife and I, in an exotic locale. See all this supports the facade that I am awesome. You can tell I am awesome by how hard I am smiling.*

Then the emails go back an forth and the holes start to form. The pieces held by duct tape, start to loose their rigidity. The divorces, the first love they never got over, the dreams they never pursued. These things well up in the flock, and drive them to the computers, for Internet group therapy. We send flares into the void of cyberspace, in the vague hope that someone, anyone will see it, answer the call, and at least for a few minutes listen and understand, in ways the real people in our lives cannot.

I am a disciple of this behavior, and I offer this blog as evidence. It was a place I could tell the stories I can't get out in real life. It easier for me to be myself with spell check, photo shop and a little lag time between brain and mouth. It is impossible for me to be the way I am here, in real time. So I must count myself among the other faithful, looking for redemption. I am in line with the masses, hoping to be understood by those that aren't in my real life, and to show another side of the coin to those who are.

I think it says a lot about the world we live in that we have to go to these lengths to be understood. We all have a need to be seen, good, bad or indifferent for who we really are, or more likely who we think we are, or in my case, who I'd like to be more often. Even if the premise is pathetic, we must acknowledge the great creative outcome of these digital playgrounds.

A few things have come along in the last ten years that may have saved me from my eminent destruction. The opportunity to manage a few rock bands. The purchase of my first mountain bike, all the places it took me, the friends it gave me, and the demons it helped me outrun. Finally this blog, which has allowed me to scribble and find a few of you that liked watching me shoot my home movies onto this virtual page. It has been one of the coolest creative things I have ever tried, and I thank you all for the feed back and the great blogs you write. How I got through the days without them or you, I have no idea.