August 22nd, 2009
I’m sorry for such late notice.
I will NOT be showing bikes at Summer Streets today.
My 1st and 2nd grade teacher in Vermont died recently (cancer) and today is the service. She is one of two educators along the way who helped to insure that I wouldn’t end up a sociopath. RIP Claire O.
August 19th, 2009
This year has been full of significant feeling milestones. Final treatment of the first round, birthday, end of 2008, final treatment of the second round, year since diagnosis etc etc.. I guess after this one, it becomes 6 months, a year, five years cancer free (with luck). There’s something about having this thing out that feels particularly satisfying. Knowing that they can’t sneak up on me with any chemo. Last visit to my doc’s office, a week or so ago, he had a chemo pump on the counter, probably from the last patient, and a small flood of dread came over me.. somewhere in the back of my mind I was terrified that he might plug me in and send me home with the thing.. you know, “for good measure.” Try it now!
The procedure went smoothly. After a 3 hour wait (?), a nurse took me into a room. “I’ll just prepare the i.v. while we wait for the doc.” “Um.. actually.. can I do it without sedation? There’s stuff I’d love to do this afternoon, and I didn’t bring a chaperon.” “Oh! great! simpler for us.”
I’ll admit that without that weird conscious sedation they do, I was a bit more anxious than when it went in. My heart rate went up almost to 60 bpm at one point. (I’m making a joke.. sort of. When all this started, I noticed during a procedure that my resting heart rate was around 56 or 7. It didn’t change much over the course of the year. Yesterday, when they hooked me up it was 42! and honestly never made it above 60 during the procedure. While this is hardly impressive compared to the 30 bpm of monsters like Miguel Indurain, it is PRETTY low. It may have been the three hours sitting in a refrigerated hallway waiting! Maybe I started to go into hibernation).
This weekend I’ll be showing bikes again at summer streets. They’re putting us in a slightly more visible spot this time around. Lafayette just above spring (across from bicycle habitat). I hope to see you there!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been building Glen Hansard his second Fast Boy. This time he and Hedi Rose were making a movie about it. We had a great time. The bike is a beauty, and as long as it’s not pouring rain on saturday, I’ll have it with me in its unpainted state.
August 5th, 2009
Summer has been going well.
I had a colonoscopy/endoscopic ultrasound about a week ago, and I’m clean as a whistle! No cancer to be found. While this had been the assumption, it is a great relief to have it confirmed. My recovery from the Chemo drugs is moving apace. There is little question that I’m tired. Not quite back to my pre-cancer levels of energy. My hands no longer tingle.. but my feet do. All the time. Just borderline numbness. Weird. I’ve been playing a fair amount of handball, and some tennis. It feels great to have the energy for such things, but my joints are all achy. I assume that this is a combination of being generally out of shape, and having my immune system working at lower than normal levels. All in all, it’s a great life! No more constant office visits and nose bleeds and nausea and blood drawing etc..
Hill and I have been married now for almost two months. How cool. She jumped through all of the necessary hoops to officially become Hillary CALDWELL. Wow. It took three or four trips to the courthouse for various document signings and filings (one of which I needed to be present for), and she had to publish her intent to change her name in the Irish Echo. Who knew!? I guess anyone who has changed their name. She starts school full time at the end of the month. Very exciting. She has arranged for me to be on her school health insurance! I’m embarrassed to even say how much this will save us.. My current insurance went up to $1500 a month at the beginning of august. That is criminal, of course.
I’m madly building bikes. Currently working on Glen’s second. He and Hedi are in town shooting the whole process on 16mm film.
This coming Saturday, and Saturday the 22nd, I will be showing bikes along with some other NYC area manufacturers along the bike route for Summer Streets! Info . I will be down in Soho between Kenmare and Spring, on Cleveland Place/Lafayette (Very near the corner deli, which I think has the very finest tacos in town!). Patagonia has been kind enough to loan me their tent for the two saturdays. I’ll have four or five bikes with me, and possibly for the 8th (definitely for the 22nd), T-shirts!! The very first official fast boy t-shirt.
It is a Litho print by my ridiculously talented high school friend Hibiki M. These will be for sale on the website as soon as they arrive, for those of you who aren’t in NYC.
That’s all for now. See you on Saturday.