October 1st, 2013
Just a quickie to say hello.
I had really hoped that I’d emerge from this latest surge of pain like some sort of phoenix from the ashes. I haven’t, I’m afraid. There have been a few NEW aches and pains since I last wrote. Things moving around in there. Pressing on nerves. Just generally making me feel older, more tired, sicker. BUT, I guess that’s to be expected. I woke up the other day feeling like I had the flu, and thought to myself, “no.. probably just cancer..”
That same day (Saturday) we were scheduled to go have a family bike ride. Hill and Sam and Em and I all piled in a Zip car and drove an hour north out of the city to ride some beautiful swoopy trails near reservoirs.. On the way there I was feeling worse and worse. Sharp pain developing just below the ribs on my right side. Like the sort of stitch you get from drinking a TON of water and then running. By the time we got there I couldn’t take a deep breath without BAD stabbing pain. Couldn’t bend over to put my shoes on. It made for an interesting ride. (Yes. Of course I rode.) I had to make sure to ride SO far inside myself that deep breaths were not necessary, and had to make sure that no sudden moves or moments of exertion happened. HA! Gentle soft pedaling the whole ride.. picking lines with no obstacles.. Probably a great lesson for any mountain biker. To ride smooooooth without exerting yourself, always picking the most efficient line. Not my style, of course. I usually go LOOKING for trouble. Still it was very nice just to be out there with my whole little family. They were all very polite about how slowly I led the ride. We drove back home and I fell asleep for a few hours until Hill woke me up to tell me that it was time to go to my parents place for dinner.
The last few days, though, there HAS been a bit of an uptick in energy. I DID spend 5 hours in the shop on Sunday polishing up pill flasks. They WILL be for sale by the end of the week. I just want to get them out of my shop so that when I feel that urge to make things down there I’m not met on my arrival by this big unfinished project. It IS funny how much more time it takes to do something 66 times than it takes to do it once. 66 times as much time, it turns out. And yet.. I mean. I’m a pretty smart guy. But I REALLY went out to the shop thinking, “this won’t be so bad.. probably takes me less than 5 minutes, if I really focus, to do this step.. I should be done in an hour or so..” Um. Ezra? So, of course, as REAL math would dictate, I finished up 5 hours later, exhausted. But done.
This round of flasks is SO imperfect. Lots of little flaws.. each flask, totally unique. They’re so imperfect that I couldn’t decide whether to not sell them at all or charge twice as much. I’ve decided to compromise and sell them for $88 just like before. I will tell you all when to glue yourselves to your computers. Probably sometime thursday or friday.
I’ll get back to pictures soon. I promise.
And YES! to all of you who have asked about jerseys.. yes yes yes. There were some left over. But mostly smalls. SO, I placed an order for some more mediums and larges and even a few XLs, so that I could put them up and not have only one size to offer. SO try to get excited about FBC jerseys again, because they’re on the way. I’ll probably put them up sometime next week. They are SUPER nice. Made in these United States.
Oh Snap. I need to leave in 5 minutes. It’s pool with Jeremiah day. I’m late.
Fast boy out.