fast again

I’ve had just about the best week.  I know I’ve mentioned it in past posts, but I’ve never felt more energetic in my life.  I’d say I’m at about 80% now.  But after the last couple of months of chemo brain and anemia, 80% is like being on amphetamines.  Man.  I’m FAST.  I’ve been working 10-12 hour days.  No wasted time.  It hasn’t all been in the shop..  I’ve been doing some projects around the house as well, and some construction stuff over at my mom’s new place (my folks are retiring* to an apartment two blocks away from us here in harlem!).  But I did manage to build a frame this week.  I’ll get out to the shop today to build the fork and do some finish work, but other than that, it’s ready for the painter.

I sure hope that this sense of perspective lasts.

A brief medical update for those who come for that:  I haven’t seen Alberto since getting back, but have a meeting with him next week.  He says that he’s spoken with the surgeon he has in mind, and that the surgeon is on board with the feeling that it’s worth trying to save my continence..  weeee!  I’ll meet with them both next week.  Alberto is going to try to track down another surgeon to get an unaffected opinion from him, just to see if, independantly, he has the same sort of optimism.  Surgery will be sometime in the middle of November.  If it gets pushed too far back and seems as though it will interfere with thanksgiving, I may request that we wait until AFTER.

Thanksgiving is my holiday.  That’s the one I like.  There’s no heavy commercial component, no pressure to buy stuff and give it to people, just the encouragement to get together with a bunch of people and pool resources to have a really good meal (and then think about how fortunate you really are..  just take a deep breath after good food and good drink, and think “yeah.. we’re winning.”)  For the last bunch of years, we’ve hosted thanksgiving here at the house in harlem.  We try to collect as many folks as possible from the city who aren’t going home to their families.  Travelling around the holidays sucks.  We always have a much better time just staying put.  Anyway, I love TG and it would be a real pisser to be layed up for it.

On halloween, Megan (aka faster panda kill kill, aka BFF, aka fast boy cycles web guru) will be arriving!  She’s coming up from Austin TX to visit for 5 days or so.  During her stay some fun stuff will happen.  Laura Clutterbuck, my dear dear surogate Auntie (mom’s best friend from growing up in South Africa) will be in town to run the New York marathon.  Talk about inspiring.  She STARTED running at 60 years old, just a few years ago.  Ran in the London marathon last year, and did well enough to get a spot in the NYC marathon.  Also during her stay, we’ll oust the current administration!  No matter what way your political views swing (and to most of you, I’m sure it’s pretty obvious where I stand), I think we can agree that this current crew has sucked.  Make sure to vote!!  It’ll feel good.

So!  stay posted.  I think it would be fun to organize some sort of a ride while Megan is here.  Maybe even a halloween ride?

* “retiring” may not be the right word since neither of them plans to stop working, but we’ve been calling it that anyway.

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  1. JS

    Thanks for update. It’s great to hear you are feeling good.

  2. danny

    just a relative (father) of a friend…… of a friend…..of a friend in austin. just want to offer words of encouragement….. seems like everyone has some family connection to this type of experience…… never underestimate the power of positive thinking and a greater will….. you are in many people’s thoughts (positively)…. and prayers. keep on truckin’ (and postin’)…….

    dny bikin’ in corpus christi tx.

  3. Alyssa

    So happy to hear you are feeling better.

    I went to school at Barnard College and lived in an apartment on 123rd and Broadway the last two years I was there. We went to Toast one or two times and seeing photos of it in your Flickr photostream brought back many good memories.

    Hang in there, stay strong. And you’re right, Thanksgiving really is a wonderful holiday.

  4. Jen

    Reading this makes me happy.

    Congrats, Ezra.

    (Also, I hope that you and your asshole continue to have a long and storied trip, together. Go team.)

  5. Matt

    So great to hear your speed is back! Weee! Sending lots of positive thoughts for surgery.

    And, man, I’m missing those Harlem house Thanksgivings more than ever now.

  6. troze

    So glad you had a great week! Thanks, too for the medical update – I have my fingers, and those of my family, crossed in optimism!!!

    My week was really busy, only to find out mid-morning on Friday that everything I’d done was a waste and my work is entirely on hold until I have to start over from scratch at some time in the future-yet-to-be-determined! Anyway… I love Thanksgiving, too. My husband is from Pakistan and its the one meal each year where I get to make American food instead of Pakistani food for dinner parties. All our Pakistani friends come over and I subject them to traditional turkey with all the trimmings – and we have a great time. Been doing it nearly 20 years, and every year we all reflect on how much has changed, and how glad we all are to still be together. We’ve seen friends marry, have children, my grandmother pass, surprise visitors pop in from Canada and Karachi… You never know who’ll show up or who will eat and run to catch a plane…and it always feels GREAT!

    Yep, Thanksgiving is the best!

    -j, r, s & z

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