Woke up yesterday morning bright and early to put the second batch of pill flasks up for sale.. There were an awful lot of you up with me. It was kind of fun! I’m sorry that I made so few. I really misjudged how much interest there would be. When I head back down to NYC after this little break in VT, my brother Zach will be coming with me to spend 3 or 4 days learning a little about metal work. Since I’ve already made the tooling, and since Zach and I have a history of being able to work together in a pretty efficient way, I think I MAY put him to work and the two of us will turn out another batch. I made 4 feet worth last time.. Maybe I’ll make 8 feet worth this time and then we’ll move on to something else! I’m really pleased that you guys like them so much. And I’m very sorry to those of you who woke up so early in the morning and didn’t manage to get your order through the ether before they were gone.. (perhaps if you all were to just add a +1 comment on this post I’ll have an idea about what the actual interest is out there.. Not promising that I’ll make as many as are wanted.. just testing the water!)
So then! I madly packed them all up in their flat rate boxes, and printed up shipping labels. Did laundry, packed up cameras, packed up an entire duffel bag of medical supplies, got the bikes ready to go, walked over to the post office and dropped off all the outgoing mail! Stopped at the drug store for a new toothbrush and some new 1.50 readers. Zach had driven down from VT that morning to fetch us, so we threw everything in the car, stopped at fairway on the way out of town for some 21 day dry aged rib eye steak, and hit the road!
We had a wonderful VT summer dinner last night. Steak, fennel salad, beautiful VT tomatoes with basil from the garden, and new potatoes boiled up and tossed with butter and dill. Hard to beat. My best old friends Matt and Shams Helminski came over for dinner, and summer vacation officially started! (Matt is here with his son Liam all the way from Japan. He’ll come down a little later in the month and spend some time with me in the city as well).
Today is wide open! We’ll put the bikes together.. we’ll go and pick blueberries.. This evening my great friend Todd Miller (the PT from VT who was present on the ride when I wrecked my ACL, AND the ride where I broke my arm) will swing by and he and I will hop on bikes and test out some single track that Zach and Gunnar have made in the woods behind the house. I’m pretty excited. I haven’t exerted myself since I broke my arm. A lot has changed in my my body since then. It’ll be very interesting to see how the old body does. But I have a good feeling about it. I’m going to take it VERY easy. I promise not to fall.
Guys! I’m happy. I’m on vacation with the one I love. I’m with family and close friends. It’s summer in Vermont and the weather is perfect. I’m supposed to be dead, but I FEEL great. In the hospital a month or so ago they said “weeks to months.” I don’t think so. With the pain under control, and the little boost of energy I’m getting from steroids, I think my body is making a come back. The surgeries and the chemo that I had almost certainly DID save my life. But now.. my body is going to fend for itself, and I think it’s going to exceed expectation. If I was superstitious I might think that was a stupid thing to write down, but I’m not, so there you go.
I’m going to go load some film in a camera and head out to enjoy VT.
I love you all. I appreciate you following this story and I feel like we’re just getting to the fun part!
Fast Boy OUT!