"The only thing constant in life is change" Joe Montgomery Founder of Cannondale Bicycles
Thirteen years ago I worked for Cannondale Bicycles. Joe Montgomery said that at a sales meeting. I have used that statement many times in my life to help me be at peace with changing circumstances in my life.
Let me take two steps back here.
I was having a good time writing this blog, writing about My Life Behind Bars. It has been a good outlet for my creativity and a good escape from a crazy time in my life that started about the same time I started writing. I enjoy sharing my perspective and the experiences I get to have.
Somewhere along the way I stopped being real. To paraphrase Howard Stern "You have to be real and genuine for people to care" I realize this is a loose interpretation but it works for him. I live this way in "real life" but for some reason I was trying to be someone else online. That is going to end.
I have an off color sense of humor, occasionally I curse, Ok more than occasionally, and I love to ride my bicycle. This last year I ended a 17 year marriage, I started a new venture working for BMC, (leaving a very stable job with Giant), and left that job with BMC about three months ago.
Leaving the marriage was my choice and the most difficult decision I have ever made. Leaving Giant was my choice and I was excited at the possibility. Leaving BMC was not my choice but in the end it worked out for the best.
I have partnered with a group of people to represent several quality brands. This is a great opportunity for me and I am excited at the possibility. 25 plus years of experience has made it possible for me to align with Easton/Bell/Giro, Yakima, Camelbak, Power Bar, Go Pro and Chrome bag's.
If you work at a shop and read this expect me to be in your door selling you these fine item's. If you are a reader expect some video's via Go Pro camera's and other item's I am selling to be discussed here. This won't turn into a full time commercial but I am proud of these brand's and use them all.
Thank you all for reading. Post's may not get any more frequent but I enjoy this outlet and hope you all do to. Then again maybe they will.
Random fact of the day: when I was very young I wanted I whale in my bathtub. I kind of still do.
Ride your bike, have fun,
|HTFU = Hoogerland the F#&* Up|
Picture via Cyclingnews.com and the AFP
The posts have been sparse. I am in the midst of hitting the reset button on myself. Amazingly enough that takes quite a bit of time. Luckily I have been riding my bike to maintain sanity.
I have not missed a Wednesday Quote yet so I feel compelled to do so even if its brief.
The picture above is not the gruesome shots of Johnny Hoogerland that we have seen of him sliced and flying into a fence. What it shows is a person who perseveres and overcomes obstacles.
He didn't fail and he didn't win the race but he sure as hell improved. There are lessons in life to be learned from his predicament. Think about it a bit and take something positive away. Johnny would probably want it that way.
“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.” Bob Dylan
Now Bob and I may have different ideas of what we "want to do" but the sentiment is the same. He wants to sing songs from the heart, and I want to ride my bicycle, hang out with people who like to ride bicycles, talk about bicycles, and write about bicycles and bicycle riding.
This weekend I celebrated the independence of our nation from a nation that I admire by being a success. I woke up in the morning rode my bike, did whatever else I wanted and went to bed with my belly full of barbecued meats and a few adult beverages. That is what I call "Winning".
A 100 mile jaunt to the beach on Saturday started things off just how the doctor ordered. And by the doctor I mean me. I fed my obsession with signs by grabbing a few choice ones. I didn't stop for all of them because I wanted to keep my legs turning and the wind in my hair.
|I wanna name my own street.|
|Only on weekends? I'll give you crap for free any day of the week.|
|Crappy Cell-Phone pics but you get the point.|
Good Summer: Bad tan lines
Hasta la see you later,