Luke said to me a few weeks ago, "You need to be unhappy again." This was his nice way of saying, "You know, you used to be a lot thinner and faster." Sometimes Luke can be overly direct, but in this case he wasn't. He wasn't so much telling me he wanted me to be unhappy. It was more a way of letting me know something I am keenly aware of. I am neither as thin nor as fast as I used to be. I am also not as young, but that sort of goes with the passage of time. This is life. Luke also asked me yesterday, "So where have you been for the last 6 months?" I suppose this is a fair question. I have been working. A lot. I have poured myself into the newest project, which is really a series of projects under the same company. It's a start-up company where I am a contractor. It is an odd combination but it's not necessarily why I am starting a new blog today. In fact, it has nothing to do with my starting a new blog today so I'm not going to talk more about it right now. But wait! You may wonder what happened to the last blog about 12 things. I am continuing to go on with that aspect of my life but I have fallen so far behind that the possibility of catching up is really a pipe dream now. I may go catch up a little bit in rapid-fire fashion. Or I may not. Brian @rottin' asked me yesterday what happened to my blogging. I said exactly that - I am so far behind it's not realistic for me to write those posts again and catch up. At least not with the same depth. Plus, that was mostly an exercise in trying to keep blogging/writing in some respect. So I added pictures and something different. It was also a way of sort of saying that yeah, we ride bike but we also do other things. But in the end, I was not able to keep the posts about other things going. But this week I decided I needed to get my shit together, so I only worked 40 hours and rode 14. 14 hours and 14 minutes to be exact. I am a person of numbers. The people who have been reading my junk (for however many years) know this to be true. Currently I am tracking a few but it is neither here nor there as to what they are. At some point, assuming I keep this going, maybe I'll start throwing numbers out. 9. For now, I can button my jeans again. So that's a start. 16. I also do not believe that announcing your goals openly is a productive thing. I have long suspected this and I recently read that people who openly state their goals are actually less likely to accomplish them. It is theorized that when people say it to an open group it is tantamount to actually having done it. Sort of like, "Ok well I said it, now I don't need to actually work for it." Unfortunately for Luke I am not unhappy. I guess that is the same as saying I'm happy. So the trick here is to be truly happy and to get back to where I used to be on a bike again. I will admit, as I sit here and write these words I am not sure I believe there is a reality where I am thin & fast again. I know there are people who will call bullshit. And by all means, go for it. But I'm just being honest. So @pearl says blogging is dead. I'm sure he's probably right. But who knows, maybe not. I'll try to do 4 of these a week. Can I keep that up? @Dominique has been pushing me to blog again the last few weeks. So here we are. I am back, until I'm not.