It’s been nearly two weeks since my last post, and now, hoping I still have a reader or two out there somewhere, I’m back … with a long, deep sigh of relief. Here’s why:
Yesterday, I mailed the final drafts of my dissertation to my committee. I defend in about two-and-a-half weeks. After that, clean it up, make whatever revisions they request, and submit the final product by the first of May. I can’t believe it’s finished. Over. I’m done. Wow.
To celebrate, I…
+ rode my bike to FedEx;
+ went on a date with my wife for the first time in what seems like forever;
+ reintroduced myself to my children (turns out a new one showed up not too long ago);
+ bought beer;
+ began surfing craigslist and ebay in earnest for another bike project (I think I want to build-up a single-speed with drop bars on a stylish frame that’s worth powder-coating and then dressing exceptional well); and
+ picked up a copy of the first issue of a brand new magazine being published by Dirt Rag called Bicycle Times, which is devoted entirely to everyday cycling. How surprised I was to find this on the shelves at my local independent bookseller! (They actually carry quite a fine selection of bike mags, including a couple of “imports” from across the pond.) I’ve flipped through it quickly, but I’m resisting the urge to read it cover-to-cover until I board the plane for the return trip my defense.
This coming week, I’m riding my bicycle every single day. It’s been a long time coming, and I’m really excited about getting back to the road and to the blog.
As concerns the latter, I’ve been brainstorming a bit, in the wee hours of the night when I just didn’t have it me to type another word but I was too worked up to sleep. With a little luck, some of what came to mind will be taking shape in the coming months … you know, now that I have all this free time on my hands.