One thing on which I have not yet fully touched is my choice of the bicycle. The obvious environmental considerations aside, I really like the physical and mental challenge of biking long miles day after day. As a former distance runner, I am very familiar with the demands that endurance sports present. In order to be successful in sports like running, swimming, and cycling a person must actually enjoy being miserable for long stretches at a time. One thing that helps me fight through particularly adverse stretches is the knowledge that I have put myself in the particular position; No one has forced me into it. I must actually like the adversity since I am here under my own volition. In many respects, it as though I am putting myself through a hazing routine. I may at times complain about wind, hills, and other challenges, but at the end of it all I realize that these obstacles are simply opportunities to push myself and build my character. In a world where technological and mechanical advances make so many aspects of life physically easier, I am exceptionally proud to say that I have bucked this trend in favor of rolling "old skool" on my bike.
OK, the Kings play the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals starting tomorrow night. In preparation for this, I'll post a photo of Sonia and me with The Cup. It came to visit MGH (where I worked in Boston) when the Bruins won it in 2011. Sonia rubbed for good luck that day, and the Kings won it the following season. I hope this picture brings them luck tomorrow!
Here we are on the Kings TV broadcast in LA.
The TV folks found us in the crowd at a game in New Jersey.
I will be equally excited as I am in the above photos if I can find the Gray vireo tomorrow! I am also starting to think that Sonia and I should just travel around, do funny stuff, and blog about it for a living. People do less and make ends meet (Congress, e.g.)