Under the Tuscan Sun
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I follow a few bicycling blogs. Probably the most enjoyable for me is www.FatCyclist.com and not just because I am Fat and a Cyclist. That’s just a coincidence. Elden posts pictures and videos about his rides in Utah, funny stories on how to buy the right bike, and the shelf life of gummi-based nutritional supplements. Meaningful stuff.
What comes through in his postings is that he is a real nice guy and a loving father and husband. In between his rants about overpriced bike clothes, he shares what it feels like to care for a spouse living with cancer. Really meaningful stuff. Susan is blessed to have that particular blogging cyclist as a caring husband. And while I just walk around wearing a yellow wristband, he helps raise tens hundreds of thousands of dollars for cancer support and research.
A few days ago, “Fatty” and Dorothy Gibson and Cicloposse (and several other readers who donated frequent flyer miles) got together for a contest: Donate to the Lance Armstrong Foundation and be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a cycling vacation in Italy. Since I’ve always wanted to cycle in Europe, I was one of hundreds of people earlier this week that helped them reach their goal of $5000.
And yesterday when my wife and I got home from a local production of Rent, there was a message on the answering machine from Dorothy telling me I was the winner. With Fatty’s post today, I suppose it is official. In his post he mused over the many good things for the week. My raffle win is mentioned as #8. It pales in comparison to the importance of #6: His wife made out of bed to watch TV with her family.