Hello, my blog friends. I have returned after a significant hiatus. During said hiatus, a number of things have occurred, so let’s just jump right in.

First and foremost, I feel like I’m fully recovered. I have the strength (if not the muscle mass) back in the calf. I bike, jog, exercise, chase my nieces and nephews without any real concern about the surgical repair. That just feels like a huge accomplishment. I was standing in the kitchen the other day after a bike ride with the wife and just basked in how wonderful it was to feel the pleasant exhaustion in my legs. Just for the fun of it, I even did a couple of single leg calf raises to prove to myself that the achilles was really solid and the strength was back.

Second, I have mostly hung up the cleats/high tops. I’ll occasionally go out and play a little ball, but I don’t attack it the way I used to. I’m starting to think that this is more a concession to athletic ability and other nagging little aches and pains than a fear that I’m going to do something catastrophic. My perspective on that is this: “I’ve already been through it once. I’m not scared to have to do it again, even though it’s horribly inconvenient, and I refuse to live my life in fear.” So, I maintain my activity, but the hard core sports has taken a back seat to the other things going on.

Third, this whole blogging idea has really embedded itself in my brain. I’ve been noodling about starting a side business that’s a review site that answers the questions that I can’t seem to get on other sites. For example, during the convalescence, I had a chance to cruise a bunch of movie review sites as I planned my excursions into the world, but I couldn’t seem to find anyone to answer the following basic question: will this movie be entertaining enough to be worth my $12? The sites I found (and it seems like I hit them ALL) seemed to fall into one of two categories: too general and vanilla making them meaningless or so mired in the minutia and film school vocabulary that it sounds like a frustrated film maker. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this was true about a lot of restaurant reviews, event reviews, and the list just goes on. So, I’m thinking about a site for the rest of us to answer, in these tough times, is it worth my money and will I be entertained/engaged/happy at the end of the day.

Well, those are the big time nuggets. I’ll pop back in here with more news, hopefully, on a more regular basis.

2 Responses to “The Long, Long Road”
  1. normofthenorth says:

    And how long has the road been now, 2 years and a bit? Me, I keep coming back to the “hard core sports” as long as I can — which is how I tore AT #2, 8 years after #1!!

    Good luck with the blogging thing. It might work.

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