November-December 2007 Newsletter
From the President
A Letter to Santa Claus
It's been a long time since I've written you a letter, for sure
more than 50 years. Between then and now I've been more on the
receiving than the sending end. But with 20- and 30-something sons,
even receiving was a long time ago.
So you know it must be for a really important reason that I'm
writing this letter. Not teeth or a BB or bigger gun, even though I
probably could use both. Not one more bike, 25 pounds off or $25,000
I need miles, 600 to be exact. That's how many I need for my
I know you're not a member of the Louisville Bicycle Club and
therefore don't visit the excellent statistics
Web site that Carl and Sandy Davis maintain. If you did you'd see
that I'm about 600 miles shy of 25,000. Thirty-two club members have
received this jersey. Probably two more will qualify this year.
What do they have — aside from the technicality of having actually
ridden the miles — that I don't?
Santa, you also don't read the letters that I write to club
members that usually appear in this space. If you did you'd already
have had an earful of my mileage-deprived rantings. In January I set
the goal of two rides a week (see January
2007 Newsletter) to get a total of 1,450 this year. I didn't make
Shouldn't dreamed-of miles count for something? And isn't time
spent on hard seats in municipal offices of as much importance as
time spent on the saddle?
Santa, there are some real mileage hogs in this club. These
people accumulate miles they don't even need. Just miles for the
sake of miles. Mindless miles.
For example, two club members will receive the 25,000-mile
jersey. They will have several hundred miles to spare. What a win-win
if they donated the extra miles to me.
Do you think these thoughts are too childish? Well, I'm in good
company with the other letter writers. And I've probably been as
good as most of them.
You never disappointed me when I was a kid, Santa. I know you
won't start now. I can already see myself at the annual awards
banquet as Chad Green, VP Touring, calls the names....
P.S.: Please make sure that the jersey is an XL.
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