It’s been a great ride so far!
It’s been two weeks in the new job as Marketing Manager for Focus Bicycles USA… and I’m still totally blissed out! I admit that being without a job for 6 months had it’s moments of “fun”, but it sure feels good to be “back in the saddle” and officially participating again. Focus works with some amazing athletes and teams, as well as has amazing products (biased, yes), and I get to be involved with it all… and it rocks!
The weekend after my first week, I drove up to LA for the last day of the Los Angeles leg of the SoCal Cross Cup. Rain, mud, and great racing provided an awesome baptism into the job… and I loved it. Team Rapha-Focus riders Chris Jones made the podium in 4th in the men’s race and Julie Krazniak had an excellent ride for 2nd in the women’s race (before heading off to get married to Rapha’s own Jeremy Dunn). I had a blast posting pictures and updates while running around the course and shaking hands with friends along the way. Yes, I love this job!
The new-to-me 2003 Jetta GLS wagon has been a dream as well, so far. I don’t wanna jnx anything, given my luck with cars… but it’s a great car so far and I hope it stays that way. New roof racks are on the way- thanks to the help of friends at Thule- and I’ll soon be a full-on Bike Nerd™®© (MMXII all rights reserved)! Bought myself a Chliton’s repair manual for the car today… luckily it has lots of pictures in it because car repair might as well be ancient Greek, as far as I am concerned. That said, I look forward to being able to perform a few small repairs and minor maintenance on my own (I hope). Those who know me well have likely already blown whatever they were drinking onto to their computer screens, via their noses, with laughter. To you, I say, SHUT UP!
Six months with no job, leading in to Christmas, means things are tight and the holiday season is a little less “joyous” in material ways, but I am still incredibly thankful and happy. We don’t have a lot, but we have blessings… and they mean the world to me. Yesterday was the Campagnolo Toy Drive ride, benefiting the Rady Children’s Hospital. The event is a highlight for me each year, and this year was no different… other than it felt even better to be involved this year. It’s not like I donated tons of toys, but it felt so good to drop off stuffed animals that I can imagine being hugged tightly on Christmas day… and that feels mighty damn good.
This Friday night is our company Christmas party. It’ll be the last day of my 3rd week on the job. I feel kinda giddy about it. Nearly everybody I work with has been a friend of mine for years, but this marks the first time I’ve officially celebrated the holidays with any of them… and I really hope it’s far from being the last one.