Remember how, ever year, I did that bike ride and raised money for diabetes, and I emailed everyone and promised to match donations and then I went and rode like 50 miles or whatever and money is raised and a good time is had by all?
Well, I’m doing it again. In a week. I’ve been procrastinating, and putting off writing the letter, because, well, look around; there’s been this pandemic thing which is why the ride in May of 2020 was cancelled, then they tried to do reschedule it to that fall, except pandemics don’t care, and then they did a virtual ride, and I cannot motivate myself to go out and bike that far on my own, so I didn’t, and then they thought maybe this thing will be done in 2021, and we got vaccines, and I stopped worrying that everyone I knew and lowed would die from an untreatable horrible flu, but, well, you know, pandemics are serious things and they didn’t do a ride in 2021 either, although I still donated, because they had another virtual ride, which , again, I did not do. Then, they said, 2022 for sure, but not in the spring like it has been, but in the fall. It’ll be fine by then. It’s not, but I get where they and everyone are coming from. It’s been a hard two years, harder for others than for me, really, but it is outdoors and we are doing better, but not great, and here we are.
Where we are is that I’m riding in a week. Next Sunday, October 2nd. It’s up in Wine Country again. Given that I’ve had two years to exercise on my own, I should be in great shape, but I haven’t and I’m not and so I’m only going to try to bike 25 miles, which is probably plenty. I’m in acceptable shape. My bike is tuned up. It’ll be a nice two hours in the sun and beautiful countryside.
So, here’s where I do the hard thing, which is say, hey — if you’ve got money to spare, and are looking for a good cause ( and, there are so many good causes; this is one ) to put a bit of that money to, I’ve been doing this bike ride for like ten or so years. It’s the American Diabetes Association, and they’re trying to research and help folks with diabetes. Which, as I’ve said before, is a heck of a thing, which I have known kind of intellectually. This year, well, also somewhat more closely. I’ve said for years that my dad has diabetes, and one of my nephew’s wives, and the husband of a friend, and another husband of a friend, and you get the picture. My dad was diagnosed like 15+ years ago, and for a long time it was something I knew he had but I didn’t think a lot about it, and he seemed to be ok, mostly. Didn’t drink as many sodas as he use to; was maybe a little careful with what he ate, and there was a pill he took. But, this past summer my dad got COVID, and his diabetes has been, well, “acting up.” Which I guess is a nice way to say it’s been affecting his life and my mom and everyone in the family a lot, and there’s been a few times his blood sugar has been too low, like way too low, or too high, like way too high. I’m reminded that the human body is an amazing set of systems that mostly manage to stay in sync with each other and magical things mostly happen and we can eat and jog and bike ride and everything else, except when they start to fail just a little bit, and then it can get bad, fast.
In short, I’d be a lot happier if we knew a lot more about diabetes and how to make it not be a thing anymore.
Anyway, I’ve rambled on far too much. If you’d like to donate to the ADA,there's a button here. I match every dollar that gets raised, so if you chip in $25, I chip in $25. And I have someone that matches my donations, so they also chip in $25. It’s like you’re chipping in $75, except to the IRS. I also try to write everyone’s name on a flag and fly that from my bike. Which means I have a busy week ahead of me, getting ready to ride and making a flag and everything.
Thanks, and stay safe, everyone.