Things happen in life. You move, you get a new job, you change something. It happens all the time, and usually it’s not that big of a deal. We’re adaptable and can absorb an enormous number of changes without any significant impact on the day-to-day living of our lives. Heck, with the exception of my family, I probably have more change in my life on a daily basis than consistency.
So, when something that is a change that you know will actually have an actual impact is looming, it feels big; ominous.
Since I moved back to Boulder almost 6 years ago, I’ve had an old friend and training partner that I can count on for pretty much anything. I want to go on an easy 3-hour ride on a Sunday and he’s probably game. I need to re-wire the cable in my house, he’ll come over and help. Moving furniture, getting a beer to decompress, riding to the coffeeshop and sipping a capuccino when it feels too cold to ride, but we want to get out on our bikes – you name it, Jawad was my guy. The thing is, Jawad is getting married. And not only is he getting married, it’s to a high-level DOD auditor who has just been assigned to Boston for a number of years.
Jawad is leaving.
So I’m getting in my last rides with him. I’m helping him pack up this and that when he calls. I’m avoiding thinking about what I’m going to do this spring when I need someone to ride Really Fruit Loops (my own variation on the popular Boulder ride which heads to Lyons and around St. Vrain and Apple Valley Road – I head through Hygiene and Niwot on the way to Cherryvale Road and take that out to Eldorado Springs, then roll back home to North Boulder) with me and not have it turn into a pissing contest.
There are people that are focal people in your life – a spouse, or child, or business partner – that get a lot of your brain space and attention. And then there are people like Jawad that you count on without it being overt that they occupy such an important place in your daily life.
So this is my homage to Jawad. I look forward to riding with you this afternoon, and hope we have the chance to get in a couple more before you move for good.
BTW – If you live in Boulder and are considering buying a townhouse in the 28th/Jay area, avoid the one off Amber, I think there’s a body buried in the foundation or something… Sorry, Jawad, I know that’s pretty much the last thing keeping you here – I need my base fitness before you go, man…