No, I don't just mean Long or Short Capital (the blog that pays a dividend, which I have received on occasion).
I got an email from the Fat Cyclist (a Bloggie Award nominee) letting me know the results of his raffle this weekend. Specifically -- I won!
What did I win? A 2008 Marin Hamilton 29er. It is a new commuter model, using all of the trendy ideas. The frame is steel, the bigger wheels means it can go faster (similar in size to most road bikes). It is a single-speed... it can be a fixed gear bike, but I doubt I will use it much for that. I have been intrigued by the single-speed idea, but turned off by the fixie-trendy thing.
The portions of my email that fatty printed explain it all. I wanted a more practical bike to commute with. My road bike is great, but I don't want to deck it out with gear (rack, lights) and I would be concerned about it being flashy. My ride to work will be short (less than three miles), but hilly and without great roads. This will be a muted, fun... and free ride.
All for a $50 tax deductible donation to a good (Lance Armstrong Foundation) cause. And a turn of my semi-charmed life.