Friday, November 16, 2012

I Beat Them All Fair And Square


I wasn’t alone.  Everyone else did it too, and I still beat them.  I beat the miles and mountains and wrecks and cancer.  I was king of the world.  I stood atop the throne, the yellow shinning brightly for all to see.  I beat them all fair and square because everyone else was doing it too.


Friday Flash 55 at the G-Man's

28 comments:

  1. I guess it's a big deal to someone but not to any biker I know.

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  2. but when you lead the pack...it puts a target on your back...

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  3. Very thought-provoking, Mr. C. And well-written, too.

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    1. Thank you Susan. I believe this subject deserves its own post. Maybe sometime in the future.

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  4. I think steroids should be a prerequisite. (LOL)

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  5. Well said. That's the new prevasive cynicism. Everyone's doin' it.

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    1. Hasn't that always been the excuse for everything? Mama, so-n-so's doing it. Why can't I?

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  6. I just can't get worked up about it one way or another.

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  7. Aw Mom, all the kids are taking steroids. Come on, I wanna take them too. Can I, huh?

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  8. Ha!
    You're the first one to say it out loud.
    Loved your truthful 55 Kind Sir.
    Thanks for playing, thanks for visiting a few others
    I very much appreciate it, have a Kick Ass Week-End

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  9. Blogger just ate my comment. Anyway, when I still went to church, we had to listen to a preacher who LOVED Lance Armstrong, linking him to all sorts of biblical verse. My husband absolutely hated those sermons and once got up to leave. He said that any preacher who would waste his time talking about Lance A. to his church was wasting his time and couldn't have any real relationship with God. I wonder how this poor preacher is able to write sermons now that his version of Jesus is a lying hound.

    As much as it must suck to be Lance Armstrong, it must suck more to have ever trusted this guy to be some awesome hero.

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    1. He's no different than any other athlete of the era in-so-far as doping is concerned. It's widely known that the entire field in the Tour de France were taking performance enhancing drugs. So what? He still rose above them all for seven years straight. The Olympics finally, after many years, opened competition to all athletes amateur and pro, after all, the idea is to showcase the best athletes on earth. Personally, when it comes to professional sports I don't care what they do or take any more than the performance enhanced CEO. What makes Lance a hero is his support of cancer research and cancer victims.

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  10. my friend Shady Lane thinks taking steroids is no big deal...I do..

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  11. KUDOS!!! Very positive and so refreshing! Great job!Hmmm...I still got to learn how to cycle...I know. I can swim like a fish though. LOL Mine is here
    Have you a TRULY BLESSED SUNDAY and a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!!!
    hugs
    shakira

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  12. I am a fan of the Tour de France – mostly so as to watch all the towns it goes through. I did watch Lance for these seven years and he looked many times like he had a hard time. I don’t know what to think – at least he did some good with his money and helped cancer research. Some athletes, like a boxer near us, built a McMansion and bought several expensive cars – did not give any money away. Another thing, Lance put the Tour de France on the map. Before him the US did not care and it was not on live TV, so at least that was a positive.

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    1. All good points Vagabonde. Like you, I too watch the tour mostly for the tour of France at bicycle speed. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I didn't know who Lance A. was until I went to that church, so I didn't know why he was such a hero. I still think it must suck to be him because so many people wanted him to be something he wasn't. . This preacher didn't love him because he supported cancer related causes; he loved him for his bicycling as he was an avid cyclist himself. So my dismay isn't so much with Mr. Armstrong as it is with his fans who wanted him to be the next messiah. It bothers me that people want their heroes to be gods. Instead, we should all just try to improve ourselves and learn to be happy with what we are. Other people will always let us down.

    After this scandal broke, I read about him as I didn't know a whole lot: apparently his dad walked out on him when he was 2, and tried to come back in his life when Lance A. hit it big. He refused to meet him. That makes Lance Armstrong far more human to me, and perhaps a bit likable as I sure wouldn't know how to handle a deadbeat dad sniffing around my bicycle after I won a few prizes when I wasn't good enough for him when I was a toddler.

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  14. Thanks for your comment on my blog. The post below the one where you commented is the one I wrote on the chrysanthemum show explaining where Stilesboro is – in Bartow County, near Cartersville, and the flower show was a fundraiser to help with the improvement of the academy which needs a new roof.

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  15. I loved Vagabonde's comment and I have to kind of agree with her. I liked your 55 too. I'm on the fence with this one.

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