I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Most of which is attributed to my health and family. But a big part of life this year has been Bike Jax and I am very thank for everything it has giving me.
Anyone that has known me for any length of time knows I have love/hate relationship with Jacksonville. I love what it could be if it had any leadership with vision and commonsense. I hate what it is. Backwards thinking and a sprawling nightmare of culdesac communities and strip malls. I think that my love/hate with Jax is what pushed me into starting Bike Jax. I got tired of hearing myself bitch about Jax and starting doing something to help make it the place I envision it could be.
Along the way I learned that I'm not alone in my quest for a better Jacksonville. This point was made clear and driven home by the fine people that make up the urban core during my crusade to put The Night Ride together. I'm so very thankful for all that those folks did and what these following people do daily to make Jacksonville a better place to live.
Visit The Urban Core
Visit Green Jacksonville
Visit Jacksonville Transit
Visit Metro Jacksonville
Visit the St. Johns Riverkeeper
Visit The Outer Box
Visit The Urban Jacksonville
Visit Burro Bags
Visit Zombie Bike Co-Op
I'm Thankful that I live in community that when I walk into (or even just walk by) my local shops or eateries, I'm greeted not by some guy in a plastic vest so ancient he must slouch on a stool to remain vertical. No, I am always happily greeted by the owners and no amount of discount shoddily made Chinese crap can ever replace how that makes me feel.
I am so very thankful for all the new people I have met and the new friends made because of this blog. And most importantly, I'm thankful for not being this guy.
Have a great holiday.