Thursday, December 21, 2006

Old Long Ago

The poem Auld Land Syne by Robert Burns has been immortalised by the tradition of singing the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne at Christmas and New Year parties. Auld Lang Syne is also sung on Burns Night, 25th January to celebrate the life and works of Robert Burns. Auld Lang Syne was written in 1788 and the words 'Auld Lang Syne' literally translates from old Scottish dialect meaning 'Old Long Ago' and is about love and friendship in times past. The words in the poem Auld Lang Syne referring to 'We'll take a Cup of Kindness yet' relate to a drink shared by men and women to symbolise friendship. [From]
Confederacy of Dunces
Do you know why the finish line of an Ironman race is so crowded? I think I do. The crowd gathers because nobody makes it to the beginning or the end of an Ironman jouney alone.
IMWI Finish
I certainly cannot, and will not. I not only crave and hunger for the momentum of fellow athletes and family.
This old dog body apparently refuses to hold together without a team of highly skilled trainers, physical therapists, massage therapists and voodoo practitioners. These professional inputs may heal my body, but without the people who love me--warts and all--family, friends, and in this case the trainers who truly care about my success--my body has none of the spirit necessary to move forward.
mgand superpounce
I heard of one Duke University study positing that one in four Americans have no friends. None. Wow. I have experienced a wee taste of that, and it is crushingly dark, heavy, deep and depressing. Not to impose my own theology on you, but this condition of alone-ness is the only thing that God proclaimed as "not good" about the creation. ("It is not good for man to be alone.") It certainly rings true in my experience. Try as we might to be the strong silent individualist of American lore, triathlon teaches me that no matter how strong I am, I am stronger still when I am bound together in an unbreakable cord with my friends. The more friends I have, and the more tightly we are bound together, the stronger I become. How wonderfully ironic that a sport about individuals against the clock and that prohibits outside assistance binds us together so thoroughly.
This year ends with my body broken, but my condition unimaginably magnified. I have more friends and am more tightly bound to them than ever before, largely because I took up a bizarre hobby and stumbled upon the Kahuna's blog when googling triathlon stuff.
Serendipity? Providence? Whatever. It tastes great, and next year will be even better.
Thank you, friends. From the bottom of an ever-deepening canine heart. Think back upon "Old Long Ago" and look forward to warm and strong "yet to comes."
Iron Wil
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?
Trimama and Tac Boy
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
mg and ubergreyhound
And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
Coach T and Scuba Steve
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
Iron Benny Running Strong
We twa hae run about the braes,
And pu'd the gowans fine;
But we've wandered mony a weary fit
Sin' auld lang syne.
Nytro Screams Out of T2
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidled i' the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.
Curly Su
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
And there's a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right guid-willie waught
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.


Spokane Al said...

Wow, what a moving look back and forward. The pictures and your great words said it all.

It truly is good to be alive and a part of this great community.

Flatman said...

Wow, what a perfect post to "end" the year on. Just perfect. I feel exactly the same way you do.

Thanks for sharing this with us and providing some reflection on how great the past couple of years have been with our little "family".

Merry Christmas, Greyhound.

Bolder said...

looking forward to making some new, and hopefully better, pictures with you in '07!

oar, you wheeel have yoar ass keecked...

bold out!

Veeg said...

Dammit, that song is only supposed to make me cry ONE time a year! *sniff*

Donald said...

Beautiful post. You tie everything together very nicely. Good luck in 2007.

IM Able said...

A teary eyed thank you for a wonderful post. May the joy you have found in these friendships and endeavors continue throughout the next year.


Nytro said...

you done made me proud, greyhound. brought a tear to this old athena's eye. what a fantastic way to look at triathlon. it's not about the podiums. it's not about the weight you've lost (or, um... the weight i've gained since SOMA), it's about the people. way to express it. you'll never not have friends in triathlon. it's physically impossible.

Wendy said...

Beautiful Greyhound, in so very many ways!

Iron Benny said...

Wonderful post legal beagle. I'm speechless.

TriBoomer said...

This post gives the song new meaning to me. Thanks again for making a visit to your blog worthwhile.

Stay tuned...

Iron Pol said...

Nice post, Grey. And 2006 was only the beginning of the journey through 2007.

We'll be there from start to finish in Wisconsin, ready to provide the same care you gave to Sara, this year.

Ridinfences said...

What an amazing and heartfelt post. It truly reflects the "bond" we all share...thanks.

ironjenny said...

That was beautiful... saw a few friends I recognized in the pictures... can't wait to have mine taken with the Greyhound, this year!
2007's gonna rock.
I think we should get a group shot at the finish in WI. How big is the group going to be if you also count those like me who are watching?

MUT said...

WOW! What an amazing post. With my venture into tris, I hope to make as many friends as you have. You made me feel amazing with the pics.

Cant wait to hear about the new year and hopefully meet all of you guys in the blogosphere!!

Happy New Year