Everyone knows that Lonnie is a great Captain and a fine figure of a human being.
AND: everyone knows that his overwhelming enthusiasm for last summer's ride was fueled by his impressive weight loss, likely suspicious substance use, and sheer delusion. Last years' RAGBRAI was a feast of suffering, a surfeit of pain, and a regular grito de dolores, if I may misuse that phrase.
So....while I am now registering for the 2009 Painfest-on-Wheels-with-occasional-pie-tasty-pork-and-naps-by-the-dumpsters, I want to issue this caveat. IF, between now and then I'm approached by a woman of modest wealth, good values, and a knock-you-dead sense of humor (oops, I'm over hyphenating here - sorry) (sorry for that hyphen, too, and these parenthesis now...)(and those ellipsis. I need to stop!).....well, I'll go elsewhere with her, if she asks.
Just so you know. Otherwise, I'll look forward to seeing all y'all!