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Well, it appears that I now have a blog. This is it. I'm not too sure what to say here right now. I've never been that good at talking about myself because it always makes me fee like a douche. Well, this is my blog, aptly named "Safety Third." In the future, there will be updates from me and my life of cycling and skiing. But mostly cycling. Also, from time to time, I'll throw in some interesting tidbits, and maybe some past x-rays of various parts of me for some entertainment, and then give a quick story as to what all happened. Updates will be approximately "whenever I feel like it," which will probably be whenever interesting stuff happens, so don't hold your breath. In the mean time though, here's a picture of me riding! Enjoy!

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