I received a congratulations email this morning from a fellow chess historian about an award I wasn't aware I was nominated for. It appears I've won the 2009 Chess Journalists of America award for Best Historical Article:
Scroll down to Category 10. You can download the article in PDF format.
This award is almost entirely off-topic for Bike Forums*, but it causes me to reflect on the changes in me. When I first won in 2004, I was so thrilled I could have jumped up and down if I were physically capable of jumping up and down - which I wasn't. Now it represents a part of my life that's largely in the past. My last research trip was May 2007, and I've not written anything in nearly two years. I don't know if its right or wrong to associate chess and chess history with my "fat" lifestyle, but for better or worse so it seems to be connected. I wonder if that's a door that's been nailed shut, or one that's merely been closed.
Sorry for the post folks, just wanted to share my thoughts.
*My fee for the article helped pay for my August 2008 tour, so it has SOME claim to being on topic.