Just retired from the USAF after 26 years. As a retirement "gift" to myself picked up a new Surly Cross-Check. Outfitting it for some short touring and commuting to work (whenever I decide to find a job, ha!).
Haven't owned a bike in three years. Previous bikes were an old Myata Level 2000 MTB that I gave to a friend's son when I left Germany. Also had a Holdsworth that I put together back in 1982. My wife decided to give that one away when I was overseas. :facepalm
Missed and wanted a new bike for some time, so said "what the heck." Forgotten how relaxed the biking community was, but soon rediscovered that in my quest for this bike. Good times.