"How's it going?"
It's a question that is often thrown out casually, often even by total strangers in passing.
I have an aunt who was famous for replying, "I'm in constant pain." And then if you didn't somehow cut off the conversation, she was happy to explain in detail the sources of her constant pain.
How's it going?
Personally... I'm disturbed by many things that I have little or no control over. Our huge national debt and the implications it has for our economic future. The unemployment rate. (I'm gainfully employed, but there are no guarantees, and I'd sure hate to be looking for work in November, 2012.) Strife and hate. The direction our society seems to be going in. Etc., etc.
However... I'm quite happy with the situation that I do have control over.
I s'pose I'm "in constant pain." But it's just the low-grade pain associated with a 59-year-old carcass, sometimes more severe but mostly not. Certainly not debilitating. I don't focus on it, and I've never felt inclined to share my misery.
I live in a place with a nice environment. Peaceful and stable. Mercifully low crime rate. Natural disasters seem to mostly bypass us. Comfortable house, that I can afford the payments on. Ample recreational opportunities.
Awesome family, both immediate and extended. Good-hearted, faithful, supportive wife. Kids who are assets to society, rather than liabilities.
From the "bike nazi" viewpoint... a bicycle I'm happy with. Tires that give me lots of trouble-free miles. Living close enough to work and other destinations that it's mostly easy to ride. Moderate weather, predictable and mild wind.
Just this week, as I rode to work the air was brisk, and the sunrises were lovely. As I rode home yesterday (taking "the scenic route" along the river), I got to watch maybe 300 Canada geese take to the air in unison, honking enthusiastically as they headed straight for the low-hanging sun. As far as I know, only me and one other guy on a bike were blessed to witness it. (Geese are rather pesky on the ground... but they sure are magnificent in the air, or on the water!)
Yeah, it's going mighty fine for the Bike Nazi! I hope for you, too!