Happy solstice

Psychotic interludes from the NRA aside (can you imagine how much fun “Saturday Night Live” is gonna have with Wayne LaPendejo’s dreams of transforming every grade-schooler into a grenadier?), it was a pleasant solstice here in Bibleburg.

Herself’s mom is in town for the holidays, staying at The House Back East, and while they visited a local spa for expensive and superfluous purposes of beautification I took a break from chores to squeeze in a short ride.

I’m been running more lately, so a bit of load-bearing exercise made for a nice change of pace. It was chilly, so long sleeves and leg warmers were the uniform of the day. And fenders were a must, as there is some water on the deck; also caution, thanks to a bit of ice in shady spots.

The weaponry I left at home, even though my route took me past two schools, which thanks to LaPendejo have been exposed as exemplars of the Pussification of America and thus low-hanging fruit for the zombie slaves of Hollywood who would perforate us all in a nanosecond were it not for the eternal vigilance of the NRA (bonus Internet joke: Q. How many NRA members does it take to screw in a lightbulb? A. More guns).

But I kept the rubber side down, and nobody drew down on me, so it was all good.

Now I’m enjoying a glass of wine, getting set to feed the Pigeons (har har) and thinking about how early I have to get up the next two days. Just shoot me.

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10 Responses to “Happy solstice”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Hot dog, I went riding too. Only 16 miles on the touring bike, but it felt good. Going again tomorrow on the trail with my better half. I think I will sleep a little later; it’s been chilly here. It was 35 this morning and 60 today. The older I get, the colder I get.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That’s about what I managed today, Pat. Lows in the 20s, highs in the 50s — life in the high country, eh?

      Once I considered arm and knee warmers suitable for a ride in the 40s to 50s. Now it’s a snowmobile suit, which I set on fire as I leave the house.

  2. brokenlinkjournalism Says:

    Happy Solstice Patrick! The days are getting longer are they not??

  3. khal spencer Says:

    I love the winter solstice. Darkness abounds, and one can think deeply about some shit or other while getting really drunk and listening to Windham Hill recordings, which is how I try to spend the shortest day of the year. Then the days start getting longer and one has to return to reality. Happy Winter Solstice, everyone!

    • BruceM Says:

      Khal, the one thing I remember about living in White Rock was how dark the nights were. I loved it. In this small village on the north Oregon coast the nights are just as dark. Life is good. -Bruce

    • khal spencer Says:

      And, if its not dark enough and one is sober, one can drive up to the Valles.

  4. High Plains Drifters Says:

    Goethe’s final words: “More light.” Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that’s been our unifying cry: “More light.” Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlight. Neon. Incandescent. Lights that banish the darkness from our caves, to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier’s Field. Little tiny flashlights for those books we read under the covers when we’re supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet.” “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” “Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom — Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home — Lead Thou me on!” “Arise, shine, for thy light has come.”

    Light is knowledge. Light is life. Light is light.


  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    We are going to attempt to chase the dark, and the dark news these days, away today by riding in Brown Canyon. Here is my first attempt to show others this trail with my early Christmas present. There is a lot to learn with this new video stuff.

  6. Charley Says:

    Khal, thanks for the reminder on Windhan Hills recordings, mine are all vinyl and in storage. Great music and recordings. Happy holidays to all from cold and snowy (not) Fountain HIlls AZ. McDowell Park.

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