Fryday

A section of the Edna Mae Bennet Trail, which leads to the Templeton Trail.

A section of the Edna Mae Bennet Trail, which leads to the Templeton Trail.

Man, it got hot again all of a sudden.

We went from a pleasantly damp monsoon season straight back into summer, no matter what the calendar says.

This is good news for Manitou Springs, whose residents get a chance to chisel all the dried mud out of their basements, autos, and nostrils, but it makes for some steamy afternoons here in the office, which sits on the hot end of the house.

A little rain might help keep me in that office, which is where I need to be, having a few deadlines to beat before toddling off to Interbike. But the rule is that when the sun shines, vigorous exercise shall be taken, and outdoors, too.

By the time that’s over and done with, I feel a tad fatigued for some reason and crave a frosty beverage, a nosh and perhaps a nap. Thus work suffers. No wonder the economy is in such a parlous state.

Looking upward from the Templeton Trail, just east of Union and Austin Bluffs.

Looking upward from the Templeton Trail, just east of Union and Austin Bluffs.

Lately I’ve been alternating rides with hikes, generally in Palmer Park. I used to run the trails there quite a bit, but the knees don’t seem interested in that sort of thing anymore. So I hike instead, which is an acceptable substitute. I seem to trip and fall down a good deal less, anyway.

And if you pick the right trail, you can get plenty of vertical gain, as you can see from the pix. I can’t believe we used to ride these things back in the day.

And when I say “we,” I mean, “somebody else.” I was walking them even then.

• Late update: Herself and I did our part to rein in the idiots this afternoon by voting not to recall state Sen. John Morse, who fell afoul of the gun nuts. Lord, single-issue fuckwits give me a brain cramp with their political temper tantrums. You don’t like the way the man works, vote him out in the next regularly scheduled election — that’s why we have ’em. These pissants remind me of a toddler screwing up his chubby little mug right before spitting out the creamed spinach.

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20 Responses to “Fryday”

  1. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Spending a few days at the “House back East” and going hiking and biking at Palmer Park is going to be my birthday wish next spring! Those pix remind me of the Chiricahua National Monument.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Patrick, it’s a pretty damn’ nice park. I lived right next to it during junior high and high school, and then again in the early Nineties when I quit newspapering and went freelance. Now we’re about a 15-minute bike ride away and I’m in there a couple times a week. You’d love it.

      The House Back East™ is pretty nice, too. We have some of Herself’s relatives in there right now (a freebie), but she’s had the thing more or less booked solid since April. We need to do some landscaping in the back yard and a bit of finish/repair work in the downstairs; otherwise, it’s pretty much solid. All our guests have enjoyed their stays … so far, anyway.

  2. Larry T. Says:

    “Steamy”? Really? Hot I believe, humid I don’t, at least when compared to Ioway where we are again sweltering. We really should try to meet up and share a barley-pop when you’re in Sin City, I’ll be there most of Thursday and Friday this year, trying to lend a hand (well, sort of) to our friends at Albabici.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Well, nothing is humid compared to Iowa, not even San Antone, where I whiled away my youth being poached in summertime.

      I’m in Sin City for the duration, Tuesday through Friday, so let’s get together. Any of the rest of the comment crew planning to be in attendance?

      • khal spencer Says:

        Sounds like fun, except its in Lost Wages. I was down there a couple summers ago giving a short course at UNLV. The good news was the hotel and classroom were both air conditioned. The bad news was you could fry an egg on the sidewalk. I had a few brief thoughts about going for a run, but decided that was worth putting off till I got back to BombTown.

        I trust you will put a dent in the hooch supply at the local steak house again?

        Have a good time, Patrick.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        I wish. I don’t think the LBS guys are going either. Thought attendance was limited to bike business people, not the cycling unwashed masses.

      • Derek Lenahan Says:

        Not this time, My boss feels that the If anyone had something worth showing he would have seen it already. I would have been very curious to see who was using Paragon Machineworks gearbox set-up. Plus I broke my toe, not in a good way and can’t really ride anything and Dirt Demo is the best part of Interbike now. Ummm except the beer.

      • Derek Lenahan Says:

        I truly miss the Golden Tollies.

  3. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    I think you are right; we will love it. We are not fussy, the house looks like something we might buy for ourselves, and riding and hiking 15 minutes away is sweet. Only hard choice to make is what bikes to bring. Shit, we will just bring mountain and road bikes.

    As far as single issue issue fuckwits go, and I’m going to steal that one, their ignorant voting has got us where we currently are in congress. But McLame got an earful from constituents all over AZ this week. All said no to any Syria shenanigans, and they reminded him who he works for. Talking to him is like bombing Assad. It is not likely to do any good.

    • Larry T. Says:

      What IS it about these boneheads? They show up with a script for political theater and pretend like they care what the folks who show up say about the issues. Reminds me of the healthcare meetings our ass-hat congressman held awhile back. He started out making his half-baked case that Obamacare would result in socialism and reward far too many lazy slackers…then turned over the floor…and anyone who wasn’t singing his song was quickly shouted down or attacked with phony statistics and screwball stories about people in other countries with “socialized medicine” hacking off their rancid limbs because they couldn’t get into a hospital.
      Unless we can convince the UN Security Council to authorize military action against the Assad regime, we’re stuck. But the prez oughta spend his time shaming those who stand in the way, namely China and Russia rather than ginning up support from congress for a Dubya-style fiasco in the name of human rights.

      • khal spencer Says:

        The operative phrase is “Dubya style fiasco”. As much as I’d love to see Barry place a drone-launched Hellfire missile up Assad’s ass, I don’t see much good, and a lot of potential bad, coming out of another American adventure in the Middle East.

        For example, once Assad was safely disposed of, you can count on all the other questionable blokes in that country coming out of the woodwork. Then we got another version of Iraq, Model 2007. Mission accomplished indeed….

        Obama painted himself into a rhetorical corner, but it will be Joe Sixpack who writes the check, in blood and money, to get him out. Pisses me off.

        Then again, I suspect its a good time to buy Raytheon stock.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        I agree Larry. The only way, in my opinion, to get Assad to listen, is to get his friends to turn on him. Kerry should be talking to the Russians and Iranians instead of Congress. No need to talk to them until after the U.N. authorizes some action. The other option is to drop McCain, Boxer, Paul, and Graham on Asshat’s roof. That would run him out.

      • Steve O Says:

        Going to say this, and then will immediately regret it.

        If our special forces are so good, why hasn’t someone arranged for Assad to have an unfortunate accident in the shower? Maybe a terminal case of deceleration trauma or cement poisoning after gazing off his balcony? A 9mm brain hemorrhage in the middle of the night? They’re really good at infiltrating compounds guarded by harem girls … but then again, so did the neighborhood kids’ soccer balls.

        Ok … regret it already …

    • Steve O Says:

      Andy Borowitz headline: McCain hopes bombing Syria will fill his aching void.

      Got a zillion army buddies, all retired old farts like me who are safe from a recall into service, who have been screaming for months that we need to do something. And now that our (black liberal socialist Kenyan Marxist hippy democrat) president has proposed something, they’re screaming that it’s not our job. One guy kept saying, what do we stand for? Have to say, it felt good, after he flip-flopped, to point out that apparently he stands for nothing. Against a lot, but for nothing.

  4. Jon Paulos Says:

    Hmm, well, Obama wrote a check with his red line comment that now he’s trying to get us to cash. But the only “we” discussing this are a small minority because most of us don’t have any skin in the game. Sounds to me like its time to bring back universal national service so that we all have a keen interest because its OUR son or daughter who might get their ass shot off.

  5. Derek Lenahan Says:

    Patrick,
    I have to say thank you for creating this forum. I check your posts frequently. Most of what I enjoy is the discourse afterward though. Even the people I think might be completely off their respective rockers are articulate. Plus sometimes we talk about bikes and I like that too.
    So Chapeau.

    • Patrick O'Brien Says:

      Chapeau indeed! Well said Derek.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, guys. I’ve been a little sloppy about keeping the blog up to speed lately, post-wise, but that’s fairly traditional for this time of year. I hope to start playing catchup here directly.

      I think my audience shares many traits with Charles Pelkey’s Live Update Guy crowd. There’s a wide variety of experience in both groups, some truly quick wits, and a willingness to let the other guy speak his piece that minimizes the need for moderation by Your Humble Narrator. Got to like that.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Quick update on the ES. Got a call from the shop yesterday that the frame came in with a dent in the left seat stay. Went down to look. It was not just cosmetic. So, back it went. New one coming but build will be delayed a week. I did like the color though. It’s not the deep red, but it will look good.

  6. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Speaking of weather, the first rule of desert living is not to complain about rain. But, it has been cloudy and raining off an on for 48 hours with another 48 to go according to the NWS. No riding for the last 2 days. I am getting cabin fever and vitamin D deficiency at the same time. I know Patrick, I will be drinking it next June, but damn…

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