Interbike 2013: The lap of Luxory

The road to Mandalay (Bay) continues this morning from the Luxor, which is named after a famous Egyptian laxative.

The road to Mandalay (Bay) continues this morning from the Luxor, which is named after a famous Egyptian laxative.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (MDM) — It figures that the first familiar face I would see this morning was draped over the skull of Bruce Gordon, who like me is a perennial contender for the title of Grumpiest Old Guy At the Show. I’ve spared you the mugshots. You’re welcome.

We were standing in line at dark-thirty for a cup of Starbutt’s finest and got straight to the kvetching, as a guy will before java is made available in a 20-year-old shopping mall masquerading as a casino-hotel. And afterward, too, come to think of it.

Well, some of us, anyway. One of these years Bruce and I should bring a small square of Astroturf and a couple of patio chairs to the show and while away the hours hollering at people to get the hell off our lawn.

I don’t feel like standing in another Vegas queue this morning — one thing America’s paean to the Triumph of Capitalism shares with the defunct Soviet Union is the requirement that one queue for everything, no matter how worthless and unsatisfying — so breakfast today consists of a grande Americano and a Larabar.

And now I got to shake a leg. Mandalay Bay awaits. It’s showtime.

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5 Responses to “Interbike 2013: The lap of Luxory”

  1. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Good morning to the Mad Dog! Considering your mood this morning, you are in a target rich environment. Get your M1Garand, along with cooler of PBR, a nice lawn chair, and do your best Clint Eastwood impression. Do you feel lucky? Well, do you……..

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Its showtime, and we who contribute nothing, aside from web hits, expect a show…….

  3. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Amen Khal! We expect pix of stuff that we can’t wait to buy or can’t afford to buy. Also, we want pix of Patrick with the other cycling celebrities.

  4. John Dallager Says:

    OG: Hard to believe you’d have to pay for meals and drinks of any kind while at the biggest bike show west of EuropaBike.

    That said, know you’ll be working long hours and we appreciate any and all your insights on the newest, latest, most marketed, most functional, most useful, and most bang-for-the-buck equipment and bike industry “gadgets” and road cycling/MTB’ing, CX’ing, touring, fat biking, and any other sector of the industry that hasn’t been invented by the marketeers as a “need to have” yet!

    Cheers….green chiles on the return…..Stay Safe!

  5. R.I.P., Bruce Gordon | Mad Blog Media Says:

    […] The last time I saw Bruce may have been at Interbike 2013. […]

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