A tomb with a view

True, it's only a dusting, but still, it's a hint of bigger things to come.

True, it’s only a dusting, but still, it’s a hint of bigger things to come.

There was a thin coat of snow on the Tomb of Chairman Meow when I arose this morning. I blame Obama.

It’s a bit early for this sort of thing, frankly. For starters, the leaves are still on the trees. And a casual check of the Innertoobz indicates that the first snow in these parts generally holds off until a week before Halloween.

Naturally, Herself is out of town on business, so I had to make my own coffee, police up the litter box, and dab the dew from Mister Boo’s delicate little feetsies after his morning constitutional. Oh, the humanity.

The weatherperson says we’re supposed to be back up into the 50s and 60s over the next few days. But what has s/he done for me lately?

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16 Responses to “A tomb with a view”

  1. Steve O Says:

    My favorite weatherman joke has always been, I just shoveled 6 inches of partly cloudy off my driveway

    But I noticed a while ago that you can’t use that joke anymore… And thanks to Nate Silver, I know why. Local weather jocks over estimate precipitation, because it’s good for business. If you say it’s going to be sunny, and it rains, everyone blames the weatherman. But if you say it’s going to rain, and it’s sunny, people think it’s a gift from heaven.

    Regardless… I’m out a pretty funny get

  2. John in GJ Says:

    Damn, litter box, thanks for the reminder. That explains the look they’re giving me.

  3. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    What is that white shit anyway?

  4. Larry T. Says:

    Thanks for the reminder – gotta get the car down to the service joint to have the snow tires mounted up, oil changed and the battery tested. No winter in Sicily for us this year 😦 though we will escape to Italia for 10 days or so next month followed by a traditional holiday escape to SoCal. Breaks up the winter a little bit at least.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Its been around thirty degrees overnight down here, but up around sixty in the afternoon. Just got back from a quick dash around the Western Areas and to Back Gate, roughly twenty miles that were getting cold towards the end. My reward is a bottle of Monk’s Ale made up at the abbey near Abiquiu, NM. Thank Goodness for Bode’s Store (and Patrick, if you are ever taking US 84 on your way back from your sojourns through here, stop and pick up a few).

      http://christdesert.org/Abbey_Beverage_Company/

      • md anderson Says:

        Heck I bought a six of Monk’s at Smiths in Los Alamos. I am sure that Kokoman’s in Pojoaque carries it too.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I’ve not seen it at Smiths, but Kokomans still has it, as we bought some there yesterday. OTOH, I might have missed it at Smiths, since I’d never noticed it prior to the last few months.

  5. Larry T. Says:

    Meanwhile, in the land of pro cycling, the old guy who “won” La Vuelta seems to be in a spot of bother.
    http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15660/Bio-passport-expert-raises-concerns-about-Horners-published-biological-passport-values.aspx
    A bit of BigTex style hubris from this guy, publishing his blood passport data for all to see? Seems the Trek Factory Team wasn’t willing to pony up for Chris Horner 2014….perhaps they already knew too much?

  6. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Interesting, but one guy with one question. What are the accuracy ranges of that testing? Were there other riders with the same anomaly? What are the hemoglobin changes on passport data after known doping or transfusions? Is Horner stupid enough to release the passport data that would end his career, what is left of it? But, the bottom line for me is this, what’s fair treatment for these competitors? I have a question. How can Vos win every damn thing she enters? Anyone examining her passport data? Has she released hers? Where does it end? Maybe only with the end of pro cycling.
    But the bottom line is this. He won and passed all the tests. Good enough for me.

    • Larry T. Says:

      That’s what they said about BigTex. He passed all the tests except for those he didn’t, which he claimed were tampered with….right up until he confessed to (most of) the whole scam. A guy on the same team who claimed to “know nothing, have seen nothing” when asked about his time with Tex….now has some fishy numbers.
      Fair treatment? The testing is designed to let a lot of cheaters get away just so the “false positive” issues have no merit.
      Good enough for me…the next question is will the cycling authorities check into this more thoroughly? They didn’t bother really looking at Tex’ blood values during his comeback…until USADA got involved.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        I hear you Larry. It is frustrating that the cheaters had better medical teams than the testers. Add in the corruption in the UCI, and the constant press leaks from the testing laboratories, and you have a mess. What testing regimen would satisfy you? When does the employment and privacy rights of the riders trump the purity of the sport?

      • Larry T. Says:

        I don’t think the riders have much in the way of “employment and property rights” when it comes to not playing by the rules they agreed to when they took out a license.
        It’s a SPORT – nobody is forced to play and if you’re tossed out for cheating you just can’t play for a few years rather than being jailed or executed.

        Mr. Horner published his blood values on the ‘net in an effort to prove a negative (impossible of course) and if/when an acknowledged expert in the field points out some fishy numbers, whose fault is THAT? Tex tried the same thing, but quickly yanked them off the ‘net when questions started being asked by those who knew more about blood trickery than he did. It’s hard to see much difference in Horner’s case.

        Meanwhile, here’s an excellent book on the subject http://www.amazon.com/The-Ethics-Doping-Anti-Doping-Redeeming/dp/0415484669

        Disclaimer: my wife is an editor of the Ethics and Sport book series.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        I agree that the riders don’t have much in the way of employee or property rights because they are forced to sign those rights away in order to get a job. And, to complicate things, they mix it up with so called amateur when they compete in the olympics and other events. But, making them give up those rights in order to work is not right or ethical. I wouldn’t put up with with their drug testing protocol, and I was drug tested for work, and I won’t support organizations that do, not after the last few years.

        In my opinion professional cycling should be completely separate from amateur cycling, the UCI, WADA, and the National drug testing and cycling/olympic bodies. The riders would have a union to protect their rights and help negotiate their contracts, including drug testing. But opinions are like, well, you know, so all I can do is ignore pro cycling and not support the organizations, including USADA, that run or police it.

        Now its off to Pizzaria Mimosa for a good meal and a draft Peroni!

      • Larry T. Says:

        My only argument with you is the JOB angle. This is a SPORT, not a place where they made widgets all day. Nobody is forced to play, only the lucky few can get far enough to get a pro contract. Don’t wanna play by the rules? Don’t want to pee in a cup? There are plenty of other ways out there to make an honest living. The amateur issue is another thing, subject of a whole lot of other books, but in a nutshell it was a creation of the moneyed class to keep the poor folks out of their games – nothing more.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        Well, I guess we will agree to disagree on the job vs sport. But you have to admit that the drug testing protocol the pro rider endures is much more than peeing in a cup. In any case, when you mix big money and sport you get what we have now. I’m not sure what to do about pro cycling anymore.
        Changing subjects, have you read “Major” by Todd Balf? Talk about keeping poor folks out of sport! I enjoyed it.

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