Interbike 2014: The Peristalsis Project

Speaking of moons, I snapped a quick shot of this one through the driver's-side window as Mister Boo and I barreled along north of Pecos.

Speaking of moons, I snapped a quick shot of this one through the driver’s-side window as Mister Boo and I barreled along north of Pecos.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (MDM) — It was about 9:30, and I wanted to hit the Whole Paycheck for a late dinner before it closed for the night, but after the long drive from Bibleburg Mister Boo was having some difficulty locating his inner turd in the largely greenery-free zone surrounding our hotel.

We’re here to close on Chez Dog South, a process that has been … interesting. Especially if you’re trying to do it from a distance, with Herself on a junket to Maryland, while holding down four part-time jobs. The deal is to be done this afternoon, but I will believe when I’m standing in the title company’s office with a key in one hand and my pants around my ankles.

Speaking of incoming and outgoing, I finally located a small patch of grass and steered The Boo toward it.

“Go ahead, man,” I told him. “It’s a mortgage company’s lawn. Knock yourself out.”


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9 Responses to “Interbike 2014: The Peristalsis Project”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Hot damn son! You are banking some serious stress. Is Herself due back in before the blast off to Vegas? Have a safe drive, and if there is free booze at the evening event you are expected to attend tomorrow night, you need to partake with gusto. Make us Irish proud.

  2. Steve O Says:

    Today in bike trivia history (courtesy The Writer’s Almanac, 2008)

    It’s the birthday of science writer Michael Shermer (books by this author) born in Glendale, California (1954). He’s the founder of the Skeptics Society, an organization devoted to debunking superstitious beliefs and pseudoscience. Among the 55,000 members of the nonprofit are biologist Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye the Science Guy. The society puts out a quarterly journal, Skeptic, which Shermer edits and publishes.

    He was raised in a fundamentalist Christian family and started majoring in theology at Pepperdine before switching to psychology and biology. He was really into riding his bike and began cycling competitively in 1979, racing throughout the 1980s. To help himself be a top competitor, he followed the elaborate instructions of a nutritionist and also used acupuncture, negative ions, Rolfing (a “holistic system of soft tissue manipulation”), pyramid power, and the power of Christian prayer. But he said, “I became a skeptic on Saturday, August 6, 1983, on the long climbing road to Loveland Pass, Colorado,” when none of that seemed to be working, and he decided to stop rationalizing the failure of all those allegedly performance-enhancing things.

  3. Patrick24 Says:

    Totally off point, but any movement on the plan to offer a return of the Old Guys Who Get Fat in Winter jerseys or t-shirts? I might be interested in the latter.

  4. Larry T. Says:

    I detest the entire home ownership industry. Everyone involved treats you like a money tree they can pick the fruit off at will. Few seem at all interested in anything but the profit potential, making pricks like Kim Il Sinyard seem like a swell fellow in comparison. Have fun at Interbike, I’m sort of enjoying missing it this year, but more than likely will find myself back there in 2015.

  5. Dale Says:

    I sure hope that Mr. Boo left a substantial deposit on the mortgage company’s property, and that that you left it there.

  6. Libby Says:

    Congratulations! Hope the move goes smoothly.

  7. Jon Paulos Says:

    I always wondered what became of Mr. Shermer. Congrats on the move.

    Writing from the American Indian Museum in DC, after completing the 360ish mile cycling trip from Pittsburgh to DC in six days, with assorted others, including regular Maddog reader Jeff Cozad,

    • Weaksides Says:

      Well done Jon! If it didn’t rain at least 6″ on your ride, you didn’t really do it. Just sayin!

      • Jon Paulos Says:

        Hey Weaksides, thanks for the tips on tires. I ran 700×32 Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires for the trip. Tires and bike held up great but my ass didn’t fare so well on the ride. Somebody could use the first 160 miles of the C&O Towpath as a cyclocross course.

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