Interbike 2014: Home Acquisition Edition

The Mad Dog Media nerve center at the Homewood Suites in Duke City.

The Mad Dog Media nerve center at the Homewood Suites in Duke City.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (MDM) — It is done. Money has changed hands, and Quicken Loans has graciously allowed us to add a third property to our collection.

The Detroit-based outfit is said to be the third biggest mortgage lender in the country. How they got there by granting 30-year fixed-rate home loans to 60-year-old freelancers remains a mystery.

Yet grant it they have, and we’re good to go pending bankruptcy or death, whichever comes first. In the meantime, they let us live in the place for a small monthly consideration. We get to pay the taxes, handle the upkeep, and whatnot, too. It’s a lot like house-sitting, only more expensive.

But do I get to live there right now? I do not. What I get to do is drive at high speed to Las Vegas for Interbike. Torrential rains are forecast along the route. Good times. Do Subaru Foresters float like VW Beetles? We’re about to find out. Stay tuned.


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22 Responses to “Interbike 2014: Home Acquisition Edition”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Bon voyage.

  2. Steve O Says:

    Duke City? Probably not named after G. W. Hayduke, I’m guessing.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    The AWD definitely helps, as I found out driving through a torrential rainstorm coming back from Sedona one winter.

  4. Jon Paulos Says:

    I echo Khal’s comment. Our Impreza seems to be immune to traction problems.

    But on to what really counts. When to Miss Mia and the Turk change residence? And when will we see pics of the Turk lording it over the new mansion?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Mister Boo performs his sun salutations.

      The Boo is already in residence, enjoying our swanky new master-bedroom suite. The Turk and Miss Mia will serve as honor guard for my triumphant arrival, which is several weeks out yet. That should be an interesting trip. I’ve moved dogs from coast to coast, but by sole experience with relocating a feline — a trip of just 75 miles, starring the late, lamented Chairman Meow — was a sonic experience I shan’t forget anytime soon.

  5. Sharon Says:

    Congrats Patrick on the new digs! Now you’ll be ready to take out another mortgage to buy new trash cans, shower curtains, furniture, appliances, a new iPhone 6 Plus and a couple of watches and pay for all of them on Apple Pay. It’s going to be a race to see who takes over the world first – Google, Apple or ISIS.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Sharon, we actually bought a few items from the previous owner, so the place ain’t entirely bare (though it’s pretty damn close). But yeah, we’re gonna have to pick up a few items. Herself already has lust in her heart for a new washer-dryer combo. And two bedrooms need beds. It’s a fine weight-loss program, house-buying, if you want to shed a few pounds from your wallet.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Here is an unsolicited recommendation on beds. We switched to a platform bed years ago with foam mattresses from Otis Mattress. We have been very pleased, and it is nice to take the mattress, only weighs 40 pounds, outside to sit in the sun for a few hours every now and then. The frame came from the Bedworks of Maine.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
    Did the Boo Man shit in his new yard this morning?

  7. Larry T. Says:

    Looks like I picked a good year to skip Interbike? In less than a week I’ll be in the Eternal City of Rome. Friend of LUG Mons owes me an autographed copy of his book so I’m hoping to meet up with him soon to collect..but the first thing out-of-the-gate will be a little trip to Cortona, city of Frances Mayes’ fame. The good part is the Tuscans may already be pressing their olive oil, so we can score a can of the golden juice right from the source! Mmmmm.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      You made the right choice, Lorenzo. The show looks a little sparse this year. I’ll be interested to see the numbers. A visit with Mons and a flagon of freshly pressed olive oil beats wandering around on concrete with a double lungful of second-hand smoke any old day.

  8. md anderson Says:

    My other half is attending a conference in Vegas as we speak (write?). Not Interbike, though I tried to get him to take time to pick me up some swag. It’s something more scientifiky and secrety and has plutonium in the name. Anyway, he informs me that a section of I-15 was washed out in recent the round of flash floods. Bound to through a monkey wrench in the works somewhere.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Off at the test site, eh, md? Or so we say when we are actually carousing at the Mustang Ranch….”Hi, honey. We are having some really vexing experimental problems here and will have to extend our travel for a few more days….”

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      MD, it sounded really messy for sure. They had quite a gully-washer here before I arrived. Shame they didn’t have one in the Luxor, flush all the smokers down the loo.

  9. LunaGroper Says:

    Congrats to you sir, herself and your golden horde of pets, niceties, blah blah….where’s the new jersey?! Don’t make me buy a beer jersey, please. Thanks and deference. LG

    • palindrom Says:

      New Jersey is between New York City and Philadelphia.

      Sorry. I’ll leave now.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        (rimshot) He’ll be here all week, folks. Don’t forget to tip your servers. …

        Luna, the jersey project got sidelined by the relocation effort. It still can be done, probably before Christmas, but I need to nail down some numbers. The Voler folks want to do it, so if I can find a bit of uncommitted time somewhere, we’ll get it done.

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