Meanwhile, back at the ranch …

The previous owner of Rancho Pendejo called this time of day right around sunset "the golden hour" for its effect on the Sandias.

The previous owner of Rancho Pendejo called this time of day right around sunset “the golden hour” for its effect on the Sandias.

December? Sez who? The calendar? Well, all righty then.

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are in the rear-view mirror — and also in the toilet, holiday-sales-wise — and Cyber Monday is upon us, with Solstice dead ahead.

Herself the Elder has been shipped safely back to Tennessee, Herself the Younger is back at work at the Sandia National Libraratory, and I am overseeing various maintenance operations at The House Back East® from Rancho Pendejo.  (Handy Household Hint: Never own more than one house at a time, and make sure it has wheels, an engine and a parking spot down by the creek. And yes, this is strictly a First World problem.)

I won’t torture those of you in wintry climes with reports of our weather (52 and sunny) or my plans for the morning once I hear an electrician’s report (hourlong run through the desert). Neither should you expect me to threaten anyone on Facebook, not even the Supreme Court, which lord knows has it coming.

Finally, Little Chris Horner seems to have stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum in the form of a gig with the Continental team Airgas-Safeway. No word on whether they’ll have the 2013 Vuelta a España champ bagging at the register, working a wet cleanup in aisle nine, or delivering propane to my new home down by the creek.

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22 Responses to “Meanwhile, back at the ranch …”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    One house is more than enough for us thanks! We’re lucky to have friends watching over our shack in Iowa for little more than boxes of goodies shipped over from Italy. Meanwhile I learned a bit about work in a real kitchen on Saturday

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      That was a nice post. The cycling cap worn backwards was a nice touch Larry! This gives “Kitchen Police” duty a whole new meaning, and I would have volunteered to help as well.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Nice post indeed, Lorenzo. Being in the kitchen looks a lot more fun than being on the phone with tenants and plumbers. The only thing steaming around here lately is me. And the credit card, of course.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        I left out the part about the cleaning up, THAT was when the real work began! Saturday afternoon post-lunch the entire kitchen is scrubbed down with hot, soapy water, then the suds wiped away followed by polishing the whole works with vinegar. So when you volunteer to help in the kitchen, you finish up with a serious bout of slave-labor type work, made tolerable only because all the angels pitch in and the atmosphere is fun and friendly. I certainly didn’t need additional exercise that day!

  2. Steve O Says:

    Hate being cynical with all the winter fun ahead, but a buddy calls Horner “the only guy who hasn’t been caught yet.” Given the sport’s track record, I can’t fault him for me logical perspective.

    An hour long run, eh? Looking forward to those again, post-op and post-PT.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Op’? An old grunt like you is gonna let some stranger approach him with an unsheathed blade? I don’t even like shaving, though that may have more to do with having to look at my face than with any concern about blood loss.

      I basically abandoned running a couple years back due to knee issues, but thought I’d give it a go again once we moved to Rancho Pendejo, since the trail is a brisk four-minute walk away.

      I started easy, jogging the uphills and walking the flats and descents. Then I started jogging the flats, too, and then finally added the descents.

      The trails here are quite soft — either heavy sand or light gravel, take your pick — and I’ve been running in an old pair of Vasque cross trainers that don’t have a lot of heel-to-toe drop. So far, so good. But I don’t know whether to credit the rest, the trails or the shoes.

      Today I actually felt like I’d gotten my running mojo back after doing this three days a week. It was kind of nice, like bumping into an old friend.

      • Steve O Says:

        // Op’? An old grunt like you is gonna let some stranger approach him with an unsheathed blade? //

        Only now that I’m using non-Army docs! They’re great for patching up sucking chest wound’s, not so good for the routine stuff.

  3. Weaksides Says:

    Sunny and mid 60s here in cackalacka today. Colder and rainy tomorrow, but back to sunny and 60ish on Wednesday when I will make a run at my twelfth and last century for 2014. Wish me luck!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Twelve centuries? Good God, man. That’s it, I’m selling all the damn’ bikes and taking up golf. You’ve done rode up all the miles. Well done.

      • Weaksides Says:

        No worries mate. This is likely the last one for a long time. The 3 of us are over centuries at this point. All that being said, anyone here could hang with the pace. You just have to be able/willing to set aside the time for it. Make it funnerer and you’re more likely to do it!

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Sixty six and sunny here. Rode with “Big Motor” Reggie this morning for 38 miles. I survived.

    You can insult me on Facebook. Wait, you don’t go there, and neither do I.

    Chris Horner got hired? Good for old guys.

    I didn’t buy anything in November thanks to the dentist, eye doctor, and vet. Gifts are rarely a problem thaks to a very creative partner. Need a beer coozy?

    How’s the Boo Master getting on? Is the Cone of Shame history?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No purchases here lately either, other than some of those items you mentioned plus groceries and plumbers.

      The Boo is still wearing the cone, ’cause the little dickens likes to groom his face (Japanese Chins have a lot of catlike qualities that can be either endearing or a massive pain in the ass, depending). But we take it off him whenever the both of us are around and at least one of us has an eye on him.

      He’s down to four meds and has another vet appointment on Wednesday, after which we hope to lose another med or two, which should put some daylight in my schedule. Right now he needs treatments at 6 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and bedtime. This means no centuries for me, even if I had the legs.

  5. Debby, south of Longtucky Says:

    ABQ temps looked pretty attractive this week! The Front Range went into the deep freeze. Fortunately I wasn’t there. The SLV was really nice. I’m back in the Peoples’ Republic now but it’s warming up again. Supposed to hit 60 tomorrow.

    I hope you have better luck than I did with being a remote landlord, P’OG. I had deadbeat tenants plus a property management company robbing me blind. Not much I could do about it, living 1200 miles away. The day I sold that house was one of the happiest days of my life!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Debby, it’s been pretty nice, for sure. Ran in T-shirt and shorts today, though the bike rides are mostly long sleeves and knickers. Still, nothing to complain about.

      As regards the landlord thing, now, I’m not sure I’m cut out for it. The Airbnb thing was OK as long as we were right next door to keep tabs on things, but this long-distance deal is something of a hassle.

      It does help that our tenant is an old friend who actually used to own the house, and thus is familiar with its creaks and moans. And she has a son in town who’s helping out with things. But still, when the phone rings there is a strong temptation to let the toilet answer it and go out for a long ride.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Any more news on the nutcase who was shooting up the badge office at Sandia? WTF???

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