All dressed up (flak jacket optional)

We got our java on at Mangiamo Pronto in Santa Fe.

We got our java on at Mangiamo Pronto in Santa Fe.

Ah, January. My least favorite month of the year.

“Uncertainty” is the word that best describes the month named for Janus, god of beginnings and transitions. Wikipedia notes that the word has its roots in the Latin ianua (door), and come January it seems one is either slamming on my fingers or ajar and letting the cold air in.

Paychecks invariably arrive late, and I often get purged from the comp-sub list, so not only am I short of cash, I can’t even see what the editors have done to my work.

Do I still have work? The Magic 8-Ball I’m behind says “Outlook good,” but that thing was made in China, so for all I know this means management has traded me to Xinhua for an iPad Pro, a low-interest loan and some dim sum.

There are a few vacancies at Charlie Hebdo, of course. But I’ve forgotten all the French I learned during grade one in Ottawa, and I bet they make the new guy sit with his back to the door.

Happily, even an old, blind dog unearths a Milk-Bone now and then. As on Tuesday, when I got to ride my bike around Santa Fe and Madrid during a photo shoot for the Adventure Cycling Association, which will be unveiling its Bicycle Route 66 early this year.

It was the second round of a two-day shoot with Santa Fe photographer Michael Clark, and the models got java, lunch and American money for their troubles, which were few indeed.

Didn’t need my Saint Laurent flak jacket or nothin’. Just some Adventure Cycling kit, is all. La vie est belle, non?

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24 Responses to “All dressed up (flak jacket optional)”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Beauty, heh?

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Jeeze, Patrick, I never thought of you as a model. Any racy photos? Is there a category for calendar pin-ups, Fred of the Month?

    Are you still shooting down there tomorrow? I’m still in the bachelor pad up here, and could use some entertainment. Could always bring the Long Haul Trucker down and pretend I’m a tourist.

    I did have an evil thought yesterday, to wit, open up Charlie Hebdo franchises all across the country. Mandatory training with high capacity 9mm (or greater caliber) for all cartoonists. We can have it all: pen and sword.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I warned Michael that I didn’t have a good side, but he took the pix just the same. I hope I didn’t harm any lenses, or scar his retinas.

      Just the two days of shooting, alas. The Adventure Cycling gang was in a big hurry to get ‘er done, because they plan to debut the new route here directly.

      How many rounds can you stack in a 9mm Glock Rapidograph?

  3. Larry T. Says:

    Mangiamo Pronto? Is that some snarky comment about Slowfood? Happy New Year from atop the Janiculum Hill in Rome as it were. Pretty nice day here, including a walk back “home” from a visit here
    a gearhead’s dream. Ancient sculpture in a setting full of massive and interesting machines. Looking at some of the gigantic wrenches used to work on this stuff kinda made me laugh at my recent order of an Abbey Bike Works Team Issue Hammer to lighten my toolbox!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I only speak United States of America American, plus a dash of Spanglish, so I’ll have to rely on you for Italian, Lorenzo. I just had a cuppa Joe, so I can’t speak to the food, whether fast or slow. I think the place used to be a jewelry shop back when Herself and I were still Santa Feans. I have it on good authority that the boss-fella is not from The Boot, however.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    That photographer has an impressive portfolio!
    Riding the Saga again?
    Looking forward to seeing your mug in the magazine. Maybe I need to ride some of that route.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Good shooter, and a good guy, too, as was the other male model, Owen, who was riding a borrowed Surly LHT. Michael’s girlfriend joined us for day two, riding a bike with trailer attached. I’ve seen a few early images from the shoot — you’d be amazed how many he took in two days — and one with a rainbow in the background is particularly striking.

  5. khal spencer Says:

    The route from Santa Fe down to Madrid and back is quite nice, although it is on NM14. I’ve ridden it multiple times during the Santa Fe Century and also as a way to constructively kill time when my car was at the Subaru shop in South Santa Fe. One of these days….

    • md anderson Says:

      Its one of my favorite rides, on a weekday morning with one or two fellow riders. Best avoided on weekends during tourist season. The road has been widened in many spots so it really isn’t too bad of a ride. Let me know when you’re in SF and up for it. When the temp is somewhere in a reasonable range that it…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      South of Madrid NM 14 gets a bit less friendly. The road winds a bit more, and the shoulder becomes more of a lapel. Seems like someone added a few gated/golf communities when I wasn’t looking, too. Kind of reminds me of the Black Forest up Bibleburg way. That used to be a lot of fun to ride, too, before it got discovered.

      • khal spencer Says:

        When Meena’s car was in for a 30k service I rode south of Madrid and up over the pass through the Ortiz Mts to the flats north of Golden, then turned around and rode back. Gorgeous. It was a weekday and really quiet. When we are in Albuquerque, we often drive home that way too, taking I40 east out of town and heading north on 14 to Fanta Se. Much more pleasant than I25.

      • md anderson Says:

        Last summer I rode from SF to Albuquerque on Hwy 14 (Turquoise Trail) all the way to Tijeras. Had a great time and no traffic problems until we hit the Duke City. For a real quad burner an alternative is to hang a right at the “triangle” in Sandia Park and ride up to the Crest, and back or get a willing spouse to pick you up.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Ever ride up to the Crest the back way, from Bernalillo, MD? The old Watermelon Mountain Classic used to follow part of that route, which included about seven miles of unimproved dirt Forest Circus switchbacks. Then we’d hang a left and instead of climbing to the Crest race down through Cedar Crest to Duke City,

      • md anderson Says:

        Nope. Living almost two hours north makes trips down there just for riding few and far between. I have known folks who ride up the pavement on the east side then down the dirt side on the west, after letting just a bit of air out of their tires.

        I had a great multimodal trip in mind a while ago. Ride bike from SF to the Crest, take the tram down, ride to the train station at Alameda then take the train back to SF. Unfortunately the last time I checked they weren’t allowing bikes on the tram. What a missed opportunity

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        That would be something. I wonder if they’d accept a folding bike?

  6. khal spencer Says:

    I rode the MC up to the crest last summer on a frivolous trip from Bombtown to the Crest and back. Found out on that trip that my MC is missing the heat shield between the engine and gas tank. Man, was that a disaster of a trip. Vapor lock.

    • khal spencer Says:

      p.s. Not sure anyone is following this.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Isn’t that an awful story? I’ve been following it in the Baltimore paper, and read the NYT thing yesterday. It’s one to keep an eye on, with a new Baltimore State’s Attorney and the Episcopal Church involved, along with what seems to be a well-organized and aggressive cycling advocacy group.

      • Larry T. Says:

        People fooling around with so-called “smart” phones and the like are a real menace, whether they’re driving a car (drunk or not) or even walking! Can’t count the number of times some dolt has staggered into my path here in Rome on the bike, totally oblivious to any sort of traffic while staring at the screen on one of these damn things! I’m amazed that more aren’t injured or killed. And I’d bet the number 1 response to the messages they’re getting or sending is still “Nothin’. Whut R U doin’?” or similar.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        The science is clear. The tests have been done ad infinitum. Driving while talking on a cell phone is the same as DUI. Driving while texting is the same as extreme DUI. But, at the risk of repeating myself, money talks and bullshit walks. And the car makers will sell you the means to kill yourself and others.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Word, Pat.

      • mountainhigh10200 Says:

        Let’s be careful out there.

  7. Name?Wedon'tneednostinkingName.. Says:

    Ahh you cartoon spewing wimp….. At least you have sun in January in your current location. You may pity me in my complaint filled mood regarding winter in the dank and gloomy rural Oregon Gorge country………Life would be grand basking in the southwest sun at this time of year…..


    My Chin sends a “Woof” of greetings to your fine Chin……

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