Sermon on the mountebanks

The foothills by the Piedra Lisa parking lot.

The foothills by the Piedra Lisa parking lot.

Swear to God: I’d turn Roman Catholic in a hot Noo Yawk minute if Pope Frankie could get Dorothy Day to roust this capitalist cold the hell out of my atheist carcass.

The bug has been having a high old time with me, plugging my nose-holes with colorful sludge, like a box of Crayolas left in the sun. Too, there is a cough that must have the neighbors wondering if a pride of lions has begun hunting deer in the ‘hood. Sleep is measured in minutes rather than hours, and snark, bark and spark all are at perilously low levels.

Come midmorning, after watching the pope squander his Jesuitical subtlety on our elected representatives, I dragged what remains of Your Humble Narrator out for a Frankensteinian walk along the trails I should be running or riding, this being the second day of fall, and a beauty, too. Just check out the blue in that sky. It’s one of the few colors that hasn’t come out of my nose.


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9 Responses to “Sermon on the mountebanks”

  1. khal spencer Says:


    I’m down in las cruces at a conference and the lunch banquet had me scurrying back to the hotel with a bad case of Montezuma’s Revenge.


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  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Wow, I thought you might have been down with that crap. But, I was hoping you were just out riding. Get well soon. Take two Guiness Extra Stouts and call me in the morning.
    I didn’t watch the Pope speaking to Congress. Rep. Gosar didn’t attend, so I thought the Pope was just blowing out liberal bullshit about climate change. You know, wanting all us Americans to be socialists. After all, I live in AZ, and you can trust our politicians.

    • khal spencer Says:

      One of the talks today at the New Mexico Civil Engineering and Planning conference was by a civil engineering professor at New Mexico State Univ/Las Cruces, and he titled it “Drought, Climate Change, and Litigation: Dr. Doom’s Update On Water in the Lower Rio Grande”. It was not particularly pretty.

      Its easy to be a scientist and worry about how well we can quantify what we think we know. It must be a real ball breaker to be a planner and politician and wonder what exactly to do with what we know, what we don’t know, what we don’t know we don’t know (to paraphrase Don Rumsfeld) and the uncertainties involved. We just act as Cassandras. Other people have to make decisions. Or not make them.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I think Gosar is just worried about his next election. His district makes Bibleburg look like a socialist commune. He is just pandering to his base base.
    I watched a Smithsonian channel program yesterday about mass extinction. It certainly put another brick on the side of the scale for human caused climate change and its similarity to a previous mass extinction.
    I would have asked the pope, if given the chance, how many people he thinks the our fragile Earth can support. He might want to think about the contraception/birth control issue again.
    David Suzuki summed it up years ago. “Too many people, with too much technology, using up too much of nature, too fast.”
    What I really don’t understand is that much of what we need to do to mitigate climate change would result in cleaner air and cheaper energy. What’s not to like?

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Patrick, did you call Boehner last night?

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Patrick, ya dead man?

  6. Larry T. Says:

    Sorry to hear that bug’s making your life miserable. So far, the zinc lozenges have staved off the thing for me, though I must admit I still feel like it could get me at any time. Came back from the World’s (where I met Downhill Bill) determined to get back on the bike after 6+ weeks recovering from this shingles menace. Rode about 40 kms today and didn’t die…so there’s that. Get well soon PO’G!

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