Step right up

You too can be the proud owner of the quality goes in before the name goes on.

You too can be the proud owner of the quality goes in before the name goes on.

DUKE CITY, New Mexico (MDM) — Well, we’ve done it. The ancestral manse in Bibleburg, legendary seat of the fabled O’Grady family, is on the market.

Everything checked out during this last visit: furnace, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, the works. I needed a functional furnace, too, as Thursday set another wet-weather record and the temps never got out of the 40s. The uniform of the day was strictly blue collar, jeans and long-sleeved denim shirt.

Diamonds on my windshield and rainbows in the rear view.

Diamonds on my windshield and rainbows in the rear view.

Having checked the forecast before leaving Duke City, I didn’t bother to bring a bike, and even did without running, deciding that splashing through chilly puddles is best kept shelved as a fading memory of my cyclo-cross career.

Instead I rearranged the living-room furniture; cleaned house and did laundry; tried and failed to get a spare key made for the front door (an old Wards key for a Corbin latch is surprisingly difficult to duplicate); and met with our real-estate agent and his son, who serves as his photographer.

I should’ve cleaned out the garage, too, but I didn’t have a flamethrower concealed somewhere about my person. Instead I settled for hanging a new shop light and loading all the skis and snowshoes into the Subaru. Then I got the hell out of Dodge.

Naturally, since I was driving instead of cycling or jogging, the weather was excellent, if a bit windy. There was a little rain outside Santa Fe, but nothing serious, just enough to generate a quality rainbow.

And now I’m back in El Rancho Pendejo, waiting on word of a buyer. All it takes is American money. Step right up. Step right up. Everyone’s a winner, bargains galore. … You can live in it, laugh in it, love in it.



20 Responses to “Step right up”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Just got back from a ride.
    Welcome home, I guess, kinda sorta, or most likely, probably for a while, or maybe forever if things go as I think they might, unless………..

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Pat. I need to take five from road trips for a spell. So does the Subie. I sense a great disturbance in the Forester — for sure an oil change, almost certainly a wheel bearing, and perhaps a clutch.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Good luck on the Subie repairs. Hope they don’t require hocking a bike or two.
        We have been looking for the right house in the 55+ gated subdivision across the road from us. After a few months of indecision and stress of a move and sale, we have decided to stay put until next spring or maybe until the neighborhood decides whether to go to the dark side or not. We could pay off our present mortgage, but we’re thinking cash is a good thing to have at this point in time. Point is that certainty, even short term, is comforting sometimes. Plus, who wants to live around a bunch of old people?

  2. Libby Says:

    That tree has to add to the marketability of an attractive, neat, well-maintained home. Now if it could just hold on to those leaves and beauty through a few open houses……
    Good luck with the venture.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The Duke City maple.

      It’s a beauty, isn’t it? I love that tree. I guess it must be a contemporary of the house, which dates to 1939.

      We have a maple in the back yard at El Rancho Pendejo (pictured above), but it’s not nearly as impressive, being several decades younger.

  3. Ryan Says:

    Not bringing the bike almost guarantees good riding weather. Good luck with selling the house both of my older brothers have recently sold theirs after not much time on the market (Portland and Seattle respectively) so the market seems strong out west.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The market does seem good, Ryan. Our real-estate guy says there’s not much inventory in our price range/size, and that Denver-area agents have been sniffing around Bibleburg for a while now as the frenzy for property inches over the Palmer Divide.

      It’d be nice to hand the place off to a nice young couple, or some older folks looking for a quiet neighborhood full of friendly people. The place really deserves to have someone living in it full time.

  4. Larry T. Says:

    You sellin’ the joint complete with furnishings? If so, let me know how that works for you as when it’s time to sell our shack I’d like to do the same thing. My idea is living in the place right up until we take our clothes, etc. out and jump on a plane to Italy. This means the buyer gets it all, pots, pans, dishes, wine glasses, espresso machine, linens..a turnkey move-in, just bring your clothes and groceries. Otherwise we’ll have to have the mother-of-all garage sales and bunk in some Homeboy Suite type joint until it’s all gone. Sure, the sale of the stuff might pay for Homeboy Suites, but selling it all intact is a lot less work.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That’s what we did when we left Weirdcliffe for Bibleburg: Sold the place as-is, complete with all furnishings, proud-ofs, gewgaws and accoutrements, right down to the stereo and TV. It was to be the buyers’ third or fourth place, and they just wanted to be able to pop in and be comfy a couple times a year without having to order up a bunch of stuff from Rich Folks ‘R’ Us.

      This time around we’re only offering the appliances, as most of what’s in Chez Dog now is basic thrift-store stuff, along with a couple bits we thought looked good there and should probably stay for a while, like an oak rocker and Mission-style chair, both of which will join us down here once the deal goes down.

      The rest goes back to the thrift store. I have a soft spot for those places. Like freelance rumormongers, they keep selling the same old stuff, over and over again.

  5. JD Dallager Says:

    PO’G: Skis and snowshoes??!! How often have you and Herself used those in the past 5 years? (That said, Sandia is a great place for both I would assume over the winter season.)

    My bride of almost 46 years and I have both in our garage…..but have passed on downhill skiing (which we loved; as in past tense) for several years now. Something about a risk/reward ratio.

    Instead, I’ve transitioned from 15 years of road cycling (where, by and large, I believe someone else is trying to kill you nowadays) to MTB’ing (where for the past 3 years I’m just trying to kill myself). I think it’s all about “accepting personal accountability”. 🙂

    Hope your place in Bibleburg moves quickly and at your anticipated remuneration!!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      JD, we haven’t used the snowshoes since we lived in Weirdcliffe (and often had to). The skis, however, we used whenever there was enough snow in the Patty Jewett Polo & Yacht Club to ski the streets, or Bon Park, up by the Safeway of the Living Dead. They’re of the cross-country variety; I never learned how to downhill.

      Come to think of it, I never learned how to cross-country, either.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Good luck with the sale, O’G. Will that let you pay off the mortgage in Albuquerque?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, K. Naw, even given the best-case scenario we’d still owe the bank for El Rancho Pendejo. We’d just owe them a little bit less, is all. Which, frankly, would be nice, as would losing one mortgage payment.

      The thing to do would be to truck Chez Dog down here — just the top half, mind you — strip off the vinyl siding, restore the stucco, flatten the roof, and make a nice Southwestern-style mother-in-law house of it.

      Can you tell I ate a lot of psychedelics in my formative years?

      Which reminds me, you mentioned that your City Different rental was giving you a wedgie. May a fellow sufferer ask why?

  7. Libby Says:

    Watching The Wisconsin Book Festival live on Cspan. Matthew Diffee, cartoonist, is getting lots of laughs for his book, “Hand Drawn Cartoons for Smart Attractive People.” How does he do it? He “adds,” “subtracts,” “switches” and “inverts” and “mashesup”. He’s slaying the audience with his pigeon poop/Jackson Pollack cartoon. Don’t laugh you’ll encourage the wrong behavior.

  8. John O Says:

    With you out of our fine Christian City we can now start purging the rest of the infidels.

  9. John O Says:

    With your departure from our fine Christian City we can now banish the rest of the infidels.

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