55? Do I hear 60? 65?

The road goes ever on and on, etc., et al., and so on and so forth.

The road goes ever on and on, etc., et al., and so on and so forth.

I’d like to run away from home. But which home?

There’s the one in Bibleburg, which is under contract. The prospective buyers would like a couple electrical and plumbing issues corrected before the deal goes down, and while they seem to be minor items at casual glance, our plumber has a second home in Hawaii.

Then there’s the one in the Duke City, which has a slight in-law infestation that can’t be eradicated by the usual pest-control outfits. People would talk, especially the ones being eradicated. (Editor’s note to in-laws: I keed, I keed.)

Soup of the evening, beautiful soup.

Soup of the evening, beautiful soup.

Alas, furthermore, moreover, and too, deadlines loom, with words, cartoons and video all very much in demand and yet proving elusive for some reason(s).

Add a soupçon of inhospitable weather — my God, I’ve actually taken to wearing pants, and indoors, too! — and it’s no wonder a paranoid misanthrope might get the feeling that some stealth contractor is adjusting the walls inward during the night, while Realtors®, repairpersons and relatives harry me through my dreams like the coyotes Herself and I heard singing last night as we walked The Boo.

The only possible solution is — yes, you guessed it — a great big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup. It cures everything. I even got a cartoon done while it was cooking.

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20 Responses to “55? Do I hear 60? 65?”

  1. Russ Says:

    O’G, I am trying to do my part to ease your pain. Voler actually accepted my order for the yellow Old Farts jersey today. Now I have both jerseys and you can afford a bowl of soup down at the rescue mission.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Nice road picture. Where did you shoot that?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, K. That’s just down the road a ways, on 333 east of Tramway. I needed a “the road goes ever on” shot for a video I’m working on, and that seemed like a pretty good view.

  3. psobrien Says:

    What’s next after Herself the Senior reads this post? Old van down by the river? I have jeans on as I type this. Boo and hiss on cold and windy.

  4. Debby, north of Crestone Says:

    Congratulations on the pending house sale, P’OG! That was fast!

    That pot of chicken soup looks wonderful. I’m having some veggie soup tonight that I made a couple of nights ago.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Debby, fingers crossed. We have the fix-’em-up to deal with, and then the appraisal. But so far, so good.

      It’s definitely soup weather. I made a pozole verde the other night, and now this chicken deal. I bet I’m into the green chile stew before much longer.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Does the garage go with Chez Dog? Or did you keep it for the House Back East?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        It’s a weirdo, Pat. The two houses share a driveway and two-car garage. Not uncommon in the ‘hood. The folklore is that these two houses plus the one on the corner once belonged to a single Irish family. Must’ve been Prots. No mackerel-snapper ever owned three houses. Unless his last name was Kennedy.

  5. Larry T. Says:

    Ahh, the joys of homeownership. Not. Nice enough day here to drag out the ancient MTB’s (aluminum hardtails with 26″ wheels- circa late ’90’s) for a spin in the local state park. Gotta watch out for those “leaf demons” piling up on the trail right where that endo-producing hole is, but otherwise it was nice to be outside on two-wheels. The wife’s got two soups going – a “panicia” (barley and ham) from the Dolomites region for tomorrow’s first-course and a lamb and lentil for later. Life is good!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Both of those soups sound good, Lorenzo, especially the ham-and-barley one.

      And yeah, I’m hoping we’re down a house here in the next 30 days. I just got over it all of a sudden, this being a real-estate tycoon. My folks got into rentals after the old man retired from the Air Force, and had I been paying closer attention (those gosh-darn drugs again) I’d have given the business a wide berth.

  6. md anderson Says:

    Soup is always good for what ails ya’. I my case it was an appendix which decided to get cranky and act up on Monday. Deciding that over cautious was better than peritoneal lavage, my wonderful husband drove me up to the Bombtown ER (4th time I’ve been there, should I be worried?). Three hours and one CT scan later I was being admitted and scheduled for surgery the next day. A fairly cozy bed and all the morphine you want sure is a nice way to spend the night. Surgery, not so much. At least it was laparascopic so instead of feeling like my belly was sliced open I merely feel like I’ve been stabbed three times. Was released 4 hours after surgery and arrived back in my own bed an amazing 24 hours after leaving. The wonders of modern medicine.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Wow. Heal quick md! And, you’re right, it is a wonder.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Wow. You and Trevor Noah, hey? You’re in good company. Heal quickly, we’re headed into the ever-popular winter cycling season.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        “Winter cycling season.” I abhor those three words. Will hit Brown Canyon today, and attempt a road ride tomorrow before the forecasted 23-28 mph winds gusting to 41 happen. The high Wednesday is supposed to be 59 with a low that night of 29. I’m thinking of picnic and hike at the local state park with Duffy getting some of his coveted “dirt time.” Man, this little white dog loves getting dirty.

  7. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Pardon my straying from the subject, but Dick Pound in the news again. Look out Vino.

    • Russ Says:

      Call me warped but does anyone else chuckle when they hear the name Dick Pound? The name alone makes him sound like a porn star.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Meanwhile, UCI has just announced “Move along, nothing to see here” with regards to Astana’s recent doping-related issues. “Mr. Mars” and his henchman the “Mad Hatter” are probably glad they got out of the UCI when they did, though I think ol’ Heinie’s still an honorary IOC member…for now. They oughta be facing charges like the former bosses of FIFA and IAAF.

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