Out comes the bird

Looks like a god damn Tim Burton movie out there this morning.

Looks like a god damn Tim Burton movie out there this morning.

The secret word for today — and for the rest of the week, it seems — is “cold.”

The weather wizards say temps in the Land of Enchantment should be 15 to 20 degrees below normal for a while, which means those of us who review bicycles for our bacon and beans will need to bundle up, if only to protect our bones against the inevitable spills.

And no, I’m not talking about spilled beverages.

Also, moreover, furthermore, and too, it’s snowing again.

And now, the good news: Al Qaeda is making a comeback. I’m starting to wonder whether Stan Lee is scripting geopolitics for Disney. We’ll know for sure if Hydra suddenly pops up on Exile Island, led by the Red Skull.



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11 Responses to “Out comes the bird”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Reporting in from the Black Forest north of Bibleburg: Highest high this week will be 27; lows in the 2-8 range.

    Looks like several highly enjoyable and character-building efforts on the indoor trainer will be called for…..and maybe some PO’G posole, etc.

    Bundle up well and stay safe, PO’G…….we need ya for humor, wit, sarcasm, cynicism, enlightened pragmatism, curmudgeonship, great recipes, and good journalism.

    Happy 2016 to all!!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeech, JD. My buddy Hal is reporting similar weather up Weirdcliffe way. Makes me feel better about semi-sunny and 30-something.

      I squeezed in an hour on the Salsa Marrakesh today and only needed three long-sleeved jerseys and a jacket, plus the usual bibs, tights, winter gloves, cap, wool socks, wet-weather shoes, fenders, etc., et al., and so on and so forth.

      Couple interesting moments on semi-solid snow in shady patches, those brief oh-shit realizations on an unfamiliar bike that make life worth living while entertaining passers-by.

      I need to root through the files for some recipes I haven’t used in a while. This last soup I made was OK, but I’ve been eating on it for days rather than go grocery-shopping and I’m kind of over it.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Cold down here too, and if I wasn’t on the injured list, I would be really depressed. Snowed here as well today, and we hit a high of 45 so far. But the back is getting better and it will be 60 on Wednesday, so quien sabe? Maybe, just maybe, a ride will happen that day.

    After 60 years of fucking things up over there, you think we would realize that nobody can pick a winner or ally in the good old ME. Ask those CIA fellers, and their contractors, if they backed the right horse over in Benghazi. Whack one mole and another one pops up. Usually in the Sunni flavor of the day. One thing they all agree on is killing some infidels when they have the audacity to come on their turf. Well, maybe turf is not the right word.

    I have learned one thing this week. A twisted back muscle, bad weather, boredom, and an internet connection can lead to rampant consumerism. Went down and ordered, from the factory no less and just exactly how we want it, a new Tacoma pickup. Make them in Baja now they do. I guess no new bikes for awhile.

    Happy new year to all you hosers, heh.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, you’d think Rudyard Kipling had never lived.

      Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Aryan brown,
      For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
      And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
      And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”

      New Tacoma, hey? And just how you want it? Congrats! I miss having a truck, and have never owned a van, and blimey if I’m not thinking about one or the other.

      Notice I said “thinking about.” Every time Herself catches me surfing autotrader.com, she raps my knuckles with a revolver butt and reminds me what happened to Marlon Brando in “The Missouri Breaks.”

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        That’s what you get for giving Herself the combo to the gun safe. I did the same. Like you say, “will we ever learn?”

        I had forgotten Mr. Kipling’s advice. Seems I am not the only one.

        The Sienna is a great vehicle, but the interior is not the best for hauling furniture or toting looms back and forth to the Brown Canyon ranch, via dirt road, for Sandy’s weaving demos for the school kids participating in the Western Heritage Program (over 600 kids in 8 sessions.) Plush carpet, velour seats, and low ground clearance aren’t the best for back road travel. If it had an interior like the Element did, maybe it would have been in the garage longer. Please forgive the plug below.


  3. Larry T. Says:

    No cold here, except for the one in my head. Meeting up with David R. for some lunch today. Sadly, no bikes involved. We’ll suffer over a beer or three while gazing at the sea and shooting the breeze. Happy New Year!

  4. Hurben Says:

    Happy now year to all, down here at the end of the earth we get New year first but I’ll leave some for you.

    Showers forecast for the first day of 2016 but I’m looking forward to my first ride of the year.

    Did I mention that the traditional Christmas ‘Sandal Tan’ on my feet is looking sharp?

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