Hey, bud

Why, hello there. ...

Why, hello there. …

The sprinkler system developed multiple personality disorder this morning, and while I was puzzling out the operation of the controller with the help of an iPad Mini and much bad language I noticed that spring, like fascism, seems to be creeping up on us.

More spring, please. And less fascism.


18 Responses to “Hey, bud”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Spring and fascism? Why….

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    A few of the mesquites here are leafing out. Arizona old timers say that means it is safe to plant the tomatoes. Nice picture! Is that a fruit tree?
    We just got back from volunteering, helping kids make adobe bricks, at Fairbank Days. We work with the National Forest and BLM archeologists on a variety of projects in different places. There were 2 touring bikes, loaded, parked by the porta pots, and I went looking for the riders to say hello, but I couldn’t find them. Damn. Bet they were going to Tombstone and saw the signs for Fairbank Days on the highway.
    “Violence, no matter how well intentioned, rebounds on oneself.” With that said, I would take my old ass in the ring with Drumpf and try to beat him like a drum. What an asshole playing people for suckers. You know it’s bad when one silver spoon oligarch call the other one bad names. Go Bernie.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, I believe that’s a Bradford pear. Pretty flowers, eh?

      Good on ya for helping the kids make bricks. We could all do with brickmaking skills; with the globe warming and potable water dwindling we all may be living in mud huts before much longer, hunting each other for sport and meat.

      Il Douche does like to have it both ways: Free speech for me, but not for thee, says Mooselini. I recall when “inciting a riot” used to be considered pushing the envelope a wee bit too far.

  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Sprinkler system? I-crap mini controller? Aren’t you a retro-grouch who lives in a desert? WTF?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, it’s slightly ridiculous to have greenery here in the upper reaches of the Chihuahuan Desert. (¡Ay, Chihuahua!). But it came with the house, and Herself wanted this house, so there you have it.

      Earlier she had wanted a house with a pool, so as a retired lifeguard I consider that I got off easy.

      All told it’s probably less grass than we had in Bibleburg, but it’s still a pain in the ass. Some of it is native grass, and some of it isn’t. And the sprinkler system is controlled by a thousand-year-old Rain Bird ESP-6 for which we have no owner’s manual, so I had to look it up online, hence the iPad Mini in one hand while I reprogrammed the cantankerous sonofabitch with the other.

      I’d like to gradually chip away at the lawn with xeriscaping, but that takes time and money, both of which have been in short supply since we moved here a year and a half ago. At the moment it’s cheaper to keep things the way they are.

      Frankly, I’d rather be riding my bike.

      • JD Dallager Says:

        Greenery? I trust there’s room for a few green chili plants?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Herself grew a few jalapeños last year and they turned out great. Likewise the cherry tomatoes. We need to think about making the best use of what sun we get — there are some tall evergreens in the ‘hood that chop off the afternoon sun. May have to consider a rooftop garden.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        A couple of stocks tanks placed to get at least 4 hours of sun a day will give you lots of tomatoes that do taste homegrown. Yea, like you remember. We are going to look at 2 house this morning. Bless me father, for I may sin.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Pat, you contemplating a move? And thanks for the reminder about the stock tanks. I need to run a timer on the backyard sun, see what we got going on.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        What, you can’t just turn on the water when you want a sprinkle? That’s not simpler than fooling around with a “Rain Bird ESP-6” ….whatever that is? Do you flush your own toilet there or is it controlled by a “Crap Eater POOP-9” that you lost the instructions to? Just kidding, but sometimes I’m reminded of the old NASA space pen story 🙂

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        We are considering a move across the road into a, wait for it, age restricted gated community. In other words, the waiting to die subdivision. Every time we saw an ambulance going down the road behind us and turning right at the light, we yelled, Quick, check Zillow, another listing probably just showed up in Winterhaven. Seriously, nice place with an efficient HOA and relatively low fees. We know lots of people there, and the homes are really nice. Made an offer on a 1315 sq. ft. mansion on an enormous 0.11 acre lot. Yea, the decimal is in the right place. We shall see if they take it. Then move, sell the house we have now, then relax for the next 10 or 15 years. You know, following your lead.

      • psobrien Says:

        Hey Larry, I have the POOP-7 model. Guess I need to upgrade. I want the one that makes sure the boys are dry before you stand up to pull up your drawers.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Larry, we use the laser-equipped TurdTargeter 2000® from General Dungnamics. Blows those little brown boats right out of the water.

        Pat, sounds like a nice neighborhood, and the house is the right size. Good luck with the deal-making.

        I gotta admit, though, I like having this young couple next door. They have a cute little 2-year-old squirt who’s always wearing this wall-to-wall grin. She likes to come over to visit Mister Boo. The other day she jolted me right out of a nap by pounding on my office window while mom was on the phone.

        Hm. Maybe age-restricted isn’t such a bad idea. …

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Our old neighborhood is starting to decline. The rental next door is particularly bothersome complete with the junk car parked in front on the street. The new neighborhood is stable and homes there in demand in a large range of prices from under $150K, like ours, to over $400K if you want the biggie on the golf course. And the ride to the trailhead is only a 1/2 mile more. It’s a 55 plus age restriction including rentals; not quite sure how I feel about that yet. Noise from the highway behind our current house is also a problem. Between 500 watt subwoofers and Harleys with straight pipes our back patio has become almost useless.

      • Larry T. Says:

        PO’B – as long as the place has a spot to store and work on your bikes, why-the-hell-not? My in-laws are in one of these and they have the best kitchen setup they’ve EVER had…and these folks have lived in some multi-million $ digs over the years. Our places in Italy are always very “charmingly compact” but we get used to ’em amazingly quickly.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        We agree Larry. And this house has an extended length 2 car garage. We only have one vehicle, so plenty of room to hang all 6 bikes and have a work area with repair stand. Hell, I might even put the beer fridge and a couple of chairs in there and have a small cyclist’s cave for like minded folks to hang out in.

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