Reveille, but in Italian

"Right, off you go."

“Right, off you go.”

Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment), rousted me out of a warm bed at dark-thirty this morning, thinking I needed to be earning my keep by following Milan-San Remo.

I explained that I no longer work for a racing magazine, but he simply yawned and replied: “It was time you got up anyway. Wake me when lunch is ready.”

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9 Responses to “Reveille, but in Italian”

  1. Larry Says:

    A beautiful day here in Sicily. Sleep in a bit, enjoy leisurely breakfast, then hop on the bikes for a couple of hours. Stop just outside the town and pick up sliced, fire-roasted pork for panini and a nice, thick “fiorentina” steak for Sunday. Get home in time to shower, pick up some beer and enjoy the panini before tuning in MSR around 2 PM. As they say here, “la vita e bella.”

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Lots of asphalt-surfing in the finale, hey? Sagan and Mr. Fab had to do some fancy dancing to keep the rubber side down.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Yes, not a stellar version of MSR unless you’re French. When they wait until the end to do much of anything and then start crashing and having mechanical issues, it’s kind of a dud. But all the top guys seem to be in great form so we can hope for better races at Flanders and Roubaix.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Just back from a Brown Canyon ranch run on the mountain bikes. Fresh salmon filets from the farmer’s market, along with mashed rutabagas, sometimes known as swedes in Europe, with spinach salad. If I may ask Larry, what kind and brand of beer? We like the Birra Meretti La Rossa.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Beer? Cheap and cold. Heather likes the red ones while Nastro Azzurro is just fine for me to wash down a porchetta panino or a pizza. I save my more sophisticated taste buds for wine so craft beers, which are pretty popular here are mostly wasted on me. Heather’s grandmother was a Peroni while her sister was a Moretti (two different fathers) so I nicknamed them the “sorelle di birra” (beer sisters) which was only mildly amusing to them.
      RIP Nonna Lea & Zia Lucia and Buona Domenica to all!
      Find more on Italian beer here

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, are you telling me you didn’t motor north to catch Ronald McDonald Trump in action in Fountain Hills? Looks like I picked the right time to visit the place, as in long before the orange clown came to town.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        No, damn it. I missed it. And to think I could have seen Sheriff Joe as well, and maybe even Jan Brewer. Sheriff Joe lives in Fountain Hills. That sheriff gig must pay pretty good. There was a protest group blocking the road to the venue, so I guess I will have to check the “news.”

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Don’t worry. The Arizona Daily Star says there are still plenty of seats for the Tucson stop of the Not-So-Great Pumpkin’s Arizona tour.

      • psobrien Says:

        I just watched “The Big Short.” BOHICA in 2016.

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