Mooned again

Morning, moon.

Morning, moon.

I knew yesterday would be a lovely day when I stepped outside with The Boo and saw the moon fraternizing with the foliage.

“Oh my,” said I, or something very much unlike that.

Near the top of the La Cueva picnic area.

Near the top of the La Cueva picnic area.

I had planned a longish road ride but burned a little too much cool daylight early on, walking The Boo while it was not yet scorching, watering plants, and viewing with alarm (the Limeys appear to be having Bregrets over Brexit). Those folks need a king, or at the very least a leader who hasn’t got shit all over him.

So do we, come to think of it.

Anyway, instead of logging four hours of saddle suffering, I spent about half that time climbing hills in the ‘hood, and that was just fine.

There’s not a lot of velo-traffic on a Monday, so I’m spared the stony “What are you doing on my road?” looks from the shaven-legged set. The four-wheeled traffic is up, but that’s fairly easy to dodge if you know the roads and there aren’t any three-time losers behind the wheel with a nearly empty 30-pack of Busch for company.

“She’s just really having a hard time in jail,” says her lawyer. Hey, counselor, that’s why they call it “jail” instead of “happy hour.”

Today is looking less bicycle-friendly, alas. I’m wrapping my print and video reviews of the Velo-Orange Piolet and sending the bike back to its owner; collecting a Rivendell Sam Hillborne, the next bike up for evaluation; thinking about my next column and cartoon for BRAIN (thank the suffering Christ that we go back to monthly publication after two more issues); and hitting the grocery.

I need some brain food (no, not BRAIN food, brain food). Looks like Counselor Pelkey and I will be calling the Tour de France over at Live Update Guy, if we can find some ether to spray in the carb and a couple rattle-cans of yellow Rustoleum.

 

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23 Responses to “Mooned again”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Clowns like Trump and Billary already think they are kings and queens. Do we need more oligarchy?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      What we need is an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We could take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week. But all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special biweekly meeting, by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two-thirds majority in the case of. …

  2. Steve O Says:

    Y’all see this?

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/06/tour-de-france-unveils-measures-to-catch-cheats-with-hidden-motors-neodymium-magnets/

  3. carl b duellman jr Says:

    do you get to pick the bikes you review or do they just send you something and tell you to write something about it? i like your reviews as they tend to be a little more honest than other bike magazines.

    i’ve discovered a show called ‘head 2 head’ on the youtube where they pit two sorta equal cars against each other and determine a winner based on both objective and subjective data. it’s an entertaining show if you like cars. maybe you and that other reviewer at adventure cyclist (nick?) could do something like that (not that you need anything else on your plate).

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Carl, we root around the floor at Interbike every fall, looking for likely bikes and making arrangements to lay hands on them.

      The guys who get around more than I do also touch base with industry types at Sea Otter and other such events. I emailed Grant Petersen at Rivendell about reviewing a Sam Hillborne and he was insanely generous with time and product, sending along not only the Sam, but a Joe Appaloosa, a Clem Smith Jr. and a Clementine.

      Thanks for enjoying the reviews. It’s weird, but I used to laugh at reviewers who said there’s no such thing as a bad bicycle. Turns out it’s mostly true. There are some that don’t suit me, and might not suit you, but it’s really friggin’ hard to find one that’s absolutely useless.

  4. mooremediaone Says:

    Life is good when you’re done with a Velo-Orange Piolet and moving on to a Riv Sam Hillborne. Top of their class.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, now and again I recall how I used to earn a living — working nights, weekends and holidays on a newspaper copy desk, editing stories and writing headlines, arguing with the city desk, and laying out pages — and I shudder.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    This bloody, tax sucking peasant did get a ride in this morning. Hope the Dumpster doesn’t kill off the old people to save the budget. Wait, he is an old person. Yea, with a 12 year old kid. Guess that proves he is still a “real” man, huh?

    It sounds like she better get used to jail. I assume it is a hell of a lot easier than getting used to being dead.

    Spraying ether into a carburetor to start a car? Say, you are an older fella. I started a 49 Hudson Hornet that way for a whole winter. Damn car was as old as I was.

    And Steve’s comment begs a question. What is the worst kind of cheater, the racer with a motor or the one with a syringe?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      it wasn’t a Hornet. My girlfriend had one of those. Mine was a Super Six. Only had it 9 months before my older brother’s friend borrowed it and wrecked it.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ooo, a Hudson. “On the Road” car. Dean drove the wheels right off a 1949 edition.

      As regards cheaters, they’re all the same. Use the dope, install a motor, cut a corner, take a tow — it’s all cheating.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Now Hudsons are a classic and expensive. Especially the Hornets. I think my girlfriend, and this was in 1969, years after I owned the Hudson, had a 1951, I think, Hornet that her Dad had restored. Mine was a $100 dollar rust bucket.

    • Steve O Says:

      ’73 Plymouth Fury III

      Cost me all of $300 in ’92, Pulaski Co, MO. Worst summer of my like. And I’ve spent time on the 5th floor of Bethesda, so that’s saying something.

      Got tired of taking off the cover and started spraying ether directly into the air intake. Figured it only needed to last me a couple of months until they shipped me off to Korea, so didn’t care what kind of damage I was doing to the engine. Forgot about damage to the environment. Checked the air filter after a week, looked like Charles Bukowski’s ash tray at last call.

      Best part of that car was that it had a hole in the gas tank and a rusted gas tank support bracket. So I could only put a 1/4 tank in w/o the tank dragging.

      Amazing I was allowed to register the damn thing. I’d like to think, only in Missouri, but the army has sent me to enough backwaters. Can’t remember if it was Tennessee or Kentucky that did not include headlights or windshields on vehicle inspections. Fort Campbell straddled the border, and when you drove from one state to the other, you immediately noticed all of the one-eyed beasts driving down the highway at night.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Pulaski County, MO? That wouldn’t have been Ft. Lost In The Woods, would it? Ft. Leonard Wood was my home for 8 weeks in the summer of 1969. then it was off to Ft. Monmouth, NJ. Not sure which was worse.

    • Steve O Says:

      Worst kind of cheater?

      The kind who thinks he’s not doing anything wrong because everyone else is also doing it.
      although that kind is in a neck and neck tie with the kind who simply thinks he’ll never get caught

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Kuhasz’s attorney Thomas Braham asked for a $100,000 bond, saying his client was not a flight risk and had ties to the community.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Indeed, I was going to add before WordPress kicked me out. She has ties to every bar and liquor store within fifty miles.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Looks like she may have been a peeler at the Nitro Club. How’s that going to play in court, I wonder: Drunk, belligerent stripper in SUV with three previous booze-related arrests kills software engineer and family man on bicycle?

      The lawyer specializes in DUIs and bankruptcies, looks like. Hung out his own shingle in 2010, likes to have fun with his corporate names, and charges a flat fee. I don’t see him working up a big sweat on this one.

      • khal spencer Says:

        She is a bit of a looker, but not if you are dead. This lady is a rolling public safety hazard.

        http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_30066349/attorney-suspect-fatal-boulder-hit-and-run-was

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        She is only 24 years old. Depending on the charge, they still haven’t said what her blood alcohol level was, if there were any other intoxicants involved, or how fast she was going, she is probably going to lose a large part of her life to prison. There she will have to think about taking another person’s life. For a long time. What an all around damn waste of life.

      • khal spencer Says:

        A lost life and a wasted life.

      • Steve O Says:

        // In the wake of her arrest,
        // some people in the Boulder
        // community have been
        // asking how she was
        //driving at all.

        Sometimes Coloradans really crack me up. Pretty sure we lead the country in the number of repeat offenders still on the road. Can’t remember the last fatality in which the driver did not have multiple DUIs

        So I don’t know if we are idiots, willfully ignorant, or pretending like we don’t know any better.

        But there’s definitely a trend towards “shocked, shocked to find X going on in here.”

  7. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Heard this on NPR today while making lunch. San Francisco has two hit and run crashes killing two cyclists.

    http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2016/06/29/san-francisco-bike-safety

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