Working like a (mad) dog

Does this bike make my ass look fat?

Does this bike make my ass look fat?

Real life — well, “real life” as it is around Chez Slacker, anyway — reared its ugly head yesterday and I never had a chance to comment on the Hilldebeast’s coronation in Philly.

There was critter entertainment and maintenance to perform;  brief yet healthful outdoor exercise (a couple hot laps of Trails 365/365A over by Embudo Dam, on the Jones 29er); video to shoot, edit and voice for Adventure Cyclist (the Rivendell Joe Appaloosa); dinner to prepare (orecchiette with cherry tomatoes and arugula); travel arrangements to make for Interbike (already?); technical difficulties (Amazon Prime got sideways somehow and we couldn’t watch episode two of “Mr. Robot”); and a Great and Powerful Ozlike thunderstorm that started out with great sound and fury but in the end signified … eh, not much.

So, yeah. No time for deep thoughts on Hillary’s Big Day.

Looking back, I thought it was a pretty fair speech for someone who’d clearly rather be doing The Work instead of chatting with thee and me. “The service part has always come easier to me than the public part,” she explained, and I can dig it. I’d rather pull off my own head than deliver a speech to a mob like that; as you already know, I have plenty of days when some two-bit bloggery seems unduly onerous.

But she fell short of the mark set by Khizr Khan, father of Capt. Humayan Khan, killed by suicide bombers in Iraq. That dude crushed it, delivering a fierce beatdown to the chickenhawk Ronald McDonald McTrump, and as I understand things, he was speaking from the heart, not from a teleprompter or notes. Well done indeed.

I don’t see the Hilldebeast becoming an inspirational speaker anytime soon, no matter who’s writing the checks, Wall Street or Main Street. But I really don’t care, as long as she’s willing to buckle down and do The Work.

There’s some heavy lifting ahead. As David Corn wrote in Mother Jones, “She is … the only chance to stop Trump’s takeover of America — and her job is to persuade voters that for now she is indeed the last best hope.”

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17 Responses to “Working like a (mad) dog”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Khizr Khan – that was such a moving, eloquent moment. I cannot imagine his and his family’s pain. And he likely relives it every time some jerk starts talking about Muslims, immigration, etc.

  2. Steve O Says:

    Last best hope, indeed.

    • Steve O Says:

      Y’all catch Trump in Colorado? Called GEN Allen a loser, and got cheers from the crowd.

      MSM says he’s a master communicator and takes social media to a new level. Truth turns out to be, he’s just an asshole, but 40% of us are as well.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Dude keeps redefining the term downward. Assholes be all like, “C’mon, man, can’t you find some other word to describe this guy? He’s making us all look bad.”

      • khal spencer Says:

        Trump reminds me of what the word DRUT came into existence: because calling some people a turd is disrespectful to turds.

  3. Larry T Says:

    Jet-lag (7 time-zones worth) wouldn’t let me stay awake long enough to “enjoy” any of the convention stuff on the teevee, but I think I’ve heard all this before anyway?
    2016’s a real “hold your nose and vote for the least bad” election but I’m hoping with Drumpf as the most bad option anyone with any sense will register and vote to keep Donald’s tiny, manicured hands far, far away from the controls of anything important.
    Thanks for the reminder about Interbike – I gotta get on that.

  4. larry brown Says:

    an asshole has a purpose to it , I don’t know if dumpth has one.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Chickenhawk indeed. Last time I checked a heel spur wasn’t a permanent condition.

    I suppose we should not underestimate the power of the voter who is angry, afraid, ignorant, and maybe even stupid. I can understand the anger.

    I managed to squeeze out 23 miles on the Saga this morning. Thought I better get out because the forecast says the monsoon is back. Tucson really got nailed yesterday.

    Got to go and make chicken fried rice and a spinach salad for a light lunch.

  6. Libby Says:

    I could be wrong but I read in comments elsewhere that FOX went to a promo/commercial and didn’t air Khan’s speech.

  7. Steve O Says:

  8. khal spencer Says:

    Watching her speak, I was reminded of many of the shop talks I have heard at various scientific meetings; she is a technocrat and problem solver, not a natural pol. But fuckin’ A, man, that’s who we need right now. The problem will be convincing the general public to think so too, rather than voting for the latest version of Alois Schicklgruber. On that note….maybe the President of the United States WILL be named Schicklgruber?

  9. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Good morning! And if any of you ever get to Bisbee, you might want to check out the Bisbee Bicycle Brothel. Ken Wallace re-opened a retail store after taking a few years off. Not sure why, but I will ask next time I ride up there. It is part shop and part museum. Larry could probably spend all day there.

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