The news just repeats itself

Now and then I miss working in a newsroom. This is not one of those times.

Most days, daily journalism is like any other gig, only more so. Hours of tedium interrupted by moments of pandemonium.

But news in the era of what Charlie Pierce calls He, Trump, is a whole other ballgame. It’s like trying to sip delicately from a fire hose hooked to a septic tank. It can’t be done, and nobody should have to try, not even for money.

And certainly not for free.

Instead I’ve been trying — and mostly succeeding — in paying attention to the bicycle, may God save her and all who sail in her.

There’s Bicycle Retailer‘s big 25th-anniversary celebration, for example. I need to dash off a column and cartoon on that topic, which shouldn’t be too much of a stretch, seeing as I’ve had 25 years of practice.

And I’ve ridden four different bikes in four days — Sam Hillborne, Steelman Eurocross, Soma Saga, Jones Steel Diamond — and loved every minute of it. Well, not every minute — the Steelman’s low end of 36×26 is a tad tall on steep, sandy single-track for an auld fella — but still, it beats perching in front of the Mac, letting the shit monsoon wash over me.

This morning I got up, grabbed some coffee, and when Herself went out to walk The Boo, I shut off NPR’s “Morning Edition” and started playing some John Prine instead. Sometimes a fella needs a little country to restore his faith in a bigger one.

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27 Responses to “The news just repeats itself”

  1. Randy Says:

    John Prine, always a pleasure to listen to!

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Good way to start a weekend. My crutch-sprinting is improving.

  3. Steve O Says:

    /* Sometimes a fella needs a little country to restore his faith in a bigger one. */

    I know some guys in Nashville that will pay you to let them put that on a t-shirt.

  4. Carl Duellman Says:

    for 20 years i used to wake up to npr, before that it was some stupid rock morning show station (wdiz in orlando). now i wake up to the chill/lounge station on pandora. i now have a much better outlook on the day. it’s hard to get that morning music right though. what sounds great while being awake is not so much when getting awake.

    we discovered john prine back in the mid 80’s, about the same time we discovered the violent femmes. i’ve seen them both a couple of times. john prine is always a great show. the femmes, not so much any more. the guy can certainly put some words together with music.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’ve felt the same way about waking up to NPR lately. I got in the habit back in 1981, I think, when I was working for an afternoon paper. I wanted some idea of what was going on in the world before I clocked in at 4 a.m.

      Now I think I’d like a little less of that sort of thing. A fella can always catch up later in the day.

      I usually turn on KUNM-FM at 9 a.m. to catch “Performance Today,” which helps. Mostly country music from someone else’s country, don’t you know.

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Well said and well done! We are riding to Brown Canyon ranch tomorrow. Sitting at a picnic table under a big ole cottonwood there for a few minutes will quickly blow the bullshit out of the brain pan.

    “Angel From Montgomery” is one of my favorites. Still can’t believe the first time I heard it was in a grocery store.

    Now, in the “got to have one” category, especially for you and Khal, check this out.

  6. Sharon Says:

    Love John Prine, the old stuff and the Missing Years. Saw him open for Avett Brothers at Red Rocks last year. He’s amazing still, despite some health challenges.

  7. Larry T Says:

    I got a little country dose last Saturday night. Dwight Yoakam came to town and played in the backyard of the HardRock Casino downtown. I popped down on my shopping bike and took up a free spot where I could enjoy a beer and see the big screen image of the show. Sound was a little screwed up, but since I didn’t pay I can’t complain. I also didn’t have to pay $7 for a beer! My only real complaint was he didn’t play enough Buck Owens tunes.

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