Well, bust my balloons

"Where the hell are all the balloons?"

“Where the hell are all the balloons?”

Herself and I cycled over to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta yesterday to see what it was all about.

Mostly it was all about RVs. Seriously. We didn’t see a single, solitary balloon. But we did see about eleventy-bazillion dollars’ worth of houses on the hoof, taking up all the ordinarily vacant acreage for miles around.

Turns out that we arrived between shows. There’s a whole lot of not much going on between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. I saw more action during the last day of Interbike, f’chrissakes.

Still, it was a nice ride, exactly 23 miles; the bike paths there and back were not bumper to bumper; and our recreational vehicles took up less parking space once we got them home.

Later we learned via The New York Times that the increasingly deranged Agent Orange apparently pays less income tax than a freelance scribbler. So, of course, do GE, Boeing, Verizon, Bank of America, etc., et al., and so on and so forth.

Lady Liberty must be feeling a bit like Lili Von Schtupp, with all these cowboys giving her the business. So … tired.

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15 Responses to “Well, bust my balloons”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Good morning Patrick. Herself looks like she has been “double crossed” Wait a minute, she is riding a Double Cross. Sorry no balloons.
    Duffy has had diarrhea all night; he’s hitting the doggy door about every 90 minutes. Wouldn’t worry too much, but after the pancreatitis on Wednesday and the blood and mucous in the stool, it is off to the vet again this morning. Oy.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Jeez, poor little guy. Here’s hoping the Duffinator gets better soon.

      Yep, we were both on Double Crosses yesterday. They have a valet bike parking deal going on, but we didn’t take advantage of it since we were between shows. Ten-buck entry fee for the Fiesta, which we likewise dodged for the same reason.

      I guess you want to be there at dark-thirty in the morning or dark-thirty in the evening to catch all the action. Rather than hang around for the evening show we returned to our back patio, listened to a little Bach, and watched Miss Mia Sopaipilla inspect the perimeter. The burden of command apparently lay heavy on Field Marshal Turkish von Turkenstein (commander, 1st Feline Home Defense Regiment), who was inspecting the inside of his eyelids in the tower.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Thanks Patrick and Libby. We think Duffy will be OK. They put him on an antibiotic and gave him a “saline” shot under the skin for mild dehydration. They think he is still having the last symptoms of the pancreatitis That got him last Wednesday. Little guy came back, got a drink, and crashed, probably for the rest of the day. Doesn’t sound like a bad plan.

        The ballon fest here kept running into wind problems. Cancelled a few years ago and haven’t been back. I would rather have a bicycle stage race. We had 150 riders at the first Sky Island Tour ride. The city council noticed.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Little furballs will tax a fella’s wallet, to be sure. Two of mine have enjoyed bladder stones (Mister Boo liked his so much he went for seconds). He’s on a first-name basis with eye doctors in two states, too. And everyone’s been to the dentist this year.

        Y’gotta do what y’gotta do, though. Anyone who’s allergic to vet bills shouldn’t get a critter. I just throw my billfold to the doc and mumble, “Lemme know when it’s empty, there’s probably an ATM around here some’eres.” Glad to hear El Duffo is on the road to recovery.

        The balloon fest in Bibleburg ran into greed. The city tried to pull the organizers’ pants down, and the organizers said, “No, thanks, we’ll just mosey on down the road.” And they did.

        This one seems hale and hearty. I mean, four levels of RV parking, from $35 to $175 a night? The Airstream ghetto we saw was right up front, too. I may go back and take pictures.

      • psobrien Says:

        Well, Patrick you are right about vet bills. But, we took Duffy to the Toyota vet that our normal Mercedes vet referred us to because it was Sunday. On three identical invoice items from the Wednesday visit and today’s visit, the vet today was $61 less. And although the office isn’t state of the art pretty, the care was excellent. There may be a change coming soon for Duffy’s Doc.

    • Libby Says:

      Hope doggy will be ok.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Thanks Libby! We think he is on the mend. The diarrhea stopped this morning. The vet gave us a med for him plus prescribed plain old Immodium AD, a 1/4 caplet twice a day for 3 days.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I should’ve taken a pic of the dump The Boo just took. Epic. You could’ve shown it to El Duffo for purposes of enlightenment. “This is how it’s done, pal. Look and learn.”

        The Turk got bound up once, which is a whole other tale of woe. Next time I’ll just squeeze him like a big furry tube of toothpaste.

      • DownhillBill Says:

        My GI doc says they have a patient who takes 16 – 18 Immodium (Immodiae?) _every_ day. That should be enough to stop up an elephant.

  2. Libby Says:

    There is a balloon fest in the region so that is the reason I am aware of launch schedules. the organizer is a non-profit and the event has sponsors. It’s free, including parking (not set in a big city, like Albuquerque). There is a craft fair and, yes, there is also a huge RV – dry only – camping gathering organized around the event which took place last weekend. http://www.adirondackballoonfest.org

  3. Larry T Says:

    Many years ago I knew a guy who had a balloon. After he took me up in it (one time only) he asked about me crewing for this festival. I didn’t take him up on the offer, but I dunno if it would have been fun or not? But I could have told ya they usually fly those things only around dawn and dusk and only on very calm days wind-wise. Now ya know for next time.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, that’s one reason the ‘Burque fest has gone on so long — apparently the fall weather conditions here are just about perfect for that sort of thing. The PR types say there are more than 500 balloons here this year.

      An acquaintance used to run a balloon outfit back in Colorado, but I never went up in one. I prefer two-wheeled, ground-based transportation.

      Addendum: We have a balloon chaser here in the ‘hood, and I saw him pull in with the basket in back as I was walking The Boo around 8:45 this morning. So they do wrap up seriously early.

  4. ryansubike Says:

    So very tired,,,,

  5. larry brown Says:

    should go over to GQ.com and check out Keith Olbermann’s dog viedo, about chump.

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