Sweet dreams

Mister Boo is overjoyed at the news of Herself's imminent return.

Mister Boo is overjoyed at the news of Herself’s imminent return.

Our long national nightmare is at an end.

I’m not talking about The Hilldebeast’s emails, which continue to be the gift that keeps on giving, even when they’re apparently not even hers. No, I’m talking about the imminent return to El Rancho Pendejo of Herself, who has been road-tripping for two weeks through Tennessee, Colorado and Utah.

Looking north from near the top of the Hillsdale Loop. To the south sits Interstate 40, which is a good deal less scenic.

Looking north from near the top of the Hillsdale Loop. To the south sits Interstate 40, which is a good deal less scenic.

The Boo will be ecstatic, or as close to that state as is Boo-manly possible (an excitable boy he is not).

Herself is the only human he really cares about. I am deemed suitable for short periods as a food delivery/excretion collection specialist (second class), but when she is around The Boo wouldn’t piss on me if I were on fire.

Oddly, though, his favorite spot for daytime naps — even if she’s home — is my office, just behind my chair. Go figure.

Meanwhile, yesterday in my capacity as commander of the 29er Jones Mechanized Infantry, I seized the Hillsdale Loop in the name of the people. Being a heavily armed elderly white guy I went unmolested by law enforcement. But I eventually gave it back anyway. Hey, somebody has to let The Boo out.

And finally, Khal checks in from scenic metropolitan Bombtown, where he is recovering from some medical experiments and limited to hollering at Siri via iPhone:

I am in an immobilization sling for another month so typing is “hunt and peck” with my left hand. Hence I don’t do too much of it.

It’s getting to the point where I might be able to take off the sling in a couple weeks to carefully work the right arm so might regain my voice, so to speak, and that will be a relief.

Probably no biking till January except on the stationary torture setup.


P.S.: All the best to you and the gang.


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8 Responses to “Sweet dreams”

  1. Libby Says:

    Good to hear that El Rancho will be back to normal soon. Two weeks •is• a very long time holding down the fort. I guess you’ll be cooking again soon. Let us know what your cookie’ and if you try new recipes. There •is• video evidence of Boo frisky and running around. He’s slowed down? Shorter days and cooler weather? We had snow on Thursday and most of the tees in my yard still had leaves.

    Khal, I hope you have a complete and faster recovery. The scenario you describe is grueling. Keep filling us in.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      “Normal” is a relative state, of course. We rarely achieve normal normal, but normal for us is probably not far off.

      I plan some oven-fried chicken this evening, a doctored version of an old Betty Crocker recipe that involves cornmeal, red chile powder, Mexican oregano, etc. Maybe some roasted spuds, and for sure a simple salad, probably arugula and tomato.

      El Boo-oh has his moments, but yeah, he’s definitely an auld fella. Loves his mealtimes, and will dance around and bark for that, but slow on walks; probably a little arthritic, or maybe he’s developing some patellar issues common to Japanese Chins, ’cause he has a bit of a hitch in his gitalong some days.

      He actually loves cool/cold weather, but we haven’t seen any of that yet. Mid-70s during the day, high 40s/low 50s at night, no kidding. In a week or so we should be down to 60s/40s, but the forecast is for a warm, dry winter in the Land of Enchantment.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Good morning Khal! I kinda assumed it was something serious keeping you quiet on the shenanigans going on around here.

    Patrick, love the trail. Reminds me of a song.

    Prickly pear on the left, cholla on the right, and I’m stuck in the middle with Boo.

    Guess you better warm up the stove. Herself will be wanting some home cooking.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    PS: Love the “Triplets of Belleville” poster.

  4. khal spencer Says:


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