Fire one! Fire two!

The light does amazing things around here in the afternoons, particularly if some weather is rolling in.

The light does amazing things around here in the afternoons, particularly if some weather is rolling in.

The Fire Tree was on guard late yesterday afternoon as I walked The Boo, Herself being unavailable for dog duty (heh).

Behold the recovery interval.

Behold the recovery interval.

I should have been paying more attention to The Boo than to the late-day light and what it did to the neighborhood foliage. He was all fired up his own bad self and got away from me on a descent; the old fella is seized by periodic bouts of enthusiasm, and once he finds his stride he goes pretty good, especially on a downhill.

I didn’t catch the little bastard until just before Comanche, slapping one shoe on the leash and bringing him up short of St. Peter’s Gate. He’d never have made the corner at that speed and your average Duke City motorist makes the electorate look focused.

With camera in pocket and leash firmly in hand we ran all the way back to El Rancho Pendejo, where I had a fine chicken noodle soup in the early stages of production for a Saturday release.

And a good thing it is that we got some exercise yesterday, too, because right now it’s snowing. In other words, it’s a great day for a bowl of chicken noodle soup and a nap.

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23 Responses to “Fire one! Fire two!”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Good to see The Boomeister is into “high intensity interval training” (and hence you, too, PO’G)…….with the appropriate recovery periods.

    Homemade chicken noodle soup sounds great — minus 7 degrees here in the Bibleburg area, a couple inches of snow — for both the body and soul. ENJOY! Pic to follow?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Minus-7? Yow. Reminds me of the good ol’ days in Weirdcliffe, where we added an overhang and woodbox right next to the front door so I didn’t have to pull on the Sorels and posthole out to the woodpile first thing every morning. Many a brass monkey did without nuts in them thar hills, lemme tell ya.

      The soup is still in bits and pieces. The meat is refrigerated in one Pyrex and the broth in another, so I can scoop the fat off the top. Come this afternoon final assembly will commence and I’ll snap a pic then.

      We took a pot of this soup to the neighbors last week — they had just added a second daughter to the family — and neither mom nor dad was in the mood for cookery. So we dragged over the soup, a green salad and some fruit salad and got some quality munchkin time in. Renting is a whole lot easier than owning.

      • Hurben Says:

        You & Herself are good people, POG.

        I would certainly have appreciated acts like this when we were dealing with new borns, unfortunately we were strangers in a strange land.

        Jerseys arrived today, (oh yeah, oh yeah)

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Go Mr. Boo! I also suffer from infrequent bouts of enthusiasm. The after effect usually involves Aleve and heating pads.

    Picture is gorgeous. Beautiful light and composition. What camera?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Pat. The camera is my old beater, a dented and scraped Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS about the size of a Clif Bar. I used Super Vivid mode, but I think the color would have been about the same in straight Auto. I wasn’t wearing sunglasses and the view was pretty damn’ spectacular.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I should have remembered that camera. We have a Powershot SD780IS Digital Elph. I think it is 7 years old. Goes on every ride with us. We have had this conversation before. I am getting old. Need to go for a ride tomorrow to get the blood flowing. Now, where are those fleece tights?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I wish I’d bought a sixpack of ’em. So does my man Hal, whose 300 HS has finally given up the ghost. You can still find them on Amazon, but holy hell, are they expensive. Great little camera, though.

  3. David Rees Says:

    I like the part about the nap…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I shoulda tooken that nap, David. Instead I’ve been working on that video. As regards exercise, naturally, now that the sun’s finally come out, it’s about to set. I will never be smart.

  4. Hurben Says:

    I’ve just heard that Lance Armstrong is in Auckland & will be hosting a public ride on Tuesday.

    To say that I’m outraged is an understatement.

    We’ve got to tighten our border controls.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Wanna go in on a Wall with us? All the kool kidz are gonna have one.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      We’ll trade you a Donald for a Lance.

    • Steve O Says:

      A little snow here so everyone has turned off their brain.

      Neighbor’s dog got out of the house and decided he preferred frolicking in the drifts than coming back inside.

      Seeing as how he’s never been walked, not once, since moving in, I didn’t blame him.

      But instead of lacing up the boots and rounding up Fido like a man, our new neighbor got in his Hummer and did a 2 mph high speed chase, staring intently out of the 1’x1′ hole he had scraped in his windshield.

      Not sure if the knucklehead ever caught his pup, but he left three sets of tire tracks in my yard. So now he joins the other 90% of my neighborhood who forget where the curbs are when we get more than a quarter inch of the white stuff. Maybe cuz they’re smoking the greenish-brown stuff.

      Got mixed feelings on Fido. Would hate to see him get hit by a car or lose a rumble with a coyote. But at the same time, given the attention he gets at home, I’m tempted to play the LT Colin Blythe role, forging papers to help his next escape attempt.

    • Steve O Says:

      Lance who? Astronaut, right?

    • Hurben Says:

  5. Libby Says:

    The fire tree photo is spectacular and would make a great card. Maybe some text on the cloud. Do you make and send a holiday card or newsletter? “Maddog Droppings”? “The O’Gradys’ Oracle”? “Mad- dogs and Magnificats”?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Libby … I used to do cartoon cards back in the day, but it’s been a while. I’m not quite sure why, when or how I got out of the habit.

      The Fire Tree shot might be a little dark for holiday cheer, though. “Season’s Greetings from Mordor?” “Merry Christmas from Cthulhu?” “Jingle Bells of the Damned?” I gotta give this some thought.

  6. Hurben Says:

    Apparently one of our top Tri Athletes went for a ride with him this morning, Fortunately not on my route otherwise things may have turned ugly.

    @POG, we’re just going to turn the lights off & hope that people forget about us…

  7. khal spencer Says:

    Almost riding again….

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, K … I was just thinking about you today. Good news, eh? You need some bigger tires for your recovery bike? I got a bunch of 700c/29er rubber that’s not being used at the moment: 38s, 45s, 2.1, you name it. Just holler.

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Khal: Great to have you back on the net again and ready to start turning the cranks a bit! Super nice LA Blogspot and I’ll assume that’s you in the OGWGFITW cycling garb. Best for a safe and healthy Holiday season and a much less traunatic 2017.

      PS: Nice choice on the ribbon cutting: Winter Solstice 2016 (3:44AM MST I believe).

      • khal spencer Says:

        Hi, JD

        Yes, that is yours truly. In a brand new, just purchased winter version of the Old Guys jersey, which just arrived last week. Almost cracked the lens, too….I think it survived due to the presence of Patrick’s fine art work.

        Patrick, I may take you up on the fat rubber. Even those 32’s were transmitting a lot of road shock.

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