From sunshine to snow

Headed east toward the Sandias and El Rancho Pendejo via the Bear Canyon Arroyo bike trail.

Headed east toward the Sandias and El Rancho Pendejo via the Bear Canyon Arroyo bike trail.

Another BRAIN deadline beaten, if only barely.

And thus yesterday afternoon I was able to get out on the bike for a couple of hours. What a beautiful day it was, too — warm and sunny with a slight wind from the south, and a temp of 63 by the time I rolled home.

Today is supposed to be even nicer, perhaps with a record high — 71? In February? You shittin’ me? — and I will be at it again, having awarded myself a day off without pay. Hey, when you’re a freelancer, every day you take off is a day without pay.

But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. We’re fixin’ to switch from chart-bustin’ warmth to snow on the deck by Sunday. So it goes in the upper reaches of the Chihuahuan Desert.

In the eastern reaches of the Ay Chihuahua Desert, meanwhile, the usual shock-‘n’-awe continues largely unabated. Nobody seems to be able to pry the phone out of Beelzebozo’s stubby lil’ fingers; the national security adviser is said to have had an illegal back-door chat with the Rooskies; and America’s newest senator is so swampy the Swamp-Thing looks at him and goes all like, “Dude, you make me look like Justin Timberlake.”

So far the only bright spot has been the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals punking Tweety Bird, and it’s anybody’s guess whether he continues to have that burning, itching sensation once The Supremes have weighed in. If they get the case before the Repugs can install their ‘bot on the Court, I’d put my money on a 4-4 split; afterward, all bets are off.

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10 Responses to “From sunshine to snow”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Rode today in shorts! Temp is 81 right now with 83 predicted for a high. Tucson will hit 88 today, which is a new record.

    Strange is right. Whiter than rice is what. I thought darth cheeto said no lobbyists? Oh, this is the senate. He can’t fire this new boyo, so never mind.

    He’s picking another fight with McLame as well. I think the daughter is ready to whup darth cheeto’s ass. I bet she can take him.

    Please forgive me Señor Dog, but I hope Twitter goes belly up. Stock is down, and we need to take the megaphone away from the child in the people’s house.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Knickers and arm warmers here, Pat. The arm warmers came off pronto, and I could’ve worn shorts. 70.5° right now.

      I wouldn’t miss Twitter; not much, anyway. Losing it would be a small price to pay if it shut off Beelzebub’s faucet. And it surely appears to be circling the bowl.

  2. Dale Says:

    At one time I wondered how the Italians could be stupid enough to elect Silvio Berlusconi; but now I understand American Exceptionalism – we (some of us, rather) managed to elect an even bigger asshole than Berlusconi. Are we great now?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hard to believe, but we Yanks know how to excel when the chips are down. Just look how many times a U.S. team has won the Super Bowl!

      • Dale Says:

        At this festive time of year, Mr. Trump, it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute.
        Trump: Are there no prisons?
        Pence: Plenty of prisons.
        Trump: And the detention centers – are they still in operation?
        Pence: They are. I wish I could say they were more efficient.
        Trump: Oh, from what you said at first I was afraid that something had happened to stop them in their useful course. I’m very glad to hear it.
        Pence: I don’t think you quite understand us, sir. A few of us are endeavoring to get Christian (the right kind) churches the poor some meat and drink, and means of warmth.
        Trump: Why?
        Pence: Because it looks to be charitable to our base.
        Trump: Can Ivanka make money with it?
        Rience: You wish to be anonymous?
        Trump: [firmly, but calmly] I help to support the family establishments I have named; those who are badly off must go there or fuck them.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        And don’t forget the World Series. We always win that sucker. But, Darth Cheeto might be meeting a Jedi knight soon. Last Week Tonight starts a new season, and his orangeness will surly be a target.

        http://www.npr.org/2017/02/10/514152562/john-oliver-on-facts-donald-trump-and-the-supreme-court-for-dogs

      • psobrien Says:

        Surly be a target? Freudian slip perhaps? Or spell checker? Probably.

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Silvo “bunga-bunga” Berlusconi, while every bit as full-of-it (and a big pal of Putin) as Drumpf, at least is a self-made, rich a-hole. He worked for years as a singer on cruise ships rather than having a rich, slumlord father give him a few million to get started with. And just like in the case of Drumpf, we have Italian friends who to-this-day think he was a great leader, which reminds me of what my wife always says…

      • David Rees Says:

        We must run in different circles in Italy Larry. I don’t think Karen and I have a single friend there who doesn’t think that the richly talented Mr. B was a complete and total waste of oxygen – particularly the business owners we know. Paying their taxes, or “dumping our money down the toilet on it’s way to Rome”, really got their ire up. But I do agree, he was indeed a self-made asshole, to be sure. Plus, he’s got a new album out I hear.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Well, the Tuscans are all “commies”, just ask about Renzi, who was mayor of Firenze. The only place redder’n that is Emilia-Romagna. But when you head up north you find different ideas…and not just from the kooks in the Northern League. Just like Drumpf supporters, they overlook the crass, greedy, narcissism and see a plain-talking leader. And there are still a few who’ll tell you about ol’ Benito Mussolini and how “the trains ran on time” under his regime.
        Same as the USA, you guys in CA can’t believe Orange Julius Caesar got elected, but there are a lot of morons here in the midwest who right now think he’s great and doing a fantastic job there in DeeCee. I guess this is how fascism gets started?

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