Reel scored for pennywhistle and putty knife

It’s not as boondocky as it looks: The Trek 520 shoot took place just west of Albuquerque.

There was a time when I might have begun St. Patrick’s Day with a dollop of Irish in the coffee and ended it with a few pints of the black, playing Clannad, The Chieftains and The Pogues in between.

Not this year.

We’d been contemplating the renovation of Herself’s office, and as it happens the dude who does that sort of thing for us was available this very week, the same week during which Herself was scheduled to take a business trip to Florida.


So instead of getting my Irish on I arose early to feed and water the menagerie, swallow a bit of (unenhanced) java, and record the voiceover on my Trek 520 video (see screenshot, above) before the hooley resumed. The cats took up their positions under the bed and Mister Boo — well, nothing fazes The Boo save a late meal, so he was fine.

And I broke out the old iPod Nano, the better to hear The Chieftains by. May yis all be in heaven a half hour before the divvil hears you’re dead.


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12 Responses to “Reel scored for pennywhistle and putty knife”

  1. Sharon Says:

    The Chieftains, Flogging Molly with some Van Morrison mixed in playing here. Music makes people sing and dance…need a bunch of that just now.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    PO’G: First of all….The Menagerie should be CAPITALIZED so as to recognize their import and beneficial impact on you and Herself. Sorry…..couldn’t help myself.

    Second, I’m assuming given your powerful quads/calves that the photo “just west of ABQ” is somewhere near Gallup…..and your popping 15mph into the 20mph westerly headwind.

    Third, the disco ball you had built into Herself’s office could make you a real hero……then again……

    Reporting from heaven…..I think……mebbe not……likely not…….verifiably not……JD 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I almost made it to Grants, JD, then turned around ’cause the spot I had in mind turned out to be overrun with auto traffic. I actually did my little video shoot right outside of Duke City, not far from the westside RV park. I’m gonna have to get creative in post to damp down the sound of 18-wheelers plying I-40.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I joined one of the lads, Stephen, from M&M cycling, riding to work to work last week. He was on his brand new Trek 520. Impressive machine, but it is hard for me to think of anything but the old 520 steel workhorse known and loved for decades. In fact, it is hard for me to like anything Trek lately. But, I look forward to the review and video!

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Please ignore my previous comment. I was getting the 920 and 520 mixed up. I am looking forward to the review and video. And, how were those Hayes mechanical disc brakes? First set of disc brakes I owned were on a Bike E Road E and were Hayes hydraulic discs mounted on Hayes hubs.

    • psobrien Says:

      Bike E NX model. I can’t get anything right today.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, the 920/720 struck me as kinda … meh. I think someone reviewed one of ’em, but can’t recall.

      This was my second go-round with the Hayes and I liked ’em just fine. But I still think the Paul’s Neo-Retro and Touring cantis on my Nobilette, with Swisstop Viking pads, are the shit.

  5. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Home improvement work? Gawd I hate that! Almost as much as yardwork. Finally RODE a bike today myself after too many days of looking at ’em and talking about ’em at NAHBS. (That’s all here if anyone cares
    After riding in SoCal it was tough to get out in the 40ish temps back in Iowa, but as usual, once my fat a__ was out there, it was all good.

  6. Carl Duellman Says:

    the ipod nano is just about the best xmas present i ever got.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Isn’t that a nifty little toy? I used mine to track mileage walked during last year’s Interbike. Herself uses hers to catch up on podcasts. It’s a great way to put the real world at bay.

      I don’t use it on runs or rides, though. When I’m outdoors I like to stay focused on my surroundings. I’ve been seeing fuzzy caterpillars, deer, bunnies and jack rabbits, Cooper’s hawks, you name it.

      Plus no unwary passerby ever catches you singing (badly) at the top of your lungs.

  7. veloben Says:

    You made it up 9 mile hill on that?

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