Short and … sweet?

It’s a long hard road.

Not even dinner and a movie first?


13 Responses to “Short and … sweet?”

  1. Libby Says:

    Haha. Is there also a tunnel to go through on that long hard road?

    I watched the Tour de Suisse yesterday. The stage finished at 2780m, I believe. On a glacier. With a 1700m tunnel @7% and then 500m to the finish at a slight drop. New technology provided a clear picture inside the tunnel, too. Shots of mountain bikers enjoying the trails farther down the glacier.

    Are you and Charles going to Live Update the Tour? You’re probably still figuring out if you want to and if it’s feasible for you.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ah, the old train-and-tunnel routine, eh? As Carlin noted, you don’t need to be Fellini to figure that one out.

      The technology is definitely getting better, which is a shame, as it’s happening just as I’ve begun to lose interest in bicycle racing. It’s kind of like how craft booze got interesting right about the same time I quit drinking.

      Charles and I IMed back and forth for a while the other day and we kinda-sorta concurred that Live Update Guy won’t be happening this year. He’s crazy busy as per usual, and I am in dire need of some downtime.

      This past week pushed me closer to retirement than any in recent memory. It wasn’t necessarily the most difficult week ever, but it was just one thing after another, and I’ve had a lot of those weeks in 40 years on the job.

      A solid month free of responsibilities would be great, but I won’t get that, not this year. Two weeks would help. In the end, I’d settle for one.

      • Libby Says:

        Yes, the train going into the tunnel is the final scene at the conclusion of Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”. A little visual joke after Saint and Grant kiss in the top bunk of the train roomette on their honeymoon.

        I hope you get that one week of vacation, Patrick. You will if you and Herself get away together, don’t you think? Isn’t it harder to derail the plans of a couple? Maybe that would work!

        Did Charles take that trip he was planning to do in May?
        I’m sorry to hear there won’t be a Live Update but your “little gray cells” are more important. If in an impetuous moment you two scamps change your mind……

      • JD Dallager Says:

        PO’G: Speaking from experience, one doesn’t “retire”; one just chooses to pursue endeavors that appeal more to one’s current passions (sans pay of course!!). 🙂

        Time waits for no one!! Tempus fugit! Etc.

    • Carl Duellman Says:

      one of those old leslie nielson movies, naked gun i think, with priscilla presley, had a great sex scene with lots of phallic monuments and flowers opening and trains going in to tunnels. it ended with shots of fountains and geysers. classic.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Speed humps? I hate ’em on any public road.

    Sorry about LUG. I think you guys enjoy it, but it seems a crazy amount of time and work considering your “other duties as assigned.”

    I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. Haven’t even thought about riding for a week.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:


    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That particular speed hump is a nasty one. Not so bad on the way out, but on the way back it interrupts your line on a fast descent just before a left turn into a blind corner.

      They love the speed humps here. For my money they’re not quite as entertaining as the dip at Caramillo and Corona back in Bibleburg. There was a sign, with a recommended speed, and nobody paid it any mind at all. The undercarriage scrapes on that bad boy used to light up the night.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Good day Patrick. I missed the hump gag, along with a lot of other stuff in the last week. We are just starting to feel better. Anyway, hope you have a nice Sunday off. Me, my appetite is finally returning, along with some taste, so I am heading to the grocery. We watched two episodes of the “Great British Baking Show” yesterday. Good medicine.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        “Sunday off?” Your words are strange, friend. What is the name of your world? It sounds like a lovely place. I bet the cycling scribes there aren’t slouched at their computers at 6 a.m. on Sundays.

        Glad to hear you folks are feeling better. Them flus is the devil. Allergies are plaguing me at the moment, but I’m trying to avoid drugs, because they make me even crazier without improving productivity.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        In my world, cycling scribes, such as yourself are treated like gods.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        That may have been the best bit in the movie right there. I love the pitiful keening noise Loki makes from his god-shaped hole in the deck. “eeeeeeeee. …”

  3. Herb Clevenger Says:

    Was it Ray Bradbury who said “The Moon is a Harsh Mstress”? Having been self employed since 1974 I can say the ” Man Who Lives On His Own Wits Cannot Acheive Peace”. Sure no one is actually making you DO something, and you may actually not really DO anything but you sure as hell think about what you should be doing 24/7. There is zero downtime in a creative brain. I feel your weariness. A week off? Ha! Only those who have minions, coworkers, partners, interns, underlings and employees can really unplug and walk off the job for a week. Those of us self-employed must remain in some form of vigilance lest the rest of the world realize they don’t really need us.

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