Last Roundup in Sin City: Kingperson

Welcome aboard, and thanks for flying Air Subaru.

KINGPERSON, Ariz. (MDM) — Yes, there it is, the obligatory shot of Ye Olde Hometowne in the rear-view mirror.

I beat it for Interbike yesterday, deciding to drive to Kingperson (“Gateway to Laughlin-Bullhead City”) instead of overnighting at Flagstaff as per standard operating procedure. Perhaps I collected an undiagnosed head injury when I stacked it into the cholla a while back.

No matter. Here I am.

As per usual I-40 was filled to overflowing with speeding asshats, aggro truckers and construction projects that made the trip through Arizona feel like motoring to the Colorado Belle Casino in Laughlin with your blue-haired granny at the wheel of her ’72 Mercury Marquis (75 mph, 45 mph, 75 mph, 45 mph).

Plenty of Florida license plates on the RVs, all headed away from the place (imagine that). And it seemed all the truckers were piloting Volvos while the civilians were herding Mercedes-Benzes. There was even one red Lotus with a vanity plate (MIAOU). I felt distinctly plebian in the rackety old Furster.

After seven hours behind the wheel I wasn’t interested in exploring Kingperson’s culinary jungle so I hoofed it down the street to a Five Guys Burgers & Fries. Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” was on the joint’s playlist, followed by “Walk of Life” By Dire Straits. Somebody had my number.

This morning I had to flee the breakfast nook at the luxurious Hamster Inn & Suites due to some horrific oinking coming from the teevee. When I returned for a second cuppa it was still going on and I was compelled to jam fingers into both ears, which made carrying the java problematical.

Nevertheless, I persisted.

Word from Rumor Control is that yesterday’s Outdoor Demo was sparsely attended and that the traditional rending of garments and gnashing of teeth awaits at the Luxor registration desk.

I think I’m gonna need more java. LA LA LA LA LA I CAN’T HEEEEARRRRR YOUUUU!

Next: Sin City.

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11 Responses to “Last Roundup in Sin City: Kingperson”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    So I renewed by Adventure Cycling membership today, on the provision that they keep putting kibble in the Mad Dog’s dish.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Good man. A reference from a solid citizen such as yourself is always welcome. Alas, I chatted briefly with El Jefe, Jim Sayer, at a media deal last night and said “fuck” a lot, probably croaking whatever edge your goodwill gave me.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Kingman? CTE from repeated cyclocross mishaps? Let us know what wonders you find, besides Larry, at the big shew.

    We started watching the Ken Burns/Lynn Novick Vietnam War documentary. Wasn’t sure if I wanted to revisit this subject, but I learned things in the first two episodes and decided to keep going. It’s amazing how stupid we were during that time. Especially since we had been fucking around in there since WW II. We really appreciated that Arizona Public Media and PBS put all 10 episodes on their web and Apple TV PBS site for members to stream.

    As far as the embargo goes, Patrick, of course, has the last say. But, I am reconsidering my last comment about it. Gross incompetence continuously needs a strong light shined on it. Does Afghanistan resemble Vietnam in many ways? You bet your ass, and our current leadership should, to quote Samuel Jackson, “wake the fuck up!”

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Again, I remind myself: “Even those who read history are doomed to repeat it”; and “Wisdom isn’t hereditary”.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, I felt as though I was in a bit of a rut and decided to change the game a bit. Kingperson was not an upgrade from Flag’, as I’m sure you already know.

      I watched one episode of that doc’ in the hotel and it seems worth the trip down memory lane. It was interesting to hear from (and see) the other side in that war. It’s a perspective we don’t often get.

      And of course revisiting the mindset that got us there and kept us there is always worth the trouble. Sparrows building nests in the drainspout, we are.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Pat O’B, it has been tough for me to watch so I admire your fortitude. For those not familiar, a lot of the early episodes can also be gleaned from Stanley Karnow’s book “Vietnam: A History” and the early sixties war in Neil Sheehan’s ” A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam” but seeing it with all that footage makes it vivid although reading it was pretty vivid.

      I was in high school from 69-72 so too young to be drafted for the war. But my high school was really conservative. They once brought in one of our alumnai for a pep talk after the guy got back from Nam missing both his legs. I don’t know what the school expected, but we left stunned and depressed.

      • Pat O'BRien Says:

        It is a bit tough to watch. We are watching the unedited, not the broadcast, version. But as a 20 year old, I went there in 1970, January through December, mostly ignorant of what the war was really about. After watching Ken Burn’s documentary on the civil war, I thought I better give this one a look. Watching chickenhawks blunder about behind the scenes is really opening my eyes. I hope the head chickenhawk watches it.

        • khal spencer Says:

          I took Asian Studies in 12th Grade from Mike Hillburger, who was also our football coach. He had us reading interesting stuff including Fanshen, A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village, by William Hinton. It was the first thing just about any of us ever learned about Asia that was not Western-Centric. What is amazing is how much we knew but how little of that got up the political and military chain of command, which had a sadly myopic view of the world through Cold Warrior glasses.

          If I may ask, where did you serve? My brother in law, a little older than yours truly, was in the USN stationed at one of the big ports. Don’t recall if it was Da Nang or Cam Ranh Bay. I don’t think he ever got shot at.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          I was there from January 1970 to December 1970. I was in the 1st Cavalry Division, 13th Signal Battalion, attached to the 2nd Brigade Communications Platoon as a Communications Security equipment repairman. I was stationed at Fire Support Base Buttons just outside of Song Be, Vietnam.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          That’s the place. Spent a few nights up on LZ Thomas doing some modifications or repair on equipment up there. Yep, we commented at length about Buttons on a previous post. Last year I think.

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