The Bravo Foxtrot Hotel

Every day a little less green and a little more gold.

Thursday has its roots in the Old Norse for “Thor’s Day” (thōrsdagr), and it was definitely hammer time round El Rancho Pendejo today.

I burned a bunch of daylight polishing the penultimate “Mad Dog Unleashed” screed of 2017 for Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, then scribbled a “Shop Talk” cartoon for the same outfit. No work, no eating, as the Zen master Hyakujo has taught us.

This shot makes the Elena Gallegos Open Space look a lot less active than it was.

Then it was 90 minutes on the Voodoo Nakisi, chasing myself around the dusty trails of the Elena Gallegos Open Space. Next to nobody in there yesterday and today it looked like the Big Eye at rush hour. Go figure. Are there no prisons? No workhouses?

The Boo requires a variety of medications and we were short one, so off to the vet I did go, flushing still more dinero down the medical loo that is our smelly little one-eyed pee-weasel.

And I checked in with friends in Santa Rosa to gauge the state of affairs out there. Not good, as you probably already know. Nearly 3,000 homes destroyed, 29 people dead, and both numbers expected to rise.

Among the houses incinerated was one belonging to the late Charles M. Schulz, creator of the fabled “Peanuts” strip.

My man Merrill is planning another cross-country run before settling into his new life on the Left Coast and hopes to pass through the Duke City this time around, so I’ll get a full report sometime next week from a former New York Times man. Right now he’s couch-surfing at the mayor’s digs and resting up for the final push.

And my old buddy Miz Lo is hiding from the smoke down Petaluma way but hopes to return to the Pink Palace soon. She knows many people who won’t be so fortunate.

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3 Responses to “The Bravo Foxtrot Hotel”

  1. Libby Says:

    My friend in Marin County is west of the fires. Even though she is not in Sonoma county she also has a Petaluma address. Lots of smoke and bad air quality. The amount of deaths is horrific. I know you’ve had to deal with fires in Colorado and New Mexico.

    Good to hear that Mister Boo is flourishing and you’re putting in the miles on the bike and running. Have a great visit when your friend comes to town.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Three cross country drives in a short time span will be tough on Merrill. When you add in the stress of dealing with wildfire and moving, some of your famous posole, with a nice mixed green salad, fresh tortillas, and rounds of Nego Modelo, should fortify him for the rest of the journey.

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