El mejor

The mayor-to-be Back in the Day®, with a much lighter ball in the air, and only one of them, too.

Back in the Seventies, after Chris Coursey and I had completed our majors in beer with minors in journalism and gone to work for an unremarkable Colorado daily, neither of us had the slightest inkling that he would one day be the mayor of Dresden.

If there’s any good news to be found here, it’s this: Chris has already been to hell and back, and more than once, too. Santa Rosa is in good hands.

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15 Responses to “El mejor”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Young and with a cold PBR. Those were the days, I guess. Chris has a rough row to hoe for sure. I hope he has an abundance of compassion and patience. Did Merrill’s house survive the fire?

    Today I got to spend 10 miles next to Gwynne on his Bike Friday. He’s 91 this year, I had to ask to make sure, and we spun along at 12 MPH shooting the breeze when we got swallowed up by the Buena High School Mountain Bike Team out on a road training ride. Sweet. Maybe today is a good old day, huh?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Ninety-one. Man, that’s inspirational. Any day you’re on the right side of the lawn, rolling along with your pals, is a good one.

      Chris has the required skillset, never fear. Compassion and patience in abundance. You gotta have those if you wanna hang around me. A big stick helps, too.

      Last I heard Merrill’s new place was OK, but jeez, it seems like these fires are circling around trying to pick off any stragglers. I hope he has a place to park when he gets back after this second cross-country trip.

  2. Chris Says:

    Thanks, Padraig. Love the pic.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Blast from the past, que no? I should put up a few more from that set at Rudy Boogs’s mom’s shack. I have you and Mombo chucking the ol’ pigskin back and forth, plus me being hairy and shirtless for no good reason. I look like I’m auditioning for “Cops.”

      OK, since you asked, here they are. And right on cue, as I posted ’em, KUNM plays “El Rancho Grande.”

      Mombo doing his country-hippie shtick

      Mombo doing his country-hippie shtick.

      Your Humble Narrator

      Your Humble Narrator, doing whatever it was he thought he was doing. Levitating, probably.

  3. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    I always scratch my head when I see the photos of what’s left after a wildfire in the USA. Only the concrete, stone, brick, etc. is still standing. Makes me wonder why we build homes using what is basically kindling? Europeans come here and laugh at the 2 X 4’s and chicken wire we use for housing in this country. But I’ll bet the vast majority of the burned out homes there get rebuilt exactly the same way while these same folks shake their heads at those who rebuild in a flood-plain or in tornado country. Are we incapable of learning anything these days?

    • David Rees Says:

      Larry we build them that way because it’s cheap – no other reason. You know that.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Cheap? I guess you are right, it’s the cost of the land they sit on in California that makes ’em so expensive.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Same reason folks live in mobile homes. I lived in a 9×40 single-wide in Greeley for a spell, and holy shit was that ever cheap for one hippie and two dogs.

      Here in the Duke City it’s all fauxdobe, as we used to call it in Fanta Se. You may know it as “stucco.”

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      I am not a fan of “stick built” homes, although I live in one. My previous one was built of “slump block” which are concrete blocks cast to look similar to brick. But, wood framed homes are more earthquake resistant than block, stone, or brick homes. Something to think about in some parts of Italy. Here in SE Arizona brick or block homes with metal roofs make sense in fire danger areas. But our last fire, like the one in Sonoma, caused evacuations and threatened homes in the town, which hadn’t happened before, because of extreme drought, low humidity, and crazy high winds. Conditions that are more prevalent now that the planet is cooking on high. When the Monument Fire hit here in June, after 90 days without rain, temps were in high 90’s, humidity in single digits (3% one day) with winds gusting to 65 mph.

  4. Libby Says:

    Brutal job. Wish him well.

  5. ryansubike Says:

    I saw the drone video following the postal truck and was dumbstruck by the utter devastation I hope those folks get the help they need.

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