Rocking out

“Would you mind either cranking up the heat a smidge or fetching me a blanket? Thanks ever so much. Also, some delicious snacks would be nice.”

Now here’s a fella who knows what to do with a 9-degree morning. A couple medium-heavy breakfasts, a bit of grooming, and then a nice long snooze.



16 Responses to “Rocking out”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    Aaaaah…..looks like a low pulse rate and blood pressure kinda day!

    Do you, PO’G, or Herself ever get to “borrow” that rocker? πŸ™‚

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Duffy has claimed the futon part of the day and all night. If you move him at night he doesn’t complain, but it makes you feel so damn guilty. Meanwhile we have had more snow this morning, and it is still coming down. They had more than 6 inches up at the Arizona Folklore Preserve, so the performance, and my training session, have been cancelled. Somehow I don’t mind staying put today. I just replaced my old stereo receiver with a new one, and the new Apple TV goes in after lunch. Then it’s time for beer and a movie, probably *The Ghost And The Darkness.”

      • Herb from Michigan Says:

        Been using Apple TV for a few years Pat with good results on streaming where we had horrible luck with other methods. New receiver eh? Whadyaget? I finally laid out way too much money for a non-apple device that will allow capture of cd’s and select streaming channels with FLAC files. No more compressed music for me. I’ll still listen to some tunes off the iPad and iTouch when I’m mobile but not at home.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          We have also been using an Apple TV for the last 4 years. Just updated to a new one. I like the remote better, but other than that the jury is still out.

          I had a mid-level Yamaha wifi stereo receiver. I didn’t like as soon as I bought 2 years ago. Too complicated, especially the wifi and Airplay features. Plus, the volume control was not linear, so it was easy to screw up across a variety of inputs. Too loud, too low with constant fiddling. So, I went with a simple Onkyo stereo receiver. Plenty of power for a small living room and no surprises. Running it into a set of Polk bookshelf speakers. Yea, I had the full surround sound experience at the old house with quality components. I don’t miss it at all, even with movies. I might add a small subwoofer to this setup in the future.

          • Herb from Michigan Says:

            OMG Crutchfield! My wife throws their flyers away as fast as she can. They never-ever make it in from the mail box. But of course they slip emails to me and it’s like crack. I swear in 2019 I’ll unsubscribe. POG you’ll need to make sure your amp/receiver is old enough to have “phono” inputs. The newer stuff doesn’t in most cases and won’t work with an older turntable. I found out the hard way. Had to buy a preamp gizmo to boost cartridge signal to where the new amp could deal with it. Still not satisfied with that outcome. And after all was said and done, the vinyl was still as shitty as I remember-pops, hissing and whatnots (spilled beer?)

          • psobrien Says:

            I hear you Herb. Love that catalog! The new Onkyo has a phono input, but I don’t get the vinyl fad. CD quality is much better.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          PS: I put my entire music library, it is not that big, on our iPad Touch without compression. Full CD quality. Play it on the new receiver via BT, or I play music directly from the iMac using a Airport Express router plugged into the CD input on the receiver.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I’ve been thinking about a turntable β€” I miss my old Technics spinner β€” but lord, does that ever open up some fresh avenues for expense and obsession. Here’s your money, there’s the rathole, what’s your hurry?

        Frankly, I’m not sure my ears are up to the distinction between vinyl and CD. And it’s not as though our sound system β€” a random combo of Sony and Yamaha bits β€” is any great shakes.

        My dive into consumer electronics today involved erasing the drive on the 2009 iMac and installing a fresh copy of High Sierra β€” for no good reason as the auld beastie is off to the recyclers. I paid something like $1,200 for it 10 years ago and today Apple won’t give me a wooden nickel for it in trade.

        It still works, kinda, sorta, when it feels like it. But it quit being rock-solid reliable after the update to Mavericks, and there are some hardware issues lurking in there, various demons arguing over possession, that neither I nor the local Genius Bar have been able to nail down.

        When all is said and done, it’s a 10-year-old computer, and has paid for itself many times over, so off it goes. Apple will probably turn it into a new Air or Mini and try to sell it back to me.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      ’Is Lardship permits me to warm it for him now and again, JD. He’s harsh but fair.

      Pat, you ought to try prying El Turko out of the bed sometime. You want the Kevlar jumpsuit and welder’s gloves for that action. Also, plenty of weight training. I think he can dial up his gravitational potential when it comes time to shift him out of his comfy spot.

      You guys are sure getting the weather. We’re sunny and cold at the moment, and I just finished shoveling the driveway for the second time. You have to get on it quick because our driveway gets so little sunshine this time of year. Wait too long and you have a short, steep slip-and-slide instead of a driveway.

  2. David Rees Says:

    Looks like a rocker that Greene & Greene design would have made in 1903. Lovely piece.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We bought that rocker, a couch, a small entertainment center, a coffee table, and two end tables from a small furniture store in Bibleburg shortly after we moved back from Weirdcliffe, David. I wish we’d bought more. Good sturdy stuff. And heavy as hell.

  3. Hurben Says:

    Spent this afternoon, (warm, clear blue skies, thanks for asking), watching a movie at the local cinema as the wife had been given tickets for Christmas. “The old man & the gun”, a wonderful, gentle Robert Redford movie.

    Given that my first experience with RR was “Little Fauss and Big Halsy” it was just wonderful to see him go out at the top of his game as he’s said that this is his final movie.

    I loved it.

    Happy New Year to all of you.

    • Hurben Says:

      I used to race one of those Yamaha dirt bikes, badly, frankly I was pack fodder but looking back, they were the greatest days of my life, especially given that I was constantly also being called up into the military & being sent up to Namibia

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Another Motel 6 story.

  5. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Pretty freakin’ nice here in the land of volcanoes today. We went out for a 3+ hour ride in bright sunshine with nary a cloud in the sky, then came back home for a real Sunday dinner – mixed antipasto of fresh local ricotta with honey and pistacchio, primo sale cheese with black peppercorns and a few other treats.
    Our 1st plate was chickpea and rosemary zuppa topped with fresh onion and peppers with Sicilian EVO drizzled on top.
    We finished with rabbit stewed with red pepper, onions and capers, all with a Cerasuolo di Vittoria to drink -
    Oh, and there’s a few ‘Murican-style chocolate chip cookies ready to bake for later….perhaps with yet another espresso?

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