Prime time is on trails, not TV

The February wind was making the clouds skate around all over the sky yesterday.

The State of the Union (El Rancho Pendejo Edition) is as follows:

Herself is now working 10 hours a day, four days a week, so as to have a three-day weekend each and every week.

I am working not quite so much, my career having developed a slow leak at the potholed intersection of Bicycle and Journalism.

Trail time: When the bike is leaning up against the rock I’m probably not going to fall off of it.

I have a cartoon to draw for Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, and a review to finish for Adventure Cyclist, and beyond that it’s anybody’s guess. Terra incognita. Here be dragons. All hope abandon, ye who scribble here.

Speaking of hope abandoned, I can’t wait to see the ratings for last night’s comedy special from Capitol Hill. Knowing that Charlie Pierce would be on the case, we gave it a miss, reasoning that if we want to watch a loon pretending to be president we can always dredge up some old “SNL” footage of Chevy Chase playing Gerald Ford.

Instead we caught up on “Crashing,” the Pete Holmes thing on HBO. It’s only so-so — Marc Maron and Bill Burr are more my style, when ol’ Freckles isn’t raving about ball sports — but you get to see some funny cameos by twisted comics like Dave Attell and Jeff Ross.

Beforehand I engaged in wheel sport, taking a quick out-and-back spin on the Voodoo Nakisi, which has been neglected while I review the Jamis Aurora Elite. My mad trail skillz have atrophied, and I was dabbing on sections a fat 4-year-old could handle on a balance bike, but it sure beat working. It beat not working too.

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12 Responses to “Prime time is on trails, not TV”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Here’s to not working! We’re in Sicily working on immigration issues – big fun. Since Sicily’s where we plan to spend most of our time we’re doing ’em here rather than in Napoli where the wife should be now working on her academic projects. Instead it was a scheduled visit with the authorities two days ago followed by an unscheduled one this AM. We’ll go “home” tomorrow but are due for another visit at month’s end. Good thing flights between Napoli and Catania are cheap and quick! Now, if I could just get rid of this cold/flu!!!!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Immigration issues? Have they built a Wall®? I hear it’s all the rage, cheap joke intended.

      Good luck with the bureaucracy. I’m amusing myself by following the ins and outs of the publishing business. And oy, is there ever some in-and-out going on.

      I got a million of ’em. You can’t stop me!

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        No wall, instead they have the sea and an interior minister who won’t let any ships dock in Italy after fishing these poor folks out of it. He’s a wannabee Trump for sure – blaming immigrants for pretty much any complaint you might have.
        We did a full day of bureaucracy today – 9AM to 4PM standing in lines, taking numbers and handing over documents (and money) at various offices of this and that all over town. I pity the poor folks who aren’t my wife – no PhD and no fluency in the language must make it a mind-boggling and frustrating nightmare – but better than being raped or shot at for sure.
        Now (I think) we have signed up for the national health service, gotten the equivalent of social-security numbers and are about halfway to a residence permit that can be renewed without returning to the land of Don the Con!!!
        Time to pop the cork on some bubbly!!!! Back to Napoli tomorrow…and then back here before the end of the month for the next (and final?) round of bureaucracy Italian-style.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    The Soma Double Cross and I had a date in Ramsey Canyon yesterday. Nothing today since the weather here and there is about the same right now, cold, damp, and windy as hell.

    One A, the show on NPR, has an hour on the campaign drivel spewed last night. Guess that will be enough, or more than enough, for me. SOTU speeches in the last twenty years have been essentially worthless. It’s a tradition that should have died long ago. It should be reserved for real emergencies. Now excuse me while I shoo away the caravan terrorists and criminals sleeping in my front yard.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I got out for a run this morning just before your weather arrived, Pat. Fierce SW wind, which was nice for the homebound leg. Now it’s snowing, but we’re not expecting much in the way of accumulation.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    I left the radio and TV off last night or I would have gone bonkers. Lately, both major parties have lost my respect.

    So Herself is on the 4-10 schedule at the Albuquerque Bomb Factory? I thought of that but the idea of being at work for ten straight hours and then driving back and forth to Fanta Se is a challenge at my advanced age.

    What’s up, O’G? Is Adventure Cycling running out of bikes to road test or is this part of the great American economic recovery that is leaving more and more people wondering why they’ve been snookered?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      With the SOTU there’s always of a risk of impulse-shooting the teevee. And then I’d have to buy a new one, and it would spend more time watching us than we do watching it.

      Yup, Herself decided to have a go at the 4-10. I did that shift for a while many years ago, back when I still had a real job, and liked it quite a bit. I reasoned that what the hell, I was gonna have to be there anyway, what’s a little more time on either end? But I didn’t have a long commute, and was single, so there you have it.

      As regards Adventure Cycling, we’re trying to scare up another bike for me. Salsa has a couple interesting machines, but the trick is working one into our deadline schedule. I don’t have any insight into their financial planning, but I expect that like everyone else in the biz they’re feeling the pinch.

  4. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Interesting that readers of this blog took a pass at listening to a wanna-be dictator lie to everyone while his supporters toad it up. We also passed since we’ve heard this tune played on the one string, out of tune violin before. What precious time we have left on earth won’t be spent watching or listening to adolph.trump.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I think that, many of us being outrageous bullshitters, we know another outrageous bullshitter when we see one, and he’d better be good if he expects to keep up.

      This dude is no good. He doesn’t try to make his bullshit seem like the real deal, and he doesn’t care if we buy it or not. He’s too busy enjoying “Executive Time” on our dime.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Trouble is, DJT’s followers get told that shit is actually Shinola, and they gleefully polish their shoes with the former and wonder why something around them smells bad.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        The dumpster doesn’t even have the smarts to stick with the standard bullshit that has worked for a hundred years.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Yep, as someone who once sold used-cars I could spot Don the Con a mile away back at his bike race. What I’ll NEVER understand is how anyone thought this snake-in-the-grass would ever deliver on his campaign’s bulls-t promises.
        Is the fact they’ve been conned sinking in yet?
        You know what my wife says….

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