¡Feliz año nuevo!

Another one bites the dust.

Well, here we are. 2020. A whole new year to play with. It’s like bringing that new bike home from the shop. Can’t wait to take it out for a spin.

Actually, I’m in no rush. It’s still below freezing out there at the moment, and it wasn’t much warmer when I took an old bike for a spin yesterday afternoon.

It was a Steelman Eurocross, and the only reason it and I were on the trails was to squeeze one final drop of fun from the old year. There was a chilly wind from the north, and I was wearing my heavy-duty bib tights, two long-sleeve polypro undershirts, a stout long-sleeve winter jersey, tuque plus cycling cap, winter gloves, wool socks, and winter shoes.

The trails were just a bit tacky, which was fine, especially when I took a detour through a gravel wash. This is a long, gradual uphill, and not ideal for 33mm tires in dry conditions unless you’re Belgian or Dutch. I put ’er in 36×28 and ground me some gravel, just like the Kool Kidz do.

All in all this proved a relaxing interlude between bouts of tech support at Herself the Elder’s place. She’s been having trouble getting her iPhone and hearing aids to make nice together via Bluetooth. The cable-TV setup is likewise challenging. Once again we find engineers making things more complex than they need to be, just because they can.

“Lookit me, I’m engineering!” Indeed you are, Poindexter, and I hope your granny writes you out of her will.

So, yeah, studying the catechism of elder tech, pondering the mysteries. Lacking faith, but doing the works in hopes of enlightenment.

After some success that can be described only as limited Herself and I came home to El Rancho Pendejo, warmed up some leftovers, watched a bit of standup on Netflix, and called it a night long before the ball dropped in Times Square.

Tomorrow, we agreed, would be another day. Year. Whatevs. Where the gravel at?

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5 Responses to “¡Feliz año nuevo!”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Got a snowy ride in yesterday. There is a lot of ice and snow all over here so I took the mountain bike out, which is a little more forgiving in a slide and can power through the snow hardpack. It was cold fun.

    Really cold and windy here today. I’m in no mood to go outside.

    Happy 2020, all.

  2. Ira Says:

    All the best in 2020 to all. I’ll be watching the US political shenanigans with interest and from a distance. It should be an interesting election.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Happy new year all. I don’t know if interesting really covers our political bullshit, Ira. I think the next election might decide whether this republic continues its decline or starts to recover.
      So, reserve me a cot up there in the Great White North, heh.

  3. Libby Says:

    Happy and healthy new year wishes for all!!

  4. Larry T. atCycleItalia Says:

    It’s been rather cold here in Sicily as well. Windy and rainy until things cleared up for New Years Eve. Rang in 2020 with some friends overlooking the festivities in the Piazza Duomo last night, then went for a ride in the sun today – where we saw…snow (you read that right) on the roadside in shady spots! First time we’ve seen that in what passes for winter here and hope it’s the last.
    Felice Anno Nuovo to all!

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