Just ankling along

Hey, when you have extra daylight to burn, you might as well break out the matches.

I haven’t shot any video for Adventure Cyclist lately because a bicycle reviewer with a broken ankle isn’t much of a cyclist, let alone a touring cyclist. And we viejos get rust in the cranium if we don’t keep buffing away up there.

So here’s a little mental exercise for me and a little cheap entertainment for you. I can proclaim without fear of contradiction that it’s worth every penny you’ll pay for it.

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25 Responses to “Just ankling along”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Thanks, Eddy.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Chapeau, Mad Dog. Stay off the front….of the living room, I guess.

    So you put all the weight on the bum ankle getting on and off the bike?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That time I did. I want to keep challenging the sonofabitch. Just not too much. Usually if I’m getting off on the drive side I use a reverse cyclocross dismount with my left hand on the top tube down by the saddle.

  3. JD Dallager Says:

    What? No helmet? 🙂

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Belated happy 66th O’G

  5. T J Mora Says:

    Thanks for the daily entertainment. You are a relief.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, TJ. Just pushing pixels around as per usual and trying to keep my inner Black Irishman bound and gagged in the basement. (“Ah, Jaysis, we’re all fooked so!”) It’s either laugh or weep, and I’d rather laugh. Or try to, anyway.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Giggle time boys and girls. Well, maybe not the girls.

    • Hurben Says:

      Given that we’re all going stir crazy, this reminds me of time in the military, either holding a lighter to an arsehole to see how far the flame would go, or covering the arse with foot powder to replicate an atomic mushroom cloud.

      Yes, I apologise, we had no class but we were mostly only 18 years old so it didn’t take much to amuse us.

      Take care out there, sadly NZ has had it’s first death to Covid-19

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I’m pretty sure there’s nothing an 18-year-old boy (man?) won’t do, or at least consider.

        My friends and I weren’t in the service, but we didn’t have any class either. Well, that’s not true. Some of us were low class. But that’s about as good as it got.

        We in New Mexico have started a body count, too. The forecasts I read predict staggering tolls, and in the near future too. You take good care out there, Hurben, and the rest of yis as well.

        • Pat O'Brien Says:

          Word, Patrick and Hurben. I was twenty years old and assuming I was going to live forever, even in a place where bad stuff happened almost daily. It makes one do some stupid shit. I still do stupid shit, but much less of it with little risk to life and limb. And, these days we need to consider the risk to us and everyone one around us. As I like to say often these days, “I was young and stupid. Now, I am old and stupid. I can’t remember what happened in between.” So, I already spent my “free” money from the folks in DC. I bought a USA made guitar amplifier. And with the way I play, that’s pretty stupid, but it hurts no one and helps a few stay employed.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          We haven’t been spending a lot of money at the retail level. My favorite bike shop and bookstore are closed. I recently was compelled to order a book from Powell’s, which is fine, but I prefer to shop locally.

          We’re gonna have to make a medium-heavy grocery run sometime in the next few days, which will put a few florins into the stream of trade. But that’s about it from here. I’m trying very hard not to buy something like this or this. Very very hard.

          • Pat O'Brien Says:

            It was a Henriksen Bud 10 amp that Rainbow Guitars, in Tucson, had in stock. Been drooling on it for months. They sold out, but got 3 more in a few weeks ago. Talked to our bud Stefin up there, and he said “keep it 30 days, and if you don’t like bring it back full refund or credit.” Then he says, “I bet you don’t bring it back or sell it ever.” So, I took a chance. You selling any Shure mikes? You get a mixer with 48V phantom power you will be tempted by all those fancy condenser mikes.

          • Patrick O'Grady Says:

            New toys are fun.

            My Scarlett 2i2 audio interface has 48v phantom power for routing XLR condenser mics to the Mac, and so does the Zoom H5. I may break out one or the other again if I decide to do another interview for the podcast. Most likely the Zoom, because it’s so versatile.

            But right now I’m kind of digging the simple one-voice, straight-to-the-Mac route with the ATR2100-USB mic. Talk about your cheap dates.

  7. SAO' Says:

    Going back in time a few posts … talking about LUG probably not firing up the electric live-stream post-amatron for this year’s non-Tour … saw this and could only think, what a wonderful world.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Unreal, innit? I wonder how many would-be screenwriters are frantically banging away on laptops, working up treatments for the latest version of The End of the World As We Know It?

      It’s the less obvious changes we don’t notice. Here in the ’Burque ’burbs, for instance, the hum of traffic on Tramway and flights out of the Sunport is always in our sonic background. Lately, not so much. I’m not hearing much air traffic, and just now I could even pick out the sound of individual autos on Tramway instead of the usual perpetual drone.

      • SAO' Says:

        We all notice different things. I’m always amazed when someone who walks the same path dropping the kids off at school hasn’t noticed something that seems obvious to me, like a missing tree the city cut down or an eagle’s nest in the trees at the edge of our neighborhood. But on the other hand, I’ve lived here two years, and I have no idea what the street names are for the intersections 300 feet on either direction of my own house. Just a function of how we are individually wired. Which is why it’s funny that so many people have commented on the hawks swooping up field mice in the open space off our back yard. The noon hunt is our version of Must-See-TV these days.

  8. Rob from Canada Says:

    Excellent!! …. but would you pass a virtual doping test?

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