‘Christmas in Chihuahua’

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Behold the latest in my celebrated “A Mad Dog in Winter” series. It may be my greatest Work. Either that or just an iPhone snap of the driveway.

Speaking of the Work, Charles Pelkey and I will be joining the fabled Diane Jenks this morning on “The Outspoken Cyclist” podcast. We’ll be talking about Live Update Guy in general and the late Msgr. Richard “Mons” Soseman in particular. Mons was a regular at LUG during his days at the Vatican, and this is just another way for us to tell the world how much we miss him.

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18 Responses to “‘Christmas in Chihuahua’”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    What time does it air, Patrick?

    Well, one good thing happened in 2020. Buffalo beat New England twice!

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Hey O’G, will the podcast be airing live or catch it later?


    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I believe Ms. Jenks is recording it for posterity. I’ll ask when she plans to inflict us upon the listening public.

      • khal spencer Says:

        The 26th episode has been posted.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        I think it airs on Saturday, January 2nd. WJCU airs it then it posts on the Outspoken Cyclist website after the on air program. That is what I got from the websites.

        Try not to get to radical mi amigo.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        We’re all done. I think I managed to stay out of the way. When anyone sticks a mic and/or lens in my face I feel the urge to go full Chet “Panama” Pomeroy and start raving like some depraved pervert. But I’m pretty sure I behaved myself. The voices say so, anyway.

        • Pat O’Brien Says:

          BTW, that is an interesting pic. An aerial view of a frosted forest perhaps? Then I enlarged it.

          Did you use your own podcasting equipment?

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          It is kind of a cool pic, innit? Stepped outside on a whim and there it was, right at my feet.

          My Radio Free Dogpatch studio is in disarray, having gone unused since April or thereabouts. So for today’s podcastery I went with the setup I use to do voiceovers for the Adventure Cyclist videos: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB mic and ATH-M30x headphones on a Samson boom arm, hooked to the MacBook Pro via USB cable.

          I called Diane from the Mac using FaceTime. She was on a Google Pixel 2 phone, but I don’t know what she was using for a recording setup. She’s been in the podcast game for a helluva long time and knows a whole lot more about the tech side than I do.

          She may have access to some cool tech at the radio station. If not, there’s a ton of interesting new consumer-level gear available, including this nifty little widget from Zoom. So tempting. Get thee behind me, Zoom!

          Using a big hammer to drive a short chat.

          Chat on the cheap: USB/XLR mic ($99)
          and bargain-basement headphones ($70).

  3. SAO' Says:

    Weird how life works. She’s had Phil Liggett and Gary Fisher on these last couple of weeks, but I’m more interested in hearing you and CP talk about Mons than any big race or industry happenings.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We both could’ve gone on for hours about Mons. So many tales, so little time.

      Incidentally, the show will be up on Saturday, and Diane will send me a link. Also on the program: Steve Frothingham of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News. We three were VN web weenies all simultaneous-like Back in the Day®, Charles and Steve full time, and me contracting from a safe distance as has been my practice for decades now.

      • SAO' Says:

        Spent way too much time on VN back then. The web was weird before social media. Really closer to still being analog than whatever we’re doing today. Before people were famous for being famous, niche activities like bike racing might have some famous people, but they were medium-sized fish in a very small puddle. Sometimes I’d write in with a question/comment that was on the obscure side, and instead of posting it somewhere, I’d get a personal reply from Charles or Neal or someone, kindly explaining, yeah kid, that’s a weird observation, wanted to let you know we saw your note, but no way we’re wasting Readers’ Letters space on that.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Yeh, before Greg LeMond and that other fella, bike racing was a small pond with some medium-sized frogs sporting names that sounded like “Snotlocker Arglebargle.” It was a pisser trying to figure out who was who, and what they were all doing to each other, and why. On this side of the pond, anyway.

          That Boulder-based journal of competitive whatever helped change things up. Publishing more often than the slicks, on newsprint; offering the real fiends a phone number they could call (for a fee) to get Tour updates; then a BBS (I think); then an actual “web” site in 1994, the first consumer website offered by any sports magazine, or so they always told us.

          It was a small op’, and the readers could bump up against John Wilcockson or Charles Pelkey out on the course, same as they could LeMond or that other fella. The sport felt more personal then. Sometimes the reporter covering the race was racing in the sonofabitch; not always in the Pro/Cat. 1-2 event, but in some lesser category.

          At times it could be hard to work because the punters wanted to chat you up while you were dashing around trying to collect quotes for a web shorty before you grabbed a redeye home (and wrote the magazine story on the plane). But that was just their way of showing they were as caught up in the whole magical deal as you were.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Well, 2020 ends tonight. I am too damn old to wish any time away, but I will be so glad to see tomorrow and 20 days from then come and go.

  5. Hurben Says:

    As I sit here watching the first dawn of 2021 in the world, I wish you all a far, far better year than the one just past.

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Has anyone seen their Dec/Jan Adventure Cycling issue yet?
    Oh, and Happy New Year. It better be a happier year than 2020!

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