Talking about ‘Mons’

Msgr. Richard “Mons” Soseman.

Diane Jenks, a.k.a. The Outspoken Cyclist, has posted her chat with Charles Pelkey and me about the late Msgr. Richard “Mons” Soseman and his generous, thoughtful contributions to our daily coverage of the grand tours over at Live Update Guy.

Our segment kicks off about 33 minutes into the show. Steve Frothingham, editor in chief of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, gets things rolling with a discussion of the year just past in the bike biz and what we might expect in 2021.

Thanks to Diane for giving the Padre, Charles, and me a little corner of her chat room. You can give us a listen by clicking here.

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19 Responses to “Talking about ‘Mons’”

  1. SAO' Says:

    Got it downloaded and queued up, just need to find some quiet so I can partaketh. That’s a commodity in short supply around here.

    • SAO' Says:

      Bittersweet way to start the new year. Made sure I thanked Diane over at her Twitter space. Y’all nailed the important parts, that Mons was the kindest of souls and we’d all do well to emulate his humanity.

      If it turns out that Catholicism is the one true religion, I’m betting if you add up the faith credits of the collective LUG-Nut and MadDog communities, all you’d have to show for it is a few thousand years in Purgatory, and yet Mons found a place in his heart for this oddball assortment. There’s gotta be a lesson in there. Somewhere.

      Thanks again, Patrick.

  2. SAO' Says:

    Bicycle retail news: see this craziness?

    I’m starting to think that nobody who identifies as center right and beyond thinks through anything that they do. And I get it, Brooks saddles were not on anybody’s radar when they were thinking about Brexit, but I’m sure this isn’t the only commodity to which this will apply.

  3. khal spencer Says:

    Nicely done, except it was really hard to follow Charles at times. His transmission sounded garbled at times.

    • SAO' Says:

      Try Overcast. Not sure how he does it but the combo of SmartSpeed and VoiceBoost are dialed in for spoken word and podcasts.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I listened via the browser link and noted some of the same audio issues (Diane told us in advance that Charles was a little choppy and she tried to edit/mix the audio a bit). I heard it during our chat and assumed it was just my connection (cell service here is non-awesome). These things happen, even to the pros. I’ll check out your Overcast link.

      Probably the only way to dodge it is to have all the parties record their own audio locally as they chat and then send it to the editor for blending. But even then you might have issues. Diane’s on the pro gear, I’m on some semipro setup, and Charles is on the phone in his office.

      If I had a do-over I might just use the Shure MV88 mic attached to the iPhone instead of getting the MacBook Pro and ATR2100-USB involved. NPR makes it sound so easy.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        You sounded fine on your rig, but I assumed Charles was on a cell phone with a weak signal on his end. That’s what it sounded like to me.

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          Video is so much easier than audio. Who’da thunk it? With the first, you got your moving pictures and your sound. With the second, you just got the sound.

          But damme if I wouldn’t rather edit a year of video than 10 minutes of audio. Video’s easier to distribute to the masses, too.

          Of course, just writing a blog post is easiest of all. Bang out a few lines, slap a hed and a pic on it, and boom! Off you go. Zip and zip and zip!

          • SAO' Says:

            Not sure why that reminded me of this:

            “You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.”

            – Albert Einstein

          • Patrick O'Grady Says:

            Well, that explains it. Cats are involved. Or they aren’t. Of course, they will say that they aren’t, and then blame it all on the dog.

      • Shawn Says:

        Yes, the Overcast audio is better. Thank you.

        Perhaps the poor signal is because Charles is communicating from Wyoming. Don’ they intercept, monitor and disrupt signals from anybody that leans over to the left side of the fence?

        The signal from POG is much better. It must be all that hot air expelled from the depths of the pozole caliente infested jejunum.

        Liveupdate? It’s a lot to ask and as I’ve said before, you guys have been very kind to do what you have done and I certainly understand and respect the retirement of LUG. Attempting to capture the magic again, even without Mons would be difficult. But if it is meant to be, probably Charles will stumble across a sign sent down from above (perhaps it will start raining LUG stickers over his legislative retirement party). And of course it would have to rain down rotten habaneros on Albuquerque.

        Now let’s see. Where’s the closest printer, a good south-of-the-border pepper grower and the keys to my Skymaster. Oh yeah, and a signed “get-out-of-jail” card from Trump for bombing liberals.

  4. Hurben Says:

    That was beautiful & a wonderful tribute to Mons. Just a thought, (because I’m not the one doing the work), maybe you should publish a ‘Best of Mons’ post

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That’s a great idea, Hurben. But it would take some doing. Live Update Guy shifted around and about from one hosting entity to another during its tenure, and a lot of it — maybe all of it — has digitally dried up and virtually blown away, like my early blogging at AOL,, and elsewhere.

      When Charles and Diane started talking about doing a piece about Mons I sifted randomly through what remains of LUG and managed to find just one of his essays, from stage 8 of the 2014 Giro, the one Diane mentioned in the podcast. Maybe Charles would have more success. I’ll propose it.

      • Update: CP is on the case. More as I hear it.

      • SAO' Says:

        If you have a script to do this, I’ll stay out of the way. But if it’s brute force manual labor, and you’re just going through the website, pulling up races, and Cmd-F’ing thru Mons’ posts, then tell Charles he could throw a race or two at me and I’ll cull through the 18 or so stages. Mini-crowd-sourcing, as it were.

  5. SAO' Says:

    T**** can’t stand for anyone else to get attention, so he had to crash Mons’ memorial with today’s shenanigans. How is possible to say at least once a day for 1460 days, “Just when I thought he couldn’t do anything stupider than yesterday …”?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I know. It’s maddening. He has been successful in one thing and one thing only: making us think about him, all the time.

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      We’ve said it before, and it is always true with this sociopath. He has no bottom or limit on what he will do to keep power over others and stay on the front page. His ego demands complete loyalty. Wait for the proud boys and other militias to show up in DC on Wednesday.

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