Just chillin’

Weather, outside, frightful, etc.

Sorel, God of Cold Feet, paid us a surprise visit last night.

Hard to believe the glider boyos were cruising the friendly skies just the other day.

The day before Halloween Herself and I saw three gliders working the thermals near the Menaul trailhead.

But Halloween has come and gone. We “fall back” on Sunday, and then slide at high speed into Thanksgiving, winter solstice, and Christmas. It ain’t always sandals-and-shorts weather, even in The Duck! City.

I’m not ready. I never am. I used to race in this shit? When? Was I still on drugs?

Herself is made of sterner stuff. She bundled up and sallied forth with a fellow Democrat to distribute campaign literature.

Comrade Eeyore is likewise on the hustings, telling The Guardian that Democrats “have not done a good enough job of reaching out to young people and working-class people and motivating them to come out and vote in this election.”

Hey, comrade, Herself is no passenger in this garbage scow. Ain’t her fault the officers are all rumdums.

Being of the Vanguard, I was needed here at Headquarters to propagandize over hot tea and a Taos Bakes bar. Arise, ye prisoners of starvation, and fetch me another mug of tea.

While I await the Revolution I’m also baking a loaf of bread so I don’t have to stand in line for it like the proles.

Here in a bit I’ll go for a run, if only because I never know when I might have to. It’s all this weather is good for. You can’t ski in it, or make snowballs with it, so you might as well pound ground, keep the muscle memory sharp.

The forecast for the day after Election Day is not encouraging. We may be feeling the heat, but not in a good way. I’m thinking of feet held to the fire.

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24 Responses to “Just chillin’”

  1. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Referring back to your Halloweenie post, at Target this morning I saw the boxed set, all episodes and pilot, of Northern Exposure for $36. I paid $70 for it on the PBS store last year.

  2. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Well I was doing ok until I read that you are going running to stay in practice for what might be a coming. Realized full well that I was a sure goner since if I tried to run, various body parts would snap like fresh breadsticks and I’m sure the tRumpers would run me down in mere seconds with their Silverados and F-150’s. But maybe I can make it to a culvert or something and come out in a few years and see if any shred of democracy is left?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      If running’s not an option, pick a good hidey-hole within limping distance. If you hear ’em knocking and hollering give ’em both barrels through the door. That’ll give you a solid head start over the survivors.

      Don’t worry about the F-150s. I owned one, briefly, though it felt like several lifetimes. Having to stop at every dealership for a rebuild makes them a poor pursuit vehicle.

  3. Libby Says:

    Hi Patrick, are you using the same vintage breadmaking appliance that was identical to your first used breadmaker? Still going strong?
    An appliance that is from the 80s? 90s?
    Your pre-owned appliance reminds me of an NPR story that I heard tonight on the massive cost of new vehicles -which is still a very popular purchase option – and the near complete lack of lower cost used vehicles available because more people are holding on to their vehicles. The centerpiece of the story focused on the massive cost of repair as these senior cars break down. The featured owner doesn’t have enough money for $5k head gasket replacement (understandable) despite a Go Fund Me (understandable, again). Fortunately, she is able to borrow a friend’s car for now for her work commute. Her way forward is not certain.
    My car, purchased used (7 yrs old) is now 12 yrs old and needs an expensive cooling system repair. And, no, my “used car” is not a 2010 Lexus SUV but a smallish Ford sedan with low mileage.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hey, Libby … yep, still on the vintage breadmaker, which cranks out a reliable loaf of whole wheat every few days. It’s pretty good with what the owner’s manual calls a “French” bread too. But I really like a thick slice of whole wheat with butter and jam in the morning, or maybe a slathering of guacamole.

      Used cars are the shit. My Forester (bought used) is 18 years old and still gets me where I want to go. It ain’t pretty, but neither am I. Herself is rocking a 12-year-old Honda CR-V (also bought used) and that works just fine for her, too.

      Why anyone would want a new car in this town is a mystery to me. You can see the remnants of bad decisions at every intersection. Nobody even bothers to sweep up the debris anymore.

      True, I have to spend some money every year to keep the Forester roadworthy. But it’s still cheaper than a car payment, and there’s nothing out there I want to buy anyway.

      • Libby Says:

        Yes, repairs have been a better option for me rather than replacing my vehicle. Most vehicles on the road here are SUVs and pickups.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Ho, ho. Same here. Same everywhere, I think. If you drive anything smaller than a CR-V, when stopped at a red light or in a parking lot mostly what you see through the driver’s-side window is lug nuts.

        • SAO' Says:

          And it’s those same folks driving the Land Yachts that are complaining about gas prices. No one wants a 2-door pickup with a traditional sized bed anymore, they want the MegaDeath 3000 HDR Rapture Edition, $70K and 12 mpg.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Patrick, you messin’ with the cops again?

  5. SAO’ Says:

    Got bad vibes about this winter. Even a batch of chipotle honey chicken isn’t improving my disposition.


    Might have to take antisocial media to a whole new level to survive this next phase of this great experiment we call democracy.

    But at least I’ll eat well as we march into the abyss.

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