Update on the Live Update Guy

Remember this guy? Well, it’s Tip Jar time again.

Our old buddy Charles Pelkey, the Live Update Guy famed in song and story, is in a tight spot.

The big LUG could use some
spare change, man.

Regulars here know the story. Charles fought breast cancer to a draw, then got back to living his life as a lawyer, legislator, and family man.

But he’s since had a few setbacks, the kind that dollar up on the hoof awful fast, and another friend has set up a GoFundMe site to help Chazbo stay one long step ahead of the bill collectors.

That’s right, folks — it’s Tip Jar time again! Doesn’t matter if it’s dimes or dollars, every little bit helps.

And if you can spread the word on your various social-media accounts, that would be swell, too. Thanks in advance.

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21 Responses to “Update on the Live Update Guy”

  1. Tony Geller Says:

    Saw this yesterday and contributed. I’ll spread the word.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Tony. I stumbled upon it while eyeballing BRAIN’s Twatter feed this morning (it’s a sickness, I know).

      I haven’t talked with Charles since before this most recent round of surgeries, so it came as a big surprise to me. If I learn anything more I’ll pass it along here.

  2. Chris Ivich Says:

    Tip jar tinkled. God I miss the NRRBBB! The interplay between the Lug, the Mick and Mons was priceless. Sending healing thoughts to LUG.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      LUG was a lot of work, but a lot of laughs, too. Charles built quite a village there. Even the “get off my lawn” crowd had their spot along the course.

      Funny thing: The New York Times has begun using a live-update setup to stay abreast of breaking news. Seems CP was ahead of his time.

  3. peterwpolack Says:

    With your encouragement, I made a donation. I’ve enjoyed Charles’ work at Velonews and your pairing at Live Update Guy. I wish him a brighter future.

    Despite your curmudgeonly appearance and snarky, though thoroughly enjoyable blog, I know you’re a kind hearted person inside and your sincere plea to fill the tip jar hit the spot.

    Now, if you’ll reimburse me for my donation, I promise not to tell anyone you’re actually a softy inside. 😉

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Aw, shuckens, I’m not as bad rotten as I seem. I’m worser. If it were me in the hot seat plenty of people would be bidding for the right to send me to Hell where I might find honest work gargling napalm.

      But Charles is one of those rare bipeds who prefer to light a candle rather than curse the darkness. Just trying to keep the man in matches, is all.

  4. Shawn Says:

    I have been benefited by giving. Thank you for send the loop out in the direction of us who are not in the loop. May thee of great wisdom and durable political-hide, amongst many of not so admirable wisdom, get well soon to help guide the 44th State and Beyond!

  5. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Thanks on CP’s behalf to everyone who’s kicking in and/or spreading the word. I’m still trying to get some details about my old comrade’s latest battle and will pass on any intel I acquire.

    • SAO' Says:

      One of those time where I wish I had more than two followers, and that more than half of them weren’t imaginary, to help spread the word. When I stuck the $5 LUG sticker on my last car, it doubled the vehicle’s resale value. Sending what I can, and sending good vibes out into the universe. Hopefully both do a little good.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I hear you. I touched base with a few pals who have actual presences on “social” media and their reach should be a tad longer and wider than mine. The blog is fun and all, but there’s a reason I don’t look at the stats. I figure all y’all are just the voices in my head, but in disguise.

        • Shawn Says:

          In order to put an image with le’ verbage de pew, I’m the one with the green skin dressed up as a Canadian Mountie pushing the shopping cart with a rotting pumpkin in it. God save the Queen, Eh.

  6. DownhillBill Says:

    Done. The Masi cup is suitably classy. Best wishes to Charles. I haven’t paid much attention to the Tours since y’all stopped covering them, it’s just not the same. I do miss the old electronic peloton.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, once we took down our shingle I lost interest too. The fun part was being in that virtual pub with everyone hollering at the TV and each other.

      • SAO' Says:

        Caught my kids watching a few summers ago. Brought back good memories of pretending to work while we swapped Fletch quotes with Joe Lindsey’s live blog or learned all about the historical significance of the day’s stage with Mons at LUG.

        The common denominator, of course, was the good, good people sharing the obsessive-compulsive behavior.

    • Shawn Says:

      I’ve admitted to no one in particular in the past that reading the LUG stream, with a mug of fresh ground java and a tasty decadent doughnut, was better than watching the Phil and Paul show, or any other wish-we-were-as-good-as update stream.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Charles was a great ringmaster, with a strong assist from the rest of the LUG circus. The audience participation is what made it spark. It always reminded me of the one time I saw The Firesign Theatre live, in Denver. Performers and audience became one.

        • Shawn Says:

          Yeah, I agree, and I was “professional” enough to stay out on the freak show midway, keeping one eye watching for the barker, and the other peeking into the tent to see what was going on.

  7. khal spencer Says:

    Holy smokes. One turns one’s back on the Innertubes and finds out another good person is behind the eight ball. I hope the best for CP.

    O’G, is this a result of the earlier cancer or is Charles just unlucky? Let us know more about what is up, assuming it is not prying where our little noses do not belong.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      K, I don’t really know what’s going on, and can’t coax anyone into filling me in, so I’m (reluctantly) not pressing the issue. I hate not knowing, but I hate being an asshole even more. Let’s all just keep our fingers crossed. It’s a rough ol’ road, but CP was a Wyoming time-trial champ in his younger days, so he knows all about bucking headwinds.

  8. khal spencer Says:

    Wow. Speaking of voices out of the past, its John Schubert!
    https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2023/01/09/how-to-ride-bike-city-tips

  9. Pat O’Brien Says:

    Tinkle tinkle.

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