Big wheel keeps on turnin’

The Celestial Gardener is fixin’ to turn on the sprinklers.

Kind of a gloomy morning — we got a wee bit of drizzle last evening, and there’s more in the forecast.

If that pulls a Team Cinzano on the old bikey ridey for a couple of days it’s tough titty for Your Humble Narrator because The Duck! City’s flora and fauna need the moisture. Just because the feds and the Colorado Water Compact states are talking to each other doesn’t mean they’re listening.

Also, weather like this is why Odin invented SKS fenders. And running shoes.

In other news:

The Journal devoted a little ink to the demise of the Bike Coop; nothing we didn’t already know, but still, damn.

Another item you’ve probably already seen: A lone cyclist heckles the Patriot Front peacocks in DeeCee and a grateful nation thanks him. If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out the video. The PF parade looks like a community-college production of “Springtime for Hitler” in Gator Bait, Florida.

And finally, Save the Elena Gallegos wins a second round in its battle with The Duck! City over its plan to erect a “visitor/education center” in our beloved open space, where Your Humble Narrator frequently recreates. The place gets plenty visitors as it is and we have the Internets for education, thanks all the same.

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13 Responses to “Big wheel keeps on turnin’”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    First thing I thought of when I watched the bicyclist video was this.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I went first to Marc Maron, musing in one of his standups during the Orange Hitler years about things you never thought you’d find yourself saying: “Boy, these Nazis sure are annoying. …”

      After that it was straight to the French taunter from “”Holy Grail.”

      But the Blues Brothers are a clear winner here.

      • Pat O’Brien Says:

        That movie is just full of quotable quotes. “We had a sound powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline.” The great Donald “Duck” Dunn said that, and he was right.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Damn. As president of the Hawaii Bicycling League, I think I knew every major bike shop owner but one in Honolulu as a personal friend (McCully Bike being the exception) and they all were dedicated, hard working people who knew the best way to avoid getting rich was to own a bike shop. But they did it for love, not money. All of them managed to survive at least when I lived there. The Cheevers closed The Bike Way to retire, not as a business failure, and that ended my bike racing team, which they sponsored. A tiny shop near University and S. King floundered before it could make a buck. We ended up adopting the owner’s cat, Ugo, named, of course, for Ugo DeRosa, when he closed the doors.

    We used to be down in Albuquerque a fair bit when a good friend of ours lived a few blocks south of Central. Back when I had knees, I would run a loop that included that shop and occasionally poke my head in. Not sure I ever met Batty but the name rings a bell. I recall that shop as sort of a “hippie” shop and it felt good.

  3. Stan Thomas Says:

    Call that rain…

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I haven’t been paying any attention, other than scanning headlines if I see ’em. Sounds like The Bug is going through the peloton like a norovirus from a sketchy pasta feed.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I decided to skip the Fanta Se Century this year and judging from the forecast, that was a good move. Plus, this month I developed a sudden case of not giving a shit about my monthly mileage.

        • Shawn Says:

          I didn’t realize that not giving a shit was a valid reason. Although from a medical standpoint, I believe that I’d rather ride a Century in the cool rain versus not giving a shit (constipation). Besides, who would I give my shit to anyway? Nope, it’s better we use it while we have it. There is plenty of time later on when we’re incarcerated in a senior home for not giving any shit.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The weather down to here has a bad case of the suckee-suckee, to be sure. ’Tis a fine soft day in The Duck! City. If one happens to be a duck.

        • Pat O’Brien Says:

          They promised us rain yesterday and we didn’t get shit. Didn’t get no rain neither!

        • B Lester Says:

          Yeah, but isn’t rain a precious thing in the high desert? Here in southern Wisconsin many of our “springs” consist of melting snow and crappy cold followed by a hard turn to scorching summer. This year, non. We’ve seen lots of temperature swings and a real spring. My soccer team has played in some seriously shitty conditions, but we finish the season with a Saturday Sunday Monday triple with great weather. Summer is here! Yay!

        • Patrick O'Grady Says:

          “Didn’t get no rain neither.” Hee, and also haw. That’s some funny shit. …

      • khal spencer Says:

        The sun has finally come out today up here in the City Indifferent. I did a bunch of errands earlier on the fender-equipped Long Haul Trucker, making use of my recently purchased REI rain poncho. Was nice to splash through some deep water running down the street and still stay relatively dry.

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