Sunday, January 30, 2011

real life

As many of you might have guessed, I'm up to my eyeballs juggling real life responsibilities as they say.  Taking a few days off to work over the kitchen now has me working the weekend in valiant if somewhat vain attempt to catch up at the office.  In the meantime, we're still shopping and ordering materials for the kitchen project.  Oh and yeah, kids basketball and soccer wait for no man.

Adding insult to injury, I'm now heading into partial redesign on one project at work + deadline on another- well you get the drift. 

So yeah, that leaves little time for chasing fins or, ye-gads!, take the ole Yeti for a spin.  Good thing I saw this coming, put her into the shop for a coupla upgrades:

Now I can ditch that silly bell, I'm thinking those trail runners will hear me now, ya think?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

substantial completion

Stage 4 of the kitchen renovation de la casa de Roughrider achieved Substantial Completion precisely at 11.40am this day.


Counter guys template the counters this PM, while our team continues with baseboards, misc drywall + paint work.  

Mechanical range venting scheduled, range + microwave hood arrive Monday.

Glass tile for backsplash on its way.

Whew!  Maybe a hall pass for some fishing is in my near future, you think? ;-)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Progress photo from the day: future bartop + pantry cab's.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

stage 3

Today's checklist:
  • fix emergency plumbing leak- yikes!
  • set final tiles
  • final door trim
  • final drywall
  • texture
  • paint
  • grand finale: grout travertine
Cabinet installation begins tomorrow 7am.  Thankfully, time to hand this project off to the professionals.  Be glad to get back to the office, I'm sooo totally spent, I need the rest!

final cut

thank Dog

the eagle has landed

new cabs have arrived- let the demolition begin!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

good day's work done

The day's last tile set- whew! Cabinets arrive tomorrow~

first batch

first tiles- a breather before diving into second batch

Saturday, January 22, 2011

time = money

floor scraper: awesome

  • VCT floor removal: check
  • Install drywall + remove same + replumb wall (#%@^!) + re-drywall + 1st coat of mud: check
  • Level floor: check.  That self-leveler: cool stuff!
No divorce attorneys on retainer just yet, fingers crossed!

Friday, January 21, 2011

green tagged

Pleased to report we passed our electrical inspection. 

Not too shabby considering this circa 1950's casa- wooot! 

Thx Elcon Elec Contractors- youdaman!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

some assembly required

new travertine stone tile flooring for la casa de Roughrider- a beautiful thing!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Business travel + kitchen renovation leaving little time for fun shredding tread or chasing fins.  Thank dog for the vimeo revolution!

heads or tails from Todd Moen Creative on Vimeo.

HT: Midcurrent

Saturday, January 15, 2011



661 helmet comes in handy

Taking advantage of NM's lax child labor laws~


rough-in complete, ready for electrician

Friday, January 14, 2011

singletracks! white mesa, san ysidro

This installment of singletracks! showcases an thrilling + scenic off-season ride outside of San Ysidro, NM.  White Mesa.

ride reports live here and here

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

dragon's back

NW to Cabezon Peak over Dragon's Back
Mid-winter blah's had me casting about for something different this weekend.

Headed out to the White Mesa, outside of San Ysidro.
rather steep penalty for failure

Dragon's Back turned the tide.
knife edge runs 4 miles
 New Mexico painted desert at its rugged finest.
final plunge awaits

My Dog, but it's beautiful out there.
and no, I did not attempt that drop
No country for old men allright.

Yeti's now, that's a different story.
schweet singletrack
1 OTB, 8 miles tread, 360d views.

Get on out there!

Monday, January 10, 2011

a thing of beauty

Finally! Somebody out there gets it.   

I mean, really, REALLY, gets it.

the hopworks urban brewery beer bike

Is it too early to start Christmas List 2011?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

white mesa nm

wish you were here!

 Dragon's Back in background (shade)

Just a bit of mud, mostly on a coupla north slopes on east side; some soft spots, standing snow on dragon's back rutted trail- the Yeti returned home fairly clean.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

who we are 2011

Heading into another new year I see we here at Dry Flies & Fat Tires have picked up some new friends of late- welcome everyone!

Election night crowd, Wellington, 1931

I've replaced the ole guestbook poll in the right sidebar with a new one for 2011- feel free to load it up one and all!  

Yeah Mom, you can still choose more than one category, I know how you luvs surfin teh webs at work!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

cutthroat frame of mind

well, yeah, I guess that's meant as a double entendre.

With the internets aflame RE: coaching changes, it's nice to be reminded of those things a little more grounded in this good earth.

Colorado River Cutthroat Trout from Colorado Division of Wildlife on Vimeo.

Here's to a new year chasing cutthroats in the high country~  mjh

Sunday, January 2, 2011

dry flies stoke 2010

Not forgotten, here's a selection for those long rodders out there.

What a great year on the fly, here's to a bit more in 2011!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

happy new year

Let the Yeti take me out to exercise exorcise some demons after suffering thru yet another beatdown for my beloved Wolverines.  Sigh.

C'mon back home Jim, your team needs you.

On the flipside- bluebird skies, crisp temps, crusty tread made for a great way to welcome in the new year.

Lungs scorched, legs duly spent, endorphins flood- it's gonna be a good great year!

Happy New Year everyone, cya on the trail!