just lying on the ground

February 13, 2009

The other day Elden and I were IMing, and after I made some reference to a movie or tv show, he said “you really do relate everything in your life to pop culture, don’t you?”

Well, no, no I don’t. Just most things.

It’s not that I RELATE them to pop culture, it’s just that movies, books, and tv stuff are always just bouncing around in my head, and so it’s constantly colliding with regular thoughts that are also bouncing around in my head.

I’m pretty sure that’s how it works.

Anyway. I’ve received a bit of grief over not signing up for Leadville this year.


Remember the movie, We Were Soldiers, with Mel Gibson? Very underrated movie.

Well, more importantly than Mel Gibson, it had Sam Elliott, as Mel Gibson’s sidekick and grizzled old wisdom-dispenser.

In the best exchange of the movie Mel Gibson says “I think you oughta get yourself an M-16.” And Sam Elliott, since he’s so wonderfully wise, says “Sir, if the time comes I need one, there’ll be plenty lying on the ground.”

That’s Leadville. Sure I’m not in now. But come August, you think there won’t be some folks who’s eyes were bigger than their training plans? Just lying around on the ground. That’s what I’m saying.

11 Responses to “just lying on the ground”

  1. mark Says:

    I’m intrigued, but doesn’t your registration have to match your identification? Or are they all bark and no bite in that regard?

  2. KanyonKris Says:

    I’m similarly afflicted/blessed with pop culturism. It amuses me so I don’t care what others think. When a movie/music/TV/book scene/lyric/dialog enhances the conversation it’s a good thing, in my book.

    I hope your effort here to placate the Leadville-ites works. If you don’t go, give me call and we can do something more pleasant – like get a root canal.

  3. bikemike Says:

    We Were Soldiers… why, in the name of leadville, have i not seen this movie…are you kidding me…madeleine stowe, keri russell…netflix has truly let me down.
    what are some other cool quotes from this one so’s i can look for ’em?

    btw…”just lying on the ground” is where you find the coolest stuff.

  4. JD Says:

    I thought he said poop culture for a second.

  5. Jonnie Says:

    See you at the start line August 15th. I know how you roll.

  6. steve Says:

    I think you will see Dug happily climbing some mountain right here in Utah come Leadville. Mileage adds up.

  7. smithmtbr Says:

    nope, best exchange was when sam’s character told mel’s character,”…Custer was a pu$$y, you ain’t”.

  8. Bob Says:

    Hey, I thought we agreed not to do Leadville this year. I’ve gained 25 pounds in honor of our agreement. If you end up riding under a pseudonym, you’ll make me feel terrible. I’ll spend the middle of August doing nothing but eating donuts and watching bad war movies.

  9. BotchedExperiment Says:

    A guy I know showed up to Leadville and decided to try to race. He knew I was signed up but didn’t go. We agreed to make the switch and I gave him my SS #, birthday, address, etc. No go. Without a photo ID, they won’t let you race.

  10. dug Says:

    bob, i know. solidarity brother.

    botched, oh, huh.

  11. tohellandback1st Says:

    botched, did this guy maybe get any new tv’s, cars, mortgages or take any trips of a lifetime or anything shortly after that?

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