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Where I Live:
Hayama, Japan - about an hour by train from Tokyo - I'm about a 15 minute walk from Zushi beach.
About Me:
Naval officer stationed in Japan. Aviator. Enthralled with the New Mexico vibe, and Albuquerque in particular. Found myself looking down range at Navy retirement (just a few years now (!)) and bought a 100 year old adobe house in Old Town about a year ago. Perfect eventual home plate and launching pad for further adventures. Happily getting some vicarious living through the Fix (Yay DCF!) and visits when I can make it across the pond. Buy chile powder every time I'm there, but wish I could bring fresh green here. Ah, well, full time access to green chile soon enough.
Favorite Thing(s) About Albuquerque:
The way the air smells, sharply blue sky, fab food, great people, public art
What I'm Reading:
Way too much work related email. Still. Rereading some Jane Austen, and some Lois McMaster Bujold. Wired. Outside.

Below, one of my favorite windows in the house. The rosemary in the foreground is also great. I have draped shirts over it - it's in the back yard, where they took 20 minutes to dry, and then smelled lovely all day. Love this place.

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Albuquerque Makes Outside Magazine's America's Best Cities List

Posted on August 8, 2009 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

I've been wondering when Albuquerque was going to crack Outside Magazine's annual list of best places to live. No more wondering! Albuquerque's number six on their list in their most recent issue! Totally concur with the write up w/r/t the great outdoor opportunities in and around ABQ. And the outdoor scene is just one facet of what makes the city great.

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A City With Domes

Posted on June 9, 2009 at 5:30am 7 Comments

Although summer is nearly on us, these are from the equally compelling opposite season. I couldn't help but reflect that a city with domes is a civilized place. I love the domes in Albuquerque. These particular ones are well suited to groove here. They allude to the big grand domes of Europe and Antiquity (which makes sense for museums), but are also modern, and the right scale for the surroundings. Subtle, and earthy with pretty blue details for the… Continue

Summer Morning Weather

Posted on June 8, 2009 at 5:37am 0 Comments

Here mists still banner the hillsides on rainy mornings. The old oriental paintings do not exagerate that effect. But there I imagine mornings are dry and cool. Calm or turbulent? I'm not sure. And I'm a weather junky, so this is an item of curiosity for me. Fuel stops on cross countries via Albuquerque and Santa Fe - filling both aircraft and human vital necessity at the half way mark - always happened past the sun's white noon zenith. Looking… Continue

Home For The Holidays

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 4:30am 0 Comments

So it's kind of strange. I am getting set to buy my plane tickets to "go home" for Christmas - Narita - LAX - ABQ. I have thought of myself as a San Diegan for a long time, since that's where I grew up, but I have not lived in California since I took off for the Academy at 18. California is still my "home of record" in military parlance, since my parents are still there. But they are looking to shift to New Mexico at some point, too. Soon, I hope. I… Continue

Chiles - Smokin' Good Times

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

I am supposed to be doing dishes and sifting paperwork right now, but I could not stop myself. I had to take a few minutes to sing the praises of chile peppers. Dang, they're good. I just ate some flank steak coated in sweet and smoky dark red chile powder from the Fruit Basket… Continue

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At 7:32am on August 24, 2008, Carol said…
Thanks! Yours, too. Dug the VLA discussion.
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Cool Profile!

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