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Northern Colorado
About Me:
SHS '78
Middle school teacher for 20+ years
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When I'm there I'm on vacation
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My Albuquerque. Yes, it was a while ago.

I was a huge fan. They even followed me to Texas when I went to college.

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Atomic City, Episode 3

Posted on May 7, 2008 at 9:36pm 1 Comment

M.P.s and the hot air balloons

Ballooning is a big sport in Albuquerque and each year in October, hundreds of balloonists come to town for the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Every morning, for two weeks, they take to the skies and sail where the wind takes them. One time, an errant balloon landed inside the military reservation. The M.P.s met them. The pilots were taken in, questioned, and detained until the army was convinced the balloonists weren't spies.

The… Continue

Atomic City, Episode 2

Posted on April 26, 2008 at 11:00am 0 Comments

The air raid

They tested the air raid sirens on the first Monday of every month. For fifteen minutes at noon they howled to let us know they worked. I always knew that if the Russians were going to bomb us, they'd do it on a first Monday. There was a siren on the roof of my school, and when it went off, the ground shook. The horn rotated on a pedestal so all the neighborhoods could hear it. When it turned my way, if I was on the playground, I could feel the sound waves pounding… Continue

Atomic City, Episode 1

Posted on April 23, 2008 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

Dad worked there

Everybody's dad worked on the base. Not because they were in the service; they just worked there.

I'm not sure what they did there on the base. My dad never told me what he did. "A lot of different things," he'd say when I asked. As I got older, I learned not to ask. It was strange to grow up there, in Albuquerque. The Government was an ever-present influence in everyone's lives, yet nobody was that aware of it. Since 1947, the Atomic Energy… Continue

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At 6:16pm on February 27, 2009, cc said…
Hi, I just read it as the headline of Democracy Now.
Ohhh. My sis and I will mourn the loss of that great home town format.
Thanks for thinking to tell me.
At 10:57am on January 17, 2009, cc said…
Hey Doc,
I am going thru the list of members to the Teaching in Albq. group - saying hi and thanks for being a member. So, Thanks for being a member of Teaching in Albq!
By the way, what was it like to have the Rocky Mountain News go away?
At 5:02pm on September 25, 2008, cc said…
Hi Doc,
Well, my sis's kids were in Ft. Lupton like 88 & 89! Back when Romer was gov, I think. And I taught here in APS from 86-94, then back one more year when our daughter started Kinder in 99-00. Of course I keep tabs with the schools through our daughter's teachers, too (tho she just started hi school at the excellent Amy Biehl charter downtown on 4th & Gold). As well as some of my close friends who keep on trucking with APS.

In fact, when my current schedule eases up a bit, I plan on interviewing a few of my teacher friends on how responsibilities have changed under NCLB. When that time comes around ( maybe this winter) I'll ask you if you want to share your thoughts on that. Then I'll start a discussion with what I find out on Teaching in Albq.

I never really wanted to abandon the regular schools. I think so many of the charter schools try to reinvent the wheel too much. Amy Biehl, tho, is just the right place for our daughter - it was totally her choice and her dad and I are VERY happy with the teachers and kids there. City bus #10 runs all the way down 4th from our neighborhood to downtown, too.
At 4:53pm on September 23, 2008, cc said…
You know, my sis's kids went to a school district like yours near Brighton (Ft. Lupton I think) - they attended an elementary school that was the only one with pre K - 2nd in one bldg, then only one bldg for each of the other elem and secondary levels. It was so different from massive ALBQ system. That was when Romer was Gov and all the teachers were given these great out of school training sessions on very applicable methods.

And then today was the culmination of a month long project out at Placitas Elem for me and that's Bernalillo school district ( under 6 elem schools and just one mid and one high). A totally different feeling because the district administration is in touch. APS is too big. Districts should follow the rule of smaller is better too.
Thanks for writing.
At 9:34pm on September 22, 2008, cc said…
Hey Doc, how are your students this year? Hope you have a good bunch. I have wondered about your photo - is it a place in ABQ? Did you happen to see Adelita's posts this summer called Where in Burque is Adelita? She did 5 of them, all taking interesting shots like your photo and asking if folks could say the exact location. Go to her page and read/view them if you already haven't.

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