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Where I Live:
North of Seattle, WA
About Me:
Wearer of lab coats and a dabbler with the RNA or DNA beasties that can kill you, along with the beasties with both RNA and DNA that can kill you, I am a long way from home. Someone feel sorry for me.
Favorite Thing(s) About Albuquerque:
Mountains, chile, sun, open spaces, Santa Fe Opera (wait...that's Santa Fe), the Montano Bridge, Gruet champagne, avians
What I'm Reading:
If it involves cooking, gardening, the making of the atomic bomb, some peoples' biographies, wild west stories, weird and creepy stuff, birds, not-so-much-deep-thinking (I've given that up, along with tortured soul Russian literature), or breaking news about infectious diseases...I'm there.
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Just When You Think It's All Going to Work Out..

Posted on January 31, 2015 at 1:17am 3 Comments

I haven't dropped a line at DCF for a while but I got an email from Adelita about a post I wrote eons ago and here I am.

I left ABQ in 2010 for Virginia and since then, I've relocated to the Seattle area. I've been back to ABQ since my mamacita still lives there and she's had some medical issues that brought me back. I miss ABQ. I miss my house that I fixed up, thinking I was going to live there until I died. Life has a way of messing with you, though. I've been from New Mexico to…


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Posted on March 11, 2012 at 9:35am 0 Comments



It's Fall!

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 7:27pm 4 Comments

Just thought I'd drop in and say hello.  It's autumn and I miss New Mexico.  Green chiles roasting, Balloon Fiesta, the vibrant yellow of the cottonwood leaves...

Here's what the leaves look like in Charlottesville.  It's all about the reds and oranges.  This place is gorgeous and it was particularly lush this year because we got TONS of rain.  I know NM didn't fare as well and I wish I could've shared the wealth of water.


Hope all y'all are doing…



Posted on March 27, 2011 at 4:30pm 10 Comments

A year ago this past February, I was living in Albuquerque, happily puttering along when the…


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At 8:42am on May 9, 2013, Ron Da Bomb said…

Well it was nice to see you, even if it was ever so briefly... Hope all is well in your world, sounds like another interesting chapter is unfolding!

At 4:25pm on January 20, 2011, Ron Da Bomb said…
It ALWAYS makes me smile to hear from you! I do miss reading your blogs. Maybe you should write something? Huh? :-)
At 11:28am on August 30, 2010, Barelas Babe said…
@La Fan! You've been missed. Are you at UVA? If you are desperate for roasted green chile, contact the DC area UNM alumni group. Their annual chile roasting picnic is always in mid-Sept. It is a bit of a drive, but they roast the chile on site! (They are also selling some green chile in Alexandria, if you want a shorter drive).
At 10:23am on August 30, 2010, Ron Da Bomb said…
Susan! GREAT to hear from ya! We miss you here on DCF. Hope all is well in your new part of the world. As for here, it's the same old sleepy Southwest. This is my favorite time of the year, green chile, the brilliant changing of the cottonwoods, that nip in the air, State Fair, then the balloons. And a new (and wonderful) reason to love autumn, my son is a freshman in HS and is in the marching band! He had his first performance this past Saturday in the season-opener football game. If you still have my email, send me a note from time to time. Don't be a stranger!
At 10:24am on May 6, 2010, Ron Da Bomb said…
Hi Susan,
Just a quick hello here! It was good to hear from you the other day. I hope to hear from you from time to time regarding your new adventures in the east. Your friend, Ron
At 2:23pm on June 20, 2009, richard esquivel said…
Hola, richard esquivel opera guy from Sanfran, looking forward to Santa Fe's season. You did invite me to your tailgate party - when? I'm unsure when I will be in ABQ but will definitely be going this summer, also must check on my 88yr old mother. Saw "Traviata" Tuesday night with Anna Netrebko,FAB, next day rode my bicycle to the baseball game, day game Giants vs Angels,that night saw "Tosca" at the opera with Adrianne Pieczonka, sounds Polish but she is from Canada. Ah yes, life in Sanfran. Looking forward to hearing from you again.
At 9:02am on April 3, 2009, akoolstik said…
hiya, i stumbled onto your page here, and enjoyed the first few tunes on your music player. however, i must strongly recommend searching out Girl from Ipanema on the Getz/Gilberto album. it is the definitive version which i am sure you will appreciate.

also 'she called up' from the recent crowded house album has a wonderful video.

At 12:07pm on February 28, 2009, richard esquivel said…
a week ago you responded to my correspondence as "wonderful comments" I thank you so much for those kind words. I would have responded earlier but I don't have a computer her in ABQ and use the ones at the library. MY 87 yr old mother was bedridden for 4 days with some virus, then I think I caught it so I was confined to her house for almost a week.

One day and a half sicker than I have been in over 20 yrs, that is, throwing up every half an hour it seemed. The last time that happend was on a all day, all night train from Hohhot, the capital of the autonomous province of Inner Mongolia in the Peoples Republic of China, to Beijing. I was in a 3rd (4th, 5th?) class comparment sqeeezed in like a sardine. Every half hour or so climbing over people, children in the aisles peeing, men smoking and spitting to go the the toilet, actually no toilet a hole in the floor to vomit which every time was witnessed by at least 5 or 6 people. Gave them quite a show. At one point crawled under the seat, took out my dirty underwear in my backpack to cushion myself in order to stretch out. Put on my Walkman and listened to Yo Yo Ma playing the Bach Suites for Unaccompiened Cello. The train gets back to Beijing and stays in the station for 45 minutes BLASTING military music in praise of Chaiman Mao. I thought my head was going to explode. The rest of my 2 month travels in China went quite nicely.

PS Before that another vomitting story involving sleeping out on the deck of a falucca (kind of sailboat) going down the Nile from Cairo to Luxor.
At 12:08pm on February 19, 2009, richard esquivel said…
About Polish singers, saw the Met's Lucia di Lamamoor last night at the Century 14 downtown, the Enrico was Mariusz Kweicien who was the Santa Fe Don Giovanni, the Edgardo was another Polish singer, Piotr Beczala who I heard as Lenski in the Opera Eugene Onegin" in San Francisco in 2004. Both were fantastic. There is a Polish Metzo - Stefania Toczyska - who sang many times in SanFran in the 80's, also heard her sing Carmen in Munich. Her most memeroble performance was Amneris in "Aida" in SanFran with Pavorotti and Leontine Price (yes.can you believe it), Must admit tho it was the worst acting I have seen from anyone portraying an Egyptian princess since Ann Baxter in the "Ten Commandments."
However my all time favorite Polish singer is the Contralto Ewa Podles, actually saw her in recital in Santa Fe a few yrs back. Check her out on singing from Rossin"s "Semiramide" "Ah quel giorno rammento" 2nd page scroll down to the bottom, I love to play it when I'm riding my bicycle over the Golden Gate Bridge. Also listen to a lovely duet she sings with Sumi Jo from Rossini's "Tancredi," "Fiero incontro." There is no voice like Ewa Podles. Love to hear from you
At 3:42pm on February 12, 2009, richard esquivel said…
Richard from SanFran,
Read some your correspondence on your interest in the Manhattan Project, read many books on the subject, some included in others blogs. Someone recommended The TV series with Sam Waterson as Oppie -- highly recommend it, Saw it about 25 yrs ago and just saw it again recently you can get the 3DVDs on Netflix. I think I've gotten over 60 operas on Netflix, keeps me entertained while I'm here in ABQ.

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