April 2009 Stories (142)

Morning Fix: More of You-Know-What


Added by Somegye on April 30, 2009 at 5:30am — 7 Comments



I was astonished as I was driving home from work today. There I am eyeing the Target parking lot--debating if it was too busy--when out of the blue a HUGE turquoise, black and cream Trolley was driving up Paseo del Norte!!!!!! I tried to concentrate on the lanes, while I raced to catch up to it. It is sooooooo cool looking! To no avail, I couldn't get the driver's attention to ask him what he's doing. I have never seen a trolley in ABQ like this! I didn't see a sign on it, but… Continue

Added by Joyce Perez on April 29, 2009 at 8:34pm — No Comments

Someone to run for.

On May 2, I'm doing a walk for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. This organization is close to my heart, no, not because SOME people think I'm mentally ill for doing ultramarathons and Ironman races. Mental illness has become the focus of my career . I work full time in clinical research on treatments for mental illness, and I also work part-time as a licensed mental health counselor.

Everyone should try… Continue

Added by mistypilgrim on April 29, 2009 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Burlesque Noir in Boston!

This trip was a bit crazy, I'm not going to lie.

We all had flown in separately but had lined up hotel rooms... or so I thought.

I was in North Carolina to find out one of our rooms had been canceled. It took my one hour and 45 minute layover, tears, and anger to get it straightened out. I am kind of convinced that I will never stay at another Hyatt again. Except of course to go back to The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition.

First and foremost, I was… Continue

Added by CariAnne on April 29, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Rex's Burgers: Burger Paradise in the Heights

No one really knows the origin of the hamburger. Reports of people eating hamburgers go all the way back to Genghis Kahn but most credit a huckster in the Oklahoma State Fair back in early 1900's for the creation of what is considered today's hamburger. All I know is that I have enjoyed some great burgers but I have experienced many more bad burgers. To me, a quality burger is a soul soothing, karma repairing blend of meat, bun and condiments… Continue

Added by Tricross on April 29, 2009 at 9:30am — 13 Comments

Morning Fix: Holing Up Inside Us


Added by Somegye on April 29, 2009 at 5:30am — 9 Comments

Rio Vista Bracero Processing Center

Carlos Marentes took us to an old relic, decaying against the Texas sun, rich in history we must not forget.

With camera at hand I captured a segment of history most of us never knew existed.

Rio Vista

This is the entrance to the abandoned Rio Vista Bracero Processing Center in Socorro, Texas.

A processing plant, similiar to an assemby line in Detroit, except that instead…

Added by buggs on April 28, 2009 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

The Online "Free Porch"

Back in the day, there was a porch we called, the free porch in the University Ghetto area, where you could leave things and pick things up...I found it to be so wonderful that I wrote a poem about it (see below)...This week I discovered the 21st Century version of the FREE PORCH online. It is called, FREECYCLE...Apparently, I am one of last on the planet to discover this, but if you haven't checked it out, there is an Albuquerque 'branch' of the organization...… Continue

Added by Jeff Hartzer on April 28, 2009 at 4:30pm — 18 Comments

Sunday May 3rd Perrito de Moda!! 12-2pm

Sunday, May 3rd | 12:00-2:00pm

Perrito de Moda. Enjoy the latest in doggie fashions at Bow Wow Blues. Eastside Herding and Small Dog Rescue is hosting their first fashion show to help raise money to help with rescuing, rehabilitation, and finding homes for shelter dogs whose time has become short. Bow Wow Blues 3854 Rio Grande Blvd NW. 505-341-4484. FREE.…


Added by Bow Wow Blues on April 28, 2009 at 2:40pm — No Comments

36 students caught playing hooky.


In other news, the sun rises and it sets. WHY is this news?? Is it an election year for the police chief or some APS official?

Femlee continued. "...they are out there with their girlfriends. Who knows what they are doing out… Continue

Added by mistypilgrim on April 28, 2009 at 11:00am — 8 Comments

One of those New Mexico things

I shot this photo the other day while I was out walking with the kids. There were dozens of these mummified mushrooms scattered around.

In other places I've lived -- fungi-intensive regions like Washington state -- mushrooms tend to sort of turn brown and dissolve after a while. But here, in the humidity-less tierra encantada, our mushrooms desiccate where they stand.

I've found puffball-type fungi as well, with a stem that… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on April 28, 2009 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

It's done Sprung

Yesterday I decided to ride my bike to work. I live up by Cibola high school, and work is in a little home office off of Rio Grande. It was a perfect day for riding, even on my old rat-bike cruiser.

So, this will sound fruity as hell, but it was, like, the first day of spring for me. The leaves had really all just said 'screw it',' and pushed on out to do their thing. Along Alameda, just east of Coors, there's a field that has horses and sheep. That morning, there were a half-dozen… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on April 28, 2009 at 8:01am — 5 Comments

The Cubero Adventures: Searching for Ernest Hemingway

CUBERO, NM--For the last couple of years I have been reading rumors about Ernest Hemingway writing a good part of The Old Man and the Sea in the tiny village of Cubero, New Mexico. The story is that Hemingway stayed at the Villa de Cubero Tourist Court in 1951 for anywhere from two weeks to two months. While there he wrote much of his short novel about an old fisherman. There are only a couple of sources for this, but over a dozen retellings of… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on April 28, 2009 at 8:00am — 11 Comments

My hair, my hair, my hair

I found a great place to get my hair done. It was recommended by a fellow Burquean. It's called, "Fusion" and it's downtown on Central. Jim is awesome.
That's it. Just wanted to post something short and positive for a change. ;-)

Added by mistypilgrim on April 28, 2009 at 7:38am — 2 Comments

Morning Fix: Going National


Added by Somegye on April 28, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Read This If You Own A Car and Park It In Albuquerque

I want to tell you about something that happened to me. But first, let me frontload my sad tale with a giant dose of self-flagellation to ward off the criticism that I know I probably deserve.

I know that getting a parking ticket is bad and wrong and not paying that parking ticket is even badder and wronger. I was a bad and wrong person, specifically in the area of parking tickets. If my dad is correct, and getting parking tickets is a sign of bad character, then I am truly rotten and… Continue

Added by Tracy Dingmann on April 27, 2009 at 6:10pm — 27 Comments

Little Chicken on the Prairie

Last weekend was my second visit to the Highland Plains Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival in Milnesand, New Mexico. Milnesand is a little crossroad just a few miles from the state line with Texas, but it is a community big on spirit. The Festival is a joint event of the local community, The Nature Conservancy, the Grasslands Charitable Foundation, and the NM Dept. of Game and Fish. Over a three day period, participants are able to view the lesser prairie chickens on their leks (a phenomenal event… Continue

Added by David Cramer on April 27, 2009 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

Morning Fix: Speak Up


Added by Somegye on April 27, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Character Study

Here follows a little piece I wrote as a character study for a novel idea I had that was a sort of Tony Hollerman spoof. This is about the main character and his father.....

The Begays

APD Detective Chadwick “Chad” Begay was a Navajo who had never set foot—let alone lived—on the reservation. It wasn’t a conscious choice on his part, it just happened that way. He’d been meaning to, but what with playing polo, raising Irish Wolfhounds, and later, his Ivy League education,… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on April 26, 2009 at 7:56pm — No Comments

Pecos River BBQ Co.

Hello Duke City!

Pecos River BBQ Co. is a small BBQ concession operating out of Pecos NM. We serve Ribs, Brisket, Pulled Pork and Chicken. We are located just across from Farrell Gas on Hwy 50. It is hard to miss the trailer, it looks like a log cabin on wheels.

We all love ABQ but sometimes you just have to get away for a day or two. Pecos is a perfect place to do that. Next time you find yourself needing to escape grab… Continue

Added by Buck on April 26, 2009 at 7:19pm — No Comments

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