August 2008 Stories (160)

Flying Without Wings

Silvia ready to ride

I have been thinking about motorcycles a lot lately and I came to the realization that this year I did not ride my Goldwing much. I know why, Silvia. She is on the other side of the border, many miles away and I have not spoken to her in months. Sometime I wonder what she is doing. I was thinking about a ride we did together to Jemez this time last… Continue

Added by buggs on August 31, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

Femme-o-lition Derby 2008

Albuquerque has some of the most amazing and unusual entertainment in America. Each year a mostly local group of femme entertainers put on a burlesque, circus, music, etc. show called the Femme-o-lition Derby. It was ninety minutes of astonishing talent and girl girl loving. Matie Fricker and Molly Adler of Self Serve Toys provided running comedy relief as they worked the audience and introduced the acts:…


Added by Kelly Vickers on August 30, 2008 at 11:00pm — 6 Comments

A First Timer's Account of the DNC

Going to a national political convention is unlike anything else. Everywhere one turns, there are stories ready to be and interesting characters to interview. In other words, to call it a carnival would be a gross understatement.

Third Congressional District candidate Ben Ray Lujan walked through the Big Tent. A TV station from Spain interviewed Ben Ray Lujan -- then turned around and interviewed… Continue

Added by LP on August 30, 2008 at 5:21pm — 3 Comments

Is America Ready for a Pin Up President?

Sarah Palin is a woman, yet she sure as hell is not Hillary Clinton. Somehow McCain missed the distinction.

McCain managed to put the entire focus of his campaign on his health yesterday. At 72, and having battled cancer four times, there is a big chance that his VP pick will assume to the throne. McCain had only met Palin one time, around six months ago. She had been… Continue

Added by Kelly Vickers on August 30, 2008 at 6:27am — 5 Comments

confessions of a bad houseplant waterer

Some days I just shouldn't get out of bed. Not because I'm running a temperature, not because I have a runny nose, but because some days I don't find myself to be the best at being around people. You can call it PMS. I'm comfortable enough with myself to acknowledge that I have those days. But today is not that.

I have an office plant. I've had him for a few years. I saved him from being tossed aside after a big fundraising event when… Continue

Added by RiRiSynCyr on August 29, 2008 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Morning Fix: Spreading


Added by Somegye on August 29, 2008 at 5:29am — 1 Comment

This would make an excellent birthday present:

Added by Indiscretion on August 28, 2008 at 11:24pm — No Comments

It's back! The Albuquerque Cultural Conference

Calling all organizers, writers and artists, and progressive journalists, teachers, and dreamers from all cultures to join us in building a new society while addressing the failures of the old. We will take up the vital issues of creating a just world through the application of hard work, the development of alternative forms of education, and the images of cultural transformation.

The Albuquerque Cultural Conference is BACK. Bring… Continue

Added by The Harwood Art Center on August 28, 2008 at 4:07pm — 2 Comments

Winners of Poetry on the Bus

Jordan Martinez, with his poem for Poetry on the Bus

Big love to all the winners of this year's Poetry on the Bus program! I just returned minutes ago from the opening reception to share some snapshots with you.

The downtown venue was packed and the scene was groovin'. Apparently poetry events are a prime place to meet people too as I connected with a foxy engineer from Intel who was there to support Jordan (shown… Continue

Added by chantal on August 28, 2008 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Poetry on the Bus is HERE!

abq ride bus poetry

A packed house @ 117 Gold

Kudos to Duke City Fix, 100 Gold, Sadies, Mayor Martin Chavez, Greg Payne and Abq. Ride for the beautiful job on the POETRY ON THE BUS reception; for the gorageous book of the selected poems; and for the LITERARY ARTS on the WALL artshow (Yes, poems are art pieces!) at 117 Gold. We know the literary art pieces will look just as snappy on the inside of the busses too.

abq ride, albuquerque bus poetry


Added by Jeff Hartzer on August 28, 2008 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Laboring back into history

I am taking a break from my normal blog posts about my motorcycling to write about an adventure that BF and I take every Labor Day weekend.

When I explain this holiday tradition to others, I receive looks of confusion or bewilderment or even ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe you do that’!

But do it, we do!

We relive the past. We dig into the culture of the fur trade era and embrace the simple (and many times harsh) life of the Mountain Men (MM) and Indians. We take… Continue

Added by Gemini Goddess on August 28, 2008 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

No Dirt Left Behind (NDLB)


Come out for a free public workshop at our Action Buzz Neighborhood Gardens THIS Saturday, Aug 30th.

(The Harwood: sowing seeds of art and veggies, at your community art center.)

WHAT: FREE Public Workshop @ the Action Buzz Neighborhood Gardens

WHERE: 1255 8th Street NW (north of Mountain, at the intersection of 8th and Summer)

TOPIC: HEALTHY SOIL: How to create and maintain quality dirt with Jacinda… Continue

Added by The Harwood Art Center on August 28, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

3600 Horsepower: That's One Powerful Bird

Do you have a little train geek in you?

Want to know why the NM Rail Runner Express uses bio-diesel? What's the weight of the cars vs. the locomotive? When can you start riding the train to Santa Fe? What are the challenges associated with laying rail on La Bajada hill?

Watch on:

(Produced by… Continue

Added by Mr Cog on August 28, 2008 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Martini Mike's Hangover Report - Journal Pavilion Edition

“There's many who've tried to prove that they’re faster

But they didn't last and they died as they tried” – Judas Priest, “Hell Bent For Leather”.

Last night I attended the long awaited “Metal Masters Tour” show at Journal Pavilion in the desert wasteland ( why doesn't anyone ever get lost in a… Continue

Added by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on August 28, 2008 at 8:30am — 11 Comments

Morning Fix: Glory's Eve

  • More N.M. children living in poverty. Nearly one-quarter saddled with the designation.
  • Will flat economy deflate Balloon Fiesta?
  • Public pool parasite outbreak spreads. More than 45 probable cases of sickness now reported.
  • Dog sodomy…

Added by Somegye on August 28, 2008 at 5:24am — No Comments

Chiles - Smokin' Good Times

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

Added by Carol on August 27, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Wanna Be On TV? Get Your Own Show!

Something interesting from my inbox.

New Local TV Channel Presents Opportunity Call for Community Partners/Proposals for Programming

Quote...Unquote, the operator of Channel 27, is planning to launch a second channel on February 1, 2009. This noncommercial digital channel will emphasize "local origination" programming primarily devoted to New Mexico arts and culture.

The intent is to showcase the vibrant Albuquerque… Continue

Added by Kelly on August 27, 2008 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Artist Interview: Terri Hansen

Red Tulips

This is the first post in a series of interviews of the artists who work at Chroma Studios. Terri Hansen has been at Chroma from the beginning. She started out in studio #9 but later moved in to studio #10 after realizing she needed more space. Terri is a southern gal and a sweetheart. She moved to Albuquerque from Atlanta, Georgia just over a year ago. Her work is just amazing and what truly amazes me is not only how quickly she finishes a painting, but… Continue

Added by Chroma Studios on August 27, 2008 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Fishing at Tingley

I've been fisihing at Tingley since last Spring.

Mostly Saturday mornings from sunrise until 10 AM or more, depends on the Sun.

I have a 2 rod license. I use an old rod I'd bought in Washington, DC more than 15 years ago. I also have a smaller rod I recently purchased here in town at Smiley Boy. Both my reels are new. My setup is sinkers on both, with two hooks. Hotdog, shrimp, and salmon eggs are the normal bait. This weekend I'll try some nasty blood dough I bought at Charlie's… Continue

Added by SzuperGipsy on August 27, 2008 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

Morning Fix: Park It


Added by Somegye on August 27, 2008 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

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