September 2009 Stories (63)

Escaping the Miasma

Miasma: mi⋅as⋅ma – noun, plural -mas, -ma⋅ta. 1. Noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.

We decided on late Friday or early Saturday that this past weekend was the one to escape the city, with its polluted air full of State Fair stench, fall "enchantment" and just too strong breeze. Sunday morning we sent out a trial balloon in the form of… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on September 30, 2009 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

We love to Parade around in our artypants

Last Saturday was the Fourth Annual Carnuel Road Parade and Fiesta here in the neighborhood, and wow was that a whirl of a day!

The morning started out in the parking lot of Explora, where all the floats lined up for their roll down the Mountain Road Parade route. In the meantime, clusters of drummers and dancers spotted the parking lot's shady spots, practicing their moves and gulping down pre-parade breakfast burritos. And a miming duo in… Continue

Added by The Harwood Art Center on September 29, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

With Robby in the Weeds

TINGLEY BEACH--Last Friday my grandson got a day off from school because of an inservice. "Let's go down to The Ponds," he said while cutting up his sausages at Mannie's. I knew which ones he meant--the ones in the bosque west of Tingley Beach. They aren't part of Tingley Beach proper; they kind of sit off by themselves between the bike path and the river. In fact, you can't even see them from far away.

Robby dug a hole in one side… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on September 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

NM's Oldest No More

So for my Saturday morning walk, I decided to head over to Whataburger at Eubank & Candelaria for biscuits and gravy and a cup of coffee, only to discover along the way that an old friend is gone...

Businesses come and go, especially the mom and pops, but this one made me a little sad. I discovered this place almost by accident back in the mid 80's. Next door to the video store (see the blue door farthest east), there was a shop that rented PC software. It was borderline piracy.… Continue

Added by Ron Da Bomb on September 28, 2009 at 12:58pm — 10 Comments

Albuquerque Performing Arts Fair

Have you ever wanted to see the Bosque Bassoon Band and The Vortex Theater, but didn't know how to find their information all in one place? Are you yearning to tango or to find a group that needs your accordion skills? Well, this could be your week.

Nob Hill is hosting the Albuquerque Performing Arts Fair on Central Avenue this Thursday, October 1, from 5 to 9pm. Twenty-five different groups will have tables full of information while over a dozen perform on a stage on the… Continue

Added by Terry S. Davis on September 28, 2009 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Susan Sherman... A Word to the Wise

Poet, playwright, co-founder of IKON magazine, Susan Sherman has published four collections of poetry, a translation from Spanish of a Cuba play, Shango de Ima, (Doubleday, 1971) and The Color of the Heart: Writing from Struggle & Change, 1959-1990 (Curbstone, 1990.) Her critically acclaimed memoir America’s Child: A Woman’s Journey through the Radical Sixties was published by Curbstone, November 2007. She divides her time between Albuquerque and… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on September 27, 2009 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Who Braved the Mayhem @ Uptown?

I went to the new Trader Joe's near ABQ Uptown today at 4 p.m. Not exactly sure why. I was nearby and guess I thought, "I wonder how absolutely, frickin' nuts it's going to be?" I'm not one to pass up a free spectacle.

The parking lot was crazy as you would expect. I saw two cars duking it out for the same space, each inching closer and closer in a game of weird Trader Joe's Parking Lot Chicken (TM); I didn't stick around to see who… Continue

Added by Don Brown on September 25, 2009 at 6:17pm — 21 Comments

all's fair...

Ah, the fair. It's the yearly melting pot that brings Albuquerque and New Mexico together in the name of puke rides and funnel cakes. Horses, cattle, adorable bunny rabbits and artwork are hauled in from across the state. We identify with each other culturally through these things. It's one of the oldest methods of social engagement and definition. It smacks of the childlike excitement at the prospect of cotton candy and mechanical rides; it's tied strongly to ideas of discovery, or observation… Continue

Added by Señorita Ruth on September 25, 2009 at 12:04am — 1 Comment

I did it!

This afternoon, I completed my OVER THE EDGE rappel for Special Olympics NM at the NM Bank & Trust Building, 320 SW Gold. It took about 15 minutes or so.

Turned out that the building is 16 stories high, not 14 as I originally thought !

I needed a lot of extra preparation to keep myself calm, including visualization and deep breathing -- which I did at home for an hour before going downtown.

When I got there, a former military rappel master - now with the NM… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on September 24, 2009 at 9:49pm — 2 Comments

Young Edward Puts a CorkFest In It

There's a found metal sculpture in my back yard. His mid section is made up of a giant spring. His name is (drumroll please) Jerry Springer and he came from a CorkFest some years back. CorkFests have a way of sticking around long after they are over. It's a folk art fiesta, musical extravaganza and neighborly social event all rolled into one.

This year's CorkFest is… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on September 24, 2009 at 11:06am — 4 Comments

Cliché is as cliché does, bromance with a painful flourish.

Shortly after arriving here that summer of ’93 with diploma (written entirely in Latin, for some reason) under my arm I was feeling a particular strain of loneliness reserved for those like myself who had not the wherewithal to plan that next step in life. My dual gigs of busboy, on the one hand, and “Contract Marketing Specialist” for a… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on September 23, 2009 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Self-Governance for the South Valley

“As long as you are living under my roof, you will live by my rules.”

We recognize this phrase uttered by parents whose grown child has different ideas on how the household should be run. To make his own rules he must venture out and live on his own. Only then can he decide when to run the furnace or if he can afford cable TV.

The South Valley has an opportunity now to gain independence from our ‘parents’—… Continue

Added by leila on September 23, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

My practice rappels at Stone Age Climbing Gym

Last Saturday, September 19: When you're hooked up to the ropes, they ask you to sit back in the harness, stretch your legs out wide, and put your feet solidly on the wall. Then, you slowly release the rope and slide down.

If you're brave enough, you can bounce along the wall as you go down. I wasn't ready for that, but I felt a real sense of triumph when I got down to the bottom.

All OVER THE EDGE participants who were at the gym supported each other's practice… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on September 22, 2009 at 4:10pm — No Comments

My preparations for my 14-story, 203-ft rappel

About a month ago, I started preparing by squeezing two release mechanisms (with both hands) that will be similar to the one I'll be using on Rappel Day this Thursday, 1:25 pm.

I'm up to about 30 each time I do it.

Occasionally, I also squeeze a small rubber ball.

This past Saturday, I went to Stone Age Climbing Gym, where the owners are offering free training classes to Over the Edge participants.

After being outfitted with a wait-to-knees harness, I… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on September 22, 2009 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Just two days to go until my Thursday, September 24th Over the Edge rappel for Special Olympics NM

It's been a while since I posted, but I am delighted to report that I am closing in on $2,300 in contributions for my rappel. I've been receiving online donations at my personal page, Blume

The required minimum donation to participate is $1,000 - so I am delighted by the response.

I thought I was going OVER THE EDGE this Friday, the 25th. However, because I'm the publicist for this event, and the media sponsor, they want me to do the deed on… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on September 22, 2009 at 3:57pm — 1 Comment

Goodbye chocolate . . . hello chocolate

Aaaaahhh...the first day of Autumn. The State Fair is in full swing, leaves are juuuust starting to turn, and there's a crisp bite to the evening air.

But it also means that the chocolate flower days are numbered, and they are sending forth their final, fragrant bursts of blooms. When I first heard of chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata), I… Continue

Added by Laura on September 22, 2009 at 6:26am — 8 Comments

Loopy Albuquerque

I was in a meeting this weekend and the term Web 3.0 came up. It threw me for a loop. I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate Web 2.0 into my life. I'm maintaining 4 blogs, a Twitter feed, membership on 4 social networks and now cyberspace is hurling towards Web 3.0? (Not to say anything about staying on top of old-fashioned Web 1.0 activities like… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 21, 2009 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Narrow and Wide

It's Pancake Sunday! Been awhile since we've had a breakfast o' flapjacks, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm hoping we still have the Snoqualmie Falls pancake mix. What restaurants in Albuquerque make good pancakes? Anyone? Anyone?

Oops, and flapjacks aren't really pancakes. Thanks, Wikipedia.

I have a bone to pick, and hopefully that bone I seek to pick won't be (a), MINE, and (b), plucked from the side… Continue

Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on September 20, 2009 at 2:32pm — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tanaya Winder... Hole In My Heart

I come from the Duckwater Shoshone and Southern Ute nations. I was raised on the Southern Ute Indian reservation in southern Colorado; I consider that place along with the Pyramid Lake Paiute reservation in Nixon, NV my two homes, my origins. Because of the strong connection I feel towards place, I feel I am a child of both water and the desert. Perhaps this is one of the reasons I have chosen to make my home here in Albuquerque. I am grounded in… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on September 20, 2009 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Morning Fix: Fighting Tacos Saved!


Added by Alexis on September 18, 2009 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

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