November 2009 Stories (47)

!2x12 Stretches: Tips and Tricks for a successful 12x12

You, me, and 144 square inches of art

12x12 is this Friday 12/4, 6-8 pm

Chances are you've been hearing about 12x12 for a few years now. Will this be your first time attending? Or are you a seasoned 12x12-er by now? Hopefully you have received our save the date card in the mail and are already working on your pre-12x12 stretches. You do know about the 12x12 stretches right?

Tips and tricks for a…

Added by The Harwood Art Center on November 30, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Why am I here?

I arrived in Albuquerque by train in 1994, and I’ve never really left.

Full disclosure: this statement is true only in a poetic sense; despite my efforts, I’ve spent much more time not in Albuquerque than in it over the last fifteen years, and though I mark 1994 as my arrival date, I had been to Albuquerque before that visit. My first visit to Albuquerque was actually in the summer of 1988, but I was a surly thirteen-year-old and my only real memories are of finding piñon-studded… Continue

Added by Emily on November 30, 2009 at 3:28pm — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Jessica Lopez... Custody

It is a nicer restaurant: tablecloths & steak knives. Over in the corner, a couple and their daughter sit quietly.

Jessica Helen Lopez is a Poetry and Creative Writing Teacher/NM History Instructor at Robert F. Kennedy Charter High School. She is a former member of 2006 and 2007 City of Albuquerque Slam Team and the 2008 National Champion UNM Lobo Slam Team. She is currently a member of the writing collective and performance troupe… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on November 29, 2009 at 8:00am — 13 Comments

The Clinic of Your Dreams

I recently read an article by Dr. Pamela Wible of Eugene, Oregon.

The title of the article was "The Clinic of Your Dreams".

In that article, she shared her story of building a clinic in her community.

She was an employed physician who worked at a big multispecialty group.

After years of working in that environment, she decided to get out.

She called a community townhall meeting and asked them what do they want if they were to build a community clinic.

What would… Continue

Added by Benjamin Chan on November 28, 2009 at 7:29am — No Comments

Morning Fix

I hope you all had the best Thanksgiving ever! Ours was quiet, spent among close family and friends, and I was able to tell each of my children that they were, always, what I am thankful for (that and no blog police telling me not to end sentences in a preposition...)


I can't believe I missed this story the other day! Wow!!!!! There's… Continue

Added by Cara on November 27, 2009 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Guest Fixtress Bored... oh noes!

Turkey is in the oven. Casseroles in chafing dishes on the sterno. Root veggies boiling for mashing. Eschewed fancy sweet potatoes in marmalade for kid approved baked canned ones with marshmallows on top. Stuffing ready to bake. Nothing left to make but a salad.

Keep me company.

I am in the process of writing a paper for Tim Krebs' Urban Politics Class on the mayoral race. If you have thoughts on that I would LOVE to hear them.

Any culinary disasters at your… Continue

Added by Cara on November 26, 2009 at 10:15am — 6 Comments

Morning Fix

Happy Thanksgiving Albuquerque!

So how many of you, like me, are parked in the kitchen with their laptops at the crack of dawn preparing the bird for the oven, or whatever else you are serving today? We can keep each other company...


Disgusting pervert corrections officer sentenced for raping an 8 year old. He isn't happy about… Continue

Added by Cara on November 26, 2009 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Duke City Solar - Part 3

Wednesday, November 25: The paperwork is done and the data is in: Adding a PV system is a good investment. If you've read Part 1 and Part 2 and are considering doing it yourself, this entry may be quite useful: It's all about paperwork and production. I'm not sure what to put in as images, but feel free to holler if you'd like… Continue

Added by Brendan on November 25, 2009 at 10:00pm — 12 Comments

workforce phone line: things remain the same

since my temp job ends dec 13, found myself calling workforce to try to get a fix on what (if any) benefits i have left. wouldn't you know it? on hold with the unemployment dept for 40 minutes, and calls ahead of me went from 42 to 9. then my call was dropped in a queue where no status was given regarding the number of calls ahead of me for another ten minutes, then i was disconnected. thanks for adding insult to insult, mofos! actually, their job security depends on all of us staying… Continue

Added by Richard V on November 25, 2009 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Ten Years After... (Shhhh)

I like to talk about myself. I like to talk about music. So when NPR’s All Things Considered did a… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on November 25, 2009 at 10:00am — 20 Comments

Morning Fix

I have a confession. I thought, stupidly, that I didn't have enough on my plate, what with four kids, a husband, two cats, a dog, 15 hours at UNM plus a TA gig in another 3 hour I offered to watch my friend's dogs while she is out of town. One is a quiet, 7 year old, small white dog, the other is an 8 week old husky/chow mix (freaking adorable) with tiny tanks, a taste for socks, and separation anxiety. So I have patches of piddle… Continue

Added by Cara on November 25, 2009 at 6:30am — 19 Comments

End of a Friggin Era

My sister just sent me an email. The Hofbrau's gone. Even though it was more recently known as Penn Station, it will always remain in the hearts of the countless barflies who passed through its doors each morning as The Hofbrau.

"Gone" as in bulldozed. To the ground. It's dead. Nicht mehr. Bleeding deceased.

I worked (and lived) at the Hofbrau back in the early to mid-1980s along with my ex-wife and ex-girlfriend and a cast of characters including world famous bartender… Continue

Added by Dick Chingadero on November 24, 2009 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

Morning Fix

So what else is new? "In less than six weeks, the federal government will be treating New Mexicans as foreigners, as your state driver's license may no longer get you through airport security." I guess we all hoped that the Obama administration would do something to change this before it took effect. Doesn't look great. It seems to me that this could be challenged in the… Continue

Added by Cara on November 24, 2009 at 6:30am — 21 Comments

JROTC, APS, and a Culture of Violence

Does JROTC foster a culture of violence, as some in Albuquerque purport?

I did not wake up thinking that today’s blog would address this question. Instead, I was all set to post a blog about renovation in Barelas and the challenge of maintaining historic architectural integrity in our neighborhood during trying economic times.

And then I walked into the dining room and saw the… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on November 23, 2009 at 3:30pm — 25 Comments

Morning Fix

Good morning! This is my first shift eva as Morning let's get to the haps...

Saturday we said goodbye to our beloved former Governor King. Thanks, President Clinton, for knowing just what to say. For those of you who haven't been here long enough to really understand Governor King's impact on New Mexico,… Continue

Added by Cara on November 23, 2009 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Two Bongs Don't Make it Right

A story in the news today is that three million dollars worth of bongs were confiscated at a California port. Since it's illegal to import drug paraphenalia, the Chinese shipper had labeled the glass bongs as Christmas ornaments. Sooo, it's illegal to import bongs, which means that all bongs in America have to be made right here in America. WTF? Can we assume that the Bong lobby got this passed to protect the American bong industry? If we can outlaw foreign made bongs, why in the world… Continue

Added by Kelly Vickers on November 22, 2009 at 1:14pm — 1 Comment

The Sunday Poem: Todd Moore... instructions

A gun barrel, 70 words, 37 lines. This skinny poem looks like a coffin nail, a phallic gesture, a rush to death, or the passage of Time itself. But along its narrow length are 37 little framed pictures clicking by as you drop down the page.

"When I read a poem I want it to be something that could scalp me and leave me for dead. I want it to be suffused with the beauty of language and the power of murder. I want it to own me every time I… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on November 22, 2009 at 7:33am — 4 Comments

Is it only Thursday?

Ugh. I'm ready for the weekend. I have just finished a round of paintings and am now starting 6 more. I'm surrounded with little and big paintings all in various stages of progression...and not much of that. Oh how I love when I FINISH a round of paintings, it feels like I must be uber productive. But the rest of the time? Pretty much it feels like I'm not making any progress and may never get a single one done. But...this works for me.

I can't believe that Christmas is only… Continue

Added by Katie Johnson on November 19, 2009 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Book Signing By Local Author

Local author and lawyer Jonathan C. Miller will be doing his last book signing of the year at the Borders in ABQ Uptown this Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The Albuquerque Journal has described Mr. Miller as the next John Grisham. His books include Rattlesnake Lawyer, Crater County, Volcano Verdict, Amarillo in August and La Bajada Lawyer. Mr. Miller specializes in the field of legal thrillers and uses his experience as a trial lawyer to being a realistic point of view to… Continue

Added by Mary Jane Collins on November 19, 2009 at 8:09am — No Comments

"Coffee Shop"

I finished this piece just this afternoon. I'm quite fond of the shadows on the wall. It's such a peaceful setting.

I have finally got my youngest child through CNM. He got notice that he's finally got all of the classes he needs to graduate. Yay!!! He's all signed up with UNM now and joins his sister there as both of them work toward their BA's and then Masters. I'd like to say, "Now they're both going to be smarter than me," but I… Continue

Added by Katie Johnson on November 18, 2009 at 3:23pm — 1 Comment

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