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I've Been Working on the Railroad

Technically speaking, I hope to be working on the railroad before too long. After attending the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railroad Historical Society (I know, that's a long name. We'll call it the NMSLRHS) open house, I joined up. An individual membership for the year runs $24. The non-profit is restoring the massive Santa Fe 2926 steam engine near I-40 and 8th with an eye to getting her back… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on October 15, 2009 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

When I see buildings I see the dopeness, not the wackness...

[Full and absurdly lengthy disclosure- Mark Baker is my friend. I find it hard to be objective about Mark Baker. This blog post is not, in my opinion, a shameless plug for Baker Architecture and Design, for the primary and totally illogical reason that my interest in architecture far precedes-- as a…

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on October 14, 2009 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Yesterday I went to the Quilt Bug in Rio Rancho. I brought with me a quilt that my mother had begun to make. (The pic is not the quilt...that can be another post! ) My mom was a nationally known quiltmaker and quilt judge through the National Quilters Society. The quilt I brought in is one of many that I "inherited" that were left unfinished upon her passing.

My mom was a cancer survivor until her sudden passing. She fought 4… Continue

Added by cece evola on October 14, 2009 at 7:31am — No Comments

Ernest Blumenthal & the WPA: Still Showing What a Stimulus Should Look Like (Part One)

NOB HILL--And then came the stimulus money. I watched as workers quickly assembled ready-made bus stops up and down Central Ave. The mayor had said he didn't want to spend stimulus funds on anything that would increase the number of city employees. I listened as an APS supervisor told me how classroom assistants and other personnel would not be hired with this money because funding would not be there for those positions down the road; and they bought… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on October 13, 2009 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

Dreams on Stage

Theater should have relevance to people’s lives. That’s why Of Mice and Men in Popejoy this Thursday is on my list of shows to see: it speaks directly to the death of the American Dream.

When I saw the show in Virginia this past spring, I also had a chance to speak to the director and its two lead actors. Each of them talked about the central theme of the dreams that each of the… Continue

Added by Terry S. Davis on October 12, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Mother

Figuring out what to write about this week was tough. I could have written about Albuquerque’s new mayor-elect or about hot button H1N1 bioethics issues. I had actually retrieved my notes on RJ Berry and was sketching out an outline when I dropped everything for a completely different topic. Both those other issues are close to home, but I’m even more fixated on this new one: fire safety.

Why? Because I’m a mother before I’m a citizen of… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on October 12, 2009 at 1:00pm — 8 Comments

Palomas, a Battle Ground for the Drug Cartels

Buggs' Blog: Palomas, a Battle Ground for the Drug Cartels


Palomas Mexico is a small dusty border town on the other side of Columbus, New Mexico. Some of you are familiar with Columbus New Mexico… Continue

Added by buggs on October 11, 2009 at 9:12pm — No Comments

Hey, that's Papi up on I-40!

It was pretty cool and a little weird to see my face on a billboard off of I-40. My kids get a kick out of seeing it every time we pass by. They all yell, "Es papi!" or "Fiesta de Colores!". I had to get a picture of it for memories sake.

It's pretty neat to make a living doing something my children can enjoy and sometimes take part in. I have some great memories of playing at the Downtown growers market, and having them join the… Continue

Added by Juan of Los Primos on October 11, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Silence and Cacaphony (or "Silent Lucidity"? Nah.)

This morning's breakfast: a lump of pumpkin bread. I say "lump" because I have over the last two days eroded it's loaf-shaped goodness, picking at it until it looks less loaf-y and more asteroid-y. An asteroid of pumpkin bread would rock, I think.

I took a few photos of balloons last weekend before BOTH cameras' batteries died (of COURSE).…


Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on October 11, 2009 at 2:00pm — 11 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Barbara Byers... Things to Do

I was born to fundamentalist Christian cult parents who are white supremacists. I grew up in Denver and escaped to New Mexico in 1982. Justice, art and travel are the engines that drive me.

As a child, I was not nurtured but forced. As an adult, I oppose force and try to learn how to nurture myself and all the people around me.

Things to Do

(Notes to Self poems)

Be kind.

Watch your back

and… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on October 11, 2009 at 7:51am — 15 Comments

Bike ABQ and the Special Shapes Rodeo

Added by Brendan on October 9, 2009 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments


Took my teenage daughter to see Zombieland today downtown. We were environmental friendly by taking the city bus to and from the movie. My kid was off from school so I though it would be a cool idea to take the day off as well from work and spend it with her.

Zombieland was not that frightening a movie and it was a funny movie most of the time. Bill Murray of Ghost Buster fame was just too cool and a real treat for the adults watching this movie. I loved his house and they even… Continue

Added by Mary Jane Collins on October 9, 2009 at 6:08pm — 1 Comment

Morning Fix: It's Friday!

  • Looks like it was a bumpy day for balloon fiesta.
  • Tingley Beach gets some new visitors.
  • UNM planning…

Added by Adelita on October 9, 2009 at 6:05am — 9 Comments

Balloon Fiesta Highlight: Citizen Teamwork

Hard Landing Kelly Vickers 2009 5

One of the great joys of the balloon fiesta is subduing the envelope as it lands. Thursday morning this one bounced several times, crashed through a fence and lay down down blocking all lanes of Osuna. A dozen drivers, thwarted in their journey, leaped from their cars and helped deflate and move the balloon to safer ground. It was handled as… Continue

Added by Kelly Vickers on October 8, 2009 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Morning Fix: The Kids Are Home

  • Transition time.
  • What do you get when you mix cleavage, Lobo athletics, and a casino? Tacky is what you get.
  • Sigh of relief that some of those special shapes balloons have arrived in…

Added by Adelita on October 8, 2009 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

Election Trend or Fluke?

**There were a number of hyperlinks to sources that, unfortunately, did not make it when I posted this... I'll try to fix it.**

To some, this line of questioning may seem naive. I am a political rookie, I confess. I'm just (and maybe I shouldn't be?) surprised by the election results and I wanted to open this up for (civilized, please) discussion if anyone's game.

The president is a Democrat. Congress has a Democratic majority.

Albuquerque had the same Democrat for… Continue

Added by Tiffany on October 7, 2009 at 6:30pm — 5 Comments

Results of OVER THE EDGE fundraising rappel for Special Olympics New Mexico

I am pleased to report that Special Olympics New Mexico met its financial goal for this first-ever dramatic and appealing rappelling fundraiser.

Over the Edge grossed $63,775 -- quite wonderful for a first-time event in an uncertain economy - that SONM had only three months to prepare for. The net was $35,000 -- just where they wanted to be.

I myself raised just under $2,500 from more than 80 contributors.

Would I do it again?

Certainly I'm proud that… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on October 7, 2009 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Biking to the Balloon Fiesta

This Saturday I made my first trek to the Balloon Fiesta by bicycle. From Fringecrest, it took 50 minutes to get there, 45 to come back and I've never enjoyed the event so much as I did this time. While others were cold and in long lines for coffee, I was warm, energized, and ready to enjoy. The coolest thing: Valet parking for bicycles. Just head up the North Diversion channel, turn right at the sign, and hand your bike over to the valet. No charge.… Continue

Added by Brendan on October 7, 2009 at 1:04pm — 16 Comments

Where I post what I see

Added by Susan Jane on October 7, 2009 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Review: Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt at the Kiva Auditorium. Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009

First off: Great seats.

That's what we got for winning the DCF ticket giveaway for this show. Fourth row, dead center. I could count every wrinkle on the two performers faces if I wanted to; I did not.

This was one of the most casual and intimate shows I've been to in a long time. While I'm a huge fan of Lyle Lovett, I've never really been all that impressed with John Hiatt's recorded work.

But, both artists impressed. Sure, I know Lovett's songs and still prefer his quirky… Continue

Added by Andy on October 7, 2009 at 11:56am — 11 Comments

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