I like to walk for exercise, but I am not what one would consider truly "athletic".
So how to prepare...
The first thing I did was to follow a suggestion from Special Olympics to strengthen my hands and wrists, because I'm going to have to press a device that releases my guide rope, allowing me to descend.
The instructions said that all this pressing can get pretty tiring,… Continue
Added by Jane S. Blume on August 20, 2009 at 12:18pm —
Last week, I created my own special page - www.firstgiving.com/JaneBlume - to make it easier for interested people to contribute to my $1,000 goal for my Special Olympics New Mexico fundraising rappel.
I thought it would really be neat if I could get 100 people to give me $10 each.
I started letting people know about the rappel unofficially two weeks ago, and received a couple of "offline contributions." One contribution was really "major." The other came from the resident… Continue
Added by Jane S. Blume on August 19, 2009 at 10:28am —
I hate to be a(n) hyperbolic alarmist, but I think summer is over. Yesterday, whilst extricating dog doo ‘neath the cherry tree, a lone, waxy yellow cottonwood leaf flittered down to the ground from a high branch on one… Continue
I've never been much into the whole celebrity sightings/gossip thing, but then I live in Albuquerque. But what's a girl to do when the celebrity encounters her? OK, I was sitting in Flying Star, reading the Journal and, as usual, wondering why I was reading the Journal, when I heard, "Excuse me ..." And there before mine eyes did appear the handsome and talented actor, Giancarlo…Continue
Added by Jeff Hartzer on August 18, 2009 at 10:30pm —
Farmer's market season brings out the locavore in me. I have good intentions during the rest of the year, but it gets hard to live on chard, squash, and garlic. Especially after the smorgasbord available right now at the farmer's markets. Fresh eggs with bell peppers for breakfast, rainbow chard for lunch, and grilled veggies with pesto for dinner. Munch on apples and green beans in between. And pecans by the handful! Heaven...
ok, tried to recertify on time, and i got an error message, informing me my benefits had maxed out! last time i heard, i still had some left through october! of course, when i call, all lines are busy, and i'm referred back to the worthless website. i just got back from out of town, my landlord graciously agreed to let me pay rent 4 days late (due tomorrow) and as it stands right now, i have no benefits! is this a system wide glitch? help!!!!!
NOB HILL--To relieve the winter blues I visit REI every couple of weeks and fantasize about cook pots, trails, and starry nights. In spring the seed catalogs come and I mentalize rows of heirloom tomato plants and dark melons with moons and stars on them.
It is now late summer and those other dreams have come and mostly gone. I have done the trails. I have hoed the rows of summer and eaten a good part of the harvest.… Continue
All the news about Woodstock has taken me back over the weekend.
About as close as I will ever get to seeing the Jefferson Airplane et al is taking a guitar class with Jorma Kaukonen. Or, although Stella Blue has gone beaucoups francaise thinking back to '03 when Paul Kantner came to Albuquerque. It was a fun night for the audience.
Added by Jeff Hartzer on August 17, 2009 at 8:23pm —
Whitney Hess was a guest of Web Geeks in July. Her tour of the Duke City and the environs thereof will please the harshest critic or the most ardent lover of this desert land. Curious? Take Whitney's Tour! Be sure you have some drinks and snacks by your comfy chair, for 1702 photos make for an enjoyable…
We said goodbye to our beloved old dog at the beginning of summer. He joined our household at 6 weeks of age, a huge ball of fluff from Animal Humane whose only crime was that his father, a dog of indeterminate heritage, had impregnated his mother, a pure-blooded Newfoundland with… Continue
JUST-in from SpaceWeather.com:->MONDAY MORNING SKY SHOW: Set your alarm for dawn. On Monday morning, Aug. 17th, Venus and the crescent Moon will gather beautifully close together in the eastern sky. For many observers in North America, the International Space Station (ISS) will make an appearance, too. It's a fantastic way to begin the day.
Added by Jeff Hartzer on August 16, 2009 at 1:37pm —
Starting over? This little poem navigates through the clutter of life. The images are so strong that a first reading hides its rigorous organization. It is powerful and lush, yet spare...not an extra word or thought anywhere. It is just a beautiful piece you can enjoy over and over again.
After teaching in the Duke City for over 20 years, Tamra Hays and her husband, Michael, began to teach in international schools. They now split their time… Continue
God knows what many of us would do for a freshly-roasted batch of New Mexico chile -- but waiting five hours in the hot August sun?
That was the case today at the new Sunflower Market at San Mateo and Academy. Before I entered the store for other items, I had to visit the spectacle in the south-side parking lot: no fewer than 25 people waiting in line, all of them with shopping carts full of burlap bags of chile waiting to be roasted. Some… Continue
The Church of Beethoven’s surfboard has disappeared. If you’ve attended one of the Sunday morning concerts, either at the Filling Station on 4th or at the C of B’s new home at the Factory on 5th, you’ve seen it—the yellow surfboard with Beethoven painted on it.
But now it’s been stolen. Felix Wurman, Church of… Continue
Thanks for the great site! I live in the fringecrest area, near Smith and Ridgecrest. I've been broken into and have stopped people from breaking into neighbors houses, so like most people here I keep a vigilant eye out.
Today a couple of guys were sitting on my fence smoking. It looked like they were casing houses. I approached them and they said they were waiting for their boss and showed me some sketchy flyers in their pockets. (They didn't tell me what they… Continue
Added by C Gallegos on August 14, 2009 at 1:56pm —
This afternoon I was driving down north 4th and it hit me. The real reason I live in New Mexico.
For several weeks now, at the Walmart on Coors Bypass there's been caution tape around a wall of shopping carts, and off in the corner a propane tank and a blackened metal cage.
But today, there was the aroma of fresh roasted green chile. I'd venture to say that there are few, if any, other locales in the U.S. that have a comparable aroma announcing a season. You don't smell… Continue