When I was growing up in a respectable Mossman home in the northeast heights, I recall my parent's disdain of the North Valley. It was scary to them---a place they believed was full of crime and crumbling old homes. Boy, has that shifted!
A dear friend of mine bought three acres in the north valley thirty years ago for a total of $24,000, mainly because she loved the beautiful cottonwood trees (above) that filled what became the backyard of her… Continue
Added by Kelly Vickers on July 7, 2008 at 10:00pm —
Located midway between Pagosa Springs and Durango, Colorado lies the Piedra watershed -- a wild, scenic region of high elevation grasslands, aspen forests and granite mountains.
The main rivers here are the Piedra River, Williams Creek and Sand Creek. Most of the access roads are well-graded dirt roads that drive through working cattle ranches, seasonal hunting / vacationing cabins and the occasional year-round… Continue
Added by Carrie on July 7, 2008 at 7:30pm —
Social Security Reform
I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about Social Security reform, one candidate is talking about privatization. There is a simple fix to the Social Security woes that we are facing—raise the Social Security cap from $90,000 to 1M!
The way the Social Security cap works is that anyone earning up-to $90,000 is taxed proportionately by Social Security; however, anyone earning more than $90,000 is only taxed for $90,000. What this means is the rich… Continue
Added by Anthony R. Lovato on July 7, 2008 at 6:05pm —
In the quest to fill up on frozen taiyaki, I found a few "Japanese" stores and restaurants, and none I've seen so far belong to Japanese. Sumo Sushi in Downtown is ran by Chinese, little store at Wyoming is Korean, etc.. I guess it would not be weird for me to open a Japanese store then. Maybe the cross-over is the Albuquerque way. On the other hand, Red Square at Lomas is run by Russians.
Added by Pete Zaitcev on July 7, 2008 at 6:02pm —
Airport – a neutral place between worlds.
Each time I’m at an airport, I’m always reminded of C. S. Lewis’s Wood Between the Worlds
-the pervasive lassitude and sense of being neither here nor there.
Obviously, airports lack the WBTW's lush green foliage and pools leading to different worlds in Narnian cosmology.
Still, the idea of bypassing TSA… Continue
Added by Barelas Babe on July 7, 2008 at 1:00pm —
This weeks Albuquerque-based Etsy seller is Household Saint by KaranSipe
and her work is best described in her own words. From her Etsy page:
'At Household Saint, you will find all things good, with no guilt. Each piece is one of a kind, inspired by all things discarded that once was lost but now is found.'
KaranSipe also sells locally at… Continue
Added by Spring Griffin on July 7, 2008 at 10:50am —
Between the two of us, my husband and I own two bicycles, one scooter, one monthly bus pass, and one no-frills (no air conditioning, no radio, low car payments and great gas mileage) Kia Rio. We reason that our carbon foot is so low year-round that we can rent a vacation car each year. Besides, we need four wheel drive to get to where we're going.
This year we rented a behemoth Ford Explorer, pulled all the back seats down and loaded it up with assorted fly roads, float tubes,… Continue
Added by Carrie on July 7, 2008 at 10:00am —
Added by Somegye on July 7, 2008 at 5:00am —
Originally posted on 12.5.2007
Vincent James Tapia
My nephew is Vincent James Tapia
, 2-22-88 - 12-6-05. I would like to tell you a little about my nephew, but I think that my sister, Vincent's mother tells his story best. So, here is Vincent's story as told my my sister Tanya.
For my son, Vincent:
This blog is dedicated to my son,… Continue
Added by Anthony R. Lovato on July 6, 2008 at 3:30pm —
Added by Kelly Vickers on July 6, 2008 at 2:30pm —
#1 NEVER NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG OR CAT LOCKED IN A PARKED CAR ON A HOT DAY..or at all-ever-never-ever-ever!! This one should be common sence folks and yet while running around town I usually see some dummy with their dog locked in the car...Temps in a parked car can rise really fast so even if "you just left fluffy in the car to run into the store real quick" you run the risk of seriously harming or killing your pet. Just leave them at home!
#2 Take your pet for it's walk early in the… Continue
Added by Bow Wow Blues on July 6, 2008 at 1:00pm —
Dog-gone-it all to heck! Seriously, what is the most efficent way to make a swamp cooler work??? Sitting here @ the store dripping in sweat!!
Added by Bow Wow Blues on July 6, 2008 at 10:45am —
I was trying to get online info. about the Summer series films on Civic Plaza (Civic Cinema?) earlier today, with no avail. The one website that seemed to have some basic info. gave me the message that the website was at capacity with visitors at that time. I am perplexed as to why this event isn't publicized more. Last year I went to 4 of the 5 free films on Civic Plaza--and on the first film night, there were literally about 30 people who showed up to watch, while hundreds of chairs sat… Continue
Added by Christie Mc on July 5, 2008 at 11:56pm —
To some it's a chili-laden hot dog from The Dog House
. To others, it's anything covered in chopped green from Frontier
or a bowl… Continue
Added by chantal on July 5, 2008 at 1:30pm —
If "My Funny Valentine" is a torchy red dress, Anita Baker just put some new curves in it.
Added by Richard Malcolm on July 5, 2008 at 11:50am —
When I was in the process of moving back to the Q, I actually used the search term "Flying Star" at Craigslist to help me locate our new home. When I was here a couple of years ago I would hang out at the "Grand Star" or the "Silver Star" for hours every day enjoying the net, great magazines, and decent all you can drink coffee. Sure enough we moved into a place a short walk from the Silver Star---still the best design of the growing bunch. Unfortunately, the prices of everything have increased… Continue
Added by Kelly Vickers on July 5, 2008 at 11:13am —
Thank y'all wonderful DCF'ers who came to my Studio She sale! Not only was it great to see you, but your appreciation and support was such a delight. Again, muchas gracias!!!
Added by zoodeb on July 5, 2008 at 9:23am —
After the great debate on the forum
about what to do to celebrate the Fourth of July in Albuquerque, we wound up having a couple of friends over and setting off fireworks in the street in front of my house. We had fun with the big sparkly Rain Dances and Golden Showers (yes that's what the package called them), but I think the clear winners for goofy fun of the… Continue
Added by Spring Griffin on July 4, 2008 at 11:52pm —
On the morning of the solstice, I'm in Las Cruces. The flags ripple straight north; the wind is from Mexico. I drive south, cross the Rio Grande, and pass through pecan groves and fields where the corn is about knee-high. Snow egrets play in the ditches. Maria Hinojosa comes on the radio, talking about the border.
Later, I turn around and head back north. I stop at Chope's, where the Harleys are gorgeous, the green is hot and the cerveza is cold. Corazon contento, I aim for San… Continue
Added by Richard Malcolm on July 4, 2008 at 11:52pm —
Thanks to a recent surgery, my trips to Wal*Mart have involved an electric… Continue
Added by Jeff Hartzer on July 4, 2008 at 1:30pm —