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More on my rappel for Special Olympics NM

I have exceeded my minimum fundraising target of $1,000 to participate in Special Olympics NM's "Over the Edge" fundraiser. As of today, the total is now over $1,400 -- and more folks still want to contribute.

I'm so gratified by the response; interested people can go to my personal page at www.firstgiving.com/Jane Blume

Added by Jane S. Blume on September 3, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

what's the speed limit on silver in nob hill?

mayor marty, if you have the police scope out silver with a speed trap once in a while, you'll generate all kinds of revenue. lots of drivers are using the road as their personal expressway. i thought the purpose of the 18 mph speed limit and all the road signs painted on the asphalt was to get the bicyclists off central and give us a safer place to ride. it ain't working. please follow up with some enforcement before one of us gets hurt. or put on your helmet, roll up your sleeves, and ride… Continue

Added by Richard V on September 3, 2009 at 12:50pm — 5 Comments

Dream Library

In the dream, I stood outside a small brick building, an old library. I was after one specific book. I entered the library and walked to where I expected to find the book, wondering if I would be allowed to check out a reference book. The interior of the library consisted of one small room with only a few low shelves clustered in the middle. There were only a few books and magazines scattered on the largely empty shelves. I decided to ask for help.



I walked over to a group of people,… Continue

Added by mjh on September 3, 2009 at 8:09am — No Comments

End of summer blues

September just ran up behind me and smacked me upside the head. It does that every year, what with its suddenly earlier sunsets and marginally cooler evenings. The heat still rises off the pavement and concrete long after nightfall, but the clouds bring cooler shade and the sun seems just a little less vindictive.

This year, like every other for the last few, has been radically different from the rest. This year finds me at a new job, with a new outlook and a fresh new take on life and… Continue

Added by Señorita Ruth on September 3, 2009 at 1:10am — No Comments

Anybody Up for ABQ Scavenger Dash?



Not sure where I first saw this, but the roving Scavenger Dash -- which looks like a shorter, local & trivia-infused version of CBS' Amazing Race -- is coming to our fair burg on November 7. Up to 300 teams of 2 people each will be accepted, with the day's antics benefiting the Foundation for Burns and Trauma. This looks like FUN. After taking a number of clues, the teams spread out throughout the city but are limited to walking,… Continue

Added by Don Brown on September 2, 2009 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

Where in 'Burque is Anneliese?





(photo credit: Kristen Kohlstruk)



With a tip of the hat to Adelita (who tips her hat to Matt Lauer, whose producers tip their collective hat to Carmen Sandiego), Anneliese Grey and I would like to present the latest installment in the DCF "where the hell is… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on September 2, 2009 at 10:00am — 29 Comments

Name this blog

As a name "My Blog" sucks big time. Is playing in the bush leagues, a snappy name coming with a numbered jersey if we make it above the fold? Aside from question of whether I really need another blog, can I write another without redundant recycling of existing blogs? Is it possible to plagiarize oneself? Academics continually cite themselves, which also involves referring to oneself in the third person.



from the margins

in from the range (or would that be fringe?)

from the… Continue

Added by Vanessa Vaile on September 2, 2009 at 9:22am — No Comments

Painting Barefoot With 5-Foot Brushes at Opera SW

2ND ST. & MESCALERO, NW--"What's the matter Sam...have you quit wearing socks?" I asked. We were sitting in the Flying Star last week. It was about 7:00 in the morning. Sam wasn't wearing socks and I wanted to know why. I guessed he was out of clean ones.

"I can't wear socks today. I've got to paint in my bare feet," he said. Sam Pillsbury had been painting an opera set for a couple weeks, but this was the first I had heard of… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on September 1, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Doing Bioethics: Death Panels and Good Deaths

Death has dominated the news cycle this past week – from discussion of “deathers” at town hall meetings to analysis of Senator Ted Kennedy’s last days. My field of bioethics deals with both of these issues.



In bioethics we label these… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 31, 2009 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

Join the Cocoa Conspiracy to discuss your completed iphone app or to hash over apps on the drawing board



Each Thursday members of Cocoa Conspiracy meet at 9 am at RB Winnings ( http://www.winningcoffeeco.com/). Join the group to learn more about iphone apps, share your ideas, and/or become a member.



This group was recently spotlighted on KOBTV Channel 4. Check out this link on YouTube:… Continue

Added by Rep Ayre on August 31, 2009 at 5:37pm — No Comments

See. Click. Fix. In Albuquerque and Abroad.



Many of us see things every day about our city that annoy or inconvenience us, or others. Sometimes we call 311. Sometimes we log on to DCF to complain and rev support among like-minded people. Strangely, this less-than often yields the desired results of actually fixing the issue at hand.



Enter SeeClickFix.com - a website using Google Maps' API to map, describe, and report… Continue

Added by Caroline Blaker on August 31, 2009 at 2:15pm — No Comments

For the Record

It's been said that the first thing sacrificed in a political campaign is the truth and the facts. I was reminded of this last Monday while attending NAIOP's mayoral forum at the Uptown Marriott.



While I sat next to Marty Chavez, he claimed to be "the only candidate in the race that's ever cut taxes." It's a statement that Mr. Chavez makes a habit of repeating. It's also not true.



As President Pro Tem of the New Mexico Senate, I supported a cut in the state's income tax… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on August 31, 2009 at 11:57am — No Comments

Stranger than Fiction

In a recent Albuquerque Journal article “Aviation Director: Mayor Worked for Tougher Deal,” Nick Bakas, one of the Mayor’s top deputies, drops some of the more memorable lines to come out of Chavez’ twelve years in office.



Here’s one example: "I work for the man," Bakas said. "I don't have a personal relationship. We're not drinking buddies, dinner buddies. I got to produce. I don't produce, I… Continue

Added by Richard Romero for Mayor on August 31, 2009 at 11:55am — No Comments

Heights and Loathes

Sunday is traditionally house-cleaning day at der Garrisonhaus, and these days there's lots less acreage to cover now that we've down-sized living space. Unfortunately that means we gave up the washer and dryer provided in the larger apartment and must now use the community laundry rooms.



Cripes. I hate picking up after other people, man. It's like our neighbors just moved here from the Pleistocene epoch, when people wore mostly dirt. Why must I get elbow-deep in somebody else's… Continue

Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on August 30, 2009 at 5:28pm — 2 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Margaret Randall... Nothing was What it Pretended

Albuquerque poet Margaret Randall, whose most recent books include STONES WITNESS, TO CHANGE THE WORLD: MY YEARS IN CUBA and… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on August 30, 2009 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

I Am Plain And Genuinely Sweet.

I’ll take the gun and you take the wheel.

We’ve almost shook ‘em off our heels.

Gonna make a life for ourselves someday.

Forgiveness from the lord is what I pray.



Some have it easy, some have it hard.

Myself? I was dealt a wicked card.

I am plain, and genuinely sweet.

But papa became an invalid, and mama made me a piece of meat.



The scraps of joy I managed to harbor, never would I reveal.

No choice but to be complacent, however, from that… Continue

Added by Christine Casaus on August 29, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Instant Gratification

I was driving home from my daughter's house on Wednesday night and at Fourth and Menaul I stopped at a red light and over heard the people talking in the van next to me. "Do you take your cell phone with you when you use the bathroom?" one person said. The other answered, " I used to," she said. "You know it will always ring while you're in there if you don't." I really chuckled to myself. I have been know to take the phone with me into the bathroom,… Continue

Added by Sarahjmd on August 28, 2009 at 11:41am — 2 Comments

Morning Fix: No Black. No White. Just Blues!



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Added by Adelita on August 28, 2009 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

An Environmentalist Rides the Rail Runner

I took my first Rail Runner ride today, Downtown Albuquerque to Santa Fe. The journey was delightful and the scenery eye-popping. I have made the trip several times by car and was amazed at just how much "civilization" can be found between I-25 and the Rio Grande.



Unfortunately, the rabid environmentalist in me was somewhat troubled. Despite the fact that I was on the 7:30 AM from downtown, the train was nearly empty. My best guess would be 25% of the available seats were filled… Continue

Added by Muskrat Sam Donaldson on August 27, 2009 at 6:23pm — 18 Comments

My Car Smells Great

Much of my adult life has been spent contemplating urban vs. rural living options. I kind of want a farm on bus line within walking distance of places to eat and shop. And yes, I know it does not work that way, at least on large scale.



Today my lunch hour errand was a trip to the feed store. South Valley Mercantile is a 10 minute drive from my office downtown. So I left at lunch, drove down Broadway, turned on to Rio Bravo and there I was. I needed a bale of straw and bale grass hay… Continue

Added by mombat on August 27, 2009 at 4:03pm — 7 Comments

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