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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 course...so 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

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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

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Good morning! This is my first shift eva as Morning Fixtress...so 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

Go See World's Greatest Dad at the Guild... (to be blunt)





I could do a great disservice by starting this post with the question, “Do you like ‘soundtrack driven’ movies?” You know the type- a movie so intrinsically bound to its musical accompaniment that there can be no separation. Some examples that quickly come to mind are Garden State, Easy Rider, Pulp Fiction and Trainspotting.



The latest offering from Writer/Director Bobcat Goldthwait is one such movie.… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on November 18, 2009 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Seal All Those Cooler Vents for $5.37

NOB HILL--Probably the most overlooked heat waster is that vent on your wall or ceiling for your swamp cooler. Now if your cooler uses the same ductwork as your heater, forget about it. But if you have a separate vent for that swamper on your roof, then maybe you can save a lot of money very quickly.



The problem is that an uncovered vent in your ceiling means there is nothing keeping the heat in your house except the canvas cover on your… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on November 17, 2009 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Painting Monday

It's so cold. I'm in Seattle right now, staying with my Mother while my husband is working. I miss Albuquerque and hate being here. It's grey, wet, and the wind is howling all day long. I almost hope online and bought a ticket home. Ugh.



Painting a LOT. I've finished these the past few days.







It's weird being an artist in this modern-day… Continue

Added by Katie Johnson on November 16, 2009 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Blowing Snow Might Be a Problem IN the Pit

The Pit was freezing yesterday afternoon at the women's game. Someone even said they thought the opposing team had grounds to complain to the WNIT and ask for a Lobo forfeit.



And it wasn't just the temperature, which had to be about 40˚. It was the wind. It blew through the gymnasium west to east at a good 15 mph. It does take time to rush down the seats to the gym floor before it climbs up the other side and out the open entrances. The… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on November 16, 2009 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

AMP Blues Legend Review: The Show Where the Audience was the Story

Blues Harmonica Legend Charlie Musswhile blessed ABQ with a visit last week, and I was lucky to win tickets here on the Fix. As good as his show was though, the audience was the big deal of the night. AMP concerts often holds shows at the Cooperage, a really good restaurant with a long history of hosting good concerts. I recall just melting when I heard the astonishing local jazz great Linda Cotton there around 1983. Lately though, big crowds at the… Continue

Added by Kelly Vickers on November 16, 2009 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Lisa Gill... Red as a Lotus: Letters to a Dead Trappist, XVI & XIX

In his Seeds of Contemplation, Catholic monk Thomas Merton wrote, "The purpose of a book of meditations is to teach you how to think and not to do your thinking for you." Living alone in a trailer next to an alfalfa field, Lisa Gill wrote back. Red as a Lotus consists of 100 poems dedicated to Merton, who died in 1968.





Like life,… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on November 15, 2009 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Trip to the local Coronado Mall

Trip to the local mall today to get some new books from the Barnes and Noble. I ran into Jonathan Miller who was signing books there at the Coronado Mall. Miller had two of his books, Crater County and La Bajada Lawyer, on the table and was signing them for customers who made the purchase. I hear at four o’clock today he will be giving away a signed poster to someone who ask for it.



After the book store we hit hot topics because all the twilight new moon items are in and my daughter… Continue

Added by Mary Jane Collins on November 14, 2009 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Twitter for New Mexico Artists

I started a Twitter List for New Mexico artists. If you'd like to see who else is out there in our beautiful state, here's the link: http://twitter.com/NMartists

Added by Katie Johnson on November 14, 2009 at 10:01am — No Comments

Lobos Host NCAA Cross Country Mountain Regional Saturday



Fresh off their historic sweep of the Mountain West Conference titles, the 12th-ranked University of New Mexico men and No. 20 women open postseason action at home when they host the elite NCAA Mountain Region Championships on Saturday at the UNM North Golf Course. Team and individual bids to the NCAA Championship meet will be up for grabs when some of the top distance running schools in America clash on the looping, spectator-friendly course.… Continue

Added by LC on November 13, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Balloon boy parents face sentence in December'

FORT COLLINS (Reuters) - The parents of a Colorado boy whose apparent brush with death in a helium balloon transfixed millions pleaded guilty on Friday to staging a publicity-seeking hoax and will be sentenced next month.

Richard and Mayumi Heene pleaded guilty to a felony and a misdemeanor and will be sentenced on December 23.

The case has sparked outrage over the amount of money spent on a rescue attempt for the six-year-old child, dubbed "balloon boy," after live television…

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Added by Dmitry on November 13, 2009 at 2:12pm — No Comments

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