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To all of our friends, family, and others who receive the Desert of the Real Posts but are to polite to cancel this email broadcast,

May this Christmas and Holiday Season bring us everthing we want that will fit in a cookie tin or a 5MG file. Or the tiny brains of my mentors, pictured below.

May the Season… Continue

Added by FOXP2 on December 25, 2008 at 7:13am — No Comments

December 24th, 1776 and 1814

General George Washington, with his 2400 men and 18 guns, crossed the Delaware River to attack 1400 Hessians commanded by Colonel Rahl (Rall by some accounts).

The Hessian mercenaries, fighting for the British, were surprised and defeated in a matter of an hour and a half.


The effect of the battle of Trenton was out of all proportion to the numbers involved and the casualties. The American effort across the… Continue

Added by James of al-Barran on December 24, 2008 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

Students of UNM

Students in Albuquerque are surprisingly different from San Francisco overall. Both kinds were given an excersice where they have to vote someone off a boat (the aim of the execrise is to make students to learn to articulate their thoughts, but it is not important here). Among the five passengers, there's a pregnant woman and a priest. In San Francisco, students always kill off these two first (because the woman eats too much and the priest is useless). In Albuquerque, the woman always stays…


Added by Pete Zaitcev on December 24, 2008 at 11:07am — 1 Comment

Where in 'Burque is Adelita? (Holiday Edition)

While rushing around Christmas shopping, doing errands and meeting up with old friends, my daughter and I had to take pictures of some cool things we saw along the way. For those of you newbies not familiar with these posts, start here.

For those of you that are familiar, you know the routine! Whoever can guess the most correctly and tell me the where the photo… Continue

Added by Adelita on December 24, 2008 at 9:00am — 23 Comments

Morning Fix: Slow March to Holiday


Added by Somegye on December 24, 2008 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Cholo Claus

I have several Christmas ornaments that I really like. Some have photos of my kids, some are handmade, and I have a few from my great grandmother.

But one that makes me laugh every year is affectionately call Cholo Claus.

When I was in college I worked at the UNICEF store in Old Town. We sold folk art, jewelry and clothes: the proceeds went to UNICEF.

One year we got a shipment of ornaments from Indonesia, this was in the early 90’s when this stuff was not so common… Continue

Added by mombat on December 23, 2008 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

"It's Called the 10-Day Crud," She Said.

MaryAnn stood at the kitchen counter. I tried my best to get a good look at her. The Crud, now in its eighth day, had seemed to settle in my eyes on its way out.

"Yes," she said, "they say it spends three days coming, four days making you miserable, and three days leaving."


"Along the way it gives you a sore throat, watery itchy eyes, headaches, clogged up ears, a stuffy nose,… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on December 23, 2008 at 10:52am — 10 Comments

Morning Fix: 201


Added by Somegye on December 23, 2008 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Double Your Pleasure--Self Serve turns 2!!!

Added by Self Serve on December 23, 2008 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

Are you ready for some FOOOTBALLLLLLLLL?

Well. are you? I'm not. But I am ready for the holidays to roll around. Did someone say days off from work? What was that? Four day weekend? Ahhh. Many thanks. And of course there is the recession special ($5, ALL AGES) show that's going on Saturday. Never fear, there are seats still available. Snatch them up before someone else does.

To not make this a 100% promotion post, I pose this question: what are your plans for the holidays?

Added by Eugene the Nerd on December 22, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Las Posadas de Barelas 2008

The older I get, the more drawn I am to local neighborhood holiday traditions. Part of it is a nostalgic longing for community – I have happy childhood memories of large extended family gatherings. (To give you an idea what I mean by extended family - in just 10 minutes I came up with a list of more than 200 family members, and given another 20 minutes I could probably double that list. And this is without conferring with my mother, whose memory has a… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on December 22, 2008 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Morning Fix: Wet, Brown


Added by Somegye on December 22, 2008 at 5:30am — 2 Comments


I was inspired by the lady who was giving samples of tamales from Bueno Foods at the grocery store. She gave me a recipe card for Holiday Posole from Bueno but I did my own thing.

Braise 2.5 pounds of pork neck bones with meat, add favorite seasoning to taste (I used salt, pepper, garlic powder, dried minced onion and season all). Add… Continue

Added by Sí Serrano on December 21, 2008 at 8:30pm — 10 Comments


(Um... that's a big bag of stuff for the homeless pictured in the banner, from last year, pre Nikon... btw)

It’s that time of the year again. The time when our neighbors let the *incessantly barking dogs out just a little later, when the sun is warm. Peace and Joy? How about Peace and QUIET! The time when little old ladies hit your car not once but twice in the parking lot at… Continue

Added by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on December 21, 2008 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Notification and "standing" of non recognized Neighborhood Associations on zoning and planning issues

In listening to the City Council meeting of December 15, 2008 (AC-08-23 and the discussion regarding “notification”) I continue to be astounded by the degree to which some of our our elected officials embrace an archaic concept of privilege in matters of government information.

During the conversation regarding notification of land use matters scheduled to be heard by the EPC (or Council) to individuals, coalitions and non-recognized (alternative) neighborhood organizations… I saw… Continue

Added by Crista on December 20, 2008 at 10:58pm — 3 Comments

The Reason Birds Sing/Revisit the Bosque

Today I took another magical trip to Bosque del Apache.

The real reason birds sing?

Because I Fly, I envy no man on earth.

Everytime I go there, I spend hours just watching the birds and I let my mind take me away. I enjoy it very much and it lets me do some photography of the marvelous cranes.

Born to Fly

For each of us is created to die,

And within me…

Added by buggs on December 20, 2008 at 10:53pm — 3 Comments

The Gospel According To John (Moses Browning)

John Moses Browning was perhaps the finest firearms designer, ever. His designs continue to work and to serve almost 100 years after they were created. There is an ongoing controversy about the reliability and safety of current 1911s vs. other "modern" pistols and I think this about sums the situation up.

As translated from the original ancient manuscripts by Fr. Frog.

© copyright 2002 by John C. Schaefer

1 In… Continue

Added by James of al-Barran on December 20, 2008 at 8:56pm — No Comments

The Man in the Arena; by Theodore Roosevelt... one of my Heroes!

Man in the Arena

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great… Continue

Added by James of al-Barran on December 20, 2008 at 7:06pm — 2 Comments

Agent 009 Infiltrates the Fiesta

Added by Kelly Vickers on December 20, 2008 at 2:32pm — 1 Comment

NUEVO AMERICA. Just in time for Christmas.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: The interest in posting this arose when the Author read the racist and nativist rants of some fellow Hoosiers on "The Fence Post" regarding immigration. This piece is cross-posted to the Desert of the Real Economics.]

In the 2004 film “The Motorcycle Diaries”, a young Ernesto “Che” Guevara makes a generally accurate observation… Continue

Added by FOXP2 on December 20, 2008 at 7:12am — 1 Comment

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