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Who Braved the Mayhem @ Uptown?

I went to the new Trader Joe's near ABQ Uptown today at 4 p.m. Not exactly sure why. I was nearby and guess I thought, "I wonder how absolutely, frickin' nuts it's going to be?" I'm not one to pass up a free spectacle.

The parking lot was crazy as you would expect. I saw two cars duking it out for the same space, each inching closer and closer in a game of weird Trader Joe's Parking Lot Chicken (TM); I didn't stick around to see who… Continue

Added by Don Brown on September 25, 2009 at 6:17pm — 21 Comments

all's fair...

Ah, the fair. It's the yearly melting pot that brings Albuquerque and New Mexico together in the name of puke rides and funnel cakes. Horses, cattle, adorable bunny rabbits and artwork are hauled in from across the state. We identify with each other culturally through these things. It's one of the oldest methods of social engagement and definition. It smacks of the childlike excitement at the prospect of cotton candy and mechanical rides; it's tied strongly to ideas of discovery, or observation… Continue

Added by Señorita Ruth on September 25, 2009 at 12:04am — 1 Comment

I did it!

This afternoon, I completed my OVER THE EDGE rappel for Special Olympics NM at the NM Bank & Trust Building, 320 SW Gold. It took about 15 minutes or so.

Turned out that the building is 16 stories high, not 14 as I originally thought !

I needed a lot of extra preparation to keep myself calm, including visualization and deep breathing -- which I did at home for an hour before going downtown.

When I got there, a former military rappel master - now with the NM… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on September 24, 2009 at 9:49pm — 2 Comments

Young Edward Puts a CorkFest In It

There's a found metal sculpture in my back yard. His mid section is made up of a giant spring. His name is (drumroll please) Jerry Springer and he came from a CorkFest some years back. CorkFests have a way of sticking around long after they are over. It's a folk art fiesta, musical extravaganza and neighborly social event all rolled into one.

This year's CorkFest is… Continue

Added by Edith Grove on September 24, 2009 at 11:06am — 4 Comments

Cliché is as cliché does, bromance with a painful flourish.

Shortly after arriving here that summer of ’93 with diploma (written entirely in Latin, for some reason) under my arm I was feeling a particular strain of loneliness reserved for those like myself who had not the wherewithal to plan that next step in life. My dual gigs of busboy, on the one hand, and “Contract Marketing Specialist” for a… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on September 23, 2009 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Self-Governance for the South Valley

“As long as you are living under my roof, you will live by my rules.”

We recognize this phrase uttered by parents whose grown child has different ideas on how the household should be run. To make his own rules he must venture out and live on his own. Only then can he decide when to run the furnace or if he can afford cable TV.

The South Valley has an opportunity now to gain independence from our ‘parents’—… Continue

Added by leila on September 23, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

My practice rappels at Stone Age Climbing Gym

Last Saturday, September 19: When you're hooked up to the ropes, they ask you to sit back in the harness, stretch your legs out wide, and put your feet solidly on the wall. Then, you slowly release the rope and slide down.

If you're brave enough, you can bounce along the wall as you go down. I wasn't ready for that, but I felt a real sense of triumph when I got down to the bottom.

All OVER THE EDGE participants who were at the gym supported each other's practice… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on September 22, 2009 at 4:10pm — No Comments

My preparations for my 14-story, 203-ft rappel

About a month ago, I started preparing by squeezing two release mechanisms (with both hands) that will be similar to the one I'll be using on Rappel Day this Thursday, 1:25 pm.

I'm up to about 30 each time I do it.

Occasionally, I also squeeze a small rubber ball.

This past Saturday, I went to Stone Age Climbing Gym, where the owners are offering free training classes to Over the Edge participants.

After being outfitted with a wait-to-knees harness, I… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on September 22, 2009 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Just two days to go until my Thursday, September 24th Over the Edge rappel for Special Olympics NM

It's been a while since I posted, but I am delighted to report that I am closing in on $2,300 in contributions for my rappel. I've been receiving online donations at my personal page, Blume

The required minimum donation to participate is $1,000 - so I am delighted by the response.

I thought I was going OVER THE EDGE this Friday, the 25th. However, because I'm the publicist for this event, and the media sponsor, they want me to do the deed on… Continue

Added by Jane S. Blume on September 22, 2009 at 3:57pm — 1 Comment

Goodbye chocolate . . . hello chocolate

Aaaaahhh...the first day of Autumn. The State Fair is in full swing, leaves are juuuust starting to turn, and there's a crisp bite to the evening air.

But it also means that the chocolate flower days are numbered, and they are sending forth their final, fragrant bursts of blooms. When I first heard of chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata), I… Continue

Added by Laura on September 22, 2009 at 6:26am — 8 Comments

Loopy Albuquerque

I was in a meeting this weekend and the term Web 3.0 came up. It threw me for a loop. I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate Web 2.0 into my life. I'm maintaining 4 blogs, a Twitter feed, membership on 4 social networks and now cyberspace is hurling towards Web 3.0? (Not to say anything about staying on top of old-fashioned Web 1.0 activities like… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 21, 2009 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Narrow and Wide

It's Pancake Sunday! Been awhile since we've had a breakfast o' flapjacks, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm hoping we still have the Snoqualmie Falls pancake mix. What restaurants in Albuquerque make good pancakes? Anyone? Anyone?

Oops, and flapjacks aren't really pancakes. Thanks, Wikipedia.

I have a bone to pick, and hopefully that bone I seek to pick won't be (a), MINE, and (b), plucked from the side… Continue

Added by Rob Creighton Garrison on September 20, 2009 at 2:32pm — 8 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Tanaya Winder... Hole In My Heart

I come from the Duckwater Shoshone and Southern Ute nations. I was raised on the Southern Ute Indian reservation in southern Colorado; I consider that place along with the Pyramid Lake Paiute reservation in Nixon, NV my two homes, my origins. Because of the strong connection I feel towards place, I feel I am a child of both water and the desert. Perhaps this is one of the reasons I have chosen to make my home here in Albuquerque. I am grounded in… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on September 20, 2009 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

Morning Fix: Fighting Tacos Saved!


Added by Alexis on September 18, 2009 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Look at me now

Riding has become a passion and an addiction. I love riding. Before beginning this post, I reread some of my earlier blog entries and remembered the fear and excitement of riding.

And boy, have I come a long way!

Last summer I continued to ride my bike into the fall and winter months. I ride more than I drive, even when it's cold and yucky outside, the attraction to my bike is never ending. I did longer rides, got the bike on the freeway more often and basically went… Continue

Added by Gemini Goddess on September 17, 2009 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Duke City Solar - Part 2

Monday, September 16, 2009, 2:00 PM: PNM has just completed the final testing and my solar electric system is now turned on (Clouds form, rain falls). It's been quite a while since writing Part 1 so you may want to reread it for the backstory. This is a narrative and technical, detailing what's happened since last October and also the insights gained. Let's get… Continue

Added by Brendan on September 17, 2009 at 6:30am — 21 Comments

Morning Fix: Have Road, Need Money

  • If there's a road that needs more help than Paseo del Norte, I don't know what it is. State asks Feds for $250 million+ in Federal Stimulus Funds for Paseo/I-25 interchange.
  • Albuquerque company provides solar-powered LED…

Added by Alexis on September 17, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

A Remarkable Happy Birthday!

How would you like to spend your eightieth birthday? Think about it. Yours may turn out to be as remarkable as Jean's and her husband's.

I have been seeing Jean around the neighborhood for the past 2-3 years, mostly at the gym but also at neighborhood association meetings and other civic gatherings, not just listening, but demanding answers from her representatives. At the gym she is not a gym socialite but an ardent, focused exercise enthusiast. Yet she seems to know and is known by… Continue

Added by Eloise Gift on September 16, 2009 at 10:11pm — No Comments

High Camp- State Fair Style

It always rains at least once during the State Fair and then again at least once during the Balloon Fiesta. When it rains at the State Fair, it’s better than when it is blisteringly hot, however the moisture does bring out the olfactory worst in the livestock milieu.

I’m just not as excited about the fair this year, and… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on September 16, 2009 at 9:30am — 24 Comments

Morning Fix: World Robot Domination


Added by Alexis on September 16, 2009 at 6:30am — 16 Comments

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