One of the rites of spring in the agricultural valley areas of Albuquerque has always been cleaning the acequias. This is a seasonal task I have been performing for over 50 years, beginning with helping my grandfather when I was barely big enough to carry a rake or a shovel. Every year, prior to the first freshet of irrigation water, neighbors gather to clean out the ditches and attend to irrigation system repairs. This traditional spring task has… Continue
Added by NMBeek on March 17, 2008 at 1:12pm —
My children and I drove down to my parent’s house in the South Valley on Sunday.
Driving down South Broadway we hit blowing sand and tumbleweeds. It looked like a xeric redo of the tribbles from Star trek; dozens of small, Jack Russell Terrier sized tumbleweeds bent on their own destruction hurled themselves under the car. This was punctuated by sheep sized tumbleweeds and small cow sized tumbleweeds that I had to dodge. While was having visions of entombment in sand, my son was bouncing… Continue
Added by mombat on March 17, 2008 at 9:48am —
This morning the Albuquerque Journal's Sean Olson
gives us the news about defaulting developer SunCal and how they insist this doesn't mean a thing for 57,000 acres they own in Albuquerque.
California-based SunCal, developer of Albuquerque's massive Westland project, has had a rough year with some of its California and Nevada ventures— but insists that will have… Continue
Added by Coco on March 17, 2008 at 7:30am —
Added by Somegye on March 17, 2008 at 6:08am —
You fill in the blank. We all have our own ways of coping (or not coping) with traffic congestion. I tend to sulk and fume about lost time and crappy MPG. Maybe I need a better car. I often think that one reason auto manufacturers have made vehicle interiors so luxurious and accommodating is because Americans spend so much time in traffic or commuting long distances from home to school to work to errands, etc. I see many cars that more closely resemble a home den than a vehicle for transport.… Continue
Added by Gabriel Nims on March 15, 2008 at 10:35pm —
March 15th marked the 5 year anniversary of the US war on Iraq. An organization called Stop The War Machine
used the occasion to hold a demonstration and march around the perimeter of UNM campus as well locations within the campus.
Organizers hold that the UNM Center for Science, Technology & Policy as well as other… Continue
Added by bleve on March 15, 2008 at 8:30pm —
Hi all you Duke City Fixers who responded to our post about the dog brought by the ABQ Animal Care center to the Mesa del Sol groundbreaking that we adopted. Your suggested names were all wonderful, and we had a really hard time deciding. She has been going by the name of "wiggly girl" until yesterday.
We've decided that her official name will be all the names that you've provided us. Since that is about 20 names long, we will use the… Continue
Added by M&M on March 15, 2008 at 7:09pm —
Happy Pi Day
! And you thought Saint Patrick's Day was a hoot. Hang out with a bunch of math geeks and science nerds and you will have approximately the most fun you've had since you had to read Wiles proof of Fermat's Last Theorem
I am 17.76 pi years
old today. How about you?
Why do I feel like yelling out, "the… Continue
Added by The Grand Panjandrum on March 14, 2008 at 5:45pm —
oh, right. introduce myself. ok. here goes:
I am Jason. just turned 30 and still a kid at heart. curious and in love with life. enjoy mosaic-making, crafting, learning stuff, painting, gardening, laughing, ddr, music (classical and musicals, folk and jazz, 80's and other stuff). Open-minded, friendly, shy sometimes. I love glitter!
Oh, and I identify as transgender. I was born female, but mostly ID as trans. Sometimes male. Never "man". Just Jason.
Totally open… Continue
Added by Jason Goldbarg on March 14, 2008 at 4:13pm —
With the news that the city council approved the funds to start work on Lead and Coal avenues, I decided to focus the next few weeks to those two thoroughfares. In case you haven't heard, Lead and Coal will be re-striped to hold two traffic lanes, a dedicated bike lane (yay!) and a parking lane. They will both stay one way streets, but hopefully with one less travel lane, cars will travel a bit slower. I also think they could use a stoplight at Edith and a few more crosswalks. Lead and Coal… Continue
Added by brendisimo on March 14, 2008 at 11:30am —
Added by Somegye on March 14, 2008 at 5:30am —
So my friend and I are starting a business - finally doing what we love! We are a painting (mostly interior) and gardening (got weeds?) venture. We are also handy with a variety of things (dry wall repair, cleaning, and soon to be plastering). But our main focus is painting and gardening. Spring clean-up/weeding/raking/pruning/planting - tending the earth. And painting - we love to paint! We are also mosaic savvy and will be learning more about tile installation.
We are honest,… Continue
Added by Jason Goldbarg on March 13, 2008 at 10:30am —
Hello Hello. We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog, because my life itself has been rather "interruptus" lately. I've quit my job at the gallery & begun a new one cataloging and archiving an artist's work, a project scheduled to run for at least 2 years. My new gig is deep in the heart of Corrales, and I live only a few blocks south of the University, so I have the distinct pleasure of driving to work. Mind you, I've lived within an easy bike ride of my employment for the past 10+… Continue
Added by Khan on March 13, 2008 at 9:40am —
Added by Somegye on March 13, 2008 at 5:32am —
Last night, I saw Blade Runner at the Guild--it's actually a "Final Cut" version that was released late last year. What a visually rich film it is . . . amazing sets that pretty much stand the test of time, considering that it was a "futuristic" film made more than 25 years ago. Dark, dark, dark, (neo-noir?) with some stunning action sequences (like the costumed dancer-droid running slo-mo through a series of plate-glass windows while being shot in the back, and Daryl Hannah attacking Harrison… Continue
Added by Richard Malcolm on March 12, 2008 at 6:12pm —
it’s true. i’m fairly ashamed. but more about that in a minute.
saw the lemonheads last night at ned's downtown. i’ve been listening to the lemonheads for close to 17 years now, and maintain that "it’s a shame about ray" is one of the best albums of the ’90s. as much as i bitch and moan about the lack of concerts in abq, i can’t complain about this one. granted, it was a tuesday night, and the… Continue
Added by Dianne P. on March 12, 2008 at 4:30pm —
Looks like a judge has granted the city access to El Vado Motel to keep it from deteriorating further.
"Wednesday’s court ruling means that city crews can enter the property and begin securing it to prevent any further weather damage.
"'For anybody that understands the history of Route 66, this is one of the great facilities, great structures architecturally in the history of… Continue
Added by Ron W. on March 12, 2008 at 11:30am —
My family was never into wrestling. My dad was a hardcore basketball fan and my mom thought wrestling was silly. What’s strange is that I was connected to wrestling without ever knowing it. Bear with me while I unfold this story. Continue
For those of us that grew up in the North Valley and went to school at Alvarado Elementary in the late 60’s and early 70’s, you know the name Hairy Jerry. If you were lucky, he was your bus driver. Mr. Medina was my…
Added by Adelita on March 12, 2008 at 10:00am —
Added by Somegye on March 12, 2008 at 5:52am —
I have been accepted by the National Student Exchange program to spend fall term at UNM. I am SO excited. I need a breath of fresh ABQ air and sun. I am excited to learn all about 'burque' right Scott? haha and to learn about people and places. Most of all, SO excited that August 15 is my 21er, and will be spending it somewhere new, so its a birthday to remember. (unless its too wild, then i'll doubt i'll remember.lol) I am really stoked though. HOLLA
Added by Kandice on March 12, 2008 at 12:47am —