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A Potluck with The Sunday Poets

Since The Sunday Poem series started last February, 29 different local poets have been featured here on the front page of the Duke City Fix. If you feel like reviewing their contributions, just click on The DitchRider in the left-hand sidebar. Every magical poem and poet is still there...each offering a different aspect of our rich literary scene here in… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on October 4, 2009 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

The Sunday Poem: Cirrelda Snider-Bryan... Ode to Lucky Encounters

Listen. Cranes! It's fall...time to get up from the computer, walk outside, and look up.



Long-time Duke City Fix member Cirrelda "CC" Snider-Bryan is a resident of Albuquerque’s North Valley. She is devoted to filling notebooks — "journal as documenter." This poem comes straight out of those pages, with some tweaking done before she read it last Winter at the wonderful Treehouse reading series downtown. In addition to notebooks, she… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on October 4, 2009 at 7:30am — 16 Comments

Escaping the Miasma





Miasma: mi⋅as⋅ma – noun, plural -mas, -ma⋅ta. 1. Noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.



We decided on late Friday or early Saturday that this past weekend was the one to escape the city, with its polluted air full of State Fair stench, fall "enchantment" and just too strong breeze. Sunday morning we sent out a trial balloon in the form of… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on September 30, 2009 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Albuquerque Performing Arts Fair

Have you ever wanted to see the Bosque Bassoon Band and The Vortex Theater, but didn't know how to find their information all in one place? Are you yearning to tango or to find a group that needs your accordion skills? Well, this could be your week.



Nob Hill is hosting the Albuquerque Performing Arts Fair on Central Avenue this Thursday, October 1, from 5 to 9pm. Twenty-five different groups will have tables full of information while over a dozen perform on a stage on the… Continue

Added by Terry S. Davis on September 28, 2009 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

With Robby in the Weeds

TINGLEY BEACH--Last Friday my grandson got a day off from school because of an inservice. "Let's go down to The Ponds," he said while cutting up his sausages at Mannie's. I knew which ones he meant--the ones in the bosque west of Tingley Beach. They aren't part of Tingley Beach proper; they kind of sit off by themselves between the bike path and the river. In fact, you can't even see them from far away.



Robby dug a hole in one side… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on September 29, 2009 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

NM's Oldest No More

So for my Saturday morning walk, I decided to head over to Whataburger at Eubank & Candelaria for biscuits and gravy and a cup of coffee, only to discover along the way that an old friend is gone...



Businesses come and go, especially the mom and pops, but this one made me a little sad. I discovered this place almost by accident back in the mid 80's. Next door to the video store (see the blue door farthest east), there was a shop that rented PC software. It was borderline piracy.… Continue

Added by Ron Da Bomb on September 28, 2009 at 12:58pm — 10 Comments

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

The Sunday Poem: Susan Sherman... A Word to the Wise

Poet, playwright, co-founder of IKON magazine, Susan Sherman has published four collections of poetry, a translation from Spanish of a Cuba play, Shango de Ima, (Doubleday, 1971) and The Color of the Heart: Writing from Struggle & Change, 1959-1990 (Curbstone, 1990.) Her critically acclaimed memoir America’s Child: A Woman’s Journey through the Radical Sixties was published by Curbstone, November 2007. She divides her time between Albuquerque and… Continue

Added by The DitchRider on September 27, 2009 at 8:30am — 4 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

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 — 7 Comments

Morning Fix: Fighting Tacos Saved!

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

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…
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Added by Alexis on September 17, 2009 at 6:30am — 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

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

36 Hours in Pie Town

PIE TOWN, NM--A day and a half is about all the vacation that a weekend can hold. You leave home Saturday morning and get back Sunday in the early evening...a short and sweet 36-hour adventure. And in this Land of Enchantment, the journey is as important as the destination. Thank goodness for that...because our time in Pie Town was reduced to an afternoon by the time driving and camping were figured in. Four of us started out in two vehicles about 10… Continue

Added by Johnny_Mango on September 15, 2009 at 9:37am — 9 Comments

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