Every mid-sized or large city has a hidden side. I’m not thinking of the seamy side of life, not the strip bars or the drug deals in alleyways or any other illicit goings on. I’m thinking of another category of under the radar events that take place nearly every week in cities all over the country – academic conferences.
Mid-sized cities like Albuquerque are viewed as good… Continue
Job loss. Mortgage crisis. Failing banks. Stimulus plan. Recession. The news these days isn't exactly a source of peace of mind. For me, I've looked to local organizations for inspiration and motivation. Right in our backyard, the non-profit sector is pushing hard to make a real difference in peoples' lives.
As the New Mexico legislature gets ready to debate and vote on the domestic partnership bill next week, this short but strong piece by Albuquerque icon Margaret Randall seems especially appropriate.
Margaret Randall grew up in Albuquerque and returned here to live after more than a quarter century in Latin America (Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua) during the sixties, seventies and first part of the… Continue
As an innkeeper, I belong to all the regular innkeeping groups and stay tight with the associations that watch dog what is going on in the legislature regarding tourism in NM.
So, I got a notice today from TANM (Tourism Association of NM) via the NM Bed & Breakfast Association. Apparently there is a freshman Senator from Corrales who thinks it would be a good idea to add a statewide lodge tax of 10% on all lodging across the board - statewide. Let me tell you something about… Continue
I'm having fun with my video camera and playing get-acquainted with the editing software. Here's the first in what will hopefully be a series of how-tos for some of the minor aspects of Albuquerque living. Got any suggestions for topics? Let me know!
This how-to covers glass recycling in the Duke City. I got to thinking about the process after reading the news about the city recently finding a customer for its glass. It's mentioned in the… Continue
More bad news emerges from Eclipse Aviation as 800 employees are indefinitely furloughed. The bankrupt company has no money to pay its workers, and a pending sale to EclipseJet Aviation International hasn't gone through.
Burlesque Noir has taken a lot of pride in marketing. We have enjoyed trying our hand at modeling to create fliers and merchandise. Our buttons have been our hottest sellers and we have tried to come out with new designs for every show. I think one of the most flattering comments I had ever received was from two women who came to our merch table looking for our new buttons. We didn't have them for one show and they said, "Oh, I am so sad, we collect every one of them."
NOB HILL--I have said many times that 90% of us like at least 50% of what Mayor Chavez has done. But there is one thing and only one thing that differentiates the current mayor from everybody else who is running or even thinking of running: Sprawl Mesa. Martin Chavez has done what he could to make life easier for out of state companies like SunCal to sell the city's future and sustainability for short-term profits.
It all fits. There is the loop road.… Continue
The USA Network's TV Show "In Plain Sight" filmed a few scenes of the next season's opener here at our small inn this past Monday. They set the place up as they liked it on Friday, including moving out Rol's pool table and turning that room into a bedroom. Our dining room became a living room again for the first time in 9 years. They returned Monday just before 6 am to set up and start the shoot. They were here all day and the last of them were out of here just before 9pm.
With the economy taking a dive and people losing jobs and (struggling to get their unemployment benefits), it seems like an odd time for a neighborhood to grow by increasing housing and services, but that is what has been happening in Barelas, even after our current recession began.
There are the Barelas Townhomes across from the famed Barelas Coffee Shop, the Barelas… Continue
When I told my mom that I wanted a job, she never laughed at me and told me what a silly idea it was for an eight-year-old girl. Instead, she opened the world of newspapers to me by suggesting that I sell Grit Magazine door to door in our small neighborhood on the corner of Menaul and Eubank, which was then on the outskirts of Albuquerque. The newspaper was an important part of our family - almost as important as the Bible, but not quite. Actually,… Continue
I posted this for a short time last weekend and then pulled it because I wanted to think about it for a while before posting again. There have been quite a few blogs and discussions about Albuquerque's future and growth, each one prompting me to wonder if I feel good or bad about it. It's a conflict in my head.
I moved here in March, 31 years ago. I was very disappointed with the lack of green, the lack of (what i knew as) ethnic food, the sand that blew in my face, the lack of… Continue
Although DCF member Richard Vargas grew up in Los Angeles, he has lived in Albuquerque for several years. He has had two books published: American Jesus and McLife. Garrison Keillor featured him on The Writer's Almanac not… Continue
“They call me Dr. Love, I am the doctor of love, I’ve got the cure you’re thinking of.” – KISS, “Calling Dr. Love"! No, we’re not talking Penicillin here. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I felt the obligation to dig deep down into my treasure trove of romantic gestures and share with you. Let’s just say I’ve “been around the block”. (hey, "practice makes… Continue