Our good friend and rock and roll legend Bo Diddley passed away today. I found the following on Wikipedia,
He spent many years in New Mexico, not only as a musician, but as a law officer. He lived in Los Lunas from 1971 to 1978 while continuing his musical career. Bo Diddley served for two and a half years as Deputy Sheriff in the Valencia County Citizens' Patrol; during that time he personally purchased and donated three highway patrol pursuit… Continue
I'm beginning to suspect that I'm a sucker for a finely turned out product photo. Not to say that MaryTafoya's pieces aren't a hoot and a holler all on their own, but MAN I love the colors in her photos!
Last night while a group of friends and I enjoyed our Mocha Cake and Maple Pecan Pie on the patio at the Standard Diner, we started noticing some strange behavior around us. A guy on his stairwell at the brick loft building across the street stood there looking at the sky far past the time it takes to smoke a cigarette. What was he up to? A chick… Continue
It's been a remarkable journey. I was born in raised in ABQ, then went to the southeast for college. I got stuck there for over twenty years. I have no good explanation why. The siren call of Albuquerque has pulled on me all this time. Recently I was able to spend a couple of years back in the Q doing a work project: it was the best years of my life. There's no place like home.
I woke up this morning with a plan. I was going to ride the bike down to the Maloof Airpark to watch the BF fly his radio control planes.
Around noon, I got into my leathers (jacket, chaps, gloves), donned my helmet and goggles and started the bike to warm it up. Then slowly, I inched the bike down the driveway and onto the road. That's when it happened - a feeling of nausea washed over me, my helmet began to feel too tight and my palms were a sweaty mess inside my gloves. The idea… Continue
If campaigning determines development you can't really call it planned. It's a pet peeve of mine - when we blame failed plans more often than not it was a failure to plan entirely. This is because so much of development decision-making is handed to those who represent their own interests.
Take development of Albuquerque's Westside. Please.
Election time is rolling around again here in Albuquerque, you can tell by the swarms of signs littering busy intersections in residential areas. What is the purpose of political campaign signs? They rarely disclose any relevant information on the candidate. Most of the time they don’t even display a photograph of the person. So what’s the point?
It amazes me that wanna-be politicians pay for huge billboards and thousands of yard signs that say almost nothing about their values and why we… Continue
I'm psyched about the plant growth these days -- the vegetable garden is in and everything is currently thriving. The flower seedlings (such as cosmos and nasturtium) are coming up nicely and there are even flowers already blooming around the yard, brightening things up after what seemed like a long winter.
But we've also upped the number of bird feeders--from one to four--so there are all kinds of new birds showing up in our yard.… Continue
A long weekend in Albuquerque made for a good Memorial Day celebration, especially since I am back in Austin and it it in the high 90's and humid. Meh. One thing I never took much advantage of as a kid was the proximity of the Sandia Mountains and their foothills to my house. A five minute drive will put you at the base of the foothills, complete with many a trail and cacti to run into. (Ouch).…
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This summer, we (Jackie, Donnie and myself) are trying to provide listeners with some "fun" free things to do. This Friday we are at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History (1801 Mountain Rd NW) with FREE admission from 7am until 10am. They are highlighting the new "Dawn Of The Dinosaurs- Triassic New Mexico" exhibit. This offer is open to everyone.
I gaze across and down the street and see a large old house with nearly a half dozen chimneys poking out all over the roof. Was it a railroad worker boarding house once? Maybe somebody just really loved fireplaces. This is the view from out front of the 3rd Street Arts Listening Room.
A sign on the tall front fence is the only indication… Continue
Each year, right around the time when the Rolling Thunder motorcyclists make their way into the nation’s capital, I roll out of town with a bootful of books, migrating back to Burque for the summer. This time I journeyed back with my history buff and computer geek son, who is (as they say) “transitioning” from high school to college. Here… Continue
For me, great movies stick in my head for weeks after I've seen them. I like to chew on them for a while in my head to fully digest the themes and underlying meaning. There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day Lewis, falls into that category. It's a profound saga of family and greed centered on one man's search for oil in the American west, and I've been chewing on it for a couple of months now.
Off of a non-descript part of Fourth Street in the North Valley, is a tree lined street where a hidden paradise exists. My cousin Soledad lives on this street and the most spectacular sight awaits you when you walk through her house and into her backyard. What you see is an explosion of color all around. It is a garden paradise.
Almost every year around this time my cousin, her husband Joseph, and son Joachim, host a party in celebration of… Continue