I was born to fundamentalist Christian cult parents who are white supremacists. I grew up in Denver and escaped to New Mexico in 1982. Justice, art and travel are the engines that drive me.
As a child, I was not nurtured but forced. As an adult, I oppose force and try to learn how to nurture myself and all the people around me.
One of the great joys of the balloon fiesta is subduing the envelope as it lands. Thursday morning this one bounced several times, crashed through a fence and lay down down blocking all lanes of Osuna. A dozen drivers, thwarted in their journey, leaped from their cars and helped deflate and move the balloon to safer ground. It was handled as… Continue
This Saturday I made my first trek to the Balloon Fiesta by bicycle. From Fringecrest, it took 50 minutes to get there, 45 to come back and I've never enjoyed the event so much as I did this time. While others were cold and in long lines for coffee, I was warm, energized, and ready to enjoy. The coolest thing: Valet parking for bicycles. Just head up the North Diversion channel, turn right at the sign, and hand your bike over to the valet. No charge.… Continue
First off: Great seats.
That's what we got for winning the DCF ticket giveaway for this show. Fourth row, dead center. I could count every wrinkle on the two performers faces if I wanted to; I did not.
This was one of the most casual and intimate shows I've been to in a long time. While I'm a huge fan of Lyle Lovett, I've never really been all that impressed with John Hiatt's recorded work.
But, both artists impressed. Sure, I know Lovett's songs and still prefer his quirky… Continue
Dogs, cats and other creatures probably don't care who is mayor. But at least one candidate has taken it upon himself to mail to registered pet owners about the benefits of his benevolent oversight during the past eight years. Good for him. Pets rock! But I guess my question is: do ALL candidates have access to this same database? If they do, awesome. If they don't, there's an equity issue here. Release them to all or none.…
It is that time of year again. Signs that fall has arrived are rampant: hot air balloons a-soaring, green chile a-roasting, politicians a-yammering campaigning, and ants disappearing.
For years we've waged a multi-generational war on our property. It isn’t the usual exterminator/home owner battle, though. We’re more sophisticated than that – we're established some subtlety in staking out our philosophic positions of what I'll call,… Continue
This is the last week to make it to 4th of July Campground to enjoy the sugar maples turning crimson before they fall off in earnest. Thanks to Masshole for the reminder that it's that time of year. Many thanks to Celine for the camera… Continue
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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