Barelas Babe's Stories Tagged 'Albuquerque' (27)

El Día de Muertos

As I was making my coffee this morning, I looked out the window and saw La Calavera Catrina driving a hearse down my street. I blinked twice, and the driver became my…


Added by Barelas Babe on November 2, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Drones in Them Thar Hills?

A short while ago I was hiking in the Sandias when I came across a notice that I've seen at trailheads all over the west this summer: No Drones Allowed. It made me wonder whether, as a deaf woman, I've missed something that people with species-typical hearing would note. Are there indeed drones plaguing the…


Added by Barelas Babe on September 14, 2015 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

First Date: City Council Style

I’ve been thinking a lot about first dates lately.

Partly because I saw a movie, Wetlands (trailer is NSFW), over the weekend that would be an interesting first date litmus test for many things. The final showing is tonight,…


Added by Barelas Babe on January 12, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

A Good Burque Friday

Hola Fixers! It has been a while, sí? I’m now blogging as Barelas Babe, Ph.D, which has a nifty little ring to it, don'cha think? But no worries, this Bareleña isn’t going to get too big for her pantalones (or should that…


Added by Barelas Babe on April 7, 2012 at 11:00am — 11 Comments

Sin Agua

Sandwiched between this morning's stories of greed at Goldman Sachs and the impact of volcanic ash on European air travel, is a New York Times story about Pajarito Mesa just south of Albuquerque. This is a familiar story to Duke City denizens, but many people elsewhere assume those living "off the grid" do so as a matter of choice, not necessity. And they are often… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on April 19, 2010 at 9:30am — 8 Comments

Bilingualism in Burque

I’ve been thinking about bilingualism a fair amount these days. Like so many families I know, my family is a mix of monolinguals and bilinguals. In these parts, most of us are familiar with Spanglish – that mix of Spanish and English that is used all over Albuquerque, but especially in communities like Barelas, Los Griegos, and the South Valley.

But in addition to… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on June 15, 2009 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Resting Places and an Appeal to Repeal

Every time I drive to the airport, I see the San Jose Cemetery just west of I-25 and south of Gibson. I always tell myself that one of these days I must stop and check out the cemetery on foot.

This past weekend I did just that.

Finding the entrance to the cemetery was a bit of a challenge – the dirt road from Gibson is blocked off due to construction on Gibson, and so I ended up entering from Edith just south of Gibson. There’s… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on March 16, 2009 at 6:00pm — 17 Comments

Mothering From Afar

I can’t say that I’ve always seen eye to eye with departing Congresswoman Heather Wilson, but part of me has a soft spot for her. You see, we’re both members of a fairly small club – the club of Albuquerque mothers who commute by jet to work.

Long distance commuting wasn’t what I set out to do when I started down my career path. Like most people, I assumed that I’d get my education and then get a… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on December 15, 2008 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

From the DC to DC

After last week’s election results were posted, I realized that a fair number of politicos and their staffers in the Duke City may be headed to Washington DC, my “other city”. And it seems that a local museum director and a few others (including one amazing Burqueña who’ll be sharing my space for a bit) will also be coming east. Some folks will be trekking from… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on November 10, 2008 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

Access to Obama

There were 45,000 hearing people in the audience and 5 signing deaf people in the bleachers behind the stage at the Obama Rally Saturday night. Regular readers of my blog may know that I'm a card-carrying member of the smaller group.

Rule Number One for deaf people: show up early to any big event with American Sign Language interpreters.

This event was no exception.

Why show up early? Well, we deaf people need to be… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on October 27, 2008 at 10:30am — 20 Comments

Growing Up Purple

I’m looking forward to voting this week. One of my earliest childhood memories is of walking down the street on Election Day with both of my parents and my younger brother, whose toddler exuberance was constrained with a baby blue leash child harness.

It was rare that we’d walk somewhere together as a family of four. Most of our family outings involved getting in the car and… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on October 19, 2008 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

El Jardin de Barelas

Less than a mile from the heart of downtown Albuquerque is a community experiment in progress. If you drive (or even walk) down 4th Street south of Central Avenue, past the streets named for entities in the Periodic Table of the Elements, you might notice a small plot of land with raised garden beds painted in bright colors.

Enclosed by a six foot high chain link fence and a locked gate,… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on October 6, 2008 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Returning to Albuquerque

I’ve been staring at the screen off and on for days, trying to figure out what to blog about this week.

This happens sometimes when I’ve been away from Albuquerque for too long. And I have been away longer than usual, thanks to some extra travel this month. But in some ways, I'm never that far away from Albuquerque.

So I’m wondering:

Should I start with the most popular question of the week from my colleagues here in DC -… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 29, 2008 at 10:30am — 5 Comments

Filling Up at the Filling Station

The first weekend after Labor Day is always bittersweet for me, marking the psychological transition from summer into autumn. Mornings are cooler, there’s a hint of green chile in the air, and leaves begin to acquire a tarnish of gold.

On a personal note, it means that I get to reacquaint myself with the Sunport and life as a commuter traversing the friendly skies. This weekend was my first weekend… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 8, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Beautiful Barelas

“Beautiful” is not a word often linked with Barelas. Ours is a close-knit community, held together by corazón y familia, but beauty doesn’t figure into most descriptions of Barelas. Speed through the main thoroughfares of our barrio and you’ll likely miss the beauty that lives in… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on September 1, 2008 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

Lobo Lineage

The first time I saw Albuquerque was during winter break of my senior year of college. My 3 year old son and I drove east from California in an aging pickup truck to check out the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque as a possible place to spend a few years while I attended graduate school.

The two of us had been to… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 25, 2008 at 8:30am — 17 Comments

Back to School

My best friend Diana called from Arizona last night, wanting to give my daughter a new outfit for her first day of high school. As a veteran mother of two daughters who have successfully navigated (and completed) the murky waters of high school, her advice is worth its weight in gold.

My best friend and I met a score and a half years ago as college students in Orange County, California. It wasn't until I bought a house in Barelas - 12 years… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on August 11, 2008 at 11:00pm — 5 Comments

Walkability - Barelas Style

I’m up too late on a Saturday night (for reasons of insomnia, not fun) and feel too groggy to throw on some clothes and walk a few blocks down the street to the Church of Beethoven this Sunday morning.

So I make my mug of Ohori’s Italian Roast drip coffee, all the while dithering over whether I want to start my day with the New York… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 28, 2008 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

Poster Child in Barelas

Ever since the summer of 1975, when I hung a foldout poster from Elton John’s Captain Fantastic album on my bedroom closet door, I have been a sucker for posters. Earlier this month I stumbled upon Puerto Rico Literario, a small gem of a poster art collection at the… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on July 21, 2008 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

Sunport Blogging, Part 3

Ever since I’ve been commuting from Albuquerque to the Capital City (not the City Different, but the one supposedly built on a swamp), I’ve been tantalized by glimpses of the old Albuquerque Airport terminal, built in 1939.

Last week, I decided to see it up close and in person.

It was an adventure.

The first challenge is getting to it. Mapquest and Google…


Added by Barelas Babe on July 14, 2008 at 10:30pm — 25 Comments

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