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Hark, the Bitcoin Warlord Cometh

I really hate advertising. I like to think I’m immune to it. While I’m sure marketing experts would say that’s impossible, I’d reply, “Try me.” Yet I do realize that without successful advertising strategies laudable endeavors will fail. So, how to make advertising truly worth your time and attention? Enter Kevin…

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Added by John Mulhouse on May 28, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

ABQ Walking Tour Series, Pt. 2: Los Duranes Neighborhood

Back on January 29th, I wrote about the Albuquerque Neighborhood Walking Tour Series and, specifically, the…

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Added by John Mulhouse on May 7, 2014 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Mark Reese and the Public Art of Commercial Waving

Tax time is behind us for the year and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that’s very sad about that. So Mark Reese might stand nearly alone in watching April 15 go by with any sense of wistfulness. But Mark works for Liberty Tax Service as a “waver” and, also unlike many of us, he loves his job, which comes to a…

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Added by John Mulhouse on April 22, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Bánh Mì Coda: Waffles, Tofu and More!

Let’s do another in the cheap eats department. Although, judging by the constant stream of customers going in and out when I stopped by last Saturday (between lunch and dinner, even),…

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Added by John Mulhouse on March 19, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

A Cool Drink of Water: The National Humane Alliance Animal Fountain

A few weeks ago we visited the Madonna of the Trail, a statue commissioned by the Daughters of the American Revolution and placed in twelve cities across the country to commemorate the…

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Added by John Mulhouse on March 5, 2014 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Dining at San Pedro Mart: Some Baklava for the Road

Albuquerque has an embarrassment of good restaurants. This past Sunday we had planned to visit a local eatery, but they were closed. It was simply no matter. Alternatives abound and we can always return to the original place later.…

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Added by John Mulhouse on February 19, 2014 at 10:00am — 10 Comments

Downtown's Madonna of the Trail

Maybe I’m just imagining it, but it seems like there are a lot of monuments to various and sometimes obscure causes and personages scattered around Albuquerque. Many of these are quite old and have been moved a time or two from their original locations, usually ending up in someplace a bit more…quiet, shall we…

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Added by John Mulhouse on February 12, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Willis Earl Beal – The Surprising Sound of Albuquerque

I swear it’s not my intention to turn this into a music column, but bear with me. I didn’t hear much New Mexican music growing up. I had images of cities I’d never seen—Detroit, Washington DC, London—based solely on their music, but Al Hurricane and Robert Mirabal weren’t exactly well-known in the upper Midwest.…

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Added by John Mulhouse on February 5, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Albuquerque Neighborhood Walking Tour Series

Last fall I took us on a ramshackle tour of Central Ave/Route 66 and said that sometimes I just want to walk around. Sure, I like nice, relaxing hikes out in nature. But I also enjoy wandering down back…

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Added by John Mulhouse on January 29, 2014 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

More High Times at Low Spirits

It was nice to see a good-sized and enthusiastic crowd for Los Angeles roots-rockers the Blasters and simpatico locals Cowboys and Indian at Low Spirits this past Sunday. A man in front of me appeared deeply hurt when the fellow at the…

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Added by John Mulhouse on January 21, 2014 at 10:00am — 8 Comments

Haunted Architecture, Pt. 2: The Aztec Motel

A new exhibit has opened at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History called, "Vernacular Architecture of New Mexico." Featuring 52 black and white photos taken by Robert Christensen beginning in the mid-1970’s, it’s an excellent…

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Added by John Mulhouse on November 20, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Haunted Architecture: The Werner-Gilchrist House

I wanted to explore something spooky for October, my favorite month, but it’s getting harder to find haunted houses these days. So, let’s take a look back at the Werner-Gilchrist house, long the oldest structure east of Yale Blvd and, as of almost exactly two years ago, just a ghost. By the end, the place was in…

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Added by John Mulhouse on October 16, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Sunday Morning on the Mother Road

When I was younger I often listened to a song with the line, “You should get to know your town just like I know mine.” I took this to heart and while more than a couple decades and towns have gone by since, the idea still very much resonates with me. This is regardless of the fact that I now suspect the lyric may be an…

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Added by John Mulhouse on September 5, 2013 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

WHEELS Museum: Still Rolling After Two Decades

If you’ve found yourself down in the Barelas Neighborhood recently and taken a stroll around the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) Rail Yards, you might’ve peered through the chain link fence at the towering empty buildings and noticed a distinct lack of activity. Sure, there could’ve been a homeless man making…

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Added by John Mulhouse on August 21, 2013 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Albuquerque's Industrial Cathedral: The ATSF Rail Yards

There are numerous towns in New Mexico that owe their lives to the railroad. Many can also lay their deaths at the feet of that very same railroad, which quickly abandoned them when their services were no longer needed. One city that can trace the foundation of its modern character to the railroad but has…

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Added by John Mulhouse on July 17, 2013 at 10:00am — 14 Comments

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