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Bugging Out: No Prop. No Engine. No Problem.

NOB HILL, ALBUQUERQUE — It just didn’t seem polite to ask my 80-year-old buddy whether a “bucket list” played any part in his deciding to take a glider ride this August.  Still, sitting in the car on our way east to Moriarty, I eased into the question sideways.  “What in the the world would ever prompt you to go…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on November 15, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Somebody Just Stole My CLINTON Sign. Can We Have A Do-Over?

NOB HILL, Albuquerque—Yesterday I lost my CLINTON sign to a thief.  Maybe it is just as well.  I’m pretty damn sick of this election anyway.  I think most Americans would hit the DO-OVER button if it were offered at the polling place.  I think we know just about everything we need to about these two candidates…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on November 1, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Is It Time For UNM To Give Up On Football?

NOB HILL, ABQ — For the most part I am totally in love with the 21st century.  Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LED’s, Pokemon Go, electric bicycles, solar, iphones...hey, I’m there!  But if there is an overall theme to this century I would have to say it is the disassembly of almost everything we knew from last…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on October 18, 2016 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Bugging Out: Exploring Alamogordo

Alamogordo has plenty to offer besides White Sands National Monument.  For instance there is the “Cloud-Climbing” railroad in nearby Cloudcroft as well as the spectacular Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.  One of my favorite petroglyphs was the big horn sheep pierced by three arrows.…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on October 11, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

B D and A D: A Few Thoughts Before and After the Debate

B D…



3:05 PM:  Expectations are said to be high for Hillary, low for Trump.  I don’t think so.  Everybody knows who Trump is.  Every day there is more coverage of what Donald said than anything else in the newspaper.  The…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on September 27, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Bugging Out: Navajo Lake and the San Juan

Due to an odd and unforeseen opportunity, a friend of mine became the owner of a 31’ fifth-wheel trailer and an old Ford truck with a huge diesel engine.  We went down to Truth or Consequences to pick it up, where it had been sitting for some time.…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on September 20, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

In a Weird Year, the Best Grapes, Apricots, & Tomatoes

NOB HILL, Albuquerque — In a year where June played tag with triple digits, where most of the season’s rain fell in the space of 1½ hours, and where we wore jackets to early morning coffee in August, what in the hell grows good?



General Chaos seemed to be running things in our garden for…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on September 6, 2016 at 10:37am — No Comments

When It Got Hot...We Went to Eagle Nest

NOB HILL—After weeks of 100° temperatures early this summer here in Albuquerque, my wife and I decided to head north into the high country east of Taos.  This whole area surrounding New Mexico’s highest mountain, Wheeler Peak, is often referred to as “The Enchanted Circle,” taking its name from a loop of…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on August 30, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

How The Right Wing In ABQ Screwed It Up.

NOB HILL, Albuquerque—Sometimes here under the enchanted skies of New Mexico, we seem pretty far removed from the issues of working people.  Organized labor has felt this and is under constant attack from many sides, including lobbying groups such as the Rio Grande Foundation.



Yesterday afternoon, while…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on August 16, 2016 at 10:30am — 7 Comments

Bugging Out: 3 Of America’s 20 World Heritage Sites Are In New Mexico! Here’s Aztec Ruins.

NOB HILL--UNESCO World Heritage Sites are outstanding national and cultural features that the whole world has deemed as meriting extraordinary admiration and protection.  Only twenty World Heritage Sites are in the United States.  Of those, New Mexico has three of them:  Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Taos…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on July 26, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Hey Michael Riordan, It's Not Working!

TULANE & LEAD SE—You can’t tell me that everything is hunky-dory with the traffic in southeast Albuquerque.  And I’m not even talking about Central Ave. and the much maligned A.R.T. system.

I’m talking about the Lead/Coal/Zuni corridor.  Reducing traffic lanes from three to two in each direction and adding…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on July 5, 2016 at 10:30am — 17 Comments

Touring New Mexico: A New Trailer, Santa Rosa Lake

NOB HILL—A couple months ago, my wife and I bought a small travel trailer.  Though new, its style harkens back to the days of the so-called “canned ham” trailers.  It was an impulse buy to be sure.  What one thinks about when signing the check is a dreamscape of soft breezes, quiet woodland settings, mountain…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 21, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

How About A Route 66 State Park for East Central?

CENTRAL AVE. & EUBANK—One of the more distinctive things about Albuquerque is that everybody has an idea of what the city needs in order to make it a better place.  We don’t want somebody else planning our part of town, we want to do it.  If you don’t believe it, just look at the number of anti-A.R.T. signs up…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 14, 2016 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

That Sacred Mountain of Manhood, the Swamp Cooler

NOB HILL—It’s spring.  And while the rest of the U.S. is, in the words of the late poet e. e. cummings “mud-luscious” and “puddle-wonderful,” we here in Albuquerque get ready for our usual hot and dry summer.



“Mud-luscious” my ass!  It was 98° yesterday.  Stick that in your “puddle-wonderful.”  It’s…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on June 7, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Albuquerque’s Route 66: Half Ribbon of Light, Half Western Romance

Albuquerque’s Central Avenue, otherwise famous as Route 66, has been in the news almost daily this spring as people argue whether a new rapid transit configuration pays adequate attention to the history of the route.



From its eastern terminus of Route 66 at the Art Institute of Chicago on Lake Michigan…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 31, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Auto Show & The Casual Dreamer

ALBUQUERQUE MUSEUM, OLD TOWN—The auto show last Sunday at the Albuquerque Museum is reputed the be the largest vintage car show in New Mexico.  Officially known as the annual New Mexico Council of Classic Car Clubs Classic Auto Show, it attracts hundreds of cars and many of them are affiliated with the various car…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 17, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Two of our Route 66 signs are gone, but not our sense of humor.

NOB HILL—There are only two rules you really need to know about “progress” and Albuquerque.  They explain everything that happens here.

  1. Don’t start liking anything in particular about Albuquerque because it is sure to change.
  2. Everything you think should change,…
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Added by Johnny_Mango on May 10, 2016 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

It Was Earth Day: Time for Soap, Goats, & a Whiff of History.

NOB HILL—I have always had a soft spot in my heart for germs.  I’m covered with them and we seem to get along very nicely, thank you.  So it was completely out of character for me to buy a scented bar of soap about a year and a half ago in York, England.  It had been recommended by our travel guide, Martin.  He was…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 26, 2016 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Ten Predictions: Gutsy Calls Written On My Birthday

NOB HILL—Yesterday was my birthday.  Here’s what Ben Moffett had to say about my age:



“Jon, take it from a dəsˈleks ic -- you are looking damn good for a 37 year old.”



Thanks Ben...I guess.  At any rate, I’m going to use my birthday as an excuse to make some far-out predictions about the state…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 19, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Bugging Out: The Quebradas Backcountry Byway

The Sunday drive, a common form of family entertainment when I was a boy, seems to have become pretty rare these days.  Maybe cheaper gasoline will help re-institute this wonderful pastime, for it is both educational and a great way to keep the family talking together in these days when so many forces are…

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Added by Johnny_Mango on April 12, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

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