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Hug a Honeybee, Albuquerque. It's Pollinator Week!

Whether you're a chile farmer or chile lover... Whether you're a backyard gardener or a local fruit connoiseur, this week is for you. It's time to go hug a honeybee for National Pollinator Week.



Councilor O'Malley donned a bee veil last week to learn about local beekeeping efforts and came on down to the hives I manage as a volunteer for… Continue

Added by chantal on June 21, 2010 at 7:30am — 17 Comments

Dear Reader: Farewell

What a wild unexpected ride it's been! After five years as a local blogger including four at the helm of Duke City Fix, I'm retiring from blogging and officially turning over management of this site to Sophie Martin who's been running things on a day-to-day level for several months now... and swimmingly so.

 

UPDATE 3/20/2011: Sophie has moved onto other…

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Added by chantal on November 18, 2008 at 7:00am — 57 Comments

Get your parade on! Día de los Muertos TODAY.



The Marigold Parade today celebrating Día des Muertos in Albuquerque's South Valley is one of the year's best events. I hope you'll go check it out if you've never been!



The parade begins at 4:00 at Central Familiar and Isleta and continues north on Isleta to the Westside Community Center. The celebration will feature music, food, altars, videos, and mumerous art vendors until 8pm. Free to the public. Suitable for all ages.…



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Added by chantal on November 2, 2008 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

The Gnome, The Monsignor, and other delights of Albuquerque's Halloween Bike Ride



Bicycling 11 miles with a wig and face paint is far better if you're not alone. Last night, at least 50 cyclists gathered like a freak show at Triangle Park for a Halloween joy ride through Albuquerque. From Nob Hill to downtown and Old Town, we cruised with only minimal incident -- a lost pink wing, a showdown with a muscle truck. Final stop: Marble… Continue

Added by chantal on November 1, 2008 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

"Route 66 is Main Street and we don't want this billionaire bailout"

Economic Unrest on Route 66



People are gathered right now in Albuquerque to protest the Wall Street bailout.



"Route 66 is the Mother Road. Route 66 IS Main Street," a man with a megaphone shouts, "And we don't want this billionaire bailout."…



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Added by chantal on September 27, 2008 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

In case of scurvy, eat your cactus



In times of drought and depression, my money's on the prickly pear cactus.



All over Albuquerque right now, vitamin C laden cactus fruit are ripening to a deep eggplant purple. They're called "tuna" or "cactus apple" and they taste like blackberry and melon which, when cooked up with citrus and sugar, taste even better.



I've been experimenting for years with this unusual fruit and here's my favorite recipe, given to me by a… Continue

Added by chantal on September 24, 2008 at 9:30am — 13 Comments

Mid-week geekery @ O'Niells



And here we all thought we were solo. With forty+ devotees, this month's web geeks happy hour was rockin' proof that the web scene in Albuquerque is strong and getting stronger. From hardcore Plone geeks to the inventors of ChessPark, Stupid Filter, and… Continue

Added by chantal on September 17, 2008 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments

Facebook snatches up local web geek

Oops! By request, this post has been removed to protect the innocent. You'll just have to ponder the possibilities;-)

Added by chantal on September 9, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Winners of Poetry on the Bus

Jordan Martinez, with his poem for Poetry on the Bus



Big love to all the winners of this year's Poetry on the Bus program! I just returned minutes ago from the opening reception to share some snapshots with you.



The downtown venue was packed and the scene was groovin'. Apparently poetry events are a prime place to meet people too as I connected with a foxy engineer from Intel who was there to support Jordan (shown… Continue

Added by chantal on August 28, 2008 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

Zombie Crawl Albuquerque

The Alibi posts video from its Nob Hill zombie crawl this past May. Where you there? And who's in for the next… Continue

Added by chantal on August 8, 2008 at 1:31pm — 4 Comments

What does Albuquerque sound like?

Baseball and mockingbirds if you ask the FreeSoundProject where I recently downloaded all my ringtones. Surely, we can round out the project database with a few more recordings of fair Burque. You know, local aural phenomena such as:



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Added by chantal on July 9, 2008 at 7:30pm — 15 Comments

What does Albuquerque taste like?

Tasting honey from my backyard

To some it's a chili-laden hot dog from The Dog House. To others, it's anything covered in chopped green from Frontier or a bowl… Continue

Added by chantal on July 5, 2008 at 1:30pm — 16 Comments

Apricot overload in the 'hood

Picking Apricots



It's apricot season in Albuquerque. Whether it's you, your neighbor, or your friend, chances are there's an apricot tree in your life laden with overripe fruit this week. Now.



I've tried (and failed) at plenty of canning endeavors. This is the best apricot preserves recipe I've… Continue

Added by chantal on June 30, 2008 at 10:00am — 17 Comments

Fixed gear madness in Albuquerque

Photo by Roberto Rosales

The lack of gears and brakes is not stopping plenty of Burque kids from enjoying the pleasures of the fixie. Here's a slideshow and story about the fixie craze in Albuquerque put together by a… Continue

Added by chantal on June 19, 2008 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Tomás, The BioPark Beekeeper

If you've ever ridden the zoo train past the BioPark's big red barn, Tomás is the guy in a mesh hat waving at you with a comb of honeybees in his hand.



Back behind the Heritage Farm at the Albuquerque Botanic… Continue

Added by chantal on June 16, 2008 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

Put your poetry on Albuquerque buses (and win a laptop while you're at it)

I love poetry. And I love public transportation.



The two are forming a happy union this summer as part of ABQ RIDE's "Poetry on the Bus" program, so the long-time local poet Mikaela Renz-Whitmore and I have decided to support the cause on Duke City Fix.



Are you a poet?



Whether you're published or… Continue

Added by chantal on June 16, 2008 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Freak show @ Petroglyph National Monument

Of all the freak shows on earth, one of the strangest occurs quite regularly at the Albuquerque Volcanoes. It's the cyclical flux of bugs that make their appearance throughout the Petroglyph National Monument on Albuquerque's west side.



Over numerous hikes at the Albuquerque Volcanoes, I've witnessed oddities such as: giant furry red ants, strange swarms of caterpillars, and ground burrowing… Continue

Added by chantal on June 14, 2008 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

Who finished the 2008 Albuquerque Century?

2wheelz sponsored the bagpipers and dozens of local photographers played witness to New Mexico's biggest urban cycling event this past weekend, The Albuquerque Century.



Were you there? Did you finish? I can't find… Continue

Added by chantal on June 9, 2008 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Our Mountain... The Sandias

Pink -- Albuquerque Skyline, Snowstorm 2006



Killing time in the airport yesterday, I stumbled upon this stunning video about the Sandias. Pour a cold one, kick back, and meditate on the majesty. Some days, in the fray and the flux, it's hard even to notice their existence.…



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Added by chantal on June 7, 2008 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Floating down the Rio Grande

As if the Rio Grande's not already swollen. This weekend, hundreds of river-mad people will launch canoes, kayaks, and homemade floating devices as part of the Great Race.



Last weekend before the crowds surged, my friend and I did a bit of river reconnaissance just to, you know, ensure the scene was safe and all.



We put in at Alameda and "put out" (as I mistakenly referred… Continue

Added by chantal on June 3, 2008 at 12:20pm — 12 Comments

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