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Referrer Madness

Whether it's "Lisa Chavez BDSM", "Albuquerque rock stars" or "breaking bad albuquerque octopus", we... um... apparently got you covered.

Here's a dump of recent search terms referring the unwitting to Duke City Fix:

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albuquerque city community gardens

loma… Continue

Added by chantal on May 30, 2008 at 8:16am — 4 Comments

Where's Johnny (Transamerica)?

Longtime Albuquerque blogger (here and here) and retired APS schoolteacher is nearly halfway across America. On a bike. He called me the other day and left this enigmatic message:

Hey Chantal, it's Jon. I'm almost to Illinois and wanted to check in to say hi. Everything's fine. I'll save the long story for another day.…

Added by chantal on May 28, 2008 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

10 minutes in a Nob Hill parking lot

So there I was in a Nob Hill parking lot behind a rainbow painted car with an Om on the trunk, when a couple walked by. She was late 20s, he at least 65. Unaware of my presence, they kissed giddily and she tugged on one of his greying locks. "Oh what's this?" she asked pulling a strand away from his face. "Hey it's bird poop," she crooned. "That means you're…


Added by chantal on May 24, 2008 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments

UPDATED: Operation "Drop Grandma @ the Sunport"

At about 10pm last night, I received this email from a friend who apparently has an unaccompanied grandma at his house. How that happens, I have no idea but she needs a ride to the Sunport this morning and we've volunteered for chauffeur duty.

Here are the instructions I received from her Albuquerque grandson:

First off, thank you thank you thank you.

Second, here are the details:

1) Her name is Lucy

2) She does not have a key to the…

Added by chantal on May 18, 2008 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

Nerd Takeover @ the Nob Hill Bar & Grill

Eric, the cordial host of this month's happy hour

This month's web geeks happy hour was organized by Eric from the UNM Artslab. Good geekery, new contacts, and meaty grub brought together folks from UNM, Sandia, Kirtland,… Continue

Added by chantal on May 14, 2008 at 8:30pm — 15 Comments

From the Flickr meetup downtown yesterday...

Burning Rubber

The scene from last night's Flickr meetup downtown Albuquerque is really quite vivid over on the… Continue

Added by chantal on May 4, 2008 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Goodbye Route 66 Motel

The roaches are out of a home. This week The American Inn on Route 66 in Albuquerque, long dilapidated and dismal, is being demolished.

I stopped by the site near Central & Washington this morning to take photos of what remained part-way through the razing. Already at 7am, the vultures were… Continue

Added by chantal on April 29, 2008 at 9:30pm — 13 Comments

rural & urban beekeepers unite @ "bee conference"

Hives, in one form or another

100 or so local beekeepers came together for a "bee conference" today at Ken Hays' honey kingdom down in Bosque Farms. I was there, as a wannabeekeeper intent on picking… Continue

Added by chantal on April 26, 2008 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

I ate at the Green Weenie

At $2.50 a pop, those "environmentally friendly frankfurters" touted in yesterday's Journal have got to be the cheapest lunch downtown. I stopped by the electric car hot-dog stand today with a friend to scope out the scene and can testify that it was a solid dawg experience.

Cart Parked in Downtown ABQ Serves Up Earth-Friendly Hot Dogs and Ice…

Added by chantal on April 16, 2008 at 5:30pm — 10 Comments

Thai Songkran Festival this Sunday

This Sunday, consider heading to what my friend Miguel calls Albuquerque's "Cilantro Triangle" in the SE Heights for Songkran, the Thai New Year festival. I've never been myself, but if there's thai food, music, and dance, you probably can't go wrong. Early this morning, I stopped by to chat with the monks sweeping the small festival area and told 'em you'd be there.



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

Señorita Ruth, on life & culture in the Southwest

Just checking out a local blog new to the scene this week: Señorita Ruth

Added by chantal on April 10, 2008 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

A rainy musical interlude: You're fat and you need to ride your bike

Brought to us by Rachel Gibson and Peter Walsh in Albuquerque.

Added by chantal on April 9, 2008 at 5:19pm — 23 Comments

Did the blogger sweatshop destroy Marc Orchant?

According to this NY Times article, it did:

In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop

Marc Orchant was an Albuquerque technologist and blogger who passed away this December.

Added by chantal on April 7, 2008 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

friday musical interlude by issa malluf, plus a bonus ditty

Brought to you by Albuquerque artist Issa Malluf

And here's a bonus ditty by Chamber Music Albuquerque featuring their 2007-2008 series which still has a few shows left in April and… Continue

Added by chantal on April 4, 2008 at 11:38am — No Comments

Jim Belshaw says it's OK to get meta, plus 'Best of Burque' loves you

In what may actually be an elaborate scheme to get fired at the height of his career, Jim Belshaw, one of the few bright souls at the Albuquerque Journal who doesn't eat the thin grey gruel they serve for breakfast, recently sent this email:


I suppose I should have written this to DCF so it would show up as a post or comment or…

Added by chantal on April 3, 2008 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

"Sunday School" variety show TONIGHT in Barelas

It's billed as "the 505's freshest variety show" and I'm not arguing. Sunday School is Albuquerque's monthly performance art tradition that's still going strong the last Sunday of the month in Barelas. That's TONIGHT for those of you without a calendar.

Sunday School: The 505's Freshest Variety Show. Putting together a monthly performance of New Mexico's finest musicians, poets, dancers, and funny ass performers. Usually the… Continue

Added by chantal on March 30, 2008 at 7:30am — No Comments

friday acoustic interlude by ruben martinez

Homeboy Ruben Martinez serenades the world from Sevilla, Spain.

Wanna play for us next week? Leave me a link to your… Continue

Added by chantal on March 28, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Full moon over Albuquerque

Tonight's the big one. The full moon lumbers over the Sandias tonight around 7:45 just as twilight descends on the city, making for loads of photo serendipity.

Here's a map of some premium places to set up your tripod:…


Added by chantal on March 21, 2008 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

Who's donating campaign $$ in Albuquerque?

Worse than stalking your neighbor's backyard on Google Earth is the Fundrace 2008 tool by Huffingtonpost. Above is a birds-eye view of Albuquerque's campaign donations colored by party affiliation as well as candidate, but it gets truly scary when you type in your address and hunt your…


Added by chantal on February 29, 2008 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

because everyone wants to see a shark give birth while swimming around a glass tank

The Albuquerque Aquarium posts rare footage of a Blacktip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus) giving birth in captivity last month.

Inquiries for new age birthing experience in the shark tank about to…


Added by chantal on February 27, 2008 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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