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Fuzz Bow Style

In summer of 1948 a man gathered some friends, a carpenter, and some blueprints. In the following months he erected a beautiful home in the SE Heights of Albuquerque. Years went by, deeds transferred, and finally in late 2006 my wife and I bought his house. It was in bad shape, but we had the time and energy to bring it back to life- and we did, one project after another, restoring its original charm while adding a few conveniences. This December the… Continue

Added by Brendan on April 20, 2010 at 9:57pm — 10 Comments

The Benefits of Membership: ArtEdge

With each passing week it's getting colder outside, and that's been driving me inside more frequently. Bike rides and walks have given way to a gym membership. Working on the yard has given way to working on the plaster. Recreation outside my doorstep is imperative. That's why it's time to renew my Albuquerque Museum… Continue

Added by Brendan on December 2, 2009 at 11:20am — 2 Comments

Duke City Solar - Part 3

Wednesday, November 25: The paperwork is done and the data is in: Adding a PV system is a good investment. If you've read Part 1 and Part 2 and are considering doing it yourself, this entry may be quite useful: It's all about paperwork and production. I'm not sure what to put in as images, but feel free to holler if you'd like… Continue

Added by Brendan on November 25, 2009 at 10:00pm — 19 Comments

Bike ABQ and the Special Shapes Rodeo

Added by Brendan on October 9, 2009 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

Biking to the Balloon Fiesta

This Saturday I made my first trek to the Balloon Fiesta by bicycle. From Fringecrest, it took 50 minutes to get there, 45 to come back and I've never enjoyed the event so much as I did this time. While others were cold and in long lines for coffee, I was warm, energized, and ready to enjoy. The coolest thing: Valet parking for bicycles. Just head up the North Diversion channel, turn right at the sign, and hand your bike over to the valet. No charge.… Continue

Added by Brendan on October 7, 2009 at 1:04pm — 16 Comments

Getting to Fourth of July Campground



This is the last week to make it to 4th of July Campground to enjoy the sugar maples turning crimson before they fall off in earnest. Thanks to Masshole for the reminder that it's that time of year. Many thanks to Celine for the camera… Continue

Added by Brendan on October 5, 2009 at 6:30am — 8 Comments

Duke City Solar - Part 2

Monday, September 16, 2009, 2:00 PM: PNM has just completed the final testing and my solar electric system is now turned on (Clouds form, rain falls). It's been quite a while since writing Part 1 so you may want to reread it for the backstory. This is a narrative and technical, detailing what's happened since last October and also the insights gained. Let's get… Continue

Added by Brendan on September 17, 2009 at 6:30am — 22 Comments

Free Concrete Disposal

Daylight Savings time is practically synonymous with Home Improvement Season and that time is here again. We recently tore out a bunch of concrete in our back yard and needed a legal way to dispose of it. You can't throw it in your trash can, nor can you take it to one of the city's Convenience Centers. There's an even cheaper option: Take it to… Continue

Added by Brendan on March 24, 2009 at 11:43am — 7 Comments

Remember Bangkok Cafe?

Remember back in 1990-not-much when your choice for Thai food was the pink stucco box named Bangkok cafe? There are a lot more choices these days, so much so that we stopped going years ago. A few weeks ago we drove by and noticed the face-lift. Tonight we found their… Continue

Added by Brendan on February 10, 2009 at 7:00pm — 14 Comments

Roadtrip circle- Socorro, T or C, Hillsboro, Silver City, Glenwood and more

One of the great things about living in Albuquerque is that it's roughly in the center of the state- this makes road trips throughout the state relatively easy- many can even be completed in a day. Last weekend we took a trip down south.…



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Added by Brendan on January 29, 2009 at 12:25pm — 8 Comments

Little Red Hamburger Hut

Ever since Lota-gate I've been looking for a new place to get a good burger. Coincidentally, I've also meant to go try out a Wimpy's since time immemorial (Martini Mike's blog furthered the inspiration). Then one day, at Mountain and Sawmill, all was resolved.

We arrived at 11:20-… Continue

Added by Brendan on December 18, 2008 at 10:45pm — 18 Comments

Landmarks invoking memories of an imagined past

For a city that recently celebrated its tricentennial, there have to be a whole lot more attractions than you'll find listed at places like Roadside America, though it's interesting to know that our state has a penchant for Muffler Men. Everybody knows about Chevy on a Stick, Frontier murals and whatnot, but what about the local neighborhood… Continue

Added by Brendan on December 4, 2008 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

A fully tested, debugged, and reproducible weekend for your consideration.

Last weekend was really full so this weekend I'm taking things easy. One day, one major activity. Saturday is for watching belly dancers, Sunday is for hiking. The best part is, you can do it as well- it's all happening next weekend too. All links are clickable for full size pictures.



Saturday, Novermber 22, 2008- It's 12:30PM and we're on our way to… Continue

Added by Brendan on November 23, 2008 at 7:30pm — 11 Comments

The weekend started early

Friday, November 14, 2008. It's 1:00 and past time for lunch- we head to Tully's Deli, a place which Gil has not yet delivered the scoop on!… Continue

Added by Brendan on November 15, 2008 at 10:08pm — 5 Comments

To kill a mulberry... and dump its remains

Right outside my bedroom window stands an enormous mulberry tree. In the spring a strong gust of wind will literally cloud the air with its pollen- dust devils of unstoppable sneezes, mere feet from my pillow. This summer we planted 3 replacement trees. Now, the fun begins: taking down the old tree, bit by bit- making room for the new trees to grow in place.



These freshly cut branches and non-mulchy yard detritus accumulate much faster than… Continue

Added by Brendan on November 15, 2008 at 7:47pm — 8 Comments

Melting Pot on Johnson Field

The first presidential rally I ever went to was when Governor Clinton was running for president in 1992. I was in high school, probably sophomore year, and it was between second and third session at CEC. CEC was the way for any APS student to upgrade their ticket to a first-class high-school education- hopefully it still is. I walked from the school campus to UNM, approximately where that fountain with 13 pillars… Continue

Added by Brendan on October 25, 2008 at 11:38pm — 21 Comments

Duke City Solar - Part 1

This is a sketch of my roof. I have often felt that a flat roof contains a lot of wasted space.



I'm not precisely sure when, but at some point in June gas was around $4/gallon, PNM had recently raised its rates, and I started to wonder what I could do to isolate my family from steadily increasing energy expenses. I started reading up on solar electric systems, costs and benefits. After lengthy research I decided to install one of these… Continue

Added by Brendan on October 9, 2008 at 7:00pm — 26 Comments

Fall Color Fix

Autumn in Albuquerque is sometimes summer and sometimes fall. Which is to say, if you don't keep your eyes open you will miss half the colors. It's 85 degrees in the SE heights and the morning glories are going wild. The peak is here- each day the blossoms are smaller and the leaves are starting to get scraggly. Still, a good sight to see for the next week or two.…

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Added by Brendan on October 1, 2008 at 3:30pm — 9 Comments

Solar Fiesta Saturday - Fact Finding Mission

It's Saturday, Sept 20th, 13:00 hours. I am on a mission. Before me stands Highland High School. As a veteran APS graduate I have the urge to flee. Instead, I drop $20 for 2 classes and admission to this year's Solar Fiesta.



The SF is like a small carnival where all the games cost $5000, but you can win the ability to survive any upcoming apocalypse in style. Less… Continue

Added by Brendan on September 20, 2008 at 6:30pm — 7 Comments

Shop'n'Stroll photo tour

Sunday, August 24. It's 1pm and I've just tried cafe de olla and/at Los Equipales for the first time. Lovely. Today's actual destination is Nob Hill- all of it. It's the second Sunday Shop and Stroll and we're going to check it out. As promised, all car traffic on Central between Girard and Washington is gone. Free reign for bicyclists and pedestrians.…

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Added by Brendan on August 24, 2008 at 8:41pm — 3 Comments

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