A couple of random City of Albuquerque Spring Thoughts

I know it's an uninspired title, but one with a sort of double meaning... I have spent the better part of the last 14+ years relishing in the Random-ness of this place I call home.

If you have an hour or so to spend reading all my Hyperlinks, then here's to you:

Like right now, for example. I am crunching on leftover Matzoh at my desk at work, royally f-ing off on some important TPS Reports. Prior to this weekend I had not eaten Matzoh since, maybe 1990. I am a total Jew failure. I was never Bar Mitzvahed, although I once read from the Torah at a Minyan and all 8 of my Great Grandparents are Ashkenazi Jews. My mother's maiden name is "Shufro". If I let my hair grow long I have a "Jewfro".

But enough about you. I biked to work today and the city provided me with a brand-new bike path entrance and route. Now instead of taking Washington to Indian School to the Diversion Channel bike path entrance near the UNM North Course from my palatial Ridgecrest Adjacent estate, I now cross Indian School, go over the freeway and go West on Cutler past the Social Security office (can you believe there was a line of about 30 people out the door when I pedaled by!), which now has a fancy new bike path entrance where it dead ends at the Hampton Inn. I shoot under Carlisle, and before I know it I'm at the Menaul crossing and halfway to the office. I think I cut 6-8 minutes off my bike commute. Sing along with me, "Good for You, Albuquerque..."

As I pedaled this morning I thought about all the vitriol and negativity that is usually directed at city of ABQ politicians and bureaucrats, some with good reason, some not so much. But I really think this city is great. We consistently approve bond measures to improve the quality of life, and reap the benefits soon thereafter. Yes, I know there's corruption in them thar hills, but for the most part, we have it pretty good here as far as quality of life goes.

Pictures of E. Mtn. visits from Hummingbirds and E. Central hotel demolitions add to the Random-ness of the Spring pleasures, and for that I am forever thankful. Pretty soon the RailRunner will afford us the opportunity to escape the dust and try on jewelry. The economy is in here, and yet excepting the "get out of dodge" of KB Homes, Albuquerque is gonna be allright.. As long as the RailRunner doesn't become this.

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Comment by Alexis on April 30, 2008 at 2:42pm
Oh come on masshole, you can call someone a schmuck schmuck with true feeling and gusto. By that gauge, you can't be a TOTAL Jew failure ... maybe just a member of the alumni association?
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on April 30, 2008 at 2:53pm
If I could squeeze that punim right now, I would...
Comment by brendisimo on April 30, 2008 at 3:09pm
Nice about the bike path improvements. I agree that this city does an ok job at passing bonds that increase the quality of life. Our cultural institutions are pretty impressive compared to some other similarly sized cities. And I definitely feel an upsurge of people on bikes lately who actually commute as well as enjoy the bosque trails for lazy saturday rides. This place can have its random moments but that also gives it it's character.
Comment by brendisimo on April 30, 2008 at 3:15pm
Comment by mombat on May 2, 2008 at 11:13am

There's "Yiddish with Dick and Jane" and "Yiddish with George and Laura" if you were wanting brush up.
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on June 19, 2008 at 12:30pm
You are a funny bastard. I think that some evening I will be sitting at some random Nob Hill bar & laugh at the guy next to me. Then you will say "yah, I'm a Masshole" & I will cock my head like a dog and say- "are you on DCF?" And there will be beer.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on June 19, 2008 at 1:27pm
I have to get over there. I have a 10 week old girl, so it'll be a bit. My buddy Mark (fellow fringecrester to boot) was the architect on that project and I haven't even seen it, never mind eaten the wagyu burger or sipped the $30 margarita... I think we need to have a Fringecresters garden tour, or DCF'er barbeque asap!


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