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 projects and is no longer managing this site. A warm thank you to Sophie Martin for her dedication and management. You can contact the current team here.  

Here's to a new era of vision and leadership for this wee 'lil community!

For me, Duke City Fix has been an adventure and an unexpected joy. From the earliest timorous moments in reconnaisance meetings with Jeremy Jojola, Elissa Breitbart, Emily Esterson, and V.B. Price... From that first blogger gathering at the Flying Star with Johnny_Mango, Andrea Lin, Stephanie, Sophie, MJH, and more... We knew there was nothing to lose by trying. Thank you to all those early believers who took the plunge with me. Even to those of you who did not dive in -- could not because you were employed by the evil empire (you know who you are) -- thank you for the underground love nonetheless.

Most of all thanks to you, community compadres, for reading, for commenting, for getting involved in this dusty patch of desert we call home. All your stories, your photos, yes even your rants, have expanded my perspective and introduced me to people, neighborhoods, foods, and events I'd never have unearthed by my lonesome. Personally, I have been truly enriched by walking this stretch of road with you.

The spotlight has never been my comfort zone and so I'm taking this opportunity, provided by our use of Ning's stable and simple system, to unplug from Duke City Fix and refocus on the unsexy work of a technologist. There are plenty of interwebs to untangle in Albuquerque and I'm relishing the chance to solve new problems and create new opportunities for clarity and engagement online.

In the meantime, I'll remain a lurker, the publisher and payer of DCF bills, and ever a contender for Albuquerque's number one fan.

You're in good hands.

Chantal Foster
Founder, DukeCityFix.com

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Comment by Sí Serrano on November 18, 2008 at 8:53am
Change is good.
Thanks and Peace
Comment by Kelsey D. Atherton on November 18, 2008 at 8:54am
The Supreme Commandress is gone. Long live the Supreme Commandress!

More to the point, thanks for more or less defining the Albuquerque blogosphere. My homesickness would've done terrible things to me without the fix, and before that it was great to have a forum way, way more meaningful and interactive than the Tuesday editorials page of the journal. (Plus, I don't even have to tinyurl the page when telling people "this is what is great about Albuquerque".)

Made of WIN, and may all your future projects be so composed.
Comment by cathyray on November 18, 2008 at 8:56am
Thank you so much!! I have been introduced into a community that I have come to rely on. You've helped this old hippie chick step into the technical wild world & it's possibilities!!

you will be missed. continued good wishes.
Comment by Chris K. on November 18, 2008 at 9:01am
Thank you.
Comment by Jeremy Jojola on November 18, 2008 at 9:10am
I'll always remember how excited you were when you had a handful of names before launch five years ago. Everyone I know is now familiar and loves Duke City Fix.

I remember telling you I love the name "Duke City Fix" because it sounds like getting a fix of coffee....and many of us love the comfortable addiction of coffee.

The sun can not set until I've connected to DCF *several* times a day. It has become a mirror of Albuquerque's quirkiness and a gathering place of people who genuinely love this place.

I think your admiration for the unique and imperfect, quirky parts of Albuquerque made this site so successful too. Like-minded people saw that and it has now become a magnet---a necessary fix for a town with an inferiority complex. That condition is changing and Albuquerque is looking in the mirror and realizing its a beautiful place no matter what the popular kids down the hall say.

You've done a great job Chantal and have certainly, without a doubt, left an impression on Albuquerque. Good luck and thanks for allowing me to be a very small part of a great online community.
Comment by NMBeek on November 18, 2008 at 9:17am
Thank you for being the focus of a new and special facet of our wonderful city. I appreciate your initiative, creativity and bravery. I also understand the need to continue learning and doing new and different things. Thank you, Chantal, for being a very special lady. We will miss you, but I know that Sophie will do a great job with this fun and funky community.
Comment by Ron Da Bomb on November 18, 2008 at 9:24am
Like so many here, DCF has become an integral part of my daily ritual. I always point people here when they ask me what's Albuquerque like? So I add my heartfelt thanks and my best wishes.
Comment by Luann Wolfe on November 18, 2008 at 9:35am
Thank you for creating DCF. It's become a HUGE part of my life.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on November 18, 2008 at 9:37am
I'll take my cue from Rilke:

How have I felt the cruelty of goodbye!
A dark and ruthless thing - how I recall!
It shows you one last time the beautiful
Beloved, as it steals her from your eye.
I was too weak to stop from turning, even
As she called after me. She just stayed put;
It seemed like every woman I was leaving,
That small white shape, which soon was nothing but
A gentle wave - I could no longer say,
As it waved on, if it was meant for me.
It might have simply been an apple tree
From which a cuckoo had just flown away.

All of us here in the Apple Tree will miss you, our fair cuckoo.
Comment by Alicia Lueras Maldonado on November 18, 2008 at 9:42am
chantal you are a web pioneer and visionary. i'm sure you will continue to rock the boat!! many blessings on your new endeavors.


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