I was singing that to the tune of Wishin' and Hopin'". I know, im an idiot. So I was wishin' and hopin' I would enjoy Shop N Stroll as usual... and I did!
It was coooooold! Note to self: wear a sweater &/or gloves &/or scarf/other winter gear next time. I tried to huddle as close to the fire jugglers as possible. It was quite warm right under the heater on the patio of Monte Vista for 45 minutes of my life I will never get back. We never did receive a drink and walked out. Other than that, we walked close together.

Historic Nob Hill District.... on Route 66. First thursday every December from 5-? Holiday Shop and Stroll! Surely more of our friends and family can remember this. It was the largest crowd I recall seeing in the years I have attended the event. Not as much music as I recall in the past. What was there was great as far as musical groups. I didn't take notes and it's hard to ask their name when they're playing! Note to bands: "banner".


We began at the corner of Carlisle and Central then headed west. Stopped in some of my favorite stores and bought a few small items or dropped Christmas gift hints. Mariposa Gallery, Revolver, Que Chula, Masks Y Mas, and Old World Imports were among the highlights. Coincidentally(?) many of the donors of door prizes for my big Holiday event coming up!



I was also ready for a cocktail during all this walking. ("no, gee... not you Martini Mike") Ha. Let's seee... where did that adventure begin? Crawling into Time Machine. Deedle Deedle Deedle Deedle. Laru Ni Hati!

(Well, they have beer & wine with food here. Laru Ni Hati is a Beauty Salon with a humidor, Cuban Cafe, and a pool table for those of you unfamiliar.) Had a long overdue fine fine Cuban Samich. Mmmmm good. Also, if you aren't already addicted, order some Tostones. Next stop was a very crowded Nob Hill Bar & Grill where we said hi to Chef Sam Etheridge (AKA "The Man") who has graciously donated the munchies for my AHCH Critical Needs Drive big holiday event. (Name keeps mutating huh?)

No way I was going to squeeze in here for a drink this night. Zinc... same thick crowd. But we said hi and moved on to collect more stray friends.


Everyone we met all night long had smiles... even this guy!


With a lady on each arm I ended up at a warm, and just filling up, Imbibe. I love Imbibe. Martini Please. Aaaahhhh. My work here is done.

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Tags: ABQ, Albuquerque, Martini Mike, Nob Hill, dcf, dukecityfix, holiday, party, people, places, More…shopping

Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on December 5, 2008 at 3:57pm
You mean you were singing it to the tune of this?
And even at that it was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and first done by Dionne Warwick, but I couldn't find any video of her doing it...

I wanted to set the record straight (pun untended) on behalf of the old-timers.
Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on December 5, 2008 at 4:00pm
OK I found one and it's just too beautifully vocalized that I can't NOT post it, even though it's not actual video. just close your eyes and listen. Beats Ani with a stick any day. Sorry. (And yes I know she's probably being ironic in her rendition.)

Comment by Masshole in Fringecrest on December 5, 2008 at 4:01pm
Oh yeah, and great post.
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on December 5, 2008 at 4:19pm
damn google. Yah, you're right! That was the "Wedding Singer" version I was referring to.. should have phrased that differently. Must... edit... blog.. now.. Spock. Now links to Wikipedia with the proper writer and previous artist info.
Comment by Mark on December 6, 2008 at 9:04am
Great post, and fantastic capture of the NHBG sign. This year, I think, was better than ever. Unlike you, I went bundled to the hilt and at first thought that I had overdone it. But suddenly the temp dropped about 10 degrees and I was stoked to be standing there in my eskimo coat.
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