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Sax Rats- Video Holiday Stroll, Old Town, Albuquerque, 2018

People come to the Old Town Plaza for the annual Christmas Stroll, saunter down lumanaria lined sidewalks and blocked off streets, shop and eat, enjoy friends and family, stand under Christmas mistletoe, lick candy canes, and listen to street musicians.. If they like...

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Sax Rats in Old Town Holiday Stroll -2018

Sax Rats is a saxophone quartet - two alto saxes, a tenor sax, and a baritone sax.  It is cold this evening as we load Dan's van, drive down, set up, begin our first set at the Holiday Stroll in Old Town, Albuquerque, with "Jingle Bells." There is, we agree, a...

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Family Footsteps Near Benkleman, Nebraska, November. 2018

On the derrick, a crew of three push the drill bit deeper towards paydirt. A length of pipe is retrieved from the squirrel cage at the top of the rig, lowered to the captured and clamped pipe at the top of the hole. The new length of pipe is screwed onto the top of...

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In the Geo-Hut Home Bases

The Geo-Hut is adjacent to the derrick, hooked up to electric with heaters blasting 24/7 to deal with snow and deteriorating weather. This snow started yesterday and has intermittently laid a six inch blanket atop the Geo-Hut roof. Inside the trailer, one bunk is...

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W. C. Fields #1 Hard at Work

The rig moved in four days ago. The drilling crew are cold and wet but crews run twenty four seven coming back out of the hole only to replace a broken or dull bit, or let a logger test a zone. Despite what you read in the Washington Post, the Denver Post, the New...

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Oil Rig, Nebraska Black Gold

Snow blew in yesterday and is falling earthward softly. Big sloppy soft flakes hit a diesel power plant that runs all the rig lights and equipment, touch hot metal and turn to water on contact. Snow covers the roof of the mud logger's SUV and dark mid west prairie mud...

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Demolition Manzano High School Gymnasium

In 1965, this gym was state of the art.  It had locker rooms for boys and girls, a weight room, offices for the coaches. It had polished hardwood floors on the basketball court, wood bleachers that could be rolled out or in depending on event requirements. In the...

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Strawberry Patch In Los Angeles City Limits

Long term residents, going back to the 1940's and 50's, who are still alive, talk in the hospital waiting room about California being a Garden of Eden. " Down that street, " one says, ": there were acres and acres of orange trees..... " " And grapefruits as big as...

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Storage Wars Moving paintings

Paintings come in all sizes according to the shape of an artist's vision.  Many artists begin painting using small pre-stretched canvases you can buy at Hobby Lobby, then matriculate to larger sizes, stretch and staple their canvas over manufactured frames, gesso...

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3 Cups a Day Drink till you drop

The saying used to be " An apple a day keeps the Doctor Away. "  In 2017, there were 27,339 Starbucks stores globally.  Back in World War 2, coffee kept pilots awake on long flights to targeted cities, helped wives and girlfriends who watched the postman...

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Pay in Advance Old Economics

In 2018, it still costs to park, but inflation has kicked up the price. In older times, Albuquerque Old Town visitors would pull 55 Chevy's into spaces under towering cottonwoods, next to adobe walls built in the early nineteen hundreds. They would not lock their car...

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