Scott’s New Mexico Timeline

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  • 15 Oct 2019

    Solicitation No B.S.

    ATM’s have become many people’s bank. They are in countries all over the world and you can get cash in countries where no one speaks English and all the writing looks like hieroglyphics. The ATM’s accept debit and credit cards, let you make deposits, check balances and transfer money across accounts.They are open twenty four […]

  • 15 Oct 2019

    Get away from my register UNM South Golf Course snack bar

    Bazookas are old technology but World War 2 vets will tell you a thing or two about their effectiveness in the war they fought in. This plastic army man, with his bazooka pointed at me,his helmet securely fastened, his feet planted and secured by a heavy application of scotch tape, looks at me with a […]

  • 15 Oct 2019

    Home Depot Scare Halloween 2019

    The season of spooks and goblins, pumpkins and puritans is approaching. Our local Home Depot has dedicated aisles and displays to Halloween and looking for utility wire and masonry nails to secure a few plants to a block wall, so they will grow up straight and be out of the path to the back of […]

  • 14 Oct 2019

    Artifacts things to be claimed

    My garage is the most recent resting place for artifacts from 803, the house us kids grew up in. Smaller things have been boxed up to be gone over when brother’s are able to come to Albuquerque to go through photos, letters, correspondence, old coins, mementos from our parent’s trips, political pins, old books and […]

  • 14 Oct 2019

    Deer in Embudo Canyon Albuquerque Foothills

    As soon as we say we haven’t seen deer, we spot a small group in one of the small canyons that break away from this larger canyon we are trekking through. This family unit is looking at us as they nip leaves off branches, ears cocked, knowing we were here long before we spotted them. […]

  • 28 Sep 2019

    Lost History- Video Ernie Pyle Library-Albuquerque

    At an annual celebration of the famed World War 2 correspondent, Ernie Pyle, at his home in Albuquerque, N.M., a docent discusses the permanent closing of Pyle’s childhood home in his original birthplace in Indiana. As the docent continues his presentation, he reminds an aging audience of the steady inexorable disappearance of our history, the […]

  • 28 Sep 2019

    Golf Course ducks UNM South golf course water hole

    The UNM south golf course is a championship course that is way too much championship for this golfer. It has ankle deep grass in the rough, tricky greens, deep traps, rolling fairways and a few doglegs that would make a dog blush. You wouldn’t want to walk this course unless you were a mountain goat […]

  • 28 Sep 2019

    Bumblebee Lunchtime Backyard dining

    If I were a true horticulturist, I would know what the bush in my back yard with the pretty white flowers is called. I would know its scientific and common names. I would know if the plant has medicinal uses, how much water it needs, the proper way to trim it, the best times of […]

  • 27 Sep 2019

    Ernie Pyle Library Celebration of a life

    Ernie Pyle was a simple Indiana kid who liked to write and travel and found both as a World War 2 correspondent for Scripps-Howard newspapers. He purchased a house in Albuquerque in the 1940’s and lived in it with his wife and dog Cheetah, till he was killed in the war he reported on.  In […]

  • 28 Jul 2019

    Fort Union Santa Fe Trail

    Near Watrous, New Mexico, I have always sped past an I-25 highway sign that reads simply, ” Fort Union . ” This trip, I exit, and follow the Old Santa Fe Trail that brought people west in the eighteen hundreds looking for opportunity. After the Civil War, poor folks, who didn’t have prospects, came out […]

  • 27 Jul 2019

    ” All of Me “ 44th Army New Mexico National Guard Band

    ” All of Me ” is a jazz standard, a song called often at jam sessions and performances, a standard that  has been going strong since the 40’s. Tonight’s performance brings back the Big Band era after World War 2 when ballrooms,in big as well as small towns, turned lights down and let dancers cuddle […]

  • 27 Jul 2019

    Concert at the Albuquerque Museum of Art 44th Army New Mexico National Guard Band

    In the American Civil War, drummer boys led troops into battle and were one of the first to be shot by opposing forces. Paintings in the White House show George Washington surrounded by a drummer and flute player when he was surviving Valley Forge and winning our disagreement with Britain. GI’s in World War 2 […]

  • 23 Jul 2019

    Charlie’s Birdhouse Back Yard ready

    It takes skill to build a birdhouse. I didn’t get a builder’s tour but this birdhouse comes with a sturdy shingle roof, spacious front porch, and a back door that can be opened to clean inside. The home’s front door is a round hole, big enough for a small sparrow to enter but small enough […]

  • 16 Jun 2019

    Love Machine Squeeze the Handle

      In the lobby of the Albuquerque County Line Barbecue, there is a special love machine for testing your love potential. This ” Love Machine ” costs a quarter for its diagnosis, and, for your quarter, you can see how you measure up on the love chart by putting your hand firmly around a special […]

  • 16 Jun 2019

    Lucky Chair Horseshoes for luck

    Under the ” Home of the Big Rib ” rib, as you walk towards one of several back dining rooms at the County Line Barbecue, is a lucky chair. We all have our favorite chairs. Yours might be an old recliner that you found on the sidewalk with a ‘ Take Me ” sign pinned […]

  • 16 Jun 2019

    Barbecue Blues County Line Barbecue

    In the shadow of the Sandia Mountains, the County Line Barbecue is packed this Friday night. I am on the band’s e mail list, and got my invitation via e-mail. Judging from a plate of ribs on another patron’s plate, on the bar counter next to me, the barbeque doesn’t sound shabby either. The entertainment […]

  • 16 Jun 2019

    Albuquerque’s E scooters Albuquerque's newest transportation

    Albuquerque has just introduced E-Scooters to the Downtown Civic Plaza, Nob Hill, Old Town, and, eventually, other well frequented locations in the city. These scooters are lined up across from the Albuquerque Museum of Art, chatting up a storm and telling scooter jokes. Two ladies, I talk too, say the scooters are fun to ride […]

  • 15 Jun 2019

    Playing the National Anthem- Video LifeQuest Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Tanoan C.C., Albuquerque, 2019

    The National Anthem is one of the most played songs in America. If you have played in school bands, military bands, marching bands, or are a musician who has performed at any sporting or public event, you have played the familiar melody since you were very young. In America, individualism is worshiped, but so is […]

  • 15 Jun 2019

    Blowing in the Wind-Video Apache Plume

    In the Albuquerque foothills, on a morning hike, the wind meets an Apache Plume ……      

  • 15 Jun 2019

    Morning Walk Albuquerque's Embudo Canyon

    Indian School is an east- west Albuquerque boulevard that ends at the Embudo Canyon Open Space at the far east side of the city.. The parking lot, at the roads end, is the beginning of a city Open Space area that moves into the Cibola National Forest Wilderness. The nature walks and trails, at the […]

  • 15 Jun 2019

    Model A “Phaeton” In McDonalds parking lot - Thursday - June 13, 2019

    According to Art, this is a Model A,, a ” Phaeton.” He spells p-h-a-e-t-o-n out for me, this morning, when the two of us are conversing at our usual McDonalds, down the street from the Candelaria street McDonald’s where I saw this classic car yesterday afternoon. It’s owner was an older man, a car nut, […]

  • 26 May 2019

    Heckle and Jeckle Talking over the watercooler

      These two questionable birds remind me of cartoon characters us kids watched on black and white television in the 1950’s, most often perched on a tree limb talking about crazy humans. They were, as they appear here, angular, opinionated, and had New York voices that were like a piece of coarse sandpaper rubbed over […]

  • 25 May 2019

    Mineshaft Tavern Local Watering Hole

    State Road 14 takes you to Madrid,New Mexico, and to Cerrillos,New Mexico, if you stay on it. All the way to Madrid we are passed by overweight motorcycle riders wearing pony tails and Bandito Leather jackets. Madrid is an old New Mexico mining town that busted a long time ago and left old mining shacks […]

  • 25 May 2019

    Cerrillos, New Mexico Road Trip

    New Mexico, before statehood, was an American territory wrested from Mexico in one of America’s many wars. In 1912, we became a state and were lucky to do so.There were plenty of critics, then, as now, who suggested  New Mexico has more in common with Mexico than the United States, has a backward uneducated population, […]

  • 22 May 2019

    Albuquerque Foothills in the Clouds one of those sunless days

    On the average, Albuquerque sees the sun 280 days a year.The U.S. average is 205 days. This morning the Sandia Mountains are hidden behind low lying clouds and visibility is limited. The clouds have no substance yet they hide the towering rugged peaks on our city’s east side. If you ask Albuquerque people what they […]

  • 21 May 2019

    Strawberry Shortcake Just before movie night

    Movie night is a Friday night extravaganza. Charlie and Sharon host and we often watch what Hollywood has cooked up to modify our behavior, influence our thinking, stir up emotions, entertain, or put us to sleep. This evening we watch Spenser Tracy in ” Bad Day at Black Rock, ” an early movie about injustice, […]

  • 21 May 2019

    Custom Golf Cart very comfy

    Golf carts are standard equipment at most courses. They speed up play,bring revenue to the course, make the course more accessible. This one is parked by the Paradise Hills Clubhouse while it’s owner-operator fills up with hot dogs and cold beer before tackling the back nine. This chariot would have been the cat’s meow in […]

  • 25 Feb 2019

    Tumbling Tumbleweed/Albuquerque-Video looking for home

    From Wikepedia- ” A tumbleweed is a structural part of the above-ground anatomy of a number of species of plants, a diaspore, that once it is mature and dry, detaches from its root or stem, and tumbles away in the wind….” “Tumbleweeds” is also a Roy Rodgers cowboy song, sung around the campfire with fellow […]

  • 25 Feb 2019

    Talking on the Phone Scotttreks at work

    The map on one of the Starbuck’s walls shows several continents. When you spread the world out, pin it to a wall, you take out all its bumps, contours, unknowns, inconsistencies. When Columbus laid out his world map on the sturdy table in his Captain’s quarters his map didn’t show him his crew’s fears, terrible […]

  • 18 Feb 2019

    Kaktus Brewing Company Jam – Video Glenn Kostur plays the blues

    My last conversation with a skeleton was at an Albuquerque Starbucks, on Halloween. Before that, I shared a sidewalk bench one sunny afternoon, with a man of bones in Tulum, Mexico. There were several glorious skeletons painted on a wall in Cuenca, Ecuador that gave me good advice. Today, outside the Kaktus Brewing Company in […]

  • 18 Feb 2019

    Kaktus Brewing Company Blues Jam 2/17/19, Bernalillo, New Mexico

    Bernalillo is a small rural town just north of Albuquerque. The town has some dirt roads, manufactured homes in disrepair, livestock grazing in back yards, Obama signs in front yards. The Rio Grande River and the Bosque, a cottonwood forest, flow through town on their way to Mexico. By the freeway, on the South Hill […]

  • 17 Feb 2019

    Nosotros Valentines Day, 2019

    If you want to know what people are looking for, count the cars in the parking lot. Tonight, the parking lot is packed. The dance floor is also packed,dancers barely having enough room to stand. The band is hitting their notes, ladies are dressed to kill,  the audience rocks with the steady booming salsa rhythm […]

  • 16 Feb 2019

    Between a Rock and a Hard Place Embudo Canyon Hike- Albuquerque

      This rock, more than a stone but not a boulder, in Embudo Canyon in the Albuquerque foothills, has been moved onto the trail, by something other than wind, water or wishes. It appears to have been lifted from a nearby mound of dirt. Where the rock used to be, on the mound, is a […]

  • 13 Feb 2019

    Controlled Violence Lunch at Dion's Pizza

      Eric, a retired Army Ranger, who patrolled streets of Iraq in full battle gear, has told me violence is a way of life  and controlling or neutralizing it was once his livelihood. When I talk with a man who has had to take another human life, regardless of his reason, it makes me listen […]

  • 12 Feb 2019

    LaFonda Hotel Part of the Santa Fe History

    The LaFonda Hotel has been a fixture in Santa Fe going back decades. The current hotel was built in 1922 on a downtown site where the first Santa Fe hotel was built in 1607 when Spaniards came to town. It is on the register of the Historic Hotels of America, was once owned by the […]

  • 12 Feb 2019

    New Mexico Rail Runner Rapid transit in a horse and buggy state

    ” Rail Runner to Santa Fe: The New Mexico Rail Runner Express zips through ancient Pueblo lands with stunning scenic views and connects to historic Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico. Tickets are available onboard or online. Whether you have a car or not, getting from Albuquerque to Santa Fe is an easy trip…”( […]

  • 11 Feb 2019

    Out with the Old/In with the New At the " River of Lights "

    Part of the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens ” River of Lights ”  package, for $110.00 per couple, is cleansing souls. After the train ride, those who participate, write bad memories from the past year on a piece of paper, fold the paper, and toss it into the fire. They also write positive goals for the New […]

  • 07 Feb 2019

    3 On A Match-Video Albuquerque Sunport

      This group belongs in cabarets in Berlin, London, Paris, after World War 2, without the smoke, SS Officers and floozies.   A first response to new music is often to discount or find faults with it because it is new. Another response is to recognize new music as new, overpraise it, and find no faults […]

  • 05 Feb 2019

    Sax Rats in Old Town Holiday Stroll -2018

    Sax Rats is our saxophone quartet – two alto saxes, a tenor sax, and a baritone sax.  It is cold this evening as we load into Dan’s van, drive down, set up, begin our first music set at the Holiday Stroll in Old Town, Albuquerque. ” In college, ” Chris tells us, ” I did […]

  • 04 Feb 2019

    Horned Toad Starbucks Parking Lot

    Starbucks in my city are ubiquitous. For a couple of bucks for fresh coffee I can mingle with tech savvy people who lean towards globalism, free healthcare for all, living wage checks from Uncle Sam, electric cars.  This morning, in my local Starbucks parking lot, a horned toad occupies a Toyota car hood waiting for […]

  • 04 Feb 2019

    Scotttreks 2019 Postcards

      Begun in 2014, Scotttreks is a rolladex of Scott’s time travels for those who remember what a rolladex looks like, what it was used for, how it was used, until computers sent them to antique auctions. Hot on Scotttrek’s trail, I flip back to 2014, to Uruguay, to the beginning. Usually, things that make […]

  • 28 Nov 2018

    Icons Russell's Travel Center

    Somewhere along the road we stopped worshiping God and put some of our own in his  Throne. It was not a good trade.    

  • 16 Nov 2018

    King for the Day Get your crown at Burger King

    These crowns are made from paper with printed jewels on the side. They adjust to fit all heads and there are plenty to go around. Customers can take them for free and kids are not the only ones that wear them. Kings used to be in short supply, one to a country. In this age […]

  • 16 Nov 2018

    Three Old Men Sitting on a Bench

    Some photographs resonate. This photo, hanging on a restaurant wall in an Albuquerque Olive Garden where I dine, resonates. It is a black, white, and gray ode to old age. These three old men have seen history and are sitting on a bench watching life pass them by. Old men often have histories that are […]

  • 13 Nov 2018

    Bird Bath Old Town, Albuquerque, 2018

    This fountain stands in a plaza in Albuquerque’s Old Town and this morning, while Alan and I walk the square, local birds play and preen in its cool waters. Birds enjoy showers and they don’t need soap, soap dishes, or towels. From their songs, I don’t think they have a care in the world, and, […]

  • 10 Nov 2018

    Campout at McDonalds Four thirty in the morning

      Sometime last night this homeless statistic rolled her shopping cart onto Ronald McDonald’s premises and parked it.  The Albuquerque homeless problem is ubiquitous even if un-employment is low and jobs are rumored to be everywhere. Most  intersections in the better parts of town have panhandlers holding ” I’m Hungry ” signs right under City […]

  • 31 Oct 2018

    StarBucks Break Coffee on skeleton crew

    Halloween has crawled out of the grave for another year. At a local Starbucks, Freddie doesn’t have to bone up on store policy, customer relations, or how to work the register. He hands out coffee and keeps his mouth shut because he rattles when he talks. This morning his fellow employees have a close hold […]

  • 20 Oct 2018

    Rigo’s Truck Embudito Canyon, Albuquerque

    We follow our hiking trail early this morning ,before gnats wake up to bother us, both of us turning and twisting, pushing past granite boulders, cactus, and junipers to take ourselves further up a sandy, small arroyo up into a little canyon in the Sandia mountains. It is Saturday and most hikers are still not […]

  • 18 Oct 2018

    It’s the Feeling, Man! Jazz

    On Saturday mornings, the New Mexico Jazz Workshop jam is in order. Open cases are spread on the floor, Real Books rest on stands,metal folding chairs have been unfolded, coffee is okay outside the rehearsal room, guitarists plug in amps, sax players suck on reeds, trumpets move their fingers over three keys and look to […]

  • 18 Oct 2018

    Sunflowers and Winston Requiem for Winston

      This morning, in the rough, I don’t look for my errant drive. One of our foursome’s little dog, Winston, was bit by a rattler and died on another course a few weeks ago. A golf ball,even a new one, is not worth coming face to face with a poisonous viper. Winston 1 never barked […]

  • 17 Oct 2018

    Backyard Mushrooms After a Rain

    After a big rain, these mushrooms appear. This yard used to be dirt, stones, brush, debris, unused patio bricks, dead leaves and trash. There were overgrown vines, broken trellises and shrubs in need of water. A small tree was removed, litter raked and stuffed into trash cans, earth leveled and turned over. Flower beds were […]

  • 17 Oct 2018

    Rainbow Over Wal-Mart Albuquerque

    Rainbows aren’t discriminating about where they appear. This hint of a double rainbow gracefully arches over an Albuquerque Wal-Mart that has its own version of golden arches inside. Rainbows tell me that there is more than just here and now. Scotttreks and rainbows have had conversations before, my  last rainbow sighting in Belize on the […]

  • 17 Oct 2018

    Foothills Albuquerque

    These mountains are a cold hard skeleton and life is the green coat draped over their jagged bones. Long spindly leaves of desert plants move lightly in the wind. Granite boulders have lichen waiting for raindrops to make their color more vibrant and further up arroyos, in the canyons between mountain fingers, are mule deer, hiding […]

  • 16 Oct 2018

    Ghost Chairs In a storm

    These old fashioned lawn chairs, made from steel with curved welded parts assembled in some long closed Iowa factory, have moved several times from their original homestead, on Bellamah Street. They used to sit in our childhood back yard under a cherry tree that grew tart cherries for Mom’s pies.Their final stop finds them in […]

  • 15 Oct 2018

    Rocking Horse For the Grandkids

    In Charlie’s front entry, his project materials are carefully spread on the floor. There are drills and hammers, paint brushes, screwdrivers, scissors and a set of instructions, if needed. Charlie is building a Rocking Horse for his newest grand-daughter. In Charlie’s newest project, the rocking horse rockers are made first with each part drawn on […]

  • 05 Aug 2018

    Fish Eye View At the Aquarium

      When fish glance up, they see the bottoms of leaves, insects touching the river’s back, white ripples where water hits obstacles that splits its flow.  In this underground observation area, us desert rats gawk at sharks, rays and groupers,cruising. They brush against their tank’s glass wall and pass us like race cars at the […]

  • 31 Jul 2018

    Flamingos A long way from home

    Flamingos are often seen in front yards as plastic yard ornaments, and double as stir sticks in fancy lounge drinks. This evening, the Albuquerque zoo is hosting a music concert. Surrounding the stage, families and friends have spread umbrellas, blankets, folding chairs and wait for Ryan McGarvey, a local boy made good, to sing and […]

  • 30 Jul 2018

    Casa Armijo 1st house in Albuquerque

    The Armijo hacienda began as one of the first homes in Albuquerque, but was long ago resurrected as the popular Old Town restaurant, ” La Placita. ”  Haciendas were self contained economically, spiritually, emotionally. Several generations of family lived, worked, sustained themselves in these compounds where they farmed, herded livestock, made clothes and tools, used […]

  • 30 Jul 2018

    Child’s Play Outside the Marble Brewery

    Inside the downtown Marble Street Brewery, adults pursue spirits, music, networking, barbecue ribs, chips and salsa, self promotion, smoozing, passionate political arguments, petty man/ woman/ transgender spats, soothing ruffled feathers, looking for sex, patching up business deals. Outside the brewery, kids, watched by Mom’s, build castles with lego’s on the sidewalk.  When little, we played […]

  • 23 Jul 2018

    Demolition Manzano High School Gymnasium

    In 1965, this gym was state of the art for our time in high school.  It had locker rooms for boys and girls, a weight room,offices for the coaches and staff. It had polished hardwood floors on the basketball court that gleamed and rows of wood bleachers that could be rolled out and back in […]

  • 11 Jul 2018

    Night at the Marble Brewery Concert

      Tonight, at the Marble Street Brewery, in Albuquerque,” Group Therapy” has the stage. They rock out with ” Classic rock and roll “, blues, jazz , Latin, boogie woogie, funk, and even some gospel to keep the mood changing. With the sun plummeting, this brew pub’s tanks look heavenly. Food trucks, parked out front, […]

  • 09 Jul 2018

    Hole in One Tanoan Country Club, Acoma #3, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    The odds for shooting a hole in one,for the average golfer,on par 3;s, are 12500 to 1. For professional golfers, the odds drop to 2500 to one In a tournament at the Tanoan Country Club, amateur Scott beat the odds on the Acoma nine, #3, a 154 yard par 3 and shot his first hole […]

  • 08 Jul 2018

    Three Jelly fish Albuquerque Biopark

      Fish are streamlined for propulsion. Their bodies create little friction between them and the water that supports them. Light filters down from the water’s surface where we watch them take graceful turns around their aquarium tank’s curves. In another aquarium, jelly fish who aren’t moving like the fish, have their dangling tentacles shown off […]

  • 24 Jun 2018

    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,then begin stretching  their own canvas over manufactured frames, gesso the canvas, and paint up a storm with brushes, knives, sponges, cloths, and anything […]

  • 14 Jun 2018

    Critters Watch your Dashboard

      Crazy glued to the dashboard, these critters listen to talk radio. They are also familiar with Top Fifty tunes, political lies, opinions, advertisements, trivia, propaganda, ” Fake News” and World News. Some of these critters seem like animals we should have as friends, others look like aliens come to take over Earth and send […]

  • 08 Jun 2018

    Tram Ride On Vacation

    The Sandia Mountains are pink at dusk. The setting western sun turns them the color of watermelons, for which they were named by indigenous Indians thousands of years ago. Sandia’s peaks were thrust up in the last ten million years during the formation of the Rio Grande Rift and they form Albuquerque’s city limits on […]

  • 06 Jun 2018

    Snakes At the Rattlesnake Museum

    Snakes don’t have fingers, toes, arms, or legs. They are coldblooded and need sun to get stirring. Cultures throughout human history have worshiped them, reviled them, and eaten them. For photography and curiosity reasons, Joan, visiting from Boston, has pinpointed snakes as things to see and do in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Rattlesnake Museum is reviewed […]

  • 05 Jun 2018

    Mother Road Route 66 through New Mexico

      Route 66 is the most famous United States highway that joined others to became the U.S. Interstate Highway system that linked our 50 states, made remote places accessible, let restless spirits roam to where they belonged, spawned a history of music, posters, legends and stories. From November 26, 1926 until June 26, 1985 the […]

  • 04 Jun 2018

    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 walk up to the front door with fear. On […]

  • 03 Jun 2018

    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 their 55 Chevy’s into spaces under towering cottonwoods, next to adobe walls built in the early nineteen hundreds. They would not lock their car doors and drop quarters into the slots of […]

  • 28 Dec 2017

    The Gang’s All Here McDonald's

    Five o’ clock a.m. comes early and us boys head to the McDonalds at Lomas and Juan Tabo in Albuquerque most every morning of the week. Some of us read the newspaper, others do crosswords, some eat, most drink coffee, most tell jokes that are occasionally funny, and I catch up on travel posts. Art […]

  • 18 Dec 2017

    Home Sweet Home Home Sweet Home

      Home bases take different looks. They can be hotel rooms, bungalows, RV’s, tents, apartments, houses, townhouses.They can be overlooking the Atlantic in Uruguay, lost in the Andes, on Caribbean shores with palms and yachts, standing on stilts in a Louisiana bayou. Scott’s newest home base is a townhouse in Albuquerque, the ” breaking bad” […]

  • 17 Dec 2017

    Midway Blues Amusements

    Bennett’s Amusements moves in the day before an event, fences off their area at the Festival, back up huge equipment trucks, rides, and promotions. Agile carnies pick up wrenches and assemble a superstructure of steel connected by hundreds of feet of electric cables to a main generator run by diesel gas. Plain ole country dirt […]

  • 13 Dec 2017

    Mickey’s New Employee Work Trends

      McDonalds was one of the first corporate giants to infiltrate American communities with cheap hamburgers, fast food, employee training programs, marketing strategies, toys for the kids, drive up windows, extended operating hours. You can dine in any corporate or franchise store and get sameness. McDonalds leapfrogged across the United States leaving stores wherever its […]

  • 13 Dec 2017

    Driving Range Rainbow Los Altos Golf Course

    Los Altos Golf Course was built in the 1960’s, near Eubank and Copper. Owned and operated by the City of Albuquerque, this public links course is open to all. In an age of dwindling play, escalating water costs, cries of environmental ruination., golfers still suit up in shorts, golf caps, spikes, and golf shirts with […]

  • 11 Dec 2017

    Football Wars Between the goalposts

    Old men plot wars in back rooms and give speeches.Young men hold rifles and die on the battlefield. Football is an American preoccupation and between the goalposts this evening plays out a game that has referees and it’s own set of rules. Halftime is minutes away and tuba players come down out of the stands, […]

  • 14 Aug 2017

    1950’s Hamburger Stand Old Photos

    Old photos, especially black and white, have a nostalgic quality. They often have no names or dates on the back, have edges that are dogeared or brown, wrinkles, mustaches drawn in with ball point pens by pranksters. They are sometimes in albums but often are tossed into shoe boxes like shells found on the beach. […]

  • 14 Aug 2017

    Snail and Tortoise sticking your head out

    Back in yesteryear, a school assignment, in English, was to compare and contrast apples and oranges. The assignment was dropped on us to develop critical thinking, stimulate observation, and bring order to our primitive minds. The assignment proved that apples are not oranges and oranges are not apples but they do have things in common, […]

  • 30 Jan 2017

    Riverbend Hot Springs Hot Soak

    In the downtown historical district of Truth or Consequences, hot springs bubble to the surface. In old days dusty cowboys would hang their chaps on mesquite branches and swap stories with Indians who hung their moccasins on adjacent branches to look like rabbit ears. In newer days, hotels have been built above the springs and […]

  • 16 Jun 2016

    Found Key Rio Rancho Golf Course

    We return our golf cart. The cart jockey is a tiny man wearing shorts, tennis shoes with big socks, a blue faded ball cap. There are four carts ahead of ours that he has to clean, toss trash, wipe down seats, check gas, and inspect. We use golf carts because they speed up our play […]

  • 25 Mar 2016

    Shipping Container Shuffle Back in Albuquerque

    I-40 runs through Albuquerque’s midsection like a Mexican leather belt with a big rodeo buckle. At I-40 and Carlisle in Albuquerque is a new ” Green Jeans” shopping center built using shipping containers, Albuquerque’s new building material craze. While the old woman who lives in a shoe is a theme of yesteryear, the Santa Fe […]

  • 23 Mar 2016

    Hot Springs, New Mexico Hot baths on the Rio Grande

    Things get new names. Route 66 becomes Interstate-40. Bruce Jenner becomes Caitlyn Jenner. British Honduras becomes Belize. Climate warming becomes a Religion. Kentucky Fried Chicken becomes KFC. Before Truth or Consequences adopted its new name in the 1950’s, to promote a popular television show,this sleepy New Mexico burg was called Hot Springs. For hundreds of […]

  • 27 Jan 2016

    Oil Country in the oil patch

    Leaving Roswell for Midland, Texas you start seeing oilfield pump jacks right off the highway. There are no trees or bushes to hide them so they can’t be missed, look like grasshoppers, and have been shot with twenty two’s more than once. Some of the pump jacks are alone by themselves while others cluster in […]

  • 24 Jan 2016

    Clines Corners Route 66 since 1934

    Clines Corners is a travel center on I- 40 east of Moriarty, New Mexico. It opened in 1934 at the intersection of what was then Route 66 and highway 85 going north to Santa Fe or highway 85 south to Roswell. 1934 was long ago, at the end of the Great American Depression, written up […]

  • 09 Jan 2016

    Snow Day in Albuquerque back in time for a storm

    Yogi might not have said “, It’s deja vu all over, ” but, if he didn’t, he should have. The day after my trip to warmer climates is in bed, Mother Nature spreads her winter blanket and dumps snow on Albuquerque. In the foothills, east of Albuquerque, snowflakes nestle between cactus spines, but, before noon, […]

  • 31 Oct 2015

    Halloween in Old Town Shopping

    It isn’t here yet but Halloween is galloping down the road and the headless horseman will soon be here. New Mexico and Mexico have much in common this time of year as our town celebrates both Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos or ” Day of the Dead. ” There is no border between the […]

  • 22 Oct 2015

    Midway Rides Thrills and Chills

    There aren’t many rides on this Midway but those that are here give kids a thrill. Precious children are flung through space, turned upside down, and hold on screaming for dear life. This circus has an old time Ferris Wheel. There is the Hammer and the Swinger, the Fun Slide, Mad Hatter Tea Cups, a […]

  • 21 Oct 2015

    Shooting Pumpkins Country folk Diversions

    The shooting area is in an open field separated from the public by yellow plastic tape strung along metal fence posts. In the distance, ATV’s and pickup trucks wait for this year’s contest to begin, looking themselves like small tin cans hung on a fence post for target practice. They scurry around after each shot, […]

  • 20 Oct 2015

    Punkin’ Chunkin’ Parade – Video Estancia, NM

    Main Street runs through Estancia, New Mexico. If you stay on it you eventually come to Willard, an even smaller town lost in the great open spaces of our state. Farmers here grow peanuts and pinto beans and folks dig into the land and hold firm to rural traditions. Local business donates to school athletic […]

  • 18 Oct 2015

    Waves Belize or Bust

    There are waves twenty four seven. With two thirds of the Earth covered by water, there are beaches and waves from top to bottom, east to west, around Earth’s big stomach, and even at its cold ears and distant toes. Some of the best waves are in small places no one has heard of. Belize […]

  • 15 Oct 2015

    Lichens In Albuquerque Foothills

    Granite boulders are common along this foothill trail. They are spread like giant marbles dumped out of a cloth bag onto the school playground at recess. Some of the boulders are clumped together, others stand alone in a patch of cactus or in the shade of a stubborn juniper with gnarled branches. Along this trail, […]

  • 14 Oct 2015

    Dancing Girl On the Plaza

    Music is accessible. You can be wearing a tuxedo and tails, coveralls, golf shorts, uniforms, diapers or your birthday suit and it sounds great. You can be wearing a wedding dress, a pearl necklace, spiked heels, a flimsy cocktail party dress, cowboy boots, turquoise earrings or a bikini and it sounds great. You can be […]

  • 14 Oct 2015

    Sax Therapy – Video Music Video -Old Town-Albuquerque

    In the saxophone family you have a number of siblings. The shortest boys, who sing highest, are the C Melody and Soprano saxes. Then you move to Alto and Tenor Saxes who are the most common kids on jazz bandstands. At the back of the parade you have Baritone Sax. The lowest voiced saxophone, and […]

  • 11 Oct 2015

    Albuquerque Downtown at Night Sadies Bar and Grill

    Once the sun drops below the Albuquerque city limits, street lights switch on, programmed by computers. The man made lights aren’t strong enough to make everything visible so, at night, you move from one pocket of light to another and guess what is down that alley, or behind that fence, or on that roof. Tonight, […]

  • 27 Sep 2015

    Shopping at ” 99″ Chinese shopping

    If it crawls, slides, slips, flips,slithers, climbs, it is not safe. At “99”, in Albuquerque, there are selections to fit Chinese tastes. Today, Ruby  has a taste for seafood, and, lifting up a black cloth, she goes after blue and white colored crabs that try to escape the small plastic tub that holds them for […]

  • 25 Sep 2015

    McDonalds Washing Windows

    Sitting in this Albuquerque McDonalds feels like sitting inside the Diner in the 1942 Edward Hopper oil painting – ” Nighthawks. ” Early this morning, Javier is busy cleaning this fast food franchise made of glass, plastic, tile, low voltage lights, lightweight chairs and tables, all under the ubiquitous corporate  logo – M. Javier works […]

  • 24 Sep 2015

    Moriarty Pinto Bean Festival Local Color

    Moriarty is a small town thirty minutes east of Albuquerque on Route 66. Annually, the city hosts a Pinto Bean Festival to honor the lowly pinto bean and those rural folk that live in this area in manufactured homes on subdivided one acre plots that get more sparse the farther you move from I-40. Pinto […]

  • 23 Sep 2015

    Fossil Hunt at the Quarry NM - South 14

    New Mexico was once at the bottom of a great sea. Over millions of years, carbon creatures died and drifted to the bottom of that sea and became preserved in silt. Layer upon layer of silt turned to stone and the fragile bodies of once living creatures became captured and preserved. My Geologist brother Neal […]

  • 07 Sep 2015

    Railway Market Sax Therapy

    On Sundays, during warmer months in Albuquerque, an old Railway train barn opens its huge metal doors. Vendors set up inside to sell produce, art, clothes, soaps and lotions, health food, get signatures for green projects and alternative lifestyles, listen to music and enjoy. This Sunday, I come to see Chadd’s jazz quartet, Sax Therapy.  […]

  • 06 Sep 2015

    Paako Ridge Golf Course Testing our meddle

    Paako Ridge is a scenic, tough golf course on the east side of the Sandia Mountains, east of Albuquerque. To get there is a twenty minute drive through Tijeras Canyon and then a swing to the north through Cedar Crest, past the left turn to Sandia Crest, following the Turquoise Trail towards Madrid. This Monday […]

  • 06 Sep 2015

    Gran Quivera Salinas Pueblo Missions

    Between Roswell and Mountainair, in New Mexico, there is enough open space to house millions of people, plus livestock. Land stretches from the road as far as you can see. Whether the planet is running out of space or just resources needed to support seven billion people is a topic for early morning radio talk […]

  • 05 Sep 2015

    Roswell UFO Museum Little Green Men

    When local rancher Mack Brazell found extraterrestrial debris on his ranch and reported it to the local Sheriff a Pandora’s box was opened. The local Sheriff called the local Air Force Base and a whirlwind of misinformation, disinformation, cover up was begun. The Roswell Incident is known around the world, and, at its epicenter, Roswell […]

  • 04 Sep 2015

    Roswell Football New Mexico Military Institute

    Saturday night football has pulled into the station. Leaves are turning, temps dip into the forties at night, football practice consumes players, and especially coaches. This Saturdays game matches the Arizona Western Matadors and the New Mexico Military Institute Broncos. Richard’s son, Drew, coaches offense for the Broncos and Richard supports his sons. I rode […]

  • 02 Sep 2015

    Russell’s Travel Center Blast to the Past

    Russell’s Travel Center sits on a New Mexico hill just before the Texas/ New Mexico State Line. It is close to Endee, one of those almost vanished New Mexico towns that shrink smaller and smaller as time barrels forwards. At Russell’s you can gas up, have something to eat, buy food, use restrooms, draw cash […]

  • 22 Aug 2015

    1990 Toyota SunRader Gypsy Tendencies

    1990 was one of the last years Toyota made these mini-motor homes. They are still on the road and people have stopped me at rest stops along the Interstates to ask if I want to sell. This little baby has a 6 cylinder 3.0 EFI engine, gets sixteen miles per gallon depending on terrain and […]

  • 19 Aug 2015

    Naked Lady Conn Alto Sax

    Music is a tougher taskmaster than writing, but not by much. Laid on the bed is a 1940’s Conn ” Naked Lady ” Alto Saxophone. Her sound is sweet, her lacquer finish is imperfect and worn, her response is excellent. This horn was bought at Baum’s Music Store in Albuquerque and cost two thousand dollars. […]

  • 06 Aug 2015

    Popsicles Jokes on a stick

    Popsicle’s have been with us as long as I have been on this planet. Back when my shoes were size five, we neighborhood kids would hear music marching down our street and see a big white ice cream truck with black speakers mounted on its roof. It was playing happy music on a dreadfully hot […]

  • 04 Aug 2015

    Stan Good help is Good to Find

    This remodel on Shirley, for Alan, is a long, twisted, dirty novel that is taking some work to get read. There are convoluted chapters, hairpin curves, a cast of characters that belong in a Louisiana swamp. This job is not one you want to bring a friend to, but a friend is the only one […]

  • 03 Aug 2015

    Albuquerque Uptown Apple at night

    ABQ Marketplace on Louisiana has eclipsed Winrock Center, the original Albuquerque Mall. While Winrock is now huge piles of dirt, exposed steel, jack hammered asphalt, chain link fences and construction signs, ABQ Marketplace is stocked with big name stores, food and restaurants, and stylish clothes that are already moving out of style. This evening shoppers […]

  • 19 Jul 2015

    Crunch Golden Pride Restaurant

    Golden Pride in Albuquerque sells fried chicken, Bar- B- Que, burritos, red and green enchiladas, and, of course, a world famous cinnamon roll drowning on a plate in butter and icing. This black vehicle is parked in front of the East Central Route 66 location and comes equipped with literature, philosophy, and Biblical principles.  On […]

  • 12 Jul 2015

    Car Auction Casa Esperanza

      Casa Esperanza is a non profit that provides temporary housing to families whose members are undergoing medical treatment in Albuquerque. As a part of fundraising they run a car auction of donated vehicles. On Friday, the first of each month, you look at rolling stock, start engines, check doors and windows, look for oil […]

  • 06 Jul 2015

    Fourth of July Celebration at Richard and Maria's

    The fourth of July is the official birthday of the United States. The American fight for Independence was hatched in Boston pubs and undertaken by a cadre of locals. Over taxed and under represented was the big beef and secretive plotting led to a Declaration of Independence from merry old England who was licking wounds […]

  • 03 Jul 2015

    Albuquerque Biopark Frolicking with the fish

      The Albuquerque Bio park is an oasis of water in the desert. There is an aquarium, rose gardens, a gift shop and museum, a restaurant, and a little train that blows its whistle as it takes kids on a sedate ride through the grounds. The Park has been here over thirty years and is […]

  • 01 Jul 2015

    Yaris New Wheels

    Cars go until they don’t go. They are traded when they start to cost more than they are worth. My Prius, an experiment in high tech, is gone. When electronic systems start to malfunction you have to step back and decide how much you like the idea of forty five miles per gallon in town. […]

  • 30 Jun 2015

    Jackson Compaction Dumpster Blues

    There are plenty of left behinds at one of Alan’s rental properties, and, as a favor, I am working overtime to get things cleaned up. The last tenants, Section 8, left two weeks after they were supposed too, left food in the frig, a back yard full of refuse, stained carpet, damaged doors, leaky faucets, […]

  • 10 Jun 2015

    Watermelon Mountain Jug Band South goes West

    The Solid Grounds Coffeehouse is a musical Saturday night on the town at Saint Steven’s Methodist Church in Albuquerque. The music is free, coffee and doughnuts are free, the spiritual tune up after the first set is free, and good friendly spirits are welcome. Featured tonight is the Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, a local group […]

  • 08 Jun 2015

    Jesus Saves Socorro, New Mexico

    This dark blue Ford Ranger has seen better days. Once, it was new on the lot and a salesman kicked its tires, opened its doors and sweet talked clients into the driver’s seat to take a whiff of its new car smell. Windows opened and closed, air conditioning cooled and the heater warmed. The engine […]

  • 07 Jun 2015

    Descanzos roadside memorial

    Automobiles can be terminal. They are speeding metal coffins containing mortal bodies that crumple when hit, collapse when rolled over, compress and crush what is inside them when physics takes charge and momentum meets momentum. Along New Mexico highways there are small Memorials built by roadsides to say good bye to loved ones who have […]

  • 04 Jun 2015

    Owl Cafe Waking up

    The Owl Cafe was born in San Antonio, New Mexico, one of many New Mexican towns you zip past on the freeway, not even dots on the state road map. The original cafe doesn’t have an owl on its roof and is a fifties style bar and grill with ancient cheap wood paneling, a bar […]

  • 01 Jun 2015

    Sandia Peak Tram Going Up

    The Sandia Peak Tram has been with us fifty years. According to our tram operator there are 600,000 patrons each year and the only time the tram shuts down is when the wind blows over fifty miles per hour or threatening lightning storms are close. The tram has been stuck in the middle of its […]

  • 31 May 2015

    CCC – Civilian Conservation Corp 1936 Rock House Sandia Crest

    On top of Sandia Peak is a rock house built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp. Coming out of a government prolonged Depression, the CCC was created to provide relief to unemployed men by the U.S. Congress and F.D.R. During a short decade, over 300,000 young men got a place to stay, food […]

  • 30 May 2015

    Cochiti Golf Close to Golfer's Paradise

    New Mexico has Indian Reservations. In all four corners of our state, as well as the middle, we have sovereign Indian nations who have land,an ancient culture, and casino gambling. Many tribes operate designer golf courses, hotels, and entertainment venues. The Pueblo of Cochiti is a thirty minute drive from Albuquerque along I- 25 to […]

  • 24 May 2015

    Rock Climbing, Embudo Canyon, Sandia Mountains Family Outing

    This Memorial Day weekend boatloads of city folk are out and about. On a usual hike up the Embudo Canyon trail in the Sandia Mountains Alex the architect and I encounter only a few bipeds. Today, two parking lots are full of cars and dogs scamper across the canyon with noses to the ground. From […]

  • 23 May 2015

    Pickles Calley's Cat

    The last gato celebrated in this blog was sleeping on a window sill in Montevideo on a warm afternoon. Pickles is the newest feline to be celebrated. He has come, from Flagstaff, to stay at the Albuquerque homestead on Martingale Street for a month and a half. This move was unexpected but Pickles has decided, […]

  • 17 May 2015

    Breaking Bad/Albuquerque Albuquerque's Claim to Fame

    Los Angeles has Forest Lawn and Beverly Hills. Memphis has Graceland.  Florida has Cape Canaveral. Texas has the Alamo. Albuquerque has the hit television series ” Breaking Bad. ” This television show is a crime drama and crime and Albuquerque have more than a casual acquaintance. One can’t truthfully claim that Albuquerque is as bad […]

  • 16 May 2015

    New Mexico Vistas Albuquerque Museum

    The Albuquerque Museum is in Albuquerque’s Old Town. Old Town is not far from the Rio Grande river and train tracks that spurred growth in western communities in the nineteen hundreds. Old Town is a part of Albuquerque that is older than the city itself, originally a stopping point for Spanish explorers looking for their  […]

  • 19 Apr 2015

    Buzzards waiting for death isn't always a long wait

    This morning the clean up crew is roosting in a tall dead tree across the bridge that gets you over Percha Creek into Hillsboro, New Mexico. This tree is dead as their breakfast and gives the buzzards a good place to open their wings and catch the sun’s heat, talk about yesterday’s trips over hillsides, […]

  • 19 Apr 2015

    Hillsboro General Store 1879 The old west in a new century

    The General Store and Cafe is not really a General Store. You can’t buy barbed wire, bullets, hard candies scooped from an oak barrel. There aren’t bags of flour to load into wagons, fishing hooks or Doctor Edward’s best elixer to cure aches and pains in all places. The Hillsboro General Store and Cafe has […]

  • 17 Apr 2015

    Gold Hunting Hillsboro, New Mexico

    Hillsboro is a hard scrawny town on the way from Truth or Consequences, where I used to live, to Silver City, New Mexico.. In the old days it was a gold and silver mining collage of wood shacks, shovels, dynamite, barbed wire but today it has lost its luster. When its precious metals played out, […]

  • 17 Apr 2015

    Word to the Wise fortune cookies

    Some got advice from Oprah and when she retired they lost their advice fountainhead. Some find guidance at church. Cable channels are replete with soothsayers, doom mongers, all around screwy prophets who have kind words out of one side of their mouth and dire warnings out of the other. News stands are packed with visions […]

  • 16 Apr 2015

    4925 Idlewilde S.E. rental business

    This 800 square foot frame stucco two bedroom one bath single car garage house has been in the family since the fifties. It  has been a residence for dozens of renters, some good, some bad. Through time, much property maintenance was done that is now being re-done. It rents for seven hundred and fifty a […]

  • 15 Apr 2015

    Donut Mart/ Albuquerque Chocolate glazed or Boston Cream?

    There is an old joke about having to look for a cop at the doughnut shop when you need one. I haven’t seen a man or woman in blue at my Albuquerque Donut Mart, but I haven’t needed one either. While Donut Mart is not Wal Mart, they do have  fritters, twists, donut holes, donuts, […]

  • 15 Mar 2015

    Tucumcari Truck Stop/New Mexico Enroute to Texas

    Back in Albuquerque two months, the travel itch started at my right big toe and is working its way up to my right kneecap. Life since Matzatlan has meandered and it isn’t until an invitation is offered that I have a chance to scratch. On the road at four in the morning, I can barely […]

  • 13 Dec 2014

    New Mexico/2014 Good to be Home

    The days of 2014 are almost gone. As each day concludes, it flies off the calendar like a free bird. What started as a novel is now looking like a memo. Today, I climb a trail that runs in open space in the Albuquerque foothills where we hiked as kids. You follow the trail and […]

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