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R.I.P. Getting a tan

R.I.P. Getting a tan

Halloween creeps closer as leaves start to fall, pumpkins appear in windows, hot air balloons arrive for the annual Balloon fest in Albuquerque, creepy spiders turn up in school cafeterias and jackets become more than optional. It is a sparkling day and these three...

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Home Depot Scare Halloween 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 my back yard block wall, so they will grow up straight...

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Lost History- Video Ernie Pyle Library-Albuquerque

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 tells the small group about the permanent closing of Pyle's childhood home, in his birthplace,in Indiana. As the docent continues, he reminds his...

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Ernie Pyle Library Celebration of a life

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...

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Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass festival Westcliff, Colorado

Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass festival Westcliff, Colorado

The High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival runs July 10-13 at the Bluff and Summit Park in Westcliff, Colorado. A huge circus tent is set up in the town park with spectacular views of the mountains and valley nearby. In the 2010 census, the population of Westcliff...

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Police Band Zona Colonial Plaza Santo Domingo Event

Police Band Zona Colonial Plaza Santo Domingo Event

The last police band i saw was in Cuenca, at a celebration for ex-pats and foreign business development in that Ecuadorian city. This Santo Domingo events aim is to support women and fight domestic violence in Latin America.This police band provides some of the...

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Sax Rats in Old Town Holiday Stroll -2018

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,...

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Turkey Time A Day of Thanks, 2018

Turkey Time A Day of Thanks, 2018

Pots and pans are on the stove, the table has been set for three, a Butterball Turkey browns in the oven. It took four hours for this bird to cook and slicing it up on the kitchen counter means dinner is close. Alan, Sherrie, and I have Thanksgiving this year at...

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StarBucks Break Coffee on skeleton crew

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...

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Flamingos A long way from home

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...

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Demolition Manzano High School Gymnasium

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...

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