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Shoe Problem Impossible to clean

Shoe Problem Impossible to clean

These are a pair of Scott's work shoes from when he used to work hard. Instead of being covered with paint, which was Scott's income when public school teaching became intolerable,one of these shoes has residue from floor tile adhesive on its toe. The issue is wearing...

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Mr. Postman utility bill delivery system

Mr. Postman utility bill delivery system

There is a Postal Service in the Dominican Republic but it is either not used, not trusted, or not helpful to the citizens in this old colonial neighborhood.  In the United States, our Post Office is maligned with carriers driving expensive Post Office vehicles,...

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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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Family Footsteps Near Benkleman, Nebraska, November. 2018

Family Footsteps Near Benkleman, Nebraska, November. 2018

On the derrick, a crew of three roughnecks stop drilling to make the pipe going into the Earth one length longer. 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 roughnecks feet. The new...

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W. C. Fields #1 Hard at Work

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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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...

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3 Cups a Day Drink till you drop

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

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...

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Mickey’s New Employee Work Trends

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...

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Wind Sock Boogie – Video Coffee and doughnuts are ready

Wind Sock Boogie – Video Coffee and doughnuts are ready

This wind sock, inflated early this morning, has flailing arms and an ambiguous smile on its face. Creede hasn't awoken yet, but June, the lady who lives in her parked Tiny House and sells food from her trailer cafe, is cooking already, at eight in the morning. ...

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Old Mining Town Creede, Colorado

Old Mining Town Creede, Colorado

Creede was established in the late eighteen hundreds. At the north end of town is a silver mine that has become a museum. Running through the middle of town is a river that carried mining sludge into the valley below that is now being reclaimed by environmentalists....

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