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Talking Man Newerk Airport

Talking Man Newerk Airport

We listen to a lot of talking heads but this guy actually makes sense. As an employer, you don't have to pay his wages, retirement, medical benefits or deal with his personal issues that cost you money. Fred stays where you put him and does as he is programmed. He...

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Airports I Have Known Newark, New Jersey

Airports I Have Known Newark, New Jersey

Before you get somewhere you have to go somewhere. The collection of airports this trip will be those in Albuquerque; Denver; Newark, Houston and Santo Domingo. With checking in, security, eating, waiting, layovers, flight time, twenty hours will go by as quick as a...

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Talking on the Phone Scotttreks at work

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...

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Controlled Violence Lunch at Dion's Pizza

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...

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Making the News KOAT, Channel 7, ABC, Albuquerque

Making the News KOAT, Channel 7, ABC, Albuquerque

Growing up in the 1950's, there were only three channels on our new black and white TV. The programming was sports, talent shows, westerns, game shows and nightly news.The broadcast day ended at midnight. In the 1960's,Johnny Carson got people to stay up later and...

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Campout at McDonalds Four thirty in the morning

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...

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No Pets At the Marble Street Brewery

No Pets At the Marble Street Brewery

  Pets, in America, have become more than pets.   At the Marble Brewery, the limits to their importance are clearly stated on step risers leading to the second floor. It is only a matter of time before this road house rule against pets going upstairs is...

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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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Gender Dysphoria California Dreaming

Gender Dysphoria California Dreaming

This is an All Gender Restroom at the UC Irvine Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  The worst thing about this sign is having to figure out where all these genders are suddenly coming from, and whether I can open the door, safely go inside, and use the...

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Mother Road Route 66 through New Mexico

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,...

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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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