Friday, November 28, 2014

Frankie and the Fabletones, Featuring the Fabulous Fuzzy Dice, Performing At The Falls Event Center

I was invited to a private investors' dance party (because, despite my hip hop friends, I apparently swing with the monied classes too), and so I headed out to the brand-new Falls Event Center in Elk Grove on November 22nd, to see a band unknown to me. Turned out to be a doo wop group from Davis, Frankie and the Fabletones, Featuring the Fabulous Fuzzy Dice. One of the Fuzzy Dice turned out to be an old DMTC compatriot and friend, Dianna Craig! Amazing!
The point of the party was to persuade investors to buy into this chain of alluring and brand-new event centers. The place was very nice: it opened in September (and this particular building opened only a month ago) and another event center is going to open soon in Roseville. Made me wonder, though - perfect for weddings, but in direct competition with a variety of well-appointed community centers and church halls. They can charge a premium rate, however, for the great facilities. Next destination for the investment seminars - Salt Lake City!

Capay Valley Wildlife, At Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Drone's-Eye View of the California Rice Harvest

Dannette's brother has a drone, and he does these magnificent videos from his farm near Maxwell, in California's northern Central Valley.



Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Breaking Bad" Series Legacy: Finale Party and First Annual Breaking Bad Fest

This post is the third of three additional posts regarding "Breaking Bad" location-related subjects (last updated November 21, 2014).

This post presents information regarding "Breaking Bad" fan reunions, particularly in Albuquerque, NM.

Links to the eight primary "Breaking Bad" Filming Location posts are as follows:

List of Filming Locations
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5a
Season 5b
Wish List of Undetermined Locations


I have additional posts on "Breaking Bad" related subjects:

History, and the Opening Scenes of "Breaking Bad"
"Breaking Bad": A Cornucopia of Videos and Reviews
"Breaking Bad" Series Legacy: Finale Party and First Annual Breaking Bad Fest


Plus, a new post on "Better Call Saul" Filming Locations:

Part 1 - Season 1


Let me know if you have any problems or questions. E-Mail address: mvaldez@sierraresearch.com

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Check out OldeSaultie's Google maps of "Breaking Bad" filming location sites: the best maps on the Web! The KML files are available at these addresses that are particularly useful for GPS devices.

The original, Classic Google Maps links are here:

Season One locations
Season Two locations
Season Three locations
Season Four locations
Season Five (A and B) locations


Google has recently changed its map format. A single upgraded Google map with all these "Breaking Bad" locations posted on it is here:

OldeSaultie's Upgraded "Breaking Bad" maps link (long form)

or

OldeSaultie's Upgraded "Breaking Bad" maps link (short form)


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"A Guidebook To Breaking Bad Filming Locations"

I took the material in these blog posts, reorganized it, and self-published a book on Breaking Bad filming locations. The book is available in Print and on Kindle (publication date April 17, 2014). It's a little big: 8.5 x 11" in size, and 323 pages in length.

To avoid unnecessary friction, I have redacted the addresses of all single-family homes in the book. (These addresses are still available in these blog posts, however.)

Most pictures posted on my blog are retained in the book, but the pictures in the print edition are black-and-white, in order to keep costs down. Pictures in the Kindle edition are in color, however.

I anticipate producing a second edition of the book sometime early in 2015.

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Some Of The Special Guest Stars of "Breaking Bad"

Jimmie Ning as Duane Chow at the Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour (UBBFT) Dinner at Garduño's on September 28, 2013.


Jimmie Ning as Duane Chow.


Sam Webb as Drew Sharp at the Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour (UBBFT) Dinner at Garduño's on September 28, 2013.


The Twins, as Spooge and Skank's strange kid. (Rebel Donut, 2435 Wyoming Blvd NE, September 29, 2013.)


Chris Lim as Breaking Bad's tarantula and cockroach trainer and wrangler. Breaking Bad used a trio of female Chilean rose hair tarantulas named Dierdre, Patty and Pepper. Chris says the Breaking Bad directors originally wanted the classic big black tarantulas, but he convinced them to use the Chilean spiders because they are more docile and look more like the types of tarantulas found in New Mexico.

Pay a visit to them all at Clark's Pet Emporium, 4914 Lomas NE!


Patty the Tarantula, in her terrarium home.


Patty the Tarantula explores our arms.


Patty the Tarantula is the most-famous of Breaking Bad's three tarantulas.


Roach!


Cockroaches! (Not German, but Dahlia types? Missed the spelling.)


Steven Michael Quezada as DEA Agent Steven Gomez, with my nephew, Aaron, and my sister, Michelle Browning.


A Debt of Gratitude to the Coen Brother's "No Country For Old Men"

"Breaking Bad" owes a debt of gratitude to the Coen Brother's 2007 academy-award-winning film of Cormac McCarthy's novel, "No Country For Old Men". That movie showed AMC and other Hollywood interests that there was a substantial market in Southwestern Film Noir, and that demonstration made the road of "Breaking Bad" that much easier.


Representing El Paso, parts of "No Country For Old Men" were filmed in Albuquerque. (Desert Sands Motel on Central Avenue.)



Meet-And-Greet Dinner Of The Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour (UBBFT) - September 28, 2013

Garduño's Mexican Restaurant (Winrock).


Marq Smith.



Prior to the Finale of Breaking Bad on September 29, 2013, the members of the Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour gathered at Garduño's Mexican Restaurant, near Winrock in Albuquerque, NM, for a meet-and-greet dinner on Saturday the 28th. In this brief video, the dinner is beginning to break up.


Finale Party Of The Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour (UBBFT) - Sept. 29, 2013

Ed Candelaria.


Mementoes. It took Marq and Ed months to prepare.


What a cake!


Ooh, they thought of everything!


The bathtub.


New Hampshire State Troopers and the UBBFT.


Rebel Donut, 2435 Wyoming Blvd NE, September 29, 2013.



A table Marie would love!




Just prior to the airing of the finale for Breaking Bad on September 29, 2013, Marq Smith and Ed Candelaria gather the Baddies of the Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour (UBBFT) for acknowledgments and to discuss rules regarding their giveaways for the evening.


Breaking Bad Legacy

Davis Layman's Obituary




Making A Descanso For Walter White


Michelle takes the cross to the site.


Setting it up.








Aaron's stenciling.




My sister got it on the Albuquerque Journal's radar. She also heard a news story that did not feature a photo. Nevertheless, Shawna Martinez notes it made KRQE TV-13 News!]



Michelle Browning, Marc Valdez, and Aaron Browning built a small descanso (generally, a roadside cross or shrine of Mexican origin that memorializes someone killed in a journey) to memorialize Breaking Bad's Walter White (aka, Heisenberg). The descanso is located just east of the building where Walter White died in the TV series, in the railroad right-of-way, just south of the intersection of Los Ranchos Rd. and the railroad, in Albuquerque's North Valley. Michelle Browning is briefly pictured. Tribute music is "Baby Blue", by Badfinger.

(The descanso was stolen in early December. My sister made a replacement, but continued harassment at the site made her leery about setting it up again at the same location. Further work stalled in late December, 2013, and has yet to resume.)


First Annual Breaking Bad Fest, November 7-8, 2014. Held at the Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center

Numerous get-togethers and parties.

Friday Party 1 - At The Library Bar and Grille


Fundraiser for Harrison Vanik. Jackie and Frank Sandoval flank Max Arciniega (Krazy-8).

Harrison Janik and the Weiss family, the Heisenhoneys, Rodney Rush, Jeremiah Bitsui, Max Arciniega, The One Who Mocks, and many others attended this party.

Harrison suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, but he is fighting back, using Walter White's determination to fight cancer as an inspiration. Inspired in turn, a number of the "Breaking Bad" cast have taken Harrison under their wing.


Rodney Rush (Combo) and Jeremiah Bitsui (Victor)


Rodney Rush (Combo) and Chandra (Heisenhoney from Moon Goddess Clothing in Los Angeles).

Instagram page.
Clothing line Facebook page.

They are also closely associated with this Los Angeles nonprofit organization. Currently (November 18, 2014), they are raffling away a Heisenberg Hat.


Rodney Rush (Combo) and Chandra.


Jeremiah Bitsui (Victor) and Rodney Rush (Combo).


Met Jeremiah Bitsui Friday night, and cut myself in a nasty way on the neck while shaving Saturday morning....

#thingsthatseemlikecoincidencesbutarent


Friday Party 2 - Dinner At Garduño's


Miguel Jaramillo, Jennie Rexer, Alex Gianopoulos, Jeremiah Bitsui, Sam Hughes, and many others. (Photo credit: Sam Hughes)


Friday Party 3 - At Marq and Ed's house


Marq Smith and Ed Candelaria, Donna McGregor, Relinda Anderson, Kirika Yashida, and many others.

Here, Marq tries to get everyone into the group shot.


Giving Personalized Tours to Dan Crocker and Michael van Voorst

Tour 1: At the Breaking Bad Fest, it was a pleasure to show off Albuquerque to fans Daniel Crocker (from the UK) and Michael van Voorst (from the Netherlands) - in particular, Casa Tranquila. Also passed by Mike's House and The Grove.

Tour 2: Later, a second tour to BrBa sites like Vamanos Pest, the Hospital, and Gus Fring's house. Because we didn't have much spare time during the Fest, this activity was late at night.

One unforgettable moment was driving west on Indian School, just west of Carlisle, about 2 a.m. We spotted a canine loping down the street. It wasn't until we drew closer that we realized it was a Coyote - a wild dog smack in the middle of town! All we needed was a Roadrunner!


First Annual Breaking Bad Fest - Evening Panel



















Casa Escencia Party


Upscale hacienda makes for a nice party location: a traditional Mexican upscale ultra-lounge (if that's even a concept) at the Hotel Albuquerque where the Breaking Bad wrap party had been held in 2013. With Charles Peters, Fran Padilla, and Donna McGregor.


Michael van Voorst.


Myself with Jeremiah Bitsui.


Netflix Interviews


Netflix flew into town and hastily lined up interviews for a locations documentary they are doing. They said something about the series of shows being available via streaming (presumably in 2015), and covers other cities and TV series too (e.g., Atlanta for Walking Dead, Albuquerque for Breaking Bad, etc.)

Interviews with Joanne Quintana and Fran Padilla, Travis Bell and his fiancée Haley Andrews, a couple from Maine that happened upon the scene, and Marc Valdez.








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Hanging Out With the Heisenhoneys


At the Breaking Bad Fest, my table was located across from the table from Moon Goddess Clothing, who are based in Los Angeles, and feature a great line of Breaking Bad wear. Maeve and Chandra were delightful in their Bad Bitch clothing!

Instagram page.
Clothing line Facebook page.

They are also closely associated with this Los Angeles nonprofit organization. Currently (November 18, 2014), they are raffling away a Heisenberg Hat.











My favorite detail!



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Charismatic Travis Bell Makes A Big Impression


Retro DJ Travis Bell from Indianapolis, Indiana made a big splash at the First Annual Breaking Bad Fest in Albuquerque, NM.

I first saw him while taking Frank and Jackie Sandoval's Breaking Bad RV Tour. The RV was lingering just outside Jesse Pinkman's house when Bell drove past in his orange car with the "LWYRUP' plate. About half an hour later, he caught up to us again when the RV was parked at Combo's Corner. He came out of the car and approached the RV carrying a chrome axe. I was too rattled to take a proper photograph!


Travis Bell posed a question about Breaking Bad cars at the Saturday afternoon panel of the First Annual Breaking Bad Fest.

Bell believes in symbolic moments. He had located the manufacturer of the chrome axes used by the Cousins in Breaking Bad and purchased the remaining few axes. He then presented an axe to Luis and Daniel Moncada (who played the Cousins). They signed it and posed for pictures with it with many fans.

Travis Bell poses with Daniel and Luis Moncada for a photo by his fiancée Haley Andrews.


In a private moment, Travis Bell proposes marriage to Haley Andrews in front of the Walter White house. This is the actual moment. (I don't know who took this photo: it was on Facebook.)


A few days later (November 9, 2014), Bell and Andrews recreate the private moment for a Netflix documentary crew.


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Breaking Bad Fest - Costume Contest



Congratulations Kelly Tow from San Diego for her amazing yellow hazmat suit!


















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Lisa Masters' Breaking Bad Filming Locations Costume


Lisa Masters dressed up as Albuquerque in the First Annual Breaking Bad Fest Costume Contest, since Albuquerque was a crucial character in Breaking Bad. She obtained my book and carefully mapped out every filming location! And a valuable benefit is that she now knows where all the filming locations are!

Her third-place in the Costume Contest was well-and-deservedly won!








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Breaking Bad RV Tour

Trundling along the streets of Albuquerque on November 7, 2014 with Frank and Jackie Sandoval.


Inside the RV.


Dan Crocker from the UK at Jesse and Jane's house.


Among the guests was this adorable little Pomeranian from Los Angeles named Sophia Loren (and who will soon meet her namesake), who entered the Costume Contest and has her own blog: Little Dog in the Big City.


Cooking at the A-1 Car Wash.


Quite to my surprise, Bonny Holder was visiting the Padillas at the Walter White house when we pulled up in the RV.


Michael van Voorst from the Netherlands at the Walter White House.


With Jackie Sandoval at the Padilla's Walter White house (photo by Bonny Holder).