Friday, May 27, 2011

It's A Dry Heat

Not like that sticky-icky heat she appears to be contemplating:
Sarah Palin has confirmed she purchased a $1.7 million property in Scottsdale, The New York Times is reporting.

The Times describes it as "an expansive six-bedroom home" with a six-car garage, a large swimming pool and 4.4 acres.

Ten-Year Boy Captures Alligator

And earns a stern rebuke from the authorities regarding what must have been a difficult task.

The Ticks Want Me To Play Host Too

I will resist!

What happened was, last night, I tried to dislodge and evict a big tick from the Chihuahua's face. Unsuccessful after applying isopropyl alcohol with a Q-tip and gingerly trying to tweeze it off, I curled up with the dog for a night's sleep.

During this morning's staff meeting at work, I had the distinct sensation that something was crawling on my leg. After the meeting, I determined it was a big tick! Smash that sucker! But how could such a big tick come from that small dog? Where had it have been? Had I overlooked it, somehow?

At lunchtime, I visited with the dog, and his face tick was gone. So, apparently I was ultimately successful in evicting the dog's big face tick after all, but only after we both fell asleep. The disturbed tick moved over to the next available receptive mammal (me) to continue his vampire-like, blood-sucking ways (but of course, only if I permitted it). And given my usual forgiving, Pollyanna nature, such a presumption on the tick's part was understandable.

But not this time, thank you! There are enough vampires in my life already!

The natural world is a wondrous place!

So, It Happened Fast

So now they know for certain that AF447 plunged fast! There's a school of thought that the plane glided almost-imperceptibly downwards through the turbulent thunderstorms, and that the passengers might not have noticed the downward trajectory, but 11,000 feet/minute (125 mph) seems pretty extreme. I don't buy the argument that the passengers didn't notice. It may have been a gut-wrenching free-fall for everyone, even if the plane's attitude was still 'nose-up'. You can't go from level flight to a 125 mph fall in a few seconds without noticing something, even if the falling sensation abates once terminal velocity is reached. Even the sleeping would be awakened by that!:
The initial findings also showed the captain was out of the cockpit for a routine rest period and arrived more than a minute after the emergency began.

The plane was passing through bad weather in the mid-Atlantic when the problems began.

More than eight minutes before the crash, the co-pilot at the controls, one of three members of the flight crew, advised the cabin crew "you should watch out" for turbulence ahead. He said the plane could not climb out of the cloud layer where the turbulence was happening because it was not cold enough.

Soon after, the plane's autopilot and auto-thrust shut off, the stall alarm sounded twice and the co-pilot at the controls, 32-year-old Pierre-Cedric Bonin, took over manual control

The plane climbed from 35,000 to 38,000 feet, but stalled and began to fall.

The two co-pilots wrestled with the controls for about 3 1/2 minutes in a bid to stop the Airbus A330 from spiraling into the sea, the report said.
And they seem inclined to blame the pilots too:
Pilots on the flight from Brazil to France were apparently distracted by faulty airspeed indicators, reports the Wall Street Journal. This reportedly caused them to improperly deal with other vital systems, like adjusting engine thrust.

Sources familiar with the plane's black box recordings tell the Journal that the pilots seemed to be confused by alarms they received from the automated flight-control systems as the plane passed through some turbulence. Such turbulence is typical on that leg of the route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

The plane is also said to have faced unexpectedly heavy icing, which is known for making airspeed-indicators and other external sensors unreliable.

It appears that, while primary cockpit displays maintained normal function, the crew didn't follow protocol to maintain or increase the thrust that would have kept the plane's nose level. This was because they had trouble sorting out the warnings while also keeping track of essential aircraft functions of engine power and trajectory.

Reportedly, Air France pilots were never trained to handle such an emergency. But, since the accident, Air France and a number of other carriers have emphasized the necessary training.

"I Feel Like Paris Hilton!"

In the modern metropolis, there's no place more down-home than the waiting room at the veterinarian's.

Everyone cowered as the Spanish-speaking owners of the muzzled, large, oafish, out-of-control bloodhound took a minute to wrestle him through the tiny waiting room for his fifteen-second inoculation visit with the vet, then took another minute to wrestle him out. Poor dog: he just wanted to be friendly with the yappie dogs packed in there, but talk about a bull in the china shop!

Meanwhile, everyone wanted to take a look at the precious Chihuahua I had brought in. To escape the attention, the shy dog buried his head into the crook of my elbow. The vet helper brought the chip reader over, which came up negative. I smiled at everyone in the waiting room and said "I feel like Paris Hilton!"

"Wine Industry Aims To Attract More Latinos"

I read this headline in the morning paper, and I thought, "well, they've been trying to do that for decades, usually by looking the other way when the question of citizenship papers is raised." But apparently that's not what they have in mind now:
Research shows wine consumption among Latinos has increased dramatically over the past five years -- much faster than for non-Latinos. The number of glasses of wine consumed by Hispanics per month climbed by nearly 50 percent between 2005 and 2010, while for non-Hispanics the increase was a more modest 16 percent, according to a study by consumer research firm Experian Simmons.

...Part of what's pushing the increase in consumption is sheer demographics. Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade. The other factor: a socioeconomic and cultural shift among the more established Latino generations.

"As the tastes of the Latino consumers get to be a little more acculturated, as their palates change, as they become more affluent and educated, they are turning to wine," said John Hernandez, executive director of the Fresno-based Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Hernandez, a third generation Mexican-American, sees fellow Latinos - who make up 50 percent of Fresno County's population - enjoying wine at dinner parties, networking events, wine tastings and family barbeques.

"We've gone from wine pickers to wine drinkers," Hernandez said.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Finally Catching Up With Mladic

One evil, evil guy who has lots of friends and covert support. It's a wonder they caught him, and, who knows, maybe he was betrayed in the end:
LONDON— Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb general accused of overseeing the worst massacre in Europe since the end of World War II, has been arrested, Serbian authorities said Thursday.

Mladic is Europe's most wanted war crimes suspect for his alleged role in the 1995 slaughter of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the enclave of Srebrenica, an atrocity that came to symbolize the brutality of the Balkans conflict. The war crimes tribunal in The Hague wants to try Mladic on charges of genocide.

...The arrest comes after sustained criticism of Serbia for being too lackadaisical in tracking down Mladic, including a new report by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia that reportedly castigates Belgrade's efforts as insufficient.

Serbia is also eager to join the European Union, which has made Belgrade's cooperation with The Hague a condition of its membership. The EU's top diplomat, Catherine Ashton, is due in Serbia imminently for a visit.

...There will be questions, however, as to how Mladic managed to remain at large for so long and whether elements of Serbian security forces knew of his whereabouts without bothering to act. Some Serbian nationalists consider Mladic a hero and believe their country to be the unfair target of censure for its wartime past by international authorities. The arrest could trigger street protests.

...The massacre at Srebrenica was the biggest atrocity in a campaign of ethnic cleansing, a ruthless drive to get rid of Bosnian Muslims. Overall, about 200,000 people are believed to have died in the conflict.

...Three years ago, Serbian authorities arrested Radovan Karadzic, who is also accused of genocide in connection with the Srebrenica massacre. When he was caught, Karadzic had changed his appearance by growing a flowing beard, had adopted a pseudonym and worked as a sort of spiritual healer.

It's Strange Dealing With Such A Small Dog

This Chihuahua puppy is smaller than the tiny dogs that heiresses parade around with. The world is scary to such a small dog. Even little things, like the distant cawing of a crow, seem menacing.

I have to keep my eye on the dog. He chewed off the plastic corner of a notebook cover I was holding. I thought he swallowed it, which might have been a death sentence, him being so small and all, but he had dropped it instead.

Such a big, scary world!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Curious Albuquerque Pictures

Just outside Annapurna Chai House.

Albuquerque features lots of interesting murals. This one is just south of Central, on Morningside.

Left: Bad Boy Boxing (on Bridge Blvd.)

Below: Leo's has a Zero Tolerance policy.



A commemorative poem, between Leo's and Stufy's, on Candelaria Blvd.

Bumper sticker.

Mysterious 'Final Notice, on Juan Tabo Blvd.

Old Town Coffee Shoppe.

Bonding With The Chihuahua

Joe the Plumber found a small, young, brown Chihuahua while riding a bike trail near Rio Linda High School. Naturally enough, he gave the Chihuahua to me.

Cute dog! A bit high-strung. I'm posting a Found listing on Craigslist, but it would be nice to have a dog again.....

The Annual Sewage Line Cleaning

Oh joy! Time to rent the snake. And also, this year, time to rent Joe the Plumber's services.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Breaking Bad" Filming Locations - Season 4

This post is the fifth of eight posts regarding "Breaking Bad" filming locations and focuses on Season 4 filming locations (last updated November 21, 2014).

Links to these eight "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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Heisenberg Hat Drawing

Chandra and the folks at TCP Youth in Los Angeles are having a raffle for a genuine Goorin Brothers' Heisenberg Hat. Hat box signed by numerous Breaking Bad cast members. List price $195; each ticket is $5 (five tickets for $20). Enter often, and win! Drawing to be held at the end of January, 2015.
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"Mexican Shootout", by Rich Kelly


La Hacienda de Placitas

On Saturday, October 8th, I was in Bernalillo with my relatives. Fortunately there was a gifts-and-antiques shop at the Range Cafe, so while they were diverted for a few minutes, I dashed up towards Placitas to check out La Hacienda de Placitas. At the last minute, my nephew Aaron joined me.

Our timing was fortunate. Even though co-owner Laura Bass was leaving on an errand, her husband, Steve Bass, was available, and consented to give us a tour of their Bed-and-Breakfast establishment.


My nephew Aaron, in the parking lot of La Hacienda de Placitas.


Steve Bass of La Hacienda de Placitas shows off a couple of "bullet holes" (on the panel, up above) left by the AMC crew.


The swimming pool at La Hacienda de Placitas.


The swimming pool at La Hacienda de Placitas.

The filming occurred in May, 2011, and it was a bit chilly when they did so.


If you look carefully at the views of the distant WNW horizon, you can see Cabezon Peak, that spooky-looking Devil's-Tower-like mountain (featured in Season 3, episode 1, "No Mas" - see Part 3 - Season 3 for details)!


The swimming pool at La Hacienda de Placitas.


An area where larger-than-life actor Steve Bauer liked to hold court at La Hacienda de Placitas.


The juniper/piñon studded hillside behind La Hacienda de Placitas.


Doorway at La Hacienda de Placitas.


Inside La Hacienda de Placitas.


My nephew Aaron, on the hunt for las chicas, who were last seen heading this way.


Inside La Hacienda de Placitas.


Bathroom area at La Hacienda de Placitas. The AMC crew placed an insert in the doorway here, and a prop toilet here as well, for Gus's use (this particular room is a room for baths only, and features no toilet).


(If I might be so bold) Steve and Laura Bass are willing to entertain offers on their gorgeous establishment (several million dollar range).

[UPDATE: October 14, 2013.] Apparently two years later, La Hacienda de Placitas STILL hasn't sold! I got this update from Stephen Bass:
Hey there Mark Valdez:

Long time no see. Yes, the final curtain has come down on Breaking Bad. But the Hacienda is still for sale. I am hoping that your blog reaches out to many interested parties. If you will put it out there that the first 1.5 mil gets to own Don Eladio's estate, I will gladly pay you a commission on the sale. Any interest? There is a keen interest in owning Breaking Bad property here in New Mexico and perhaps there is someone you know that may want a piece of history. Not to mention a beautiful property in Placitas, New Mexico. Let me know your thoughts. thank you and have a great holiday.
Can we do this? It is entirely proper and appropriate for this property to fall to a fan of "Breaking Bad". What will it take? Come on, folks, let's get started!


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Notes Regarding Specific Shows


Episode 13 - "Face Off"

The parking garage is the same as seen in Episode 12 ("End Times"), but on the top level.

It's also important to note the heavy, overcast sky during the final parking garage scene in Episode 13. On an Internet forum somewhere, I noticed that someone speculated that the overcast was likely smoke from the huge 'Wallow' forest fire, the largest forest fire in Arizona history, in June, 2011. I think this speculation is correct. That's smoke - not clouds - in the sky. Albuquerque was directly downwind of this immense fire, and it forms an ominous backdrop for Walt's victory over Gus Fring.


Parking lot of Esparza, as seen from the top of the parking structure on Copper, between 4th & 5th Streets.


The view south.





View of the NW corner of the top of the parking structure on Copper, between 4th & 5th Streets.


View looking NE, as seen from the top of the parking structure on Copper, between 4th & 5th Streets.



Danger Mouse & Norah Jones "Black"



A musical ode to Breaking Bad's Season Four, and Bryan Cranston's Walter White.

Lyrics:
We touched the walls of the city streets and
Dead ends plain, sadly showed us our ways
Of never asking why

Cast down it was heaven sent and
To the church, no intent to repent on my knees
Just to cry

Until you travel to that place you can't come back
Where the last pain is gone and all that's left is black

Grey nights he's coming to me and
Some day they'll punish my deeds and they'll find
All the crimes

But then they ask when they gonna see them
Then they gonna ask to feel the ghosts, the walls, the dreams
Well I've got mine

At last those coming came and they never looked back
With blinding stars in their eyes but all they saw was black

Fooled them hoping to seem
Like a slave of evil but the product of greed and
It's not a mass so be honest with me
We can't afford to ignore that I'm the disease

Practical since we had to be and
When they were old they came back to me and they tried
Oh they tried

And when you follow through and wind up on your back
Looking up at those stars in the sky, those white clouds have turned it black


Episode 10 - "Salud"

I was very excited by the return to Don Eladio's Mexican Hacienda! I also got excited by Gus' gift of a special kind of Añejo Tequila to Don Eladio.

Visiting Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's west coast late in 2010, I took a field trip to the old Doña Engracia Tequila Distillery, NE of Ixtapa, NE of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. In order to catalyze tequila sales, the tour guides presented us with an instructional class; a class that might have been called "Tequila for Idiots" (but out of politeness, probably described as such only in Spanish).

Tequila manufacture is surprisingly complicated. Here, our tour guide Victor explained the differences between Silver, Reposada and Añejo Tequilas. This nomenclature was simplified for novice students like ourselves (it's hard keeping track of more than three things at a time, particularly when tasting and preparing to purchase tequilas).

Doña Engracia Tequilas, like many tequilas from family-owned distilleries, are made from 100% agave, unlike the popular tequila mixes that are more-commonly on sale in the United States (like Patrón).


Blue Agave


The first step in tequila manufacture is removing the Blue Agave's starchy roots (piñas), from which tequila will eventually be distilled.


Wikipedia has more details regarding tequila:
Tequila is usually bottled in one of five categories:

Blanco ("white") or plata ("silver"): white spirit, un-aged and bottled or stored immediately after distillation, or aged less than two months in stainless steel or neutral oak barrels;

Joven ("young") or oro ("gold"): a mixture of blanco tequila and reposado tequila (Ex. José Cuervo Oro).

Reposado ("rested"): aged a minimum of two months, but less than a year in oak barrels of any size;

Añejo ("aged" or "vintage"): aged a minimum of one year, but less than three years in small oak barrels;

Extra Añejo ("extra aged" or "ultra aged"): aged a minimum of three years in oak barrels. This category was established in March 2006.

This particular kind of Breaking Bad 'Zafiro Añejo' (translated as 'Aged Sapphire') is not discussed by Wikipedia, but I must get some for my personal collection ASAP! You never know when guests might show up unexpectedly!

As an aside, I think that Don Eladio may have an interesting name. Eladio’s root is Helas, meaning, “The Greek”.

But “Eladio” is also very close to the Spanish word “Helado”, meaning frozen, or icy. A very appropriate name for a dealer in crystal meth! Which makes me think it’s a nom de guerre, and likely not his real name at all (and what is the real name of a fictional character, after all?)

Meanwhile, TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz loved the episode:
Hell, let's just say it: Gustavo "Gus" Fring is one of the greatest characters in the history of TV crime dramas, as great as Tony Soprano, Vic Mackey, Al Swearengen and Mags Bennett ("Justified"). And yes, he's the equal of Walter White -- as psychologically rich and in some ways more fascinating, because he's so more closed off and mysterious. Walt is emotionally transparent to us even when he's hiding things from other characters. But Gus remains a question mark even though he seems to know himself better than anyone else on "Breaking Bad," with the possible exception of Mike. Even if he'd been played by some other actor he would have been fascinating. But Giancarlo Esposito, with his haunted eyes and droopy-faced, Chuck Jones reactions, gives Gus an almost Shakespearean richness. I could picture this character sitting across a table from Macbeth or Shylock and having plenty to talk about.


Episode 6 - "Cornered"


Left: A prominent billboard on Broadway Blvd. SE, July 27, 2010.


Just like the Superlab represents a dungeon, New Mexico represents a sort of trap or prison too. This is true despite the illusory wide-open spaces of the American Southwest.

In my gateway "Breaking Bad" post (Part 1 - Season 1) I wrote that "Albuquerque tends to attract impractical dreamers. ... People who don't understand why their plans never worked out." And the way you know you are a true New Mexican is that claustrophobic trapped feeling you get just by living there. Skyler, it's time to flee to Denver! Skyler! Skyler, do you hear me?

It's been years since I've been to Four Corners, and so I'm assuming that the brief vista shown represents the area in the immediate vicinity: e.g., the descent into the valley of the San Juan River, which runs nearby.


Episode 6 - "Shotgun"




Excellent, excellent musical choice by the folks at "Breaking Bad" for their show! And to use the burned-out abandoned gas station on Nine Mile Hill too. Amazing!

Spanish and translated English lyrics to Ana Tijoux's "1977".


The Rail Yards were featured as Dead Drop #2 on Mike and Jesse's meandering drive (Season 4, Episode 5, "Shotgun").

Ana Tijoux's "1977" underscores the scene.


The western leg of the drive followed by Mike and Jesse (conveyed as a time-lapse sequence) still is unclear to me - probably headed west on Central and onto Interstate 40, and back again - but one stop is clear: the burned-out abandoned gas station at the top of Nine Mile Hill, near where Central Avenue meets Interstate 40: (35.063113, -106.785035).

"OldeSaultie" notes:

[T]he drum in the super lab that Walt was trying to move with the forklift had the same moth/butterfly as the the warehouse sign where Mike used the balloons.
That's interesting. The symbol is a repeating motif. And there is an Asian subtext too, with what appears to be Japanese characters. I wonder what it all means?

In Season 5, such as on Hank's evidence bulletin board, they've started referring to the symbol as "Golden Moth". Presumably Chow ran the "Golden Moth Chemical Warehouse", and supplied the Superlab with methylamine. I've searched on the Web for "Golden Moth", and come up with Tarot references, but I suspect BrBa isn't nearly so symbolic or esoteric. Time will tell!

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Episode 4 - "Bullet Points"

(Image from imdb)


I am glad that, with Jesse's kidnapping, the interior focus of the drama (e.g., on the Superlab, epitomized by 'Fly') changed. It was time to get out into the light again, and get even more filming locations. I was getting a bit claustrophobic and depressed, to tell you the truth! Now, how to do all this and keep Jesse alive too? That is the question!


The cafe/gas station in the time lapse sequence is an old favorite site location (Garcia's Cafe, 1736 Central Ave. SW).





One of the most haunting moments in the entire "Breaking Bad" television series came with the unveiling of Gale's "Major Tom" karaoke video. There is something sad and very touching about the idea that Gale didn't actually perish, but that he, like Major Tom, is simply lost, and that he lives still, somewhere, far away, out in space.

Like the Bible says, "for dust you are, and to dust shall you return."


Episode Three - "Open House"


Left: The Octopus Car Wash, Eubank and Menaul NE (9516 Snow Heights Circle NE).


From Breaking Bad Friends.


From a 2011 review in Salon by Matt Zoller Seitz:
"Breaking Bad" is, in its heart, the story of the supposedly respectable, white, upper-middle class becoming the Other. I don't think it's an accident that those quasi-mythic drawings of Walt in the guise of his porkpie-hatted alter ego, Heisenberg, resemble old Project Bluebook sketches of extraterrestrial visitors. Walt is becoming as much an alien -- an undesirable Other -- as the illegals who have periodically sneaked across the border throughout the show's run. The series is set in a state adjacent to Mexico, a country that American politicians habitually invoke as an example of what the U.S. should all be terrified of becoming -- a place where wages are pathetically small, decent citizens toil like slaves to pay for basic amenities, the police are openly corrupt, and rapacious criminal profiteers are unofficial partners in government.

There's no use dreading the de-evolution anymore; it's already happening. Where do the Whites live? In New Mexico. As Jesse would say, welcome to reality, bitches.

Which reminds me of the only time I ever reported a UFO sighting.


Episode 1 - "Boxcutter"





Workplace dynamics were a bit awkward in the Season Four premiere episode. Reminded me of workplace dynamics wherever you go in America.

Which may have been one of the points of the episode.

Regarding the fate of dear Victor, it reminded me of Albuquerque New Year's Eve, 1995, when I witnessed something along the same lines.

Life in Albuquerque can end abruptly.

As it can wherever you go in America.

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New Season 4 Filming Locations 


Northeast Heights Locations (E. of Wyoming, W. of Juan Tabo, S. of Osuna)


Gale's Apartment. Exterior scenes were likely filmed at Mesa Verde Apartments, 4610 Eubank Blvd. NE (Season 4, episode 1, "Boxcutter"). This view is in the southern parking lot at the apartment complex. (Apartment interior possibly filmed on set?)


Gale's apartment was said to be located at 6353 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, #6, (Season 3, Episode 13, "Full Measure"). Nevertheless, Juan Tabo Blvd. extends northwards no further than about the 6200 block. '6353' Juan Tabo Blvd. NE works out to be located in a park.


Gale's Apartment. Exterior is Mesa Verde Apartments, 4610 Eubank Blvd. NE, NNE corner of complex, looking west (Season 4, episode 1, "Boxcutter").

(35.133690ø, -106.531260ø)








The big tree on the right is barely-visible on TV.


Thoughts on the use of addresses in "Breaking Bad"

It's interesting thinking about how addresses and house numbers are used in "Breaking Bad".

When presenting a new location, about 60% of the time, BrBa presents no address. About 20% of the time, however, BrBa presents an exact address. The remaining 20% of the time, BrBa falsifies the address, or presents a small distracting factor, like calling out the incorrect neighborhood. The decision regarding what path to follow is no doubt complex: some property owners are eager to associate themselves with the TV series, while others are likely very reluctant to do so.

In the last episode of Season 3 (Full Measure), the writers got a bit whimsical. Gale's apartment is given as 6353 Juan Tabo Blvd., #6. Interestingly, that address corresponds to a park: Juan Tabo Blvd. terminates in the 6200 block. So, why did they take the trouble to state that address so clearly?

My thought is that although the address is not exact, it does signify a certain fairly-upscale neighborhood. It triggers a subconscious switch in the minds of native Albuquerque residents. Along with an elevation gradient as one heads eastward from downtown towards the Sandia Mountains, there is also a class gradient.

The newer, tonier, yuppier digs at the north end of Juan Tabo are not necessarily for everyone. Gale has a chemical engineering degree from Colorado State University. Although college degrees no longer have quite the same income drawing power they did thirty years ago, Gus Fring makes sure Gale is paid unusually-well for his skills. Gus is an increasing rarity in America - a good employer! Thus, Gale can afford the rent. You, on the other hand, with your medical coding certificate from CNM and your burden of bills, will simply have to live elsewhere.

Just another wry comment on the state of employer/employee relations at the start of the century's second decade! Gus Fring is something of an anachronism - an employer loyal to his subordinates!


Parking lot & alley, Directly behind Saul's office, (Season 4, episode 1, "Boxcutter"). Barrel with Victor in it is trucked away from this location.


Parking circle, 3815 Westerfeld Dr. NE (approximate address). Skyler parks Walt's car here to deflect attention (Season 4, episode 1, "Boxcutter").

"OldeSaultie" caught this one! It looks like Google is having trouble resolving the address (probably due to the N-S, E-W jog in the road, so Google Earth might call it '9683' rather than '3815'.


Scenes in the vicinity of the car wash were important in Season 4. Here's a view of the wastewater dumping area (Season 4, Episode 3, "Open House"), as seen from the other side of the fence.


Here's a view of the wastewater dumping area (Season 4, Episode 3, "Open House"), as seen from the near side of the fence.


Here's a view of the wastewater dumping area (Season 4, Episode 3, "Open House"), as seen from the near side of the fence.


Car Wash Parking Lot (35.107483°, -106.535284°: Season 4, Episode 3, "Open House". Skyler instructs Kuby, Saul's tool (in reality, comedian Bill Burr), to intimidate Bogdan with a bogus water pollution citation threat.


Car Wash Parking Lot (35.107483°, -106.535284°: Season 4, Episode 3, "Open House". Skyler instructs Kuby, Saul's tool (comedian Bill Burr), to intimidate Bogdan with a bogus water pollution citation threat.


Skyler observes the car wash (35.108760°, -106.534923°): Season 4, Episode 2, "Thirty-Eight Snub". Skyler learns the business by watching, and taking notes.


The PC Place is visible in the back of the wastewater dumping scene. At first I thought the camera view should be obscured by the presence of Allstate Insurance, but that is not the case.


Comedian Bill Burr on his "Breaking Bad" role:
Yeah man, I am a huge fan. I watched all the episodes, I’ve never missed one episode, and it was the most surreal thing that I got to do. It’s like, if you were into Star Wars, and they made another Star Wars, and you got to play like Boba Fett or a Stormtrooper, that’s how I felt when I was down there. Without a doubt it was like the coolest thing I got to do. All of the sudden, I was somehow inserted into the storylines of these characters. I knew that obviously they weren’t real, that it’s a TV show, but you know when you get so emotionally invested? It’s like if you booked a scene, like you’re watching the Sopranos and you’re following the story and all of the sudden you are in it and you’re standing next to Paulie and you got a scene with him, and you’re just like, how the fuck did this happen?


The IRS Tax Offices (Season 4, Episode 9, "Bug") appear to be housed in a building at about 8500 Menaul Blvd. NE (Menaul & Lester).

This building also houses, among other offices, Webster University's metropolitan Albuquerque offices. (Webster's Albuquerque Web Site seems so minimal. I wonder what kind of campus this could be?)


Last of the three houses Marie visits on her kleptomaniac journey (Season 4, Episode 3, "Open House"). 8503 La Sala Grande, NE.

This site reappears in Season 5 - it's adjacent to La Palomita Park (with playground) where Mike is forced to abandon granddaughter Kaylee (Season 5, episode 7, "Say My Name"). The house is visible in the background.





'Robert' writes:
Where Walt and Walt Jr. drive down a main street and Walt recommends taking a detour to get Walt Jr. the muscle car (S4 Episode 6), that street is Comanche Road near Moon. Right before Walt turns off Comanche Road, you can see Madison Middle School to the left side and Loma Del Ray Park to the right side. You can see a traffic light at Moon and Comanche and some of the children crossing/school zone signs in the vicinity of Comanche and Moon.

Walt turns off Comanche onto Erbbe street (forms the west boundary of the park) and the scene stops there. You could turn right on Harwood (north end of the park) to hit Orlando street and follow it right to Walt's house filming location so it was a nice close and convenient stretch of main street to film that short scene.
Yes, you are completely correct Robert! (Season 4, episode 6, “Cornered”). The scene starts near Altez & Comanche, with the traffic light at Moon, and the right turn on Erbbe. Thanks a million!




Upper Northeast Heights Locations (E. of Juan Tabo)

Walt calls the cops on Tyrus at Trailhead Road NE and Cumbre del Sur Court NE (named as 4900 Doswell Place), with the view facing south.

This place is very, very close to Hank and Marie's house (Season 4, Episode 9, "Bug")!


Police Substation, James Dwyer Memorial Police Substation, 12700 Montgomery Blvd. NE (Season 4, episode 3, "Open House").

Location where Marie was taken after her arrest.





Interesting sculpture outside the police substation.



Northeast Heights Locations (N. Of Osuna)

(no new locations offered with this update)


Lower Northeast Heights Locations (W. of Wyoming), & Lomas Blvd. Corridor


Gus Fring's House, 1213 Jefferson St. NE. (First seen in Season 3, episode 11, "Abiquiu"). Seen twice in Season 4

(Season 4, episode 2, "Thirty Eight Snub") - Walt lurks outside.

(Season 4, episode 9, "Bug") - Gus answers Jesse's questions


Albuquerque Indoor Karting, 5110 Copper Avenue NE, (Season 4, episode 3, "Open House"). Part of Jesse's PTSD





Mike's Bar, Louie's Pub and Grill, 5603 Menaul Boulevard NE, (Season 4, episode 2, "Thirty Eight Snub").

Mike gives Walt a piece of his mind.





Affordable Car Sales, 4525 Lomas Blvd. NE, (Season 4, Episode 6, "Cornered"). Walt dotes on his son by buying him a muscle car!


Beneke House 2 (Season 4, episode 11, "Crawl Space"). 1401 Harvard Dr. NE.

The whole idea of Skyler using Saul’s heavies to make crooked Ted pay his taxes, which he wouldn’t do because it felt dishonorable, just made me laugh and laugh! As was the idea that Walt no longer had enough cash on hand to finance a quick exit, in part, because he and his soul mate Skyler barely communicate.



Downtown - Business Core

For Walt driving like a maniac, "OldeSaultie" suggests this location. This sounds right. What is it with Walt and his crazy driving? For the crazy drive it looks like they used four blocks (1400 - 1700) of First Street NW.


NM Bank & Trust Building. This building is adjacent to the Simms Building, where the DEA scenes in "Breaking Bad" were filmed in the first three seasons.


During the last scene of the show where Hank lays out his suspicions against Gus Fring to his colleagues (Season 4, Episode 7, "Problem Dog"), the oddness of the view of Alvarado Square from the windows makes me believe the scene was filmed in the NM Bank and Trust Building.







The scene where the DEA interviews Gus has a little clue. Out the window, you can see a portion of the sign for Anodyne Pool Hall & Cocktails, at 409 Central Ave NW, but the Gizmo Store, which is located across the street from the Anodyne, is all wrong for the location. More likely is a taller building that overlooks the site.

As "OldeSaultie" notes, this angled room is in the Old Post Office Building, Amy Biehl Charter High School, 123 4th St SW. "OldeSaultie" adds:

I recognized [that building] immediately, because "The Lost Room" did some filming here (Pittsburgh Police Station).


Here is a picture of a curious statue outside Amy Biehl Charter School, in downtown Albuquerque.


Rooftop, Gizmo Store (Season 4, Episode 12, "End Times"). Walt's mind is heavy with desperation and dread!


Parking Garage, Copper Avenue between 4th & 5th Streets (Season 4, Episode 12, "End Times"). Gus can sense the danger with his finely-attuned, spider-like survival skills!


In this picture, the NM Bank & Trust Building (DEA), the Simms Building (DEA), and the Gizmo Store rooftop (Walt), as seen from Gus's vantage point, are all visible.


Artistic efforts have been fostered at this parking garage, not only to provide an outlet for talent, but also to discourage random tagging.


(Van Emery, 6-86)


Gilberto Guzman's "The Harvest" (1984).









Downtown West, and Central Avenue West


The location where Mike placed his phone call to Gus (Season 4, Episode 8, "Hermanos") is between 7th & 8th Streets NW, approximately at 1885 8th St. NW.


Andrea Cantillo's New Home, 1011 Forrester Ave. NW (Season 4, episode 8, "Hermanos").

Andrea's more-upscale digs.


Burned-out, abandoned gas station, near 15157 Historic Route 66, near where Central Avenue, Paseo del Volcan, and I-40 meet (see West Mesa locations below: Season 4, Episode 5, "Shotgun").



Near Old Town, Huning Castle & ABQ Country Club


"OldSaultie" has succeeded in locating the 'Spoon House': 1701 Chacoma Pl. SW. (Season 4, Episode 3, "Open House").



Barelas & San Jose Neighborhood Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)



Huning Highlands/ Martineztown Locations

(no new locations offered in this update).


University Locations, & Near Presbyterian Hospital

Denny's Restaurant, across from the University of New Mexico, at 2608 Central Ave. SE, (Season 4, episode 1, "Boxcutter"; also Season 5, episode 1, "Live Free Or Die"). Jesse was particularly hungry!

Tragically, this Denny's location will close shortly after Thanksgiving Day, 2014.


The staff at Denny's were particularly excited that they had hosted Breaking Bad, and they eagerly showed me where the camera had been situated and which booth Walt and Jesse had sat at. They were also eager to pump the television show "In Plain Sight", which also features shooting locations on and around the campus of the University of New Mexico.


Denny's Restaurant, across from the University of New Mexico, at 2608 Central Ave. SE, (Season 4, episode 1, "Boxcutter"; also Season 5, episode 1, "Live Free Or Die").


Denny's Restaurant, across from the University of New Mexico, at 2608 Central Ave. SE, (Season 4, episode 1, "Boxcutter"; also Season 5, episode 1, "Live Free Or Die").


City Montage, Rooftop of Total Community Care, 904-A Las Lomas Rd NE (Season 4, episode 6, "Cornered").

A panorama of Albuquerque at night was filmed from the rooftop here.









Nob Hill Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)


Central Avenue East Locations



Zia Motor Lodge sign, 4611 Central Ave. NE; Central & Madison (Season 4, Episode 1, "Boxcutter").


Mike and Jesse ate at Loyola's Family Restaurant, 4500 Central Avenue SE (Season 4, Episode 6, "Cornered"). (When does Jesse meet Gus as well as Mike at Loyola's? What episode?)


Both montages (Season 4, Episode 9, "Bug") are located on Central Avenue, and both montages feature a curious and well-known arch that stretches over the thoroughfare. The arch, located at roughly 4416 Central Avenue, is located right near several other Breaking Bad sites, such as the De Anza Lodge, and the Zia Motor Lodge sign. I don't know what the purpose of the arch is, except to look pretty. There is a matching arch spanning Central Avenue just east of Girard Blvd.


The arch on a rare rainy night!


Montage 1 also features Custom Tattoo, 4519 Central Avenue NE, (Season 4, Episode 9, "Bug").


Montage 2 (Season 4, Episode 9, "Bug") also features the Bank of the West Tower, near San Mateo and Central, which used to be the tallest building in New Mexico when I was a kid (when it belonged to First National Bank), and apparently now ranks as 5th-highest.



South Valley Locations (West of River, including Pajarito Mesa)


Walt & Hank's drive, Starts near 3901 Martin Rd. SW, with a right turn on Camino del Valle, and another right turn on Isleta Blvd. SW. (Season 4, episode 8, "Hermanos").

Hank surprises Walt with a detour.


The detour segment ends with a view of this fence in the background. This fence caused me some confusion: the fence is fairly-new, so it does appear on Breaking Bad, but does not appear on currently-available Google Earth Street View images.



South Valley Locations (East of River)


The Sniper's Nest, just NE of Cal-Maine Foods, the filming site for Los Pollos Hermanos' distribution center.(Season 4, Episode 9, "Bug"). My nephew surveilles the Chicken Farm from this huge pile of discarded paving.


Mexican Meth Lab (Season 4, Episode 10, "Salud"), Delta Power Co LLC, 725 Electric Ave SE.


That decrepit-looking Mexican meth lab is in the glorious junked-out wonderland of the industrial South Valley.

There is an interesting detail in the way they made up the building for the TV show. The upper floors have a curious, bombed-out look: darkened, maybe with broken windows.

I visited Mexico on a cruise late last year as part of a wedding party. I noticed (particularly while visiting Puerto Vallarta) that there were a considerable number of buildings (typically buildings with sidewalk-level businesses and apartments above) with functional first and second floors, but bombed-out looking third and fourth floors. Why that would be the case, I can’t imagine (I don’t pretend to understand Mexico at all), but it is interesting that the Breaking Bad set people may have detailed this building in the same way, probably to lend that extra air of Mexican authenticity to the location. (Or, maybe that's just the way it looks.)


I heard from Jeremy at the Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour (UBBFT) Finale Party that they had removed the old power plant. Sure enough, on my October 3, 2013 swing past this site, the old power plant is gone, and just the new one remains. Another incremental change to the filming sites of Breaking Bad!


Mexican MASH Unit, about 3301 Second St. SW (Season 4, episode 11, "Crawl Space"; also Season 5, episode 1, "Live Free Or Die"). Across from city limits sign on Second Street.

(35.039705ø, -106.658902ø)

"Six miles from 'Texas'"


I met 'WallDruggie' at Barelas Cafe. We had planned to visit the Mexican field hospital site, but I explained we might have trouble because I had passed by the location and the gate was closed.

Nevertheless, on the return trip, the gate was mysteriously open. So we drove on-site and snapped only just a few photos when Irritated Guys In A Large Cab Pickup Truck Towing A Horse Trailer showed up. I quickly explained what we were doing to Irritated Guy #1, and we were firmly escorted from the property.






Railroad, with highway overpass: Interstate 25 and the Railroad, near the Cal-Maine chicken farm: (34.951118°, -106.672459°)


An AMTRAK train barrels south through the overpass, as seen from near the Isleta Railrunner station.




Michael & Jesse's drive to and from Chicken Ranch. 'To' is on Broadway SE. 'Return' is on Cal-Maine Foods Road. Drive there starts at about 8500 Broadway SE (Season 4, episode 7, "Problem Dog"). Mike laments Jesse's loyalty to Walt.


Southeast Heights Locations

Hospital. The hospital is Gibson Medical Center (formerly Lovelace Hospital), 5400 Gibson Blvd., SE. The interior shots are here too.


Chapel (Season 4, Episode 12, "End Times"). Gus, Jesse and Tyrus meet here.

According to Season 4 DVD commentary on 'End Times', the Chapel is located within Gibson Medical Center, 5400 Gibson Blvd., SE.


The "Tucker! Tucker!" scene (Season 4, Episode 6, "Cornered") was filmed at 1400 San Jose Avenue SE, in the Kirtland Community. That scene was freaky and strange - a real favorite! I love it!


It's probably just a coincidence, but I notice that the UNM Children’s Psychiatric Center is located on Tucker Avenue NE.


Walt's Good-News Parking Lot, South of Sunport and West of University (Season 4, episode 13, "Face Off").

Walt gets good news!

(35.046662ø, -106.631981ø)



Near "Q" Studios

Underpass, Los Picaros Rd. SE at University Blvd. SE (35.008233°, -106.625899°).


Underpass, Los Picaros Rd. SE at University Blvd. SE (35.008233°, -106.625899°).


The action shifts to Tijeras Arroyo (Season 4, Episode 4, "Bullet Points") and the Underpass, where Los Picaros Dr. SE passes under University Blvd. SE. The Underpass can be readily seen at (35.008233°, -106.625899°).


The last scene of Episode 4 appears to also be along Los Picaros Dr. SE, with the camera placed at about (35.011717°, -106.619376°).

The early part of Mike and Jesse's drive (Season 4, Episode 5, "Shotgun") is very close to the location on Los Picaros Dr. SE featured in Episode 4, namely: 35.012633°, -106.617243°.


The ambush scenes with the refrigerated truck (Season 4, Episode 4, "Bullet Points", and Episode 6 "Cornered") appear to be familiar open mesa scenes near Q Studios, on Los Picaros Dr. SE. That place seems to be about (34.986424°, -106.637737°).


Certain landmarks are visible, particularly when they open the truck doors, such as Mt. Taylor, on the horizon to the west.

The refrigerator truck reprise (Season 4, Episode 6, "Cornered") occurred at exactly the same place the other refrigerator truck hit occurred, on Los Picaros Drive, SE.


Jesse Drop-Off Point, La Semilla Rd. SE (or, alternatively, Dragway Rd. SE). (Season 4, episode 12, "End Times").

Power lines and an adjacent rifle range.

(35.011458°, -106.596565°).






Offroading in Tijeras Arroyo

Tijeras Arroyo is a strange place, and has been thoroughly-trashed by the off-road vehicle folks over the years. I can’t imagine why Mike wants to take Jesse down that road, unless he wants someone to accompany him while he watches planes land and take off at the Airport.


Offroader triumphs over a hill.





Oh, I want to be on that hill over there!


View of University Blvd., with Rattlesnake Sculpture in the median.


The viper of University Blvd.!


Desecration of the natural environment, by dirt bike. The erosion potential of these steep slopes cannot be overstated!



Natural Beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico's Rio Grande Valley.

I'm heartily sick of the way the subtle natural beauty of the desert is being ruined by the offroaders. All these deserts are precious natural inheritances! Just look!

Four wing saltbush (Atriplex canescens), and a yucca.

The yucca is New Mexico's state flower. There are a couple of species. This is likely Fine-leaf Yucca, or Yucca angustissma.


A yucca.

The yucca is New Mexico's state flower. There are a couple of species. This is likely Fine-leaf Yucca, or Yucca angustissma.


Purple aster.


A juniper (Juniperus monosperma).

I'm surprised to see this juniper here. This is the extreme lower end of its range, due to the low rainfall, and the only reason it survives here is because it's on a cooler, wetter north-facing slope.


Winter-fat (Eurotia lanata). High forage value for sheep!


On 7/21/14, during the summer monsoon season, and a few miles further south, I took another hike:

Patch of unusual bushes on north-facing slope.
Juniper on a north-facing slope.
Some strange-looking beetle/cicada.
Close-up of that unusual bush.
Many of these arroyos have protected banks that fill up with tumbleweeds (Salsola kali) that get blown in. These things are fire traps!
Gus Fring drives past this  small stock tank at the beginning of the 'Sunset' scenes in "Breaking Bad".  The disaggregated tank in the distant background was not shown.  Historic Google Earth imagery shows the distant tank had a top until fairly-recently. Sacred Datura (Datura meteloides) clusters around the base of the stock tank.
Descending towards the Rio Grande, along an arroyo, here are more junipers.
Purple nightshade.
Spectacle pod? (Dithyrea)
Goldenweed, or Yellow Daisy (Aploppapus gracilis).
Spectacle pod?
Looks like Hymenoxys on the pipeline road.
Hymenoxys; aka Actinea; Perky Sue (Hymenoys argentea).


"Q" Studios

Motel Room (Season 4, Episode 2, "Thirty Eight Snub"). Supernatural's Bobby Singer.

According to Season 4 DVD commentary for "Thirty Eight Snub", this set was located at Q Studios.


New Beneke Office, Likely "Q" Studios (Season 4, episode 10, "Salud").

Unusual red feature surrounding building is present at "Q" Studios.


Interrogation Room (Season 4, Episode 13, "Face Off"). Jesse calls for Saul's help. In the series, this place is portrayed as the Bernalillo County Courthouse. According to Assistant Locations manager Alex Gianopoulos, this site was at the studio.



The Big I, and (mostly industrial) I-25 Corridor, North


Auto accident, Girard Blvd. & Los Arboles NE, (Season 4, Episode 11, "Crawl Space", Walt's crash judgment.


I could tell they had shifted location from near the laundry – safety in mind, primarily, since Candelaria Blvd. is quite a busy street - but I didn’t know where, and I knew they shouldn’t have moved very far away, in order to keep fidelity with the neighborhood. This location works!


White, Many-Windowed Building, Approximately 3421 Pan American Freeway NE (Season 4, episode 13, "Face Off"). Saul and Walt chit-chat here.


What an interesting looking place! What was its purpose?

This is where my dad might have helped. When he was a kid, in the 30's, he used to live in Hahn, NM, which was swallowed by ABQ as it grew (Google Earth points to Griegos Rd. & the railroad as the neighborhood of Hahn). This hall could have served that area. But alas, my dad passed away two years ago, so no questions.

"WallDruggie" talked to someone who worked nearby who said it used to be a girl's school. That is plausible, but there may have been other purposes as well.


North side.


Well-assembled concrete and rock retaining walls (e.g., supporting tree base) show loving construction.


North side.


Front side.


South side.


Well-made concrete-and-rock foundations to support wooden picket fences (since collapsed).


Fire pit on south side.


Windows seem to display solid bars, making escape from upper floors difficult, if not impossible.


Back side of building, on east side, displays label: "Book Alliance Program". It may be that even as the rest of the building was abandoned, that some function lingered on in this anteroom.


Interior of lower floor, showing fireplace.


Interior of lower floor, showing living space and kitchen. Electricity was available here. It couldn't have been abandoned THAT long ago.


Modern-day Juvenile Reintegration facility sprawls to the west of this building. Shown is a recreational area with basketball hoops, surrounded by tall banks of razor wire.


Return visit on September 28, 2013. North side.











Interestingly, a side door had been kicked in, so my nephew Aaron and I went inside to visit.











Upstairs, in what might have once been a girl's school.














My nephew Aaron, as Saul Goodman.


"Casa Tranquila" Nursing Home, Valle Norte Caring Center, 8820 Horizon Blvd. NE.

The Cousins interview Tio Hector Salamanca (Season 3, episode 2, "Caballo sin Nombre"). Gus and Tio Hector Salamanca meet to talk about old times (Season 4, episode 8, "Hermanos"; Season 4, episode 11 "Crawl Space"). Gus & Hector meet one last time (Season 4, episode 13, "Face Off"). This facility is rapidly being renovated for some other purpose.


This facility is rapidly being renovated for some other purpose.





"Armed Response". Sounds serious. Then again, more people than you realize may be armed, so it might just be a tedious daily occurrence. In any event, if I'm looking for loose copper, I probably won't try here first.


The former Valle Norte Caring Center, 8820 Horizon Blvd. NE, after the renovation.


Entered our hearts as Casa Tranquila.


The front door was sealed and a new front door was created - for The Medical Resort, Fiesta Park.


Inside The Medical Resort, Fiesta Park.


Inside The Medical Resort, Fiesta Park.


Inside The Medical Resort, Fiesta Park.



North Valley Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)


Corrales Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)


Rio Rancho Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)


Northwest Albuquerque

(no new sites offered with this update)


West Mesa Locations (except Pajarito Mesa)


(Season 4, Episode 1, "Boxcutter") Time lapse of ABQ at night. The Interstate-40 Bridge over the Rio Grande, looking east.

The view on "Breaking Bad" is much closer to the bridge than this one. There is a walkway down to the river, but it was gated and locked when I made my visit.

The bridge has been remodeled in recent years. Around 1973, I remember disobeying the posted signs and crossing the bridge on foot as semi-trucks roared by. I discovered that the bridge actually bounces a few inches as the semi-trucks pass. I hope that this nauseating and disorienting bounciness has been removed from the remodeled bridge.


Left: (July 27, 2010) I was fortunate enough to get a picture of the gas station on Nine Mile Hill used for Dead Drop #3 (Season 4, Episode 5, "Shotgun") before it burned down, and before it was used in a time-lapse sequence on "Breaking Bad" (accompanied by Ana Tijoux's excellent music, entitled "1977").


I returned to the gas station on October 9, 2012. All gone, but for the concrete!


Left: When I was young, it was a special treat to descend from the west into Albuquerque from Nine Mile Hill on Historic Route 66. At night, with all the city lights blazing, this view was (and likely still is) spectacular!



Southwest Albuquerque

(no new locations offered in this update)


Sandia And Manzano Mountain Locations

For the roadside stop - "You are NOT the guy!" - (Season 4, Episode 5, "Shotgun"), that location is likely Coyote Springs Rd. SE, somewhere close to this location: (35.041702°, -106.453010°).


To'hajiilee Locations

(no new locations offered in this update)


Cabezon Locations

(no new locations offered in this update)


Locations Near Los Lunas And Belen


That windmill place (Season 4, Episode 4, "Shotgun")! There are several possible candidates south of Q Studios, but my favorite candidate is just back from the edge of the East Mesa, directly east of Los Lunas: (34.804438°,-106.658829°).


It looks like they may have built an extra access road earlier in 2011 (since it doesn't show up on Google Earth), probably just for this shot! Alternatively, maybe they used cgi - computer graphics - rather than actually building a road. Building a road seems like an expensive thing to do, unless the property owner had already made that investment earlier this year.


Unfortunately, I can't seem to get any closer to the windmill than Meadow Lake Road without trespassing. Frustrating!



Locations Near San Ysidro, Santa Ana, San Felipe & Zia

(no new locations offered in this update)


Bernalillo/Placitas Locations


The swimming pool at La Hacienda de Placitas. (See Hacienda de Placitas section, at top of this post).


One of the most interesting sites in the entire TV series (Season 4, Episode 8 "Hermanos" and Episode 10 "Salud") was Don Eladio's Mexican Hacienda, with pool. That kind of hillside, with a look like it belongs to the Upper Sonoran vegetative zone, is more common in the Santa Fe area than Albuquerque. My guess was that it was located somewhere in the newer neighborhoods that have become established between Bernalillo and Placitas, along Highway 165, in the approximate general location of 35.307637°, -106.454509°.

Confirmation came later in an unexpected E-Mail:

Roger wrote:
Thanks for providing the BB locations. Your location for the pool scene is correct. It is an old bed and breakfast called Hacienda de Placitas. I pass by it every day going to and from work. They were there earlier this year for several days at least. -Roger
Thank you very much, Roger! I couldn’t read the business sign off of Google Earth. Having a name helps immensely!


Hacienda de Placitas Inn and Gallery, 491 Highway 165, Placitas, NM 87043.



Santa Fe & Lamy Locations  

(no new locations offered in this update)


More Distant Locations

Skyler's flight to Four Corners (Season 4, Episode 6, "Cornered") represents the first time the main action of the show has left the state of New Mexico. Characteristically, that flight was very tentative, leaving the state by only a few feet. Nevertheless, it is the perfect place for a quandary!