Saturday, February 09, 2019

RIP, Sean East

Sean, the ultimate fan (June 2016 photo by James Gelet).

Sitting at the Schweikart Table, starting at left, with Sean East, Marc Valdez, Donnakay Ohmburger, Angie Stewart, Shawna Martinez, and James Gelet.

Friday, February 08, 2019

RIP, John Dingell

Arguably the best Congressman who ever lived:
He stayed for more than 59 years—the longest tenure in congressional history. Dingell would see the Red Scare of the 1950s, the golden age of civil-rights legislation, and the end of the Cold War. He would vote for the passage of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act, pushing toward his father’s goal of universal health care. And Dingell would serve with—but never, he would insist, under—11 presidents.

“Dingell has had a hand—a hugely constructive hand—in nearly every major advance in social policy over the past five-plus decades, including civil and voting rights, health, and the environment,” the congressional scholar Norm Ornstein wrote in The Atlantic when Dingell retired in 2015.

In The Ashes of Paradise


While the rest of the world saw the scorched aftermath of the most destructive wildfire in California's history, artist Shane Grammer saw an empty canvas on which to create beauty and, perhaps, hope.
A creative director for theme parks, the former graffiti artist recently spent a week in Paradise, the town devastated by last year's Camp Fire. While there, he painted murals on the remnants of abandoned houses and burned-out cars, offering a haunting tribute to a community that has lost almost everything.

Designated Survivor

The things they don't tell you:

RICHMOND, Va. — Explaining that he had no idea he was even in the line of succession to become the leader of the Commonwealth, Frank Donahue, the State Capitol’s head janitor, arrived at work to discover that he was now Virginia’s governor, sources confirmed Thursday.

“This is all a shock to me,” Donahue remarked. Despite having spent the past seven years making sure the bathrooms outside of the Senate Chamber are clean, he is now poised to become the state’s governor due to his noticeably clean background.

525,600 Spinoffs


Good On Her!

Border Charade:
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered the majority of National Guard troops deployed at her state's Southern border to withdraw, condemning what she called a "charade of border fear-mongering" by President Trump, who has warned of an immigration emergency in the region.

"I reject the federal contention that there exists an overwhelming national security crisis at the Southern border," Lujan Grisham said, adding that the area has "some of the safest communities in the country."

The governor's order covers most of New Mexico's deployed troops, along with Guard members who have traveled from Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Wisconsin. In all, 118 National Guard troops have been deployed in New Mexico, the governor's office said.

And her ad!:

That Dew You Do

Insect Macrophotography at the time of morning dew by German photographer Martin Mah.

Patron Saint of Shade

A Ditty About Two Dogs

(Overheard ditty sung by student at Deterding Elementary School about two friends, Max and Jasper)

Max and Jasper, sitting in a tree

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Woodland Opera House

First Snow (2006)

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Last updated May 30, 2019.

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Drama thriller. A psychic reading leads a man along a path of paranoia and mistrust. Starring Guy Pearce, J.K. Simmons, Piper Perabo, William Fichtner, Shea Whigham, Rick Gonzales, Jackie Burroughs, J.K. Simmons, and Portia Dawson. Filming locations: Albuquerque, Bosque Farms, and Moriarty.

Notes on Individual Scenes

Kids at play - northern edge of Rail Yards. A notable building towards the northwest corner of the Railyards.

Longhorn Ranch Motel - between Moriarty and Clines Corners - (35.00559, -105.91552)

The Dog House, 1216 Central Ave. SW.

Bar - Maybe Louie's Pub and Grill, 5603 Menaul Blvd. NE, but not sure.

Louie's Pub and Grill, 5603 Menaul Blvd. NE.

Place with Fans - Just west of Iron Ave. and Broadway Blvd. SE (35.07859, -106.6464). Also the location for the business meetings.

Medical Clinic


Old Town, Patio Market.

Green Mesa Trail and Pawnee Creek Trail NE (35.19362, -106.56369)

Long shot of the Big-I, Intersection of I-40 & I-25.

Mesas - Possibly road to Jemez Dam.

Street Cafe - 3513 Central Ave. NE - What is now Moxi's Hair Salon

Nob Hill Shopping Center

Cafe - Formerly Milton's Coffee Shop, and what is currently the Whole Hog Cafe, 725 Central Ave. NE.

Neighborhood and house - 804

Central at I-25


Street with Blakes and K-Mart - NM State Police, 2501 Carlisle Blvd. NE.

Valley House - Mrs. McClure

Parking for Frontier Restaurant (not entirely clear where, though - murals may be different today - but probably adjacent to Frontier Restaurant.)

Nob Hill Shopping Center.

Roadside buildings - one under construction

"Abiquiu Lake"


Gas Station

Exit 257 - Budaghers Exit from I-25.

Desert Sands Motel, Albuquerque, 5000 Central Avenue SE (now, sadly, gone...).

Desert Sands Motel, Albuquerque, 5000 Central Avenue SE.

Something spooky there.

Rail Yards





Taos House

Hurricane-Harvey Levels of Rain in Northern Queensland

Just outrageous amounts of rain:

Poor Townsville....

Trump Stuff

Of course:
MT. OLYMPUS (The Borowitz Report)—Partially confirming Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s theory of divine intervention in the 2016 election, Eris, the Greek goddess of chaos, discord, and strife, revealed on Friday that she had wanted Donald J. Trump to be President.

Speaking from her temple on Mt. Olympus, the usually reclusive deity said that Trump was “far and away” her first choice to be President in 2016.

“I’d been following his career for years,” the goddess of disorder and ruin said. “The bankruptcies, the business failures. There was a lot for me to love.”

Straight-up racism. That’s the modern GOP in power:
The situation in Texas is a mess. But it is a dangerous mess. Paxton, a notorious foe of voting rights, is creating chaos and confusion in order to justify a radical purge of Texas’ voter rolls. As three new lawsuits filed by an array of civil rights groups argue, this purge isn’t just slapdash and sloppy—it’s discriminatory and illegal. Paxton and his allies are taking a page from Kris Kobach’s playbook of shock and awe: Toss out a wildly inflated claim of non-citizen voting, then use the ensuing panic to justify mass disenfranchisement. It is a dirty and duplicitous tactic. And thanks to America’s increasingly conservative judiciary, it might actually succeed.

Texas’ voter fraud pandemonium is actually a combination of Kobach’s two favorite moves: creating dubious lists of allegedly fraudulent voters to disenfranchise, and forcing people to prove citizenship in order to cast a ballot. Whitley’s purge list was created using a profoundly flawed method: His office identified individuals who presented documents indicating that they were not citizens when obtaining or renewing driver’s licenses, using Department of Public Safety records dating back to 1996. It then cross-referenced this list with voter rolls to come up with the numbers Paxton quoted—95,000 aliens registered to vote, 58,000 of whom have cast a ballot.

This methodology has a massive flaw: More than 50,000 Texas residents are naturalized each year, and when they become citizens, they are not obligated to inform the Department of Public Safety. It is therefore extremely likely that many if not all of the individuals whom Whitley flagged have become U.S. citizens and are perfectly lawful Texas voters.

Employee of the Month (2006)

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Club Super - Costco, 1420 N Renaissance Blvd NE, Albuquerque.

Ragle Park, 2530 W. Zia Rd., Santa Fe, NM

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Elvis Has Left The Building (2004)

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Last updated: March 13, 2020.

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Starring Kim Basinger and John Corbett. Romantic comedy involving a woman on the run from the FBI and numerous Elvis impersonators. Filmed in Albuquerque and Las Vegas Nevada.

Notes on Individual Scenes

Airport University Inn, 1901 University Blvd SE.

Pink Lady - 1603

Elvis Grave Site (Kit Carson Park?)

Hyatt Regency Hotel, north side, on Tijeras NW.

Probably rain-wet Central Ave. on Nine-Mile Hill.

Adobe Manor Hotel, 7412 Central Ave. SW.

Gas station that resided where Peerless Tires is now.

The Dog House, 1216 Central Ave. SW.

King Mart - 1200 Yale Blvd. SE. (The cars escaping onto the street are likely somewhere else.)

Highway 66? - Tijeras Canyon? Behind the Sandias?

Babette's Garage

Miles Taylor Agency

Arrow Automotive

Dennis Chaves Blvd. (35.024553°, -106.766040°)

El Lobo Hotel - Hotel Albuquerque, near Bellamah and Rio Grande Blvd. NW.

Hotel 2

Power lines (looks like on Central Ave.)

Car Lot

ECS Copy Center, 2300B ....

Ben Michael's Restaurant, 2404 Pueblo Bonito Ct. NW

Los Picaros Road, east of University Blvd. SE in Tijeras Arroyo.

Pink Lady Warehouse - Unresolved

Garden Party

Burritos Alinstante, 2101 Broadway Blvd. SW.

Burritos Alinstante, 2101 Broadway Blvd. SW.

BBQ Place, Grandma's K&I Diner, 2500 Broadway Blvd. SE

Nine Mile Hill (35.065386°, -106.774914°)

Ponderosa Eatery & Saloon, 10676 S. HWY 14/337, Tijeras, NM 87059 (South of Tijeras, NM).


Rain-slicked road - Central Ave.?

Fiberglass Design

Holiday Motel

House - 1415 Park Ave. SW.

Fiesta Off The Strip Hotel - Maybe Hotel Albuquerque