Saturday, July 27, 2019

Kristen Wiig in MacGruber

Checking out Albuquerque-based movies, I stumbled across this comedic scene, starring Kristen Wiig. Funny!

Eggs, And A Story

I bought the fancy eggs. I also get a story:

"Take a second, close your eyes and picture the perfect pasture. Go on now. Did you see lush fields of grass? Wide-open spaces? Happy hens pecking and playing and dust bathing? Beautiful, right?"

Yup, want those eggs....

Reflecting on George Dawson

I wondered what had ever happened to my Ph.D. advisor, George Dawson, and found that he had passed away:
George Albert Dawson age 76, passed away in New Zealand on November 4, 2011 of heart disease after a valiant battle with Alzheimers. He was born in 1934 in Newcastle, England to George and Elizabeth Dawson and had one sibling, Celia, who predeceased him by less than a month. ... George was passionate about science, physics and chemistry (atmospheric physics and lightning especially). He was a gifted teacher and researcher and influenced the lives and careers of many young people. He taught at Keele University (England), Cal Berkeley and the University of Arizona for many years, where he became a Professor Emeritus. George loved to travel and divided his time between Arizona, Hawaii and New Zealand. He enjoyed participating in sports (soccer, golf and badminton), loved hiking and the outdoors (except gardening). He loved music, animals, antiques and collecting and repairing French clocks and musical instruments. He was a gentle soul and forever an optimist.
I find it difficult to think of him suffering from Alzheimers. That is just wrong. People are so fragile.

Friday, July 26, 2019

RTAA - "Angels in America" - Final Bows and Strike - July 21, 2019

California State Fair 2019 - Second Visit

Considering Surgery

About two years ago, I developed an umbicular hernia, and I've noticed it's changing more rapidly than ever now. I used to be an "innie," but I'm a super "outie" now.

Talked to a surgeon about surgery. I don't want to do it in the summer. Autumn approaches, and, who knows, maybe then?

I'm The One Who Knocks

Michael loves playing with his picture of me.

For example, this one.

Jasper and Ladybug

Jasper has a crush on Ladybug, a small Dachsund living in a second-floor apartment and the end of the alley. They are so cute, and sometimes late at night they even meet (chaperoned, of course).

Jasper and Ladybug
Sitting In a Tree

Buried Treasure

Talked briefly to the crew digging a big hole at the corner of 24th & Castro in Curtis Park. Apparently there was a gas station at that corner in the 50s and 60s, long before I moved to the neighborhood, and the crew was there to remove the Underground Storage Tanks.

"I thought you were there digging up buried treasure," I said. They chuckled, and said, "No, we never see any buried treasure. Like, never. Ever."

MacGruber (2010)

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Last updated: July 26, 2019

Comedy spoof of action thrillers. A special operative is called out of retirement to foil a villain who plans to nuke Washington DC. Starring Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte,Will Forte, Val Kilmer, Dalip Singh, Powers Boothe, Rhys Coiro. Filming locations: Albuquerque, El Rancho de las Golondrinas (La Cienega), To’hajiilee, Zia Pueblo.

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Eastern Siberia - Gypsum mines - Approximately (35.537126°, -106.800236°)

Intro credits - looks like Railyards

Ecuador, church.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas

Japanese temple?

Pueblo, Colorado?

Control room - looks like Annex

Parking garage - C-4

Exit onto 5th St. from Bank of Albuquerque building, just north of Copper

Pierre, SD - Gym - Fit NHB, 110 Lomas Blvd. NE

Tut Beemer ( 35.090235°, -106.647840°) - just south of Lomas on 2nd

Parking lot of FIT?


Shooting Range (35.138723°, -106.838336°)

Car repair

Fancy house - 3205....

Cunth's Compound - Algodones Power Plant

Exploding Van - Double Eagle Airport

Civic Plaza Fountain

Las Vegas stock footage

DVC - Isleta Casino?

Art studio

Trailer by the bridge by the river - probably Corrales bridge

Gold Street Caffe

Speedy Triscreen Van -

Alley - Behind Library Bar - Hoss' Car (35.083872°, -106.651105°)

Rail Yards (35.074128°, -106.650104°)

Salt Lake City party -

Roadside stop

Fancy house again, Cemetery (Roosevelt Park?) Burning Car

Country Trails

Algodones Power Plant

Japanese Temple looking place


Thursday, July 25, 2019

Speechless (1994)

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Romantic Comedy. Political speechwriters on opposing sides fall in love. Starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Christopher Reeve, Bonnie Bedelia, Ernie Hudson, Charles Martin Smith, Gailard Sartain, Ray Baker, Mitchell Ryan, Harry Shearer, Steve Wright. Filming locations: Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, San Jose, Santa Fe.

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Hotel Ballroom

Castaneda Hotel, 524 Railroad Ave, Las Vegas, NM

Dining Room - Bernice's Cafe

The Ditch

Drive/ Nighttime Vista/ More Driving

Campaign HQ - SE Corner of Las Vegas Plaza

Highway - on way to San Jose, NM

San Jose, NM, church






Las Vegas, NM, Plaza

Train Car

On the road

Train trip


Steep-walled valley - Motel room

Big theater - pic of Shiprock

Campaign HQ

Plaza with fountain. Santa Fe? Las Vegas? Old Town Plaza in ABQ

Driving NW of ABQ

Cliffside house

Mexican Bar

TV Studio/ Yellow bars

Cow corral

Rodeo Nites Bar

Campaign rally

Hotel El Dorado, 309 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Shot Caller (2016)

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Crime drama. Gang violence, set in Southern California. Written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh; starring Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Omari Hardwick, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jeffrey Donovan, Benjamin Bratt, and Jessy Schram. Filming locations: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Zia Pueblo.

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Prison - NM State Pen

Roadrunner - S. Valley?

ABQ Train Station

Parking Lot

ABQ Street

Shots fired House - 211 14th St. NW

Party House -

Bus stop - SoCal


314 16th St. SW - the 'Man With Icy Eyes' murder house -


Drive and Accident - just south of Central & 3rd St.

LA views


Motel: University Lodge, 3711 Central Ave. NE. Room 13.

Lolas Flower Shops (LA)


Restaurant - Lindy's Restaurant, 5th & Central Ave. SW

Right behind Lindy's.

6th St., half a block south of Central, with LA skyline, and with graffiti gone (I have more pictures of this place)

Prison gate

House - 324 13th St. NW.

Restaurant - Gold Street Caffe, 218 Gold Avenue SW

Alley behind the Launchpad.

Looks like the Launchpad and/or the El Rey Theater

El Rey Theater.


Freeway overpass

El Modelo Mexican Foods, 1715 2nd St. SW

University Lodge, w. Palm Trees and an LA cityscape

Behind University Lodge, on Copper, midblock.

Taxi to barbershop - Los Compadres Restaurant on Central Ave. near River


Prison - Cages

Shopping plaza - Bob's Burgers, 1690 Rio Bravo Blvd. SW.

RAKS Building Supply (which one) probably Rio Bravo.


House - Queen Anne home.... 615 Walter St. SE.

Convenience market - M & M, 425 Locust St. SE

Abandoned car wash

Storage units





Playing field at UNM