Saturday, August 17, 2019

American Waitress: New Mexico (2002)

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Last updated: March 3, 2020

Documentary shot around Albuquerque and Santa Fe, featuring waitresses Lilian Beams, Sonya Fairbanks, Sherry McElwain, and Karen Webb.

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(Many of the restaurant and business locations are gone now, so the map is rather conservative on posting sites, in order to avoid making mistakes.)

Garcia's Kitchen, 1113 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Route 66 Diner, 1405 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM.

Compound Restaurant, Santa Fe

The Cowgirl Restaurant

Duke City Diner / 1915 Menaul Blvd. NE ????

Medusa Salon, 107 Washington SE /

Farmer's Market / (which one?) ???

Sonya Fairbanks

The Plaza Restaurant / ???

.... Karen Webb - Santa Fe?

Hooters ABQ / (There are two - which one?)


Various homes

Hawaiian Restaurant / ????

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Restaurant /

Due Corvi Pizzeria / ????

Tulips / ???

Saigon Cafe /

near a Harley Davidson's sales store

1508, Mika's


Ranchers Club of New Mexico

Duke City Diner / ???

Metalworking Studio

Big Cross

Kelly's / Presumably Kelly's Bar in ABQ

Pranzo Italian Grill

Frontier Restaurant

Independent Inc. Tatoo Shop / ???

Mika's Cycle Shop / 1508 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe Community College /

Blewin Gallery /

Aston Gallery /

La Cocinita /

Friday, August 16, 2019

Frank (2014)

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Last updated: March 13, 2020

Comedy Drama. A young musician joins an eccentric band. Filmed in Ireland, Texas, and Albuquerque. Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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English town


New Mexico:

On Highway 60 (34.432895°, -106.535061°)

View of mountains (34.431250°, -106.562614°)

East Highway 60 sign (34.425743°, -106.658098°)

Turnoff (34.424454°, -106.679744°)

Spreading Ashes ( 34.409493°, -106.678313°)

Big-I 35.105975°-106.630471°

SB I-25 (35.088210°, -106.635908°)

4th & Central

Countdown to SXSW gig - ABQ Convention Center

Kap's Coffee Shop & Diner - 5801 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Warm-up gig

Hotel room

Ritz hotel

Hotel - Parq?

Walk down Central



Doubletree Hotel - 201 Marquette Ave. NW

Central & 2nd - View of Mural

2nd St.

SXSW Theater - Launchpad?

French Quarter Motel, 9317 Central Ave. NW


Lam's Chinese Restaurant, 2124 Central Ave SW

Westbound I-40 Frontage Rd. - 35.105554°, -106.639421°

The Madrid Lounge

Overpass and Exit from Freeway - Appears to be I-40 and Highway 41 exit at Moriarty (35.007473°, -106.045520°)

Magnum Steel Sign - I-40 near Moriarty ( 35.019266°, -106.084182°)

Moriarty-area road

Remote House

Bluff City , KS - Looks like Albuquerque - 7704 Harwood Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM, USA - John passes by this house.

7715 ..... 7715 Harwood Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Telephone pole road

View of RR & Highway 60 - Can't quite make it work.

El Madrid

Walking south on 1st St.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

My Videos of DMTC's 2019 Teen Cabaret - August 11, 2019

A video of the entire show, plus videos for each song.

Entire Show


"Another Openin' (Kiss Me Kate)

"Friend Like Me" (Aladdin Jr.)

"Aquarius" (Hair)

"Little Girls" (Annie)

"Always Look on the Bright Side" (Spamalot)

"Happiness" (You're a Good Man Charlie Brown)

"When You're an Addams" (The Addams Family)

"As We Stumble Along" (The Drowsy Chaperone)

"Putting On The Ritz" (Young Frankenstein)

Together Wherever We Go" (Gypsy)

"Interjections" (School House Rock)

"Thank You For the Music" (Mamma Mia); Bows and Thanks

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Posted Four Years Ago, But Always Welcome

Jafar and Gaston and Darth Vader and Aladdin....

The Rainbow Bridge

While I was waiting yesterday evening with Blue the Dog in my vehicle in the driveway of VCA Mueller Veterinary Hospital, I started talking to a woman who was also waiting with her dog in her vehicle. Her dog appeared to be paralyzed. "Aren't dogs wonderful?" she said. "They love you so. I've had my son's dog for a lot of years now. This dog saw me through the alcoholism years, and so many other things. He's blind and deaf now, and isn't much company, but I love him so. The end is probably coming soon, and I'm trying to find the strength for that time."

I talked about putting down Bella the Dog in 2016, and the joy these days of having Jasper, a young dog. I suggested she think about a young dog when the time came.

Hospital staff came and took her dog in.

About an hour later, I saw her leave the hospital. She was stricken, choked with tears, and couldn't speak. The hammer had fallen so fast.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Hard To Find An Emergency Vet on Sunday Evening in Sacramento

Still peeved about last night. Friends Gabe and Eleanor went to Los Angeles again this last weekend, and again I was tapped to dogsit for their pets, Blue and Molly. They live in the general neighborhood of Florin and Highway 99 in South Sacramento.

On Sunday evening, we had just returned from a walk around the neighborhood. I let the dogs out into the back yard. The dogs ran to the north fence to bark at people on the other side - people transiting the pedestrian walkway that crosses over Highway 99, just like they've done a million times before. Except, this time, Blue returned with a limp. A pad on her right front foot had been sliced off entirely and the webbing between her little toe and the rest of the foot had been severed. And blood. Lots and lots of blood!

(Our working theory is that there was glass embedded somewhere in the back yard. A wannabe burglar had shattered a bedroom window just last month before being scared off by the alarm. Despite Gabe's cleanup, it's conceivable some glass remained undetected in the yard, and that's what Blue hit. We still haven't found the hazard.)

I called Gabe in LA. He suggested going to VCA Mueller Hospital, near Meadowview and Freeport. Several miles away. Quite a distance I thought, given the amount of bleeding occurring, but no places closer were bound to open on a Sunday evening, so I went.

Most VCA veterinary hospitals advertise that they are open 24 hours. This may be technically true, but it doesn't mean that they can accommodate you. I waited 1.5 hours for the emergency vet at VCA Mueller, only to learn that the vet had gone into surgery and wouldn't be available for 2 or 3 hours.

I had to find another vet. But you couldn't rely on the advertising. If 15 or 20 vets are advertising 24/7 services, how do you find the 1 or 2 places that are actually open? I had a bleeding dog. I didn't have time to call all the hospitals. The vet staff at Mueller said they'd help, but there was a shift change - they got distracted and stopped helping. An animal can bleed to death in the meantime. I threw up my hands and chose to go UC Davis, far from South Sacramento. The veterinary school there was staffed with vet students. More importantly, because they were located in a public university, I could count on the UC Davis vet hospital actually being open on a Sunday evening, unlike the privately-held VCA hospitals.

Later, I learned there there are apparently a few Sacramento-area vets open on a Sunday evening: maybe ones in Roseville, Rancho Cardova, and Folsom, on the far northern or eastern fringes of the Sacramento metropolitan area, where disposable incomes are higher and life is easier. We were in South Sacramento, where there was just one overworked vet in hours-long surgery, and thus unavailable to anyone. (And of course that applies to Elk Grove, Sacramento, and North Sacramento too. Close to a million people, and just one overworked vet.)

Finally, about 9 p.m., 3 hours after the bloodletting had started, Blue finally started getting medical care. She was released about 10:30 p.m., with a bandaged leg, some pain meds, and a Cone of Shame.

Evil Afoot

More frightening than any horror movie:

Posing for this photograph, the Trumps remove any last doubt about their dead-eyed cruelty and transactional view of life. Smiling emptily above this wounded little boy, whose life was shattered before he could take his first step, the president and his wife call to mind those famous safari photos taken by Trump’s sons, Eric and Don Jr. — in which they, like their father, smile brightly over the victims of their own heedless cruelty and violence. To Donald Trump, this baby is little more than a hunting trophy in his own brutal race war (which explains his triumphant thumbs up).

Injured, confused, squirming away from Melania’s brittle embrace, and straining toward what’s left of his family, Baby Paul now stands in for all the children — indeed, all human beings — who, like him, have been harmed and are being held against their will by a white supremacist president.

Don't Dally At The Hospital

I saw this sticker today in the Sutter Hospital parking garage, and posted it in the "Useless, Unsuccessful, and/or Unpopular Signage" Facebook Group with the comment: "Don't dally at the hospital." It turns out to be a very popular post: so far, 24 shares and 623 views. Apparently it was a well-recognized meme for people nostalgic for the 2007-2012 Internet - "Charlie the Unicorn." Who knew?