Thursday, November 07, 2019

Left for Dead (2014)

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Last updated: March 11, 2020

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Notes on Individual Scenes

Rio Grande River bosque - not sure where (Probably Rio Bravo Bridge)

Hotel room


Strip club - likely that BCS place at MacLeod & Jefferson

House in wooded valley


Lexi beating - Paved walkway, probably near river (35.069207°, -106.656860°)

Mr. Ramirez

Silky Gunn

brief view of mural

Bench 35.070541°, -106.657863°

Strip club


Wooded valley

Karate studio

Back yard

Mystery hilltop - thinking NW side of UNM Golf Course

Credits: Fantasy World Albuquerque - BCS Club

Thanks to: The Oasis Desert Bistro, 4940 Corrales Rd
Village Plaza Center
Corrales, NM 87048

Filmed in ABQ and Santa Fe

Monday, November 04, 2019

Before We Say Goodbye (2010)

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Last updated: November 4, 2019

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Church en Mexico

Basilica in Mexico City

Mural of locomotive in ABQ, Bud's Saloon - The Mother Road, Fruits of Expression, and With No Past We Have No Future


Antonia's house

Presbyterian Hospital exterior (but which one?)

View of Plaza Gifts and Moxi in Old Town.

Mexico City

La comida sabrosa




Presbyterian Hospital - Main

North side of Old Town Plaza bench, in front of convent

More modern church

SE Corner of Old Town Plaza

Dumpster area

Amacuzac, MX

Basilica in Mexico City

Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe - Indian jewelry

Restaurant in Santa Fe - NYC theme


Big Hotel/ Resort -


View of Residence Inn by Marriott Albuquerque Airport - Hotel
2301 International Ave
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Pump N Save.....


Downs at Albuquerque


Old Town Plaza

Zimmerman Library

Hotel Resort again

Base of the Tramway


Airport in Mexico City

Basilica in Mexico City

La Comida Sabrosa

School performance

Place in Mexico

ABQ Sunport

Cemetery - behind Manzanos?

Church in Mexico?


Basilica of Guadalupe & San Mateo Church of Puente de Ixtla

Smiling Faces Restaurant - Mexican restaurant
331 S Grand Ave
Las Vegas, NM 87701

New York Deli of Santa Fe

New York Deli - Deli
420 Catron St
Santa Fe, NM 87501

New York Deli - Deli
4056 Cerrillos Rd
Santa Fe, NM 87507

(I will guess that the Catron address is correct, and not the Cerrillos Rd. location )

Filmed in ABQ, Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Espanola, UNM, NM Highlands University, ABQ Downs, Village of San Gernonimo

Ball Park

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Calvinist Dog Knows ‘No One Is A Good Boy’

An idle nose is the Devil’s workshop:
SEATTLE, WA—Responding to his owner Matt affectionately calling him a “good boy” for fetching a stick, local Calvinist canine Rupert reportedly reminded him that “according to the Scriptures, nobody is a good boy.”

“We’ve been over this, Matt. We’re all corrupted—every one of us,” Rupert reportedly said to his owner after stopping mid-stride to address the glaring theological error. “How can you call me a good boy when we have all been marred by the effects of sin?”

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Haven't Listened to EDM For Awhile

Few do it better than Sylvia Tosun.

Fighting to Preserve Chaco Canyon

Uphill fight against the oil and gas bastards:
Protecting Chaco—despite the show of support from the House—will be a fight. The bill still has to survive a Republican-held Senate and then somehow land the signature of President Donald Trump, whose approach thus far has been to strip protections from public lands and extract every last ounce of natural resources—unless the land is near a place Trump needs votes for the 2020 election. Chaco, located in a solidly blue state, is not.

Myself, I'm the Same Person I Was At 14

The study begins with data from a 1950 survey of 1,208 14-year-olds in Scotland. ...

This time, aged 77 years old, the participants rated themselves on the six personality traits, and also nominated a close friend or relative to do the same. Overall, there was not much overlap from the questionnaires taken 63 years earlier. “Correlations suggested no significant stability of any of the 6 characteristics or their underlying factor, dependability, over the 63-year interval,” wrote the researchers. “We hypothesized that we would find evidence of personality stability over an even longer period of 63 years, but our correlations did not support this hypothesis,” they later added.

A Few Photos Before and After "Gypsy" at UCC - November 3, 2019

Utterly Tone-Deaf Advice From PG&E

Remember, food banks lost their power too, and all their perishable food:
Noyes: "What do you say to people who just can't afford to restock their fridges and are losing all this food they've had in their households after these shut offs?"

Johnson: "These events can be hard on people, really hard on people, particularly people who have struggles anyways and there are community-based things you can do, food banks, these kind of things. But for us, you know the main thing is we didn't cause any fires, we didn't, for these people we didn't burn down any houses, the Kincade fire is still under investigation, I got that, but one of the things we did was give them the opportunity to actually refill their refrigerator 'cause their house is still there."

Just Sayin'

Talking About The Weather With Third Graders at Deterding Elementary School in Carmichael - November 1, 2019

The first group of students - two combined classes - seemed very surprised to hear me talking about radiosonde launches. The second group of students - two combined classes of Rapid Learner students - asked lots of questions. The questions eventually veered to what the students were most-interested in: the surprisingly-severe thunderstorm that dropped hail, heavy rain, and a small tornado north of Davis back in September. These kinds of storms are quite rare in the Sacramento area, and it makes a big impression when they do occur.

More questions!

DMTC's "Gypsy" - Wednesday Night Rehearsal at the UCC's Worship Center - Dainty June and Her Farmboys - October 30, 2019

Maeve Kelly as Dainty June.

Most Stressful Month at DMTC in at Least 14 Years

Sometime in mid-September, during the run of "Mamma Mia," a steel bolt broke in the ceiling above the UC Davis Anthropology Dept., which rents a space in the back of the same building DMTC is housed in. A truss slipped two inches, and a drop ceiling before partially collapsed, raining debris on the floor below. No one was hurt.

The partial roof collapse was eventually reported to the landlord, Buzz Oates. On October 10th, the landlord interrupted a DMTC-YPT rehearsal, ordered everyone from the building, and forbade any return except for occasional escorted visits, while they effected repairs and inspections.

Doing a Main Stage show without access to sets, props, lights, or costumes has proven a significant challenge. The YPT show ("Addams Family") was postponed until January. We understand we will get permission to return to the DMTC theater around November 30th, but in the meantime, we are thankfully at University Covenant Church (UCC) at 315 Mace Blvd. in Davis, which is near DMTC. UCC is allowing us to use their facilities.

It's been stressful doing "Gypsy" in two radically different rooms at UCC. The upstairs room, where we do Friday evening shows, has the virtue of being small enough to allow the audience to hear every word. At the same time, the stage is very cramped. In contrast, the Worship Center downstairs, where we do Saturday and Sunday shows, is very large, but the actors aren't miked, so performing is hard on their voices, particularly on Rachel's voice. Rachel plays Mama Rose, the lead character, and has to carry large sections of the show all alone.

There's some crude language in "Gypsy," which we've had to tone down at the church's insistence. Compared to other productions, our production was already pretty conservative, but we've had to make it even more so, because we aren't in any position to resist.

At the same time, there have been new, unmentioned challenges that I had never dreamed of occurring at the same time that have afflicted the theater company. Maybe we had gotten complacent, particularly after the great successes of the past year. I just hope we rise to the occasion and emerge a stronger theater company. At the moment, though, the stresses are real. I'm reminded of the cramped conditions under which we did "The King And I" at Capitol Opera in 1999. We are reliving memories of an almost forgotten past.

Maybe we'll tell war stories about all this a year or so from now.

Trying to Count the Losses

Evacuation-caused neglect and the power outage:
But this wine-to-be had not been touched for four days. The power was turned off in the combustible region, so the tanks and barrels inside the winery had heated up to dangerous temperatures as the fire neared. Because the winery is so small, 13 big plastic tubs and half a dozen wooden barrels of fermenting liquid are kept outside. The tubs produce 600 bottles of wine each; the barrels, 200 each.

Brunson opened up a white fermenting tub and stared at the crushed zinfandel grapes inside.

The two men looked crestfallen.

“It’s supposed to smell like fresh fruit and a little bit of alcohol and a little bit of carbon dioxide,” Brunson said. “That’s the byproduct. Now you can smell the starting of a vinegar, nail polish, ethyl acetate-y thing.”

Foppoli added: “We’re looking at a multimillion-dollar loss here.”