About once a year or so, we manage to be home when the door-to-door tamale salesman comes calling. This year, a friend of ours who was visiting our house answered the door. We heard him say, “No, thanks,” figured out who had knocked, and went sprinting down the street barefoot after the tamale man. I would rather have glass in my foot and some tamales than a glass-free foot and no tamales.
I’m really picky about tamales. I don’t know what this guy does to the masa, but it’s salty, flavorful and moist. He walks around Barelas with a cooler full of the delicious things and sells them by the half dozen. We buy heaps and don’t freeze them. We just eat them three meals a day until they’re gone.
I was telling someone about the tamale man, and he said something to the effect of “You don’t know what he’s putting in those things. There’s no one checking his sanitation,” blah blah blah. This guy could be filling his tamales with elephant meat in the back of a garbage truck, and I would still be a devotee.
Be on the lookout for an older guy with a cowboy hat and a rolling cooler with a handle. Best tamales on planet Earth, no exaggeration.
“The Cup as it has traditionally been held is not (going to happen this year) because of funding levels it takes to run a massive public event,” Steve Landeene, executive director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, told the Sun-News.
“And the fact that the air show at Holloman is not on this year … that was part of the decision-making process that went into saying, ‘Hey, we don’t have the funds to have a massive public event.’ So what we’re doing this year is kind of a hybrid,” Landeene said.
Every year during the Balloon Fiesta there will no doubt be a balloon crashing into something, usually power-lines. This year there was a spectacular crash when the “Wings of Wind” basket caught fire after running into power lines. One of the two passengers died and the pilot was badly injured. The incident occurred about 3 miles from my house at the intersection of NM 528 and NM 550.
It seems some years the Balloon Fiesta goes on without a hitch, other years it just kinda ugly. The balloons are always at the whim of the weather and in fall the only thing you can predict is it will be windy.
When I first saw Barack Obama on TV with his campaign logo, i kept wondering why he was always speaking in the city of Chandler, Arizona (my home town). He wasn’t, their logos just look very similar. Maybe if they are far away and you squint your eyes.
We contacted Police Chief Ray Schultz who acted suprised that we knew. He kept saying it was a matter of national security and he couldn’t talk about it. Well, after some hard questioning that would make Katie Couric proud, Schultz admitted that his officers did escort someone who looked like George W. Bush through the sunport.
Natonal Security? You would think the Secret Service would be involved and not the local police.
Nine people from Roswell have come forward and claimed the $207 million Powerball jackpot from last Saturday’s drawing. The group collectively purchased the winning ticket from a gas station on Main Street in Roswell. They have decided to take a $102.9 million lump sum. The nine are identified as Carl and Holly Baldwin, Kevin and Jessica Breedyk, Ron and Cindy Miller, Ryan and Nicole Miller, and Randy Miller. Holly Baldwin purchased the tickets at a gas station two hours before the Sept. 27 drawing with money pitched in by the group. Ron Miller said the winners will invest most of the money and set up a trust for charity. The winning numbers were 13, 24, 29, 40, 52 with 29 as the Powerball number.
1957 Buick Super For Sale by gregjsmith, on Flickr
Down the street from my house is a 1957 Buick Super for sale. According to the sign it only has 87K miles on it and they are asking $5750. I have no idea how well it drives but body and interior did appear to be in good condition for a 51 year old car. Not a bad price for a vehicle that runs let alone one this old.
I would totally buy a car like this if I had the money and place to put it and didn’t already have a project car (that I haven’t worked on in years).
In August, someone broke into an Albuquerque animal shelter, stole a dog and sexually assaulted the animal. Thursday, Bernalillo County Detectives arrested Pete Chavez Jr. Thursday in connection with the incident. The police report states he stole a golden retriever from the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico in July and sodomized it, possibly with a foreign object. A staff veterinarian reported the dog had serious injuries. Detectives said an informant led them to the suspect. According to the informant, the suspect has a history of burglarizing homes and businesses as well as a history of sexual acts with animals. The informant told police she witnessed Chavez allow a Chihuahua dog to lick his genitals on a previous occasion. She also told police she was with him while robbing a home last Christmas Eve, stealing Christmas presents, a TV and pottery in the house. This is a case detectives say are glad is coming to a close. “In seven years in law enforcement, I’ve never heard of a crime like this,” said Detective Amy Dudewicz of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. “I know it exists. As far as my reaction to this, I am horrified.” Chavez is charged with residential burglary, commercial burglary, criminal damage to property and extreme animal cruelty. Even if Chavez is convicted of these crimes, he would not have to register as a sex offender, according to current state law.
The original plan was to hike 7 miles in but when we were 2.5 miles in and found some good campsite, why keep hiking? During the day the weather was perfect and in the middle of the night it was piss-ass cold. A good sleeping bag helps with that.
This was an opportunity for me to get geotagging down with my SG-289 data logger and and to take some HDR photographs. The geotagging didn’t work out because the stupid SG-289 didn’t record more than a few dozen points. I swear I read 609 points on it at one time.
HDR photography was much more successfully. I took nearly every picture with auto bracketing on and about a quarter of the landscape photos made good HDR. The two problems with the pictures were moving objects such as wind blowing trees around and most of the photos were taken free hand without a tripod. Photomatix Pro did a pretty good job of aligning images but it can’t do much about the moving objects, at least in this case.
You can view all the pictures in my Flickr set: Sept 2008 Pecos Hike. Note that pictures of people have privacy set so you have to be a friend or family to view them.