Take My Trading Post, Please!

The Chambers Trading Post, located along what use to be Route 66, about 50 miles from Holbrook is for sale. But it looks like they are having a hard time giving the property away.

For months, the couple have been buying ads in newspapers and promoting an unusual property transaction via the Internet: Send $100 and an essay of less than 100 words about why you want a trading post, and the best essay claims the prize. The Konheisers have received extensive publicity in newspapers in the Four Corners area.

They were hoping for 20,000 entries. They have received 12. The current owner has cancer and wants to retire, at this point he’s more interested in the retirement part than the “trying to make a buck” part.

I’ve probably passed the place a hundred times but don’t recall anything interesting about it. A little Googling will show it has some interesting history. But I wonder how much money is to be made out there? 

Albuquerque in the New York Times

The New York Time’s Travel section has spent 36 hours in Albuquerque. Along with a few interesting pictures they profile several areas of the city.

All the years I’ve lived here I haven’t rode on the Tram up to the Sandia’s. However I have eaten at “High Finance” at the top. Not sure where the name came from but I recall it was appropriate for the price of the food. I’ve also been to Sadies several times, however I think El Pinto is better. The Frontier Restaurant on Central (Route 66, across from the University) is a required place to visit. But the restaurant illustrates how it’s possible to have too many choices. The Flying Star Cafe is an equally excellent choice, especially since there provide free WiFi (same goes for their coffee shops, The Satellite).

There’s several other places mentioned in the article but I haven’t been to to them. 

ABQ Website 10 Years Old

Thanks to QuirkyBurky for pointing out the the City Of Albuquerque’s website is 10 years old today.

On this day, the City of Albuquerque was one of the first governments in the state of New Mexico to “give birth” to a website. In fact, based upon our research, Albuquerque’s website appears to be the 3rd oldest municipal website in the country, just behind the City of Palo Alto, CA (Feb 1994) and the City of San Carlos, CA (May 1994).

The city has a very useful website. I’ve used it on multiple occasions to look up city services and almost always found what I was looking for. 

.Mac Affiliates Program Denies Me

You know, it’s just bizarre to me that they accepted me for the iTunes affiliate program but not the .mac program. Yet I am a .mac user. Who better to promote their program that the users?

From: dotmacaffiliate@mac.com
Subject: .Mac (Apple Computer, Inc.) Your LinkShare Affiliate Application Status
Date: December 16, 2004 2:33:24 PM MST
To: Greg Smith

Dear Greg Smith:

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you into their affiliate program at this time. The reason for this
decision may be as follows:

* inability to access Web site
* Web site not yet live
* traffic levels too low
* inappropriate material on site

Please feel free to re-apply with .Mac (Apple Computer, Inc.) whenever you feel you
have been able to address the concern(s) listed above.

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Skiing Weekend

On Friday I left for Taos. Mapopolis said it should only take about 3 hours to get to Taos from Albuquerque. Friends tell me I could get there in 2. It actually took me a little over 4 hours. I should have got up at 5am, which would allowed me to leave at 6. Instead I got up at 6 (darn snooze button) and left a little after 7. This meant I was stuck in Albuquerque traffic and there didn’t see t be a single road that lead to the freeway that didn’t have a accident on it.
Between Santa Fe and Espanola there’s construction building a nice new road. Unfortunately it’s not done and there was only 1 lane. I finally arrived in Taos sometime after 11. The good news is lift tickets were only 20 bucks, and rentals were only 11. Cheap! I skied for about 3 1/2 hours. To be honest I was getting sore so it’s probably a good thing I didn’t get there when they opened. Plus my right boot wasn’t fitting right, it was pretty uncomfortable and was cutting off circulation to my right foot at times. The track file (read at the bottom on how it was made) shows I reached about 38mph at points. Not bad. You can also see they have some very long runs. Once they get some more snow the skiing should be awesome, it wasn’t bad but wasn’t the best.
I left after 3:30 and began the trip home, which didn’t take quite as long as it did to get there. Next time I go I will probably plan on staying there overnight. It doesn’t seem worth it for the length of the trip.

On Saturday I went up to Santa Fe with some friends from work. Santa Fe will the primary location of skiing this winter since I purchased the Millennium pass. This pass is one step down from the Season Pass, yet is more than $500 cheaper. It gets you $10 off lift tickets, except in January where lift tickets are free. Guess where I will be in January? By the way, I picked up my pass which is a ID card with my picture, It’s the worse possible picture they could have taken.
RIght now lift tickets are $34, so it cost me $24. They also got new rental equipment, which cost $18 to rent for the day. I was very happy with the boots, they fit perfectly and are probably the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. I think I will be doing enough skiing this year that I really need to invest in my own gear.
One of the best part about skiing at Santa Fe is stopping at the little restaurant/bar located just up slope. A nice (and expensive) lunch just hits the spot about 11. Then come back every hour or two for a break and have a delicious Hot Buttered Rum. It’s not enough to get you drunk, but enough to get a buzz and warm you up.
I have to admit that I was still kind of sore from the previous day when we started and the pain continued though out the day. It wasn’t enough to keep me from skiing but was enough to keep me from really hitting the bumpy parts. Thats when you really put your leg muscles to work. The pain in my thighs did start to go away as the day went on. But even today I’m still feeling it. A few more times on the slopes and it won’t bother me anymore.
The right back was less comfortable since my legs were sore and I sat in the back of my friends Honda Pilot. It’s a nice enough SUV, just pretty cramped in the back seats for a long trip like that.
Santa Fe had 80% of the mountain open and I could tell they needed some more snow in parts. Hopefully the weather will cooperate because, well, you know where I will be every weekend.

If you’re interested in how I generated the speed tracking maps, click here. 

Red Light Cameras

A form of modern police enforcement has arrived in Albuquerque. Since 18 October 2004 there have been red light cameras placed at two intersections. The police have been surprised that more than 2200 people have been caught running red lights, more than twice what they initially expected.

Apparently the Police never actually drive on the roads, because I’m not at all surprised. I would even say that running red lights is the biggest traffic issue in Albuquerque. Probably the worst variation are those that run the left turn arrow.

I for one welcome our red light camera overloads to Albuquerque. I would hope that the next one goes at Coors & Montano Rd, which is the second most dangerous intersection in the state.