Where can I get this kind of job…

For the past several weeks, my wife and I have been updating our living room with new upholstery for the couch, new carpeting and  different paint on the walls. As we sorted through hundreds of color chips for paint and many scrapbooks for upholstery and carpet, I became fascinated by the dizzying array of namesContinue reading “Where can I get this kind of job…”

Worth its own blog…

My  regular readers might remember a blog I wrote earlier this year about quirky headlines that were not fully vetted before they appeared in print. I found one in last week’s Albuquerque Journal worth adding to that list. It read: “Pension board to probe member” This was disturbing on many levels, but certainly memorable. IContinue reading “Worth its own blog…”

He made a dull impression on himself…

Police in Clovis were summoned to a local Catholic church in 2006 to investigate a burglary. Near the church, they came across an inebriated man wandering in the street. When they questioned him, he admitted he had broken into the church with a hammer and drank a large quantity of communion wine. Police also foundContinue reading “He made a dull impression on himself…”

Critters behaving badly in New Mexico…

The year 1999, where many were fearing the arrival of an apocalyptic Y2K, seems to have somehow adversely affected critters in New Mexico. Consider these incidents: A female wolf who was introduced during a Defenders of Wildlife news conference in Albuquerque, did not seem to generate much goodwill during her stage time. The wolf managedContinue reading “Critters behaving badly in New Mexico…”

Sacrificing my body in the interest of science…

I’ve written several blogs over the past couple of years under the general heading of “burritos behaving badly.” I don’t know why I find burritos to be an amusing topic, but you’ll just have to put up with it as an off-bubble glitch in my personality. This blog focuses on a personal burrito adventure, conductedContinue reading “Sacrificing my body in the interest of science…”

Is that a weapon in your pocket or are you just here to repair something?

In July, a man entered a Walgreen’s in Las Cruces, jumped up on the check out counter, demanded money from the cash register and then reached in his pocket to brandish — well, not a gun or knife but a screwdriver. The tool-wielding robber told the cashier at the counter that the store owed himContinue reading “Is that a weapon in your pocket or are you just here to repair something?”

Maybe chemistry should have been in their curriculum…

A recent story made me wonder what kind of basic training applicants for the police department in Portales is required. It must not have included basic chemistry. Police reported that a guest at a local motel complained that when he turned on a faucet in his bathroom, a shard of methamphetamine shot out of itContinue reading “Maybe chemistry should have been in their curriculum…”

Just in time for Christmas…

I spotted this fireworks combination pack a couple of weeks ago while traveling along I-10 east of Deming at the Bowlin’s Akela Flats store. The store has all kinds of interesting and unusual (some might say tacky) kitsch for sale, none of which I wanted except possibly for this. It’s the largest fireworks combo packContinue reading “Just in time for Christmas…”

From a Jell-O box to a chewing gum wrapper — or maybe a peanut butter sandwich…

You may have been following recent news stories about the arrest of two Americans for espionage in a scheme to pass nuclear submarine secrets to the Russians. The plan might have worked except that the “Russian agents” turned out to be American counter-intelligence officers.  I found this interesting because the oddball method used to transferContinue reading “From a Jell-O box to a chewing gum wrapper — or maybe a peanut butter sandwich…”

A new excuse for justifying bad behavior…

Last week, police in Albuquerque were able to recover a stolen vehicle using a “Tile” tracking device attached to the SUV. Police were notified by the SUV owners that the vehicle had been stolen from their property. Using an app associated with the tracking device, Police were able to begin following the vehicle. When itContinue reading “A new excuse for justifying bad behavior…”

No trout this time, just spectacular scenery…

I participated in a Trout Unlimited project last weekend in the Gila, helping to garner support for the region by introducing new people to fly fishing. A group of five of us, four from TU and our one “student” hiked up Mineral Creek canyon to try to catch Gila trout on a fly rod. EveryoneContinue reading “No trout this time, just spectacular scenery…”