Floating concrete ships, the Johnny Appleseed of oaks, a playwright and an artist…

My good friend Don from Montana sent me an e-mail recently that made me think about doing a blog about a grandfather I never knew, Charles M. Hurst. I had mentioned in an earlier post (regarding tongue sandwiches) that my mother and her family came from England and that my grandfather had an interesting background.Continue reading “Floating concrete ships, the Johnny Appleseed of oaks, a playwright and an artist…”

A burning desire to shop at Wal-Mart…

Police have arrested two people in conjunction with a shoplifting effort at a Wal-Mart in Edgewood, east of Albuquerque on Interstate 40. According to police reports, a woman set fire inside the bathroom of the Wal-Mart, by igniting paper in a trash receptacle. Then she and an accomplice went to the paper goods section ofContinue reading “A burning desire to shop at Wal-Mart…”

Instead of growing plants, New Mexico’s moon rocks grew a spat between governors…

Recent news articles shared that researchers at the University of Florida had succeeded in growing plants in lunar soil harvested from the moon’s surface during the Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions. In what might be considered an affront to vegetable hating youngsters, the plant selected to be grown in the lunar soil was ArabidopsisContinue reading “Instead of growing plants, New Mexico’s moon rocks grew a spat between governors…”

Does anyone outside the Beltway or west of the Hudson know anything about us???

Another incredible gaffe showing why New Mexico is always going to provide fodder for the “One of Our 50 Is Missing” column in the New Mexico Magazine. Yep, that Arizona’s name plastered over our beloved state on the national ABC Good Morning America broadcast. So who’s that state to the west of us? I andContinue reading “Does anyone outside the Beltway or west of the Hudson know anything about us???”

Looking at this may curb your appetite…

I ran across this disgusting display a couple of weeks ago at our local Sam’s Club. Yep, a display of cow tongues, and even cheaper if you buy a whole case of them. I recall that my mother made a tongue sandwich for us to eat when I was younger. I think after hearing meContinue reading “Looking at this may curb your appetite…”

Was that Uncle Vern we smelled at 500 feet above Balloon Fiesta Park???

The Albuquerque Journal has been writing stories in recent weeks about controversy over a plan to build a mortuary/creamatorium in the north valley just west of Balloon Fiesta Park. Area residents have become alarmed that the facility will emit toxic and unwelcome smells, noting that a nearby animal rendering facility/crematorium nearby is already making theContinue reading “Was that Uncle Vern we smelled at 500 feet above Balloon Fiesta Park???”

Shamed by our dog Chester…

I stumbled upon a recent article in the Wall Street Journal which had the startling headline: “I Hate Doodle Dogs”: Endless Poodle Hybrids Spark Backlash “The ultra-popular pets have driven a wedge between owners, breeders and people who say they’re tired of seeing the pooches everywhere“ The story says the growing popularity of the crossContinue reading “Shamed by our dog Chester…”

Wait, I thought YOU had Uncle Vern’s ashes…

Imagine that your family has agreed to meet at noon at the bridge over the Rio Grande on Central in Albuquerque to gently toss the ashes of your beloved Uncle Vern into the turgid waters below. Everyone shows up, including Cousin Louie, who was charged with picking up the urn of ashes from the mortuaryContinue reading “Wait, I thought YOU had Uncle Vern’s ashes…”

We don’t seem to use turn signals much in New Mexico, but blind drivers can go more than 211 miles per hour here…

A friend of mine once commented that most vehicles sold in the used car market in New Mexico could correctly be advertised as having turn signals that were “never used.” I guess it means you don’t have to budget much for replacement of turn signal bulbs. I’m sure many of us who have endangered ourContinue reading “We don’t seem to use turn signals much in New Mexico, but blind drivers can go more than 211 miles per hour here…”

I’ve been vindicated. Smuggled Mexican bologna IS in fact “funny.”

Yes, it’s Mexican bologna time again for my blog. This time, the topic was triggered by a segment of the March 19, 2022, National Public Radio program “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.” The highly popular comedy show takes on events from the previous week, skewering both the left and the right, the pompous, the famous,Continue reading “I’ve been vindicated. Smuggled Mexican bologna IS in fact “funny.””

Temporarily kicked out of Wally World…

You have to feel sorry for alligators who have to live in New Mexico. They really couldn’t make it through our cold winters if it wasn’t for artificially heated water for them to swim in. Take, for example, Wally, the Clovis Zoo’s long-time resident American Alligator. Last month, Wally’s heated pool became a little tooContinue reading “Temporarily kicked out of Wally World…”