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Kurt Cobain's house
Desiree Garcia

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A Black Hole in Emerald City

Creeping on Kurt Cobain's house

By Desiree Garcia [ Tue Jul 19 2016 2:32 PM ]

When you think about traveling, the thought tends to bring more of an anxiety attack than excitement. You think about where you want to go, how much it's going to cost, where you're going to stay, how long you can take off of work, things to do, and if you'll have enough time to do everything you want because who knows when you'll be back to this destination. But then there are the people like me who pick somewhere that seems cool and just pick up and go. Money will always figure itself out, and why not go for a day or three rather than sit around and wish you could because of this excuse or that excuse?
One April morning, I headed out to Seattle, Wash. and it was only a one night stay. The flight was a rough 5am flight that had a connection in Las Vegas, Nev. that left my actual flying time at a rough four hours. Why was I on my way to Seattle, you may ask? There was no real reason, I had the opportunity and that was enough to get on a plane. Have ticket, will travel. I had no set plans for when I got there, honestly.

After arriving, I spent half of the night in the hotel room eating pizza and watching “Law and Order” and falling in and out of sleep but waking myself up with gross burps from the orange soda I'd also consumed. I wasn't up for hardcore exploring after a short five hours of sleep and a long flight, but I ventured out into Seattle, had myself some coffee from the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market (which is Downtown, for those who don't know), and walked on a small boardwalk that had a ferris wheel on it. I felt constant plume of regret breeze across my skin, stemming from the fact that I wore shorts and forgot I wasn't in the desert anymore.
I ate at the Hardrock Cafe and got to end dinner by watching a drunk guy get carried out by two of his friends at 8pm. The night was still young and since I didn't do my research about Seattle, I ran out of ideas but I didn't want to go back to the hotel just to watch more “Law and Order.” And then it hit me, why not look for the house of the legendary Kurt Cobain? You know, the one he lived in before he died. I immediately had to do it.

I had the plan, I just didn't realize that it was actually going to take three hours to accomplish because my GPS is probably the worst pre-installed app to ever come on a cell phone. It took me everywhere else except where I wanted to be in the first place. I mean, I never even thought I'd find myself driving up and down a few blocks in the dead of night, looking for a house that I thought was going to bring me some sort of revelation to my angsty adolescent days to begin with. The neighborhoods that I got lost in all felt and looked the same. They were slightly weathered from all the rain and humidity, but were surrounded by trees and bushes that looked like one of those photoshopped pictures that is enhanced to make it seem like you have better photography skills than you actually do.
After getting lost in three different neighborhoods, I ended up in a quiet suburb. It was dark, and the property had that haunted feeling that crawls across the back of your neck. It sat on what felt like an island as the neighborhood was surrounded by the ocean and faced directly toward the heart of Emerald City.
As I sat there, a small red car pulled up and passed through the gate of what use to be Cobain's house. I stared at what was probably the owner, so anxious that this was even a real thing. I was 97% sure I was going to throw up. I mean, what's the big deal, right? He was just a regular guy who I only wanted to be like when I was a teenager because I thought that would make me cool. But looking at his house, it seemed like reality was altered. I've never had such a surreal feeling before. I gazed out at the house, then got out of the car to take a picture once the owner's car was completely beyond the gates. In a fog of angst and nostalgia, I somehow forgot how to take a picture on my phone and that I was in the dark and needed the flash on. When I excitedly jumped back in the car and looked at the picture ,it literally looked like a black hole. Just like Cobain left in my heart when he died. Perfect.

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Indiana's Joyous Goodbye to Mike Pence

Anticipating greater tragedies to come

By Maggie Grimason [ Tue Jul 19 2016 1:24 PM ]

As a native Hoosier, I feel like I am in the unique position to express both sadness that the hateful, enemy-of-all-women Mike Pence will (presumably) be Donald Trump's running mate in the 2016 election, but also great joy that he will be out of my home state and ceasing to make us look bad. Being saddled with the dying city of Gary is bad enough.

As Samantha Bee said, "Indiana hates Mike Pence as much as Indiana Jones hates snakes." And it's true. The Indiana Governor is so out-of-touch that in a 1999 op-ed he wrote that Disney's Mulan was a ploy to get women to enlist in the military, describing it as "mischievous liberal propaganda." About as mischievous as, say, trying to mandate funerals for aborted fetuses. Pence also claimed in a 2001 essay that "despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill. In fact, two out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness." Meaning: one in three smokers does die from a smoking related illness, which seems like a pretty high number to me, but you know, I'm not in line for the presidency or anything.

In summary: Mike Pence is somehow even crazier than other notable, absolutely out-of-their-mind Indiana natives like both Michael and La Toya Jackson and Axl Rose. Hands down zanier and more of a bigot than Red Skelton.

We don't have the best legacy in Indiana, but we do have Plan-It-X records, Bloomington and Indianapolis, the Hoosier National Forest and Clifty Falls State Park, Larry Bird and Brendan Frasier.

That Mike Pence will be added to Indiana's legacy, instead of written from history as the terrible, bumbling governor he is, is a regional tragedy, and sadly,on track to become a national one.

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The Daily Word in Wildlife, Plagiarism and Rich People

By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jul 19 2016 10:36 AM ]
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Whales everywhere rejoice after the US Navy finally stops using harmful underwater sonar.

Coincidence? I think not.

Be a mindful tourist, and not one of these people.

Jon Krakauer's book Into The Wild stirred a wanderlust-y side of many people, to the point where a strikingly large amount are attempting to follow the protagonist's journey to Fairbanks Bus 142 in Alaska.

Why anyone would live in New Mexico with no taste for hot chile peppers is beyond me, but in case the heat doesn't hurt so good (and simply hurts) try extinguishing the pain with milk, not water.

Moronic humans strike again.

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Frank Leto's Steel Drum Entertainment at Balloon Museum

Press Release [ Sun Jul 17 2016 9:30 AM ]

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum will present Caribbean and global music by Frank Leto during "Stories in the NIGHT Sky" on Wednesday, July 22nd. Leto is an early childhood educator, a Montessori teacher with tremendous sensitivity to the needs of young children. He is also a professional musician, Orff music teacher and steel band director.

Frank Leto's Steel Drum, global music for young children, begins at 6pm. Frank and Pilar Leto Extravaganza will follow from 7-8pm with Caribbean music and dancing to energize this summer night with bright music and bright costumes. The program is free.

The popular summer series "Stories in the Night Sky" draws people of all ages to the North Grounds for evenings of great entertainment. This summer program will finish off with one final concert.

On August 3rd, from 6-7pm, Family Music with Andy Mason will begin the entertainment with award-winning, bi-lingual, interactive and fun. From 7-8pm The Gregg Daigle Band will play off of their album Seize the Hay. Audiences can enjoy these great local bands with one of ABQ's best view of summer sunsets.

The audience is welcome to bring their own picnics (no glass or alcohol), or can enjoy the delicious offerings of Albuquerque food trucks throughout the summer including Street Food Institute and JP's Famous Frozen Custard.

Bring blankets, shade and lawn chairs and have a relaxing evening outdoors enjoying some lively entertainment.

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The Daily Word in Robot Hands, Mini Riots and Drones of the Force

By Joshua Lee [ Sun Jul 17 2016 8:54 AM ]
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James Cauty, formerly of the British Acid House band KLF (Kopyright Liberation Front), has created a post-riot city in miniature, called "Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP)," peopled by tiny emergency workers, and staged in a shipping container. Viewers can study the scene through peepholes in the side of the container. The artist says the piece isn't necessarily a riot scene, and the piece is really about the viewer's reaction and the story that they themselves create as they try to make sense of an "aftermath" scene.

Former barista Tom Currie, of New Zealand, has decided to quit his day job and hunt Pokémon full time. He hopes to make it through the existential nightmare of reality without a paycheck with the help of friends and family, who are presumably long-suffering enablers.

Check out this 1980 Winter Olympics ad campaign sponsored by Chiquita banana, featuring a skiing banana. Yeah, you read that right.

Drone manufacturer, Propel, has created Star Wars-themed drones. Quadcopters of the Millennium Falcon, a T-65 X-Wing fighter, Darth Vader’s Tie Advanced X1, and a speeder bike from Return of the Jedi are now available for purchase.

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy, have created a bionic fingertip that allows an amputee to distinguish between smooth and rough textures with 96 percent accuracy. If you haven't realized it yet, that's a game-changer. I'm not saying I want a robot hand. I'm saying I need one.

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Dream Blog #365

"Met Corner"

By Peter Karlsen [ Sat Jul 16 2016 4:20 PM ]

We're at the parking structure behind the office. S. is dressed up like Jean Luc Picard in his leisure wear. She's introducing someone to town. She tells him the parking structure is called "Met Corner." We scoff at the made up name. "She didn't even call it Robot or TARDIS corner" we remark. I have a mosquito bite on the inside of my bicep. It's large and misshapen. It looks somewhat like an over ripe strawberry or the tip of a tongue.

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Early Modernism and the Good Old Baroque

Sunday, Jul 17: Chatter Sunday: Joe Johnson and Ashley Vandiver

By August March [ Sat Jul 16 2016 10:00 AM ]
Featuring music by Bach.
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Pocket Gophers

So cute, so beneficial, so stop poisoning them already

By Richard "The Bugman" Fagerlund [ Sat Jul 16 2016 8:11 AM ]

Pocket gophers construct burrows under the ground using their strong forelegs, enlarged claws and even their teeth. Their vision is poor because of their habitat as is their hearing. When the gopher digs, it kicks the dirt behind it with its hind feet. When a lot of loose dirt has accumulated, it turns around and pushes the dirt to the surface using its fore paws and face. The resulting mounds are an indication of their presence in your yard.

Gophers feed on the underground portions of plants, but will occasionally come to the surface and pull green vegetation underground. They live alone in their tunnel system, but males will enter female tunnels during mating season, usually early in the year. Female gophers will have one to seven young at a time. The baby gophers will disperse on the ground when they are mature enough to leave their mother and often fall victim to predators at this time. They usually have only one litter per year.

Actually they are very beneficial animals. A single gopher can move approximately a ton of soil to the surface every year. Their tunnels are constructed and then fill up with dirt as they are abandoned. The old tunnels contain the nests, waste material and partially filled pantries well below the surface where they become important as fertilizer. Soil that has been compacted by cattle trampling, grazing and machinery is benefited by the tunneling process of gophers. In the mountains, snow and rainfall are temporarily held in gopher burrows instead of running across the surface causing soil erosion. The mounds the gophers make also bury vegetation deeper, thus increasing soil quality over time. Additionally, fresh soil in the mounds provides a fresh seeding area for new plants, which may increase the variety of plants on a site. Gophers are also in the food chain and are fed upon by large birds, other mammals and snakes. Other animals such as lizards and toads take refuge in the cool, moist burrows.

As much as I am trying to make the case that gophers have a place in our area, there are times when we have to control them. Poisons are available but I never recommend them. Most of the gopher baits contain strychnine, diphacinone, chlorophacinone, or zinc phosphide. None of these rodenticides are very pleasant and accidents can result with other animals digging them up. These products shouldn’t even be allowed to be sold in stores. There are traps available that can be placed in the burrows, but they are not easy to use and have only limited success. I have found that the best method of gopher control is simply asking them to move. You can do this by pouring a foul smelling liquid into their tunnel system. Fish oil emulsion works well and castor oil is also effective. Since gophers generally live alone, once they move, they are not likely to return unless they are forced to move again, so a repellent can be very effective.

When using a repellent, you will have to probe the dirt to find their tunnels. Generally, a tunnel will run straight between two mounds and they are normally about 18” below the surface. You can use a metal rod or even a pool cue to probe the dirt. Once you hit the tunnel, the probe will fall through. Then take a long-stem funnel such as used to put oil in cars and place it in the hole created by the probe. Pour the repellent into the funnel and move on to the next tunnel.

My latest book, “THE BUGMAN'S GUIDE to NON-­TOXIC PEST MANAGEMENT FOR YOUR HOME AND GARDEN” is available. It has information and non-toxic control methods for cockroaches, ants, wasps, bed bugs, lice, flies, termites, scorpions, centipedes, spiders and other pests. It has a section on how to pest-proof your house, and a section that covers lawn and ornamental pests plus information about rodents and pigeons. There is also a list of safe products you can use to controls pests. It has a section how to pick a competent pest control company if you want to use one. It is available on my website askthebugman.com. I believe you will find the book very helpful in controlling pests around your home or business without using toxic pesticides.

If you have any pest questions, you can contact me at askthebugman2013@gmail.com or 505-385-2820.

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You Say “Purple,” I Say “Poiple”

Saturday, Jul 16: Lavender in the Village

By Joshua Lee [ Fri Jul 15 2016 1:00 PM ]
Food and drink, yoga, a kids' camp, lots of live music and a large number of vendors including lavender farms, wineries and artisans.
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Fan Dance

Saturday, Jul 16: BMG Fan Festival

By Devin O'Leary [ Fri Jul 15 2016 12:00 PM ]
Enjoy art, comics, toys, cosplay and collectibles.
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