Blackrock City can kiss my ass. Santa Fe's been burning a giant dude to for way longer and with a lot less hippie.
Yuppers, it's Zozobra time (I want to put that in all caps because I'm so excited). Zozobra is the best day ever in Santa Fe. We all gather on a baseball field and send our gloom away by burning Zozo, or Old Man Gloom.
Side note: Someone tweets under the Old Man Gloom moniker and it's hilarious.
Anyway, Burque, I know you all want to come but driving back after the excitement of seeing a giant puppet go up in flames is a lot. So don't. I mean, come to Zozobra, but don't drive home. You can't crash at my house but you can ride the Rail Runner from the Santa Fe Depot at 11 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 9
Fort Marcy Park, Santa Fe
I was really sad to hear this afternoon that the New Zealand city of Christchurch was hit with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake today.
Last month my mom took a super-epic roadtrip around both of New Zealand's islands and loved it. She said the coffee there sucked but otherwise, two thumbs up. (I totally stole the picture of this adorable kiwi bird from her Facebook, thanks ma!)
Check out MSNBC's photoblog of the devastation.
Funds for flicks in New Mexico.
Kitties aren't supposed to live in walls.
Been scamming unemployment? Watch out.
A dude with crazy hair was arrested after his ex-gf's body was found yesterday.
Gypsy Fest! Damn, it's in Serbia.
Oh how Twitter grew.
Young'uns won't even pick a political party.
Oh NIKE? Why must thee be so dickish?
This Mr. Potato Head rules!
And you thought your internet connection was crap.
Newsflash: Pot dealers don't want weed legalized.
Susana Martinez leads Diane Denish, among people who take polls.
Why won't that Chinese dude buy your house? Because the feng shui is all f'd up.
This Japanese guy calls Americans something mean.
Let's feed him to the Germans!
Tourism in Guam goes up.
No PowerPoint, no killing people. Got it?
75 Rio Rancho kids had the crap scared out of them this morning. Oh, and there's probably a job opening for a new bus driver.
Cash for cocks! (Totally safe for work, I promise.)
Guess what's under the World Trade Center site? Hint: It's not a mosque.
Bike helmets are stupid.
Whoo hoo! The internet is crazy again.
Use it. Please.
Didn't get to watch Martinez and Denish square off last night? Want to watch it again? Go for it.
But, who won?
Sounds like Wyclef won't be Prez after all.
Space science comes to NMSU.
The Lobos still kick basketball butt though.
The floods in Pakistan suck.
So does being unemployed. Thank goodness for "retirement" money.
Where's the beef...coming from anyway?
You know you wanna do it Harry Potter style.
In this edition of News from Way Far Away: Afghani Buddhas!
While we here in America can't seem to stop talking about what Jon Stewart has dubbed the "Mosque-erade," archaeologists near Kabul have uncovered an ancient Buddhist temple complex with relics at least 1,500 years old.
Back in the 500s (which is a good 1,000 years after the Buddha lived) the area that is now Afghanistan was largely Buddhist. In fact, throughout the years Afghanistan has been a couple different religions.
Back in the good old days, March of 2001, before the war, when the Taliban was just another far away bad guy the US didn't have much to do with, the Buddhas of Bamyan (pictured here) were destroyed. Lets hope these new findings can be saved and studied.
People have no sense of humor.
Where did we come from?
This guy just wasted a lot of gas. We really shouldn't give him attention.
Yum. Kitty, kitty, kitty.
So, you're not flipping me the bird?
What are those naughty City Different people up to? Find out.
Old school Japan is crazy.
It's like MTV, without Snooki.
It's not a mosque or at Ground Zero. So what's all the fuss about?
Yowza! There are a lot of parks in the Duke City. Like almost 300 of them. So it's really cool that Kate Hollander took the time to put them all into a little guidebook called Albuquerque's Public Parks, Community Centers and Public & Prescription Trails: The Guide Book.
The Guide Book is handy for sure. It tells you everything you need to know about your local park. For example, Noreste Park has an arroyo, benches, trees and is accessible from ABQ Ride #31. It's also easy to poke fun at though. Roosevelt Park has play equipment with new mulch. Um. Whoo? Now, I don't have kids so maybe I don't understand why "new mulch" is awesome. I also don't get why some listings, say Piedra Lisa Dam, list grass while Paseo de Estreall Park doesn't. Instead it lists "field." Field of what? Weeds?
I also noticed that very few parks in town have bike racks, which seems weird. Aren't outdoorsy/bike type people more likely to go to a park? Why not list parking lots?
I'm not trying to be picky here. The Guide Book is awesome. Things such as Martineztown Park being "a small, hilly park in a school and residential zone" is actually really useful. A soccer ball and a boom box aren't going to fit in here. It's just kinda weird to read a book that's also a list.
Calling all poets!
Hear ye, hear ye. It is time, again, to put pen to paper, fingertips to keyboard, sharpie to ... no, don't do that. Just write us a haiku.
The deadline is August 27 at noon. Seriously, that does not mean 3 p.m.