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The Daily Word in Silencers, Credit Card Skimmers and the Supreme Court

By Rini Grammer [ Wed Mar 22 2017 10:52 AM ]
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What happens when schizophrenics embrace the voices they hear?

There's been a shooting outside of the UK's Parliament in London.

Legislation is in the works to relax the long-standing federal regulation to make silencers easier to buy.

Google has created a new way to share your location with your contacts.

There are still potentially 19 credit card skimmers out and about in town.

Today is the third day of Neil Gorsuch's supreme court confirmation hearing.

Will TrumpCare be approved?

Another person from the Trump Campaign is connected to Russia … he was paid by “a Putin ally.”

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This Week’s Event Horizon in Celtic noise, dressing your best for aliens, visiting royalty and more

March 16-23

[ Wed Mar 15 2017 1:21 PM ]
Things to do March 16-23.
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The Daily Word in Longmire, beet juice and Girl Guides are scared to come to the US from Canada

By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Mar 14 2017 4:36 PM ]
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Local prostitutes just received the latest issue of the "Bad Guy List", an independent publication that details dangerous john sightings and tips on safe sex work.

Immigration and Customs is asking for a list of undocumented New Mexico corrections inmates.

Longmire is beginning it's final season of filming in New Mexico.

Here are some slight details regarding Trump's proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.

The Canadian Girl Guides are suspending all their trips to the US.

Watch an old brick row house collapse almost on its own.

Estimates are the US will lose more than 10 billion in tourism dollars during the next four years.

Using beet juice to combat icy road conditions.


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When your quads are on fire, motivation is needed.

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I'm Back on the Treadmill Again

Back where a splat point's my friend

By Kristi D. Lawrence [ Fri Mar 10 2017 8:48 AM ]

Sing it with me, people! “I’m back on the treadmill again… back where a splat point’s my friend…” It’s week two of the Orangetheory Fitness Weight Loss Challenge and I’ve gotta get back in the groove. I was pretty (awesomely) tired after my trip back east to the Women’s March on Washington, so I took a couple of days to rest. But I had to get my three workouts in so off to Orangetheory Westside I went.

I had more energy than I did during my workouts in Week 1. I hopped on the treadmill and our instructor, Elia, got us going. We spent roughly 25 minutes alternating between our base pace, and doing “pushes” of higher intensity. During the pushes, I kept my pace at a 3.5 but upped my incline to six percent. I could definitely feel it (super heavy breathing) but I hung in there. Once or twice, I’d bring the incline down and up my speed to 4 just to mix it up. I broke a serious sweat and knew I was getting a good workout.

After the treadmill we hit the rowers for a 1000-meter challenge. I was doing pretty well until I hit 461 meters. Yep, that’s when my quads started burning like mofos! Note to self and anyone else who is doing an intense workout – stretch before you exercise!! Yes, I know I’m supposed to. No, I didn’t do it. And I paid. I hopped off the rower and stretched my poor little fiery quads out. Then I got back on to finish that last 500+ meters. Our instructor, Elia, saw me and the next thing I knew, she was on the rower beside me. “Come on Kristi, you can do this! You’re almost there!” she cheered me on. That was pretty awesome. I was the last one to finish, but hey, it got done.

Despite my burning quads, I’m trying to stay focused on “what I burn for.” That’s Orangetheory Fitness’s big question—“What do you burn for?” I burn for preventing myself from becoming a diabetic and having the same health issues my parents now deal with. If I burned for looking like a swimsuit model I would’ve done this years ago. Nope. Health has got to be the motivating factor.

I had a long conversation with my parents about their Diabetes during my recent visit. They told me some things I’d forgotten over the years. And some of it freaked me out. Like, that they weren’t all that overweight when they were diagnosed. I now weigh more than they did when they were told they were diabetic. Crikey.

I asked how dealing with Diabetes has impacted them. Mom said, “It consumes your life. There's not a day that goes by that you don't think about it. There's not a meal you eat that you don't think about it. You never get a day off.”

She said she definitely recommends exercise, because it helps control your blood sugar numbers. This is a HUGE statement coming from her. She and Dad were late to the exercise party. They finally started working out in 2014 at around 70 years old, after my Dad had another heart catheterization. I’m really proud of them for doing it. I get my sedentary genes from them, so I know it takes motivation to get them to the gym.

Mom’s Diabetes is under control, but Dad’s isn’t. His numbers are all over the place. He’ll count his carbs and shoot the appropriate amount of insulin, but an hour or two later his blood sugar can be sky high. He’s working with his doctor to regulate it better.

I finally met their doctor. The infamous Dr. Musselman. He was very nice, and in the brief chat that we had, I asked him how to keep myself from following in Mom and Dad’s footsteps. The look on his face said, “You’re doomed.” Shit! He told me that exercise will help at least delay it (delay!?) and that I should go ahead and lay off eating sugar. “One coke has 30 teaspoons of sugar in it,” he said. “You should try to eat and drink things that have less than eight grams of sugar per serving.” 30 teaspoons?! Less than eight grams? But what about my beloved Malibu and Cokes?

A little freaked, I asked Mom to test my blood sugar. The next morning, on an empty stomach, she poked my finger with a needle. A small prick (get your mind out of the gutter) and a tiny drop of crimson emerged. I held my breath. The meter beeped. “109,” Mom said. “That’s in the normal range.”

Woohoo!!! What a relief! Normal and I want to keep it that way! I am definitely keeping up with this workout thing.

At the end of one of my workouts, Elia shared this quote from Jim Rohn: “Everyone must choose one of two pains. The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

I’m choosing discipline. I don’t want anymore regret.


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The Public Library Makes It Easier For Those With Autism to Experience Browsing, Activities

Press Release [ Fri Mar 10 2017 8:00 AM ]

Oftentimes getting out the door is a challenge for parents with a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), much less actually getting to and successfully enjoying an event. In a continued effort to make the Public Library, Albuquerque and Bernalillo County accessible to all, a number of branches are now offering Sensory Friendly Hour for families with special needs.

Sensory Friendly Hour is a special browsing time for individuals on the autism spectrum and for those who generally prefer a lower sensory environment. What does that mean? The hour begins one hour before the regular public hours resulting in much less noise and fewer visitors. The lights are also dimmed. Commotion and bright lights can at times lead to sensory overload for those with ASD. Special coloring sheets and other activities are also available.

"Providing a safe and accommodating space for everyone to enjoy our library is very important to us," said Mayor Richard Berry. "My hope with these new sensory friendly hours is that more people can visit their local public libraries to learn, grow and connect with the community around them."

ASD is a complex neurobiological disorder typically appearing during childhood and affecting a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. According to the national Autism Society, more than 3.5 million Americans live with ASD.

"We want to be sure that everyone feels welcome to the Public Library. We are continually improving access and services to meet the needs of all our customers," Dean Smith, director of the Public Library, said.

Sensory Friendly Hour is currently offered at five library branches:

-1st Saturday of the month - 9am | Tony Hillerman Library | 8205 Apache NE | 505-291-6264
-2nd Saturday of the month - 9am | San Pedro Library | 5600 Trumbull SE | 505-256-2067
-3rd Saturday of the month - 9am | North Valley Library | 7704-B 2nd St. NW | 505-897-8823
-4th Saturday of the month - 9am | Juan Tabo Library | 3407 Juan Tabo NE | 505-291-6260
-4th Wednesday of the month (bimonthly) - 9am | Alamosa Library | 6900 Gonzales SW | 505-836-0684

"Low sensory library times provide a library experience for children and families who might not otherwise be able to enjoy a visit to our very busy and active libraries. We are very grateful for the guidance we have received from local autism organizations in how to provide a low sensory experience," Smith said.

For a complete list of all library events, please visit abqlibrary.org.

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This Week's Event Horizon in stripping like they used to, how to make an anime, ethnic Batman and more

March 9-15, 2017

[ Thu Mar 9 2017 2:13 PM ]
Here are the best things to do, March 9-15.
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NM ShamRock Fest Will Be the Greenest Celebration in Town

Press Release [ Thu Mar 9 2017 10:00 AM ]

New to this year's NM ShamRock Fest at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum on Saturday, March 11 is the inaugural NM ShamRock 'N Roll featuring a 5K Run and Fitness Walk, a 1K Kids Fun Run and a quirky Zero K.

Use your imagination and dress creatively in your most outrageous costume or wacky race outfit to run, walk, crawl, etc. Prizes will be awarded for Best Group, Male, Female and Kids costumes.

The "All Fun, No Run" Zero K will be the perfect event for people who prefer not to break a sweat. No running allowed is the only rule. In this race, everyone is on a level playing field. Beginning at approximately 1:50pm "runners" in the Zero K will amble to the start/finish line and prepare for the shortest race of their life. Once the starter gun goes off, the race begins and participants will need to find the strength to make it to the first water station and pick up a green beer (proper ID required). Of course, no ShamRock 'n Roll would be complete without 5K Run & Fitness Walk and a 1K Kids Fun Run.

Come out to experience a unique "fun"draising event like no other. One hundred percent of the Zero K registration fee goes directly to the Balloon Museum Foundation in support of the Museum's educational and public programs.

Zero K registration fee is $15 through March 9. The 5K registration fee is $30 through March 4.

NM ShamRock 'N Roll participants receive one free admission to the NM ShamRock Fest. All race entries include a NM ShamRock 'N Roll t-shirt and other valuable items from a number of great Balloon Museum and TCR-affiliated merchants.
From 11am to 6pm, NM ShamRock Fest will feature two stages with performances by Irish singing groups, Celtic fiddle groups, bagpipe and drum bands, dancers and choral ensembles. Fest goers are invited to take part in various Celtic games alongside NM Celtic Athletics and mix it up with The Albuquerque Gaelic Football Team. Other activities include a climbing wall, remote control balloon demonstration, face painting and arts and crafts for the little ones. Handmade crafts will also be available for purchase.

There will be plenty of Celtic-themed food and treats on hand as well as nearly two dozen vendors and artisans.

Dress you and your dog in green garb and win prizes in the "Lucky Dog" Pet Parade and Costume Contest.

Additional NM ShamRock 'N Roll pricing and registration information can be found at goo.gl/ssW3GP. Admission tickets to only the NM ShamRock Fest are $2-6 (in advance) and $5-10 at the gate.

The City of Albuquerque, High Desert Pipes and Drums and TCR Race Productions are presenting this fun day. The mission of High Desert Pipes and Drums is to foster and promote Scottish culture and music, to perform locally, regionally, and throughout the western United States, and to teach the Great Highland Bagpipe & Drums in the tradition as taught by previous professional instructors from Scotland and other countries. Funds raised at NM ShamRock Fest will benefit High Desert Pipes and Drums.

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The Daily Word in Feminism, Women and Power

By Rini Grammer [ Wed Mar 8 2017 11:26 AM ]
The Daily Word

Welcome to the dumpster fire as we know it.

Today is International Women's Day, and for many protesters around the world, it's Day Without A Woman.

Artists are taking a feminist message to Wall Street.

Without sex workers, we would be nowhere.


Who run the world?

Women in Ghana are literally taking power back.

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The Daily Word in Trump's baldness or hair, Trump's alternative facts and goodbye Albuquerque Cab

By Geoffrey Plant [ Tue Mar 7 2017 2:21 PM ]
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Albuquerque Cab Company closed on Monday, citing competition from Uber as a contributing factor in the 40 year old company's demise.

Uber riders take note that riding in a yellow cab is safer than riding in a blue ... cab.

A New Mexico themed t-shirt made by J. Crew contains so many errors—including a large saguaro cactus— in its design that stores have been selling out of the unintentionally funny/stupid torso sheath.

There was a fire in the Bosque around Montano bridge yesterday.

President Trump's latest gaffe is a tweet blaming Obama for releasing 120 Gitmo prisoners "back to the battlefield". Obama's administration actually released a total of 9 prisoners while Bush released the other 113 Gitmo detainees.

Man ingests pregnant spider, spider gives birth, baby spiders begin crawling out of man's mouth. Really, tho, the only thing man ingested was some powerful LSD....

This is absolutely the BEST Trump-hair video yet.

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Time is Running Out!

Vote for the 2017 Best of Burque

[ Fri Mar 3 2017 3:34 PM ]

Albuquerque you have until March 15 to vote in this year's Best of Burque! Where's the Best Place to Take a First Date? The Best Plant Nursery? The Best Funeral Home? We gotta know! You have 12 days left to vote and make your voices heard, so what are you waiting for?

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