V.23 No.15 |
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August Goes Shopping
I did not want to drive to Ghetto Smith’s. Sometimes that place is okay, but there is always the chance I will run into someone I know. Without a clean scramble suit to put on for show, that thought made me itchy all over.
Walmart is closer, at the end of a street that's mostly houses—except for the intersection, where there was a wreck. A broken telephone pole was left behind afterward; two weeks later, it's still there. One time I saw a dead dog on the median nearby, but it was gone after a few minutes.
It's still a veritable oasis where I live. One of the houses has a grip of datura plants coming up in their compost pile. There is still some grass here and there, but mostly folks let the lawns wither. For ground cover there is a lot of London rocket weed this time of year, if you don’t like lava rocks.
Most afternoons and evenings, seven out of 10 houses depicted in this narrative setting are playing the teevee. Even over in my two-person people’s republic, things won’t go dark until the yearly beisbol ritual is completed in October.
I still could not find anything decent to soak up today, tube-wise. I needed a package of black, plastic garbage bags to keep up my end of the social contract. I made a deal with my personal gasoline-powered shuttlecraft and roared off toward the blue behemoth. The Radiohead EP my wife left in the player began where it left off. Something, something about white teeth.
I rolled into the parking lot just as Thom Yorke started going on about selling your suit and tie. I’ll be damned about the next part, but some lanky dude the size of Texas came bolting out of the store at the same time; it was a close one. He gave me a stare, and his blue eyes were practically throbbing out of orbit as he bounded over the hood.
The guy kept running and running. I parked the car. Inside were seedless watermelons, loaves of angel food cake and enough toilet paper to save an army. Plus the garbage bags were on sale. On the way back, I turned the volume down to practically nothing at all. I listened to the engine and scoured the road for signs of home.
V.23 No.6 |
The Daily Word in Flappy Bird was too stupid, no BJ's for Virginia teens and no more animal crackers in her soup.
An Albuquerque landlord is making a tenant live without heat.
Someone got a picture of a skinwalker.
Find out why customer service is so bad at Walmart.
Pensacola, Florida wants to make it illegal for homeless persons to use blankets.
Chuck D. will be 2014's Record Store Day ambassador.
Some politicians in Sweden want to speed up the Julian Assange case.
V.22 No.46 |
The Daily Word in traffic-stop mom details, bitcoins, Rob Ford's war and -no kidding- Walmart is asking for donations to help their impoverished employees
Today Albuquerque decides whether to ban late-term abortions
Taos District Attorney says the New Mexico State Trooper who shot at the traffic-stop mom won't face criminal charges.
Local home movie footage of JFK's 1962 visit to Albuquerque.
UNM has doubled the cost of parking at Lobo games.
The DEA says a Pagosa Springs businessman with ties to Albuquerque is suspected (but not accused) of laundering significant amounts of drug money through his hot springs resort.
Walmart has provided donation boxes in Walmart stores to raise money to help Walmart employees in need over the holidays.
"Selfie" is the Oxford Dictionary word of the year.
Not all Swedes can piss in Jagger's mouth.
The best. James Brown. Interview. EVER.
V.22 No.8 | 2/21/2013
The Daily Word in Carnival Triumph, Kangaroo invasion and Brangelina wine
Relieved passengers of the Triumph are finally off the ship and headed home.
Bernalillo County Metro Court had 120 weddings scheduled yesterday.
Oscar Pistorius is now facing charges of premeditated murder.
Two more New Mexico children have died from the Flu. This brings the overall death toll up to 89.
Brangelina are entering the wine-making business.
The Farmington police are looking for a man who apparently threw semen on at least two women.
V.22 No.1 | 1/3/2013
The Daily Word in entertainment 2012, pit bulls and bad lip reading
President Obama and congressional leaders try one more time to make a plan for the fiscal crisis.
Los Lunas police look for leads in Christmas Walmart theft.
Entertainment 2012: The year that nothing really great happened.
Thanks to Pepsi you could join Beyonce on stage at the Super Bowl!
Old temple and ritual vessels found in Tel Motza, Israel.
The fate of two pit bulls in Santa Fe, who fatally mauled a chihuahua, was be decided in court.
I now present, for your viewing pleasure, Kevin Bacon made out of bacon.
It looks like Kate Winslet is headed to space.
The Dark Knight Rises was among the most pirated films of 2012.
Bad lip reading turns a One Direction song into a really awesome trailer for a foreign thriller film.
V.21 No.47 |
The Daily Word in English royalty, Bigfoot, and the "I Dream of Jeannie" guy died
Someone stole a Navajo blanket from a Santa Fe resort.
Slate wrote the least entertaining Bigfoot piece ever.
Boxer Hector Camacho died from his gunshot wounds.
A naked guy spent three happy hours on top of a statue of Prince George in downtown London.
Have the remains of cruel and hunchbacked Richard III been found under a parking lot in Leicester?
Check out hacker syndicate Anonymous' video message to Karl Rove about stealing the Ohio election.
It is now law that people shall wear pants in the streets of San Francisco.
On this day in 1864 aristocratic dwarf Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born.
V.21 No.34 | 8/23/2012
Albuquerque hires a new independent review officer and councilors consider big-box regulations.
V.21 No.33 | 8/16/2012
Jessica Cassyle Carr
Walmart in the Bosque
In the edition on stands now, Jessica Cassyle Carr wrote an opinion article about the big-box megachain planning to plop a store in one of the most pastoral parts of the city.
The move, Cassyle Carr writes, shows disastrous lack of foresight. But the city’s never said no to Walmart.
This issue will be on the agenda of tonight’s Council meeting at 5 p.m. in the Vincent E. Griego chambers in the basement of City Hall. You can also view it on GOV TV 16 or at cabq.gov/govtv.
Jessica Cassyle Carr
Keys to the City
Walmart on the Rio Grande
Albuquerque is seduced by Walmart, a placeless place where, once inside, you could be anywhere in the country. It's a shame we're looking at plopping a big-box store in one of the most unique places in the city.
V.21 No.32 | 8/9/2012
All Tied Up
The Council kills a measure that would add four districts instead of diluting the minority voice in the city.
V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
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Walmart on the Rio Grande
New website aids campaign against proposed development
The fluorescently-lit caverns of despair known as Walmart Stores aims to build another one at Coors and Montaño. This is a particularly troubling notion due to the site’s proximity to the bucolic Bosque at Rio Grande Valley State Park, the Bosque School and master designer Antoine Predock’s first major project, La Luz. A big box store is inappropriate for the location for many reasons—aside from land use, traffic and crime are also concerns—and if the development comes to pass it represents a gut-wrenching lack of foresight and self-respect on the part of the city. Residents in the area don’t want the Walmart and have been fighting the retail behemoth for months. The Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association, which has the support of dozens of other neighborhood associations from around the city, created againstthewal-abq.com as a source of information about the proposed dishevelment. If Walmart wins it diminishes the quality of life for all Albuquerque residents—not just the neighbors. Find out ways to get in on the fight here.
V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012
No One Expects the Inquisition
This week, Councilor Rey Garduño demands answers from Albuquerque’s police chief. Plus, the Council fails to take a stand against Citizens United.
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography at Barnes & Noble, Uptown
Born of Osiris • Thy Art Is Murder • deathcore • Betraying The Martyrs • Within The Ruins • Erra at Sunshine Theater
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