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V.22 No.16 |

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Onward and inward

“Look toward the future.” This saying has been engraved in my mind since ... well, since the beginning. I’ve been told by my parents, teachers, advisors, bosses, nearly everyone to strive for what’s ahead, to keep on pushing forward. I realize this is a common theme in society. I’m sure most people have had at least a few anxiety attacks in the middle of the night concerning that overbearing word: “future”.

I’ll admit I’m slightly terrified by its presence. However, my perspective is shifting. I graduate from high school next month and suddenly, the world seems to be spinning multitudes faster than it used to. What happened to barely keeping my eyes open in first-period calculus? Or lugging around a backpack that felt like it was full of anvils? Now, I’m being thrown a diploma and told to go off into the real world, leaving this part of my life behind. Granted, graduating from high school is an accomplishment I’m proud of and while I had a great time overall, I cannot wait to throw my cap in the air while ironically performing a “High School Musical” signature jump. In the grand spectrum, these past four years account for a minuscule portion of my life. That isn’t to say they weren’t important, but there is so much more to experience and learn outside of the state-required curriculum.

But then here it comes again: the future spurning an existential crisis on my exhausted brain. Between worrying about what college will be like to what sort of chips to buy for my graduation party, my head is filled to the brim with anticipating the undeniable future. Perhaps the most frightening part is that in approximately four months, I will be moving over 2000 miles away to Boston.

That single fact awoke an urge to stop focusing primarily on the future and to really enjoy what I have right now. While moving and running toward reality is exciting, I also know I have to make an effort to really soak up all that’s around me right now. Boston will present me with some amazing adventures, but what about the adventures that are yet to be had here?

So, Alibi reader, welcome to “Blair rediscovers ABQ” (I’m sure I’ll come up with a catchier title later). Given the opportunity to blog for the Alibi, I hope to not only find new things about this beloved desert city that I never knew existed, but also let you know about them. This place has so much to offer and before I leave, I want to be able to say, “I know Albuquerque,” and share my newfound knowledge. Before Boston, diplomas, packing all my stuff into not-so-neat little boxes; before my life turns upside down, I want to explore my home to the absolute fullest during the last summer I have the privilege to call it that.

Thus begins the Albuquerque adventures. Next stop: Food trucks.

V.21 No.32 |

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The Daily Word in Olympic bodies, X-Files, the future

The Daily Word

Behold! The surface of Mars. Looks strangely … familiar.

Someone robs an elderly woman in the South Valley, so two APD officers help her out with gift cards and cash.

Want to buy an APS barrack? (No. But I'll take a gold bar.)

13-year-old shoots a camera-phone video of her bus driver touching girls, saves the day.

How Olympic bodies have changed over time.

The oldest person competing in the Olympics.

Dumbest Olympic dive.

Mulder and Scully might be dating.

Young Sikh Americans speak out.

U.S. starts to clean up Agent Orange in Vietnam. You know. The birth-defect causing chemical our military dumped there more than 30 years ago.

Christina Hendricks is—surprise to the reporter!—way smart.

No one can steal Pussy Riot's inner freedom.

A timeline of the future.

V.21 No.16 |

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The Daily Word in Dick Clark, feminist nuns and sex robots

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New mayor of Sunland Park is 24-years-old.

Kirtland is going to look a little harder for leaked jet fuel.

Dick Clark made stars. R.I.P.

Paramedics in N.M. work 72-hour shifts.

DOH to medical board: You can't ask the feds to reclassify marijuana.

Romney says something weird about cookies.

Killer swan.

Sex robots are our future.

Vatican cracks down on feminist nuns.

"Hopefully" may spell the end of grammar.

DoubleOh.

Passengers say an American cruise ship ignored a drifting fishing boat, leaving two men to die.

V.20 No.9 |

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The Daily Word: Roundhouse, APD $$$, plastics release estrogen?

The Daily Word

Libyan rebels won the oil port yesterday, but Qaddafi launched an airstrike this morning. Civil war could be around the corner.

Prime minister appointed by Mubarak quits; protesters plan Friday demonstrations about unmet demands.

Rio Rancho father of a fallen soldier reacts to the Supreme Court ruling that allows people to picket funerals. A Kansas-based church protested outside his son's funeral years ago.

APS superintendent and governor spar over budget.

Serious procedural throwdown in the House over driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants late last night.

A bill to limit state film $$$ made it out of the House.

Some APD officers make more than the mayor by doubling their salaries with overtime.

Someone called a Gallup jail pretending to represent the sheriff and got an accused murderer out of jail.

Lasers can be tractor beams.

Idaho: The caviar state.

EPA studies edited by the oil and gas industry through political pressure.

Most plastics release chemicals that are like estrogen, according to a study.

Nano spy-cam hummingbird.