Answer Me This
Which notable Burqueños spent the night in jail? What spicy food got recalled? How did police find a cyclist's stolen bikes? And how can you track where federal stimulus dollars are going in Albuquerque?
A Life Sentence
Illiteracy traps New Mexicans in low-paying jobs, according to one coalition working to free them
Gilbert Zamora was a top janitor at a school in Alamogordo. He was in charge of placing the school's orders, sometimes for textbooks. He was an older man, in his 50s or 60s. And because he couldn't read, he devised a color-coded system for doing his job. "If someone messed with his system, he was vulnerable," says Heather Heunermund, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy (NMCL).
Warehouse for the (Partial) Win
Warehouse 508 has ridden the ups and downs of the funding seesaw. The budding Downtown teen center saw its operating budget slashed by $50K and its Icehouse-rehab budget increased by $300,000 in a late-May meeting.
So we now have what's billed as the world's first Slam Poet Laureate in Danny Solis, crowned this past Saturday night, June 13, at the KiMo. Good on Danny. As a slam elder statesman, so to speak, this choice is right in the sweet spot.
With home prices plummeting, Larry Garcia devised an unusual plan for getting his place off the market.
Bear With Me
A step-by-step guide
I recently had the privilege of going completely crazy 500 miles from home.
Stress at work (fighting with an entire backwoods police department) and chemical imbalances (What journalist doesn’t have one?) led to various and sundry temper tantrums that required medication. A doctor prescribed an antidepressant—I had quit taking one several months earlier that had been prescribed for obsessive-compulsive disorder. He warned that the drug would make me feel like I was bouncing off the walls and prescribed a benzodiazepine to calm my frazzled nerves.
Odds & Ends
Dateline: England—The City Council in Worcester has sent a letter to a dead citizen demanding he pay for upkeep on his gravestone or it will be repossessed.
El Machete's "The Cost of War" [June 4-10] cartoon speaks volumes about the expanding war on Afghanistan. I recently gave a couple of lectures in New Mexico and used it to illustrate the folly of Washington's policy. Viva El Machete!
Talk Like a Pirate Day
Learning how to talk like a pirate is way harder than you think. There's a lot more to it than just saying “Arr, matey.” For starters: You have to learn how to walk on a peg leg while wearing an eye patch (unless you are already doing those things for non-pirate reasons). Then you have to learn how to keep grog down (an effort on its own). And you have to do it all while a parrot poops on your shoulder. This Thursday, Sept. 19, join 505 Steampunk: Society of Brass and Steam at O'Neills in the Heights to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day the right way—by dressing silly and saying weird things from 6:30 to 8pm.