Friday, March 30, 2007
Since I had just driven past an adult bookstore, you understand my confusion.
In Unrelated News
The local public radio station is in its fundraiser week. To get this, you also need to know that there is a town in New Mexico named Lamy (pronounced Lay-mee). Here's what I heard today:
Female announcer: We need to hear from Lamy this hour.
Male announcer: We heard from them earlier, I think.
Female announcer: No! I mean Lamy right now!
Female announcer: I really didn't mean to go there.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Next he said, "Now to completely change the subject..." Again, vocabulary and phraseology that I don't think was part of my repertoire at that age!
Meanwhile in ABQ, I passed another movie set on the way to work. Waiting for one of the stars to decide to visit the shelter or call to be hypnotized!
Friday, March 23, 2007
I wonder what that makes a "near hit." If a near miss is really a miss, then is a near hit really a hit?
It's like Abu of the Simpson's remarked, "What?! Inflammable means flammable? I love this country!"
Weatherwise here in ABQ, we had mid 70 degree and sunny days last weekend. Today it is snowing on the Sandia Mts. and raining here in the valley.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Did I mention that my assistant is on vacation in India until April? How about the executive director also being away on vacation?
I am calling in all of my substitutes and volunteers and am delegating like crazy. But if I haven't called you in a while, this is the reason. :)
Monday, March 19, 2007
This got me to thinking about my credit cards, which led me to calculate current minimum payments along with the current interest rates. Here's what I found out if I just make minimum payments each month and never use the cards again:
- Credit Card A
Will be paid off in 9 yrs 4 mos.
- Credit Card B
Will be paid off in 10 yrs.
- Credit Card C
Will be paid off in 45 yrs.
Making those same minimum payments without interest, the cards would be paid off as follows:
- Credit Card A
Would be paid off in 3 yrs. 7 mos.
- Credit Card B
Would be paid off in 3 yrs. 4 mos.
- Credit Card C
Would be paid off in 4 yrs. 2 mos.
This has me beginning to investigate filing bankruptcy which is against my principles. But then over $6,000 is not really money that I borrowed; it is pure interest.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
The organization has been trying to get a better server for years, but hasn't. My assistant was the first one to start backing up our database; but unbeknownst to any of us, she was only saving shortcuts and icons, not the actual data from the server. I invited an MBA student to come and teach me some about our Access database. She made a copy, but couldn't pull the information out to the copy without my logging in as administrator. Which I did.
And she deleted 3 years of all of the data for our shelter. Nearly 3,000 records with near-endless points of information.
The best computer recovery guy in the city says that it is not retrievable.
My weekend has been busy strategizing, but nothing resolved yet. This is a picture of my brain at the moment...
Friday, March 16, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
- "PBS Special."
- "My therapist made me watch it."
Speaking of films, I drove past another movie camp this morning. Hardly a week passes by without driving past some movie set or film company. Two studios are building sound stages in the area. Albuquerque has been high on the Hollywood choice of cities lately. "Wild Hogs" is the most recently released film that was shot completely in New Mexico.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
A couple of other of my favorite drop in spots:
Downtown Gourmet, where I buy cheese from all over the world (and the owner always hands out a huge amount of samplers.
The Middle East Bakery is my place to go for middle eastern groceries, fresh falafel, pita bread, Turkish coffee and lunch when I have the extra cash. (Link is a review post)
For all things German, including apples & cream horseradish sauce, I visit the Alpine Sausage Kitchen. (Link is just the street address.)
Beer: Chama River Micro-Brewery, where the only have four tap beers. That's it. You can bring your own food in to eat and can leave your mug on their shelf to use whenever you return. If they had a Web site, it would be bigger than the entire room (which has about 4 tables, plus the bar). Very cool.
Coffee: Still haven't found my perfect fit. Find myself going to the Blue Dragon when they have throat singing events; want to like Alfredo's but seating is too stiff; same for Irysh Mac's; Whitings is cool, but I seldom go for some reason. Typically, I stick to my own home brews and invite friends over or go to their places.
Hangout with a Book: Not a lot of selection here since Pearl's Dive closed. I usually end up at one of the Flying Star locations (see picture at right).
Groceries: Other than the specialty shops mentioned above, I go to La Montanita Co-op, where I am a member, and to the Talin Market. I hope to join Los Poblanos Organics soon, since I know the farm where most of the food is grown.
I'm not sure why all of this info is at the top of my head today. Maybe it's The 1950's Housewife thing, or that I'm just avoiding work at my desk. Anyway, I obviously enjoy local and off-the-beaten path joints around the city. Feel free to add others that you know and enjoy.