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Balloon Festival, 2013, and other stuff…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 14-10-2013


I suppose the balloon festival for this year was a great success. Great weather prevailed and they flew most every day I hear. Good job, God, thanks a lot from all the people involved in the event. I don’t go anymore, but all the people who do are happy. The people who don’t go are happy the traffic is gone….But wait, the work on the Paseo Del Norte/I-25 interchange is starting today or tomorrow and will last 14 months….A flyover is being built and it will be nice when it is finished, however, we will endure some suffering for a while until then. That dang river is just in the wrong place, dividing the city and we only have a few choices traveling east and west. Paseo Del Norte is the high speed east west street, or make that was and it will become even faster upon completion of this job….Oh, did you miss me? What, you did not know I had been gone….Well, not gone, gone, but missing a few posting. If I had been posting it would have been about our sorry azz congress and you have probably heard enough about that. What are they thinking…Oh, sorry, they are worried about the Washington Redskins and the damage that is doing. If they decide it will affect them and their paycheck, then they might get to work. If not, then “the rough end will drag and slick end will slide”. Pete

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Two questions? What does the word “flyover” mean? I thought that the Paseo Del Norte was a highway. Is this a place where one drives so fast that he barely clips the treetops and thinks he’s flying? I don’t remember any trees in Albuquerque except for the planted and watered ones in the parks as well as our beloved populars lining the driveway into the “Goat Farm”, neither of which have likely survived the famous drought.

Second Question? What does the word “azz” mean? Is this a code word to cover up a word that my mother always said that it was improper for me to say in public?

The Congress will eventually get their act together. Of course, we may not have a nation when it does. It may be time to start rethinking our system of government after we realize that a representative democracy is impossible where 350,000,000 people are directly participating in it via modern technological gadgets. With such gadgetry, it may be time to try out a true direct democracy; then, instead of a deep division into two, we will have a division by 350 million. It boggles the mind! At least, we will find out if a true, direct democracy is even possible, especially when it is obvious that most people aren’t ready for it.

A flyover is a continuous street or highway that is elevated above the streets it is going around or over. You still have you exits. As an example, I-40 eastbound has a flyover for northbound I-25, flying over the other intersections with the normal exits coming off, usually the right side of the highway or road you are traveling. Er, well, a marked maze if you will…… Azz is a term for the modern day donkey passing off as human or vise versa.

In Albuquerque, they would give it a nice, exotic name like “flyover” where people drive no less than a 100 in and out of town. In most places, it would be just another overpass where the typical speed is the same, if not slower, than the underpasses. New Mexico can afford it. It gets all those nice federal tax dollars that it takes to maintain KAFB and all those Federal lab facilities. Arkansas barely gets enough to keep the potholes filled, and they aren’t filled until the highway is absolutely worn out. I still hit a Huckaby hole on my way to work this morning, and he’s been out of office now almost eight years.

Conditions in a city of over a million must be really different to that of a town of only 300,000. I remember riding my bicycle along the I-40 right-of-way (then under construction) to the top of Nine Mile Hill and back again almost to Tijeras Canyon. It was dirt then, but the road construction people had the road packed nicely. I suppose it would be dangerous to get a bicycle on it now even if one was able to avoid the cops. If it is now called a “flyover”, soon it may cause air sickness as well. In 1967, it did beat biking along Central Avenue (Route 66). Those were the days! At least, they provided a military experience for me that was much nicer and tamer than many had at the time in Viet Nam. For that, I am grateful and thankful for a U.S. military wasting millions of dollars in so-called research at KAFB providing an opportunity for me to both avoid the war and to obtain the experience in my field that has allowed me to make a living well past retirement age. What a country! I refuse to think that the country is now all bad, even though it bans WWII veterans from their own open-air memorial in their capitol city.

A flyover is much more complex than a overpass and you would have to see the interchanges to understand or maybe I just don’t want to do that much typing to paint you a picture in words. Albuquerque is a city or metroplex of probably 600,000 plus and is not the place it was when I moved here in 1990, it is an ever changing place. I am amazed driving down streets seeing the new business and residences, every day something new. So, whenever you were here, those places might still be here, I would not know, but I am betting they too have changed.

It seems that I have heard the saying ” let the rough end drag and the slick end slide” before from my grand mother a many a time!!!

Yes, did miss hearing from you….

Thanks for the comments, Dan, glad someone missed me and yes, you have heard the comment before. Many times I am sure….. I could have used my wife’s comment of, “tie a knot in the rope and hold on”, which also applies in the governments present condition.

Now your definition of a flyover does have me confused. I still think that it is just another fancy overpass designed by engineers to look futuristic, so they can take more of our tax dollars in order to do a simple job. Now, this is the best definition of engineering I know: taking tax dollars in greater and greater quantities in order to do simpler and simpler jobs while making them look fancier and fancier and futuristic. Also environmentally safe! Gone is the day when my Dad could take his John Deere tractor (or a mule with a dirt moving scoop) and throw a dam across a creek in the back pasture that flows into an interstate waterway in order to irrigate his crop. It’s not environmentally safe. It’s not kind enough to the little minnows that lose their habitat and their lives and become extinct. So, what can we do now? We let the land go back to the way it was when the Choctaw roamed (and perhaps buffalo too). This makes the government happy. The government is even happier when our land is allowed to re-forest; our woods are allowed to become wild again; and the people are collecting a government subsistance check with everyone getting the same. This is true equality of opportunity and equality of subsistance! We elected him. President Obama is now happy.

The city of Albuquerque really hasn’t grown as much as I thought. It had a population of about 300,000 in the late Sixties. The city itself has about 600,000 today after 4.5 decades. Throw Rio Rancho into the mix, and it has 900,000. It only reaches over a million when the larger area from Santa Fe to Las Vegas is thrown into the mix. These numbers are from Wikipedia. There obviously are more cars than people. I guess this explains the futuristic flyovers, the crowded streets, and the traffic. Who cares about the people? They’re going on public subsistance anyway to make Obama happy. To make the people happy, we must have a nice place to put our cars. Doesn’t this sound a bit like Adolf Hitler and his “people’s car”? Now, the people are happy. Incidentally, southeast Albuquerque of which I was familiar is pretty much the same except for the four-lane streets, the places to put all of those extra cars, and KAFB (the western part), which is the abomination made desolate by progress (tearing down the buildings of old to make way for a fancy, new research center that is yet to happen and probably never will). If it does it will be manned by Chinese, foreigners, and Moslems because all the Americans will be on government subsistance.

Well sir, I never thought I would have to describe a flyover to someone, so my word power is insufficient to explain it to you or anyone for that matter. Go to Albuquerque, NM on Goggle Earth, enter Albuquerque, NM and go to the intersection of I-40 and I-25. There are no stop lights or stop signs on the major roadways. Down at the bottom of the “maze” where the city street run into those major roads, there are stop signs. It does keep the traffic moving. Pete ps Little Rock has at least one. Goggle Little Rock, Arkansas flyovers…Fancy overpass may be a good name also…

I already have. Where do you think that I get most of my current information about KAFB? I certainly don’t get much of it from Wikipedia, 75% of which is inaccurate. I make a visit on Google Earth just about everyday to KAFB and the old Goat Farm to see the loss of habitat for the jack rabbit and the roadrunner: the pits that have been dug to store our nuclear weapons that no one seems willing to use or to even think about. It makes the loss of habitat of the tiny snail darter seen very tame indeed. I’ve “walked” down the streets on Google Earth that I walked every day from 1965 to 1969, and I find nothing but desolation made desolate because there is nothing. The old Capehart base housing is gone to make way for the so-called Kirtland research complex that will likely never happen. The old Zia Park housing is gone. The old officer’s club and NCO club is gone as well as most of the officer housing. My old barracks is gone as well as the mess hall and the cafeteria where I first heard about LBJ”s famous announcement that he would not be a candidate for re-election for his party in 1968. I was surprised, but happy at the same time. Oh, how I wish I could hear it from the current president. The old 4900th Airbase Orderly Room is gone. Even the old base theater where I watched so many good, essentially free movies, both from Hollywood and from the Air Force at Commanders’ Call about this unknown guy (Colin Powell) making yet another new rating in Viet Nam. Colin is a good man and a good officer, but everyone knew that he advanced so rapidly in rank only because the Army was under tremendous pressure to promote blacks, and there were precious few qualified blacks around to promote. That is the reason that the qualifications of Colin Powell, or the lack thereof, became so obvious when he finally became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. About the only thing left of the KAFB that I knew are the tennis courts that have grown from a single set of three to two sets of three as well as the soft ball fields. Oh yeah! The Mecca is gone. This was the Airman Service Club, and it was “the” Air Force to the lowly Airmen. The Vet Clinic, the Dental Clinic, and the base hospital are all gone as well as the BX and the Commissary as well as my main communication with the outside world, the post office, where I got my precious little government checks twice a month. I’m sure all of these facilities have moved to the east and are probably nicer and better, but the KAFB that I knew is an abomination of desolation, scraped clean to make way for progress that may never happen in a country rendered bankrupt by an unqualified, unvetted president, who is not even a citizen of this country, much less a “natural born” one along with a mainstream Media that continues to support and to defend him all the way.

Oh yeah, I visit the Goat Farm almost every day on Google Earth. It is really an abomination made desolate. It was taken over by the Kirtland Riding Club in the Seventies, but, even they must not be using it much now. Our beloved rows of populars lining the approach to it are essentially gone or dead. There is only a cement slab where the laboratory once stood where I analyzed so many specimens from irradiated and dead sheep. Only the office building of the main complex is still there, and it looks grown up in a forest of trees. The fence around the sheep pen where I use to walk out to prop against while gazing at the Sandias dreaming of home somewhere far beyond in Alabama is no longer there. Neither are my black sheep pets that we raised and bottle-fed to adulthood after they were removed from the womb of their irradiated, dead mother sheep are no longer there. These beautiful, grown black sheep were the last beings to which I communed and said “good-by” when I left the facility for the last time. It was one of the more tearful, emotional moments of my life. These animals represented the best of a mother’s protection of her unborn. Although the mother sheep was dead, these had no ill-affects from the radiation at all. These black sheep will forever sit along the side of Ike, the bird dog, in my affection as long as I live and beyond.

I know Google Earth. I am aware of the changes in and around Albuquerque in the past 40 years, especailly on the western side, which was only a habitat for jack rabbits and roadrunners 40 years ago. I know about the flyovers. We even have one almost completed in Little Rock. We have cars and a fascination for cars tool We also have people who love Obama Care, government checks, and the welfare state (equalization of wealth) that Obama is promoting. New Mexico is not alone in that regard. Hermosa Drive Baptist Church is still there, but it is only an empty building. It became an Indian (Native American) Church for a time, but even they must be gone now. I still take my morning walks, via Google Earth, along the beautiful greenery of Ridgecrest Blvd. to Central Avenue and to what they now call Albuquerque Midtown and the University of New Mexico area. It has changed, but the streets, although fourlane are still there and are much the same. It was on Carlisle, just south of Central, where I ended forever my experiment with trying to develop a taste for tobacco and threw my last cigarette in the garbage.

Wow, I have problems understanding some of your other comments then. I’m impressed….Never have visited any goat farm….I just live here…still a few rabbits on the west side. Coyotes have moved on, however….

You live in a great place! I wish I could return there someday.

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