Friday, June 23, 2023

Ear candy

The doves and pigeons of ABQ are different from those in Kansas. The midwestern doves in our yard would coo, with a dispirited air and sometimes startle us with the clattering of their wings. But here there's a real guttural quality to the cooing. These birds are kinda metal.  

Loving the Armchair Expert podcast, recommended by my bestie, the Danish. Can particularly enthuse about the interviews with David Sedaris. In case you need some of this nonsense in your ears I have assembled links to all four appearances:

1. July 2018

2. October 2021

3. July 2022

4.  April 2023

Am trying to learn all the lyrics to Australia by the Shins. It's a lot of words. 

Smartless is apparently taking over the world. It's so big I'm not even going to link, it'll come up with any search. On a streaming channel, there is a one hour documentary episode showing the run up to one of their on-stage appearances that happened in DC during Covid times. I watched because I love those guys. But the melancholy music and slow paced editing and complete lack of footage from the actual performance has me confused. It's like a sweet sad farewell or something. <shrug> 


Adding: I just ordered a pair of analog earphones to go with the Yamaha keyboard a friend lent me. Looking forward to making some noise with it. 

Thursday, June 1, 2023


A dinner party happened. We have five chairs and five sat down at the table. I got the pinto beans cooking early in the day because beans from dried take a long time. Nod did calabacitas and cornbread and everything came out well. Stellar guests brought a big salad and pie which made it fully festive. We still have the dinner table in front of the picture window but I'm lobbying for relocation.  

A creative and determined person: A Simple Exercise to Strengthen the Lower Esophageal Sphincter and Eliminate Gastroesophageal Reflux: An Autobiographical Case Report. Shared by Slime Mold Time Mold. He figured out how to exercise the lower esophageal valve muscles in order to get rid of his reflux. Kneeling and putting your forehead on the floor before swallowing sounds very awkward. But I'm sure practice makes perfect. More than six months of daily practice got rid of the acid and allowed him to sleep flat again. 

Found and lost and found again (thanks Metafilter!) the English Historical Fiction Authors blog gives wonderful topics, tidbits and enthusiasm. 

I'm collecting events calendars to try and find out what's going on in the city. 

ABQ: KiMo, Popejoy, Vortex, Guild, Expo and other fairgrounds bldgs, 

Santa Fe: Lensic, Railyard

ABQ and NM hikes, great site by an old archeologist: 

ABQ plants

Planning to go to the star watch night at the Valles Caldera in a couple of weeks. I'm really excited about that. Hope for a clear sky.