Thursday, September 11, 2014

New Mexico State Fair Throwback Thursday

It's New Mexico State Fairtime ... the trees are turning ... this morning there was a feeling of fall on the way ... and folks from around the state are headed for the fairgrounds in Albuquerque.

For a number of years my journalistic "beat" was covering the state fair.  It seems that things were bigger then, but things were also simpler.

For instance, I came across a photograph of my interviewing a rooster.  This rooster was a participant in a crowing contest.  Losers headed for the cooking pot. Winners headed for a life of fame and fortune.  I think it was about 1975 or so.

The hat was compliments of a local merchant.  I had to have a cowboy hat if I was covering the fair.

The photographer, Tom McCullough, would become a physician.

That camera, incidentally, was feeding a video tape recorder that weighed about 25 pounds.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Ahh...a fun slide (that never aired) from back in the good ol' days.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Airplane Seats

There's a lot of comment these days on the relativity of reclining airplane seats.

As a guy who is nearly six-and-a-half feet tall...let me tell you:


Airlines should just ban seats that recline those precious few inches (except for first class where there's room).

Or, the airlines could up-charge for those seats - and corral them into a specific area of the plane.

I've learned to be accustomed to the cheap, smaller seats and just scrunch up next to a window and hope the misery of the airplane trip is over quickly.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teddy's Day

It's National Dog Day.

Here's Teddy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

R U Ready for Some Football?

Are you ready for some Football?

Well, they're getting ready in the midwest.  As the summer days shorten and the mornings become a bit more crisp, dreams of championships are everywhere.

In Lincoln, Nebraska at a place called Memorial Stadium, which according to Wikipedia has been the host to 333 consecutive sellout crowds, attendance at one game last year was said to be 91,000 - even though the stadium official seating capacity isn't that high. When they're playing football here, it is the third largest community in the entire state.   Oh, they're the Cornhuskers.  It's been a while since they played their absolute best, 17 years since they won the big one (Tom Osborne was the coach then)...but they're ready to give it another go.  The maintenance folks were making sure the sign is ready to light up the sky...and they're hoping to add another year to the bottom of the sign, but it may not be 2014.

Nonetheless the fans are ready for some football! University folks from all across the country attended a recent meeting and signed a plastic corn husk and presented it to the genial host, Matt Hammons of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He wore it proudly!  It is more appealing than a razorback or a hunk of cheese!

Now, on to another kind of football.  A canceled plane and forced overnight allowed us to visit the training camp of the Kansas City Chiefs!

Under the watchful eye of Coach Andy Reid (who we could hear from the sidelines when he wasn't pleased) the big boys go about their business...hoping the boss will keep them.  Cuts are a comin'.

Quarterback Alex Smith was going through the paces, as 3 hopefuls watched and waited for their turn. Smith is in contract negotiations this year.  There are some sports observers saying he's a "franchise quarterback." We'll see...

I think the yellow jerseys on the quarterbacks mean  -  hands off - no touchie, to tacklie!

Make no doubt about it, these guys are serious - the coaches and the players.  There's a lot at stake, and they practice like they mean it.  And, as Connie shows, it is easier to tell the players when you have a program with pictures.

It'll be fun to watch (on TV) this winter and see these same guys bundling up and playing at Arrowhead Stadium on a cold blustery snowy winter day - dreaming of the drizzly days in St. Joe!

UPDATE --- Here is a link to the Kansas City Chiefs latest news--- Ouch!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer in the midwest

Another travel blog --

This will come in installments because there was so much to see and cover during a recent trip to the breadbasket of America.

Let me begin by posting a couple pictures of contrasting capitols---

This is the State Capitol in Des Moines - Iowa, not New Mexico.  
All of Des Moines, New Mexico would fit in this building.   
There's gold in them thar roofs  ---

This is the State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska.   
Use a little's a giant cornstalk ---

And this is me, at the Cass County Fair near Weeping Water, Nebraska.   

This tractor, and the attachments that allow the gentleman farmers to bring in the crops, costs about $450,000.  This green monster happens to be a John Deere -- which reminds me of a joke told by my 5th grade teacher in Taos,New Mexico.   Celestino Romero, who would go on to serve in the state legislature was the teacher.

Teacher Romero:  "Do you know what the tractor said to the plow?"

Students:   "No Mr. Romero, what did the tractor say to the plow?"

Teacher Romero:  "Hold me closer, John Deere!"

Drum roll, please!

And, this is how Weeping Water, Nebraska got it's name:

On the road, again, Connie & I couldn't pass up the opportunity to be outstanding in a field - of corn!
(A few sunflowers snook into the picture along the ditchbank!)  
Across the street were soybean fields!