Up Chuckin’ Away On…

A canale I put in to drain water off the roof of the addition on Tristan’s house (added on before Tristan bought the house). After the addition settled on the side opposite the canale that is supposed to drain the roof, a lot of water was ponding on the roof when it rained.


After spending most evenings last week partying like it was 1399 with medieval scholars, Estevan and I went back to antiquity and found the roof on the addition of Tristan’s house made a fine vomitoruim “to spew forth” over the shoddy workmanship we encounter every time we work on it. This time we removed a swamp cooler off the roof and covered the hole left in the roof where the cooler was with a skylight. We also replaced a skylight that had not been installed properly. That skylight had cracks in it and gaps around its frame so it leaked.  We also caulked cracks along the bottom of the parapet caused by the addition settling, and finished out the inside of the hole under the new skylight. After that we hung a French door in the entrance to the area where the upstairs part of the addition, bathroom, laundry room and bedrooms are.

The washing machine and dryer were moved into a bedroom closet on the second floor above the garage when the addition was built. It’s a strange place for a washer and dryer, so we are trying to figure out where they were before the addition to see if any of the original hookups are still in the walls. We want to move the washer and dryer so we can make the closet where they are now into a kitchenette, then the area of the house over the garage and the addition across the hall can be used as an apartment. But locating where the washer and dryer were originally is proving to be difficult.

A photo Tristan did of me spewing forth over the parapet.


Estefan found the hole in the roof that was left after we took off the swamp cooler was a perfect vertical vomitorium. Photo by Tristan.


Caulking around the skylight. Photo by Tristan.


The two new skylights on the roof of the addition. Photo by Tristan.


The finished hole in the roof underneath the skylight. Photo by Tristan.


I took photos showing a closer view of the shining new skylights.


This is a frayed caulk.


A view of the French door we installed at the entrance to the bedrooms above the garage and the addition taken from the bathroom. Tristan plans on putting stained glass in the Triangle above the door and applying stick-on stained glass on the lights in the door.

More Progress

Site of the downtown grocery store complex on Monday, January 26, 2015
Faye and Jay climbed to the 16th floor of the New Mexico Bank & Trust Building in 2:46:30 on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. They were a minute faster than Bruce and me.


Looked like they had dug down to the water table on Wednesday, January 28, 2015.


Bruce and I set personal records climbing the 16 floors on Thursday, January 29, 2015 in 3:27:50. Thursday was our 10th climb up the stairs at the New Mexico Bank & Trust Building.


Friday, January 30, 2015 was cold and wet with a mix of rain and snow falling most of the day. The front end loaders, grader, tractor and back hoe got the day off on Friday.


Panorama of Downtown Albuquerque on a gray, wet Friday, January 30, 2015. The New Mexico Bank & Trust Building is in the center of the photo.




The Eve Of Construction: A Groundbreaking Experience


Over two years ago they said “Give up your parking spaces, a grocery store is at hand!” And the city took out the bumpers, fenced the lot, and the lot sat empty. And yet no grocery store. A year went by, and they used it for a staging area to finish the multi-colored apartments across the street. And yet no grocery store. With the apartments finished, the fences came down, “No Parking” signs went up, and yet no grocery store. People started parking on the periphery and then in the still empty lot. And yet no grocery store. The “No Parking” signs disappeared, more parked cars, movie studios set up staging one day and disappear the next. Another year gone by, and yet no grocery store. Then came Monday’s announcement of the ground breaking for the new grocery store on Tuesday. Yesterday was gloomy and cold as the people gathered and the politicians and business representatives gave their speeches. Shovels ready, cameras rolling, the grocery store is at hand. Hooray! Let the destruction begin.

The tree is down and the apartments are finished. A similar day as yesterday in the lot behind the office over a year ago.




The Mayor in the middle.



Liz celebrating the apocryphal news of the grocery store almost three years ago.





Spunk Watches Italian Music Videos


Spunk has started watching Italian music videos. His current favorites are Anna Tatangelo’s “Sensi” (Feelings) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xB6QA7snWqk, and Litfiba’s “Squalo” (Shark) — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbcYNU71JOo.

In “Squalo” there are a couple of women painted up as skeletons who dance in the darkness for a few seconds at various times throughout the video. Spunk would start pawing at the skeleton figures every time they came on screen. I wonder how he sees the figures that makes him want to touch them.

I put on another Italian music video, but Spunk lost interest soon after it began, jumped down and started playing with his toys on the floor. When I replayed “Sensi”, he bounded across the room, slid up to the computer and intently watched the video again — he seemed to be enamored by Anna.

The lyrics to “Sensi” in Italian and English are available at http://lyricstranslate.com/en/sensi-feelings.html. I did not find an English translation for “Squalo”.






Bold, Fearless & Funky


Marble Brewing Company, http://www.marblebrewery.com, is another award winning craft brewery in Albuquerque. Awarded the 2014 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year award by the Brewers Association, they have an impressive operation with the brewing, tap room and bottling all on site at the corner of Marble and 1st Street near downtown Albuquerque. A food truck was parked on the street serving hamburgers and French fries to the patrons spending their lunch or a leisurely Friday afternoon at the brewery.

I took the title for today’s blog off of Leah Black’s business card. She is the events & social media coordinator for Marble, and a pro at drawing drafts. After Ben interviewed Ted Rice (head of Marble) for The Beer Trale, http://www.thebeertrale.com, Leah was very accommodating and allowed us to roam freely in the brewhouse to observe, film and photograph the operation.









Leah Black


Ted Rice and Ben Lolli