My touring bike and touring accoutrement showed up from FedEx the other day, and I finally had my old stuff (shoes, panniers, etc.) to go for a decent ride. I also still have my touring bike in the 5,000 pieces it arrived in, and will spend a weekend day putting Part X with corresponding Part Y.
But yesterday I rode instead, going South around Mesa del Sol, then into town to Nob Hill to watch a movie. Yeah, this seasonal unemployment is pretty great. Here’s what I discovered.
- The taggers are currently losing the war with the City/County for control of the arroyo under the 2nd Street bridge at Mountain View. Much more grey eraso-paint than tags. It’s summer tagger guys! You’ve done such a good job on the ditches around my SV home, you gotta put some effort in further South. Shameful.
- Mesa del Sol still pretty much looks like a closed-down movie set for a fairly low budget remake of “Office Space”. Albuquerque Studios had a few cars driving up (with California plates) and some in the parking lot, but it looked pretty sleepy. The fancy glass building still has only 1 or 2 tenants and eight cars in the parking lot. The International Baccalaureate charter school did open, but isn’t in the fancy glass building. Just a few double portables out in the middle of nowhere, a few hundred yards from the fancy glass building. I wonder what the story is there. I also notice the IB school has special signed siparking spaces for “hybrid car” and “HOV car”, which I guess is good for a school that is at least a 25 mile commute from any possible student.
- There’s a full-blown detour on University just south of Sunport now, and it takes us on a dead-business museum tour past the Eclipse Aviation plant. I stopped by the place to get some shade for a minute, and peered inside the Eclipse offices. Interestingly, magazines still sit atop a trendy end table in the waiting room, color faded and slightly peeling from months and months of ABQ sun. A bunch of very nice-looking expensive conference chairs are piled along one wall. My classroom sure could use those..maybe I could talk to the Russians or Poles or whoever technically owns them now about a donation.
- Shoppers for bicycle stuff now have an interesting choice in Nob Hill. “Do I support the new fixie shop or the established ‘Bike Coop'” across the street? I spent my five bucks for a spare tire tube at the fixie shop. I erroneously felt this was somehow an important economic gesture, comment.
- Thanks to Keif and the Guild for holding over that film by/about “Banksy”. I learned much about street art while being entertained by both the story and its ideas on art, fake art, the faking of fake art, culture, celebrity, obsession/imitation and on and on. Almost deceptively thought-provoking, this was definitely a film I would show a middle school film class if I was still teaching a middle school film class. Cuss words be damned.
- Finally…98 degrees in Albuquerque equates to about 84 degrees in Jackson, MS. Bike riding in ABQ equates to world’s greatest pleasure compared to bike riding in Jackson, MS. No, it’s not perfect, but the bike lanes/”boulevards”/etc. and car interaction here is so much more enjoyable than in Mississippi.