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Stephen Porter
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Thanks for taking time to do the video.   I've been thinking about getting one of these and your video is a great "test drive."   For $100, this light seems to be a great value.   I won't be riding at night much, so the 1-2 hr. battery life shouldn't be a problem.
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Hi Gabe,

Thanks for the emails....working my way through them now.

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Adam Steffey, super-great mandolinist discussing his roots.   His "New Primitive" album, recorded with his banjo-playing wife and a couple other fantastic old-timey musicians is, IMHO a masterpiece of modern interpretations of real old-time music.

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Lots of amazing music here in New Mexico--never would have thunk it while living in L.A.!

Especially noteworthy: Jeez LaWeez, especially "I Can't Go to Town Anymore."   These women are talented, original and outrageous.

Hot Club of Cowtown and Katie Glassman and Snapshot are also fabulous.

Lots of good stuff on this video--thanks for posting, Judy.


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Here's a website devoted to fighting for net neutrality (and other freedom of the press issues) that I've found useful.   There's a meeting at Senator Tom Udall's Albuquerque office on August 13.   If you can or want to attend, email to: esmith@freepress.net to get signed up.

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The open Internet is central to people's freedom to communicate, share, advocate and innovate. But powerful interests want to censor free speech, block the sharing of information, hinder innovation and control how Internet users get online. BroadbandMobileSurveillanceNet Neutrality ...
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I saw these guys at the Red River (New Mexico) Bluegrass festival last year--Sept 2013.  They are great.   A modern-day version of the traditional "brother" duets--Louvin's, Blue Sky Boys, etc., etc.    Nice people too.   They said they would be back this year, but I'm not even sure the festival is on.

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(Climbing on soapbox....)
I listen to/watch TWIT.TV quite a bit and over the past several months the  commercials for Naturebox "healthy" snacks have been annoying the hell out of me.    I went to Naturebox' website and I can't find ANYTHING in the way of nutritional info about the various products.   (Am I missing something?)

A quick Google search brought up the website below--"fatsecret.com".   Looking at this site, none of the Naturebox products seem remotely "healthy" to me.   Lots of sugars, carbs and calories.   Maybe better than Twinkies, but hardly healthy.

It's especially grating to listen to Mike Elgan, who is a very health-aware guy, read commercials with lines like "You must snack more...." and proclaiming the health benefits of these snack foods.  And having Robert Balacer, SJ telling me  I "must snack more"?????  Yikes.

I'm not saying Naturebox is worse than "ordinary" snack foods, but IMHO they are hardly "healthy."

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Thanks for the info.   I agree that the best (only REAL) test is to try them during strenuous activity.

IMHO Gore Tex is living off its reputation established 30 (or more?) years ago. 

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Yes, I agree. I have 10/10K jacket with side zips and a gore-tex Lafuma without side zips. In dry conditions I have exercised in both, and while the gore-tex is 50% more breathable appx than the 10k jacket, once the side-zips have been opened the difference became 10% only. The gore-tex jacket is a thin 3 pocket jacket for an extra 30% price. The 10K has 5 pockets and side zips and is a 3 in one design. Not inferior at all.
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Interesting (and nice!) version of the venerable "Fisher's Hornpipe."   Allison Krause and Mark O'Connor on fiddles; Yo Yo Ma (!) on cello.   Not sure of bass player's name, but pretty sure he's Alison Krause's "regular" bassist in Union Station.

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He is not, the bass player of Union Station is Barry Bales.This is Edgar Meyer actually. It is btw also "Alison Krauss"
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Nice version of bluegrass gospel classic.

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Another great video from luthier  extraordinaire, Marty Jacobson.

(I have Nautilus #19!)

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I was cleaning up my "battery drawer" and thought I might package them all up and stick 'em in the freezer....then I wondered if this were a "Modern Jackass" / urban myth.   Apparently so.

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Why do some people store batteries in the freezer? Should you store batteries in the freezer? Everyday Einstein looks into the deep freeze.
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REPEATEDLY FAILED TO DIAGNOSE/REPAIR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CODE As relatively new Albuquerque residents (2010) we took our 2009 Mazda 3 (less than 50K miles at the time) to Quality Mazda for routine services. When we started getting check engine lights (code: P0171) we took it in to have it repaired. To summarize our experiences after that: from July 2011 to June 2014, we spent about $1,100.00 to get the code properly diagnosed and repaired. The code kept returning over and over and when we took it in a couple of months ago we were told, in effect, that there were "too many" things that could go wrong and that Mazda corporate/tech were not being helpful. This sounded CRAZY to me. These are machines--they CAN be diagnosed and fixed with properly trained techs and proper tools. Subsequent visits just seemed to make the service writers more and more uncooperative, to the point of being surly. I set up a meeting with the service manager for the entire dealership--Quality GMC and Mazda, who assured me that the employees' attitude would be addressed, that they should have been more professional, etc., etc. However, when the service manager ALSO echoed the "no help from Mazda" line and told me how difficult these things can be to fix, I realized I was just barking up the wrong tree and we would have to find a solution elsewhere. We did make one more attempt to address the problem, but the the service writers were again uncooperative. I got the impression they just wanted us to go away. I called Mazda Corporate and reported the problem. I also decided to just go to another dealership and hope to find an answer. We took the car to University Mazda, the only other dealer in town and when we brought it in the first person we spoke to (another service writer) told us that it sounded to him like a bad fuel pump. jjWe left the car there and their mechanics went to work. Running their diagnostic procedures produced data that showed the fuel pump was well below spec and this explained the problem and fit all the symptoms we had reported in the past: the fact that the problem seemed to come back whenever the outside temps got into the mid-to-high 90's and at temps over 100 (rare) the car just stopped functioning (twice). University replaced the fuel pump and all has been fine since. During all of this I did my own research on the P0171 code--trying to help the Quality tech out since they couldn't seem to do their job. Found information on the code that specifically said DO NOT REPLACE oxygen sensors--which, of course, was just ONE of the things that Quality HAD replaced. Bottom line is that the service department at Quality Mazda is in my estimation incompetent, unwilling to take any responsibility and a PITA to deal with on top of it. If you need your oil changed and you don't mind dealing with them, fine. Otherwise, MY ADVICE: stay away....far, far away.
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
I moved to ABQ from LA about 4 years ago. I had a favorite detailer in Los Angeles, who did excellent work and always made me happy. After arriving here, I had a difficult time finding anyone in town who actually knew what they were doing, including the local Porsche dealership. I took my daily driver there before taking my garage queen 928 S4 and they did a terrible job--burned through the paint in several places! This year I just happened across Complete Mobile Detail and after talking to Adam (owner) at length I decided that he knew what he was talking about and gave them a try. Excellent work. I hope he's around for a good while!
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
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This company owns the Carl's Jr. @ Eubank and Constitution, where my wife and I have had an unbelievably bad experience dealing with the staff, and a supposed "district manager" over employees' inability to handle their own gift cards correctly. I won't bore you with the details, but I will say their level of non-comprehension is truly astounding. We heard from one "district manager" two days after calling in to complain. He promised all the would be taken care of and he would be visiting the location that afternoon. We went by the next day to try and use our gift cards and ran into the same situation, plus an in-store manager who told us she was ready to leave and had things to do. We literally stood at the counter for 20 minutes while she called and tried to get things handled. We finally left and I called Carl's corporate complaint line, explained the situation and the person there sounded very concerned and promised to contact the franchisees (these guys) and get things taken care of. That was last Friday. Today (Tuesday) I called corporate again and the contact said he would "resubmit" the complaint. It's apparent to me these guys couldn't care much less about their customers and are content to just hope people either don't notice their incompetence and/or will go away. Bottom line: don't EVER get a gift card from Carl's Jr. unless you are prepared to deal with moronic employees who dont' know and/or can't follow the company's own procedures. We won't be revisiting Carl's Jr. in the future and we'll be sure to let everyone we run into about this experience. PS: If someone with half a brain from Carl's or this company decides to take responsbility and HANDLE this situation, I'll amend my review to reflect that. I'm not going to hold my breath though.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago