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Friday, June 27, 2003
Albuquerque is nestled beside the Rio Grande River. An aerial view shown below shows a slightly greener area alongside the river known as the Bosque. There are no buildings alowed in the Bosque all through the state of New Mexico. It is a beautiful stretch of 'green' land through desert and mountains. This week's fire area is shown in red.

Also noted is the location of the AirDance ArtSpace and Bunnytown (also HQ for Freshchaos and Skippertown).


courtesy Mapquest.com


I-25 and I-40 cross at what is called The Big I in the middle of the city. A lot of folks 'pass through' Albuquerque on their way north, south, east, or west making it uniquely a ZIA sort of town in a ZIA sort of Enchanted Land. You just gotta love those 's!!!


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The Solar Music Festival begins today in Taos, New Mexico. Tomorrow's bands feature Hot Tuna and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Can't wait to go solar. Might provide a cool excuse to avoid the fiery woods of Albuquerque.

Last night, our Mayor announced that three people were taken into custody for at least one of the fires this week. Wouldn't say they were actually arrested. But incustody helps all of us here feel that a fourth fire might not happen yet. A trip to a Home Depot tnear the fire scene revealed the workings of a national effort to help with our 'fire week'. There was a tractor trailer form Montana with a special fire fighting tractor like outerspace shaped vehicle. Apparently it can roar through the woods and spray water faster than you can spit. A huge effort was made this week to combine forces of the City County and State. Now too FEMA is here with better (more $$$) helicopters and the National Guard is patrolling the Bosque/River areas.

Finding Nemo apparently has a lot of kids flushing fish down their toilets...Ahhhh. A good flush means a safe haven for the 'movie fish'. Perhaps in Austrailia (setting for movie) they do, but truth is in real life all toilets do NOT go to heaven (or the ocean).

This just in: The cost of high grade 'medical marijuana' has been passed onto the Government in Oregon. Now even low income folks can enjoy the free medicinal effects of that pesky old weed. Now that's being compassionately conservative.

Time for lunch and some Hot Tuna.



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Thursday, June 26, 2003


National news would have you believe that all of Albuquerque has been evacuated due to fires in our river (the Rio Grande) woodlands. Truth be told, our buddy Homer sez that all is well in the Albuquerque environs following two nights of fires in the 'Bosque'. Many dead trees and changed river walk vistas but no lives lost or hurt.

We are happy to report to our friends outside of the high desert, that the bunnies of Bunnytown, the schipperkes of Skippertown, and all the folks at FreshChaos HQ are alive and well. The AirDance ArtSpace is also safe and sound.


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As the sun wound into the ground yesterday, two new fires were set in the Bosque causing even more problems for firefighters and property owners. It is strongly believed to be arson as the two fires went off simultaneously in two separate locations. This morning Air National Guard copters poured water onto the blazing forests down by the river.

When this much chaos can be caused by a pack of matches makes you wonder more deeply about our Nation's Security.
Doesn't take an airliner crash to make a mighty big scary fire.


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Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Albuquerque Bosque FIRE
In the high desert, a fire with its smoke is visible forever. Here is some FRESHCHAOS from Albuquerque.

Earlier today the weather bureau issued an extreme wind alert for Albuquerque and the fire that started in the Bosque (woods alongside the river) , has taken full advantage. Aaah...The flames and smoke lessened for a while but Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, they are raging again now as the sun slowly sinks in our smeared orange western skies. The winds here are being clocked at 40 mph. Flames on our tv set that were smoldering moments ago, have now burst into tree-top blazing explosions.

I just watched on tv as a house under construction exploded in flames apparently caused by flying embers. It was weird to see this house burning with no other fires around it. Arsonist or high desert winds? Right now, a neighborhood where our Mayor Martin Chavez [his palatial house is at 3313 La Mancha as we just saw on KRQE with his address announced for all] has a house with smoke and flames all around. We can see on tv that smoke is all around his house. Mrs. Chavez has evacuated the home with her children in tears, wind and flames.

The fire keeps JUMPING from West to East and East to West over the River and back again. Is it the Chicago fire relived?
Nah...just aother spring in the drought parched high desert.


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Saturday, June 21, 2003
It's t-h-e- l-o-n-g-e-s-t-d-a-y--o-f--t-h-e--y-e-a-r-
Happy Solstice to one and all...Aaaahhhh...summer.


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Friday, June 20, 2003
You may notice that we are now supporting a ZONKBOARD to your left.
You can write anything you want and then spray it onto the Wall of Fresh and Chaotic Wisdom.

We'll see how it goes...


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"Heaven is a place
where nothing happens."

Talking Heads

I guess this is about where I am as we near Solstice 2003. You might say I am even lackadaisically inclined. Moving maybe just a tad toward somewhere where "love is an ocean" and I am floating like stars on the water. It might just be a lazy hazy summer day passage but lately I am committed to doing nothing, before moving ahead with the rest of my life. In summer, we are entitled to have a day or three off and let our gardens grow.

Maybe my whole boat is off course a bit after seeing Ziggy Marley this week here in Albuquqerque. A marvelous show at our 'Armpit of the Arts', the Sunshine Theater. Despite bad acoustics, swamplike restrooms, and stifling heat with noxious smoke fumes, Ziggy was GREAT. Played almost all of his new 'solo' album (er CD). He looked young, vibrant, and danced a strong dance for peace and love. Played a rousing version of his anthem "got to be true to myself" followed by "Jammin' ". There were plenty of oldies in the tradition of his father and plenty of 'the new'. "Concrete Jungle" seemed appropriate in the confines of the Armpit of the Arts.



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Saturday, June 14, 2003
Happy Full

on

Day
and oh, I almost forgot
HAPPY JUNETEENTH!!
Whooo-Hooo!


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Friday, June 13, 2003
Friday the thirteenth is barely alive and Wall Street is way down. We are taking CODE YELLOW precautions by calling in our Bugman for extra poison. You just can't have too much napalm in the morning.


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Thursday, June 12, 2003
Our favorite tv shows of winter are into re-runs, CNN's lost the war thing......what to watch? How's 'bout Lucky ,I'm with Busey,
Monk, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart or INSOMNIAC? Your local news and the Weather Channel are also good for passing the time to Armageddon or the new football season... Damn, there's just so much daylight now. So many things to do. Like you could even turn off your tv and GO outdoors! Nah.

So I have this great new eMac that so far I am truly IN LOVE with...but when I try to load my old floppy disk camera film from a Sony Mavica...aaaaahhhh...The emac does every thing fast and simply.It's just simply 2fast and 2furiouser. Why then does it take ten minutes to download pix from a floppy?...It's enough to make me want a new improved camera.


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Monday, June 09, 2003
STAIND is among a zillion acts coming to our area this summer according to Pollstar.




If STAIND would just play their one hit over and over I might attend.


It's Been Awhile

And it's been awhile
Since I could hold my head up high
And it's been awhile
Since I first saw you
And it's been awhile
Since I could stand on my own two feet again
And it's been awhile
Since I could call you

And everything I can't remember
As up as it all may seem
The consequences that I've rendered
I've stretched myself beyond my means

And it's been awhile
Since I can say that I wasn't addicted
And it's been awhile
Since I can say I love myself as well
And it's been awhile
Since I've gone and things up just like I always do
And it's been awhile
But all that seems to disappear when I'm with you

And everything I can't remember
As up as it all may seem
The consequences that I've rendered
I've gone and things up again

Why must I feel this way?
Just make this go away
Just one more peaceful day!

And it's been awhile
Since I could look at myself straight
And it's been awhile
Since I said I'm sorry
And it's been awhile
Since I've seen the way the candle lights your face
And it's been awhile
But I can still remember just the way you taste

And everything I can't remember
As up as it all may seem to be I know it's me
I cannot blame this on my father
He did the best he could for me

And it's been awhile
Since I could hold my head up high
And it's been awhile
Since I said I'm sorry







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Sunday, June 08, 2003
Damn the electric fence! Damn the mud!
Ok, Funnycide wasn't so funny. All keyed up and nowhere to go after the race. Disappointment abounded.
Horse racing goes that route...It's all in the preparations. Then it's over. Whoosh. Oh well.

Freshchaos ?'s of the moment:
How is it that abortion is so OUT just now when VIAGRA is so IN?
And why can HMO's cover VIAGRA but not BIRTH CONTROL?



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Saturday, June 07, 2003
GO FUNNYcide
GO...See horsie run...Run, run horsie.
A Triple Crown in the making by
the freshchaos agent underdog horse of all horses.


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Friday, June 06, 2003
Capnchaos sez:::> "For the coolest drug trip with or without drugs skip 2 fast 2 furious and head over to the PIXAR show
Finding Nemo. It is the kidz move-eye for adults. A great story and absolutely amazing on the big scream. When you live in the desert any movie that lets you go snorkling with reef fish is a pleasant summer respite.



Tonight the sounds of creaky hippies will be heard rocking the Mesa south of town. Crosby Stills and Nash are at our Journal Pavilion. Last week it was ZZ Top. I am holding out for Ziggy Marley who hits the high desert in two weeks...Later in the summer Ringo Starr appears in our sunset skies. Just can't get enough of the old dudes.

In the mood for enlightening jewelry and great freshchaos? Check out The Crystal Dragon website coming to you live from Madrid, New Mexico .

Sixteen years ago this week, my wife and I went there to buy our wedding rings two days before we got married on our rooftop.
Yesterday we zoomed up through the Sandia Mountains to celebrate and see how things in Madrid have changed. Madrid is a slow-down-to-neutral old mining town on the 'turquoise trail' (aka US 14) through the mountains between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Geoffrey Stewart's Crystal Dragon store is still the main reason for me to go to Madrid on any given Sunday. That and the drive itself.

Here is a 'photo relic' from 16 years ago this day on the roof at 201 Princeton SE in Albuquerque. Native American author, Scott Momaday, lived there once before we arrived in 1985. Whatever magic took place that day on the rooftop must have been 'powerful good medicine'.


Jeff and Deb
June 6, 1987



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Wednesday, June 04, 2003
I have a new (to me, anyway) anti-spam deal where I can 'bounce' my Spamasores back to their original spammers making it seem that my email address is invalid and soon (yeah right) the spam will lessen. In what I see as a HUGE irony I just received a notice that one of my emails (a returned spam) had inappropriate language. Spammers don't like to get x-rated mail? Their penis sizes must be huge already.


Here's a copy of the email received...
From: no.reply@_-_-_.com
Date: Wed Jun 4, 2003 2:27:28 PM America/Denver
To: ****(me aka 'capnchaos')
Subject: Inappropriate Language Notification A communication sent from your e-mail account was intercepted and quarantined because it contained language deemed inappropriate for business communications.  If you feel your message was quarantined in error, please contact the intended recipient.
Sender: ****(me)
Subject: Returned mail: User unknown
Date: 06/04/2003, 01:27:28 PM
Policy: Inappropriate Language

GET a GRIP.

In today's headlines, Life is good...

Martha Stewart Pleads Innocent to Charges but then quits as President of her Company....Saddam's Suspected Hiding Place Excavated and collecting those body parts for DNA testing must be exciting. We can't find Saddam...We can't find any of those Weapons of Massive Delusion...Hells Bells we can't even find a mad bomber in North Carolina until a local Smokey tags him getting garbage from a dumpster. Dow Closes Above 9,000 Mark...and I'm out the door to spend all my tax relief money at Wal-Mart. See ya.




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Tuesday, June 03, 2003
What would SATAN do?
An old highway that stretches through our enchanted land has been the scene of many horrible late night crashes and perhaps brings to mind a Thelma and Louise type road trip to Hell. It begins in Gallup,New Mexico and ends in Utah. Hot, dry, and dusty in summer; snowblown in winter...the vistas are enchanting, the road is SATAN'S...
OK, it is not really 'The Devil's Highway' but the moniker US 666 has not helped its reputation over the years. On June 2nd, US Highway 666 became US Highway 491. Be Gone SATAN!! Good riddance.

NAKEDNESS and the US AirForce
Like apple pie and homemade vanilla ice cream, when I think of the Air Force I think of naked streakers and baseball. At least from now on I am going to...Kind of like Southwest Airlines and Nakedness will forever be linked for me after those naked pilots let it all hang out in the cockpit (huh..huh)...

Ahh, the joys of summer inside the new Albuquerque Isotopes' baseball stadium. It was the last game of a home stretch for the new Isotopes last Friday. One of the unique events at topes' games is a fun run for kids after each game . It's a great idea, clean simple, fun for the whole family...the kids line up and run the bases. Marvelous idea. There were two fellows who couldn't help join the fun. And what could be more fun than running the bases NAKED? So thought two streakers who ran fast and hard (huh...huh) in the buff across the field where they were promptly arrested.

There has been discussion since of whether to punish the naked pranksters as 'felons' or ? Apparently in Austrailia and Great Britain streaking is thought to be 'great fun'. The debate changed a bit today with the announcement that the two dudes were a Major and a Captain in the USAF serving at Albuquerque's Kirtland AFB. GEEZE LOUIGEE... Talk about your freshchaos!! And further chaos transpires that the two serve in the Air Force Medical Group. M*A*S*H LIVES AGAIN.

Really nice GAPE, gentlemen! Ten-hut!!


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Monday, June 02, 2003
With June has come the hope of rainfall in the Rio Grande region of New Mexico. Also it is the beginning of Hurricane Season. Just thought you ought to know. We don't know where; we don't know when; but, at any time now we could suddenly have a hurricane. You've been warned.



News broadcasters got a chuckle out of the reports tonight about the just caught Atlanta Olympics bomber who has hidden cleverly for the last five years in the deep South's Nantahala forest. According to reports, this guy was unable to hold down a job, excelled only at ordering videos, learned how to make bombs while in the U.S Army and apparently he grew fantastic marijuana plants. Sounds like he might have also enjoyed "Beavis and Butthead".


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