More Rounded: Still Albuquerque

More pictures from the fabulous Albuquerque trip self took, to attend son’s wedding, two weeks ago:

One of her first stops (post-wedding) was the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

Below, pieces by Jorge de Rivera (born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1904, died New York City, 1985) and Paul Sarkisian, current Artist-in-Residence

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Jorge de Rivera, Albuquerque Museum of Art

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Paul Sarkisian, Artist in Residence, Albuquerque Museum of Art

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Garden Wedding (Son and Jennie’s) in Albuquerque Hotel, October 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

ROUNDED: Other WordPress Posts

ROUNDED: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 25 October 2017

Hello, curves.

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

Self’s son was married 14 October this year, in Albuquerque.

She nearly didn’t get to attend because the northern California wildfires grounded her United Airlines flight to Albuquerque from SF, two days in a row.

She finally flew to LAX, then got an American Airlines flight to Albuquerque. She arrived on the next-to-the-last day of the Hot Air Balloon Festival.

If she’d only managed to wake up at dawn, she’d have caught hundreds of balloons in the air, clearly visible from her hotel rooftop.

But she was exhausted. She was still able to catch a few stragglers:

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Albuquerque, New Mexico: October 2017

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Albuquerque, Still October 2017

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Albuquerque: Gorgeous, October 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Director of the Apocalypse

I have my own memories. My official post there was commander of the guard units. Something like the director of the apocalypse. (Laughs). Yes. Write it down just like that.

— p. 46, Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Let’s Eat Radiation

From an interview with a Russian soldier sent in to help the radiation clean-up effort around Chernobyl (pp. 41 -42, Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster)

  • I’ve spent all day riding through all the villages, measuring the radiation. And not one of the women offers me an apple. The men are less afraid: they’ll come up to me and offer some vodka, some lard. Let’s eat. It’s awkward to turn them down, but then eating pure cesium doesn’t sound so great, either.

 

Radioactive Milk

The order of things was shaken. A woman would milk her cow, and next to her there’d be a soldier to make sure that when she was done milking, she poured the milk out on the ground. An old woman carries a basket of eggs, and next to her there’s a soldier to make sure she buries them. The farmers were raising their precious potatoes, harvesting them very quietly, but in fact they had to be buried. The worst part was, the least comprehensible part, everything was so — beautiful. That was the worst. All around, it was just beautiful. I would never see such people again. Everyone’s faces just looked crazy. Their faces did, and so did ours.

— pp. 37 – 38, Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Radioactive, Stay Away!

Self is fascinated by radioactivity. She was in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History less than two weeks ago, and learned some about carbon dating. (She would have loved to ask a question about Area 51 but the tour guide might have thought she was crazy)

So here’s what happens when journalists cover a nuclear disaster:

At ten in the morning, the cameraman Shishenok died.

— p. 7, Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, by Svetlana Alexievich

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

GLOW: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 18 October 2017

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.

— Aaron Rose, The Daily Post

Other WordPress Glows:

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Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, a panel on OFW during the 4th annual Filipino-American International Book Fair, October 2017

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Approaching San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, September 2017

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MacBook Air, Palo Alto, CA, Summer 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Quote of the Day: Marcia Angell Reviews Atul Gawande’s BEING MORTAL

This is the opening sentence of Angell’s review, which appeared in The New York Review of Books in 8 January 2015:

  • In his newest and best book, the surgeon Atul Gawande lets us have it right between the eyes: no matter how careful we are or healthful our habits, like everyone else, we will die, and probably after a long period of decline and debility . . .  Furthermore, the medical system will be of very little help at the end.

 

Tom Wales, Federal Prosecutor, Murdered 2001, In His Own Home (No Arrests)

Self is doing this because she knew his ex-wife, Elizabeth Wales.

Perhaps because of his line of work, he was cautious. His home was equipped with motion sensors connected to floodlights.

30 days after 9/11, Tom Wales was shot multiple times through a basement window of his home office in Seattle, by a killer who surely had been observing him for a while, who knew that Wales worked late into the night, sitting at his desk, his back to the window.

The weapon was a Makarov 9mm semi-automatic handgun . . .  believed to have been threaded for a silencer (and yet, neighbors, one of whom was the acting District Attorney, heard the shots)

Public FBI reports state that Soviet Bloc countries manufactured the Makarov through approximately 1968 . . .

More in The New Yorker, a piece by Jeffrey Toobin, 6 August 2007, and The Atlantic, a piece by James Fallows, 10 October 2014.

Stay tuned.

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