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let's go fly a kite; old twisted cottonwoods with character; wonderful
restaruants...yum yum; and my three favorite things about Albuquerque
are: electric power; running water; and indoor facilities!                                        
Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
Hello everyone, and welcome
to the state of New Mexico (USA)
The Land of Enchantment
For those of you around the world, who may not know where the state of New Mexico (USA) is located, I will try my best to put it on the map for you.The state of New Mexico is located in the Southwestern part of the United States.  Our good neighbors located to the east...Texas...our good neighbors to the north...Colorado...our good neighbors to the west...Arizona...and our good neighbors to the south...the country of Mexico.

New Mexico state flag
State colors: Gold/Red
Greetings:           
             From Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
               (Hot-air balloon capital of the world!)
                 

I was born, and still reside in Albuquerque,
New Mexico 
New Mexico state
flower: Yucca
New Mexico state bird: Roadrunner
Nestled in the picturesque Rio Grande River valley...the City of Albuquerque is surrounded by beauty!  The towering 10,600 ft. Sandia Mountains, located on the east side of the river, supports North America's longest tramway system.

On the west side of the river, the three rugged and awesome volcanoes......and,  do their part, to help paint pictures of some  of the most spectacular sunsets anywhere.
With a population of over 600,000 in the Metro area, Albuquerque is home to the International Balloon Fiesta, which attracts over 800 balloonists from all over the world each year.
The Railroad Yards
The first line of a song, by a popular rock group goes something like this:  "In that dirty old part of the city, where the sun refuses to shine!" That line pretty much describes the dirty part of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where I grew up.
       
This was a place, where BOTH sides of the railroad tracks, were the wrong side to come from.  (The Barrio)
My family lived just two houses from the railroad yards, between William Street and South Broadway, and across the street from the San Jose Community Center. Everyone knows, railroads and especially railroad yards are dirty, filthy, noisy places, which can be dangerous places, with plenty of low-life around.  Hobos, tramps and mis-fits would comb the neighbrhoods, looking for food and money. 
Add to that, the ever-present danger of the numerous bars
in the neighborhood...the Southend Bar...and the notorious
La Paloma Bar, which was finally closed by the City.
The dingy bars attracted drunks; pimps; prostitutes; drug
dealers; gangs, etc.  This was a time before Urban Renewal, and fear and violence were a way of life!  I lived in this neighborhood until I was 14 years old, and it was a very scary place to grow up!
.My family lived on the East side of the railroad tracks, but
the West side wasn't much better.  Filthy bars lined First
Street, all the way to Central Avenue.  Low-life would cross
the tracks at will, because the barbed wire, used at the time, was just cut, or fences were knocked over. Low-life  ruled!
As a kid, I was always looking over my shoulder in fear! 
This was probably the first time in my life, where I had to be creative to survive.  I had to find new and innovative ways to stay alive!  I called it CREATIVE SURVIVING!
Although, I was only 12 years old at the time, and my voice
had not yet changed, I would wear a black and white
preachers collar around my neck,   All the little thugs around the neighborhood, would call me "padre" or "father."  (Hey, I had to do that I had to do to survive!)
For six years, I attended John Marsall Elementary School (San Jose/South Broadway); Part of a school year at Lincoln Junior High, which was the worst school in the State at the time, and was closed. My family moved to the Heights, and I attended Jackson Middle School, and graduated from Sandia High School, which was one of the best schools in the state.  I then attended Highlands University, in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
                                             
This is a family website!
Hobos
Gangs!
Drunks!
Violence!
Drugs
Quality of life; friendly faces; sun-drenched; city life...country life; adobes and ristras; purple mountain's majesty; clean parks; Native American art that will WOW you; roadrunners and robins; International Balloon Fiesta; cowboys and indians; beautiful mountains and deserts; classy city...champagne anyone?; The Old West; shop till you drop; snowballs and golf balls on the same day; pine cones and driftwood; talented artists, craftspeople, writers, musicians and performers; autumn leaves turning along the Rio Grande; historic look...modern look; clean city; Old Town; red chiles/green chilies; plenty of fresh air-ahhh; dazzling light show at night; crime is a no-no; colorful outfits; good places to get smart; splendid sunrises/sunsets; multi-culture; wildlife to take care of; stunning rainbows; open spaces...
let's go fly a kite; old twisted cottonwoods with character; wonderful
restaruants...yum yum; and my three favorite things about Albuquerque
are: electric power; running water; and indoor facilities!                                        
Today, in the year 2007, Albuquerque, New Mexico is a clean and modern city, with a low crime rate and plenty of fresh air.  A few years ago, I juried for an art show, sponsored by the Museum of Albuquerque, and one of the requirements for entry, was to answer the following question:  "Why do you chose to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico?"  I answered the question this way: 
Albuquerque, New Mexico
"It's so hard to detect good luck...it looks so much like something you've earned."  Fred Clark
.Get inspired...get motivated...get going!
Copyright; Jerry Aragon; 2007
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To all the young people out there...STAY IN SCHOOL!
Jerry Aragon/The Humor Doctor           humordoctormd@gmail.com
Main Street/Front Page                         Free Stuff/Come see
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