Favorite Things Friday: Sept. 10

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Uncategorized

Favorite Things Friday

It’s hard to believe that it’s already time again for the New Mexico State Fair.
At ATM, we’re looking forward to death-by-turkey-leg lunches, the baby-animal barn and the rodeos. Ohh, and the food, and the dancing, and the concerts, and the midway, and did we mention the midway? What about the midway?
But our new Editor-in-Chief, Dan Mayfield, is looking forward to the pie baking competition. For the last three years, Dan has competed in the pie competition, and he’s on the prowl for a blue ribbon. He’s so far staying silent on what he’s going to make, but we’re sure it will feature some local produce. Probably apples. Maybe berries. Maybe some pecans.
Regardless of what he makes, or what you’re going to the fair for, don’t miss the parade on Saturday, Sept. 11, on Central Ave. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and winds its way up central to Expo New Mexico.

Awards are certainly one of our favorite things, especially when it comes to Hall of Honor Awards at UNM. The school’s Alumni Lettermen’s Association inducted its 2010 Hall of Honor winners on Thursday with a video presentation that featured some of the best 1960s and 1970s hairstyles we’ve seen in a while. Andy Frederick, a UNM graduate from the late 1970s, sported a killer handlebar mustache back in the day, and maybe it helped him win his two Super Bowl rings, one with the Dallas Cowboys in 1978, and a second with the Chicago Bears in 1986. Dr. Harold Bailey, who many of us know from his years as both a teacher and a public servant, was also a track star in the mid 1960s at UNM.  The Hall of Honor Ceremony celebrates those who’ve excelled at more than athletics in life, and that is certainly one of our favorite things.

Those of us who have lived here for a long time remember seeing it, but we were never really sure what it was. But one of Albuquerque’s best kept secret landmarks could disappear soon, according to the folks at Kirtland Air Force Base News.
You may have seen the giant trestle looming in an expansive arroyo at Kirtland Air Force Base. This trestle, or wooden platform, is hard to miss at 120 feet tall and two football fields wide. The structure looks almost like a bridge with a huge platform on top. And the secrets hidden in this structure are even more mystifying than its massive size.
Completed in 1975, at the height of the Cold War, the trestle was made specifically for testing the effects of electromagnetic pulses, which radiate from atomic bombs. The pulses could have knocked out the entire country’s access to electricity, telephones, and satellites if an atomic bomb had been detonated.
Creepy, for sure.
Although the trestle is now too expensive to maintain, it’s not gone yet. This real-world history lesson is only a car ride away to the east end of the Base. Read about the trestle at Kirtland.Af.Mil.
What other historical structures have you seen around town?

If giant wooden trestles aren’t your thing, the new Bodies exhibit has opened at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The new exhibit shows what our bodies really look like when our skin is pulled back, from the muscles in our arms, to the texture of our brains.
The Exhibition provides visitors an up‐close look inside the skeletal, muscular, reproductive, respiratory, circulatory and other systems of the human body. Many of the whole body specimens are dissected in vivid athletic poses, allowing the visitor to relate to everyday activities. In addition, authentic human specimens illustrate the damage caused to organs by overeating and lack of exercise. A healthy lung is featured next to a black lung ravaged by smoking in a vivid comparison more powerful than any textbook image.

Admission is $14 for children, and $22 for adults. Bodies will be up through Jan. 9, 2011.
Visit www.bodiesalbuquerque.com for more information.

We’re sure this is going to be one of our absolute favorite things.
The folks at Sanctuary Salon (6605 Menaul, across from Coronado Mall) are offering Happy Hour Hair. No, there’s no cocktails, but we love that haircuts at the salon are $25, a $15 savings, and pedicures are $20, instead of $40, from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.
This is the perfect thing just before a weekend out, and who doesn’t want to have their toes look great before a date?