Thursday, October 16, 2008

Joe Pug and Albuquerque

Hello Friends.

The last few weeks have been busy here at Chez MonkeyPosh. First off, I did a very fun radio gig with my friend Em. She has a radio show and real live musical artists come in and play live music on the radio. LIVE MUSIC like right there in the a private concert where the artist is literally one foot away from you--SKREEEE. I know this happens ALL THE TIME on the radio, but it is so different when you get to be right there.
This is Em and me with the amazing Joe Pug, who was her musical guest the night I got to guest host with her. I was in the room with Joe when he played LIVE ON THE RADIO and his music was so awesome and his lyrics so powerful. All that, along with his Greg Brady meets Mac Davis looks, his Wrangler jeans and his beautiful guitar playing made me swoon and flush and go all giddy. My husband was listening to the show, so I had to somewhat act rational, but daaannnng Joe is talented. You can check out his music on myspace or on . His new album, Nation of Heat, is wonderful and Joe has been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan. Check him out. I would like to thank Em for including me and thank my friends Misto and Curtis for calling into the show and making a very fun time even better. I have great friends.
Next up was my trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico to the International Balloon Fiesta. I know--I know--but I went with my cousin Jessica and ANYWHERE is a treat with Cousin Jess....even the New Mexican desert. Here are some shots of the balloon fiesta.

This was a Swiss Cathedral-one of my favorites. I think about 1/3 of the balloons and their pilots came from other countries, which was very cool. We met people from all over the world while we were standing around. Big balloons bring out the friendliness in folks.
The Darth Vader balloon had quite a following. When people started noticing it was being blown up, they started running towards it cheering--strange. When it finally got all the way blown up, the Vader fans whooped and hollered then I bet they went home to watch the Star Wars Trilogy followed by Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. The Vader balloon was very cool.

This is how I felt most of the time at the balloon fiesta. You have to get up at 4am to be at the fiesta grounds by 5:30am to see the balloons all take off. While it is still dark they have a "Flicker" which is pretty, but fighting crowds in the cold in the wee hours of the morning is not my idea of fun. When I say fighting the crowds, I mean for real. I went to the balloon fiesta about 10 years ago, and I do not remember the crowds being so bad. It was SO CROWDED and everyone is taking photos and looking off into the horizon at the pretty balloons so no one is watching where they are going and you are lucky not to get trampled by Bob and Edith, the retirees who drove their RV down from Toledo. They come every year because the balloon fiesta is the best thing on earth. Edith in her sweater decked out with balloons,does not understand why some people want to go to France, or Italy (pronounced Itlee) when they can just come here to the balloon fiesta and see the most beautiful sight in the world. Make no mistake. Folks are serious about the fiesta.

The bumble bees were my favorite. So cute. The female has a breast cancer awareness ribbon which I thought was precious. After a while the pilots separated their hands then made them kiss. I do not think I got a photo of them kissing becasue Edith from Toledo was telling me about her recent trip to Biloxi (not that she gambles) with the Red Hat "girls" in the RV and I think my ears were bleeding.

Shout out to Walgreens, (diet) Pepsi, and beer--quite easily 3 of my favorite things ever.

Besides the crowds and the horrid lines to everything (we waited an hour to use the port-a-potty. I loathe port-a-potties worse than almost anything, but waiting in line an hour to use one puts a whole new spin on my loathing), the balloon fiesta was a good time. Jess and I enjoyed ourselves and we got some lovely photos.
Oh and one little nugget of information I bet you did not know is that Neil Patrick Harris AKA Doogie Howser, M.D. is from Albuquerque. Well, when Cousin Jess and I found out that his parents owned a restaurant there...we were all over it. The restaurant is called Perennials and it is cute and quaint and has variety of interesting things on the menu. There were no Doog sightings, but we are pretty sure Doog's dad was working the morning we were there. He looked A LOT like Doog. I had French toast dipped in crushed corn flakes and it was very good.
Perennials is located at 6001 San Mateo Blvd right across the street from The Cliffs Amusement Park. We ate at some other good restaurants with traditional New Mexican cuisine, but I will probably just post those on YELP and not bore you with them here.

After we left Albuquerque we headed to Santa Fe, which we both loved. I will post on that later.
Until then, have a wonderful day!

(all photos owned and licensed by MonkeyPosh LLC)


Blogger violetnoir said...

Whoa, J! Those balloons are spectacular! The other stuff about the festival, especially the potty wait, sounds like a drag, but that's one of those once-in-a-lifetime things you just have to see.


8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FUN. I am sure you rocked on the radio. Did you guys chit chat or just have Joe Pug play? I will check him out. He does have a Greg Brady look. Who is Mac Davis?
The balloon fiesta does look like a good time, minus the crowds.
I like diet pepsi, Walgreens and beer too.
Your retiree story was too funny in their R.V.
You are a nut.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Patricia Perry said...

Wow! Jen, you are so cool - only you could manage to find a place to eat corn-flake crusted French toast made by Doogie Howser's dad!

Edith sounds like a hoot - or, at least, she might be a hoot in small doses. LOL on the Red Hat club trip to Biloxi; my mom just went to a wine tasing with her Red Hat club and that was quite a story, too.

The balloons look like fun, although I feel you pain on getting up so early.
Glad you had fun, it's nice to see a new post from you.

12:03 PM  
Blogger MISS S said...

Will you be doing any more shows with Em? Joe looks tall. You have a good voice for radio as well as a great personality!

I loved all the balloons. My favorite is also the bees. God love Edith!

So you were practicing some French with the cornflake French toast!

Many hugs, XO XO

4:47 PM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

*Hello Dear R-
Um...sad to admit it was my twice in a lifetime thing. HA. Just kidding. It really was beautiful seeing the sky full of balloons. They are graceful and colorful and lovely.
Hope you and the fam are doing great!

* Hi Anon-
If you do not know who Mac Davis is, then I have nothing more to say to you. HA
Mac is a country music/remedial movie star from the 70's and 80's.
He is awesome.
Look up "Lubbock Texas In My Rearview Mirror" then just TRY to deny his awesomeness!

Hi Lady. How is the new job--well same job, but yet different job? I hope all is wonderful. Doog's Dad does make a MEAN flake encrusted toast!
I am sure your Mom had a blast on a wine tasting with the Red Hats!
Did you ever try your Bond samps? Do you still love the Chanel?


6:20 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

*Miss S-
Hello Love. I am not sure if I will do anymore shows with Em. If she invites me, and I am able I would love to. Most of the responses have been so positive and that is encouraging!
No speaking French at Doog's place--it's a rule.

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

crunchy french toast sounds wonderful, but those balloons are gorgeous too. I cannot imagine the whole sky full of all that color. Buzzkill that on the last day someone perished.
Your radio show was awesome. You and Em are hilarious. I did not know what you were talking about some of the time, but I still cracked up. Improv training at it's finest.
Kiss Kiss

9:15 AM  
Blogger k said...

you crack me up! such a fun post!
i love neil patrick harris. my mom & i never missed doogie & now we're addicted to how i met your mother.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

holy shit! trhose are awesome!!! i'd be in the beer one :) ym.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Swirl Girl said...

I am cracking up at your trip to the balloon-o-rama... i know that was totally not you, and the shoulder-to-shoulder with Edith made it even more NOT you. I am glad you had fun. I wish you would have seen Doogie.

6:18 PM  

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