Punks with Paint

July 9th, 2009 - No Responses

Do you remember in the seventies when the petty vandals who were painting graffiti everywhere began to be referred to as “street artists?” I remember hearing old guys saying that they were nothing but punks who had no respect for themselves or other people’s property. I was pretty young back then and it seemed kind of cool to me. I am over that now.
Am I getting old?
Driving by Allsup’s this morning I saw this guy is on side of building with cream colored paint trying to paint over some big red graffiti letters. It absolutely infuriated me to think about some stupid kid doing this and what the consequences are for the people that now have to clean up.
I don’t know if it is a gang problem or gang wannabe or fledgling “street artist.” It makes me mad. Really mad. Steaming mad.
Should I be this upset? What can I… or we… do about it?
Just fair warning to vandals with paint cans: You give me about half a chance and I’m about to get all “old codger” on your butts.

Zack is Insane

June 26th, 2009 - No Responses

I was very impressed late last fall when Zack Palen spearheaded a big softball tournament at the new complex on West Lea Street, sponsored by the Loving Baptist Church.
That night the Carlsbad Radio staff were running around like mad trying to get everything set up for our remote broadcast of the opening ceremonies. We were frozen right down to our toes and looking for shelter from the wind at every opportunity. The crowds of players, parents, coaches and supporters were energized, excited and cold like only people dressed in summer-weight baseball uniforms in a fall cold snap can be. If you had coats or blankets for sale, you could have made a killing that night.
I know that lots of people worked very hard to make that first tournament the success it was. However, one person that night was putting out enough energy to heat the whole outdoor complex, if we could only have captured it. Zack.
Zack was answering maybe 20 to 30 phone calls a minute. Simultaneously he was giving directions to out of town teams, making suggestions to parents, directing tournament staff, smiling at younger brothers and sisters, solving problems for vendors and maybe even rooting for his favorite teams. Zack was rocket-fueled and super-sonic.
I’m thinking he must have slept for a week afterwards.
Last week, the crazy man did it again. No letup. July 25th he’s doing it again. He’s insane.
I’m okay with that. Come out and see for yourself.

Jerry Flores
Sales Representative
Phone (575) 887-7563
Fax (575) 887-7000
Carlsbad Radio
1609 Radio Blvd
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Jerry Flores
Sales Representative
Phone (575) 887-7563
Fax (575) 887-7000
Carlsbad Radio
1609 Radio Blvd
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Guest Blog: John Woosley SBA Dist. Director

June 15th, 2009 - No Responses

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“I wish I had time for one more bowl of chile”

May 20th, 2009 - No Responses

Some Chile purists will have no tomatoes in their chile, some say absolutely no beans, and some will shame you if you did not pick everything from the garden, dry the chile pods in a ristra and soak and cook the beans yourself. I believe, with no evidence to support it (except the famous quote), that Kit Carson would agree with my position: “Another bowl of chile please! We’ll discuss the finer points when dinner is over.”

Easy Red & Green Chile
4 strips bacon
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 onion
2 stalks celery
3 cloves garlic
3 10 oz cans Rotel tomatoes and green chiles (or with Jalapenos if you prefer)
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can chicken broth
¼ tsp black pepper
½ tsp: ground cumin, basil, oregano, parsley, paprika, thyme, red pepper flakes and salt.
3 tsp chile powder

Chop the celery and onion, crush the garlic, drain the beans.
Fry the bacon in large pot. Remove the bacon from the pot and set it aside. Brown the ground beef adding onion, garlic, and all the spices. Add the celery. Cook for about 5 minutes
Add the Rotel tomatoes, crumbled bacon and chicken broth. Then, bring the mixture to a boil, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Add both cans of beans and simmer for one more hour stirring occasionally.

Here is a great site from New Mexico State University about chile and chile con carne.