Is Albuquerque Boring?

Last week Albuquerqueans responded en masse to a Mary McCormick interview on the Chelsea Lately show.

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“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#1 Feb 23, 2010
I don't know that I'd call it boring. There is a lack of things to do but then people seldom improvise, overcome and adapt too. Quality recreational or relaxation time is what one makes of it and not all of that has to be in the company of others. Its quite possible to do things on your own like reading<gasp>, writing, collecting or other hobbies, yet one can also interact with others on those same subjects.

If you are waiting for the government in some fashion to provide you with entertainment, then you have a long wait ahead of you, unless you enjoy comedy.

How many of you have really sat down and examined the various things that make you curious, that could be fun and that have little cost involved? How many have volunteered any of your time to others or to projects? Those can be quite rewarding on their own.

Since: Jan 10

Rio Rancho, NM

#3 Feb 23, 2010
I moved here from Denver, which is a city gloriously awash with squirrels. I was dismayed to discover that there are no squirrels in Albuquerque. Life is so empty without them. I miss the squirrels.

“Get Drunk; Find a Gun.”

Since: Oct 08

Pripyat, Ukraine

#4 Feb 23, 2010
The ABQ is Boring Indeed, I stayed in ABQ for a while between jobs visiting some friends.

It's easy to see why alcohol is such a factor in NM/ABQ.

Hobbyists and other groups would be hard pressed to find locals with the same interests.

Pardon my English, my grammar always seems to take a hit when I'm learning a new language.

“1985 AE86 Original Owner”

Since: Jan 10

The Desert

#5 Feb 23, 2010
If you have to ask, you really don't want to know, do you? "The man who tells the truth is chased out of 9 villages" Old Serbian saying.
WorkingStiff

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Feb 23, 2010
CornDogz wrote:
I don't know that I'd call it boring. There is a lack of things to do but then people seldom improvise, overcome and adapt too. Quality recreational or relaxation time is what one makes of it and not all of that has to be in the company of others. Its quite possible to do things on your own like reading<gasp>, writing, collecting or other hobbies, yet one can also interact with others on those same subjects.
If you are waiting for the government in some fashion to provide you with entertainment, then you have a long wait ahead of you, unless you enjoy comedy.
How many of you have really sat down and examined the various things that make you curious, that could be fun and that have little cost involved? How many have volunteered any of your time to others or to projects? Those can be quite rewarding on their own.
Agreed, Very good observation. If someone is bored. Then I would imagine that someone could have time to help in volunteer groups. Many folks that are bored I have found have a boring personality as well. I am always so busy with the kids, wife, neighborhood assoc, work, working out, gardening (starting one this year hopefully), getting wood, house maintenance, building my shop, the kids baseball, football, soccer games, school plays and other school functions, and the wife (I know I said that already - lols). Sometimes I wished I was bored.

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#7 Feb 23, 2010
I don't know that I'd call it boring, but I will point out an observation I've made over the years. Locals place little value on intellectual entertainment. Go to the Museum of Natural History, any of the art museums, the zoo, etc. and most people you will see in them are tourists. What sells to the majority of locals here are "dumbed down" venues.

Unfortunately, that will often "rub off" on people not used to it, and it will make them think it is a boring city.

“I Am No One To Be Trifled With”

Since: Jun 09

Dread Pirate Roberts

#8 Feb 23, 2010
I don't think it is as fast paced as some cities but I don't think it is boring.

Cliff's Amusment park is cool. Unser Racing museum. Isotopes Park, Thunderbirds basketball.

There used to be a lot of "horny" toads, but not as much.

No squirrels but lots of prarie dogs and jack rabbits {at least those that haven't been killed yet}.
professor nightmare

Barberton, OH

#9 Feb 23, 2010
katsia said there arent any squirels here .maybe not but there are a lot of RATS."just ask the professor"??????
WorkingStiff

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Feb 23, 2010
Silk_the_Absent1 wrote:
I don't know that I'd call it boring, but I will point out an observation I've made over the years. Locals place little value on intellectual entertainment. Go to the Museum of Natural History, any of the art museums, the zoo, etc. and most people you will see in them are tourists. What sells to the majority of locals here are "dumbed down" venues.
Unfortunately, that will often "rub off" on people not used to it, and it will make them think it is a boring city.
Have you ever gone to the SF Opera? That is nice. Also Popejoy has some nice venues. There are also alot of shows that come to many of the casinos around the state. And perhaps not very intellectually stimulating, but I love walking up in the mountains or just sitting as quiet as possible, sometimes a deer, bear or coyote will walk right past you without noticing you (although they can still sense or smell that something isn't right) if you have the patience to hang out there. I personally have not had time to do any of these things within the last 9-10 months.
WorkingStiff

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Feb 23, 2010
JosephOne wrote:
I don't think it is as fast paced as some cities but I don't think it is boring.
Cliff's Amusment park is cool. Unser Racing museum. Isotopes Park, Thunderbirds basketball.
There used to be a lot of "horny" toads, but not as much.
No squirrels but lots of prarie dogs and jack rabbits {at least those that haven't been killed yet}.
There are plenty of uh .. horny toads here and everywhere, just ask Tiger.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#12 Feb 23, 2010
WorkingStiff wrote:
<quoted text>Agreed, Very good observation. If someone is bored. Then I would imagine that someone could have time to help in volunteer groups. Many folks that are bored I have found have a boring personality as well. I am always so busy with the kids, wife, neighborhood assoc, work, working out, gardening (starting one this year hopefully), getting wood, house maintenance, building my shop, the kids baseball, football, soccer games, school plays and other school functions, and the wife (I know I said that already - lols). Sometimes I wished I was bored.
Too few people know how to entertain themselves. They sit back and wait for something to happen instead of taking the initiative and starting something on their own, or occasionally spending quality time with themselves. In part a by-product of our "over communication" and electronic society.

I've so many hobbies I sometimes don't know which to do next. If I was still employed instead of retired, I'd not have time for work<VBG>!

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#13 Feb 23, 2010
WorkingStiff wrote:
<quoted text>Agreed, Very good observation. If someone is bored. Then I would imagine that someone could have time to help in volunteer groups. Many folks that are bored I have found have a boring personality as well. I am always so busy with the kids, wife, neighborhood assoc, work, working out, gardening (starting one this year hopefully), getting wood, house maintenance, building my shop, the kids baseball, football, soccer games, school plays and other school functions, and the wife (I know I said that already - lols). Sometimes I wished I was bored.
Very true. Our zoo is IMO world class, an extremely enjoyable venue as is the aquarium and rest of the BioPark and always take a bag of dog food (small bits) to feed the ducks and a tube of crackers for the Peacocks who'll take them from the GKs hands, much to their delight. We buy an annual pass for it every year as well as Explora. We take the GKs there umpteen times during the year so the passes more than pay for themselves. We do the NH Museum a couple times per year too.

“US Navy”

Since: Jan 10

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#14 Feb 23, 2010
And lets not forget all the free car shows that will fire up again this spring. Twice a month at the Owl Cafe @ Eubank & Lomas, monthly(?)@ the Sonic on Juan Tabo. Hooters usually has a couple on San Mateo. Rio Rathole usually has a couple by the K-Mart. At least on @ the Sunshine Bar & Grill on Lomas NE and several other places around town, plus Los Lunas.

Some AWESOME local vehicles showing their talent for sure. I especially enjoy the Owl Cafe ones as one will be pre-1960 and the next post-1960, and oldies 98.5 is usually there playing great old songs & giving away stuff.
professor nightmare

Barberton, OH

#15 Feb 23, 2010
i heard there was a good stock car track just outside of albuqueque

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#16 Feb 23, 2010
WorkingStiff wrote:
Have you ever gone to the SF Opera? That is nice. Also Popejoy has some nice venues. There are also alot of shows that come to many of the casinos around the state. And perhaps not very intellectually stimulating, but I love walking up in the mountains or just sitting as quiet as possible, sometimes a deer, bear or coyote will walk right past you without noticing you (although they can still sense or smell that something isn't right) if you have the patience to hang out there. I personally have not had time to do any of these things within the last 9-10 months.
That's my point, you are not the typical New Mexican, as you just demonstrated.

“l'enfer, c'est les autres”

Since: Jul 09

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#17 Feb 24, 2010
Excuse me "Silk," didn't you make a rather dramatic "exit" from Topix? Bye bye.

“l'enfer, c'est les autres”

Since: Jul 09

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#18 Feb 24, 2010
I left my response at Duke City Fix.

I love Albuquerque because it is (still) big enough to be interesting to me yet small enough to feel like home. Also I feel spiritually at peace in Albuquerque like I have nowhere else. Those without a soul or spirit won't understand this remark. Albuquerque, its climate, culture mix and location soothes my soul. That's all I need.
unm2010

AOL

#19 Feb 24, 2010
I luv ABQ. I have been just about everywhere where stuck up is fashionable and wearable but I find that to be boring.

If you are here in ABQ and you feel bored then more than likely you yourself are a boring person without any cultivated interests in anything you can call life.

So to all the bored people who are bored go out and find life.

To those who drink and party the night away well you are much closer to the grave than those whom have never found the word boredom in their day to day lifestyles.
WorkingStiff

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Feb 24, 2010
Silk_the_Absent1 wrote:
<quoted text>
That's my point, you are not the typical New Mexican, as you just demonstrated.
Neither are you. Because I know you give back so much with your volunteer work and I applaud that.

Which brings to mind - I feel kinda bad cus a friend in our Neighborhood assoc wanted us to walk for the MS walk. I am not sure I can go due to my schedule. I will try though.

“I ain't afraid of no ghosts.”

Since: Aug 08

Dear old mucky Drasnia

#21 Feb 24, 2010
nmweatherman wrote:
Excuse me "Silk," didn't you make a rather dramatic "exit" from Topix? Bye bye.
I came back because people I consider my friends were being abused by you schizophrenic bible-thumpers, nmleatherboy.

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