Some like it hot(ter)

No follow-up from the local media, but the fire near the Elena Gallegos area was reported to have covered more than 50 acres before it was contained.

Some douche(s) burned up one of my trails last week. You can’t take your eyes off these people for a minute.

Meanwhile, it’s 91 at 4:15 p.m., we’re enjoying a hazardous-weather outlook, a fire-weather watch, and an air-quality alert, and it’s not even summer yet.

The good news? Fireworks sales started today.

Officials with the Bernalillo County Fire Department recommend designating “a sober person” to be in charge of lighting fireworks, and keeping a bucket of water nearby. A word to the wise.


18 Responses to “Some like it hot(ter)”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    I’m not sure sobriety buys you much in these parts, when fireworks or firearms are concerned.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    It’s 92 in Sierra Vista, and they have fireworks in the grocery store. You have Red Flag warnings, 5% humidity, 25 mph winds, and fireworks. WTFO?

    • khal spencer Says:

      Yep, we have the reservations up here with big fireworks tents. High wind, hot, low humidity. What could possibly go wrong?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Well, our cul-de-sac won’t catch fire anytime soon. Someone up the street popped a water line and our gutter looks like the Rio Grande.

      We did have the evildoers through here the other night. Burgled a neighbor’s car, got the garage-door opener, but apparently got scared off before they could get down to serious business.

      So everybody’s reassessing their personal security options. I was thinking maybe a drone, but if the Iranians can shoot one down I figure the tweekers can too.

      • khal spencer Says:

        And here you got rid of your Mini-30, too. Woulda never done that if I lived in Albuquerque. Sometimes you gotta pick them off in threes or fives.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        That thing was too much boom for this place. When are we gonna get our “Star Trek” phasers? When stuns are outlawed, only outlaws will have stuns.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Dealing with the roots of crime in New Mexico reminds me of that old question about how one eats an elephant. Meanwhile, one has to look out for #1. I’m sure a 7.62×39 FMJ would go through a few layers of drywall and might ruin the neighbor’s dinnerware. Buckshot?

        Back when I was an undergrad in Rochester, NY and one of my classmates was stabbed to death during a botched home robbery a few blocks from me, I rode the motorcycle to my parent’s house and fetched my shotgun. Rode it back shock corded to the back of my motorcycle. I was stopped by the State Police but all he did was check my license, registration, and insurance card. Got home and loaded it with a round of # 7 1/2 birdshot in the chamber and four rounds of rifled slugs. Figured I would be nice for one round and then get serious.

        That classmate lady, Susan Schwartz, who bled out on her front lawn, was someone I knew from biology class and I can still see her face in my mind. A friend of mine still works for U of R security and says the crime was never solved. Fuckin’ A.

        In the long term, we gotta fix this stuff constructively or watch the Republic go the rest of the way down the shitter. More guns do not make us safer. I’m stumped.

  3. Libby Says:

    Weird that the fire isn’t being covered. And, now that it is over, the event is still an opportunity for tv reports . Local stations are always looking for content and this is a gimme. The actual fire and a piece about summer hazards/public safety/caution. And, way to go neighbor for killing your water pressure and the utility company for not shutting the water off and fixing the break immediately.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      This is fairly typical for ’Burque, Libby. An incident occurs, it gets a mention, and that’s that. Maybe the paper is devoting its limited resources to figuring out the ART debacle, I dunno.

      We have a pretty big body count too, so I expect that likewise commands attention. You know the old saying: “If it bleeds, it leads.”

  4. SAO’D Says:

    Sounds like you’re a continent south of us, not just one state. Got all the windows open, enjoying 66°. Every pond is busting at the seams, every creek looking like the Zambezi.

  5. Libby Says:

    In the Daily Fail a DUI scooter (NOT Revel) incident in Albuquerque back in May.

  6. Libby Says:

    A DUI incident involving a scooter -not a Revel as you covered on Monday – in Albuquerque last month.

  7. carl duellman Says:

    hot as balls here this morning. 83 degrees at 7:00 am and almost 100% humidity. it’ll probably be in the lower 90s this afternoon though somewhat less humid. my favorite fireworks song:

  8. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Big heat predicted for Italy next week too. Might have to ride a bit less or stop for refreshments a bit more? Our friend and bike maker Michele Favaloro quipped “Prosecco is better than Gatorade” a couple of weeks ago when I treated our small group to a taste mid-ride. Works for me! Cin-Cin!

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