Autumn, When Every Leaf is a Flower Oct 23, 2017

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Afternoon Ride, Apache National Forest (Wendy Parker-Wood)

This Week's Weather Happiness Factor: 7.0

Eureka! A perfect score!

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Halloween: trick-or-treating, costume parties, pumpkin carving, jack-o-lanterns, bonfires, apple bobbing, pranks, haunted houses, scary stories, lighting candles on the graves of the dead...however you choose to celebrate it this year, try to remember the brighter side of orange, ghoulish pranks rather than policies, and times past when Follow-the-Leader was a game, not a mind numbing experience.

The Week's Soft Spots and Rough Patches

Herd on the Street (Photo Credit: Phoebe Wood)

The Winners:

Before you could say "Honest Abe", the Japanese did for their leader what David Cameron and Theresa May could only dream of (and I guess we need to add Angela Merkel to that list as well): handed him a landslide victory. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to call a snap election seems to have paid off. If he is able to carry out his plan, the Japanese Constitution may get a facelift - amending language that forbids Japan from maintaining armed forces. With Trump and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-Un, trading insults, Japan is in hot water. For those of you who watched the closing ceremony at the London Olympics, Super Mario is alive, well, and bigger than life in Tokyo.

Q: Where's 45? (Who's counting?) A: All five living ex-presidents gathered together on one stage Saturday during the Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal benefit at Texas A&M University. By the end of the evening, the efforts of One America Appeal and One Heart had raised $31 million for the victims of the recent hurricane devastation. Lady Gaga made a surprise visit - and the White House sent a video message.

Elsewhere Deep in the Heart... The Houston Astros beat the Yankees 4-0 and head to the World Series.Their Game 7 victory was dedicated to the people of Houston after Harvey's terror.

The Losers:

Speaking of Harvey.... Accusations of sexual harrassment and secret settlements continued to dominate the news last week, big names, lesser names, family names, and fired names. (Yup, fired but not before FOX News had renewed Bill O'Reilly's contract last February. Although the network had knowledge of numerous claims against O'Reilly by Fox news staff, management extended his $25mil contract 4 years. By April, they could no longer contain the bad press and the Murdochs gave him the boot.)

What a difference a year makes, huh? In remembrance of things past, Los Angeles pulls off their first trip to the World Series since 1988 - handing the Cubbies their Game 5 loss, and returning the Cubs' 2016 Game 6 favor. And Enrique Hernandez' trio makes us all Dreamers.

Pulling His Oar for the Last Time...

Pictured above with his Dutch wife, Johanna (Source: NYT). Santa Fe resident and founder of the well-known clothing company, J. Crew, Arthur Cinader died October 11th from complications related to a fall. WAPO Obituary, click here.

Dukes Up

Running Well

Roxanne Wegman and Soloman Kandie win the 34th Annual Duke City Marathon - her first, his fifth.

A Tale of Two Cities - Which is your pick for Albuquerque?

Where the two candidates stand on various issues - click on LINK to article in yesterday's Albuquerque Journal

As a canvasser who probably knocks on 200 doors a week, it is amazing to me that I still am finding people who are "undecided" about who their choice is for our next mayor. Really? It seems to me that these two present clear and distinct visions for the future of Albuquerque. Above is a pretty handy at-a-glance and if you find it difficult to read, just click on the link.

Early Voting for the Mayoral Runoff Election begins on this Wednesday, and will continue through November 10th, 9:00AM to 6:00PM, Monday through Friday. THERE IS NO SATURDAY VOTING. The EV locations are the same as last time (10/3). Locations for EV and Election Day, November 14th: CLICK HERE.

What's Cookin'?

How about this?
aka "Thai Pumpkin Soup"

Closing Shot

Who says diamonds are a girl's best friends....

Kermit Lynch and Ottomanelli Doing What They Do Best

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