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A mural, a photograph, a pendant light, and a conduit. None of these things have anything in particular to do with each other, but together they make a relatively pleasant little scene.

Albuquerque, New Mexico
photographed 2.14.2018

The neon maiden

What my well-traveled friend failed to tell me about The Range Café was that their logo was not going to be what I expected. I thought – and you did, too, I’ll bet – that “range” referred to the open range, to ranching, to cattle country, or whatever.

So it was a little bit of a giggle when I realized the the “range” was an old-timey kitchen range.

This vintage neon maiden – who is quite bendy – was a bit of a giggle as well.

The Range Café
Albuquerque, New Mexico
photographed 2.13.2018

It was all about those lights

You’ve probably got that friend who always knows the best places to eat. And if you’re lucky that friend travels around and also knows the best places to eat in other places, too. My friend Andy is that guy, and when I was planning a trip to Albuquerque a while back he advised – or actually, strongly encouraged – me to visit the Range Café in Albuquerque.

The Range has several locations, and I can’t speak for all of them, but this one had a great mid-Century vibe going, as you can tell from these light fixtures. And also, some tasty food.

The Range Café
Albuquerque, New Mexico
photographed 2.15.2018



In the early 1980s, I had lunch in this park on a regular basis. I was working for an architect in downtown Albuquerque and my husband’s job, with a different architect, was further up toward the Heights. This was approximately in the middle. We’d bring leftovers, and maybe get a couple of cookies from the bakery that was across the street. There was also a small, independent bookstore with a nice section of children’s books. We liked looking at the books; I was pregnant at the time and like all first-time parents, we were just determined to do everything the Right Way.

The bakery and the bookstore are gone now, having at some point been replaced by a big CVS pharmacy.

Bataan Memorial Park
Albuquerque, New Mexico
photographed 10.4.2016

Not for the view


It is safe to assume that we didn’t select this particular hotel for the view. But it was awful enough that I needed to make a photo…

Albuquerque, New Mexico
photographed 10.5.2016

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