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Ripped off in a Jiffy, Balloon Fiesta time!

First… I don’t trust Jiffy Lube anymore. On different occasions, I’ve brought my car in to be serviced and have had questionable results where the question is actually whether or not they performed the service that they claimed they would. For example, when I brought the car in to have the brake light replaced. I didn’t think to check it after I paid them and before leaving… they conveniently hold the door open for you and wait by your car for you to get in… so that makes you feel like you need to hurry up so that person can get back to work. When I noticed that the light had not been replaced and brought the car back, they told me, “Sometimes the new bulbs burn out right away. We’ll replace this one for you free of charge.” Um, yeah, you better! The other day, I brought the car in to have a chip on the windshield repaired. I paid, and again, there was a young man begrudgingly holding my door open waiting for me to put Sean in his seat and get in myself so that he could say (in unenthusiastic fashion), “thanks, have a good day”. That afternoon, I took a closer look at the “repair” and it was a chip in the windshield… no difference noticed. When I was checking out, The guy told me that I might notice a “small spot” where the chip was, but it should fade. Yes, he was right… there is still a small spot where the chip was, but IT’S THE CHIP in the windshield. Thanks a lot Jiffy guys! Apparently, I’m not the only one who feels this way about them… check out this investigative news report. So after all that, I read up on how to repair a windshield chip, and a website mentioned that most auto insurances will cover minor windshield damage, even though the policy holders might not know it. So I called Progressive (our car insurance), and sure enough, since we carry “comprehensive” coverage, they pay for the repair. So we get our windshield repaired for free… they’re even giving us mobile service at our home. Well, unfortunately, I don’t get my $35.00 back from Jiffy Lube. Mental note: the bad service at Jiffy Lube is not a fluke… it’s a habit. Do not go there… at least, don’t go to the Jiffy Lube in Albuquerque located on Juan Tabo Blvd.

Second… It’s Balloon Fiesta time again!!!! I LOVE to go to Balloon fiesta on opening morning to see the hundreds and hundreds of balloons hitting the skies. This year, they’ve lowered their prices, I think. Last year I paid $15 for the park and ride, and this year it’s $10.50, and it includes park admission which is usually $6 alone. Parking however is $10 per car. I think they have a steep parking fee because they’re trying to discourage people from driving themselves and want them to take advantage of the public transportation system. If you’ve ever tried to park at Balloon fiesta park, you would know that paying the $10.50 for park and ride is WELL WORTH IT! The traffic gets insane around the parking lots. I heard from some friends that there is a Darth Vader balloon this year. Sean is excited to see that. Now the only question remains… can I wake up at 4 am to get to the park in time to see the dawn patrol? I’m still debating that one. Here’s the balloon fiesta website.

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Albuquerque

A Sad Scene

I was leaving the Dollar Store with Sean this afternoon and saw a a mom and teenage daughter yelling at each other while we were walking by them to our car. The mother slapped her teenage daughter in the face, a younger daughter ran into the store, and while the mother and teenager were having it out, a younger son came out of the van to try to help his mom. She yelled at him and asked him what he wanted. He said “I was just trying to help you, mom”. She screamed at him, “I don’t need your help, punk… you’re just a little punk!” Then she turned around to scream at her teenage daughter some more. The little boy ran over to a light pole and sat down. Then his mom kept screaming, “Junior, get in the van! Junior, get back in the van!”… over and over again. The boy was just sitting at the light pole crying, and he refused to get back into the van. I wouldn’t have wanted to get into the van either. I tried to get Sean into the car as fast as I could… I didn’t want him seeing that kind of behavior. I was wishing that I could do something to help, but I had no idea what to do, so I got in the car and went home, but my heart was just aching for those kids. What would you have done?

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Albuquerque

Sprayground

Sean and I went to the Sprayground with some friends. It was lots of fun, except when the sun got hidden behind some clouds and it got a bit cooler. But the sun came back out and it was nice again. For those of you in Albuquerque, the Sprayground is part of the Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center in Southeast Albuquerque. It’s an automated water playground. There are several water features that spray, mist and dump water on you. Very nice for Albuquerque’s hot summers. Now I smell like sunscreen… that smell brings me back to my childhood days spent at the beach!

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Albuquerque

Fit Albuquerque

Did you know that Albuquerque, NM was voted the #1 fittest city in the US by Men’s Fitness Magazine for 2007? Judging was based on population habits, such as nutrition and exercise habits, AND environmental factors, such as air quality and parks. Now in terms of nutrition, I’d think that we all still eat too many cheese-laden enchiladas and wash them down with the honey on our fried sopaipillas. (Oh wait… is that just me?) I’m wondering if we pulled ahead because of air quality and our parks system. We probably have pretty decent air quality compared to the other large cities in other states, and our parks are pretty nice. I’d be pretty interested to find out what the actual percentage is of the population in Albuquerque that works out at least 3 times a week, for 30 minutes.

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Champs on Ice

We got to see “Champions on Ice” last night. It was soooo much fun! My favorites were Sasha Cohen and Evan Lysacek. I was really glad to also get to see Victor Petrenko perform. The production was done very well, with cool lighting effects and a great variety in the performances. I wish my Grandma was here to see it also cause she LOVES, LOVES, LOVES ice skating!

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Albuquerque family

Mountain Day

Nathan took a couple days off this week so we can have some family time with Sean for his birthday… his 3rd birthday is tomorrow! Today we took him hiking in the Sandias. We hiked up to Sandia Cave, and sat by the stream along the dirt road for a bit. The stream was pretty full, and very pretty. What is it about the sound of water, whether it be the ocean or a river or stream, that is just so relaxing? I could have sat on my little rock next to the stream all day and enjoyed the sound. Sean had fun throwing rocks into the water and we even let him take off his shoes and get his feet wet. We went a little ways into Sandia Cave, but didn’t get far because of our lame-o flash light. We had one of those flashlights that you shake to make it work, but the “charge” only works for about a minute or 2… pretty bad. We had to keep turning it off, sit in the dark and shake it, so we could see again. The cave is also very dusty, so you get covered in the yellowish cave dust when you go in. It’s still pretty fun, and it’s an easy hike to do with little kids.

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Albuquerque family

Aphids in the Foothills

We went walking in the foothills this afternoon. The yuccas were in bloom up there, but most of them were covered with many, many aphids. They were also covered with many happy ladybugs and various other bugs that like aphids. Some of the ladybugs were huge! So if anyone knows of any starving ladybugs out there, send them to the Albuquerque foothills… it’s an all you can eat buffet just for our polka-dotted friends.

We also did a bit of “bouldering” with Sean. He very much enjoyed climbing the rocks with his Daddy. We found a couple little caves where we could rest in the shade. We saw a guy hiking in a khaki kilt… that was interesting. It ended up being a good afternoon for the foothills. The weather was great, not too hot and not raining. We also saw a couple rabbits, some lizards and lots of grasshoppers. I love that Sean and Nathan like to spend time together outdoors. It’s so cute to see Nathan being the fun Daddy that he is.

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Albuquerque family

Fashion Models

My mum, Sean and I will be attending a fund-raising event at the Maxwell Museum on UNM campus. The theme focuses on different cultures and more specifically, their different styles of dress. We are going to be fashion models representing the Philippines. Sean will wear his fancy barong, my mom will wear a Maria Clara dress, and I will wear a Mestiza dress. We get a free lunch, so I’m pretty jazzed about that. 🙂

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Albuquerque

Back off, Magazine Lady!

I went to the library today and on the way out, I decided to check out one of the 2 baskets of free magazines that people bring to the library for others to take home. There was a lady standing at one of the baskets, so I thought I’d look at the other one while she was looking at the other. I picked up a magazine to see what other magazines were underneath it, and the lady quickly grabbed the magazine from my hand, and moved over and blocked me from accessing the basket anymore. I said, “um, okay, I guess it’s time for us to go, Sean” and we left. That was really strange. Nathan thought that this may have been the same lady from years back that continuously pushed her shopping cart into me until I moved out of her way. But the cart lady was a tiny Asian woman, and the lady from today was neither tiny nor Asian.

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Albuquerque

Multitasking

I saw a guy yesterday that was riding his bike while talking on his cell phone (holding it in his hand) while eating a banana with the other hand. He was riding in the road with traffic with no hands. Smart.