Buds Love The Rain

Even though it’s been raining in the Q since dawn, my mountain is covered with gray clouds, and the temperature is beginning to drop even more (giving me quite a headache), I have it on good authority that buds love the rain as much as they love the sunshine.

Anyway, a rainy day, especially on a Sunday, is a perfect excuse to nap the day away.  (Hey, that rhymes.)

(Photo taken 3/13/2015.)

What Each State Has Per Capita Than Any Other


Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that this month is Mental Health Awareness Month, and New Mexico has more mental illness per capita than any other state.  And yet, is there any acknowledgement from New Mexico’s Department of Health?


And guess what Texas has more of per capita than any other state?  C’mon, guess…

“State cop ahead with a bad attitude PMS and a gun”


HONDO, N.M. (KRQE)- It’s a New Mexico highway sign that definitely catches your attention. It basically says slow down because there’s a cranky cop with a gun waiting for you.

“State cop ahead with a bad attitude PMS and a gun,” that’s what a sign says coming into Hondo on Highway 380 near Ruidoso.

Joe Switzer owns Tangle Y Wood-N-Art and the sign, just off the highway. He says although it may seem like he has something against state police, he has a lot of respect for the officers that patrol the area and they’re his friends.

“I put the sign up kind of as a joke for them and to help them to try to get people to slow down traveling through the Hondo valley,” said Switzer…

The sign has been making people laugh, and think twice about speeding.

As for Officer Dias, he gets a kick out of the sign. “No hard feelings, it’s funny and it gives awareness,” he said.

The store owner says he changes the sign from time to time with funny or patriotic messages. His favorite is “Cremation: last chance at a smoking hot body.”

Okay, okay, some women get a bad attitude when they’re PMSing, but it’s not like it’s our fault. 🙂

Freddie Gray protests turn violent in Baltimore


BALTIMORE (AP) — A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.

The chaotic scene Saturday night prompted the first public remarks from Freddie Gray’s twin sister, who pleaded for peace at a news conference alongside the mayor.

“My family wants to say, can you all please, please stop the violence?” Fredricka Gray said. “Freddie Gray would not want this.”

Just before nightfall, groups of protesters marched from City Hall to the Camden Yards baseball stadium, where the Baltimore Orioles played the Boston Red Sox. Fans were told to briefly stay inside the stadium until the police were able to clear an intersection outside of the venue.

Meanwhile, a smaller “splinter group” looted a convenience store and threw tables and chairs through storefront windows, shattering the glass. One group smashed the window of a department store inside a downtown mall and, at one point, a protester tossed a flaming metal garbage can toward a line of police officers in riot gear as they tried to push back the crowd…

Fire officials said roughly 1,200 protesters gathered at City Hall Saturday afternoon to protest Gray’s death, which has prompted near-daily demonstrations since his death on April 19…


Lovelace Medical Center

A Master Lock for a garbage can… Makes you wonder who would steal a garbage can.  I mean, I noticed a few homeless people in the area, probably because there’s a church (affiliated with the hospital) right next door. But I can’t imagine a homeless person would want to cart around a garbage can.

And I have to wonder if a garbage can is worth anything, especially since it’s made out of metal. But that doesn’t make sense either.  So I guess it would have to be vandals who steal garbage cans, and that’s just… sad.

(Photo taken 4/21/2015.)

Police Chief Lanier speaks the truth about bud


Want to improve police-citizen relations? Stop arresting people for marijuana. Want to stop wasting taxpayer dollars and diverting the police from more important things? Stop arresting people for marijuana. This too only makes sense. Yet few police forces seem to realize these things and even fewer have the guts to come out and say it.

Cathy Lanier, the police chief for Washington DC does, as she recently made this clear to the American News Women’s Club:

All those [marijuana] arrests do is make people hate us. Marijuana smokers are not going to attack and kill a cop. They just want to get a bag of chips and relax. Alcohol is a much bigger problem. But I’m not policing the city as a mom, I’m policing it as the police chief — and 70 percent of the public supported this…