Tuesday, September 02, 2014

PNM vs. The Gov

I am waiting to see what kind of nasty things the Governor's office mascots will say about the Public Service Company of NM after their comments in the Journal this morning. PNM will be seeking a massive rate hike for numerous reasons, some valid, and they think one of them is the dismal performance of New Mexico's economy.  They were pretty blunt about falling revenues from falling demand because of less commercial and industrial power use.  Then they said this wasn't happening in surrounding states.  And it isn't for sure.

It is nice to see someone in the business community finally saying the 'king has no clothes'.  And I don't mean Gary King either.  Of course, this will come to nothing because all Susanna has to do is call on right-wingers to send another 5 million to buy more feel good TV commercials.

Sadly, we are adrift and asleep here in our state.  We get the leadership in Santa Fe that we deserve.  And there is still no legislative firebrand that will take over the reins and do something innovative to save our economy.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Labor


Bobbi's Labor in her little garden shows a real harvest every week.  She gets something in return for her work in this 80 square foot patch of soil in our patio.  Those are the best damn tomatoes in the world as far as I am concerned.

As for the American worker their returns for their hard work in this corporate run America diminishes every single week.  Good jobs are now difficult to find and CEOs and Boards continue to oppose minimum wage laws.  How long can they hope to get away with the greed?  They have a lot of tunnel vision on profits.  They can't see the building resentment.  Maybe they should consider what is happening in Ferguson.  That is not just about another police shooting.  There is something more going on there.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Seamless

We have never had a trip that went as well as this sojourn to Ireleand, Scotland and Norway.  Everything was about as perfect as it could have been.  One of those confluence of good things that occasionally happen in the universe.

Lots of talk in Europe about Russia and the Ukraine.  One night the Rotterdams theater show featured Scorpion's song called 'Wind of Change', which was written about 15 years ago about the then positive changes in Russia.  Every Russian should listen to this again.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Out of Flam

We sailed out of Flam in early evening through a 100 mile long Fjord.  Pictures say it all.  Back on Saturday.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Flam

We are at Sea fpr two days now before board a flight to arrive back in ABQ Saturday night..

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Alesund, Norway

Alesund is a pretty city.  It is clean and planned following a fire that destroyed in in 1904.  It was rebuilt in modern architectural styles of that era.  

We have had incredible luck with weather having sunshine everyday and very little rain.  

Great weather again today after a shower just prior to our going off for a three hour walk in the city.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Bergen



We sailed into Norway today.  Certainly it is a rugged, but beautiful landscape.

The fish market has some really ugly fish hanging up.

We heard this was an expensive place.  It is.  I got out 600 Kroner from an ATM.  That was over $100,  We went to coffee and one cup plus a really good cinnamon roll cost $14.

Sweaters cost 300.   Lunch on a BLT for $20.  We ate on the ship.  On to Alesund, Norway tomorrow.


But is was a nice visit where we were joined by Rotterdam’s sister ship, the Ryndam.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Orkney Islands

The Orkney Islands are a New Mexico Cowboy’s dream.  Nothing but knee high grazing lands, heathers and agriculture.

We visited the Ring of Brodgar, which the History Channel would call a UFO landing site.  But really no one knows exactly why these structures were built.

Skara Brae is a ruin that was inhabited 5000 years ago.  It was uncovered in a fierce storm.


All around a beautiful place on a blustery day.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Isle of Sky

The Isle of Sky is beautiful.  

Especially on a somewhat sunny day.

We visited Dunvegan Castle, home of the Macleod clan for 800 years.


Everything here looks like a landscape painting.