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Biblical bloopers September 28, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Religion.
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Here’s a blooper reel from all of the Old Testament video clips from “Route 66: A Road Trip through the Bible.”

The series resumes on Oct. 10 with its first entry for the New Testament, the Book of Matthew.

Albuquerque motel will be converted into apartments September 28, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels, Preservation.
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The historic Sundowner Motel along Route 66 in Albuquerque has received a $500,000 federal housing grant to help convert it into apartments for the mentally ill, according to a news release on Monday.

The AHP grant will assist with converting the Sundowner Motel, a 1950s motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, into 71 studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments that will serve a mix of very low-income residents, as well as provide some market rate apartments, and also target female veterans and their families, said John Bloomfield, executive director of NewLife Homes. [...]

“We want to demonstrate that mixed-use, mixed-income development is a viable and attractive way for communities to grow,” Mr. Bloomfield said. “We want to dispel any myths people may have about mental illness and low-income housing. Our tenants have been excellent patrons of local business. We have Ph.D.’s and all kinds of professionals as residents. Mental illness can afflict anyone at any time. We try to serve the most vulnerable in the community.” [...]

The Sundowner Motel, located on Central Avenue NE between Cagua and Laguayra drives, currently has 110 rooms and contains a restaurant and nightclub. It was built in the 1950s, but gained notoriety in the 1970s as the site where Bill Gates and Paul Allen developed their first version of BASIC computer language for the Altair computer. The motel flourished for years because of its location along Historic Route 66.

NewLife Homes, a nonprofit group, helped secure the loan and is the motel’s developer. A vintage postcard of the Sundowner Motel can be seen here.

Digging into the Albuquerque Journal’s archives, I also found out the historic Luna Lodge along Route 66 also will be converted into 30 apartments for low-income residents. A vintage image of the Luna can be seen here.

Considering that Albuquerque contains a glut of motels along the Route 66 corridor, any effort that can adapt these properties for reuse — and thus preserve them — should be applauded.

Going down the Route 66 highway of life September 28, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Music.
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Tulsa resident Tavis Minner transforms a jazzy version of Bobby Troup’s “Route 66″ into a semi-biography.

From Texas via Canada September 27, 2010

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The Tone Dogs are based in Canada, but play what they call “Texas rock ‘n’ blues.” Here’s their take of Bobby Troup’s most well-known song.

Hello from the Philippines September 26, 2010

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This is the Siony Jazz Trio (even though there’s four members) in the Philippines, performing Bobby Troup’s best-known song.

Endurance athlete talks about his Route 66 accident September 25, 2010

Posted by Ron Warnick in Bicycling, Businesses, People, Road trips, Television.
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British endurance athlete James Cracknell wrote a column for The Telegraph in London about his serious cycling accident on Route 66 in Arizona in July.

According to initial reports, Cracknell suffered a fractured skull when a truck hit him when he was trying to go across the United States in 18 days for a Discovery Channel program. But apparently his injury was worse than just a crack in a bone.

When the truck’s wing mirror hit me on the back of the head some of the impact was absorbed by my helmet. Had it not been, this article would have been submitted by a ”ghost writer’’, and I’ve never wanted one of those.

I had several MRI scans in the States that confirmed I had “rung my own bell”. In other words, the brain had acted like a bell’s hammer, swinging forward and damaging the frontal lobes. This area controls personality, decision-making, planning, concentration and motivation. [...]

Although I was very disorientated and agitated for some time, just knowing I’d been hit by a truck made me feel lucky to be alive. This gratitude was only strengthened by seeing my fellow patients on the rehabilitation ward: stroke victims and amputees who might never regain their independence. Their stories really put my injuries into perspective. [...]

Tests and conversations with a neurologist revealed some harsh truths. There is a crucial window of three weeks from the accident to regaining consistent memory. Within that window a full recovery is on the cards; outside of that and there are no guarantees. I have ”islands of memory’’ but no consistency, so there are no guarantees. I can’t drive and will have to be reassessed. I can’t drink for between six months and a year as the neurons in my brain rejoin. I will never be able to work at the same pace as before or be able to grasp complex theories. Although to be honest I’ve always tended to steer clear of the latter.

The aural tests revealed that my vocabulary is now below average. I had always tended towards ”concrete thinking’’. This means my flexibility of thought, stubbornness and impatience are now in the bottom 2 per cent. (Regarding the last two as positive characteristics, I said: “Surely you mean top 2 per cent!”) I protested that I was no more stubborn or impatient than people I associated with. This was met with a polite smile by the medical team – until Steve Redgrave paid me a visit and then they could see what I meant.

The whole thing is worth reading. It’s apparent Cracknell, his family and his handlers are trying to take a long-term approach in ensuring he recovers fully from his brain injury, if that’s indeed possible.

I’d be remiss to not mention 66-to-Cali owner Dan Rice, who went through his own trials after a brain injury years ago and wrote a book about his experiences. Perhaps Rice and Cracknell can contact each other and trade notes. And it seems a bit ironic that Cracknell started his aborted journey from the Santa Monica Pier, where Rice runs his business.

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