Visit to the church with the spiffy url on Route 66

May 18, 2007

Church2.jpgImmanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque isnt the only house of worship located on the old cross-country highway.

Snapshots from Albuquerque to Tucumcari – Part 2

May 18, 2007

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Upper left, clockwise: One of the last surviving Whiting Bros. service stations once ubiquitous on old Route 66 – in Moriarty, New Mexico; a rather unusual Route 66 sign in Moriarty, which doubles as a bird perch; motel on Tucumcaris main drag, which was hard hit when Route 66 was decommissioned; nice variation on a theme; a hitchhiker in Clines Corners, New Mexico. We first saw him west of Moriarty, then here and never after; truck driver checking his load on Interstate 40.

Snapshots from Albuquerque to Tucumcari – Part 1

May 18, 2007

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From top, clockwise: View of a bridge on Historic Route 66 from the back of a police car. Luckily, Nick was allowed to walk free; Albuquerque’s anti-gang unit officer John Sullivan examines a gang members tattoos, to the amusement of both; a homeless man in Albuquerque; gang member in Albuquerque shows off his impressive tattoo collection; real piece of Americana: a drive-in liquor store; storm clouds over a mountain, seen as we headed east from Albuquerque.

For the real Albuquerque diner experience

May 18, 2007

               Diner1.jpg                    If youre looking for a Route 66 experience that looks the part, then this Route 66 Diner (left) in Albuquerque on the highway itself could hardly fit the bill more closely:

Pit stop to meet Roswell Alien Amber Ale maker

May 18, 2007

Rich Wbeer1.jpgeber is midway through fixing up a large batch of beer for a Benedictine monastery in Pecos, New Mexico, just north of Santa Fe.

Afternoon with Albuquerque’s ‘gang suppression unit’

May 18, 2007

gang.jpgSergeant Larry Bitsoih (left) says gangs have been active in Albuquerque since at least the 1930s and are likely to be around for a long time to come.

Is Clines still worth waiting and stopping for?

May 18, 2007

Clines6.jpgFor decades, that was the big promise: Clines Corners a restaurant, gas station and gift shop located at a remote crossroad in central New Mexico — was the ideal place for travelers on old Route 66 to pull off and rest.

It’s Cannes, Jim, but not as we know it

May 18, 2007

You think showbiz is glamorous? If so, then it doesnt get any more glam than the Cannes film festival on the French Riviera, right? Well, that all depends on who youre with and what youre doing.
While Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney stroll up the red carpet outside Cannes Palais for glitzy premiCannes film market eres, underneath them in the basement bunker is the Marche du Film.
Forget the Warner Bros. and films like “Ocean’s Thirteen,” this is the real movie market takes place, where the down-and-dirty buying and selling goes on, and where businessmen and women will spend and make hundreds of millions of dollars before the festival ends next week.
Hundreds of companies such as Maxim Media, IndustryWorks and Phranakorn Film hawk rights for television, DVD and other products for movies with titles such as Autopsy: A Love Story, Mans Job, Hanuman: The White Monkey Warrior and documentary Bakushi which tells of The Incredible Lives of Rope-Masters.
Asked what a Rope-Master is, a representative for Tokyo-based Gold View Co Ltd., replied: about men who tie up women. Enough said. And ever wondered what happened to Oscar winner Faye Dunaway? You can catch her in Fashion The Movie. Ah, Faye, its been a long time since Bonnie and Clyde.

Rock’n'roll at 8 in the morning?

May 18, 2007

I don’t want sleep deprivation to become a blog obsession during Cannes, but having sat through a screening of “U2 3D” starting at 8 a.m., I feel a mild rant coming on. I mean, a 3D film of the band’s high-octane perfCannes51.jpgormances on their “Vertigo” tour in South America is all about rock’n'roll. But it’s hard to get pumped up for Bono’s balladeering at such an ungodly hour, particularly when wearing outsized dark glasses over my regular glasses (it’s too early for contacts) and feeling like I am at the optician’s.

Speedometer situation on Route 66 drives James mad

May 17, 2007

Wednesday was a day ospeedo_celebrate_250.jpgf milestones good and bad for the Route 66 team. Both milestones, ironically enough, revolved around the trip odometer on the 1967 Porsche 912 we’re driving across the country.