Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque isnt the only house of worship located on the old cross-country highway.
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.
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.
Sergeant 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.
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 premieres, 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.
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 performances 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.
Wednesday was a day of 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.