Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Quarter Celtic Brewpub

Today's Geezer lunch was at the Quarter Celtic Brewpub in Albuquerque.  The brewpub is at the corner of Lomas and San Mateo, lower level, access from Lomas.

Between the brewery machinery, the soccer game on the big screens, and the acoustics, the night noise level was giving me a headache.

I had the 1/3 pound burger with cheddar and bacon.  The burger in on a pretzel bun. Had the side of fries.  The menu says that they cook burgers to Medium-Well.  Mine was closer to "well" as there was no pink in the center of the patty.  Their portion of french fries were much more than most locations.  The good thing was that they were fried perfect to my taste - golden brown, crispy with soft center.

I washed down my food with 2 pints of their "Crimson Lass" red (Irish) ale.  While not remarkable, it was a decent tasting ale.

For record purposes, I will start attempting to add a photo of the brewery/brewpub in the blog posting.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sigma Chi Alumni July Luncheon

Today was the July fraternity alumni luncheon at the Cooperage in Albuquerque.  This was the second time I have attended this luncheon. This month's luncheon attendance was much smaller.

The luncheon menu is fairly limited.  About the only item that sould like appetizing is the bacon-cheeseburger,  Ordered that (same as lasst month) with steak fries.  The sandwich is a 1/2 pound burger - a bit more than I really want, but consumed the meal.  Washed down food with water, waiting for brews with food tomorrow.

With the smaller attendance, the service was much better than the June luncheon.  Different server, too. 

Speaker for the luncheon was Significant Sig John Salazar, an alum of Beta Xi (University of New Mexico).  Brother Salazar was in the 2018 "class" of Significant Sigs.

I need to contrast the Omaha Alumni Chapter and the Albuquerque chapter.  Omaha luncheon attendances have been much smaller.  The closest active chapter from Omaha is University of Nebraska - Lincoln.  There are much more alums from other schools than /nebraska at the Omaha  luncheons.  Contast then and the Albuquerque, where most luncheon attendees are from UNM (Beta Xi)  it some Zeta Xi (NM State).  just a couple of us from schools out of the State of New Mexico.

The Albuquerque chapter luncheons have a agenda and formal meeting.  Brothers start arriving early (ahead of the noon advertised time), but the meeting (luncheon) is over and members disburse at 1pm.  I miss the relaxed atmosphere of the Omaha chapter.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Enchanted Circle Brewing Company

After a frustrating time finding food along the Enchanted Circle - crowds in Red Rived and Eagles Nest), my passenger say a sign for food in Angel Fire.  The Enchanteed Circle Brewing Company was about a block of the main highway in Angel Fire.

The microbrewery had a good menu of beers, including an Amber Ale - my favorite style of beer.  The Angel Fire Amber was a pleasant tasting beer.  ABV was a little below what most (think it was % 4.1.

Another think I liked about the food at this brewery, the burgers and portion of fries was smaller than the usual 1/2 pound burgers.  The portion at the Enchanted Circle was just right for my elder hunger.  Ended up having a second pint of the beer.

Enchanted Circle for the 4th

When am I going to learn - no not go out playing "tourist" on a holiday.  A friend and I headed out to the "Enchanted Circle".  Drove from the Albuquerque area to Taos via the Low Road. Drove the circle, returning via the high road.

Stopped along the road to take photos along the Rio Grande.  There were some ranters riding the river.  Shot some photos of them.

Was planning to have lunch in Red River.  The town was a zoo.  Wait for a table at the brewery was over an hour.  Looked like the parade had over, but there was a festivals in the park.  Decided to check out food in Eagle Nest.  Arrived there as folks were gathering for their parade.  Scrub that idea.

Found a nice, not packed brewery in Angel Fire.  After lunch, went to the New Mexico Vietnam  Veteran's Memorial and park.  Took a couple photos for a future calendar.  

It was a great day, all-in-all.  Just a bit too much for me in one day - ended up very tired and a head ache.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Field Day - Haynes Park

June 23-24 was Field Day, a day for amateur radio operators to practice and demonstrate their emergency communication skills.  The High Desert Amateur Radio Club had 2 Field Day locations.  At Haynes Park in Rio Rancho, we used W5YZ, Taylor Ranch Branch Library in Albuquerque the group used the club call NM5HD.  I was the designated photographer for the Haynes Park location.

When I arrived at Haynes Park about 10:30, set-up was well underway.  I looked around the site and started shooting photos for documentation purposes.  Our classification was A2NM One transmitter was powered by batteries and solar arrays.  The other transmitter was powered my a portable generator. 

The CW operator was on 20 Meters and seemed to make a constant stream of contacts.  The operators on 40 Meters and other bands did not make as many contacts. 

About 2 PM, my brain had had enough.  The temperature was climbing, too.  I packed it up and was home about 2:30.  Relaxed, re-hydrated, and took a nap.  Had dinner with  my cousin at Billy's Long Bar.  On the drive from the house to the bar, the thermometer in my car peaked at 104 degrees.

Sunday, I processed my photos and e-mails them to our Field Day Chairman, Webmaster, and President (Newsletter Editor).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Albuquerque Sigma Chi Luncheon

Today, I was able to attend the Albuquerque Sigma Chi Alumni luncheon.  Their monthly meeting and luncheon was held at the Cooperage on Lomas near Louisiana. I counted 33 mothers in attendance.  While most are from Beta Xi Chapter at UNM, there were a few of us "foreigners".

While it was my first time attending this luncheon, I think they get much larger attendance than we did in Omaha.  Today's lunch was a special lunch tribute to the classes of the 60s and 70s.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lunch at Local Brewhouse

There were only 3 of us today for the Old Geezers lunch.  Met at The Local Brewhouse on Unser in Rio Rancho.  This establishment is just a moile from my house.  When I first moved here, I stopped a couple toi\imes, but their sevice was "iffy".

I am happy to say they have been gotten their stuff together...I had their Southern BBQ Burger.  Burger with an onion ring, cheese, and bacon. As a side, I had creamy cole slaw.  Beverage was 2 pints of The Local Brewhouse Amber Ale.

It was a pleasent lunch with just Bill, Larry, and I, though I was hoping a larger attendance.  The group desided we would come back again.