Be careful who you trick and/or treat

By Bob Huber When I was a kid, the joy of Halloween ranked second only to Christmas. It was that wonderful night of the year when we could be ghosts, goblins, and other evil things, and at the same time extort candy and tear down our neighbors’ mail boxes. Of course, in those days costumes […]

Elections can be better than Halloween

By Jim Lee Here we are at Halloween again, munchkins begging for munchies while dancing along the street in quasi-Mardi Gras outfits. As a matter of fact, some may be coming for the second consecutive evening because of the occasion falling on a Sunday. I would really look forward to Halloween if I were allowed […]

Daylight savings leads to divorces

By Bob Huber You don’t hear much about it, but daylight-saving time is a major cause of divorce. I don’t know why the Legislature doesn’t do something about it. In our half century of marriage, my wife Marilyn always pooh-poohed that notion, because she said the battle of the sexes was impossible to win anyway. […]

Who cares about apathy? It’s voting time

By Jim Lee In a little over a week, all this election mania will retreat to the apathy closet for another four years, with a few relatively unnoticed interruptions such as picking members of Congress and approving/disapproving various ballot initiatives. Politicians will go back to being cronies until the next regularly scheduled throat-slashing in 2008. […]

Tamales hard to keep; easy to make memories with

By Helena Rodriguez Trivia: What’s the most popular gift unwrapped during the holidays in New Mexico? Answer: Tamales. Don’t you just love tamales? Who doesn’t? There’s even a popular children’s book by Gary Soto called “Too Many Tamales.” But as my daughter, Laura, and I found out last week, you can never have too many […]

Be wary of misleading movie quotes

By Kevin Wilson On Monday, I frequented one of my three favorite movie rental places in Portales. I found the movie I wanted right away, but had no cash on me and felt it awkward to write a $1 check. What followed is what I like to call browsing. During my browse, I managed to […]

Sign theft a crime against freedom

By Jim Lee I don’t know how a person can sprain an ankle by accidentally poking a thumb into a reciprocating saw — I’ll have to ask Ed Miller about that because he’s an expert in such matters. However, I did figure out why the Earth is spherical. If our planet were flat like a […]

Lamb plus bridge game equals trouble

By Bob Huber Before they come after me with that final funny jacket, I have to tell you that the night the lamb broke up our bridge party ranks as a high-water mark in my otherwise serene life. Of course, it doesn’t live up to the time our neighbor lady shut down her husband’s drunken […]

Getting kids to clean room requires creativity

By Helena Rodriguez How clean is your house? That’s a scary question to ask someone, even a good friend, during a casual conversation. “How’s your day?” and “What do you think about the weather?” These are valid conversation topics. But talk about what lies behind someone’s closed doors and inside their closets and you just […]

Time flies when you know a celebrity

By Kevin Wilson I’ll admit that I should have written about this one sooner, but I think it’s still worthwhile. After all, when you have a brush with a celebrity, you need to let people know. I can hear it already: Kevin, that doesn’t make sense. You’re a celebrity yourself. You’re the managing editor of […]