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Holy Hightail Batman

Posted by on October 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Holy Hightail Batman

UPDATE 10/15/11: SOLD For a low cool $18.5MVal Kilmer sold all but 141 acres of his 5,328-acre River Ranch in Pecos, NM to a Texas oil and gas executive and his wife for $18.5 million. The ranch originally was put on the market in 2009 for $33 million. It is not known whether Kilmer will maintain a residence in New Mexico.

Back in the day it would’ve set a millionaire back over 33Ms to kick it Ponderosa style in the New Mexico Pecos.

But now in what is a dream come true for every high-falutin, bargain shopping voyeur of craigslist the mighty ranch of none-other than Val Kilmer can be YOURS for the (just in time for Halloween) slashed price of just $23M! Woot!

Unfortunately ma’ Huckelberry‘s former estate is up for grabs amidst ugliness aimed squarely at the Iceman via his No. N. Mex. neighbors.

So as the great prophet Val may be gettin’ ready to hightail it out of his NM diggs Microsoft style, here’s to hoping the resort style property falls into the peace & love lifestyle it so richly deserves…or at least all the peace & love that $23M can buy…and here’s a glimpse what ya’ ‘git for that sum…

Take the “virtual tour” here

The listing agents ought put this property up on Ma’ Huck’s own personal, yet to be developed Facebook page…(my own personal mode of communicado as of late).

In the meantime keep up w/Val here.

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Beauty on the Cheap: Summer Edition

Posted by on July 15, 2010 | 2 comments

The really simple Rx for the cheapest in Summertime beauty are these few items:

The obvious and ~plentiful yet sometimes so hard to choke down aqua is a must. Dehydration leads to ugly things like dry skin, chapped lips, brittle hair and constipation!

Which brings us neatly ’round to our next yummy little suggestion the prune or any of the gazzilion quick and easy ways there are to get some fiber to keep r-e-g-u-l-a-r.

Because irregularity in itself is rather unappetizing and it can really weigh ya’ down, REALLY. Not to mention (except to mention) that there are many, many benefits to keeping on the regular like maintaining your weight and World Peace.

Lastly as a nod to my dermatologist who put it best when she asked, “Did you come here on the subway?”, when I announced to her that I don’t go out in the sun much. SPF, SPF, SPF! Because ICYDK w/out it you more quickly meet aging and skin cancer.

Happy hydrating, bm’ing and spf’ing! Esp. to those of you just visiting/working/filming out in our hot sunny desert for the first time. ¡Bienvenidos!

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Get Your Moo-on to Score Some Cluck

Posted by on July 6, 2010 | One comment

This Friday July 9th Chick-fil-A® restaurants nationwide will celebrate the chain’s annual Cow Appreciation Day by offering a free meal to any customer who visits one of 1,400+ mall or stand-alone restaurants fully dressed as a cow.

Here are the corporate rules and rewards:

Customers dressed “head to hoof” in cow attire will be rewarded with a free Chick-fil-A Meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner), which includes an entrée of choice, a side item and a Dr Pepper® (or other beverage choice). For those “too chicken” to wear the full cow costume, Chick-fil-A will award a complimentary entrée to customers partially dressed in cow attire, such as a cow-spotted scarf, purse, hat or other accessory.


GOB – All Props Must Go

Posted by on June 9, 2010 | Comments Off on GOB – All Props Must Go

FilmMaker Production Services Company is liquidating its ENTIRE inventory.

“Want to own props and costumes used in television shows and blockbuster films? FPSC is selling their inventory including tables, chairs, lamps, sofas, desks, patio furniture, knick-knacks, men’s and women’s costumes and jewelry. View a sampling of the available items on line at filmmakerproductionservices.com.

Cash and major credit card will be accepted. No checks or deliveries.” – FPSC

When: June 18-20

2731 Broadway Blvd. NE Suite C
Albuquerque, NM 87017


Perhaps this post and the previous post can marry into a merry solution for all!

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Regression Therapy On the Cheap

Posted by on May 25, 2010 | Comments Off on Regression Therapy On the Cheap

Yesterday we posed the question to our social net pals on both Twitter & Facebook (sorry myspace, i’m just not that into you), “What sandwich makes you feel like a kid again?”

Good ol’ PB & J took it by a landslide! But lots of yummy and some surprising answers came back. The sweetest thing we noticed was how happy people were to answer esp. when their sammie of choice took them back to a memory with a loved one.

So here’s wishin’ you the cheap treat of chomping into YOUR favorite childhood sandwich and letting it take you back to abuelita’s fried bologna, dad’s PB & bannana, or your own chocolate covered fingers!

and p.s. dear grandma, thanks for all those grilled cheese with pickles

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Free Tee

Posted by on May 6, 2010 | Comments Off on Free Tee

May is PGA Free Lesson month. Click here to check PGA/LPGA Professional availability in your area.

Your free 10-min lessons w/a pro in the Q metro area include:

Ross DuPlessis, University of New Mexico
Bill Harvey & Casey Coontz, Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course
Matt Molloy, Sandia Golf Club

Actors, get your golf on – add it to that resume under special skills!

Vezi mai multe din Emisiuni TV pe 220.ro

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Beauty on the Cheap

Posted by on January 16, 2010 | Comments Off on Beauty on the Cheap

Get a quick, clean toner & astringent in a pinch with your handy-dandy unflavored antiseptic mouthwash.

And instead of shelling out $9 a box for Bioré® perfect pore strips make yourself a peel-off facial mask with your 34¢ elementary school pal, white, craft glue.

When you’re done w/all that you’ll probably still have time for ©Sindication’s own speedy pedicure in a can…PAM – it’s not just for baking!

More treats and tricks On the Cheap here.


On the Cheap: Agave Mocha Latte

Posted by on January 15, 2010 | Comments Off on On the Cheap: Agave Mocha Latte

Fresh ground coffee beans prepared – Your brew, your method.
French Press or Stove Top Espresso Maker recommended

1-2 Tbl. sp. Organic Blue Agave Sweetner (to taste)

1-3 Tsp. Pure cocoa powder

Best brewed strong. Combine sweetener and cocoa until smooth, over pour coffee, add cream to taste.

The cocoa/agave mixture yields a sweet, chocolaty foam not even sbucks can touch!

Cost – Under $20 for an entire mo. of daily mocha latte depending on your beans!

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Entertainment on the Cheap: Lather, rinse, repeat.com Edition

Posted by on January 5, 2010 | Comments Off on Entertainment on the Cheap: Lather, rinse, repeat.com Edition

Since inane product warnings and instructions are no longer enough suplemental information on our consumable product labels, here’s a fun game:

See how many .coms, etc. you can find on consumer product packaging within a 10 ft. radius.

Like many oter thangs, I think this is most fun in the kitchen or bathroom or wherever else you keep a lot of commercial stuff.

It’s a hoot! And we “invite you to count the colors in your bedroom…”

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Introducing Groupon ABQ

Posted by on December 4, 2009 | Comments Off on Introducing Groupon ABQ

Currently boasting Total Dollars Saved $39,281,088, Total Groupons Bought 904,646!!

Get on the Groupon train by clicking here to start your national savings now!

Each day Groupon features different deals: steep discounts, two-fers, specials, etc. the masses are offered the chance to buy into to the deal with a minimum number of participants set to activate the discount. If/when the minimum number of buyers is reached the deal is released to them. If the min. goal is not met the deal expires.

Albuquerque businesses need to load this train by putting their deals out there. Put your business on Groupon here.

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Health, Home & Fashion On the Cheap

Posted by on October 22, 2009 | 2 comments

Eats – The Euros call us Ugly Americans for a reason. It’s probably not so much visual as culpable. The diet on the cheap tip o’ the day is the simple, extremely inconvenient truth that we need to eat right. Above is our personal favorite diet/lifestyle tool.

If we can get it square on the little round plate with whole grains, some veg, protein, and good dairy, we feel better, look better and most importantly when we do indulge in that chocolate cupcake, carne adovado burrito, and/or cheesy pizza pie, the little plate is still all it takes.

Clean – Essential oils indeed. You can use ’em for almost EVERYTHING. Air freshener, cleansers, furniture polish. They run from between $3-$7 at your local granola store or herbal vitamin depot. Just a few drops in good ol’ H20 make all of the non-toxic potions above that last and last.

Pam – Not just for pedicures anymore. ©Sindication proudly presents – Butter Jeans™. Whether you waste your money splurge on $200 denim or get the $8 clearance jeans from the junior section at Wal-Mart, you can keep the color in your pants (punny) with grandma’s cooking spray.

A light oil spray, a spin in the dryer, followed with laundering in mild soap, like a body wash or other non degreasing cleaners will keep your denim colored for-like-ever!


Trade Your Greens for Green

Posted by on September 20, 2009 | Comments Off on Trade Your Greens for Green

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Not unlike the glorious Village Harvest above, the new website Veggie Trader strives to eliminate the waste of the natural or home grown vegetation all around us.

Veggie Trader allows registered users to tap local resources to buy, sell and trade area fruits and vegetables. In “these tough economic times” you have to ask yourself, “got fruit?”

There’s hardly a neighborhood in the Q where you can walk a block without passing the decay of apple, apricot or even grape yard “crops”.

We’ve done the leg work for you and found that within 100 miles of the metro there are in fact currently a total of 7 listings for herbs, flowers, fruits and veggies – more than we expected.

So if you need a little green or just strive to be so, harvest the crops around you to spare them from becoming waste and you can donate, sell or trade ’em. We wish you good farming!

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Repost: Entertainment on the Cheap

Posted by on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off on Repost: Entertainment on the Cheap

Disney ain’t gonna like this – but times are tough, Baby Einstein be damned. With your internet access comes free toddler entertainment. And I do believe there’s at least a little learnin’ available here à la the ol’ See-n-say.

Here are some pre-reviewed, toddler pre-approved YouTube clips to entertain your children by:

Dog Barking
Baby Laughing
Cat Meow
Cat Purr
Monkey Talk
New>> Howling Wolves

You get the idea.



Spa Treatments on the Cheap

Posted by on September 15, 2009 | 5 comments

Cheap Spa

My back is all jacked-up. Well, not the whole thing – just my spine & neck. I’m easily debilitated thanks to two awesome NM drivers one à la T-Bone, the other à la rear end collision – Thanks ladies. And, no I didn’t get all the compensation advertised by so many a daytime disability/accident/injury attorney or anything like, so I’m on my own for rehab. No therapeutic spa treatments for the Sindicator.

Anyouch, I’m easily torqued into stiffening pain so I have to be really careful of jarring motions like being a passenger with an overly aggressive, break tapper – which happened the other day, leaving me all misaligned, pinched and with radiating pain.

Enter big, hot rock. As most of the landscape here is artfully decorated with gravel, a nice large stone was easily employed to relieve the pain. And relieve it did. Pressed between me and my own car seat after escaping the brake tapper it released what ever muscle spasm or pull that was pinching me. Yay!

In another kind of pinch – when you find yourself racing out the door and your heels and toes are looking like the dusty, rough side of said hot rock and there’s no time for a proper pedi, stand yourself on a rag and spray that nastiness with some good ‘ol fashioned PAM aerosol cooking spray. Pat dry and you ‘re out the door!

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Cleanliness On The Cheap

Posted by on August 24, 2009 | Comments Off on Cleanliness On The Cheap

To remove residue, build-up and of course the occasional grease stain – there’s no need for pricey specialty soaps and cleansers. Good ol’ fashioned dish liquid contains degreaser that can get oily stains out of your clothes by the wash load or as a pretreatment, diluted detergent can keep bugs and pests off your plants and even makes a good hair brightener.

Remember resorting to that pricey bottle of Anti-Residue Formula Neutrogena, well in a time or a penny pinch go to the kitchen an whip yourself up some beauty on the cheap.

So whether you want to spray that slug away or just get Timmy’s gravy stain off your blouse get back to basics for results.

Vote in Oct.

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Natural Weekend Mood Elevator and Weight Loss Rx

Posted by on August 14, 2009 | 2 comments


Fiber, fiber, fiber! Mmm, mmm good and good for you! High fiber fruits, veggies, grains or even the drink mixes or supplements can clear your mind and your hmm, mmm this weekend. You’d be amazed how a lil’ regularity improves your outlook – what doesn’t weigh you down can set you free!

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Where it All Went Wrong…Where it’s Going

Posted by on August 12, 2009 | Comments Off on Where it All Went Wrong…Where it’s Going


No, that isn’t me standing next to that Barbie Dream Mansion. I only wished I was a 9 yr. old white girl in 1983. But I did have that damn mansion ’cause I was spoi-eled… AND I had that sweet yellow corvette and bad Barbie R.V. It was AWESOME!

I used to have THE BEST Barbie-n-Ken outfits, my fave was the purple and red Business Barbie suit – it was so rad I can’t even express the JOY. My barbs ate like spoiled brats too. Magazine clippings of lobster tails, what ever looked decadent and hoity. Anything I’d seen on Hart to Hart, Dallas, Dynasty or Knots Landing.

And this my friends is where it all went wrong. How Hart to Hart made their riches? I don’t remember…What is up with the Dynasty peeps? No idea – they probably aren’t even in on the residual action for their DVD sales. It was a dumb, sloppy time. Oh, look at Falcon Crest…it was all wrong.

Now, Patrick Bateman would think me so gauche, but without a penny to my name – I’ve been better off than any of the times I was chasing the excess-of-the-eighties dream in my own Business Barbie suits. My BFFL always said this was the decade I’d come into my riches…and she was right. Excess is as OUT as shoulder pads.

P.S. I’m totally gonna bring back pairing purple and red. All discount or second hand – of course!

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Entertainment on the Cheap – Inertia Indeed!

Posted by on August 5, 2009 | 4 comments

Hilarious Shake Weight Exercise for Women – Watch more Funny Videos

Standard weights be damned. It was of course the ladies at the View who brought this to my attention, airing the infomercial above on their show Monday.

The provocative dumbbell claims to shake our arm flab away, by creating resistance and tension for your workout. The ad boasts…designed specifically for women.

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Beauty on the Cheap – Lipstain Schmipstain

Posted by on August 4, 2009 | One comment


With so called “lipstains” at nearly 8-bucks a pop this Beauty on the Cheap post is dedicated to the non-toxic lipstain every elementary school kid has known about for eons, they’re called ®Crayola Markers. Hello – you can have every color in the rainbow for less than $4.

Covergirl boasts long lasting lip color and provides wowing tips such as, “apply another layer to increase color intensity” and recommends finishing the look with “Wetslicks in Clear Radiance for a subtle shine.” (.27 oz. $3.50 – $5.99)

Hi – a tub of generic petroleum jelly is still under $2.50 right? And that’s lube that’ll last ya’ a while. So, sorry Drew, I’ll pass on your still overpriced color sticks. But thank you for hawking grocery store cosmetics instead of pretentious POOP.

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Recession Succession With Cities On the Cheap

Posted by on July 12, 2009 | One comment

Albuquerque On The Cheap

Albuquerque based writer and acclaimed ‘tightwad’ Elizabeth Hanes (formerly) edits and maintains local, savings based website Albuquerque On The Cheap.

An official member of the independently owned and operated Cities On The Cheap websites available across the United States and Canada, Hanes brings real-time deals, ease in accessibility and interface to thrifty Albuquerqueans.

You can submit your finds, search coupons, freebies, events and more at http://abqonthecheap.com/.

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