So, there is this little show on T.V. called Breaking Bad.
I watched a few episodes during the first season, but I truthfully haven’t been following the series (I don’t faithfully follow very many series). BUT I know pretty much everything that goes on anyway because this show is set and filmed right here in Albuquerque, NM, and boy do we embrace all things Walt/Jesse/Heisenberg. Also everyone in the world talks about it all the time.
We have tours on bikes (through the same company that hosted our Bikes and Brews tour), tours on trolleys, yoga tours (they do yoga at filming locations), and self-guided tours. If hot air balloons weren’t so wind dependent, I’m sure we would have hot air balloon tours too.
And blue crystals. We have blue crystal donuts, blue crystal candy, and blue crystal bath products. My martini came with a blue crystal rim last weekend at a fundraiser gala we went to.
While the show does expose some of the more seedy happenings about town (which are sadly not completely inaccurate), Albuquerque has enthusiastically embraced finally getting recognition as a place that exists in the world. Several big movies have been filmed here in recent years (like No Country for Old Men and Transformers), but Breaking Bad has introduced the city to the world in a way that nothing else has before it…even more than Bugs Bunny and his infamous “left” (or lack thereof). For the last several years, when we’ve gone out of town and someone asks where we’re from, we can answer and know that they’ll respond with an excited “Breaking Bad!” instead of asking where in the hell Albuquerque is.
I recently found out that Walter White’s house is less than a half mile from my parent’s house (the house I grew up in), so this means that the White children did/will go to all of the same schools that I went to! How is that for some street cred.
That car wash is also in the same general neighborhood where I grew up, and we have taken our cars to get cleaned there many times throughout the years.
…All of this Breaking Bad talk stems from the fact that we went for a run yesterday (only the 3rd run since Imogene).
We are still in the process of closing on our new house. It started off so fast, and now things feel like they are going really slow. Part of that is my fault because I didn’t want to use the inspector that our Realtor chose based on several bad reviews, so that pushed things back a week. We finally have our inspection next week, so I’m hoping to get our keys very soon, but I am getting antsy, especially because we’ve been painting all of the walls in the rental back to white and packing up wall decor. I feel like I’m not living in my house anymore, and I don’t like that.
So, we figured if we couldn’t move into our house yet, we’d do the next best thing and go for a run around the new neighborhood.
One of the reasons we absolutely had to have this house is because the street backs up to a canyon area with an amazing running trail that we frequent. There is an arroyo that runs through the canyon, and there is a dam in the middle of the arroyo that isn’t quite a city landmark (well, it might be now), but definitely stands out.
Apparently, this dam had some sort of significance this season on Breaking Bad. So, during our neighborhood run last night, as a warm-blooded Albuquerquean, I had to stop and shoot a picture of the damn because IT IS FAMOUS and FAMOUS PEOPLE HAVE STOOD THERE. Right there. In my new neighborhood! (This is actually a pretty low-crime area in real life..I hope).
The whole experience of stalking famous places was so enjoyable (right down to people looking at me like I was crazy because I was taking pictures), that unbeknownst to Aaron, I plan to visit more famous sites this weekend (and of course stop for a blue crystal doughnut). And I plan to watch the series finale on Sunday, even if I have no clue what is happening or why. Anyone want to fill me in?
It’s been fun, Breaking Bad. Thanks for being so good to Albuquerque, and finally getting us on the map!
These billboard have been up around town all summer. I thought it was a nice touch!