Not even the Albuquerque Journal can answer that question.
Thanks to (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Father for spotting this. Thomas Doyle is correct that if we don't patronize local restaurants in favor of chains, more of this will happen. And with the current economy, chains can withstand a slowdown better than an independant can.
Travelogue from my trip to the USBC Nationals last week in Albuquerque, NM....
For the past four seasons, the USBC Masters qualifying has been held at AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa (with the finals held twice at Miller Park, and once each at the US Cellular Arena and the State Fair Expo Center). In January it was announced that the Masters was leaving Milwaukee, and would instead be held in Las Vegas. Although it was a blow to lose the Masters tournament, at least the Masters was going to become part of the USBC national tournament is that will be held in Las Vegas in 2009. Unknown is whether the Masters will stay in Las Vegas, or if it will continue to follow the USBC nationals (which are in Reno in 2010, Orlando in 2011, Baton Rouge in 2012, Reno in 2013 and Orlando in 2014).
Shortly after it became clear that AMF Bowlero was losing the Masters, I spoke with the general manager of Bowlero, Roy Brent, who stated that the PBA was looking for a way to give Milwaukee a regular stop on the 2008-09 tour. Unfortunatly, that didn't happen, as the released schedule does not include a stop in Milwaukee.
I just replaced the kitchen faucet.
You guys just don't know how big of an accomplishment this is. In renting the first 20ish years of my adulthood, I've never had to replace a faucet.
Everybody is Ohhh'ing and Ahhh'ing Batman's record setting weekend, and based on the critics opinions, there is a reason for it. Meanwhile, Mamma Mia! was a distant, distant second this weekend (with about 1/7 of the attendance) and the critics were far more iffy about this movie.
The way I look at it, the Brewers and Cubs are 4-4 against each other this season. The two best teams in the National League have played to a dead heat against each other.
As I stated last year at this time, it was a pleasant surprise that there were no unauthorized cars parked in our driveway when I left for work. However, I wasn't at work an hour when (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Stepson, Grizzly, called and asked if an exhibitor could park in our driveway at no charge. Since Grizzly has been volunteering with this organization, I had no problem with it.
I don't foresee me being as gung-ho about parking as I was last year. In hindsight, I spent a whole lot of lonely hours for not much money. I think timing is more the key. Sure, my neighbor one door west may sit outside all day long and park two cars, but to me, all day long isn't worth $10.