Walter Whitey’s ABQ

Friday, 9:00 PM PST

I loved the series Mad Men and was sorry to see it end. They always billed themselves as the greatest show on television but they failed to mention one thing: they were only the second best show on AMC.

Breaking Bad was better written and better acted.

Kathy kept coaxing me to watch the first season but I resisted until it was over. Then I binged and was devoted throughout.

What hooked me was the scene in the first episode where he tells his family he has cancer. Hank and Marie come over on a Sunday and he gives them the news. At one point Skyler interjects something to the effect of, “and you know what else? He told me on a weekend when the Doctor’s office was closed. I couldn’t even call to verify the information!”

One of the sickest lines ever.

When I was researching the locations, all the reviews said the same thing about Walt’s house: the woman who owns it is kind of nutty. If she’s out front, she will probably yell at you.

Today I was the only car cruising by and she had her lawn chair set up in the driveway waiting. I stopped for three seconds to take a couple of pictures and she came charging down the driveway. “There’s too much traffic! You can’t stop!”

Keep that in mind the next time you’re in Albuquerque and want to swing by 3828 Piermont Drive NE.

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For the complete travelogue see On the Odyssey Road
For the complete eviction saga, From the Beginning

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