Day 44 – Santa Fe

—— Converted from outline form: 2013-9-19 ——

Dad’s record:

Sat, 17 Jul I switched teaching pottery with Njeri today. Very warm with thunderstorms.

Although my watch went off at 7 a.m. I didn’t get up until 8 a.m. I made coffee and after I showered everybody else was up. First things first, I dropped Carol off at Temple Beth Shalom for Torah Study and went back home to do a load of laundry. Then Ben and I went back to pick her up at 10:20 and went over to the Back Door Café where there was a free wireless internet. Ben hooked up immediately on AirPort and proceeded to sign up for his Brandeis classes, right here in Santa Fe. Then Carol got on and dumped her email messages.
Since we had the car parked in a good place, when Ben and Carol were through we wandered around the Plaza and over to the Blue Corn Café for lunch. Then more wandering until we got back to Water St. where Ben bought a black cowboy hat from a street vendor. Then back to the unit for a quick nap and change of shirt.
At 3 p.m. we had an appointment with Tom Simon of Kokopelli Property Management (same building we met Clark Kindell before in 2001). We talked to him for an hour about much the same things we discussed with Glen and ML yesterday evening, but his experience and expertise was far wider than Glen’s, but not as personal. He was very clear between vacation and long term rentals and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Zzz more
Everyone just hung around until 7:30 when I dragged everyone out to drive up to Espanola for dinner at El Paragua Restaurant on Hwy 76 (24 miles north of Santa Fe, I found it in the Yellow Pages). Very traditional Mexican food, I had excellent tacos. Hwy 85/285 was under heavy construction so we were slowed coming and going. On the way home we ran into a thunderstorm which dumped for only a few minutes.

My additions:
I stayed at the rented cottage during their visit with Tom Simon. In the evening I transferred dad’s log of the trip to my computer so I didn’t have to work as much (and now I curse my lazy past me for not writing down the trip in my own words, since I think it would have been interesting to compare the two perspectives of the trip).

That black cowboy hat I bought, I either still have it, or I think I was going to trade it for a different hat at Burning Man in 2012. It got pretty beat up and was falling apart due to moths eating away at it while it was in storage.

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