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Day 42 – Albuquerque

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At this point in recording the trip, I somewhat gave up the outline responsibilities and left the journaling to my dad, only putting a few additions onto his records. So here was his interpretation of this day:

Thurs, 15 Jul Very warm with afternoon thunderstorm buildup.

Ben and I drive to Albuquerque and wait for Carol to come in tomorrow. 
We slept in somewhat and got on I-24 North shortly before 10. We stopped at IHOP in Los Cruses and had brunch before Ben took over and drive to Albuquerque. We checked in at the Airport LaQuinta at 3 p.m. and rested a bit. The LaQuinta had a free high speed internet so Ben went online immediately and started talking to his friends and catching up on his blog.
Ben and I went over to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and had two hours to look at the Museum which I found fascinating because it had exhibits of each Pueblo Indian tribe, their art and culture. Ben checked out the gift store but I didn’t have a chance (or I would have bought some CDs).
The we drove to the ‘old town’ to look around and found museum row, the Natural History Museum, the Atomic Museum, the . . . We stopped for dinner at a heavily advertised Mexican Restaurant, Little Anita’s (very tourist). Just as we were leaving a thunder storm started dumping, we waited for a break and got to the car but it rained heavily all the way back to the LaQuinta. From our third story place we watched the thunder cloud dump downtown Albuquerque while we experienced a microburst with high winds and rain.

My additions to his records were:
At the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center we watched film of a woman making black clay pots, which I thought was very cool. And Dad spent a whole lot more time really soaking in the museum than I did. As my usual museum habit, I just grazed over the visual stuff and didn’t read into the details. I’ve never been very huge into the dynamics of museums.


Day 43 – Santa Fe

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Here is my father’s record of the day:

Fri, 16 Jul Hot with thunderstorms.

Carol called at 9:30 from Phoenix, pick her up on time. Ben and [I] packed up and left the LaQuinta and drove around Albuquerque looking for a steering wheel locking bar. Then back to the airport to pick up Carol and drive North on I-25.
We stopped for lunch at the Sandia Indian Casino for lunch, very posh and cheap lunch. Carol [gambled] a few quarters (Ben had to wear a red armband because he was under 21).
We made Santa Fe by 2 p.m. and went directly to The Garcia Compound to meet Glen & ML Hiersoux of Santa Fe Stay, 636 Garcia St, Santa Fe, just around the corner from Canyon Road. The compound consisted of a main house and 4 small cottages, all renovated and very comfortable.
[Mom and Dad have always been interested in purchasing property in Santa Fe]
We rested until Glen got back and then had about an hour interview with he and his wife ML, running the management company and what and where they manage properties. Glen preferred less than 40 units from Palace Ave. down to Capitol East. For a straight cut of the rental, 15%, they would take care of everything, including reservations (handled by ML). Glen is also a broker and can show us properties that we might be interested in.
Then we dressed for services at Temple Beth Shalom and went down. We met the Rabbi’s wife, Janet Schwab who was from the bay area. She knew Rick Steinberg and Stacia. She also mentioned to Carol their other house in zzz that they are thinking of selling (it’s being rented now).
Then we went into town for dinner at the Cowgirl Bar and Grill, lots of noise and urban cowboys but good food, Ben had his buffalo burger. It was also a hotbed of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender community from the paper I picked up, very interesting combination.

My additions:
For lunch I had a steak quesadilla. Beth Shalom’s services were kind of intersting to go to. They had similar songs to what I was used to back home, and also some new tunes, and some new songs. But that’s typical of most synagogues. Some stereotypical Jewish grandmothers were behind me during services, and I felt that was important to write down for some reason.


Day 44 – Santa Fe

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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.


Day 45 – Santa Fe

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Alright, now back to my own outlines.

In the morning I slept in but finally got up and did some work on the trip logs. I also made new music mixes to play in the car for the trip back. Mom and Dad were bickering over something or other, which isn’t too out of place. Kind of a Ricky and Lucy sort of bickering.

We had breakfast at some grill in a very up-scale shopping mall, but that didn’t make the steak sandwich any less delicious. We went back to the place we were renting and immediately left with one of the realtors that they had been talking to to look at houses. The first one was small and linear. The second had a sunken living room. The third had a lost cat. The fourth was two stories. And the fifth I didn’t have any comments on.

We came back for a brief lunch before heading out again to look at more places in a mountainous area. Stopped by some coffee place and I browsed magazines. Also went to a bookstore. Then back to the rental and I watched some movies (Ocean’s 11 and Hook). I went out to dinner with Mom and for dessert had some pumpkin ice cream.