Can’t Game This Out

View near Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico

Looking north a little way from Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron

I have to stop waking up early remembering how old I am. That never used to happen when I was immortal. I went to bed at 9:00 p.m. last night, awoke just now at 2:00 a.m. and read some news. It’s like the country crossed a line, and no one even twitched.

Meanwhile in New Mexico, the air is turning cool. The mother of all winters could be bearing down on us before Thanksgiving, judging from el Niño in the far Pacific. The road will be impassable for days from snow and mud—a given, not a threat. It’s time to find a better place to live and kill the storage unit. If I could, I’d cut back even more and travel light. Books, possessions, dusty piles of junk in every corner. Projects, obligations, things that will not ease. Scraps of paper with essential numbers by my desk, provenance forgotten.

John Hamilton Farr lives in Taos, New Mexico, U.S.A. with his classical pianist wife. “Possibly the only place I can get away with this,” he says. As New York Times best-selling author James C. Moore (Bush’s Brain) put it in a review of John’s first book, Buffalo Lights is the work of a man attuned to the world who sees it differently than you and I and writes about it with a language and a vision of life that is impossible to ignore.” John is the author of BUFFALO LIGHTS, TAOS SOUL, ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE, and THE HELEN CHRONICLES. He has been publishing online since 1996 (Zoo Zone, Farr Site, MacFaust, GRACK!, FarrFeed) and blogs regularly here at JHFARR.COM. See also → John’s Twitter profile, Amazon Author Page, video channel at YouTube, and website photos at SmugMug. To email John, please see CONTACT INFO on About page.  

  • Sherry August 18, 2015, 10:01 AM

    Anything promising out there on the new home front?

    • JHF August 18, 2015, 10:23 AM

      Nah. We looked twice at one nice place, except the washing machine was in the bedroom closet… The only bedroom. To load the machine, you’d have your head bumping into clothes on hangers. Ridiculous! For over 200 grand, I want a washer and a dryer in their own space. Such a simple thing, yet so many houses here don’t have that, or even working septic systems. I’ve seen listings for well over 200 grand where you’d have to have the sewage pumped out every month. We’ve been looking seriously for over two years now, either priced out or insulted.

      Someone’s going to read this and bring up relocating again, I know it. 🙂

{ 2 comments… add one }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

Subscribe to THIS WEBSITE

Enter email address to receive new post notices. Super-easy on and off, manage by yourself.

Find anything at JHFARR.COM

Browse Archives

Browse Categories

Translate This Page