Breaking Point

wild Taos sunset

Stunning sunset + wholly unnecesssary chrome filter in Photo app. Possibly illegal. Surely wrong.

“We’ve got to get out of here, John!” she said, scrunched up on the loveseat with her hands over her face. Married this long and I get the name. I totally agree. This time it was more madness across the fence at a house that may or may not belong to whoever may or may not be living there. How could they, anyway, without a toilet. A man I know supposedly sold it to them several years ago, although he still picks up his mail, comes and goes and gets stuff, and a long-dead Chevy van that any real new owner would have hauled away still sits there as it has since Jesus rode a frigging donkey into town. There’s been the strangest pounding and clattering going on for days, and last night someone parked an RV in the crowded space in front of the gate. There’s a woman living in it now. What the hell, I figure. Maybe they needed help moving the meth lab.

It’s the cheating, as my wife puts it. A lurking vibe. (There’s more than she knows.) No one ever really tells the truth. Old professional hippies with guns. Never trust the man or pay a licensed plumber. Hire “a Mexican” or do the job yourself because a pro will always rip you off.

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.  

  • terri July 25, 2016, 12:27 AM

    I have to agree with your wife. While the historic adobe gives you miles of material to write about, it’s old, cramped, dark, has no modern features you two need and is often outright depressing to look at. I know you often use these responses in your posts, but honestly, over the last few years, every time I see the place I cringe for your wife. Please find a modern rental even if it means giving that piano to some studio/friend/gallery to keep for a while. Just get out.

    • JHF July 25, 2016, 1:21 AM

      Writing’s been on the wall a while. Stay tuned.

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