Llano Quemado

And the Sun Did Shine

looking west from Llano Quemado

The view is probably the best thing about this neighborhood

A few hours before I took this shot, we headed south to Pilar to look for ducks along the Rio Grande. As soon as we had a clear view out to the west, I saw a wall of rain and snow marching across the vastness. In the way it often does around here, one half [...]

A Knock on the Door

New Mexico sunset

Claim it, chilluns

"I come from the mountain," he said, and growled. This was no game, however, but serious shaman voodoo meant to jolt me. I knew the mountain, too. "Do you know how many people I've taken out there?" he asked. "Just you," he said."You're the only one." We talked a long time. The rest of this [...]

Dead Dog Dirtball Dream

Llano Quemado, south side of Taos, New Mexico

The blue sky reflected in the puddles! Win!

There was silence when I walked up to the car this morning. Nothing. No barks, no jangling chain, no pity crying in my heart. Maybe the neighbor's dog died, I said to myself. I sort of wished he had. He was chained outside a few steps from the gate. A Doberman, black and very skinny. [...]

Llano Quemado Report

muddy car

The amazing 2007 Pontiac Vibe. About 115,000 miles, over 30 mpg all the way. Great car!

Drove into town today to buy weird things to eat before the colonoscopy. Oh yeah, that's happening—figured I'd jump on it now before the bastards screw up Medicare. You can guess the condition of the road. By that I mean the whole other dimension between us and the pavement. The holes are almost big enough [...]

Screaming and Crying

tire tracks in snow

You’d think the thing would go but you would be mistaken

"I fucked up! I can't stand it! I fucked up!" she yelled, sobbing and staggering through the snow. Yesterday was her turn, the day before was mine. At least she'd actually tried to do something, namely pull out of the driveway into the frozen bog we call a road. Right away she gave it too [...]

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