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  •  My pleasure, claude (11+ / 0-)

    A wonderful gathering with excellent conversation and a lively crew.  Despite a little beer spill, we were all quite moderate in our consumption.

    We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

    by Dallasdoc on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 06:37:19 AM PDT

    •  and then an easy ride home east, until (3+ / 0-)

      the penultimate five miles with monsoon-from-hell rain I just skirted the edge of.   Jeebbus,  I had forgotten what that can be like.

      We haven't broken this drought,  not by much,  but we sure are getting a sigh of  relief and hope as the countryside bursts into green,  every plant still living gorging out.  My garden runneth riot.

      don't always believe what you think

      by claude on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:25:23 PM PDT

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      •  Glad you made it home OK (3+ / 0-)
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        My newly-replanted back yard sure is enjoying the dousings it's been getting too.  Glad your veggies are going to be giving forth more bounteously.  

        I'm going to have to Kosmail your compatriot out there about his paintings.  They look spectacular.

        We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

        by Dallasdoc on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 03:38:42 PM PDT

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        •  Oh gawd, Doc. (3+ / 0-)

          We have his paintings hanging about,  and they really grow on us.  Email him direct   lakeschuyleratgmaildotcom.  He really needs to hear that from you.  He'll never notice a KosMessage.

          Lake is the closest exemplar I know to art as a verb,   and artist as pilgrim/voyageur.

          I can tell you stories about the five different-colored dirts he found about he valley to work with when he was reduced to nothing else to work with. I had piles of old bits and pieces of concrete-form plywood laying around that he made his canvases.

          don't always believe what you think

          by claude on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 04:27:34 PM PDT

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          •  My partner's going to Dallas next month (3+ / 0-)
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            While he's gone, I may have to take a road trip out to visit you guys and see his work, if he's interested.  If they're in my price range, I'd reallly like to think about buying one.  Seeing the thumbnails on somebody's iPhone yesterday, I'm very intrigued and told him so.  It was great to see him light up when he talked about his painting, and to listen to him distinguish between being a painter and a mere "artist."  He seemed surprised when I told him the first painter I fell in love with was an abstract expressionist named Clyfford Still, who had an amazing permanent installation at the SF MOMA when I was a young-un out there.

            It'd be wonderful to visit you in your native habitat as well, if you'd be open to a visitor.  Living out where you do, I won't automatically presume you are.

            We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

            by Dallasdoc on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 04:39:10 PM PDT

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          •  Coming in late here because (2+ / 0-)
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            of this that and the other thing, but the meet-up was real, and so am I. Hi y'all and it was great to meet yuze.

            Anybody who's interested, there's a fight going on right now to designate La Bajada Mesa as a National Monument. That's the stretch of high land, like a ridge you come over, when you're approaching Santa Fe from the south, up from Cochiti Pueblo. Where slow traffic gets an extra lane to the right, and then you come up over the rise and you see Santa Fe ahead, and the Sangre de Christo Mountains for the first time there.

            If this effort, or fight does not succeed, all that wild high land will soon succumb to mining and real estate interests, guaranteed. Very soon. They got their fangs into it as I write. Urban sprawl, Santa Fe style. Try to imagine a condo on that ridge.

            There's a group of people who have been working to block this for a while, in conjunction with Cochiti Pueblo Elders and local ranchers... it's kinda complex, politically speaking. Opposing interests and so on. Any support  (even if just verbal) would be much appreciated, if you phone Dianne Strauss at 505 988 4060, and she can clue you in.

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