anthropology

Wordiness

GooFi rent

Someone thought this lone, highlightable, benefit might cinch a deal—fast. Turns out maybe the rate’s too high or something else, as this sign has been posted for a while.

Lily blushing

Yeah, and a flower photo. Interesting color. Light plum? Blushing orchid? Rosy something?

Ripening science

Avocado ripening

One of the things I loved about buying veg/fruits at the markets in Mexico was that if you wanted avocados, the market lady (almost always a lady) would ask when you intended to use it. You could be very specific, like seven this evening or three this afternoon, and the avocado she offered in response would, invariably in my experience, be perfect at that time. Yay!

Bee balm

Now I see that today WholePaycheck had two piles of four-to-a-bag avocados, one with this sign and one with a 3–4 day sign.

I bought a single from the regular pile, and it was perfect in our salad. Didn’t need four avocados, so I don’t know if their system is as good as the market ladies of southern Mexico.

Tremulous in the Ether

Chair shadows

Ether in the 17th C was everything between things. I heard the title phrase somewhere, noted it, and forgot where I heard it*. Well, it’s noted again, for whatever it’s worth. Is this ether more like the sunlight or the shadows? Still pondering…but not tremulous (timid, nervous, shaking, or quivering) in the pondering.

* Yeah, should have noted source as well as phrase. My bad.

Hinge points

Lost jack

Tough to lose your Jack of Hearts. Jack just hangin’ on the sidewalk…a few blocks from the middle school—was it lost by a student?

Late magnolia flower

And here’s what a late magnolia blossom looks like…headed for dehydration and desiccation of the petals, while the seed part continues to develop.

Citizen day (no railing)

Railing

We voted today. Officials moved our voting spot to…well, I checked—fifty walking minutes away. We used to have a nice ritual of walking to our voting spot, in our library branch, a mere 16 minutes away…a lovely distance for a citizen-day outing.

Plus, this time we voted in a church—and not in the basement, but right there in the church part. We had to go up two steps onto the altar area to get our “credit card” to activate the voting machine (did not ask if they got up for people with wheelchairs or walkers). Also, I had to slog along a pew from the center aisle to get over to the side where the voting confessionals were lined up along the outside walls…but that edge aisle was too narrow for anyone to walk behind the voters without peeking…hence my pew stumble.

Still, I managed to keep my Stacys straight, and I had evaluated most of the down-ticket candidates at home, except, geeze, I didn’t know about all those issue/questions [they’re always terribly tricky to parse on the fly]. Seems like I almost always find a surprise on my ballot*—note to self: get better voting info….

* I remember when I began to vote that taped down on the front table was ALWAYS a [printed] copy of the ballot we soon would be handed, appropriately marked with a big red X across the entire page or otherwise made unusable. Anyway, no surprises after looking at that! Of course, on the other hand, there was no checking the internet on the fly for candidate info. Heh. …and, yes, the title and picture reference two kinds of railing. Heh-heh.

Cycling

Nandina perhaps

There can’t be too many plants with emergent spring leaves that are not a shade of green. These are greenish pink? Actually, nandinas exhibit a range of leaf colors…so maybe not so strange?

Corner fixed

I’ve been watching this corner…now newly fixed. I’m afraid that without bollards or other defensive structures, one of the next dozen dually delivery trucks to right-turn here will once again flip the metal out of its resting place. And the cycle of damage/fixing will continue.

Advice: wait for that second thought

Bamboo aggression

I don’t remember this grassy area as being a former plot of bamboo, but the growth patterns suggest it was and I must have been looking the other way (or for traffic) all the other times I was here. Now, the bamboo is aggressively expanding its territory—boldly shooting up everywhere. I wonder how fast these shoots grow—a half-foot a day?

Weber grill roof

When I shot today’s neighborhood image, I was about the line of large-size toy vehicles to the (my) right of the front door, and the chairs on the left…overseeing the action. However, when I looked at the picture I thought: hey, is that a Weber grill on the roof? Second thought: must be a satellite dish…heh.

Neighborhood economics, plus flower

VaHi sidewalk

When I heard yesterday that today it would be 80°F by noon, I knew I had to walk early enough that the hot-beast was only breathing in spots of full sun. It rained overnight, so the humidity was outta sight. Whew! Got my steps in, however, and simultaneously avoided the air-crud that accumulates later in the day. [BTW, the Spices business has been closed and gone for months, since January, if I remember correctly. Must be that the rents are astronomical…as there’s plenty of foot-traffic during normal business hours, which you’d think otherwise would make this strip a good one for a store.]

White lily trio

Most photogenic flower today: this lily trio, decorated with a few droplets, and, I think, no insects this time.

Making up for…deficiencies

Pickup back window

I made yesterday’s post on the fly, which is theoretically “just fine.” Looking back, I didn’t draw from our full set of images-of-the-day, and blah blah.

Green lndscp

As we sped east across OK, then AR, we saw far more spring vegetation than we remembered from westbound. This image shows more green than I remember from most of the hills and valleys, but, hey, pretty!

Oil pump

We saw towers that I hypothesized were for fracking, but this is an old-fashioned oil derrick. Plenty of them!

Onion truck

We found truck loads often unidentifiable (because: covered/closed), but this was all onions, all the way.

Transformers

And this was what I think of as transformers, but maybe I have that wrong.

Peony timeline

And, at home today, this flower was a tight bud with ants walking on it when we left. No longer!

The storm last night left traffic lights as mere flashing lights (folks, they become four-way stops—so STOP and WAIT on cross traffic for your turn), but things were fine at our house, judging from the microwave and coffee-machine clocks (nevertheless, Chummbeee was confused…).

Eastbound

Lighting mural

We met long-time, rarely seen friends at the restaurant of a Pueblo center honoring the nineteen pueblos of New Mexico for a languid brunch. I found the architectural details quite interesting. This lighting inset with mural: fun.

Dance circle

And in the courtyard, a dance circle. No one was dancing when we checked, but I liked seeing the linear footstep patterns that gave clues to the patterns of the dancers’ movements.

Leftover conference

And, while the ladies retired to the restroom, the gentlemen chatted carefully holding the leftovers. Great guys!

Solo beeve

Then it was time to begin the eastward trek. Over the first pass, we were in rangeland again.

NM penasco

However, we had a few miles of colorful, rugged landscape to go.

NM strata cerro

Rugged, colorful, and stratigraphic.

NM lnscp w train

And, sometimes, complete with train.

Tucumcari irrigation

Then, by Tucumcari, we found row crops in irrigated fields. Grain?

TX windfarm

Somehow, when westbound we did not notice how large this wind farm is in the TX panhandle. Gigantic. Operated by a division of Southern Company. [Goo-ing indicates this is the Cactus Flats facility, with 43 wind turbines.]

TX wind cattle

Very Texas to have cattle and wind plants coexisting. Jessayin: we went through TX twice on this trip, and never set foot in the state. [You can only manage that if you pick the section of TX you cross VERY carefully; we picked the panhandle.]

OK sunset

OK sunset.

I was going to title this “Don Dinero,” but it didn’t fit. We saw a pawnshop with that name in ABQ; “Don Dinero” means Mr Money.