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  • hardie karges 12:51 am on October 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Columbus, Deming, Hurley, la Mesilla, Las Cruces, Lordsburg, , ,   

    Borderlands, New Mexico: C U in El Paso, Pablo Picasso… 

    Arts district in El Paso, TX

    Arts district in El Paso, TX

    What difference does a line on a map make? In El Paso it means a lot, not only La Linea with Mexico, but even that smaller line with neighboring state New Mexico, El Paso itself something of a historical anomaly, part of a cartographical peninsula jutting into the then-frontier, with historical ties to Texas, not with whatever would come (much) later, i.e. New Mexico and Arizona.

    Fact is: El Paso lies almost due south of Albuquerque, so when the clouds and rain roll in, I roll south. The skies clear, and the temps warm up, almost on cue.

    But even though less than 300 miles from Albuquerque, and only slightly more to Tucson, AZ, this is still Texas, and I find myself slipping inadvertently into a southern accent, y’all. But it’s almost twice that far to the nearest Texas city of that size or larger, San Antonio, and even more to Dallas. It’s 852 miles to Beaumont, as the crow flies, on the other side of the state, down I-10. There’s only one problem: crows don’t fly down I-10. They take the I-20 turn-off to Dallas. Guess they don’t want to fly too close to the sun. (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 4:40 am on October 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My bedtime reading again – enjoyed to the fullest – putting it mildly. You are a master of the English language.

    • hardie karges 4:51 am on October 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      And you are a master of flattery, Esther…

  • hardie karges 1:56 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chihuahua, , Columbus, , , Palomas, Tarahumara   

    La Frontera, Part I: the Line that Divides Us Can Unite Us 

    Raramuri' lady in Palomas, Chihuahua

    Raramuri’ lady in Palomas, Chihuahua

    The first time I left the US was right here, at El Paso, in 1974, crossing the bridge across the Rio Grande (okay, so not so Grande right here), and into Ciudad Juarez. It seemed like the weirdest place in the world. Now I know why—it is.

    Juarez was pretty much a sea of brothels at the time, it being 1974 and all, with the ‘Sexual Revolution’ in full swing, Denver at the time not so different, in all honesty. But that wasn’t the attraction. The attraction was the life! In the streets! I loved it, and ended up spending several days here, albeit resting my bones on the American side of the line every night (and yes, I had at least one drink thrown at me by a prostitute for ‘just looking’). The rest is history. I’ve since been to more than 150 countries. (More …)

    • Esther Fabbricante 2:50 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I saw you mention Terri Zebert – and we have not had an update today. Lots or prayers are going up for her.
      Be careful there – all reports are scary from that part of the world.

    • Esther Fabbricante 2:54 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I sent a reply earlier but don’t know if it went through. We are so worried about Terri Zebert.
      Be careful in that area of the world – where reports are scary – we don’t want anything to happen to you.

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