A suggestion to Taos-ians and you too!

I like your town. I like the friendly locals. But come on now, bombarding the entire town with music (music?) that invades the entire business district with a noise level similar to that used by the U.S. military to dislodge Manuel Noriega (see footnote)  is in my not-so-humble opinion is not the way to enhance the town’s image.

I fully realize that this is a generational based opinion. But would it be unreasonable for the town fathers (and mothers)  to consider moving the commotion slightly out of the downtown area. Serenade only those that want to be serenaded.

Some Progressive Democrats (note the caps) probably would relate my opinion to my being ultra conservative. But this is only a symptom of the current political climate. Every opinion that one utters today must be classified into a political stance. Opinions are not allowed. Heaven forbid, if you like your private peace and quiet, you are a gun-toting, church hugging bad-ass conservative. If you like kickass hard-rock metal in every corner of the county, you are a ban-everything and control-all-that-is-left ultra liberal.

Listen up, America. Let people have a personal opinion about individual issues without being assigned any label! People, be brave enough to have your own opinions without joining a political cult! Progressives, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, if conscripted to without thinking, are cults! People, if you avoid cults, and think, you will probably be, dare I say it, a moderate! And you will be exactly what this country needs now. Avoid the convenient titles and think for yourself. Have you forgotten how to think for yourself?

In the meantime I will be sure to check the Taos town’s event calender to be sure that I am not passing through during an ‘event’.  No doubt the loss of my megabucks of spending willingness will sway the town into heading my recommendation.

Footnote: (1989) – Down in Panama, outside the Vatican embassy, the U.S. Southern Command — armed to the teeth and encircling the whole compound — is licking its chops. Manuel Noriega is inside. United States forces have heard that he is superstitious, that he wears red underpants to ward off evil demons. And so, to irritate and intimidate him (and to enjoy themselves in the process), the Americans set up their “ghetto blasters” or some Latin American equivalent, and blast the Vatican embassy with some good ol’ kickass American rock ‘n’ roll — Guns ‘n’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” is the first song to come roaring through the speakers.

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Mountain pass scooting – Enchanted Circle

Despite clouds, I went scooting today. Part of the Enchanted Circle. Despite clouds, I did not take complete gear. Decision #1 was questionable, decision #2 was unfortunate.

Taos to Eagles Nest over Palo Flechado Pass. Dry and cloudy on the near side, sprinkles and sleet, thunderstorms on far side. Lunch of deep fried chicken was enjoyed by all, including me. tourists (some of them bikers) and the locals at Eagles Nest D&D restaurant. Want to keep it always good? Keep it simple.  Main menu is hamburger in six barely distinguishable variations (“never frozen”), and on some days a daily special, which today was deep fried chicken, potatoes, salad, home baked sweet bread, drink. Seeing lightning strike the mountains all around, and reports of rain by the arrive-ers, the decision was made to eat and kill time, a lot of time.

The decision was finally made to go to Red River. I thought I had never been there, but alas I recognized it. But it has grown into a more mature town now. I don’t think I have ever snow skied there, though. The ski area Angle Fire on a mountain in the valley that hosts Eagles nest was bypassed, as locals, including one that lives there, told me that there is nothing much there, and that what is there is closed in the summer (you could have convinced me it was not summer there today!).

The trip to Red River was interesting, to say the least. Going through the mountain pass (hard Pock Pass, I think) presented a surprise. A small amount of snow/sleet slush was on the road for about 2 miles. Now, I am not a racer in curves on scoot anyways, But the icy stuff scared the… well, you get the picture.

Fortunately I survived the slush, except for the face and body full that I got from the tires of a car I met. Thank goodness for the face mask even if the clarity of vision was drastically reduced.

No camera. No pictures. But I am thinking about getting a helmet cam as the pics from scoot’s adventures could be interesting, and obtainable, as I would not have to stop. And that is a good thing as I don’t like to stop to take pictures.

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Awaking in Taos

It was about 6 am. Noises. Noises still at 6:30 am. Time to check this out, am I about to be towed?

You see, Barth is parked at a paved pullout in front of the the Taos Municipality building and library. A quiet place. Very little traffic. No permission, so I awaited the tap of the police on the door all night. But fortunately it never cam. But this morning… noises!

A peak outside revealed that Barth was surrounded by cars, constantly coming and going. Yikes, the cars go far beyond the lens of my camera.

How nice! My hip/leg has been curtailing my walking ability, so Taos was nice to deliver the entertainment to my door step, literally! A Farmer’s Market!

So, after the first cuppa’ I ventured out. A ‘fried pie’ was bought from this lady. She was reluctant to have her pic on the web, whatever that is, but finally relented. I avoided her Prune Pie as I expected that it was not detoxed!

There was entertainment, a banjo-ist from VA passing through on vacation , and a local Mexican duet.

For breakfast I had a locally made burrito, the lil o’  ladies apple pie, topped off by local honey from a bee keeper. He gave me an eloquent explanation of the honeys offered. But long-story-short the difference is due to the blossoms made available by the placement of the hives.

Ok, as I type this, the Market visitors as well as some of the merchants have turned over a few times. Since the market will be here 5 hours today and 5 hours tomorrow. I will watch the movie out my window. And maybe go back to visit the lady selling potted basil.

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