Letting my free tag fly

If you follow this blog, or simply wander through a few of the posts, you will notice a fondness, a deep affection, for Northern New Mexico. It is one of several locations where I experience a profound affinity for the place.

When I was scheduled
for a meeting in Albuquerque, I made an airline ticket that would allow me to arrive about six hours before the meeting. The timing did not permit more free time.

As the day for the meeting approached, I began to see the flaw in my plan. I had no way to travel from the airport.

My friend Takako Terino came to my rescue with an invitation to hang out until I needed to go to the hotel. We went to lunch and had a long conversation. Then we decided to take the tram up to Sanimg_4553-800x600dia Peak.

The mountains were wrapped in cloud. While in made for poor viewing of Albuquerque, it was an incredible experience. Disappearing into the clouds and then the mountain emerging suddenly.

A winter wonderland awaited at the top. Snow made intricate patterns on the trees as the cloud swaddled us.

On the return trip, the person driving the tram looked at me and said, “Your hat is on backward. And there is a tag showing.” See the photo.

Before I could reply, the person removed my hat, put it back on “correctly” and tucked in the tag.

As the person did, I thought, “Seriously? I look like someone who cares about how my hat looks?” But I said nothing.

When Takako and I left the tram, I readjusted my hat and let my free tag fly.

See you along the Trail.

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Purple flowers: Old Louisville 3

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4 November 2016
Louisville, Kentucky

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Purple flowers: Old Louisville 2

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4 November 2016
Louisville, Kentucky

 

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Purple flowers: Old Louisville 1

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28 October 2016
Louisville, Kentucky

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Purple Henrik toy, not flowers

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26 December 2016
Goochland, Virginia

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I wait

T is for Trail (800x533)“Spying is waiting.”
John le Carré
The Russia House
 
Apparently I am a spy. Once again, I wait.
Of course no one is paying me to spy, the waiting goes unsubsidized. That makes sense because I am not a good spy. I do not wait well.
Maybe le Carré was wrong. Or maybe he should have said, “to live is to wait. We spend much of life waiting. We play “waiting games in the waiting room” as Al Stewart puts it.
Whether I am spying or living, I wait.
I wait.
See you along the Trail.

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Purple flowers: Maymont

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20 December 2016
Italian Garden, Maymont
Richmond, VA

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