Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Perfect Bitch

The white dog is the stray I took in last month. She and Rumpus, also pictured above, have become best buds. Española, NM – The stray I took in last month has decided to stick around. To summarize: I saw a skin-and-bones dog hobbling down my street while pulling up to my driveway a few weeks back. For whatever reason, the animal followed me down the driveway and over the wooden bridge crossing the acequia. I didn’t realize this until later when I left to run errands, when I found her curled up beneath my van. I fed her bits… Continue Reading

A Little Bug With a Mighty Bite

My New Mexican casita, a winter resort for Black Widows. Rio Arriba County, NM – I suffer from a creeping paranoia that they’re out to get me. And I fear that if they’re not out to get me, per se, that they’ll get me anyhow. It’s not the bears, the mountain lions or even the rattlesnakes that provoke this bubbling paranoia, but rather these tiny little spiders known as Black Widows. As a human being I’ve never worried much about predators or lethal non-predators. Chalk it up to being raised in Wisconsin, where the worst one fears is tornadoes or… Continue Reading

Bajito y Suavecito en Española

Española, NM – Española, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California have had a long-standing rivalry over which is the birthplace of the lowrider. No one really knows how lowrider culture emerged, but it is documented in both places as early as the late 1940s when people began weighing down the trunks of their vehicles so they nearly dragged along the ground. As the fad caught on, cities began passing ordinances requiring the car body to be a certain number of inches off the ground. Enter hydraulic suspension systems, which allowed lowriders to raise up their vehicles upon seeing lawman. Today,… Continue Reading