December 2020


Whatchamacallit 141: Albuquerque, New Mexico (2015)

Albuquerque New Mexico 2015

In 2015, I visited Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the first time in years – although I have relatives living in the city and I love Santa Fe, I do not visit New Mexico nearly enough.

This poster was a present from my relatives – capturing Route 66 going down Central Avenue, hinting at the famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and generally emphasizing local businesses throughout the city.

I do not actually know Albuquerque all that well – in my book, it is a fine, if somewhat bland, city; probably I should get to know it better. In my mind, it is essentially a smaller version of Denver: situated at an important modern crossroads (I-25 and I-40), just like Denver. That’s probably an entirely unfair adjudication – but again, I have not spent nearly enough time in Albuquerque; I always spent more time in Santa Fe, the state capitol about an hour north.

The poster is framed and coated – currently it is on display high on the wall inside my front door. By chance, I can see it while drying myself after showers – assuming the door is open; unless I have guests, it is: I like the humidity to disperse as quickly as possible. Thus, I look at the poster quite regularly. The colors are my kind of western colors: the turquoise is fabulous.

During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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