CORNER WINDOW by Jeff Hartzer
#006: June, 2007
Full Force Nuevo Mexico
“School’s Out Forever” and summer is brewing like ice tea before it hits the ice in your tall glass. An early start to summer weather came this year with tornadoes closing the Interstate. Just when you thought you were safe from the onslaught of Elm Tree Madness with those twirly parachuting seeds and stickie stuff on the side of your house, mulberry droppings join pigeons to stain your porches and sidewalks. And now another Season of the Moth seems to be flitting about, leaving scaly wing motes in our living rooms and bedrooms. And we ain’t even seen Monsoon Season yet. What’s next?
Graduation commencements are over; summer school begins. The hubbub of Raven Country’s recent graduating class is quieting for now. There are moments in June when the earth seems to stand still. We can breathe in the joys of down time taken off the clock. Time to look back at what we planted in spring. Take time to nurture our young ones in our private dens. Ahhh ... breathe deep ... then set about bringing your house to order. Clean out the closets. Dust the darkened spaces of winter time. After cleaning, take a moment to sit on the chaise lounge and drink down a “sweet tea” or two.
Another television season is done. Yet, new shows beckon us to the living room to bring in our barbeque to the teevee tables. Tony Soprano is gone, but conveniently survived for a possible movie. Rescue Me and Big Love are “in” and The Simpsons soon come to our theaters in movie form. Most importantly, there’s still time to hook up your swamp cooler before July 4th!
It will be a relatively dust-less summer in the South Valley now that Isleta Boulevard is “done.” Time now to wax the car and take a spin down the newly striped strip. Take a tour from the Isleta Pueblo north to Bridge and give yourself a reward for sweeping that porch. Ride the Rail Runner rails, hit a Zoo Concert with a picnic basket, take in an air-conditioned movie or three. Cruise Route 66, concludingwith a jump into the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa. Scope out the Aquarium before too many more scrapes appear on the jellyfish tanks.
Above all, stay safe. There’s a war on. Rowdy July comes quickly with thunder and firecrackers to scare the wildlife. Plague exists. Shootings, vandalism, and crime are up in summer. Older generations are passing. Paris Hilton goes to jail. The prices of just about everything are up and wages are, well, just wages. Corn prices fly high, which will lead to higher meat and dairy prices. The cost of gasoline is running on the fumes of our wallets. Still, the rich seem to be getting richer and many of them are buying up our farm and mesa lands here and, yes, getting richer still.
In the midst of big changes worldwide, hold on to your own precious family traditions this summer. Perhaps make up some new ones. We are living in troubled times and yet, some things in our lives have never been better. When you sense your life is “on hold,” waiting for the next big push, take time to enjoy that “time out” that comes in early summer in our culturally rich South Valley.
Jeff Hartzer © 2007