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Rain…Drought relieving RAIN…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 29-07-2013


The monsoon has been good to us this year….Albuquerque proper has had almost 3 inches in July. Out here in Paradise Hills, not quite so much, probably half that amount, but it is all really appreciated. Thank you Lord Jesus for hearing and answering our prayers. The mayor said in this mornings paper that the cost for the storm clean up would be about a million dollars. Total cost to the city and New Mexico would have been lots higher had there not been any relief to the drought. It is a good sight to drive over the Rio Grande and see a goodly flow of water heading south to restock the waters in Elephant Butte Reservoir. It is not nearly enough for what we need, but it helps. Hopefully there is more to come….We shall see…Pete



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Rain! Ran! Rain! Is it liquid enchantment or solid enchantment? In New Mexico, that is a proper question. When I use to ride my bicycle over the New Mexico country side and I saw a rain cloud in the distant mountains. I use to wonder rather I should pull out a hankerchief for protection against breathing the solid enchantment or pull out the rain gear. Since I was from Alabama, I automatically went for the rain gear. I soon learned that it really didn’t make any difference. The nose protection would always be needed because of the solid enchantment, and the rain gear was unnecessary because any liquid enchantment merely acted just like another little bit of perspiration and would be gone in a matter of minutes leaving a cake of salt on my skin and a craving for that mineral on my food. What a place! This Land of Enchantment! I hated it so muce my first six months there. After that, I loved it dearly and still miss it. I guess that is what they meant by acclimatization.

I notice that you live in Paradise Hills. I googled Paradise Hills and found out that in July 1, 2009, its population was 0. It had a land area of one square mile, a water area of 0 square mile, and a population density of 0 people per square mile. What a place! It must have been built with a monopoly set. In July, 1967, I biked the right of way of Interstate 40, when it was still under construction, from Carlisle Boulevard all the way to the top of Nine Mile Hill. There was nothing there but desert then. I realize that I-40 is routed considerably south of what is now Paradise Hills, but I remember looking north from the right of way of I-40. I was able to see only the Jemez Mountains with a big white “J” on top of them. Is that “J” still there? It took me the longest to fiqure out what that “J” meant. I tried for the longest to figure out how to get Albuqerque out of it. Finally someone told me that it referred to the name of the mountains. What a simple project like an interstate highway will do to encourage development! I could barely afford the cost of my bike then, but just think how rich I would be today if I had purchased that square mile of “worthless” enchantment. Life is a process of learning how to “see” through nearsighted eyes. Only a few of us are Bill Gates. I suppose Bill Gate’s memories, who started Microsoft Corporation in Albuquerque, are much different to mine. Only a few of us are visionaries. Most of us just work in the trenches daily irradiating sheep, watching them die, and trying to figure out the reason it kills so efficiently and trying to figure out how to protect our troops in the field in the event of an atomic war. It takes all kinds to make a world.

I cannot keep up with the changing face of Albuquerque and the surrounding communities. What is one way today is another tomorrow. Traffic is a major concern nowadays in Paradise Hills. Something new for us this last year and getting worse all the time. Change is suppose to be good but sometimes I wonder……Pete

I suppose it is really different to living in Carlsbad; but, at least, you had a little experience of life near Fort Worth, Texas to learn how to handle the traffic.

Your information on Paradise Hills is incorrect. We have lived here since 1994 and were probably counted in with the Albuquerque population or something. Anyway, the boom did not take off for a couple of years after we moved over here, but it has been bustling since say around 1996. Rio Rancho is about the fourth largest city in New Mexico and it is just down the road a couple of miles. Recheck your data. We left Carlsbad in 1990 but we did not sell our house there until 2006.

Paradise Hills had a population of 0; a land area of 1.01 sq. miles; a water area of 0 sq. miles; and a population density of 0.00 people per sq. mile according to the US Census Bureaue estimate of July 1, 2009. Latest Census Estimates for all incorporated places in New Mexico.

I figured the quote above was incorrect and probably misinformation, but I took it as being essentially correct, only the 2009 date is wrong. It is from the New Mexico home locator website: http:\newmexico.hometownlocator.com\nm\bernalillo\paradise-hills.cfm. Except for the date, it is essentially accurate because when I biked through the unpaved I-40 corridor in 1967, there was nothing there except cacti, mesquite, and tumbleweed. There may have been a jack rabbit here and there, but no people.

By the way, is that big white rock painted “J” still on top of the Jemez Mountains facing Albuquerque? This big “J” is the first thing I saw the morning after my first arrival at KAFB when I walked out of the transient barracks. I wondered for a month what that “J” meant until my civilian co-worker at the Goat Farm on the base told me that it referred to the name of the mountains. Since it was only a rock arrangement painted white, I can’t imagine it walking off; however, the paint may have deteriorated by now making it less visible.

I really cannot say about the J you have mentioned. I have not seen it, but that does not mean it is not there. My vision to the north and west is limited. I have a pretty good view of the Sandia Mountains, which is east. The time frame you mention is many years ago and trees could have grown up and blocked the J from view in this area. So, I don’t know…it is probably still there. Pete

You are undoubtedly too close to the mountain to see the Jemez “J”; but, if it is still there, you should have seen it on your approach to Albuquerque from the south (I25) and from the east (I40). I remember that it used to really stand out and dominate the mountain from all over Kirtland, the Sunport, and all over the northeast Albuquerque Heights as well as the SE Heights. That “J” on the mountains to the west and north as well as the Sandias and Monzanos to the east and southeast make up my first memory of the City of Albuquerque. A few days before that, I had arrived at Uncle Renzo’s house in Thoreau about daylight. Mt. Taylor was totally obscured by clouds when I arrived. I had no idea of its existance. Since I had flown and rode the bus essentially all night from Birmingham to get there, I promptly went to bed to take a nap. About 10 A.M., I walked out of the front of Uncle Renzo’s house on a crystal clear day. I was confronted by this huge mountain that appeared so close. I had no idea of it being there the night before. This fantastic view of Mt. Taylor from Uncle Renzo’s house in Thoreau and the view of the “J” from KAFB as well as Sandia and the Manzanos represented my first introduction to the state of New Mexico. If it hasn’t been maintained over ther years, I can imagine that the ravages of time have dispersed the rocks, deteriated the paint, and the area has grown up with vegetation; however, the “J” is forever etched in my memory just as is the view of Mt. Taylor from Uncle Renzo’s driveway.

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