The New Old West
I got back last night from Roswell, NM, where I went for my 30 year high school reunion. Wow. I tell you, I was really on the fence about going this year because frankly, the 20 year reunion was a downer. Very poor turn-out, low energy. But I'm so glad I went this year. It was the best one I've attended by far. There wasn't a huge number of people and there were some key folks who I would have loved to have caught up with. But I perceived an overall sense of happiness and gratitude to be among old friends and reliving simpler times for just a few hours. I had a wonderful time.
I got this photo on the evening before returning to Houston. It's a statue of Pat Garrett (the sheriff who shot Billy the Kid, and who was himself shot some years later) that stands behind the courthouse in Roswell. It's a new addition to the town and a nice one. I like the classic Old West motif of riding a horse into the sunset in front of the backdrop of a modern courthouse. A nice little statement about justice in the southwest. I got several good pictures on this trip, mostly of abandoned and derelict buildings. As usual, they'll trickle onto the blog over time. Unfortunately, I ran out of room on my main hard drive so I've got some housecleaning to do on my computer.