Saturday, July 4, 2009


I've been pondering this post for the last several weeks.  I wanted to talk to someone about this while it was still happening, but decided to save it for July 4.  What is IT?  IT is what happened with the elections in Iran.  I thought about how there's so much so many of us complain about in this country, and yet, when the chips are down, we can still hold it together.  Those poor folks in Iran were hoping for a change and had someone pull the rug out from under them without even waiting a decent enough time to even pretend all the votes were counted.  What does this have to do with us?  I was, in my mind, comparing it to what happened in our election between Al Gore and George Bush.  Hanging chads, uncounted votes, and other mysterious events gave us an election result that many of us felt was wrong, but we didn't get killed trying to speak our minds about it.  It was at least one good thing out of all that.

And that, I think, is one of the many reasons why so many people risk life and limb to crawl across our borders to live here.  Must be something we're doing right, even if a lot of it is still a mess.

IMG_0361 Seco Car Freedom is what I think of on this holiday.  A while back, I was at the post office and when I came out, I found this car in the parking lot.  Freedom also means living in Taos.  It's a place where you can be whoever you want to be and be accepted.  No worries about perfect make up, clothes, fancy cars.  In fact, I would say you could possibly be embarrassed to drive a fancy car around these parts, not to mention ill advised...because it's only a matter of time before your car or your windshield get dinged or cracked (a true sign of a  local, IMHO).

I love enjoying all the freedoms in my life, and trust you do as well. 

Happy 4th of July!


daruma said...

I don't know, Martie. If one must be embarrassed to drive a fancy car in Taos, or anywhere in these United States, this land of opportunity, I would have to say that is NOT freedom. And as far as getting one's fancy car dinged or window cracked- Ouch! During better economic times, the Taos/SantaFe area, was unaffordable with its high real estate prices, and expensive hotel rooms. So how, pray tell, does this "poverty" elite thrive so abundantly? Have a happy 4th of July!

Kay said...

Great post, Martie!

StephanieG said...

Thanks for your comments - very appropriate for this holiday weekend. You've given me more food for thought . . .
And you made me chuckle . . . it wouldn't be Taos without a cracked windshield.

Sandy & the sheep said...

Poverty elite? For heaven's sake. Never heard THAT 'phrase' before. Can't say it makes a lot of sense to me. Anyhoo, lots of great thoughts in your post Martie, and always enjoy a visit to your blog/site!
San & the sheep

HollyEQQ said...

I adore Taos and its "back to basics" mentality.
I believe that because there are so many artists that live around there, people are more focused on what they create versus how much they make. It seems silly to buy a fancy car when you can buy a fancy new art tool!
That mentality is what endeared me to Taos FOREVER.
And of course, my Taosina.