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Jerry Friedman Mudcat (THE WORLD)Let us know where you are. (182* d) RE: Mudcat (THE WORLD)Let us know where you are. 20 Oct 98


Orale from El Norte--northern New Mexico, that is, which for our overseas friends is south of most of the U.S. I live in Espaņola, a town of about 8000 people on the Rio Grande between Santa Fe and Taos. The altitude is about 5600 ft (1710 m), and I thought I'd have to fight out the Mudcat altitude title with Jon, but I'll bet Rex has us all beat.

Espaņola celebrated its 400th anniversary this year (quibblers point out that the first Spanish settlement was actually not in the town limits, and that the modern town was founded by the DRG&W (I think) railroad in the 1800s), so this area was the second settled in North America. The local Hispanic folk and pop tradition is different from, but influenced by, the traditions of Mexico and the Anglo U.S. ('Fraid "Anglo" here includes the Irish as well as Jewish Americans like me.) A colleague and one of his students were just speaking in Spanish outside my office. Both are musicians, and a recent highlight of my community-college teaching job was listening to them jam when they should have been doing an electronics lab.

Of course the Native American traditions here are still going too.

I'm 37. I "grew up" in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, went to college in Princeton (where I overlapped with Susan but didn't know her) and grad school in Urbana, Illinois in physics, and then came out here. I enjoy the mountains, wildlife, and low pollution--BUT DON'T MOVE HERE!

A rare overcast and rainy day. We have four seasons--spring is warm, windy, and dry; summer is hot, starts dry and ends wet; fall is dry and beautiful; and winter sometimes cold and sub-zero (Fahrenheit). But cool rainy days can occur in any season, and so can warm sunny days--in every month of the year, there's been a day when I didn't need a shirt to work in the garden.

No wife, no kids, no pets, no musical performances (except that when I'm visiting my mother in Cleveland I pick out folk and classical tunes on her piano and her guitar). I learn a lot from you folks, and occasionally I get to share what I fondly believe is not useless knowledge.

I'd list my non-Net hobbies, but lately I seem to spend most of my time supervising the construction of our college's solar car.


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