FiddleToday I’d like to quote a very old friend of mine who lives close to the ranch. He’s a rather famous musician who I will not name in order to protect his very quiet and peaceful retirement. First let me clarify what I mean by “close”. The saying in New Mexico is:

“If you can see your neighbor’s house with binoculars they’re pretty close — if you can see them with your naked eye, then they’re right on top of you.”

Anyway, when you look around at all of the beauty, nature, and sunshine of the land you can’t help but wonder why more people don’t live in New Mexico. Well, it’s not the weather — the weather is delightful. It’s certainly not the pollution or noise given that neither are present in the slightest. It’s just the fact that there are so darn few people around it takes a special kind of person to enjoy that kind of solitude. I was chatting with my neighbor about this, and we agreed you had to be a bit crazy to live like us “on the frontier” just like a cowboy from the old-west. Then he said this, and it’s stuck with me ever since:

“Make no mistake, everyone who lives in Arizona and New Mexico are crazy — just based on the fact of where they live. The difference is that folks in Arizona are “mean” crazy, and the folks in New Mexico are just plain crazy.”

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