Monday, June 20, 2011


Outside the Sanbusco Center, in Santa Fe, a 1941 van has been put on a pedestal.   Possibly it's been there for a while, and I've just not noticed, but it's very firmly ensconsed, with flowers planted in its flat bed, and a historical plaque explaining that this wasn't actually one of the trucks used by the Santa Fe Building and Supply Company, which flourished here alongside the railroad tracks as a builders' supply company since the late 1800s, but it was very like it.   And in its abbreviated form, this company was known as the Sanbusco ... and here have I, for years, been thinking that Sanbusco was some conquistador, a compatriot of Coronado or Sepulveda or De Vargas; someone from a holy wood, like the Duc d'Albuquerque - from the white oak tree.   Oh, disillusionment ...

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