Saturday, June 11, 2022

an unusually empty road

When did you last see I-25, heading up towards Santa Fe, look like this?  Possibly in 1998, the last time that the sitting President of the US visited the city ... We must have been one of the last cars let on to the Interstate (when we swung off I-40) before it was closed for President Biden's motorcade.   If you look very, very closely on the right-hand side, you'll see a couple of police cars guarding a road that leads onto the frontage road: there were police cars on side roads, and blocking access to bridges, all the way up.  Biden was about ten minutes behind us ... visiting Santa Fe to hear first hand about the response to this summer's terrible fires here; to meet with fire crews and families; and to be briefed extensively by our Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham.  He promises that he's 100% behind getting Federal funds to pay for damage and reparation - but as he points out, that means getting a bill through Senate.  If Senate blocks this one ... It seems to have been a gaffe-free visit: it would, of course, have been better if he'd visited the affected areas himself, but he did do an extensive aerial tour first, in Air Force 1.

As a bonus, some La Posada hollyhocks this morning - more serene than the wind and smoky skies around here.  But it's great to be back!


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