Monthly Archives: February 2012
Dear Residents of Hale Center,
Yes. That was me you saw on Thursday afternoon, driving around downtown. I wasn’t there to case the joint, or to make fun of your quaint Texan customs. I wasn’t looking for a bathroom, or a liquor store.
I was there to take pictures. You probably don’t know this about me, but I am exceedingly fond of taking pictures of old buildings. I recognize the sadness inherent in their demise – and what it means for the future of Hale Center, or Earth, or Littlefield, and all the rest of our towns. But there’s just something I love about capturing a moment, just one moment, of their decline.
And so, yesterday, when I was in your town, I saw the way the light slanted down across that brick wall. And I thought it was lovely. And I drove around the block, just so I could take its picture.
I hope you like it.
Hale Center, Texas
The next time you go to El Paso, try to have enough time to visit Concordia Cemetery. The cemetery was founded in the 1850s and there are over 60,000 people buried on the 52 acre site, so it’ll take a while to see everything.
If you plan it right (I didn’t) you might even get to join in on a ghost tour.
Also, this might have happened to me. If you go to the cemetery’s webpage, and click around until you get to the Dia de Los Muertos tab, and you get completely engrossed in looking at the pictures, you will be really, really surprised when the trumpet-y music starts up. So be careful.
El Paso, Texas