Sorrows Gather Around

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The little oil towns are either doing great or they are about to die, depending on the oil market. Every boom seems like it will last, but of course they never do. And the busts hit hard every single time.

The current bust has hit Sundown so hard that it’s eliminated EMS services and closed the library and the swimming pool just to try to meet the (reduced) budget. It reminds me of this song, by James McMurtry, which unfortunately continues to be true, even many years after he wrote it.

Sundown, Texas
photographed 5.14.2016

Got a comment? I’d love to hear it, and will respond when I’m back from a little bit of a break.

Posted on July 3, 2016, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. That is sad. I was hearing today, about Qatar. They are cutting back, and don’t know how to do it. Oil prices are down, down, down

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  2. Great shot but is sad. Ironic to me the name of the town. Hope they bounce back soon.

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  3. Great song. I’m afraid that no matter which way we turn in the months ahead the ship of state is headed for the rocks or is going to get swamped. Of course those steering the ship are already in the life boats (that look a lot like yachts), and it’s every man, woman and child for themselves for the rest of us. A sad note on the 4th of July.

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