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Stepstool

The windows were boarded up, almost all the way to the roof. There was a gap, though, which led me to use one of my favorite photographic techniques: propping the camera on any available level surface and shooting without actually knowing what I was going to get. In this case, as you can see, I got some shelves that are leaning all kinds of ways, one dangling light bulb, and piles of pigeon (or rodent) crap.

And a stepstool that reminded me of one we had when I was a kid.

Yeso, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2019

It was curtains for this place

It was apparent that this place was no longer in use, which made those curtains that much sadder, somehow.

And look! Even more yucca.

House, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2019

The Yucca Field

I suppose there is a good reason for a field of yucca to flourish, when all the surrounding spots are largely yucca-free. It’s just that I don’t know what it is.

(Here’s what I DO know: pants and/or snake boots would have been a less scratchy option than my skort-and-Converse outfit.) (And on a completely unrelated note, does anyone know where I could purchase snake boots?)

House, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2019

The Methodists were a thrifty group

The street-facing side of this sign says “United Methodist Church,” a group that was formed in 1968 when the Methodists joined up with the United Evangelical Brethren. Since the old name (complete with old time Gothic lettering!) was on the back side of the sign, I assume that the church members saw no reason to get a whole new sign, when all they had to do was turn the old one around.

Methodists: reusing stuff before it was even a thing. (If only, as an organization, they were still that progressive. But don’t get me started on that.)

House, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2019

3 ACs

If this church/parsonage combination were still in operation, it would be plenty cool in the summer.

(When I was a kid, we had these kind of air conditioners, which work by drawing air across water-dampened pads. They have a particular smell when they come on that I will forever associate with my childhood home on 28th Street.)

House, New Mexico
photographed 5.25.2019

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