Yes, I have a surfeit of photos taken while Denis and I were in Santa Fe. I really think I would enjoy living there if not for two important things: the altitude and the cold winters. Yes, call me a wimp because I do not tolerate cold weather very well. But while you're melting into a puddle and whining about high temperatures, I am in my element. It evens out.
Here's a photo of a storm moving over Santa Fe. If any parts of it were nasty, those parts didn't make it over to our side of town.
There's such a feeling of history in Santa Fe. You can travel the Old Santa Fe Trail and the Old Pecos Trail. Most of the architecture embraces the area's heritage, and I love that.
Then there are the differences. Stoplights over intersections are hung horizontally instead of vertically. There are no plastic bags to be found in Santa Fe. Only paper-- and you have to ask for those. Like Phoenix, Santa Fe has been accused of having only two seasons, but their seasons aren't Phoenix's "Heaven" and "Hell." Santa Fe's seasons are "Windy" and "Not So Windy." Hmm... that would make a third reason for me not to move to Santa Fe. Wind and I don't get along.
And there was one thing that really puzzled me: the almost complete lack of solar panels. Wind turbines and solar panels would be naturals for that area, but I saw only two houses with solar panels. I can't believe that city has "missed the boat" on green energy, so I'm going to have to do some research. But before I do that research, I'd better head out to the corral. Those links are telling me they need some attention. Head 'em up! Moooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Something I've pondered a time or two myself: Why do readers send authors their bad reviews?
- How jazz, flappers, European émigrés, booze, and cigarettes transformed design.
- The 200-year evolution of the word "gross."
- This map of America's most misspelled words will have you shaking your head.
- Here's how J.K. Rowling's first agent knew Harry Potter was a smash hit.
- Tungliƌ, the Icelandic publisher that only prints books during a full moon-- then burns them.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- DNA from ancient Egyptian mummies reveals their ancestry. Here's another article about it from the International Business Times.
- New technology has revealed a catacomb fresco of the Roman grain trade and even Renaissance graffiti.
- An unusual house of the dead is telling archaeologists about the earliest farmers.
- Egyptian archaeologists have discovered ten ancient royal tombs and mummies.
- London's River Thames has been a hot spot for lost art for centuries.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- A coyote had a tough lesson to learn about getting between a mother bison and her newborn baby.
- Need something to make you smile? How about an otter video-- that always works for me!
- A bird caught in amber 100 million years ago is the best ever found.
- Forget the Beatles-- Liszt was music's first superstar.
- Dinner in Deadwood with Calamity Jane.
- Berthe Antonine Mayné-- the Titanic passenger who survived the sinking, but no one believed her.
- Why Hilary Mantel became a historical novelist.
- Remember Boyan Slat, the teenager who invented a way to clean up ocean plastic? He's back with his solar-powered booms.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Ten great books of Washington intrigue.
- The twelve creepiest companies in literature.
- The ten emotional stages of seeing your favorite book as a TV show or movie.
- Ten Sherlock Holmes words worth investigating.
- Fifteen random facts about reading.
- Six stories of stunning passports from countries that no longer exist.
- Fifteen things book lovers do better than anyone else.
- Do you know the original language of these famous novels?
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!