I've accepted the criticisms from some friends that my emails from New Mexico have come off as "snobbish" or "whining" or from a "crabby attitude", so rather than poke fun at some of the things that are here, I'll give thanks to some of things that AREN'T here for me to deal with any longer.
-No more liquor stores run by rude people with guns on every corner, with half a dozen drunken fools harassing anyone that enters.
-No more one hour drives just to reach the other side of town.
-No more gray, hazy, colorless skies that last for days.
-No more long lines that inch along at every single place you go into.
-No more plastic cosmetic surgery centers, Botox parties or doctors specializing in penile implants.
-No impatient Beverly Hills types blaring their car horn at you the second the traffic light turns green.
-No roving packs of dogs that have been abandoned and dumped onto the streets...
-No more ever-present graffiti that people come to just take for granted.
-No more homeless people or entire communities wiped out by drugs or alcohol living in boxes on the street that people eventually accept as just a part of life.
-No more drive by shootings, helicopters circling overhead day and night, or rude ass LAPD cops to deal with.
-No more stinky stench of Tommy Hamburgers that made the entire neighborhood I lived in reek of rancid chili meat.
-No more store owners hovering behind you in their store, convinced you're going to steal everything you see.
-No more old ladies who see you crossing the street towards them and immediately lock all their car doors.
-No more blaring car alarms going off at all hours. If people here have them, I have yet to hear a single one.
-No experiences, not yet anyway, of having my car broken into, my windshield smashed just for fun, my home repeatedly broken into, or people stealing plants and furniture from my yard and anything else that wasn't chained down.
-No more Denver Boots, taped off crime scenes, cops you fear will plant drugs on you, and no fake-ass gap-toothed gassy actor posing as a governor.
-No more riots, demonstrations, earthquakes, smog or freeways turned into parking lots on a daily basis.
-No more barbed wire around homes, barred windows or cars parked on lawns.
I'll count my blessings for not only what I have, but what I don't have to deal with in New Mexico. Without these things, just about all I have left is this, the subject of my first painting from my new home
"Isidro In The Backyard, New Mexico"
Acrylic on Canvas
Still in love with L.A.,
TONY with L.A.,TONY