Las Vegas, NV – Holbrock, Gallup, ABQ, Roswell, NM – Ft. Stockton, TX
Car broke down in Gallup, NM, Rt. 66 2 hrs late, 1,000 dollars short for meeting with 100TPC Albuquerque, NM. In the lobby of the Firestone auto care shop, Ziggy, Puma, Terri and I watch “Bridget Jones’s Diary” in a grand canyon of tires, waiting for a call from Zachary Kluckman with Plan B.
4 hours later, we might get to ABQ on time, pay the money, get in the car and its still broken. Go back inside and discover they repaired the wrong thing, it was not the rack and pinion, they don’t know what it was. After minor hysteria, and some goodwill with the 24 year manager they refund my money and put us back on the road with a mystery steering problem still needing repair. We take our chances with some reassurance from Firestone and head down the road to 100TPC ABQ inhaling a way too spicy tamale drenched in red chili sauce.. . .
ONE ON ONE AT THE FRONTIER RESTARAUNT ABQ
Organizing an event is not an easy thing. It requires dealing with personalities. Conflict is always possible. Every community has its own personality, and every community has tons of personalities contained therein. Herding cats. That’s how I have heard it described. And you never know who your friends are, who shares a like mind, has a common vision, and is willing to jump in and lend a hand. Of course, not everyone is an activist either. That subject could take up too many pages. It isn’t easy to filter through all the variations, manifestations and interpretations of change. Some people like blues, some like haikus, some like jazz and some want to slam. Everyone has their own style of activism. It seems to me that I tend to do my best to embrace all of it!. I can’t be sure I always do that, but I try. That is my style.
When I spoke with Zachary Kluckman at our first face to face meeting after two years of talking on the phone and exchanging chats and emails, we could only mostly commiserate with one another on the difficulties of bringing people together. The past two years have been full of turmoil and hope, and what works one year doesn’t necessarily work the next year. Zachary has done two excellent 100TPC events, one very different than the other, built to accommodate the times, emotional, personal, communal, etc. And we both agree we have to have to be open to the flux and flow. Change does not come easy, at least not the change we’re looking for. We’re both learning a lot through the organizational process, that’s for sure. 100TPC is definitely a personal lesson. Painful, beautiful, and all and all for the good.
ALBUQUERQUE to FT. STOCKTON, TEXAS via 285 S