I play the piano in the Lonesome Doves music group. So called because the group’s founder and mentor, Jaki Whitren, arranged our first number for us, based on the music from the 1988-1989 American western television series ‘Lonesome Dove’. Jaki is a huge fan of western movies and has dreamed of following the trails of the pioneers and cowboys of South West America. So here we are, with friends (minus Miranda the cello player unfortunately): 6 women in search of adventure, starting our journey in Santa Fe.
Here are Di Milstein, Jaki Whitren and Freddie Miller in the Cathedral gardens.
And here is a Santa Fe resident who gave me a badge saying Dump the tRUMP when I took her photo. I wore the badge for a bit, and it led to a most interesting encounter later on that day (yesterday). It was a couple of hours after this photo was taken, and we were somewhere else entirely: at Trader Joe’s store half a mile or so away. I was in the car with Jaki and Freddie, and an elderly man came over to us, leaned into the car via the open sliding door, and enquired politely if any of us was the woman who had been wearing the Dump the Trump badge in the Plaza. Yes I said, wondering a) how he knew and b) what was coming next. Oh, he said, my son told me he saw you and was fascinated to know why you were wearing it. This led to a discussion about what I thought about Trump (I gave him a brief and pithy reply) and whatever were we thinking about in Britain with Brexit? He then revealed himself as a Republican voter, who had worked for the ‘National Laboratory’(Los Alamos? Nuclear weapons lab? Manhattan Project? Diana thinks so) and who this time was going to vote for Clinton. The others came back at this point and he made his farewell and left. How very weird. Would any of this have happened in the UK? One thing was clear: 6 white haired English women (sorry, not you, Diana!) clearly stand out in the crowd. More on this later – we’re already notorious here….well, in the youth hostel where we are staying, anyway….