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Saturday, December 5, 2009 - Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad NM

Replacement Shurflo water pump, Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad NM, December 5, 2009
Replacement Shurflo water pump, Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad NM, December 5, 2009

New Mexico has implemented an employee furlough program to ease its budgetary shortfall and will be closing the State Parks on those furlough dates. I sympathize with the State's need to trim their budget but these closures are sure going to complicate life for us full-timers a bit. We can't just go home.

Today I saw a notice posted on the park self pay pedestal and thought it was for some maintenance work and applied only here but later Andy posted this today to the lifewithalazydazerv group at Yahoo!

... New Mexico just announced that all its state parks will be closed, due to state-mandated employee furloughs, on the following dates:

Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009

Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009

Friday, Jan. 15, 2010

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Actually, it's worse than that: the parks will be closed from 9 am on December 23rd until 7 am on December 25th, and I presume the other closures will also be extended from one day to two. That means all of us staying in NM parks will have to scramble to find other places to stay for a couple of days. However, while all campers will be forced to leave, the campground hosts will stay. This makes little sense to me, but...

In addition, New Mexico is planning to close several parks in the coming year. Bluewater Lake is already closed for the winter, and may not reopen.

I've been waiting for the New Mexico State Parks to start showing effects from the fiscal shortfalls the states are struggling with.

These short term closures are going to create quite a scramble for overnight parking in the Deming area especially, with its three popular winter campgrounds (and where I like to spend the colder winter months). My quick dash to reach New Mexico early this year seems to have complicated things a bit for me.

The Christmas eve closure is going to complicate things for Walmart and its last minute shoppers too. This ain't gonna be pretty and we'll surely see a clamor from the public (and Walmart when their 12/24 sales fall short) for tighter overnight parking restrictions. I don't think I like where this might go...

The new water pump is installed

The pump is located in a confined area with tight access. By removing the access panel under the electrical control panel (where the old converter used to be) I could get my hands in from two directions which made the changeout much easier. Now I'm glad I decided to relocate the converter to a new home under the aft dinette seat when I upgraded it.

Night camp

Site 37 - Brantley Lake State Park, Carlsbad NM

Beware of Hypnotic Media

To live sanely in Los Angeles (or, I suppose, in any other large American city) you have to cultivate the art of staying awake. You must learn to resist (firmly but not tensely) the unceasing hypnotic suggestions of the radio, the billboards, the movies and the newspapers; those demon voices which are forever whispering in your ear what you should desire, what you should fear, what you should wear and eat and drink and enjoy, what you should think and do and be. They have planned a life for you — from the cradle to the grave and beyond — which it would be easy, fatally easy!, to accept. The least wandering of the attention, the least relaxation of your awareness, and already the eyelids begin to droop, the eyes grow vacant, the body starts to move in obedience to the hypnotist’s command. Wake up, wake up — before you sign that seven-year contract, buy that house you don’t really want, marry that girl you secretly despise. Don’t reach for the whiskey, that won’t help you. You’ve got to think, to discriminate, to exercise your own free will and judgment. And you must do this, I repeat, without tension, quite rationally and calmly. For if you give way to fury against the hypnotists, if you smash the radio and tear the newspapers to shreds, you will only rush to the other extreme and fossilize into defiant eccentricity.