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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

Writing From the Inside Out

A young writer, if he is unknown, can be at a party and watch what everyone is doing. If he has a marveluos ear for dialog, he can wake up the next morning and remember all that was said and how it was said. He is a bird on a branch. Sees like a bird and writes books that are extraordinarily well observed. But once he is successful, especially if that happens quickly, it's as if the bird were now an emu. It cannot fly. It grows haunches and foreshoulders and a mane: lo and behold, it is a lion. And everyone is looking at the lion, including the birds. But it is a lion with the heart of a bird and the mind of a bird. So there is a terrible period when the transmogrified emu is trying to live like a lion and has little talent for it. Then the beast begins to experiment. When it runs, it now sees other animals scamper. It takes a while - often years - for the writer to get to appreaciate his effect on others, and even longer to begin to understand human beings again. In the old days, he could write about friends, enemies, and strangers by intuition, by induction; now he puts it together by deduction. Of course, he does have more material on which to work his deductions.

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