By Katherine Johnson
April 11, 2019
Four Interpretations of Enterprise – 100 7th Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
My first year in Albuquerque was spent getting lost. Sometimes literally, and at other times, metaphorically as I had no reference points for how the seasons came and went, the invisible boundaries that defined how and why one area differed from another, the city’s metronome, and if time here was a steady wind or an occasional puff that stirred everyone into changing the place.
My second year here was spent being less lost literally, and once a again metaphorically, as I now understood how the seasons played out here in Central New Mexico, that time, came like the Spring winds, puffing a bit and then wandering off to bother other places, that the tick, tick, ticking paused each evening and Easter, and attempting to memorize, miserably done, all the major streets so I could say I now knew where those invisible boundaries were drawn.
My third spring here, now an old friend, I finally feel as if I have a rudimentary, but sufficient, understanding of the city that I am able to recognize how time has shaped the city, on occasion see those things that ensure you are never lost, and that the rhythm of this place is not an abstract notion but literally has become part of me.
On this day I finally took the time to slow walk the 100 block of 7th avenue NW and visit each store and while there engage the owners in conversations about their enterprises. Paradise is heaven for its owner who sells vintage clothes, Stan Kenton and punk rock records. Meanwhile the Relic is where midcentury design and modern art is celebrated. Sadly, Tattoo was closed but gladly Corpus Arts wasn’t and I discovered it is a subscription library for LGBT books, a meeting hall, and a performance center.
Tick, tick, tick.
Copyright 2019 By Katherine Johnson – All Rights Reserved