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Dar­lings, Sorry I missed you last month, but I was in Trinidad, Colorado, wait­ing to have my gen­der-re­as­sign­ment op­er­a­tion. Ha ha ha, is it too late for April Fool’s? Pup­pies, even if I ac­tu­ally wanted to do some­thing like that, which I don’t— not that there’s any­thing wrong with it — I wouldn’t be able to. Sur­prise, sur­prise, Trinidad lost its ti­tle as the “Sex Change Cap­i­tal of theWorld” in 2010 when Dr. Bow­ers moved to Cal­i­for­nia.

So here I am, Sweet­peas, the same old me, won­der­ing about you and what you were do­ing when I fell through the cracks in March. Were you in­cluded with those cel­e­brants who spent an es­ti­mated $17.3 bil­lion on Easter? Bun­nies, if you were, you have to tell me, what in the world did you spend it on? I mean, how­much can Easter-egg dye and choco­late bun­nies cost?

Be­sides the pil­grim­age to Chi­mayo on Good Fri­day (an Easter tra­di­tion that is free and a trek that Dougherty Real Estate’s owner/bro­ker Clara Dougherty faith­fully makes ev­ery year), other no­table events oc­curred, as well. For in­stance, the first day of spring was on March 20, and what a splen­did day it was (as in no wind). Most im­por­tantly, Love Bugs, I hope you did some­thing es­pe­cially happy on that same day to mark the UN’s of­fi­cial In­ter­na­tional Day of Hap­pi­ness.

Here’s one for the his­tory books. Af­ter nearly 40 years on San Fran­cisco Street, Ori­gins (a one-name store as rec­og­niz­able as one-name stars like Cher and Beyoncé) has moved. You can now find Ori­gins at 209 Gal­is­teo Street, right across from Col­lect­edWorks Book­store. Yes, fash­ion­istas, it’s a new lo­ca­tion but with the same owner, JudyMar­go­lis, who still has an eye for the un­usual and the ex­otic. Chi­cas, in ad­di­tion to the trea­sures you found dur­ing her su­per mov­ing sale, you’ll now find some­thing fab­u­lous in her newly ar­riv­ing spring fash­ions.

As Ori­gins was busy mov­ing last month, Dorothy Massey (owner of Col­lected Works) was art­fully en­ter­tain­ing us with myr­iad March events. My fa­vorite was the Sun­day af­ter­noon book­sign­ing and artist re­cep­tion with Dou­glas Atwill andWal­ter Cooper, each an au­thor and artist.

Doug’s lat­est book is Din­ner in the Labyrinth, andWal­ter’s lat­est is Un­but­toned: Gay Life in the Santa Fe Arts Scene. The back­drop is Santa Fe for each. Doug’s is a fic­tional tale of com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ships and a fam­ily dy­nasty, a poignant story that could eas­ily be true. Wal­ter’s is a true tale that maybe some of the char­ac­ter­swould pre­fer to think of as fic­tion, but his mem­ory serves himwell about a care­free time in Santa Fe’s his­tory. Pos­sums, if you’re won­der­ing which one to buy, don’t hes­i­tate...buy both! You just­might end up know­ing­more about the down-low of Santa Fe than you did be­fore. Heav­ens, Cup­cakes, you may even rec­og­nize your­self on some of the pages of the books.

Barker Realty/Christie’s In­ter­na­tional Real Estate wel­comed Ge­or­gette Romero (for­merly SF Props) into the grow­ing Barker fam­ily. Kid­dos, you’ll read all about Ge­or­gette’s 27-year ca­reer in real estate in Barker’s “Bro­ker Spot­light” ar­ti­cle fea­tured in this­month’s mag, so I’ll try to share some­thing you might not know. Ge­or­gette is a home­grown Santa Fean, leav­ing only for a brief pe­riod when she lived in At­lanta. She has five sib­lings: three sis­ters and two brothers. The girls’ names are Bernadette, Ge­or­gette, Suzette, and Claudette. So lyri­cal. If only I were more clever, Song­birds, I’d write a mu­si­cal about them. In high school, one of her class­mates was David Barker, and Ge­or­gette says he doesn’t look­much older today than he did back then. (Baby face— he’s got the cutest lit­tle baby face.) And that’s all I know, But­ter­cups.

Michae­lann Huit­feldt (for­merly Bell Tower/KellerWil­liams Realty) fi­nally suc­cumbed to the per­sua­sive pow­ers of Clare Easter­wood and joined her as a loan of­fi­cer at New Mex­ico Bank and Trust. Be­fore get­ting her real-estate li­cense in 2007, Michae­lann worked as a loan of­fi­cer in Clare’s old of­fice, The Mort­gage Com­pany. Prior to that, Michae­lann sold ads for Santa Fean mag­a­zine, and even be­fore that she man­aged the Chico’s store that used to be at Palace and Grant. Some­where along the way, shemet Craig Huit­feldt (Bell­Tower/KW Realty) on the Marty Sanchez Golf Course and they got­mar­ried. Not that day on the golf course, Dear Hearts, but a few years later. Today, Michae­lann and Clare are back to­gether do­ing what they love, help­ing peo­ple buy homes and hav­ing fun do­ing it. Yes, Kit­tens, each morn­ing they start their work­day war­bling a duet of “Girls Just­Want To Have Fun.”

This first quar­ter of 2016 has been a mir­a­cle for David Hor­pedal (as­so­ci­ate bro­ker, Zia Realty). On the 23rd of De­cem­ber, he stopped in at the ER to find out what was caus­ing the se­vere heart­burn/in­di­ges­tion he’d been hav­ing for a few days. His goal was to get over it so he could en­joy fam­ily, friends, and lots of food over Christ­mas. On Christ­mas Eve, he was at the Heart Hospital in Al­bu­querque un­der­go­ing a quin­tu­ple by­pass. Shortly af­ter surgery, his lung col­lapsed, ne­ces­si­tat­ing a med­i­cally in­duced coma. He sur­vived it all and came home on New Year’s Eve. On New Year’sDay, he gave thanks like never be­fore. Today, he’s back at work at al­most full speed, but armed with an in­valu­able tool: the abil­ity to say “No” more of­ten. (Cream­puffs, that’s a dif­fi­cult word for a Real­tor.) A near-death ex­pe­ri­ence is an un­ex­pected bless­ing in some ways, in that it grants the re­ceiver free­doms he al­ways had but never re­al­ized. Wel­come to free­dom, David. We’re so glad you made it.

So long, Sweet­peas. Un­til next time… Oak­ley

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