Out & About
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