La Mesilla is a small town just outside of Las Cruces. When I got here on Friday morning, there was a Farmer’s/Artist’s Market going on and I was happy to see that. My fellow New Englanders, Jainey and Miles, pointed out the person I needed to talk to.I went over and asked her what the rules were and yes, a permit is necessary. It is very easy to obtain, one just needs to go to Town Hall and fill out a paper and have a demo of their music- or a link to it. Since it was an unusual day, I was not going to be able to that until Monday. I thought it over and talked with my brother-in-law and decided to stay. I was able to work at the Market in Las Cruces the next morning and that would just give me Sunday off. On Sunday, I went to get a couple of tamales and watch the Moon rise and the sunset against the mountains. On my way to the restaurant, I ran into Jainey and Miles again at the Sunday Market and Jainey gave me an ornament she made out of a buffalo gourd. It is beautiful, and so thoughtful. I put it up in the Pearl right when I got back!
Monday morning, I went back to Town Hall and talk with the permits lady and she told me then, the Mayor has to give final approval. The Mayor wasn’t in on Monday. I still gave her all of my info and sign the paperwork hoping, the Mayor would respond anyway. I figured I would walk around the Plaza area some and go down a couple alleys I hadn’t been down yet. That doesn’t take very long, it is a small area, but it is a wonderful area to walk and look at the houses. I love the adobe style houses! There are a few for sale right next to the Plaza! There are also a couple that are boarded up and of course that just puts my imagination to work, wondering what it was like years ago. I ended up going back to the Pearl and accidentally took a nap- WTH – I didn’t want to take a nap! I didn’t get the phone call I was hoping for, so I had another day off.
I went to go watch the Moon rise again. I wasn’t in the same spot, but it doesn’t seem to matter, it is sheer magic when she comes out from behind those mountains! Afterwards, I grabbed something to eat and went into the bookstore to write in my journal. Later, I got to talk with a friend for a little while. So all in all, even though I didn’t want the day off, it turned out to be a most wonderful day!
This morning I got the okay to go ahead and get to work. I went down to the Plaza and it is quite a different story when there is no Market going on. I went out and played my first shift and though it was slow, got to meet a couple who are also buskers. They hung around for a few minutes after some Christmas shopping. There were a few people hanging around the Plaza either walking their dog, or taking photos. I got to meet a few of them. The sound in the Plaza is pretty cool too. I found I have to play softer than normal. The sound just carries all the way down the entire Plaza, and I didn’t want any complaints. It was a beautiful day this afternoon and I was just happy to be out there!
I went back out tonight. I wanted to see the Moon rise for the third night in a row, but she came out a little later than I thought tonight. I didn’t see her until about 30 minutes after I went to work. Of course, I had to pause and take some pictures when she got high enough above the buildings. It cools down fast after the sun goes down. The Plaza looks wonderful all lit up at night! I still did a full shift though. During this shift, a photog named Emmitt, was out and was going to shoot the Moon. He shot me instead. I talked to him for bit and he said “I heard this lone saxophone, the only thing that would make it better is if it was midnight.” I gave him my card so he could send me a couple of them. He was a very nice man and I liked playing for him while he took some photos. It has been a while since that has happened. It doesn’t matter if it is slow, you never know what is going to happen or who you might meet.