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Coco la Boca
Less horsepower, more horses.
Interests: southwest history, folklore, politics, community places
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Sadie had somehow gotten Ace into the trunk of her BMW. That yoga was really helping to strengthen her core. He'd been talking on and on in his low mumble-yelling voice. All that about fucking this, fucking that, and that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cocoposts
Cat's Pereaville Notes* The first Spanish expedition had a huge impact on the Tiguex people. But not so much the other way around. The second Spanish expedition, a tiny group of twelve soldiers and a couple of priests, likely knew... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Cocoposts
"That stoner's stupid junk pile sits right in the middle of my limited access arterial." Sammy Simpson rapped his Perea High School class ring on his desk a couple times and Ace rolled his eyes. Sammy had started doing the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cocoposts
Cat Harris's notes on Rosa's first interview. Everyone has so many secrets! No one will tell me a thing. Oh, they'll go on about floods and wars but bring up sale of the land grant and everyone stiffens. Suddenly no... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cocoposts
Toby, the backhoe operator, was the first to see bones that day but he swore he never told anyone. No one but his priest. When Toby assured Ace Scanlin of this a year after the job, Ace casually asked, “Who’s... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cocoposts
Sammy thought it was all a waste of time - all that quaint historic shit about Pereaville. His grandmother Consuela taught he and his sister about the Pueblo Indians and Spanish settlers and the ruins at the center of the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cocoposts
Everything you could need or want was at the Flying Y. Everything. Ace Scanlin managed the massage parlor concession and RV park. He hired managers who did all the work. When they complained, they disappeared. Sammy asked him about what... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cocoposts
Annie banged the kettle down on the old stove and sighed. "I can't get this damn thing lit." "It's true then. You can't even boil water!" Consuela was watching her from her seat at the bar, tapping a cigarette on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cocoposts
Sadie put the top down and let the wind whip at her hair. She needed to think. The stink of Ace's cologne was seeping in from the trunk but he'd finally quit talking. The late afternoon desert light was tempered... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cocoposts
Charles "Chocky" Boone was naked and brushing his teeth on his front porch when he saw Annie at the burn-barrel, poking papers with a stick. The burning bits were floating up like those little lantern kites. Some had landed, smoking,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cocoposts
When Ace woke he was in the trunk of Sadie's new BMW. He could tell by that new car smell. His head was sticky with blood and felt cracked open. He figured it was. His last concussion wasn't nearly as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Cocoposts
Ash Wednesday 2015 (This part's not fiction but I wish it was.) Great testimony in favor of the ABCWUA elected board bill on Monday at the NMLEG (HB331.) And very telling opposition - like a hornet nest was poked. There... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Cocoposts
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Alva was a pretty good salesman. In his youth he had a job as the local agent for some notorious businessmen in Chicago who sold land in New Mexico over the phone and through magazine ads. Unsuspecting buyers heard misleading... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Cocoposts
Perea's Bar and Grill, supposedly built on a Tiquex pueblo ruin, is closed. It sits on the edge of the old highway, boarded-up, stucco dark and blotchy from repeated graffiti paint-outs. It was the community center of the once powerful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Cocoposts
Alva began drinking and gambling after he thought he'd lost of the ranch. He and his partners had taken advantage of a scheme to finance subdivision of the Cozy Y. Their advisor was a slick bond attorney whose name Alva... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Cocoposts
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Alva Simpson believed in space aliens, ghosts and God and was sure to his dying day that mature trees were the work of the devil, especially together in a forest. This was from a bedtime story his grandfather, personally responsible... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Cocoposts
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Sosimo's daughter married Alvalito the year the children both turned 14. It was 1922 and Sosimo and the Colonel arranged the union to seal some kind of alliance. History only hints at the balance of that equation but it had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Cocoposts
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Cozy Y Wire Rosa always said Annie was a little nuts to begin with and then just got old. She started off alright - pretty and smart, but not too smart since she married that fool Alva Simpson when she... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Cocoposts
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Annie, in neon pink bathroom robe and slippers, had chased that old burro, Taxi, down the driveway with a broom again. She'd locked the gate so the Sheriff's deputy couldn't get him back into the pasture this time. He knew... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at Cocoposts
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I've been taking a long slow read of Charles Dickens's big fat historical fiction, Barnaby Rudge. The tale was published serially in 1841 and it's about the London Riots of 1780. The title character's familiar is a raven named Grip.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Domenico Dragonetti was a double bass virtuoso who wowed European audiences from his London debut in 1794 to a performance at age 82 in Germany. Huge hands, strong fingers and hours of daily practice enabled his nearly unmatched talent. Why... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Cocoposts
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The goats are at Weedranch this week assisting with weeding and seeding. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Father Ferdinand Troy arrived in New Mexico Territory the same year as the railroad. During his tenure here as a Jesuit priest he traveled on the back of a burro and in an airplane. Had he lived a few more... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Cocoposts
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Bronson Cutting had a niece named Iris.* She visited New Mexico occasionally while the Cutting siblings were in Santa Fe between 1910 and Bronson's death in 1935. She became a respected author. In classic Downton-esque - Age of Innocence style... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Cocoposts