Recently I've found myself trading Duke City for Crescent City. The details of that are unimportant; the big thing is that this has put me outside of Albuquerque for generally longer stays than I would like. The Fix, of course, is a great way to stay aware (at least peripherally) of what's going on here, but I felt the need for something more fitting for people who have left the city, with or without intentions to return.
Away from ABQ
is, at least partly, intended for Albuquerque's diaspora. It's for those of us those who love the city, who sometimes reside in the city, and who find themselves self-censoring conversation about the Frontier ...
. It's for people who find themselves baffled in daily life that tortillas are not everywhere, and that chili is some kind of stew. Away from ABQ, as intended, has a bit of commiseration to it's being.
Commiseration all the time is no fun, and there are plenty of people who have yet to move to Albuquerque. Those who have left (not all, mind you, but plenty) can sit back with idealized versions of why the Duke City is awesome, and regale the newcomers with information about exactly how
awesome (and, yeah, it's fine if your opinion of the degree of awesome is "not very"). Or, more generally, those who don't live in Albuquerque can work with those who do, helping to continue the tradition of those in the know kindly passing along that knowledge in those, well, not in the know.
This is all intention. If you are away from ABQ, and have some other aspect of that "away-ness" to weigh in on, feel free.