So, in lieu of imagining a new place/space in Albuquerque, I want to reflect on a place that was. The Golden West was, in my opinion, a pretty cool bar and live music venue. I remember seeing The Albuquerque Blues Connection play there a few years ago and having a really great night. More recently, I attended the Revolutions Theater Festival comedy night there, and was struck once again by the venue itself. Maybe not the best acoustics in town, but the old tin ceiling, western style bar, charming light fixtures, and rustic vibe certainly made it a treasure in Albuquerque. It was like walking into an old saloon. My hope is that the place is renovated in a way that tries to capture that feeling again. My worst fear is that they tear the whole building down and build condos or something. That place is a landmark and really adds to the downtown landscape. Anyway, cheers to what was, and cheers to the possibilities of what's to come.