Saturday, August 17, 2002

The Desvelado Book Circle is whipping through "Lazy B: Growing up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest" (Sandra Day O'Connor and Alan Day). Although until 1937 there wasn't electricity, and privies and woodstoves were in use, this was not a poor household. Any privations were merely a function of remoteness. Apart from the ranch vehicles, her father bought a new "good" car just about every year and there was money for boarding fees and so on. There are references to "frijole beans" and in Lordsburgh there was obviously a "wrong side of the tracks" for people of the non-Anglo persuasion, although that's not how it's expressed.


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