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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 9 "As I Remember" by Allen "Hook" Hill Editor's Note: Longtime Lordsburg resident, historian, storyteller and poet Allen "Hook" Hill has writ- ten hundreds of stories and poems. Back in the 1980's he began writ- ing a column entitled "As I Remember." With his permission, these columns have been dusted off and will ap- pear in the Hidalgo County Herald from time to time. Hook, who is 93, still lives in Lordsburg. This col- umn appeared In the Lordsburg Liberal on September 21, 1990. By ALLEN "HOOK" HILL/ Lordsburg As I inferred last week our quality of life wouldn't be worth a hoot if we couldn't laugh at ourselves now and then. We once lived in a house that had a closed in back porch with a window beside the outside door. Beyond the door was a raised con- crete slab. One dark night I walked from the kitchen to the porch with the only light to illuminate my way coming over my shoul- der from he kitchen. The light reflected off the porch win- dow glass much as it would have done from a mirror. When I arrived at a point about three feet from the window I looked up and there were two large eyes staring at me through the glass! We were eyeball to eyeball and I can tell you here and now who won the fear battle. Of course, the entire episode took place in seconds but nothing was diminished because of time. I froze. An icy chill went up my spine. I couldn't see my hair but i felt it stand on end. The shock to the heart would have felled me but I was too shook up to fall down. No use to scream, no sound would come out anyway. The vo- cal cords were paralyzed. Run! Are you kidding? Rubber legs Allen Hook Hill orar, 2' "4" " '', Metairah by Mark Bowen Great mix of artists this weekend at the Hearst Gallery Submitted by GCAG/Silver City Bowen is a very versatile artist The Grant County Art Guild with an affordable line of jewelry has a delightful mix of 41 local as well as cozy knit shawls, per- artists and fine crafters, many feet for gifting or keeping. showing their work at the guild's Stacy Schwarz will be the PinGs Altos Gallery. The featured featured artist on Sunday, Sep- artists this weekend are a great tember 21. Stacy creates ceram- example of that diversity in art ics with a purpose and most with and handcrafted items, the magic of whimsical animals On Friday, September 19,that will make you smile. Her Mary Soule' will be the featured "Tail-Chasing Dragon" won the artist at the gallery. She has a ere- hearts of the judges and the Best ative display of knitted and fab- of Show award in crafts at our ric items, ceramics and other opening show of the season. crafts. Mary is a long-time histo- The PinGs Altos Art Gallery dan of the guild. She has in depth is located at 14 Golden Avenue knowledge about the gallery's in the historic Hearst Church. If unique location in the historic you come for the art, viewing the Hearst Church and will be happy beautiful old building, con- to answer any questions you structed in 1898, is a bonus. The might have. gallery is open from 10 a.m. till 5 On Saturday, September 20, p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Mark and Jane Bowen will be the Sundays through October 5. featured artists. Mark is well- There is never an entry fee and known in the area for his indoor both browsers and buyers are wel- and outdoor metal art sculptures, come. From very large to very small, For more information about they are an enticing interpreta- the Grant County Art Guild go to tion of Southwestern art. Jane www.gcag.org. won't move, you know. Get out of here before he .... Suddenly it ended just as abruptly as it had started. The eyes turned to one side and the light shone on the head of a dog. He had come up on the outer slab, raised his feet up on the window sill and was peering through the window at me. I cracked up then and I've laughed a hundred times since, it is also a good incident to call to mind whenever i get to feeling a little "macho". Many good barbs come from people who are in the lime-light. For instance, everybody old enough remembers the antics of President Gerald Ford. He couldn't walk down a plane ramp without stumbling, stroll onto a golf course without a casualty of some kind, or turn and wave to the crowd without bumping into something. He was the butt of many a joke and the source of many laughs. In years past our local law enforcement group provided that type scenario for us here in Hidalgo county. Don't worry, boys, I won't name names. There was the time, however, when one officer was in hot pur- suit of a suspect. The suspect was fleeing in his car and turned a corner near our home. Evidently thinking he had outsmarted the policeman, he pulled over and stopped. However, the officer quickly came up beside the of- fender and began loudly ques- tioning him. Neighborhood people were attracted to the scene and witnessed these events: The officer bellowed, "I know you did it, I caught you red-headed", whereupon the officer got out of his car to make the arrest. He dashed for the other car but, 1o and behold, his car had an auto- matic transmission and he had forgotten to put it in neutral. Off down the road went the police car with the officer in hot pursuit of something other than the felon. While he was busily engaged in retrieving his vehicle the suspect drove off. Only two people know whether or not he was ever appre- hended, but believe me, most of us who know of the incident rou- tinely check our cars to see if the shifting lever is in neutral before -we get out when the engine is run- ning. "Arid the phrase, "I caught you red headed" is almost as common as "good morning" in our family. So much for laughs, but more to come. Hook hook june @ hotmail, corn GET CASH "When the past calls, let it go to voicemail, believe me, it has nothing new to say." for your Gold jewelry, scrap, broken pieces, dental, any condition, 8Kq8K 575-639-2484 COTTAqE HOUSE 21 4 [. Motel Drive oran to play Blu g at the this weekend, ber Courtesy submission You'll find your toes a-tappin' 3.3 miles into the canyon, and Everyone knows what blue- and your hands a-clappin' during watch for the AFP entrance and grass music is, right? No? Well, a Sonoran Dogs concert! sign to the left. according to Wikipedia, "Blue- Don't miss this energetic and About the Arizona Folklore Pre- grass musicis a form of American fun group! Make your reserva- serve: roots music, and a sub-genre of tions soon! Tucked off the beaten path country music. Bluegrass was in- And now for a something in beautiful Ramsey Canyon, the spired by the music of Appala- special! AFP offers an intimate, appealing chia. It has mixed roots in Scot- The AFP has teamed up with theater seating just 60 guests. tish, Irish and English traditional Outback Steakhouse for a special The rustic, comfortable perform- music, and also later influenced treat this year. At each perfor- ing space also boasts excellent by the music of African-Ameri- mance a guest will receive a gift acoustics and a state-of-the art cans through incorporation of from Outback. Will you be the sound system. The AFP book- jazz elements." lucky winner this time? There's store stocks CDs by featured art- ists as well as Western-themed So that's the technical deft- only one way to find out - come books and art, along with hand- nition of bluegrass. But to truly to a show! made jewelry, pottery, and soaps. know bluegrass, you need to ex- If you go: Beverages and snacks are avail- perience it, preferably in an inti- Doors open at 1 p.m., with able for purchase to enjoy during mate setting like the Arizona Folk- performances starting at 2 p.m. the performance. lore Preserve, and performed by For reservations, call 520-378- Operated in partnership with master musicians such as Na- 6165, or email reservations@ the University of Arizona Sierra tional Flatpicking Guitar Cham- arizonafolklore.com. Admission Vista and staffed entirely by vol- pion Peter McLaughlin on guitar is $15.00 for adults and $6.00 for unteers, the AFP is a 501(c)3 or- and vocals, Telluride Band Con- children 17 and under, ganization. Founded in 1996, test winner Mark Miracle on man- To get there: the AFP's mission is "to collect, dolin and vocals, Rockygrass Go 6 miles south of Sierra present and preserve the songs, Banjo Champion Tyler Walls on Vista on Highway 92 to Ramsey stories, legends, myths, and west- banjo, and TAMMIE award win- Canyon Road. Turn right (west) ern poetry of the State of Ari- ner Brian Davies on upright bass on Ramsey Canyon Road, drive zona." and vocals. Collectively, these four are known as The Sonoran Dogs. Formed in 2011, the band has exploded upon the Arizona blue- grass scene,. per(orming at the Sedorm, Wickenburg,.-Tucson and Tubac bluegrass festivals and, most recently, at the Summergrass Festival in San Diego. They play a collection of traditional blue- grass standards, new-grass, and original compositions. Every concert is different, as they often improvise the set to follow the mood of their audience. It makes Solution to MOVIE QUOTES Puzzle that appeared in the September 12, 2014 edition of the Hidalgo County Herald for a fun and dynamic show. Week/), In. iration brought to,you b)' S PIRH" of Hida(go and ttida~go (bun()' Herahl On behalf of Joey Saenz & Family we would like to thank Danny Ramirez, Olga Lopez & Family, the Snake Run Com- mittee, the runners and walkers, Mr. & Mrs. N. Parra, DJs Robert & Shawn, Joseph Hood, Natajja Gomez, the vendors, the car show people and everyone who attended this benefit-both locals and out-of-towners-for making the Jaxon's Day benefit Bigger than Big! All was greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten. Thanks and God Bless, Celes DeLaRiva & Scotty Saenz Honorary Maverick!