The rain was coming down so hard the drops bounced a foot off the
ground when they hit. These conditions seemed to strengthen
everyone's resolve, so there was a feeling of relinquishment of
power to nature! Far in the distance, among the trees, I could see
the brave souls hanging from ropes, climbing and swinging in the
air, whooping and hollering with delight and joy.
My good friend and partner stood silently beside me. We were both
caught in the moment. The strains of Kenny G wailed into the
jungle, and in front of us were the faithful in their prayer robes
over their soaked bodies, kneeling and standing in a silent homage
to their god, oblivious to Kenny G.
As quickly as it started, the rain stopped and it hushed the crowd.
Kenny G was between tracks, and the clatter and chatter stopped.
The only sound was the dripping of water from the trees on the
tents and the murmuring of the prayers.
My friend and I said nothing and time stood still. We realized that
we were witnessing a confluence of events that was by no means
earth-shattering, but hugely meaningful. In that hushed moment of
20 seconds, we realized that no matter our creed or belief, no
matter our race, wealth, or differences, we are all in this place
together. There is no difference between us in our hearts. We make
ourselves be different. In that one moment of hushed silence, my
friend and I turned to each other simultaneously and grinned from
ear to ear. "This is weird," he said. "Very weird," I replied. We
turned away together, and at that very moment, the rain fell hard
again and life continued as we know it.
President, mohala, Inc.
2003 AAdvantage Miles: 115,219
The above is just a small portion of Archie's answer to his most
memorable business trip, but it perfectly captures his attitude and
personality. Originally from London, and a classically trained
actor, Archie visited Santa Fe 26 years ago to shoot a commercial.
It was there he met his wife, fell in love, and eventually settled
in Santa Fe. He and his wife have called that home ever since - a
home that's grown to include three mustangs, an Arab/Morgan, five
dogs, one cat, and an African spur-thighed tortoise.