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I’m back from my trip from Santa Fe, NM. It was quite an unforgettable trip, which left me with pleasant feelings, as well as feelings of exasperation.

I will soon share the MANY extraordinary PICTURES I took, especially the ones I took at this ancient cemetery, in a tiny town that I ventured into, where one guy obviously left this earth a bit tipsy, as well as this other one which was in a way a little BIZARRE! :o)

Norma and I left early Wed, stayed one day in SF, and left the next morning to the Santuario de Chimayo, which was my main reason for taking this trip. I had been there before with my Dad, when we learned he had prostrate cancer, to eat of the miraculous sand, and pray for a miracle. I didn’t take a camera that time, because the only thing I had on my mind was my Dad’s health. My plans were to take pictures of the church this time.

When Norma and I arrived, the priest was talking non stop right in front of the altar to a bunch people who had gone there on a bus tour to see the entire church. What upset me was the fact that now, there were signs everywhere that we weren’t allowed to take pictures. I went outside and started taking pictures of the exterior of the church and the entire grounds. When I returned half hour later, the priest was still talking!

I PROMISED myself that by hook or by crook, I would NOT leave without taking pictures of the interior of the little church and the little hole that contains the never ending holy sand! I walked over to the gift shop they have, and asked the girl there why in the world they wouldn’t allow us to take pictures, and she told me that it was so tourists would be FORCED to buy the postcards of the church! I thought this was really bad for this church to do something like this, just to force people to buy the postcards.

I patiently waited until everyone had left, including the priest, and I snuck in through the side door and managed to take many pictures, then I entered the church through the very front side door and was able to take two pictures of the inside of the church, until this woman approached me and yelled that I could NOT take pictures!

EVERY single church I visited in Santa Fe, including the church where the miraculous stairs are at, ALLOWED tourists to take pictures, and had many free brochures, but not at the Sanctuary of Chimayo!

In the end, I did buy some postcards from their gift shop, which I would have even if it had been permitted to take pics of the interior of the church.

We then went back to SF and rented a hotel again. I’ve always been blessed when it comes to meeting wonderful people, but then, I’ve always been a powerful magnet when it comes to meeting VICIOUS BEASTS of the TWO LEGGED KIND! I really had a wonderful time in SF, today at a park, a horrible poor excuse of a man called me a Hija de tu Chingada Madre, and wouldn’t stop attacking me verbally, because I decided after closer inspection of his dirty little hands, and food stand, I was NOT going to buy one of his dirty burritos! The names he yelled at me non-stop are Spanish words that are so hideous, that you don’t say them to any human-being! About an hour ago, I called the SF Police department and reported the incident and they are going to look for him, which shouldn’t be too hard, because I told them exactly where he was selling those filthy burritos. How wonderful the police are in SF!!

I’m invited to a big birthday party today, but I’m too tired, and in a very sad and strange mood to go. I always buy this magazine from Juarez called the Alarma, which are full blown pictures bodies that died in a most horrific way, and this latest magazine I bought has pictures of a Mexican policeman who was tortured, then decapitated on the 17th of this month. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always forced myself to look at the these horrific pictures in the Alarma, because I want to be strong, and not a delicate piece of tissue paper, but I’ve now promised myself never to buy these magazines again, because they are starting to affect me terribly. I can’t get that policeman’s decapitated head out of my OWN head! I even have an upset stomach.

Of all the pictures I've taken in my lifetime, the pictures taken of the Santuario de Chimayo are my MOST PRIZED POSSESSIONS, because they were taken with so much CONFLICT!!

On this close to 4 day trip, I paid for EVERYTHING, both for myself and Norma. I love her dearly, but the next time I travel, and money has nothing to do with it, I’m traveling ALONE, so help me God!!!

I really feel like crying.

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Oct. 14th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
When you going to come down to Florida to meet me? ;)
Oct. 15th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
One day I will, my dearest Dave!
Oct. 14th, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
cant wait to see those pictures. glad you made it back safely honey.
Oct. 15th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you Sweety Pie! I've just now posted the pics of the Sanctuario of Chimayo. Hope you enjoy them!
Oct. 14th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
My heart breaks for the pain that you are feeling and have felt. I am happy that I know not the spanish language for I would hate to know the vile things that the vendor spouted to you.

I remember a small church that I visited in Santa Fe years ago when we were traveling to Phoenix. It was such a quaint thing almost built into the side of a mountain. I wonder if this is the same sanctuary that you blessed? Those many many years ago though there was no gift shop just the small church. I will await to see if by chance it is he same.

Little one, I am so happy that HE blessed your travels and brought you home safely.
Oct. 15th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm still feeling badly, my dearest Daddy, but you and I both know that the military trains us well to do bodily harm to the enemy, and I would have loved to do what I'm capable of doing to that BASTARD, if only he'd of dared touch me!

Santa Fe was wonderful! So beautiful!

Sadly, greed has entered the heart of that priest at Chimayo, by not permitting anyone to take pictures, and all because he wants to force us to buy the greeting cards from the gift shop!!

It is very hard to find this church, because it's off some dirt road out in the wilderness. You must visit the place someday. Hopefully by then, that horrible man will let people take pictures of a church that belongs to ALL of us, and not only to him and that bitch he had watching the place!
Oct. 14th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
Feed your mind healthy things.
You just need a noogie on your head like your brother would give you!
Maybe a hug.

On the "Alarma" magazine issue: I feel like our society is already a cesspool of bad images, dark feelings and isolated events that get broadcast into everyone's homes. I think it's best to remain informed, but stay away from the negativity. I remember being in a hospital, visiting, and the nurse told the patient not to watch the news, you're trying to get better.
Oct. 15th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Feed your mind healthy things.
I will!

Rarely do I need hugs, but these days, I'm dying to get them! I need powerful bear hugs! The world has sadden me terribly lately.

I am going to refrane from ever buying those Alarma magazine, because this last magazine I bought, was especially horrific. I still can't get the distorted face of that policeman out of my head. I don't want to see a decapitated head again for as long as I live. I can't get over the evil of some people who can so easily do such horrors to a human body.

Hugs lilspanker!
Re: Feed your mind healthy things. - lilspanker - Oct. 16th, 2007 12:00 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 14th, 2007 08:00 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're back. I missed you
Oct. 15th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
I missed you too, dearest one!!
Oct. 14th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Last time I was at Chimayo I asked permission to take pics and they let me. I had a tripod so maybe I didn't look like a "tourist" and then they let me set up a little boothe and I sold crosses that I make out of barnwood.
Oct. 15th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
The last time I went with my Dad to Chimayo, there were no signs forbidding us to take pictures. I never even took my camera then, because I was so scared for my dad.

Not so anymore! There are signs everywhere that taking pictures is forbidden. I asked why, and a girl that works in the gift shop there told me that it was so we'd be forced to buy the greeting cards! I found this to be inexcusable.

I've just now posted the pictures I took without there permission.

How sad and disgusting that that priest has taken it upon himself to forbid pictures of a Holy place that in reality belongs to the people of faith, and not to him!
(no subject) - lilspanker - Oct. 16th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 14th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
((hugs)) Sunshine I can not wait to see your PICTURES! :)
love you!
Oct. 15th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
I've got them up, my dearest Pete!
Oct. 14th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Hey...some **hugs your way**

I don't usually type around here in Spanish..but...

Mira, Lo siento que te fue tan mal. Eso de la iglesia, si de verdad es triste que no quieren que saques fotos.Claro que es bueno que ellos saquen plata, pero tambien no son un negocio y me parace que no es corecto que no puedas hacer algo que es muy importante para ti.

Lo de el venderdo de burritos, es un pobre excusa de hombre, o persona..alguien asi le va a ir malo en la vida, porque no hay rason para decir palabras tan feas a cualquier persona....menos una mujer. Es muy feo oir eso, pero tu sabes quein tu eres, y palabras asi no tienen nada que ver contigo.

Lo de tu amiga, no se la sitacion, porque ella no te ayudo con los gastos, pero no parace correcto lo que paso, y entiendo mucho que aveces en esa situacion es mejor andar solo..

Whew...sorry if I mangaled some of that, I don't practice mi espanol enough sometimes...:)
Oct. 15th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
I'm shocked! Your Spanish is absolutely perfect!! :o)

De verdad, es una vergüenza que un sacerdote tome la libertad de usar la iglesia católica, que en realidad es la casa de Dios para hacer dinero!

Tocante el desgraciado que me dijos tantas cosas tan feas, y al mismo tiempo usando el nombre de mi madre que ya esta muerta, le deseo lo pior de esta vida! I spent 4 years in the Army, and he never imagined what I could have done to him. Que se muera el desgraciado!

No fue culpa que mi amiga no pago por nada. Yo la invite y le dije que yo pagaba por todo, siendo que ella no tenia dinero. What upset me was that she disappeared to go shopping, leaving me there alone in that park, where I encountered that horrible vendor. She had me waiting for about 45 minutes, and I couldn't move from there for fear of her not finding me. It was really terrible what she did.
Oct. 14th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
I had not heard of this church before. I was in Santa Fe some years ago and enjoyed seeing the art. I did spend some time in the church with the wooden vertical stairs, marvelous to see.

I would like to make another trip to Santa Fe some time.
Oct. 15th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
You must see this little chapel in Chimayo! It is delightful! Aside from that horrible priest!

I took many pics of the miraculous stairway and the church, and will be posting them very soon. The pictures of Sanctuario of Chimayo are already up. I hope you enjoy them!

Santa Fe is absolutely beautiful!
Oct. 14th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
I’m traveling ALONE, so help me God!!! I travel alone a lot and i will tell you Sunshine it is better to have someone with you to share it with, maybe it is not her you wanted to take the trip with. I hope you are feeling better Sunshine and I wish I was there to hold you tight Love you sweetie
Oct. 15th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
I hope the sand helps your father recover and gets rid of his cancer.

I always chip in ob trips like that. It is kind of wrong to go on a trip and not help pay for things.

That guy selling filthy burriotoes is an ass. I bet he wouldn't have said a word if a man was with you.
Oct. 15th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
When my Dad and I went there, after finding out that he had cancer, I got on my knees and begged that he survive it, and my prayers were answered. He still has cancer, but it's in remission, but every 6 months, it's living a nightmare when he has to go and be tested.

I feel terrible, because I have this terrible wish that something absolutely horrible happens to that BASTARD who told me the filth he did. What made it even more unforgivable was the fact that my mother is dead, and he had the audacity to mention me, as well as my beloved mother with his DASTARDLY mouth!

Thanks Sweety Pie!
Oct. 15th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
It's disgusting that people like that exist...

*hugs you*
Oct. 15th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
It really is disgusting that pieces of shit like that man breath our same air!

Hugs you back in a big way! :o)
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Oct. 15th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Mixed trip?
Yes, there were many wonderful things, as well as a couple of bad ones from this trip.

I'm glad you're glad to see me back. I'm also glad to see you!!
Oct. 15th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Things that make me go Hmmmmm.
Sooooooooooooo if you're sick of paying for everything with your friend. And it upsets you as much as you say it upsets you. Why wouldn't you do your friend the luxery of talking to her about it. Just be straight up wallaby and honest with her.

After all..what is a friendship without honesty? I do agree. It's not fair to have to pay for everything. It's not a cool scenario to be in. The again I imagine this isn't the first time this has happenned with you and her. And it's not like she put a gun to your back and made you pay. Unless she did? Which would make for a good story. ANd how you fended her off with your super soldier army training and gave her a pile driver into a shrub...then flew off in your invisible jet.

Back to my point.

I mean you didn't HAVE to pay for her? Sometimes "just being nice" isn't really being nice. YOu know what I'm sayin? Being honest is the best way to go. ANd if she didn't like it....you could have always knocked her out with chloriform and dumped her in a ditch. Then maybe coverred her in corn syrup and seagull feathers. Then left her with sign saying something like "I'm a bit of a bird brain." Again...perhaps not the best solution. But a solution. :P And you wouldn't have to pay for her. :() Everyone walks away happy.

...well except for her. But who's counting? :P

Plus the more people you tell the worse it could get. Like let's say I misinterperit your story and pass it on to someone else. And I'm all "Oh that Norma Dingleberrypopaweasel once made Savannah pay for everything then made Savannah watch her club a dislexic horse to death with a nine iron. Said it was stress relief before she did her yearly taxes. Never did understand it. Never tried to. Sometimes it's just best not to question some things and accept them. It is what it is."
Oct. 15th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Things that make me go Hmmmmm.
No Seadog, I'm not upset about paying for everything at all, in fact, I invited her and offered to pay for everything, because I knew she couldn't afford it. What upset me was due to something else. I'm a loner, and like to do what I want to do, and go where I want to go, without having to have consideration for someone else. From here on out, whenever I decide to travel, I will go alone.

I'll try to explain exactly why I got upset in that place where we chat. I'll be there tonight at 8:00 PM MCT.
Re: Things that make me go Hmmmmm. - see_dog - Oct. 15th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
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