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A nurse called this morning to say Shirley was asking if I could visit, so 46 Sue Henry I went over. ” “She said they’d probably let her go home tomorrow morning. I offered to pick her up, but she asked for you. ” Pat frowned, then nodded. “That might make sense. Did she say anything about what happened? ” Ford shook his head. “I don’t know. She wouldn’t talk about it. ” “Then I’d better go as soon as we’re through here,” she said and turned to me. “My car’s at the shop. ” she asked. Of course I said I would.

Not a fan of large cities and traffic congestion, after a couple of days of playing tourist there, I fled happily north on the High Road to Taos, which follows the original historic trail. Late on a sunny afternoon in early May, I rolled into town, keeping a sharp eye out for the RV park where I had a reservation. I missed it the first time through and traveled all the way from one end to the other of the main street, Paseo del Pueblo—both Sur and Norte. Halfway along, the obviously newer and wider double-lane Sur part of the street narrowed sharply and went up a small hill, creating a traffic jam where the older part of town be- T h e To o t h o f T i m e 21 gan and continued for several blocks.

He shrugged as if ridding himself of a bothersome insect crawling on his skin, frowned in distaste, and asked, “How the hell does she find out anything and everything in town that’s negative or sensational? The woman’s a walking National Enquirer, but she never gets all her facts right—just passes on the bad parts. ” Pat nodded. ” “Me? ” “Well, she doesn’t have any family here. We have an exercise class together three times a week, but she’s been skipping it lately and I’ve wondered why. A nurse called this morning to say Shirley was asking if I could visit, so 46 Sue Henry I went over.

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