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It’s already the second week of August. September is practically next week. Time to pick out a Halloween costume and start your Christmas shopping. Happy New Year everybody!

I’m just being silly, I know, but here it is August and I’m just getting around to doing my spring cleaning. Well, part of it, anyway. Due to the gentle nudgings of my wife, I finally went through the closet and dresser drawers and started trying to cull out some old jeans and t-shirts. There’s a lot of history in those old clothes, especially the favorites. You know, like a t-shirt you bought from a vendor at a concert, or a pair of jeans that used to be the “nice pair” that you saved to wear to church.

Those old shirts are not unlike old friends. We love our old clothes, like Donovan when he sang, “you don’t even mind if it starts to fade, that only makes it nicer still,” or Mary Chapin Carpenter singing, “this shirt is old and faded, all the color’s washed away.”

One thing’s for sure, you don’t realize how attached you get to articles of clothing until you think about giving them up and have to prioritize what you want to keep.

I’ve heard the male of the species is bad about this.

This Sunday marks the official end of the dog days of summer, just in time for the first day of school and hopefully, all the kids have their wardrobe in order. It’s the time to get new clothes and all the other things they’re needing, that is if you’re not one of those parents that get extra mileage out of hand-me-downs.

We’re living in the age of fashion, and the kiddos want what’s trending. “Trending,” seems to be another one of those terms the internet loves. There are trending movies, trending news, trending this and trending that. I’d just like to know whose in charge of setting all these trends, and how can I become a trendsetter?

But I digress. Jeans are always on that trending list, but to save a few bucks you can cut holes in them yourself instead of paying extra. Just get out some steel wool and go to work. And hey, there’s a new style called athleisure - get it? athletic plus leisure - where comfort is key on the playground. I’ll admit I’m scratching my head over that one.

I’ll admit that things have changed since I was in school but I also remember begging my mother for a trendy madras shirt and Bass Weejuns. Maybe kids haven't changed that much, really.

The trending items for school so far this year are much like that of last August; backpacks, Wrangler jeans, Fruit of the Loom t-shirts, kids’ desks, all-in-one printers, 2-in-one laptop computers, snack boxes and, oh yeah, things called pencils and three-ring binders.

Over the last few weeks, I've had to make a few trips north, bit mostly for airport pickups and drop-offs and a routine visit to see my doc at the Albuquerque VA hospital. Maybe do a little shopping, and I don't really mind going up there if I can consolidate trips. But it's all about coming back home ... where you see your friends in stores or restaurants or driving down the street on a daily basis, and you wave and say hi.

It hit me when we were having lunch in Santa Fe last month. I found myself looking around at people coming and going, and it dawned on me that I did not recognize a single solitary soul. There was nobody to say “hi” to.

It's that sort of moment that you know you are Socorro-ized. We’ve been living here going on 17 years now, and I keep making additions to my “you know you’ve been Socorro-ized…” list.

• You think it's no big deal to buy 30 pounds of roasted green chile and then spend an afternoon peeling and freezing them in convenient zip-lock baggies.

• You pass on the left because that is the fast lane.

• You think the best season is autumn.

• You know Christmas means two things.

• Green chile stew is the best medicine.

• Scorpions, tarantulas, and centipedes in your house don’t freak you out.

• You think six tons of crushed rocks makes a beautiful front lawn.

• Driving Highway 60 is a competitive sport.

• You realize checking the weather forecast is a waste of time.

• You know that tumbleweeds are real and not just in cartoons or old westerns.

• You remember when Socorro used to be 505.

• You buy salsa by the half-gallon.

• You have a personal UFO story.

• You have no problem buying burritos or tamales out of a cooler.

• You know better than to end your sentences with a preposition. Instead, you use “or what?” “or no?” or

It’s already the second week of August. September is practically next week. Time to pick out a Halloween costume and start your Christmas shopping. Happy New Year everybody!

I’m just being silly, I know, but here it is August and I’m just getting around to doing my spring cleaning. Well, part of it, anyway. Due to the gentle nudgings of my wife, I finally went through the closet and dresser drawers and started trying to cull out some old jeans and t-shirts. There’s a lot of history in those old clothes, especially the favorites. You know, like a t-shirt you bought from a vendor at a concert, or a pair of jeans that used to be the “nice pair” that you saved to wear to church.

Those old shirts are not unlike old friends. We love our old clothes, like Donovan when he sang, “you don’t even mind if it starts to fade, that only makes it nicer still,” or Mary Chapin Carpenter singing, “this shirt is old and faded, all the color’s washed away.”

One thing’s for sure, you don’t realize how attached you get to articles of clothing until you think about giving them up and have to prioritize what you want to keep.

I’ve heard the male of the species is bad about this.

This Sunday marks the official end of the dog days of summer, just in time for the first day of school and hopefully, all the kids have their wardrobe in order. It’s the time to get new clothes and all the other things they’re needing, that is if you’re not one of those parents that get extra mileage out of hand-me-downs.

We’re living in the age of fashion, and the kiddos want what’s trending. “Trending,” seems to be another one of those terms the internet loves. There are trending movies, trending news, trending this and trending that. I’d just like to know whose in charge of setting all these trends, and how can I become a trendsetter?

But I digress. Jeans are always on that trending list, but to save a few bucks you can cut holes in them yourself instead of paying extra. Just get out some steel wool and go to work. And hey, there’s a new style called athleisure - get it? athletic plus leisure - where comfort is key on the playground. I’ll admit I’m scratching my head over that one.

I’ll admit that things have changed since I was in school but I also remember begging my mother for a trendy madras shirt and Bass Weejuns. Maybe kids haven't changed that much, really.

The trending items for school so far this year are much like that of last August; backpacks, Wrangler jeans, Fruit of the Loom t-shirts, kids’ desks, all-in-one printers, 2-in-one laptop computers, snack boxes and, oh yeah, things called pencils and three-ring binders.

Over the last few weeks, I've had to make a few trips north, bit mostly for airport pickups and drop-offs and a routine visit to see my doc at the Albuquerque VA hospital. Maybe do a little shopping, and I don't really mind going up there if I can consolidate trips. But it's all about coming back home ... where you see your friends in stores or restaurants or driving down the street on a daily basis, and you wave and say hi.

It hit me when we were having lunch in Santa Fe last month. I found myself looking around at people coming and going, and it dawned on me that I did not recognize a single solitary soul. There was nobody to say “hi” to.

It's that sort of moment that you know you are Socorro-ized. We’ve been living here going on 17 years now, and I keep making additions to my “you know you’ve been Socorro-ized…” list.

• You think it's no big deal to buy 30 pounds of roasted green chile and then spend an afternoon peeling and freezing them in convenient zip-lock baggies.

• You pass on the left because that is the fast lane.

• You think the best season is autumn.

• You know Christmas means two things.

• Green chile stew is the best medicine.

• Scorpions, tarantulas, and centipedes in your house don’t freak you out.

• You think six tons of crushed rocks makes a beautiful front lawn.

• Driving Highway 60 is a competitive sport.

• You realize checking the weather forecast is a waste of time.

• You know that tumbleweeds are real and not just in cartoons or old westerns.

• You remember when Socorro used to be 505.

• You buy salsa by the half-gallon.

• You have a personal UFO story.

• You have no problem buying burritos or tamales out of a cooler.

• You know better than to end your sentences with a preposition. Instead, you use “or what?” “or no?” or “huh?”, as in, “I know, huh?”