Old Albuqeurque Airport, home to the TSA
Romeo and I took a quick trip to the old Albuquerque airport building, which I understood has been renovated. We could only look around the main concourse of the building, as the remaining rooms now house the TSA offices. It's pretty cool ~ literally it was cool inside, as we are experiencing more triple digit temp's (or close to it). The thick adobe walls are likely 18 inches thick, and are typically thicker at the base and thins somewhat as it rises.
Interior...note the beautiful beams and vigas on the ceiling.
As we were driving home ~ omg is it hot, thank god for a/c ~ we discussed again our earlier thoughts on moving back to Texas upon retirement. Which granted, isn't for another 5 to 8 years. This came about earlier in the year right before I traveled to Austin to visit the boys, Mom, and my sister. Once I was there, and recalled the absolutely horrible traffic (Austin has become notorious for it), and the sheer number of people (San Antonio is the 7th largest city in the U.S.), I began to have my doubts right about the time Romeo was beginning to warm up to the idea.
I had a discussion with a friend, and mentioned the reasons I wanted to move back, which is mainly for family. And I would like to be closer to them. And I realized that I was assuming that my sister and I would engage in a wonderful re-creation of my visits.....and just how unrealistic that thought is. She has two grandchildren from her husband's kids, and my nephew and his wife are expecting in August. She has a lot going on. And when we did live in the same city ~ at one point we lived less than a mile from each other ~ we didn't really see each other that often. Family get togethers, sure, but otherwise, not so much. Perhaps once we are both retired (she's already semi-retired) I suppose we would spend more time together.
But, then I looked around me. The mountains, the turquoise sky, the urban/suburban feel of Albuquerque. The beauty of the countryside around us. The smell of the desert. And I began to have misgivings about the very idea. Romeo and I decided to put the decision on the back burner for the moment. I think it's kind of funny how a place can get into your soul, and before you know it, you feel as though you belong. You are home.