Los Angeles has Forest Lawn and Beverly Hills. Memphis has Graceland.  Florida has Cape Canaveral. Texas has the Alamo. Albuquerque has the hit television series ” Breaking Bad. ”

This television show is a crime drama and crime and Albuquerque have more than a casual acquaintance. One can’t truthfully claim that Albuquerque is bad as the show portrays it, but one has to admit that drugs and low life drama do happen here.

” Breaking Bad ”  reigns as the Guinness Records most watched television series of all time. Its actors have won awards galore and the series has a cult following even after its dramatic final episode.  A spin off series  ” Better Get Saul ” has already been created and follows the vagaries of Saul, an ethically conflicted lawyer, who gets paid to keep guilty out of jail and lives off the change jingling in criminal pockets.

Those of us who live here don’t see cameras or lights, sound or catering  trucks. All we see is the way Albuquerque usually is – a laid back, sprawling country town pretending to be a big city. One is not surprised to see a Mexican flag flying in front of City Hall. Indians and non- Indians sell turquoise jewelry under the porches of the La Placita restaurant in Old Town. The San Felipe de Neri church has open doors and a huge cross draped with a white shroud in its courtyard.

Neal, Joan and myself finish our Old town stroll and drive to lunch at a favorite red/green chili haunt – El Patio, by the University of New Mexico. On our drive we pass locations from the Breaking Bad series and find them to be as sleazy as the TV show showed them to be. They are enroute to Arizona to see their only daughter graduate from college and I will be leaving right behind them to watch my niece receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.

In a terminally ill world, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman become all too familiar actors.

Reality and fiction overlap to the point I sometimes have difficulty telling them apart.

For me, reality is always more unreal than fiction.


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