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 as bad as the show portrays it, but low life drama is not as uncommon on our streets as we residents would wish.
” 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 our city as cameras or lights, or as Hollywood. 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 shows them to be. Neal and Joan are enroute to Arizona to see their only daughter graduate from college and I will be following them out to take part in the event that my niece is part of.
In a terminally ill world, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman of Breaking Bad have become all too familiar.
Reality and fiction, for me, overlap to the point that I,sometimes,have difficulty telling them apart.
Albuquerque, for all it’s bad reputation, is where I live, by my own choosing.
I don’t expect it too change what it is, a northern territory of Mexico, anytime soon.
When i go to foreign ” Third World ” destinations, I am never too far from my comfort zone.