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Stanley, Clines Corners and Moriarity, New Mexico

Posted by graywacke on January 24, 2015

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now more-or-less a once or twice a week blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean in the first paragraph), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

 Landing number 2150; A Landing A Day blog post number 578.

Dan:  All of these western/Midwestern landings continue (38, count ‘em, 38 landings with no New England, Mid Atlantic or Southeast landings); but at least I landed in a USer . . . NM; 78/87; 3/10; 16; 148.6.

Here’s my regional landing map:

 landing 1

My local landing map shows my three titular towns:

 landing 2

See Route 285?  It’s about 3 miles east of my landing.  Here’s my Google Earth (GE) Street View shot:


Here’s my GE space odyssey trip in:

 I upgraded my ScreenCastOMatic program to include “system sound.” I figured, what the heck, let’s add a little extra drama.  And while I’m at it, I used the same program to post one of my songs.  For those of you who might want to listen, here ‘tis:


And yes, my musical alternate ego musical name is “Sam Hill.”

Moving right along to my watershed analysis.  I had to use the GE elevation tool to figure out that drainage from my landing heads straight south towards Laguna del Perro, which is internally-drained:

 GE 1

FYI, “laguna del perro” is the “lagoon of the dog.”  It is normally dry, but occasionally, with enough rainfall, it is actually a lake (aerial photo by David Gunter, from DavidGunter.com):


I don’t have all that much to say about Moriarity, Clines Corners or Stanley.  So here goes nothing (or not much).  I’ll start with Clines Corners, which is best known as the home of one of those “South of the Border” and “Wall Drug” type of places. 

Here’s what TheRoadWanderer.net has to say:

Cline’s Corners (founded in 1934) offers gas, food, and all manner of souvenirs for the tourist. It has been relocated several times, as highway configurations changed throughout the years.

Today it sits at the junction of Highway 285 and Interstate-40 (once Route 66) and business is very good indeed. When I came through the parking lot at Cline’s Corners it was packed and the gas station and Trading Post were doing a fantastic business. You can find just about anything you want at the Trading Post too. Rubber tomahawks anyone?

I stumbled on a cool blog, TheLope.com, which is a travelogue of one Ace Jackalope.  Ace has traveled extensively along Route 66, all well-documented.  Here’s their picture of Clines Corners (with Ace in the foreground):


The blog goes on to say:

Like “The Thing” in Southern, AZ, the Jackrabbit Trading Post in NE AZ, or Wall Drug in South Dakota, Clines Corners of central NM has a jillion signs along the road [this one from 94 miles away]:


Moving over to Moriarity.  I couldn’t find much (although TheLope has a cool piece about the “El Comodor Rotosphere”).  Click here and scroll down to check it out.

Just a little further down in the post is this cool picture (just outside of Moriarity) of I-40 on the left, and Route 66 on the right:


OK, so on to Stanley (the town closest to my landing).  Besides letting us know the population (70), Wiki had little to say.  However, I noticed that one of the “Notable People” from Stanley was artist Alan Ebnother (who has his studio in Stanley).  I figured, what the heck.

Here’s a Wiki picture of Mr. Ebnother sitting in front of one his paintings:

 Ebnother-wadewilson wiki

Looks pretty much like a study in green, eh?  Well, Alan loves to do studies in colors and textures.  Here he is in front of a study of blue (from ArtBusiness.com, photographer Eileen P. Goldenberg):


Also from ArtBusiness, here’s some more blue:


How about orangish-yellowish?  This from Artsy.com:

 artsy.net  $8,600

Truth.  My first inclination is to think.  This is art?  But hey, this guy makes a living doing this (good for him!), and in fact, the above study in orangish yellow is being offered at $8,600.  And, most importantly, I’ve never been a student (or appreciator of modern art).  Plus, these paintings will obviously have much more impact live and in person . . .

I found a 2005 interview of Mr. Ebnother by Chris Ashley on MinusSpace.com.  Here are some selected Ebnother quotes:

I have mixed and ground my own pigments from the first year of my career . . . .while mixing the color I am able to watch the different changes that occur with the addition of different pigments, clay, balsams, or wax to this mass. Sometimes there are close to a hundred different hues that I happen to see and work thru before I decide to stop. One of the reasons that I used this Veronese green for so long was that it is a very transparent pigment with very weak personal strengths that lends itself to be pushed in many different directions, while keeping its drying and textural proprieties.

Who am I to argue? This guy is totally into colors.  How about brushes?

You also asked about brushes. Well, each different mark has a different brush that seems to lend itself to it. I usually shape the hairs myself with scissors and then grind down the ends of the bristles to keep them from splitting. I customize the brush for many different reasons- for shape, drag, stiffness thickness etc. I also often cut down the wooden shaft to make it an extension of my hand and wrist, or sometimes change the shaft to make it longer and an extension of my arm or body. This depends on the sort of mark that I decide would be an interesting or correct mark to present a particular color with.

To see the whole interview, click here.

I’ll close with this GE Pano shot, taken (by ★ smrCH) along Route 285 just northeast of my landing:

 pano star smrCH

That’ll do it.




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