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The Greening of the Economy

Milt37 Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 4:43 PM
Marita, It's too bad that so many spam trollers hijacked your column. As a faithful reader, I remember you told me you'd be visiting your brother in Livermore, CA during the Christmas holidays. I hope your visit went well. At least you were able to get a column out of it! Having been legally kidnapped (by my parents) to be raised in S. CA between the ages of 7 and 24, I started trying to find a better place to live. I lived in Albuquerque, NM for 10 yrs. and I loved it! Job considerations forced me to move to N. CA. I hate it! I'm sure you enjoyed seeing your brother, but I know you'll love to get back to NM!
Marita Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 7:35 PM
Thanks! Milt! Yes, I did get a column out of it--and my visit did go well.

I am now back in NM working on cooking for my New Year's Eve Party. Happy New Year's to you--and all my faithful readers.
Milt37 Wrote: Dec 30, 2012 8:13 PM

I hope when you're cooking, the only way you go green is with the Hatch chile.

I still miss the smell of roasting green chile peppers outside the supermarkets in New Mexico.

Thanks for always being so responsive to all your readers. And have a very happy new year.
Marita Wrote: Dec 31, 2012 12:08 AM

The contrast between then and now, the past and present, is startling. Sitting in the Carson Mansion, overlooking the Humboldt Bay, watching the boats bobbing in the marina, it is easy to picture what life must have been like in the heyday—1884-85—when William Carson built what has become one of the area’s most conspicuous landmarks. Now known as the Ingomar Club, the mansion is only open to members—one of whom was my host.

The conversation started with a comment about the region’s past professions: logging and fishing. “What is the leading industry today?” “Pot, I’m told.”

The answer was easy...