Encantado Magazine 2018 July Issue - Page 41

High Desert Dialogue By Pete Christensen N ew Mexico has one of the worst crime rates in the nation, not because the people are criminals but more so because they’re desperate. The economy is so bad, people resort to crime. A guy came up to me the other day and said “I’ll bet you fifty bucks you’re dead”. I was afraid to bet him. I was going to rent an apartment. The ad on craigslist said ‘quick run to the bus stop’. I asked a cop “How far is it to the bus stop?” He said “I don’t know. Nobody’s ever made it!” I was coming out