albuquerque

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I once had a six hour train stopover in Albuquerque. A man from Florida, Sal, that I met on the train wanted to take me to see his silver and turquoise dealer. Sal had a lot to say. He told me he was in The Regents, the doo-wop group that sang "Barbara Ann", long before the Beach Boys. He had a business on the boardwalk in New Jersey that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. He traveled a lot between Florida and California in the winter, but back to New York in the summer. Pulling out a small notepad and pen from his shirt pocket, he scribbled down his number and offered me a place to stay if I ever made it to Miami.