Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Mayor of Golden, New Mexico


Leroy Gonzales, Golden, New Mexico




Leroy Gonzales is the mayor of Golden, New Mexico, by default, as no one ran against him. I don't know if there was an actual election, so maybe he's the mayor because he says he's the mayor, at least until someone comes along to dispute this.


Leroy Gonzales, Golden, New Mexico


He has a love for the nearby Catholic Church, San Francisco.


Leroy Gonzales, Golden, New Mexico






Mr. Gonzales says he "lives for photos" and mail he receives from others. If you feel so inclined, you might sent a postcard to him at: Leroy Gonzales, 1720 Highway 14 North, Golden, New Mexico, 87047.

 




Mr. Gonzales served in Vietnam.

He is an artist with a sense of humor. His dogs below.

Leroy Gonzales, Golden, New Mexico


Sometimes he collaborates with the universe in his artistic endeavors, as depicted in this tableau. I asked about the three wine bottles lined up - I don't remember what he said about that, but the pick lies at an angle across the bottle line exactly as it fell some time ago from its previous position in the fence. Mr. Gonzales felt a rightness to its fallen state, and decided to leave it as it lay.

Leroy Gonzales, Golden, New Mexico

And he could be making that shit up. Because I think Mr. Gonzales has more than a little talent for showmanship.

Leroy Gonzales, Golden, New Mexico

I'm glad I stopped. And, for that, he's a good mayor for Golden, New Mexico. He helps put it on the map.  

12 comments:

  1. We met Leroy in October. Ya don't meet a guy like this every day (at least not where I live). Really nice guy.

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    1. Indeed. I'm glad you thought so, too.

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  2. My wife and I picked him up hitch-hiking in Golden last week and drove him to Madrid, NM. He's a great guy and very entertaining.

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  3. Love Leroy. He is a great guy and always a welcome treat to spend some time with!

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    1. I sure like hearing this! Thank you.

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  4. My family met him today and we had such a great time talking to him. It was a pleasure to meet him.

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    1. Makes me smile to hear this! Thanks for letting me know about your experience.

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  5. We meet Leroy in October and he made a lasting impression on us. The bottles hanging in the front of his property caught our eye and we had to stop. He gave us a complete tour including the gold mine and cantina. We left feeling blessed to have met him.

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    1. I love this - thank you for your note about your time with him!

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  6. My son and I stumbled upon his place today and had a blast. What an interesting, happy man. We are so glad we stopped.

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    1. It's a wondrous thing to be able to meet such engaging people in our lives, isn't it? What a great shared memory for you and your son.

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