SANTA FE, N.M. — Seth McFarlane sounds like a 20-something native of Santa Fe — “There’s nothing to do” here, says the “Family Guy” creator, producer of the new blockbuster science series “Cosmos” and director of the upcoming “A Million Ways to Die in The West,” which was filmed in the Santa Fe area.
On Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” on March 3, McFarlane was promoting a novel he’s written based on the comedic screenplay for the new movie (which, by the way, features Journal North ad rep and burgeoning screen standout Christopher Hagen, who also was a crusty preacher in “The Lone Ranger”).
Stewart asked McFarlane when he had time to write the book amid all his other various projects.
“You have a lot of free time when you’re shooting a western in the desert,” McFarlane said.
He continued: “There’s really nothing to do in Santa Fe, except … .” Stewart interrupted before McFarlane added, “You’re in Santa Fe and there’s nothing to do but meth, and you try that.”
The line got lots of laughs.
“I tried it once and said, you know, it’s not for me, I’m not that guy, and (so) I’ll write a novel,” is how McFarlane completed this train of thought.
Maybe McFarlane was mixed up about where in New Mexico “Breaking Bad” was set.
Macabre is OK, just don’t talk about the ghosts
The Santa Fe page on The New York Times’ online travel guide site now includes a photo slideshow promoting the recently instituted tours at the “Old Main” building at the Penitentiary of New Mexico south of Santa Fe.
The building, of course, is notorious as the place where more than 30 inmates were killed in one of the nation’s worst-ever prison riots in 1980.
One Times photo is accompanied by this piece of advice on prison tour etiquette: “On tours it is not acceptable to recount the ghost stories for which the prison has gained notoriety on television shows like ‘The Dead Files’ (Travel Channel) or the graphic details found in books about the riot like ‘The Devil’s Butcher Shop,’ by Roger Morris. But pointing out the outlines of an inmate’s charred body is acceptable.”
Gonzales’ election a non-issue or an important first?
Javier Gonzales, who was sworn in as Santa Fe mayor Monday after his election victory last week, is the city’s first openly gay mayor. That was mentioned in, but didn’t make headlines for, local news accounts of Gonzales’ win in the mayor’s race.
And little has been made locally of the fact that the nine-member group that makes up the City Council and the mayor is now no less than one-third gay — along with Gonzales, there are City Councilor Patti Bushee, who came in second in the mayor’s race, and new District 1 Councilor Signe Lindell.
While, in Santa Fe, the idea of gays and lesbians in politics seems to have fallen into the not-that-big-of-a-deal category, gay publications and websites around the country trumpeted the City Different’s election results as significant.
“Santa Fe Selects Its First Gay Mayor,” said The Advocate. “Santa Fe Elects First Out Mayor” was the headline in EDGE Boston. And even the drag website CarrieFairfield.com weighed in with “Santa Fe Elects First Openly Gay Mayor In Race Between Two Openly Gay Candidates.”
No locals-only vibe in Taos (but watch out for the Forest Service drug dog!)
Tawna Schultz, a California contributor to the Burton Girls snowboarding gear website, gave Taos Ski Valley a rave review in a recent post.
“There’s a real happy, family vibe that comes across from everyone working at and visiting the resort. Locals laugh and joke with staff, and employees are anxious to show you around the mountain. There was no territorial, locals-only vibe. That’s something I didn’t expect, but it became more of a draw and supported my decision about making the trip. So, the next time you’re looking for something different, new, rare and memorable, consider New Mexico. There’s a colorful and spirited soul to the Land of Enchantment that’s sure to leave an impression.”