ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — We moved around the city a lot when I was younger.
I attended five different elementary schools. Not so great for making friends, but great for seeing and experiencing different parts of the city. We lived in Westgate throughout my middle school years – Go Truman Tigers! – and a favorite activity during that time was driving down the hill along Bridge Boulevard to stay the night with one of my classmates. She lived with her grandma near Bridge and Goff Boulevard and it always felt like an escape to another world. There were no sidewalks along the road and most people had dirt driveways and clumps of trees sprouting around their sizeable yards.
We loved to walk around the neighborhood and Goff Plaza was a frequent destination. I don’t remember what was there during the early ’80s, but I never forgot the name. It’s because my brain wanted to call it Golf Plaza. I thought maybe someone made a mistake.
They didn’t, obviously.