Since the New Mexico 60-day legislative session and special session to consider the legalization of recreational marijuana (the bill was signed into law on 12 April 2021) are over, I thought it might be time to see if there were any changes around the Capitol Building. The last cruise by was literally that, since there were barriers, fences, and National Guard troops surrounding it after the 6 January riot in Washington, D. C. It was pleasing to be able to once again walk around the building, and see the giant seal of the great state in all its glory. The Roundhouse, as it has been affectionately dubbed, is still a wonderful building, with the main doors facing east.
But there were a few signs that the times had changed just a bit, including on the beautiful east doors of the building, plastered with paper signs. The doors remain closed because of the pandemic.
Security cameras, including a mobile, solar powered unit with four different cameras and a bull horn on it, are now everywhere. I suspect I was on footage from a variety of angles. In addition to the security cameras, this wonderful bronze spirit "Morning Prayer" by artist Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache), serves as greeter.
Across the street at the PERA building, the American and P.O.W. flags were flying high in the breeze below the Zia symbol, creating a reflective collage.
Just for fun, I walked down Old Santa Fe Trail and shot photographs of two different convex mirrors in place to help drivers view traffic coming into the downtown area.
And finally, a definite sign of the times is the Charge Point DC fast charge or standard AC charging unit across the street from the Capitol Building for charging electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. It appears that the last vehicles to use it were a Chevrolet Bolt and a Nissan Leaf. Enough geeking.
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