Cat Harris's notes on Rosa's first interview.
Everyone has so many secrets! No one will tell me a thing. Oh, they'll go on about floods and wars but bring up sale of the land grant and everyone stiffens. Suddenly no one can remember who their grandparents were.
I got this much: Perea's Bar was on a corner of the grant - the southwest corner. It was once the location of a big pueblo called Pueblo Rincon for that reason.
Whenever the bar comes up in one of the interviews, which it does a lot, they'll ask if I saw the mural. Of course I haven't. The place burned down. But there are photos (so I'm told) in the Special Collections Library. (Parking is such pain but I'll have to go.)
The meeting with Rosalinda felt more like she was interviewing me. She asked all about this project and where I'm from. We talked for an hour and I didn't even find out how old she was. Or who her grandparents were. She is really inscrutable, but not cold at all.
What she did say was measured carefully and she made sure I took good notes. The woman gave me homework to do before our next interview!
She told me to see the photographs of the Perea Bar murals and to talk to Chocky Boone about his "project" - that huge pile of junk cars in the old salvage yard.