Follow a random path and the journey can get a little strange. This path started with a song, a terrible song, it must be said. I heard the song, “Truth or Consequences,” when I paused my dial flipping at KUNM, the public radio station at the University of New Mexico.
What I could understand of the lyrics indicated unkind things about Truth or Consequences and about New Mexico. The song seemed to fit our situation.
By email, I got the name of the song and the artist, Fish Karma of Tucson, aka Terry Owen. The lyrics, in part, say:
“Well I was on my way to Santa Fe to take a brief vacation.
“Feeling hungry I pulled in here to get a bite to eat.
“That was about a month ago and they won’t let me leave.
“I’m stuck in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.
“Ain’t no way out that I could see…
“…the deepest pit of hell has gotta be better than this.”
Unfortunately, the song appeared in 1992, just as we began an Intel-driven boom.