I'm doing the "responsible son" thing and paying Mom another visit for a week. I wanted something close to her birthday and since my 35th high school reunion is scheduled for next weekend plus Monday is a holiday for us lazy federal employees, I thought this would be the perfect time for a visit. Plus it gets me away from ABQ during Balloon Fiesta. It was a quick uneventful flight this morning. Mom was excited to show off her driving skills by picking me up at the airport. While I'm not crazy about her driving, I figured it would be a big boost to her confidence. It was. While she was at church I decided to take a walk around the hood. I don't know if it's because the economy is doing better overall, but I noticed that the neighborhood seems pretty decent. There were quite a few homes where you could tell the owners had pride in their house. Many places were also really decked out for Halloween. It made me realize that just the ethnicity has changed over 40 years. It's still a lower middle class working neighborhood. I noticed lots of bustling little stores that had been vacant. I didn't see any graffiti. It did my heart good to see that things were alright. So no big plans for the week. Just chillin' and helping Mom around the house.