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It’s best if this story begins with an explanation. “Hashing,” the verb that describes the favored pursuit of the World Hash House Harriers, generally involves a three-mile run, lots of cheap beer, copious raunchy jokes and, ultimately, camaraderie—though not necessarily in that order.
Jeff Kennedy is a bit of a novelty. He’s the manager of The Bishop’s Lodge Ranch, Resort & Spa stables, and he’s in charge of wrangling horses and guiding guests through the more than 400 acres of Bishop’s Lodge trails adjacent the Santa Fe National Forest. Oh, and his name tag also reads Brooklyn, New York, where he was born and raised.
From Susanne Sheston’s “office” at the Santa Fe Opera, one can see the pastel foothills around Tesuque and bask in the afternoon sunlight. As we talk, members of the opera’s Young Voices program interrupt us with iterations of “do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, do,” and spontaneously burst into song.
The 180s that rap has made over its relatively short history—from lo-fi to big time and then from “thoughtful” rap to a present in which complaining about rap’s stereotyped platitudes is verboten—have not fazed Circumference 360, aka Mark J Ortiz.