SFR’s long-running, community-generated content feature includes snippets of overheard conversations that speak volumes about life in Santa Fe. Thanks to everyone who added to the narrative in 2020. Submissions have slowed somewhat due to social distancing this year. Please send us what you hear, even if it’s on Zoom or at the kitchen table: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Why would they get rid of the statues? I mean, they are paid for and everything.”
—Overheard at family dinner
“Can I ask a hypothetical question about something that may have happened at my last workplace?”
—Overheard at sexual harassment training
"At the end of this, I'm getting a mask tattooed on my leg."
—Overheard on a downtown porch
“I tried to throw it up, but it was mostly water.”
—Overheard on a downtown street
“I can’t stand this mask, it is like wearing a muzzle.”
—Overheard from a woman stomping away from La Montanita Co-op
“I was tipsy at the vet the other morning.”
—Overheard at Rowley Farmhouse Ales
“Hey, Dad, I want the real school, not virtuous school.”
—Overheard at Market Street Albertsons
"I wish the presidential election was tomorrow; I don't think this campaign
is helping anything right now."
—Overheard at the downtown Post Office
“I wonder if they’ve tried combatting COVID with bowling shoe spray?”
—Overheard in DeVargas Center
Male teenager: “I hate having to put on a mask to buy groceries.”
Thirtysomething mom: “If you don’t like wearing a mask when you are out in public, you won’t like being hooked up to a ventilator.”
—Overheard at Sprouts
“What I’m saving on lipstick, I’m just spending on mascara!”
—Overheard from masked person outside Whole Foods
“I don’t think I’d be getting through this without my rabbit.”
—Overheard on the Arroyo Chamiso urban trail
One woman: “What is it?”
The other: “I think it’s art.”
—Overheard on the River Trail
“With no bartender at home, who’s supposed to cut me off?”
—Overheard from a fellow donor at the blood bank on Rodeo Road
“Yelling ‘Get the fuck away from me’ is now a socially acceptable form of communication.”
—Overheard the corner of Washington and Marcy
"I think my wife has the cabrona virus."
—Overheard at DeVargas Center Starbucks
"I know I'm not a vampire, because I hate the sight of blood."
—Overheard in an emergency room
"I used to have dial-up and it was much, much faster than this!"
—Overheard at LaFarge Public Library from a patron attempting to use the internet
"I was listening to the radio and heard about that Coors virus."
"You mean coronavirus?"
"Yes. The beer one."
—Overheard at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
"Jesus, can you imagine how open her lower three chakras must be?"
—Overheard at Honeymoon Brewery during New Moon Cabaret immediately after a belly dance performance