I was perusing Facebook this morning and noticed that my friend Andrew M. had a post about a women in South Carolina asking for “diet sweet tea.” That was humorous in and of itself because “diet sweet tea” is called “unsweetened tea.” I know that you can add those poisonous pink packets of powder to the tea to make it taste sweet and have less calories, but I’m convinced it is better for you just to add the sugar to the tea and drink it that way.
For those who follow my blog closely, you know that I will be moving back to Texas in a few weeks, leaving Roswell, NM, for what I like to jokingly call the promise land. Yes, Texas is promising in so many ways, but I don’t hope to go there when I did, as Tanya Tucker proclaimed back before her multiple face lifts.
So in thinking about my departure, I thought I would share with you the top five things I will miss about the great state of New Mexico, not necessarily in order of importance.
- Number one on the list is green chilis. Putting green chilis is so prominent in this state and their cuisine that even the national food chains have to adapt to this local tradition. You might find this odd, but once you acquire a taste for green chilis, it is quite addictive. Just a few of the foods that are vastly improved with green chilis are hamburgers, pizzas, eggs., all things New Mexican, etc. The only thing I have tried green chilis on that did not improve the dish was adding them to baked potatoes. For some reason the combination didn’t work. But on everything else… it is wonderful.
- The weather — yes, I know. This area gets its share of brown outs, where there is so much dust in the air, the sun is browned out in fine apocalyptic manner. And the temperature climbs to triple digits. But given the dryness of the climate, that leads to cooler nights and relief from the intense heat. Even when we are not in the summer months, the weather is nicer than in most places because of the dryness. Yes, your skin has to adjust. I felt like Rango after he was dumped into the desert and lost two layers of skin when I first arrived. But, after a few days of losing skin, the weather made up for it. It is amazing how little humidity makes a difference in all seasons. (Just a side note, Roswell does have a monsoon season. But it’s more of a joke than a reality.)
- The mountains. I love being able to see the mountains on most days. It makes my walks and golf much more scenic. This also includes the number of neat places to travel to while in New Mexico.
- The golf — yes, our municipal golf course is one of the finest golf clubs I have ever been accepted at, as a member. Yes, it is the only one as well. That is what makes it so wonderful. Not only is it affordable, it is challenging for my level of play.
- My church — the best congregation I’ve had in a while. I’m saddened by the fact that they cannot continue to pay me and I hope that they are able to bring in a tent-maker so the church will continue.
There you have it. Five reasons to visit Roswell, NM. And no, there is nothing about aliens in the least. The aliens would fall under the category of: Top Five Things I Don’t Like about New Mexico.
This was another shot from our trip out west and what much of New Mexico looks like in the eastern part of the state. While it lacks trees and vegetation, which we are use to, we really found the landscape quite beautiful. I never thought I would say that after my teenage days of driving through New Mexico on our way to Colorado to snow ski during the winter months. It is amazing how 30 years can change one’s perspective. It is also obvious why so many people love living in the state. There really is the feeling of openness, big country, big skies and beautiful sunsets.
One more note from our trip, while the Oklahoma portion of I-40 was the longest in our trip, it was also much nicer than I remember Oklahoma being. Again, I can see why so many love living there. I know the wind can be bothersome after a while, but every area has its drawbacks.