Monday 10 September, 2012

Days 83 to 87 – El Paso


Looking at El Paso Texas from a certain vantage point over the city, I couldn’t stop thinking of a certain Star Wars quote. First some background. I am here visiting the Perry family. Sally’s cousin Patrick and his wife Marilyn have two boys, Jason and Nico. Jason is in the army, stationed at Fort Bliss [...]


Looking at El Paso Texas from a certain vantage point over the city, I couldn’t stop thinking of a certain Star Wars quote.

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First some background. I am here visiting the Perry family. Sally’s cousin Patrick and his wife Marilyn have two boys, Jason and Nico. Jason is in the army, stationed at Fort Bliss with his wife Priscilla. The rest of the family is staying with them along with two friends, Craig and Echo. To fill up any unused space in the house they also have two dogs and two cats.

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Like all of Sally’s family, I consider them my family. Jason and Patrick both kept in touch with me over the past year and a half and for their caring I am truly grateful.
For the long weekend I was there we did lots of fun things, including eating some great seafood, finding a really good Mexican restaurant and then exploring the giant cemetery right next door. We saw John Wesley Hardings grave. It seemed oddly appropriate that even in death he was behind bars (even if it was to discourage vandals). In fact, the sheer size of the cemetery was a bit mind boggling.
I went with Jason to a gun show in Riodoso and discovered beautiful mountain town in New Mexico. Patrick, Marilyn, Nico and I also went to a quarry to shoot targets.
We also just hung out and had fun. It was a great weekend that I hope to do again sometime soon.
Like the rest if my trip, I enjoyed seeing a new place, but the best times are hanging out with family, old friends and cool new friends like Craig and Echo.
Some firsts in El Paso:
Riding shotgun in a Cobra while Craig was drifting (he’s an experienced race car driver FWIW)
Hearing bullets ricocheting as fellow shooters enjoyed plinking in the quarry near us
Seeing someone in spurs and boots that actually was using them for riding, not for show at the Folsom St. fair
Seeing the worst paint job on a house possible (looked like bruised skin and raw meat)
Viva Metalachi!

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One Comment

  • Jack VanHesteren says:

    Again-great pics, Scott. Can’t help noticing how much Patrick looks like my son-Tom did at that age.. And the young lady in the red shirt looks much like Barbara did in her 20′s. It would be great if Jason could spend all of his military time right there at Ft. Bliss!! I had the pleasure of serving two full years there-in the Military Police. City patrol was racially sharply divided at that time. Some stories to relate about that-some time in the future… Hope that your visits in Denver will be super.


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