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<font size=+1 face=verdana color=darkorange><b><p align=center>El Paso -- City on the Edge of Forever</font></b>
<font face=verdana><i>Down in the West Texas town of El Paso,
I ate a big spate of Mexican food...</i></p>
If you've been to Dallas or Houston or Austin, you might think of Texas the way the folks out there do: big, brash, rich, conservative, a bit crazy, egos the siz of New York. Texas isn't American, it's not Southern, it's not Mexican, it's just Texan.
But El Paso, that's another beast entirely. It's the red-headed step child of Texas. First of all, it's closer to Phoenix than to Dallas or Houston. Second, it's desert instead of hot and humid oil-rich grassland. Third, the population is mostly Hispanic, as opposed to the Anglo-Germans of the rest of the state. Lastly, it's dwarfed by its massive neighbor across the river, Ciudad Juarez, and if there's one things Texans can't stand, it's being dwarfed.
In truth, I find El Paso to be a refreshing diversion from the rest of Texas. It feels more like <i>Tejas</i> than Texas. The folks are friendly, the traffic manageable, the food incredible, and the desert landscape memorable. Listening to Mexican radio while careening down I-10, I couldn't help but feel <i>muy bien</i>.
It's not Mexico, it's not New Mexico, it's not Texas. It's El Paso -- get it while it's hot! (Which is all the time -- it's the Chihuahuan desert, you know.)
- In a nutshell:Great food, dry heat, nice views, friendly folks, Tejas in its purest form.
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