El Paso definitely learns from its disasters. After the 2006 flood, they made huge drainage improvements. After the 2011 freeze (it got down to 12F/-21C in Las Cruces!), they made power station improvements. And as a result of drought, they have the largest inland desalination plant and implementing closed loop “advanced purification”. You love to see it.

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I went to Cd. Juárez for the first time last weekend—with a friend, of course. We had great tacos and queso fundido con chorizo at Taqueria Aaajiji. Later, we hit up Plaza de la Mexicanidad (its monument pictured here).

The most nerve-wracking part of the experience was dealing with US border agents—because why would a citizen of the greatest country on earth want to go to Mexico (I guess??).

“Why are you in Mexico?” Dinner.

“How do you know each other?” Same religion.

“When were you last in Mexico?” Never.

“Do you have anything to declare?” Nope.

Scott’s 4 rules for Juárez (same as anywhere):

  1. Go with someone who knows where to go.
  2. Don’t be involved in drugs.
  3. Don’t go bar hopping.
  4. Don’t carry or show off expensive things.


City lights from Rim Road Park, Downtown El Paso getting ready for Winterfest ice skating, and a new coffee shop/gaming center on the east side. Definitely going back to The Hive.

Blue Man Group

I recently had the opportunity to see Blue Man Group at the Plaza Theater in El Paso. It was a fantastic show, truly one-of-a-kind, full of comedy and PVC music. The light show was neat, especially the balls tossed into the audience with lights that matched the music, as well as the instances where the audience was fully illuminated in bright white light. I slightly regret not getting a “Shake That Thang” t-shirt from the merchandise stand.

The Plaza Theater is very nice; the recent renovation was very tastefully done and the seats were very comfortable.