By 9:00 a.m., we were sitting in our lawn chairs listening to music played by several different bands. By 12:00 p.m., we were sampling chili and salsa made by the competitors. When we entered, we were given 6 tickets and a plastic spoon. If you liked the chili or salsa, you dropped a ticket in a can for the “People’s Choice Award”. The salsa made by One Spanish Angel (which was my favorite) won!
When you spend this much time with people, you become good friends – exchanging email addresses, phone numbers, sharing similar stories, places you’ve camped, types of RVs, and common interests. No one is a stranger “in these parts”, which Gary and I love (especially, Gary). I say that to say this: We ended the night celebrating at a local bar called The Mother Lode, listening to one of our favorite Texas bands, Cooder Graw. (Can’t forget a name like that, huh?)
We were among the first ones there, so that we could secure a table. All of our friends that we had met at the venue (including some of our favorite cooks) sat with us at the concert. We closed the place down and had a fabulous time! There are lots of stories that I could share about this night, but, today, let me just share one.
When we left the RV to go the bar, I asked Gary if I needed my driver’s license. He replied: “Naw, you’re old, and they won’t ask for it.” As soon as we got to the door, a security guy said, “Mam, it’s a law in New Mexico that you have your driver’s license on you before you enter place like this.” Gary tried his best to “smooze” the guy, saying all kinds of things like: “She’s a grandmother. She has a grandson that is 14! ” “She’s going to be 70 soon.” “She’s been drinking all day without showing her license.” And, the whole time, I’m looking at him like, seriously??? Sooooooo, Gary went in; I drove back to the RV and got my license, and the rest is history (what I can remember). Just kidding, Casey!
I’ll pace myself (and you) and save the other stories for another blog post. Let me end by saying, “I wouldn’t be anywhere else than right here; right now!”