Playing tourist

Have you ever heard of Truth or Consequences, NM? And if so, have you wondered where it got its name? The name actually came about as an April Fools day challenge when Ralph Edwards, the host of the radio (and later TV) show of the same name made it known that he would make it worth their while to any city that would change its name to Truth or Consequences for one day, April 1, 1950 (I think). Unlike Topeka, KS which was only renamed Google temporarily this last April,  Hot Springs, NM thought it would be in their best interests for future fame to continue the name even after that and that’s the story. Ralph Edwards was their benefactor for many years afterward, coming back for Fiesta the first weekend in May for the next 50 years. He not only brought lots of celebrities with him over the years, he also brought TV cameras and made T or C as it is called a place to be remembered. Who knew you could go to the Geronimo museum and learn about Ralph Edwards?

Aside from pictures of celebrities, the museum has a varied collection of early New Mexico including a wax figure of Geronimo and his history, a log cabin, Indian pottery and cowboy hats among other things. Lions International even has its own little alcove filled with Lions memorabilia.

Elephant Butte Lake provided LeRoy a chance for some off-road sand experience. Shades of the Little Sahara! Only this time we were in a 4-wheel-drive Jeep, not a dune buggy. While we missed the 100,000+ people who were there last weekend, we did see RVs, 5th wheels and tents parked at the water’s edge, some with their boats or jet skis docked beside them. It’s a pretty place and I can see why so many people flock there for big weekends.

In addition to playing tourist today, we broke out the shredder and went through OLD papers that we’ve just been hauling along, thinking sometime we’d have time to decide what should and should not be kept. The files are now down to one container, so if I can’t find it, it’s not because I looked in the wrong box. No excuses from now on!

I’m going to cook for company tomorrow night. Or maybe I’ll get LeRoy to break out the grill. We’ll be cooking for a bachelor, so I doubt he’ll be too hard to please. Any suggestions?

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