And it came to pass in the land of succor that the people rose up and cried, "We’re bored, give us something to do!" So, the powers that be answered, "You got it, dude."
Socorro in the fall is a fun place. Sure, there are the grumblers who are always talking about "they," as in "they should do something about” this or the other, or "they are the problem." Frankly, it may be that all of us are the "they," but I guess it all depends on "them." Or something.
I think I sidetracked myself.
The upside of living in Socorro, and Magdalena as well, is that there's something to do almost every weekend, especially now that we're into the fall season when a little pre-planning is recommended. The last few weeks were jammed packed and got me all worn out, but as David Letterman used to say, "It's a good kind of tired."
Don't look now, but there's going to be stuff going on every weekend from now through Halloween. And some on the same day, so you'll need to open your scheduling app and put on your thinking cap.
This brings up something I hear people around town talking about; "they" put on too many things happening at the same time. Not that I'm complaining, but all too many times there will be more than one event or activity scheduled on the same day at the same time.
I've been to meetings where people are trying to figure out when to schedule an activity and try to pin down a day that won't conflict with another event. It's difficult.
My idea is to get all those deserving organizations and civic groups and clubs all together in one big room around one big table. Then they can get out their boxing gloves and politely talk to one another and decide who's going to do what on what date. Spread it out through the year, right?
Well, maybe except for the Festival of the Cranes. Or perhaps the Easter egg hunt, or the county fair on Labor Day weekend, or San Miguel Fiesta, or the Electric Light Parade and Luminarias on the Plaza, or Oktoberfest, or Socorrofest, or…hmmm.
This Saturday we've got to decide between Magdalena's community-wide yard sale, Socorrofest, Oktoberfest, and the Trinity Site and VLA open houses. At least they’re staggered, and if you’re crafty, you can hit all of them. Personally, my priority is the one for quaffing a fine hop and grain-based beverage, and I mean the kind of shindig that the Hammel family first threw in the 1880s in the brewery's backyard. Hey, if everybody gets to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day, we can just as well be German at Oktoberfest. And if you think about it, English is intrinsically a Germanic language, isn't it?
The fact is Socorro holds a prominent place in New Mexico's beer legacy. Just check out the Hammel Museum in the building that once brewed the coldest beer this side of the Pecos.
While we're on the subject, a couple of months ago at the Juan Jose Baca House Don Tripp and others set about to crank up the big brewing tanks. They're the ones once used by Twisted Chile. A brewmeister from Albuquerque came down and was showing Don and Lonnie and the rest of us the ins and outs on how to make an excellent wheat ale. Gallons of it. On top of that, I’m hoping that sometime down the road there may be the possibility of a new brewpub opening there to serve a truly local brew. Fingers crossed.
For those who have a bit of Phineas Fogg in their DNA, the big balloon fiesta begins this Saturday up in Albuquerque. Call me un-New Mexican, but in all these years I've never been. But there is, I gotta’ say, something about flying that always fascinated me, whether was in a Whisperjet or a hot air balloon. Even after all these years, from riding in 707s to C-123s to the puddle jumpers of Trans-Texas Airlines, flying is still an awesome experience. Consider:
You're traveling at 500 miles an hour.
And you're sitting in a chair.
In the sky.
And looking at clouds from both sides now.
Hot air ballooning, however, is quite a different animal. You're up in the air essentially in a modified wicker chair, letting the wind take you somewhere, and you don't know where you're going until you bump down. In fact, The FAA labels the landing of a hot air balloon a controlled crash, literally.
Having said that, I do concede it’s one experience everyone should have at least once.
If nothing else, in October you can celebrate National Pizza Month, Cookie Month, Applejack Month, Dessert Month, Pasta Month, and Seafood Month.
Oh, in case you're wondering, National Pumpkin Spice Day was Tuesday.