This is how normal people live, right? And then there is air conditioning, and a fridge big enough to hold lots of stuff. Well, not lots. It's a small fridge by normal standards, but way bigger than the tiny one in the bus.
|A peace flag above downtown TorC.|
I cannot do justice to TorC in such short space and on such short notice. Here are some links that can add more flavor: New Mexico Magazine March 2009; and BudgetTravel, the 10 Coolest towns.
For an old VW bus driver and dweller, the town feels like home. Where else will you find a peace flag flying over downtown? A movie house from a bygone era with but one screen, and five shows weekly? Three book stores and three thrift shops within a few blocks' walking? A park and a Saturday farmers' market? Yoga, Tai-Chi, Qicong studios everywhere. Health food snack bars and markets. And colorful characters at every turn and on every corner?
And where else is a spaceport being built outside of town? Who says the past and future are not co-joined? SpaceportAmerica is being built and will be located on 18,000 acres 35 miles southeast of Truth or Consequences. See Map.
|Location of Spaceport America. [Click on map to enlarge]|
Soaking in the history of Truth or Consequences is like soaking in the town's hot springs spas -- relaxing and pleasant combined with a sense of timelessness and vague rememberings.
Walk the sidewalks. Look down. Almost every sidewalk has an imprint of Depression-era construction stamped in the concrete: F.E.R.A. 1935; W.P.A. 1939.
The town was Las Palomas early on. Changed to Hot Springs after Elephant Butte Dam was built in 1916. Changed again in 1950 on a dare from game show host Ralph Edwards, who would adopt the show's namesake city, and for 50 years preside over the town's spring parade and fiesta.
|Ralph Edwards as TorC Grand Marshall.|
It is as if the town that time forgot is waking up and remembering a diverse past -- its 1930s roots, postwar America, Ralph Edwards, and the 1950s, the 1960s.
Waking up to new people, to new ideas yet deep roots.
It was here that Lozen, legendary Apache woman warrior, who fought along side male Apache braves, and later with Geronimo himself, and who was said to have extraordinary powers, roamed on horseback, rifle held above her head. Who pined for her lost Confederate soldier lover who left for California. She never married.
The blending of the old and new, teaching us who we are.
It is a town where my VW bus can park anywhere for free. There are no meters.
It is also a town where a spot in an RV park goes for $130 a month.
Yes, indeed. Life in TorC has the sweet feel of the slow lane.