Here are 7 reasons we’re lucky to live in an EP

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Sometimes it’s easy to complain about El Paso. We’re not Dallas or Austin, we don’t have a professional sports team, our college teams aren’t that great, and our nightlife might not be all you get in a big city. However, we have a lot to offer and here are a few things that make El Paso a great place to live.

1. Tacos de Chico – Love them or hate them, these rolled tacos in tomato sauce are the number one ambassador of the El Paso brand. You could be in the middle of Antarctica and if you said “I’m from El Paso, Texas” someone would say “Oh, Chico’s Tacos, right?” They are so famous that a few years ago UTEP was playing football at UT Austin and a group of alumni got together and ordered a U-Haul to take enough of Chico to their party before the game. A U-Haul. Lots of Chico’s. Now it’s dedication.

2. Incredible sunsets – I mean, let’s be realistic. The rest of the country thinks they have amazing sunsets because they have trees, oceans, and lakes. Pshhh, whatever. If you’ve never seen a desert sunset after a summer rain, or if the sun sets over the Franklin Mountains filtered through the last remnants of a dust storm, mate, you don’t have never seen a sunset. All you need is a paper boat with a dual order of Chico and an ice cold beer to complete the picture.

3. Star on the mountain – A few years ago I was on a flight back to El Paso at night and a couple sitting in the row in front of me couldn’t get over our star. They wondered why it was there, how big it was, but they were mostly amazed at how beautiful this single star was in the night sky. I almost cried with pride in my city as I listened to them. When it erupted a year after the Walmart Massacre, I cried like a baby for the souls lost and those of us left to mourn them. This year, on the second anniversary, I cried again for those who are lost and for the symbol of our city flashing in the night sky sending them a message that we love them and miss them.

4. Mexican cuisine – And I mean bordering on Mexican cuisine. It’s not a party, it’s not a nightclub, it’s not a Tex-Mex. You want this, go east and central Texas. Here we make real Mexican food on the border. Elote in vaso with lime, cream and cotija cheese. Rajas con queso. Raspas. Street tacos. Anyone’s Abuelita Beans. We know what’s good and what our friends and family can’t get anywhere else. El Paso Mexican food is the best. Especially the plate of machaca at Lucy’s counter opposite St Patrick’s Cathedral in Mesa.

5. Weather – We live in the land of God. No hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes (I know it’s not the weather, bear with me). We might have dust storms, but they’re blowing across town, we sweep the back porch and keep going. Granted, we had wild weather this summer, but that’s not normal and it made the mountains really green so there you go.

6. Mountains – We live in a town dominated by stunning mountain views. You can see them from virtually any part of town, they have a star on one side and a whitewashed message on the other telling you to read your Bible. I mean, how many more do you want from a city?

7. Family ties – Strike up a conversation with just about anyone in this town and I guarantee it won’t be long before you find out your grandmothers went to high school together or you dated their first cousin on the their father. There can be close to a million people when you take a Juarez account, and you have to do it because if you know it you know it, but we really are a small town at heart. And that gives us our heart.

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