Grass is greener in Roswell than Panhandle

July 5, 2014 • Editorial, Opinion

You’ve heard the expression a thousand times. The grass is always greener on the other side.

Things were going well for me at my editor job in Pampa, Texas, when I saw the ad posted on the Internet for the editor position at the Roswell Daily Record.

I got a lot of positive feedback from readers, probably more than I had at any other newspaper job.

But if you have ever been to the Texas Panhandle, you know it is very windy and in most places the landscape is flat and barren. It was a hard adjustment to make for someone [auth] who is not native to the area.

In the 19 months I lived in Pampa, the grass was only green for about two weeks.

The Panhandle had been in a long-term drought for about six or seven years; everything looked as brown and as lifeless as in the evil kingdom of Mordor from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

After a week of daily rainfall in April 2012, everything turned green, but for only two weeks and then everything turned back to brown.

The downside to all that greenery was a massive weed bloom. Seemingly overnight, weeds grew as high as three or four feet.

Most of the weeds were still there in Pampa when I moved at the end of April, a year after the weed bloom. But now they are brown again.

One of the things that impressed me about Roswell when I drove down for my interview in late April was how green everything is.

Criminy. We’re in a desert and there are neighborhoods that look like they could be in Indiana or Ohio. Now I know that water is abundant in this area because of the aquifer.

It’s great to be back in the desert. It is green here, but just in a different way than back East.

It’s great to be close to the mountains. I have visited Ruidoso, Cloudcroft and the Guadalupe Mountains.

I am happy to be in Roswell. As I write this, I am at the office, working on July 4. Once I get my work done I hope to get out of here and spend some time at the UFO Festival.

I wish everyone a good time at the festival if you haven’t been there yet and hope you had a good Fourth of July.

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