Whoa – I can’t believe we’re already in our second Best of the Best round!
If you’re wondering why we decided to split our annual BOTB awards into four parts – the answer is simple. Highlighting the winners, which includes over 100 categories, in four sections makes BOTB more digestible for readers. After all, I assign my freelancers to do write-ups on each and every one of the winners, which takes time and naturally costs money. We aim to make them fun and hope readers enjoy them. Highlighting the winners 25-40 at a time makes our BOTB issues way more reader-friendly.
Reading my writers’ profiles on each winner deepens my pride in this city. El Paso has long been deemed as Hell Paso by those who constantly proclaim that there’s nothing to do here. Despite the numerous publications in this city that highlight all that there is to do, there are still plenty of people who think that way.
The only thing that makes this city hellish is its relentless heat, but its worth it when you think of the cost of living, the friendly people and the countless events that happen throughout the year – many of which are free.
In fact, I’m constantly thinking that there’s too much to do in this region. Do I enroll in the Thursday pottery class at the El Paso Museum of Art or for the Coding with Brew class at Fab Lab El Paso? Do I go to Pop Goes the Fort for my July 4th celebration or do I drive over to Las Cruces for the Fourth of July picnic at La Viña Winery? (P.S. see our roundup on page 17!) Should I spend my Labor Day weekend at the Sun City Music Festival or should I drive out to Ruidoso, New Mexico for a peaceful getaway? The possibilities are endless and I wanna do it all, damn it! So the next time I hear that there’s nothing to do here, I’m going to roll up a copy of What’s Up and—hand it to that lovely, misinformed person ;D! (That’s right, I used an emoticon, an editor’s most hated faux pas. Dun dun dunnnnnn!)
In all seriousness, I hope this issue inspires you to get out of the house, party and play.