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Old 04-04-2009, 08:22 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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This is a very informative thread for this newcomer (returnee to El Paso after 19 years). Just one question; when do the winds die down? Thanks!
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Old 04-04-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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This is a very informative thread for this newcomer (returnee to El Paso after 19 years). Just one question; when do the winds die down? Thanks!
I think tomorrow they're supposed to die down. Other than the breeze being a bit strong today, everyone would have to admit it's a pretty spectacular day. The sky is very very blue -- not filled with dust like some days with wind.

As far as the occassionally windy day season - it ends when it turns hot. May -- but most days are not too windy even in the wind season.
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Old 04-04-2009, 12:50 PM
 
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This is a very informative thread for this newcomer (returnee to El Paso after 19 years). Just one question; when do the winds die down? Thanks!
Did you visit during those 19 years being away?

If not -- what was your first impression when you first came back?

It sure got big didn't it! For me that's not a positive, I liked it smaller and think it was better smaller.
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Old 04-04-2009, 06:12 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Did you visit during those 19 years being away?

If not -- what was your first impression when you first came back?

It sure got big didn't it! For me that's not a positive, I liked it smaller and think it was better smaller.
We came through town twice during those 19 years but spent time with friends and didn't really look around much.

First impressions? In some ways its just the same but in some others, its like El Paso has moved up a weight class.

The traffic is much thicker than before and the congestion reminds me of Phoenix, Albuquerque, or Vegas. People are still very friendly and will go out of their way to help you and it (thankfully) hasn't taken on the attitude you find in bigger cities like Phoenix.

The drive over Transmountain is as beautiful as ever and I'm glad to see Chico's Tacos is still going strong. There seem to be brand new schools, hospitals, and libraries just about everywhere, not to mention block after block of new homes stretching west and east. I've been travelling through other parts of the country recently where the tension and unease over the economic situation is palpable but not in El Paso where its an island of positive growth.

The new retail space on the far east side looks like Scottsdale and the new ballpark is a great addition (can't wait to go to some games). We've only been back for three days so we still haven't seen all the growth at UTEP, downtown, out to see some live music, or in the new Northeast.

I just wish we had known about the Miner's b-ball game last night!
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Old 04-04-2009, 09:36 PM
 
Location: El Paso
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I left El Paso in 1989 and returned June 2007 and the biggest difference I noticed was in the people.
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Old 04-05-2009, 07:06 AM
 
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What was different with the people?
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Old 04-07-2009, 06:27 AM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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What is the dating scene in EP like (for a single straight male that is)?
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:51 PM
 
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What is the dating scene in EP like (for a single straight male that is)?
Not necessarily completely hopeless, depending on what you like and age group. The good thing is usually your date won't need you to help pay for a babysitter because her mother is glad to babysit for free.
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Old 04-07-2009, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Glory Road - El Paso, Texas (R.O)
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That is a huge generalization - even by your standards.
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Old 04-15-2009, 08:36 AM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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Not necessarily completely hopeless, depending on what you like and age group. The good thing is usually your date won't need you to help pay for a babysitter because her mother is glad to babysit for free.
Are the illegitimacy and teen pregnancy rates really that high? I don't want to generalize but I thought those of Mexican/Hispanic origins were more family orientated.

BTW: Is there any cultural resistance against interracial (esp White-Latina) dating in El Paso? I'm British but I'm open to dating (and I have dated) to women of all ethnic origins.
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