|Roswell, NM, is not usually a place where we stop while driving around New Mexico. When we're in New Mexico, we're usually at our daughter's place near Albuquerque. Or, we go to Carlsbad to see my 93-year-old mother. This time, family event changed our travel plans. Son, Robert, could not join us for the Fandangle, because he was working on a job in Roswell. His company, which is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, does concrete work that is amazing. He can make a concrete floor look like marble. He and his crew (which included a grandson from Hurst) were there. Our daughter's son and his friend were recruited to help, because this job were proving to be longer and more involved than anticipated. We got involved, because it would be better for us to stay and take the boys back to Albuquerque than our daughter to have to drive back down to get them.
We drove the 80 miles from Carlsbad to Roswell, on the 3rd, planning to drive back to Albuquerque on the 4th. We arrived to find they were not going to finish on Tuesday, as hoped. OK, we'd stay another night and leave on Thursday. Then, we learned on Wednesday that there was no way they would finish that day and would need another day.
I guess, anytime you're involved in construction, delays must be expected. It seemed to me that Robert's crew was scheduled much earlier than they should have been. They kept having to work around other construction workers and kept getting more and more delayed. The job is converting an old grocery store to a 10-screen movie theatre. It's going to be beautiful, but how can one polish a floor when there is construction equipment all over the place?
So, we were in Roswell. Having grown up in Carlsbad, I had spent a lot of time in Roswell. Our two youngest sons had gone to the NM Military Institute there. There are things to do, but we were not interested in doing all the "alien" attractions that have become so big.