Moving back to El Paso, Texas has had it’s ups and downs. I try to counter ever negative moment I have with the community with a positive one. I often see these negative moments as opportunity to grow. The real question is how to seize the opportunity and help El Paso grow.
I’ve coined a term to deal with some of my frustrations with El Paso: Desertpunk. The term is inspired by Steampunk. Wikipedia describes Steampunk as
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.
Technology is not one of El Paso’s strong points. There are occasions where El Paso feels 10 years behind current trends. For crying out loud, I rented a DVD from Blockbuster when I first came back!! I use Desertpunk to describe situations that embody this strange temporal anomally where El Paso is 10 years behind most of the country.