The Chili Cook-off just ticks off so many boxes for me. I do not expect anyone to understand it unless you yourself have personally been privy to this event. The first time I attended was with an ex-boyfriend and that is documented somewhere on this blog. That part is inconsequential but it laid the groundwork for so many future trips to that location.
My uncle is here to stay with my Mom during my absence. I have taken care of every vital detail that might come up while I am away. So why is it that I am not all in with my decision to attend this much looked forward to event?
I am not known for interjecting politics in my blog but sometimes one has to in order to explain their thought process. If you are not comfortable with that please exit now and hopefully come back another day.
The annual CASI Chili Cook-off is the greatest party in the Texas desert. I have been attending it for more than two decades. It is in my book the best "stress buster" on the planet.
I am currently looking at all my camping gear laid out in the living room. I WANT to go to Terlingua! I can be there this afternoon if I so choose. So why do I have so many doubts? I will tell you why...
Many times on this blog I have told you that I was a "party girl" or should I say a "party woman"? Terlingua seemed to reinforce that belief and I have had some of the best times of my life out in the West Texas desert.
However, there comes a time when you have to look deep into your soul and contemplate what is best for your State and your Country. While I love my annual party in the Texas desert...I love my country more!
I do not want to wake up next Wednesday, November 7th to find out that "my candidate" lost by a few hundred votes. I do not want to have any doubt or remorse of what more I could have done to help propel him to the finish line.
I have attended political rallies, made monetary contributions and early voted for my preferred candidate but somehow deep inside of me I do not think it is enough. I have therefore decided to volunteer in whatever capacity I might be of use to help his campaign in this final stretch.
It is with that thought in mind that I have decided to not attend the best annual Texas event in my humble opinion and instead put my country first.
Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.